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We're also looking for reports on Thursday night's TNA show in Columbus, GA and Saturday night's show in Atlanta.
Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Calgary.
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.
Both issues are now up on the site. If you can't find them on the front page, you can always access the latest issues of the Observer on the front page by clicking on the Archives tab at the top. You can get a mail subscription to the Observer with information below. The Observer has the most detailed coverage of pro wrestling around the world, as well as insider UFC coverage not available anywhere else. We have about 14 new newsletters each month, usually six Observers, four or five Figure Four Weeklies and four or five back issues of the Observer each week.
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/
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.
The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.
Also in this week's issues:
--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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--Word going around at TV today is that Rey Mysterio needs knee surgery, which is what everyone had been assuming since Monday.
--Matt Hardy on his wreck: "When the side windows glass smashed into my face, arms and neck, some of the blood that did felt almost angelic. I went from being afraid to die to feeling like I was almost being reborn with some sort of an ABSOLUTE PURE LIFE-FORCE. It was the most amazing thing I've every experience. I felt like I'd just received the blood of an angel flowing inside me--I know this sounds crazy! Due to these, I only have urges to help people. And miraculously, all my vices are gone." The stuff that makes no sense is not typos in this case.
--The crash took place at 12:46 p.m. Saturday. According to the police report, Hardy ran off the road, hit a pipe and then a tree. He was cut but not seriously injured. He was traveling at between 55 and 70 miles per hour. According to officer B.J. Smith, Hardy had not been drinking. Hardy himself said he passed a breathalyzer. However, Smith wrote that Hardy appeared to have taken some type of impairing substance and submitted to a blood test. Hard was charged with driving while impaired and exceeding safe speed while driving. He has a hearing on 9/28.
--Matt has been fired by TNA.
--Jeff Katz will be announcing new names daily for his Wrestling Revolution Project Internet 13-week television series. The first name on the roster is Colt Cabana, who is going by his real name, Scott Colton..
--Just want to make note that Wednesday's issue of the Observer is going to be the biggest history piece we've done in many years, covering the origins of MMA as an arena sport, and its history in Brazil, the U.S. and Japan, including looking at many of the biggest name stars of the early years, forgotten stars, biggest angles, connection to pro wrestling and much more.
--Saturday's UFC has made a change. The Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell fight that was scheduled for Spike, will now air on Facebook. It's being replaced with Dan Miller vs. Rousimar Palhares, which opens the Spike broadcast at 8 p.m.
--The Countdown show will debut Thursday night after Impact.
--Poll on Saturday's Bellator show
73.1% of those responding didn't see the show
--Most important person in MMA history
Dana White 42.2%
Royce Gracie 26.2%
Helio Gracie 8.7%
Antonio Inoki 6.9%
Lorenzo Fertitta 6.1%
Ken Shamrock 2.8%
Brock Lesnar 2.0%
Rorion Gracie 1.6%
Nobuhiko Takada 1.3%
Masakatsu Funaki 1.0%
Akira Maeda 0.8%
Carlos Gracie 0.3%
--Best TV show of the past week
UFC on Versus 38.0%
Inside MMA 1.1%
MMA Live 0.5%
--Impact in the U.K. is moving to 9 p.m. Sunday nights starting this coming Sunday. The current time slot of 10 p.m. Tuesday will air a repeat of Sunday. The Sunday show airs what airs on Spike the prior Thursday.
--The Briscoes vs. All Night Express, stipulations to be decided at a later date, has been added to the ROH iPPV show on 9/17 from the Manhattan Center in New York.
--The WWE Corporate web site, which was down yesterday and redirecting to the main site, is now back up.
--TNA sent photos to TMZ claiming Scott Baio and Eric Young got into a verbal altercation at a golf course in Los Angeles this week. Well, since the clips have aired on Impact for several straight weeks, it couldn't have been this past week. But, the clips end soon as the climax of the storyline will air Thursday on Impact.
--Days after Shawn Michaels announced that he would not be going to the U.K. in October for the 1PW group, the promotion has now folded. Pro Wrestling Eve, an all women's group, will be running in the area at Gym Combat in Nottingham on 10/8 and 10/9.
--Ted DiBiase talks about his kids in WWE and a movie being talked about to be made on his life at
--Phil Sturm also has an interview with Necro Butcher at
--Josh Barnett talks a little bit of everything at http://fcfighter.com/post/fcf-exclusive-josh-barnett-talks-upcoming-showd own-with-bigfoot-silva-brett-rogers-zuffa-alistair-overeem-and-more
--Latest odds for UFC 134
Anderson Silva -500
Yushin Okami +400
Silva is probably going to win, but these odds are too long
Forrest Griffin +195
Shogun Rua -235
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira +195
Brendan Schaub -235
Edson Barboza -280
Ross Pearson +240
Lius Cane -225
Stanislav Nedkov +175
Spencer Fisher +180
Thiago Tavares -240
Dan Miller +170
Rousimar Palhares -230
--David Harvey wrote in regard to what Scott Keith send in for yesterday's update that WWE did run two shows in Saskatoon in 2004, one headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Eddie Guerrero and another by Chris Benoit vs. Kane. The rest of the stuff, regarding the canceled shows since then was correct.
