MON. UPDATE: More from SummerSlam and UFC, Angle movie, TNA UK tour, Brooke pub, Piper, Shawn



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        We're looking for live reports from Raw tonight, with dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else not on the live show.  The sow is from San Diego, with  Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE title as the main event.  The reactions to last night will be on the show as well as Kevin Nash's return to Raw.
 
        Smackdown and NXT are taped Tuesday night in Bakersfield.

        We're also looking for reports on Saturday night's TNA house show in Rochester, NY and Friday night's show in Norwich, NY.

        Probably the most detailed look at every aspect of WWE business, in particular WrestleMania, the movie business, the house show business, the future of WWE television and a lot of comments by Vince McMahon regarding the current and future state of the company is in the lead stories of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
 
        The story look at plans for a WWE network, Vince McMahon talks about UFC vs. WWE, meeting with Dana White, why such a relationship could never work, future of different WWE shows, plans for far more television in the fall and how that would work out, more on a third hour of Raw each week as well as the lessons of WCW.  We also look at financial reasons for adding shows, a look at how much money, profits and expenses are in a WrestleMania and comparing the numbers for the last several years.  We also look at the value of Dwayne Johnson to this year's show, money spent on production and merchandise, bigger payoffs and Johnson's statement regarding C.M. Punk.
 
        We also look at predictions for next year's Mania, future of The Rock in WWE, why booking Rock vs. Cena is tricky as well as the unique situation Cena is in and the pros and cons of a heel turn.
 
        We also look at the Money in the Bank number that was originally announced and what that says about the current product and lessons to be learned from it going forward.
 
        We look at the positives and negatives of doing the first Cena vs. Punk match the night they did it and timing it the way they did. 
 
        We look at the three aspects of the WWE business that were in the greatest decline, and the two aspects losing money and their futures. 
 
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        We also have coverage of both UFC 133 and TNA Hardcore Justice.  We have poll results from both shows.  We have match-by-match rundowns for both shows and star ratings for the TNA show.  We look at angles going forward on both shows, as well as preliminary business numbers for UFC 133 and the hidden number.  We look at where the winners and losers go next, why Dennis Hallman wore what he wore, Dana White's reaction, injuries in the show, and Matt Hamill's retirement.
 
        We also look at the WWE departures over the past week, who, how and why, as well as the names cut in developmental.  We also look at Gail Kim's quitting the company, John Morrison talks about Melina being cut, Chris Masters and Gail Kim talk about leaving and who Japan is interested in and who TNA may be interested in.
 
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        We also look at a former World champion who has expressed an interest in working for WWE again, an update on WWE time delayed television viewership, several new people being signed, as well as business notes from the past week and highlights of the house shows.
 
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--Update on the UFC New Year's show
 
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--After SummerSlam ended, Ricardo Rodriguez announced over and over again that Del Rio had won the title.  The crowd was doing his lines with him.  It ended up as the second biggest face reaction of the night, behind only Punk's intro.
 
--UFC has decided not to cut Dan Hardy, although he will be given time off to improve his game.  Lorenzo Fertitta tweeted that last night that they like guys who bring it and wouldn't be cutting Hardy, even though he lost four in a row.  The fact Hardy is a key player for the U.K. market helps his cause. 
 
--UFC announced a multi-year renewal of its sponsorship deal with Harley Davidson motorcycles.  They are also doing a contest called the Hometown Throwdown where they will sponsor a contest to get people to write in their home city and the city with the most responses to their web site will get a live show next summer.  It's similar to the contest WEC did last year which resulted in a show in Phoenix.
 

--Referee Mike Chioda has been suspended for 30 days for a Wellness test failure.

--Entertainment Weekly in this week's issue has a note on the movie "Warrior," which debuts on 9/9.  Doesn't say if it's good or bad, and Kurt Angle doesn't get a mention.  
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight after Raw with Wrestling Observer Radio, covering tonight's show, fallout from last night and more, plus we'll be taking e-mail questions so if you've got any questions on pro wrestling or MMA you can send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Hulk Hogan talks TNA's annual January tour of the U.K. at http://www.dailystar.co.uk/inthering/  He announced Sting, Kurt Angle, RVD, Beer Money, Crimson, Mickie James, Gunner, A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe, Mr. Anderson and Velvet Sky on the tour.
 
--Today's New York Daily News gossip page at http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/ has a story about Brooke Hogan going on twitter telling people to stop picking on her and thinking her dad is some kind of a weirdo pervert.  The story brought up the usual, that photo of him putting suntan lotion on her a few years ago, his being at the show where they unveiled the nude photo of her and that his second wife looks so much like his daughter.
 
--CNN Headline News Showbiz Tonight at 11 p.m. with cover the Brooke Hogan nude photos as well as such important topics as whether or not Pippa Middleton enhanced her butt.
 
