WED. UPDATE: Big announcement tomorrow, Ratings, UFC legend having baby, Boxing match at Mania



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        County Music Television (CMT) has wrestling themed programming tonight with a wrestling-based movie called "To The Mat" starring Ricky Schroder who plays a former wrestler trying to keep his wrestling school going, and at 10 p.m. there is an episode of "Made" based on Matt Morgan training  someone to be a pro wrestler. 
 
        We've got the most detailed look and analysis of the UFC deal with FOX and how it affects the landscape of pro wrestling and MMA as the lead story in our two issues of the Wrestling Observer that come out this week.  We also have full coverage of SummerSlam, UFC on Versus, Alberto Del Rio, plus the G-1 tournament, the death of Shawn Tompkins and even more on WWE business.
 
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        We look at the UFC deal with FOX, how it happened, how the price compares with other products, notes on the long-term nature of the deal.  We look at what this means for PPV business, what to look out for, what fighters become more valuable with the nature of this deal, the positives and negatives, the history of UFC on Spike, how important television truly is when you are doing a PPV business, why the timing of this deal was great and how UFC got to greatly increase its TV revenue at the same time its audience is declining.
 
        We also look at how this affects TNA, Bellator and the amazing revenue comparison from television when you compare UFC with WWE.
 
        We look at the history of Alberto Del Rio, his background, how he changed everything about himself to become a star, business notes on SummerSlam, ribs, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results for the show.
 
        We also look at how the UFC show affects Chris Lytle, Ben Henderson, Dan Hardy and Jim Miller, both good and bad records Lytle has, what saved Hardy's job, who are the viable lightweight contenders and comparing them, plus who do people want to see get the next show.   We also look at business notes on the show and match-by-match rundowns.
 
        We also look at WWE's profitability by sector.  We look in depth at the money made at WrestleMania, where it came from and what was spent as well.  We also look at where WWE profits most, where they've slashed spending, the problems in the magazine and movie division, and what divisions are declining but still making more money.  We also look at how much WWE spends to do a PPV and a TV taping.
 
        We also look at the career of Shawn Tompkins.
 
        We also look at Bill Goldberg's next match, Paul Orndorff's battle with cancer, death of former boxer and AWA wrestler Scott LeDoux, as well as Goldberg vs. Crimson.
 
        We also look at early returns of Hardcore Justice, the TNA U.K. tour, Linda Hogan talks Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan's 1993 WWF departure, TNA makes more cuts and notes from the weekend TNA house shows.
 
        We also look more at the UFC/Golden Glory issues, the future of Alistair Overeem, future of Brock Lesnar, lots more UFC and Strikeforce fights and a look at the last Challengers show.
 
        We've also got more on a WWE executive being let go, Linda McMahon's future, Edge talks about his plans, Daniel Bryan talks why he became a vegan, vegan MMA fighters, Rey Mysterio update, Mother of former WWE star rips people in the company, Chris Masters talks his departure, what talent is told to tell the press, reaction to someone in for enhancement matches and WWE performer gets stuff stolen/ 
 
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        We also have more on Heath Slater's situation, what he's being investigated about, what his alleged victim said as well as how WWE is treating the incident.
 
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        We also look at the death of Bobby Fields, and his relationship with the most famous family feud in U.S. folklore, and career highlights.
 
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--Zuffa fighter headlines major pro wrestling event in Tokyo promotional war
 
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--How the situation with celebrities doing pro wrestling has changed
 
--Mil Mascaras 40th anniversary of his Japanese debut show announced, including main event and stars involved
 
--Oldest living wrestler
 
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--UFC 133 early PPV estimates and what areas did well
 
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--The FOX Network announced a 1 p.m. Pacific time press conference tomorrow in Los Angeles to say they have "one of the biggest announcements in Fox Sports History."  Oh God, they're going to turn Goldberg as well.  All the main people from the sports division, and not the entertainment division will be there.  While not announced, Dana White got into Los Angeles today with Frankie Edgar, and Rashad Evans and Georges St. Pierre are on the way.
 
--USA Network was No. 1 in the prime time ratings this past week with a 2.3 average, ahead of Disney at 1.9.  Syfy was No. 11 at 1.0, while FX was No. 14 at 0.9.  Spike was not in the top 25.  Jersey Shore, doing a 5.4, was the highest rated show of the past week on cable.  The two hours of Raw were No. 18 and No. 19.  Raw did not make top ten in any major demo.
 
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--Some new Dragon Gate USA matches for 9/10 in Chicago have Masato Yoshino vs. Naruki Doi vs. Sami Callihan vs. Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano vs. Akira Tozawa and Jon Davis vs. Rich Swann
 
--Update on the U.K. ratings.  Raw on 7/25 did 156,000 viewers live and on 8/1 did 129,000.  Smackdown on 7/29 did 128,000 viewers and on 8/5 did 126,000.  TNA on 7/26 did 231,000 viewers and on 8/2 did 297,000.  The 297,000 was the most viewers ever to see a TNA broadcast in the U.K.  As noted, TNA is on a station that is available in tons more homes than Sky, which carries WWE. (thanks to Ian Hamilton)
 
--UFC 136 tickets went on sale today to Fight Club members.  They go on sale to the public on Friday.
 
