SAT. UPDATE: White on ESPN, Runnels on Bucks, New TUF show, UFC 134 notes, Interesting promotion

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Bellator also runs tonight from the Mohegan Sun Casino at 9 p.m. on MTV 2

Saul Almeida (146) vs. Tateki Matsuda (145.25)
Brett Oteri (170) vs. Ryan Quinn (170)
Andrew Calandrelli (155.5) vs. Matt Nice (155.5)
Nik Fekete (205) vs. Mark Griffin (205)
Dan Cramer (205) vs. Jeff Nader (204)

Live fights
Juan Barrante (155.25) vs. Rene Nazare (156)
Ricco Rodriguez (229.75) vs. Seth Petruzelli (224)
Cole Konrad (264.5) vs. Paul Buentello (255.25)
Pat Curran (145) vs. Marlon Sandro (145) in the finals of the featherweight tournament

We're also looking for reports on Thursday's TNA show in Columbus, GA and last night's TNA show in Rome, GA.

Sunday is an extremely rare Sunday with no major events.  Due to poor advances and/or routing issues, both WWE shows scheduled for the day were pulled.

Live Raw comes from Edmonton on Monday.  Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Calgary.

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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.

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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/  

We've got a huge story on the G-1 Climax tournament, the booking of the finish, where New Japan goes from here, as well as a history of the winners from the past.

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.

We also look at a poll of sports fans, how pro wrestling and MMA fared and some amazing stats about pro wrestling that are the exact opposite of what most would seen to think.  We also look at the WWE 12 roster and who got left out.  We also look at how the economy may change the cable business.  We look at how that would affect WWE and UFC, as well as more from the sign police, WWE tryouts and time delayed viewership of Raw.

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.

We also have our usual weekly features including ratings for all the major national shows, broken down the segment-by-segment for both Raw and Impact, showing which segments gained and lost viewers and evaluated their performance from an audience level.

We also have results from all the major league pro wrestling and MMA events over the past week, as well as reviews of all the major television shows.    

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--Press conference announcing heels turning babyface

--World title change in Mexico

--Who have won the CMLL world heavyweight title including some well known Americans

--Foreign Hall of Famer heads to Arena Mexico

--Notes on All Japan's annual junior heavyweight tournament

--Major head-to-head battle in Japan

--Zuffa fighter headlines major pro wrestling event in Tokyo promotional war

--WWE star involved in that wrestling war show

--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

--New Jack/Terri Runnels lawsuit update

--Devin Nicholson lawsuit update

--Juggalo Championship Wrestling legends show notes featuring some of the biggest stars of the 70s, 80s and 90s

--NWA Legends Convention news

--Update on NWA title belt

--Whatever happened to Pampero Firpo

--Music star opens up a new wrestling promotion

--Former wrestling headliner and celebrity in Canada doing autobiography

--Wrestler arrested as sex offender

--UFC 133 early PPV estimates and what areas did well

--Mauro Ranallo and Dana White talk Fedor

--Future of Cung Le

--Next major Dream show

--Bellator's next show

--One of the most well known names in sports wants to do MMA, and calls out a former Dream headliner

--Jens Pulver on comeback trail

--Kimbo Slice in boxing

--Debut of new promotion with an old name including an NCAA champion former UFC stars
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--Regarding the Lisa Wright of the Council for Unity letter from earlier this week in these pages. written to the Creative Coalition asking to be taken off the Be a Star web site, she wrote a retraction of sorts yesterday, after hearing from the WWE and Diva Dirt among others::

"Yesterday, a letter that I had written, that was never intended to be made public, was.  In the letter about my perceptions regarding the alliance between the Be a Star Alliance and the WWE with regard to bullying prevention, it was never my intention to disparage the Be a Star Alliance, the WWE the wrestlers or their many fans.

After careful consideration and research on my part, plus some intelligent feedback from some of the loyal fans of WWE, I realize that perhaps I reacted too harshly and without enough information.  I have been reminded that the important issue is the prevention of bullying and the protection and support of those that have been victimized by it.  Ultimately, my own actions, intended or not, have had a negative impact.

In the spirit of tolerance and understanding, which I have been reminded I must practice as well as preach, I hereby offer an apology to the Be a Star Foundation and the WWE.  I also wish to rescind my request that my organization be removed from the Be a Star Alliance web site.  There are often many ways to reach a goal; the important thing is that we support each other on our journey."

--Joe Rogan won't be announcing on this coming Saturday's UFC show in Brazil as he's filming Fear Factor.  Mike Goldberg will work with Kenny Florian instead.  The prelims will be airing on Facebook as well as at 8 p.m. on Spike.