--There is a big story on 60s and 70s star Pampero Firpo in the Cleveland Plain Dealer at http://blog.cleveland.com/metro//print.html  It noted something most don't know, which is that Randy Savage got his catch phrase from Firpo and his same voice.  Firpo was one hell of a promo and a great believable mad man.  When I was in college and went to see him wrestle and took a friend of mine who was an awesome photographer, he watched Firpo wrestle and was scared to death to get photos of him. (thanks to Sean Hovan and many others)
 
--An article on Roddy Piper doing the World of Hurt show is at http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Piper+takes+World+Hurt+heart/5255750/ story.html and pushing Thursday's live show at the Acadia Rec Complex which is a taping for the second season.
 
--Shawn Michaels and the 1PW promotion have had a business problem and his October tour of the U.K. has been canceled. 
 
--Best TV show of the past week
Raw 61.5%
Impact 12.0%
Smackdown 7.6%
Strikeforce Challengers 7.3%
CMLL 4.7%
MMA live 2.9%
Inside MMA 2.2%
Its Showtime 1.8%
 
--If you watched SummerSlam, why?
Main event was strong, liked the angle 51.8%
Always buy the big three 16.6%
Always buy WWE PPV shows 15.5%
Social occasion 10.5%
Liked the overall card 5.5% 
 
--If you didn't watch SummerSlam, why?
Don't buy PPVs 42.6%
Bad buildup to the show 18.3%
Not a WWE fan 13.2%
Bad undercard 11.4%
Friends not interested in watching 9.4%
Weak main event 5.1%
 
--What did you watch yesterday
Only SummerSlam 38.0%
Only UFC 24.4%
Watched both 15.0%
Watched neither 22.7%
 
--Yesterday's results from Oberhausen, Germany for wXw before 247 fans:  Marty Scurll b Jonathan Gresham, Sase Keel & Aaron Insane & Chris Rush b 2Face & Bernd Foehr & Earl, Emil Sitoci b Karsten Beck, Axeman b Drew Gulak, Johnny Moss & Jon Ryan b Kim Ray & Freddy Stahl, 2Face b Jaysin Strife, Tommy End & Anthony Zeus b Arik Cannon & Darin Corbin, Fit Finlay b Big Van Walter-DQ so Walter keeps his wXw title.  Told that besides the main event, it was a forgettable show (thanks to Timo Knopf)
 
--Chris Masters was at Fan Axxess at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V0IdyI4tuk (thanks to Chris Bell)
 
--AAW on Saturday night in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club is headlined by Arik Cannon vs. Steve Corino and Awesome Threesome vs. Zero Gravity.  Also Jimmy Jacobs, Louis Lyndon and Keith Walker appear.
 
--Today's Chuck Langerman daily trivia regards Ebony Blade aka Eric Darnell Anderson, who was recently inducted into the New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Anderson was a graduate of Boston College Law School (same college that both Alex Riley and Kofi Kingston attended) and is currently the Deputy County Counsel for Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He graduated from Long Beach Poly High School in 1988, that has an interesting list of graduates that includes Tony Gwynn, Chase Utley, DeSean Jackson, Gene Washington, Billy Jean King, Cameron Diaz, Carl Weathers, Snoop Dogg and John Wayne.
 
--NWA Anarchy on Saturday night drew 75 fans and got some major bad reviews for Hostile Environment 2011, one of their bigger shows:  Bo Newsome b Brodie Chase, Shadow Jackson b Dany Only-DQ, Anthony Henry & Dustin Knight b Corey Hollis & Mike Posey to keep tag titles, Shaun Tampers b Jacob Ashworth to keep North American title, Billy Back won three-way over Skirra Corvus and Adrian Hawkins, Steven Walters b Seth Delay, Andrew Pendleton III & Bryan Casanova b Jacoby Boykins & Chris Mayne, Tommy Daniels & C.B. Gibson and Lane Vasser &  Johnny Dangerous, Azrael b Seven to win the NWA Anarchy title.  Next show is 8/27 with $8 admission plus the popcorn is free. (thanks to Larry Goodman)  
 
--Wayne Bridges and wife Sarah held the British Wrestlers Reunion yesterday at there pub which Mark Rollerball Rocco as a special guest coming in from the Canary Islands and Tony St. Clair coming in from Germany.  Also there included Pete Roberts, who was a regular touring Japan in the 80s, Tony Walsh, Johnny Saint, Johnny Kidd, Neil Sands (now a comedian), Mick McManus, Keith Haward (who I saw wrestle in Japan in the 80s and was blown away, he was also a hotshot shooter), Steve Grey, Mal Sanders and more.  They honored Joe D'Orzaio, who is 90 and still works today as a art teacher to students with learning disabilities and a poet, and Bobby Barnes, who was Adrian Street's tag team partner as The Hells Angels before Street moved to the U.S.  For the first time anyone can remember, when they did a salute to British wrestlers who had passed away, they included someone who never worked regularly on the British scene aside from WWF shows, Randy Savage.  They had mentioned other WWF wrestlers passing away, but only those who had toured the U.K. (thanks to Dean Ayass)
 
--Melina vs. Serena plus a War Games match headlines the WSU iPPV show on 11/19 from the Ace Arena in Union City, NJ.
 