--David Lagana and Dutch Mantel talk booking and writing at http://iwantwrestling.com/2011/08/16/formerly-creative-podcast-dutch-mant ell-dirtydutchman1-talks-tna-wwe-pr-and-memphis/
 
--Everyone tested at the Strikeforce show on Friday in Las Vegas passed their tests.  Main eventers Joe Duarte and Jorge Gurgel were tested twice, being surprise tested each three weeks before their fight.
 
--2004 judo Olympian Rick Hawn has pulled out of the Bellator welterweight tournament that stars on 9/10 due to a knee injury.
 
--Chuck Liddell announced that he and girlfriend Heidi Northcott were having a baby.  Northcott was the former girlfriend and corner person for Jose Canseco when he fought Choi Hong-man.
 
--There is an article at http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id-42699 interviewing boxer Monte Barrett, who is a friend of John Cena's about him doing a boxing match with David Tua at WrestleMania.  He pitched it to Cena.  I can't see this happening.  Boxing at a WrestleMania is not a good mix, especially when it's non-celebrity boxers in a serious boxing match.  Barrett has talked of leaving boxing for WWE per the advice of Cena.
 
--Booker T is not fond of Generation Me.  He wrote today on twitter, regarding the brothers who had a WWE tryout this past week:  "A friend RVD made comment few week back...now I no why, i say a small tag team called the YB's did hay shake my handno!  Yes I said SMALL!!"  I think in the Booker to English translation, Nick & Matt Massie are small and didn't shake his hand.
 
--Do you think SummerSlam beat last year's PPV numbers?
Yes 45.7%
No 28.8%
The same 25.5%
 
--Poll on Raw for Monday
Excellent 6.2%
Good 42.3%
Average 25.9%
Fair 11.3%
Poor 14.4%
        10.6% of those responding didn't see the show
   
--Stacy Keibler has gotten into several U.K. gossip mags including People and Hello! due to her romance with George Clooney (thanks to Brian Henke)
 
--Eric Darnell Anderson, the Deputy County Counsel of Contra Costa County in Northern California, a former wrestler who was mentioned in yesterday's trivia noted that he had worked as a school teacher at Poly Prep in Brooklyn and came across someone who had a lot of love and knowledge and pro wrestling, who later worked for ECW--Joel Gertner.
 
--There is a rap song out by Killer Mike, called "Ric Flair," using a lot of Flair promos and he raps in between the promos.  This apparently gets a lot of air play (thanks to Troy Doucet)
 
--More on Mark Fowler, the kickboxer in Australia whose death after a match has gotten a lot of national news at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/kickboxers-death-rocks-community/story-f n6b3v4f-1226116923186
 
--UFC fighter Anthony Perosh responds to the story and safeness of his sport at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/plenty-of-safety-rules-for-fighters /story-e6freuy9-12261170077097 (thanks to Tim Forge)
 
--Pro Wrestling World 1 on 8/28 in Jackson, NJ at the Knights of Columbus for a 1 p.m. show headlined by Chris Rockwell vs. Super Sweet and Sam Shields vs. Steve Corino.
 
--IWA East Coast on 9/20 in Nitro, WV at the Kings Way Center with Sean Waltman, Necro Butcher and Sami Callihan.
 
--Billy Gunn talks his career at http://www.wrestlingvoice.net/2011/08/interview-with-billy-gunn/
 
--NYWC on 8/18 in Port Jefferson Station, NY at the Elks Lodge
 
--UWC Championship Wrestling TV show at http://www.youtube.com/UWCWrestlingVideos
 
--Shimmer has announced Hiroyo Matsumoto, Neveah, Yumi Ohka and Hailey Hatred for its next set of DVD tapings on 10/1 and 10/2 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club.
 
--UK wrestlers Rob Holte and Ross Williams talk Varsity Pro Wrestling at http://tinyurl.com/3mumwqm
 
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla before 4,000 fans:  Astral & Mascarita Dorada & Ultimo Dragoncito b Nitrito & Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Warrior, Brazo de Plata & Maximo & Toscano b Dragon Rojo Jr. & Rey Escorpion & Ultimo Guerrero-DQ, Mascara Dorada b Mephisto to keep CMLL welterweight title
 
--Last night in Queretaro:  Rey Aztlan & Verdugo Blanco b Golden King & Super Gallo, Los Malignos Negros I & II b Dragon de Oriente II & Galaxy, Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Las Drabeks I & II, Mascara Dorada & Sangre Azteca b Felino & Polvora, Mr. Niebla b Ultimo Guerrero-DQ (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--Super X Wrestling on Sunday in Puebla:  Black Bull b Trash Metal, Radamantis won three-way over Ikaro and Tornado, Eterno & Veneno b Super Nova & Tribal, Fuerza Guerrera & Villano III b Pirata Morgan & Rambo, Mr. Aguila & Kung Fu Jr. & Super Crazy b El Hijo del Fishman & Lizmark Jr. & Histeria    
 
--New Jack and Terri Runnels stuff was carried on Fox Sports at http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/ex-wrestling-couple-fighting-over-ph otos-081611
 
--Strikeforce announced Lorenz Larkin vs. Virgil Zwicker, Lavar Johnson vs. Shawn Jordan and Ryan Couture vs. Maka Watson as the three headline fights for a 9/23 Challengers show in Las Vegas at The Palms.  Tickets go on sale Friday for this event that will air on Showtime to the public.  UFC Fight Club members can get tickets starting at 10 a.m. Pacific tomorrow at UFCFightClub.com  UFC & Strikeforce newsletter readers can order tickets starting at Noon Pacific tomorrow.

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