--Regarding pro wrestlers who graduated from Massey High School in Calgary, other Hart brothers we didn't list included Keith Hart, Ross Hart, Smith Hart, Wayne Hart (who refereed but didn't wrestle) and Dean Hart (who refereed occasionally). (thanks to Bob Leonard)
--CWF Mid Atlantic from Saturday night in Burlington, NC before 300 fans, featuring a guest appearance by J.J. Dillon: Xsiris b Jason Miller, Arik Royal b Ric Converse, Devin Dalton b Michael McAllister, Mikael Yamaha won eight man scramble, Adam Page & Jason Blade b Ty Dillinger & Ray Kandrack, Walter Eaton & Roy Wilkins b Nick Richards & Donnie Dallas, Eaton & Wilkins b Page & Blade, Arik Royal b Xsiris. Next show is 9/3 (thanks to Brad Stutts)
--Alex Shane's latest promotional video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6JQqd8bIiY&feature=channel_video_title
--Saturday night in Aberdeen, Scotland for WrestleZone before 272 fans: Shawn Johnson b Crusher Craib, James Midas b Cysto 2, Dave Rayne b Scotty Swift, Damien b Johnny Lions & Zach Dynamite, Zach Dynamite won Battle Royal, Sterling Oil b Colt Cabana & Bryan Tucker (thanks to Bryan McKellar)
--Chuck Langerman's daily trivia. While a lot of people are aware of pro wrestlers like Brock Lesnar, Kazushi Sakuraba, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Don Frye, Kiyoshi Tamura, Jushin Liger and many others doing MMA, a forgotten one is the late Anthony Durante, or Pitbull #2 of ECW fame. Durante went 0-2 in MMA fighting for the International Fighting Championships. He lost to Kristof Midoux on October 9, 1999 and to Todd Broadway on January 22, 2000, both in the first round via armbar.
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA at the Academy Theater.
--Jon Davis of the Dark City Fight Club talks at http://maniaweekend.blogspot.com/2011/08/interview-with-jon-davis-of-drag on-gate.html
--Classic Championship Wrestling is running a weekend of fair shows in Ontario, all free admission with a ticket to the fair. On 9/9 at the Six Nations Fair in Oshweeken, ONT with Michael Elgin at 7 p.m. There is also a show at the Beeton Fair in Beeton, ONT on 9/9 at 7:30 p.m., headlined by Derek Wylde vs. Shawn Spears. On 9/10, at 1:30 p.m., they run in Petrolia, ONT at the Petrolia Fair with Michael Elgin vs. Derek Wylde plus a cage match with Reznor vs. Hickster. On 9/11, they run in Mildmay, ONT at the Mildmay Fair at 2 p.m. with Spears vs. Jake O'Reilly and Reznor vs. Michael Elgin and 9/11 at 1 p.m. at the Renfrew Fair in Renfrew, ONT.
--Evolution Fighting Championships 7 on 8/27 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center has a 16 fight show.
--NWA Fusion from Saturday night, somewhere in Virginia: Victor Griff b Ryan Zane, Brandon Day b Pat Cusick, Stephon Smith & Larry McHale b Amazing Sanchezzzz & Krotch and The Executioners, Preston Quinn b Zach Hilton in a strap match, Shorty Smalls b Sean Denny, Larry Horsley b Jefferson Early in a street fight, Mempho Mofo b Brandon Day. Next shows are 9/10 in Gloucester, VA and 9/17 in King and Queen County, VA.
--Scott Barrett vs. Chase Gormley headlines an XFC show in Orlando on 10/21, which will air live on HDNet.
--K&S and Highspots have an autograph convention on Saturday in Essington, PA at the Ramada Hotel with Wendi Richter, Candice Michelle, Rockin Robin, Madusa, Torrie Wilson, Terri Runnels, Shelly Martinez, Asya, Heidi Lee Morgan, Sojo Bolt, Mike McGuirk, Debra Marshall, Stacy Cater, Cherry, Christy Hemme, Traci Brooks, Jimmy Hart, Isis the amazon, Fit Finlay Sunny and more.
--Emerson Witner talks the 1990 Royal Rumble at http://angrymarks.com/?ArticleID=14923.