--Gabe Sapolsky talks his first experience at a live UFC event at http://www.heymanhustle.com/articles/news/23-news/167305-gabe-sapolsky-uf c
 
--I Believe In Wrestling on Saturday night in Orlando at the Downtown Rec Complex with appearances by Scott Hall, Larry Zbyszko, Desmond Wolfe and Lince Dorado.  Zbyszko will defend his AWA world title against Robin Donahue in a bull rope match.  Hall and Wolfe are the hosts of the show.
 
--There are still some first and second row seats available for Dragon Gate USA on 9/9 in Indianapolis, 9/10 in Chicago and 9/11 in Milwaukee.  They are $5 off until Wednesday at the www.DGUSA.tv web site or by calling 267-519-9744.  Just announced for the 9/9 show in Indianapolis is Naruki Doi vs. Sami Callihan and Jon Davis vs. Arik Cannon.  Plus there is a one hour Insanity Pro Wrestling event for the live audience before the iPPV starts.  
 
--CZW Wired TV taping on 8/28 at the Parkwood Youth Organization in Philadelphia.
 
--Jerry Lawler comes to BANG on 9/10 in Ocala, FL.
 
--David Hart Smith will replace Sid Vicious on Saturday night in Ronkonkoma, NY for Pro Wrestling Syndicate on a show with Carlito, Ted DiBiase Sr., Amazing Red, Sonjay Dutt and Tony Nese.  Main event will be Smith vs. Dan Maff vs. Devon Moore vs. Necro Butcher.
 
--Tribute to the Fairgrounds on Saturday night in Nashville at the Fairgrounds with Rikishi & Brian Christopher vs. David Young & Sigmon, Bill Dundee vs. Dutch Mantel in a cage match, Kid Kash vs. Jerry Lynn, Wolfie D vs. Jamie Dundee, Hammerjack vs. Raven plus Maria Kanellis.
 
--The CHIKARA Young Lions tournament runs 8/27 and 8/28 in Easton, PA at the Palmer Center.  8/28 is Women's Night.  You bring a woman to the show and she gets in free for each paid admission.  Those announced for the tournament are:
Tadasuke (Osaka Pro Wrestling)
Kobald (CHIKARA Pro)
Wil Maximo (FSW)
Will o the Wisp II (CWF Mid Atlantic)
Jakob Hammermeier (BDK)
Robbie Eagles (Australia)
Mat Fitchet (LWA)
Nick Jackson (formerly Jeremy Buck in TNA)
Gregory Iron (CHIKARA)
Sean South (PBW Scotland)
Prof. Milo Shizo (PWR)
MK McKinnan (Fight Club Pro)
Chase Owens (NWA Smoky Mountain)
Mark Andrews (Dragon Pro)
Green Ant (CHIKARA)
 
--IWF on Saturday night in Woodland Park, NJ:  Steve Sterling b Frank Scoleri, Donte Arace b Jarrett Foster-COR, Joey Golden b Kasey Coresh-DQ, Austin Williams b Aaron Stride, Flex Freeman & Chris Steeler b Kraig Stagg & Travis Blake & Absolutely Edwin in a 2 on 3
 
--Lion Fight Promotions is doing a Battle in the Desert 3 Muay Thai shot on 8/20 from Primm, NV on Gofightlive.com
 
--K&S and Highspots presents an autograph show on 8/27 at the Ramada in Essington, PA with Wendi Richter, Candice Michelle, Rockin Robin, Torrie Wilson, Madusa, Terri Runnels, Shelly Martinez, Asya, Heidi Lee Morgan, Sojourner Bolt,Mike McGuirk, Debra Marshall, Stacy Cater, Cherry, Christy Hemme, Traci Brooks, Isis the Amazon, Fit Finlay, Sunny and Jimmy Hart.
 
--Friday night in Tijuana:  TG Power b Galeno, Animaniac & Shamu b Cardenal Jr. & Jonathan, Angel Metalico & Ursus DCOR Cinico & Tony Casanova, Dark Tiger & El Hijo del Rey Misterio & Profeta b Black Abyss & Great Eku & El Hijo del Fishman, L.A. Park & El Hijo del L.A.Park b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Dr. Wagner III in a ladder match  
 
--SCW Florida has an evening in Memorial for Justin "Ryze" Honeycutt, who died after an accident at his regular job.  This will be Saturday night at the Sanford, FL Salvation Army Gym.  Scotty 2 Hotty will wrestle plus Devon, Matt Morgan and Jesse Neal will appear but not wrestle at the show.
 
--Emerson Witner of our web site talks about the 1989 Royal Rumble at http://angrymarks.com/?ArticleID=14848
 
--Carlito talks at http://youtu.be/ebty1CRrpVE 
 
--Adam Pearce will be doing an appearance on Friday from 5-7 PM. at the Law Offices of R. Bruce Tharpe in Brownsville, TX at 801 East Van Buren from 5-7 p.m., and from 8-9 p.m. at Gabriella's Italian Grill & Pizzeria in South Padre Island.  He defends his title on Saturday at the City of Brownsville Parks and Rec Center on the debut show of NWA World Class Championship Wrestling, with a Battle Royal to determine who faces Pearce for the NWA title. 

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