--Dana White, exactly one day after signing a deal with Fox:
"ESPN always hated us and now they hate us more now that we are on FOX.  they canceled my int next week for UFC Rio Fuk ESPN"  ESPN Sports Center is what it is.  The amount of coverage UFC gets on ESPN almost always was dependent on where negotiations to get UFC on ESPN were, not the importance or interest in a show.  Anyone who follows the NHL knows the game.

--Dustin Runnels continues the burial of Matt & Nick Massie (Generation Me) on twitter:  "As booker says...better show some respect when in the lockerroom, there are good teaches here that know more than you young bucks...just a reminder...if trying out for wwe...xtend your hand, be polite and respectful and do what your told.  You don't have to like the golden one, but you will respect my knowledge of the business."

--Dana White talks about an Australian version of Ultimate Fighter at  White said he'd like the first season of an Australian show to be starting to film by Christmas.  I've heard ideas of a U.K. vs. Australia show for both markets.  The show would be called "The Bashes," and shot in Las Vegas.  Marshall Zelaznik, who heads the UFC international department, said three stations are interested and a number of major sponsors are on board.  Teases of coaches include Michael Bisping, Ross Pearson or Dan Hardy for Team U.K. and Kyle Noke, George Sotiropolous or Brian Ebersole for Team Australia.    

--The National Geographic Channel's look at independent wrestling will air at 10 p.m. on Wednesday night.  The show will be built around Ring of Honor and National Wrestling Superstars.

--Kevin Nash canceled all his indie dates this week since he's back with WWE.  He has not canceled future dates I'm aware of, but obviously he would if they coincide with WWE dates.

--Spike last night during Pros vs. Joes ran a commercial for "Monday Night Impact."

--Spike is also heavily promoting tonight's Bellator show on MTV 2.  That is even though Spike officials deny any interest in Bellator.  It should be noted that in 2005, Spike continually said they had no interest in TNA every day until the day  was signed.

--Lance Storm's new ebook:  "Storm Warnings," which is a collection of his wrestling columns is out at 5I6J1E2/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1313841226&sr=8-7

--Shane Helms has a message for young guys.  It's simple.  If you are in a WWE dressing room, shake hands with everyone.  As far as why, go to

--John Morrison talks about a bunch of stuff including his opinion of Melina as the greatest woman wrestler in WWE history at

--What September show are you most looking forward to?
UFC 135 Jones vs. Rampage 50.9%
WWE Night of Champions 22.7%
ROH iPPV 16.8%
TNA No Surrender 4.3%
Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals 4.0%
UFC Ellenberger vs. Shields 1.4%

--Will UFC set its all-time ratings record on FOX on 11/12
Will no matter what they put on 25.4%
It could, but depends on the main event 57.0%
Nothing they can put on will beat Shamrock vs. Ortiz 17.6%

--Poll on Impact
Excellent 22.9%
Good 20.5%
Average 12.0%
Fair 6.0%
Poor 38.6%
58.9% of those responding didn't see the show.  The number of people who used to watch that stopped watching Impact has been remarkably higher just in the past few weeks.

--Not that this has much to do with anything, but former pro wrestling critical L.Brent Bozell's annual salary running the Media Research Center is $422,804 per year.

--Crossfire Entertainment Tribute to the Fairgrounds tonight in Nashville at the Fairgrounds.  Rikishi & Brian Christopher reunite Too Cool to face David Young & Sigmon, Bill Dundee vs. Dutch Mantel in a cage match, Raven vs. Hammerjack, Kid Kash vs. Jerry Lynn, Wolfie D vs. Jamie Dundee (they were a major tag team there in the 90s), and more, plus Maria Kanellis and Tracy Smothers appear.

--Brady Hicks talks the Pro Wrestling Illustrated top 500 and why Miz was No. 1 at

--The movie "To The Mat" what debuted on Wednesday night, will be replayed at 6 p.m tonight on CMT America.  Paul Lazenby plays the role of Rico, the top heel of an independent Southern pro wrestling company.

--The December Strikeforce show is set for 12/17.  Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal for the lightweight title plus Gina Carano are targeted for that show.

--Ken Slater said he was watching his Sinclair station and saw an ROH commercial during the Dr. Phil show, that featured Davey Richards, Charlie Haas, Shelton Benjamin, Mike Bennett and others.   

--GoFightLive has Fight Tour Euro TAT2 free at 6:30 p.,m. tonight Absolute Acton MMA at 7:30 p.m. tonight for $9.99 and Muay Thai Battle in the Desert at 8 pm. for $14.99.

--Chuck Langerman's trivia for today revolves around Tom Brandi.  Brandi, also known as The Patriot, Sal Sincere (sometimes both on the same night) and Johnny Gunn, graduated from Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown, PA in 1983.  Through reading Gorilla Monsoon's wrestling column that used to appear in the Philadelphia Journal, he thought you had to have an amateur background to make it in pro wrestling, so he started wrestling in high school and won the Philadelphia Catholic League championship as a senior in 1983.

--Bill Goldberg, Alex Karras, Lou Albano and Ric Flair were all football players who later became pro wrestlers and did some acting.  In addition, all of their fathers were doctors.  Albano went to Archbishop Stepenac High School in White Plains, the same school as Jon Voight and Alan Alda.

--Mick Foley along with several other comedians will be performing on 8/24 in Bellmore, NY at Brokerage Comedy Club in a benefit performance to raise money for RAINN.

--Ted DiBiase Sr., Necro Butcher and Harry Smith will be signing autographs from 1-3 p.m. tomorrow at Collector's Realm in Poughkeepsie.  On 8/27 from 3-6 p.m. at the Dutchess County Fair, there will be a benefit signing by Brutus Beefcake.  

--Axl Rotten wrote that while he is having financial issues, as are many, he did not ask for fans to give him $5,000, he only asked for support from friends and fans alike.  He said he was now going to school and looking for a 9-to-5 job, and is also looking for indie dates at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or @AxlRotten ECW on twitter.

--Val Venis talks on and on about smoking pot at

--VPW from Thursday in Portsmouth, England:  Rob Holte b Ikarus, Daivari b Jake McLusky, Chris Andrews b Nathan MacKenzie, Leon Shah b Trevor Manners, Daivari b Chris Andrews, Leon Shah b Rob Holte, Daivari b Leon Shah to win one night tournament for the VPW title.  Next show is 10/27 featuring Fit Finlay. (thanks to Luke Owen)

--Premier Championship Wrestling from Thursday night in Winnipeg:  Adam Knight b Cameron Cross, Leo London & James Beaver b Trent Nash, Chris Marxwell b Darien Karisma, Antonio Scorpio Jr. b Prince Fuego, Scott Justice b Jackie Lee, JP Kaos b Kory Kinkade, Kenny Omega & Chris Stevens b Mike Angel & Chad Tatum (thanks to Andrew Shallcross)

--NYWC from Thursday night in Port Jefferson Station, NY:  Dimitrios Papadon b Marty Flames, Mikey Whipwreck & Tony Burma b Style & Finesse, Victor Cruz b Spyder, Nikki Syx & Ricky b Francis Kipland Stevens & Violet, Tony Nese (TNA) & Odie Montez b J.T. kasin & Braydn Knight, Dan Eckos b King Mega, Dickie Rodz & Rex Lawless b D.J. Phat Pat & Kenny Royal, John Silver & Alex Reynolds  Stockade & Apollyon.  Next show is 8/25 in Deer Park and the Sportatorium. (thanks to Ken Lippe)

--IWC Caged Fury tonight in Elizabeth, PA at the Court Time Sports Center featuring War Games with John McChesney & Dennis Gregory & Jimmy Vegas vs. Ray Rowe & Jason Gory & Facade, plus two other cage matches, as well as Shiima Xion, Bubba the Bulldog, Johnny Gargano, Matt Cross and more.

--Outlaws of Wrestling with a show to raise funds to combat autism on 8/27 at the Jackson Moose Lodge in Jackson, NJ

--AAW tonight in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club with Arik Cannon vs. Steve Corino, Awesome Threesome vs. Zero Gravity, plus Silas Young, Jimmy Jacobs, Ryan Boz and Keith Walker.  They also have an after-party at Garvi'sInn/Giovanni's in Berwyn a few blocks from the Eagles Club.

--USWO from last night in Nashville:  Krull b Damien Payne, Nick Iggy & Fireball Roberts b Bully Douglas & Ox Harley, Chris Michaels b Bryan Casey, L.T. Falk b Shane Williams, Chase Stevens b Cassidy Riley, Gary Valiant b Jeremiah Plunkett, Jocephus b Raven-DQ (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)

--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Relampago & Virgo b Divino & Thunder Boy, Nitrito & Pequeno Olimpico & Pierrothito b Astral & Electrico & Shockercito, Marcela b Princesa Blanca, Fuego & Sagrado & Sangre Azteca b Okumura & Vangelis & Nobuo Yoshihashi, Brazo de Plata & Maximo & Rush b Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr., Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto b La Mascara & Mascara Dorada & La Sombra to keep CMLL trios titles (thanks to Kris Zellner)

--Former XPW promoter Rob Black returns to pro wrestling after eight years for a show on Tuesday at the Key Club in West Hollywood, CA.  Black's group folded after he had to serve time on pornography charges.    Eric Watts and Rocky Romero will be the headliners.

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