WED. UPDATE: Flair vs. Sting, New national wrestling show to debut in a few weeks, Ratings, Edge



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        We're looking for reports on tonight's Impact tapings in Orlando with the final show of the three nights. 
 
        Hulk Hogan's Micro Championship Wrestling reality show debuts tonight at 10 p.m. on Tru TV.
 
        With coverage of why this past week was a bad one for WWE business wise, notes on a crazy week from UFC with arguably its biggest fight of 2011 being changed and why, coverage of Strikeforce and the behind-the-scenes talk on that promotion, plus the fundamental issues wrong with TNA, and coverage of their PPV and television shows, we've got two issues of the Observer out this week.
 
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        We also look at the situation with Nick Diaz, B.J. Penn, GSP and others after a week of change in the UFC's biggest show.  We look at Diaz's punishment for missing the press conferences, Penn's long-term goals, how bad a financial hit Diaz is likely to take, the dynamic of the show, the story behind the ticket sales of the show, and a look back at Diaz's track record in recent years.  There are comments from Dana White, talk about why GSP vs. Diaz would have been huge box office and looking at the Penn vs. Diaz fight, as well as where it currently stands.
 
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        We look at the fallout of the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals, both matches and business.  We've also got match-by-match coverage and poll results.  We look at the shocking rating and put it into perspective as well as what it means, and a look at why the show did so poorly on TV.
 
        We also have full coverage of TNA No Surrender, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results, as well as an early look at where Bound for Glory seems to be going.
 
        We also have a feature on UFC fighter Brian Stann, and how 9/11 changed his life.  This is a piece about someone who suffered untold tragedy because of that day, but how it changed him in so many ways.
 
        We also have Mick Foley talking TNA exit, Raw ratings in Canada, what major changes have been made since February in viewing habits of Raw.
 
        We also have a look at one of the most historic pro wrestling events of the year, All Together Now, the joint venture of All Japan, New Japan and Pro Wrestling NOAH.  We talk about the atmosphere of the show, notes about it, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings, the good and bad and unique crowd.   
 
        We also have notes on CMLL's plans for its anniversary events over the next few weeks.
 
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        We also have our regular weekly features with results of all the major arena events around the world, as well as all the major TV show reviews.  
 
         Also in this week's issue:
 
--Update on Roddy Piper and his injury
 
--More on changes in the tour where Bill Goldberg is to return to wrestle and who right now is earmarked as his opponent, as well as the names on tour.
 
--Much more on Kurt Angle's DWI case, including what happened when he was pulled over and why he was pulled over.
 
--Hulk Hogan sticks his foot in his mouth talking about Angle.
 
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--Hall of Famer's 40th anniversary event including the return of many major 70s and 80s stars
 
--Chavo Guerrero Sr. returns to wrestling in Mexico
 
--Mexican promotion bringing in a number of U.S. stars
 
--Sting's Mexico debut opponent official
 
--TNA names going to Mexico this week
 
--A look at the Dragon Gate USA weekend
 
--Why some wrestlers are improving so fast
 
--New potential stars
 
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--Update on attendance
 
--Four star matches
 
--90s wrestlers coming out of retirement to honor one of that era's biggest promotions
 
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--Former U.S. champion out with herniated disc
 
--Return to the ring of Marufuji
 
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--Teddy Hart's latest insanity
 
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--Former WCW wrestler returns after nine years out of action
 
--CZW Cage of Death
 
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--More stations to pick up ROH down the road and where
 
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--Warrior movie talk and box office
 
--Lots of new UFC fights between now and the end of the year
 
--How UFC ticket sales for all the upcoming shows are doing
 
--What famous person is UFC inviting to a show early next year
 
--Former WWE star vs. former boxing champion fight falling through
 
    
 
 

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--Ric Flair suffered a left arm injury in his match with Sting at Monday night's tapings.  Between the injury to Flair and Sting forgetting spots, this match is going to have to be cleaned up a lot in editing before it airs tomorrow night.
 
--Lucha Libre USA:  Masked Warriors is being brought back to MTV 2 starting on 10/1 at 10 a.m.  That's in the morning.  They'll be appearing matches that have been taped the past year in Albuquerque at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.   
 
--USA was No. in cable this past week with a 2.3 prime time average.  This will likely be the last week for a while they are as ESPN, which did a 1.9, with the addition of Monday Night Football, will shoot past them.  FX was No. 8 at 1.2, Syfy was No. 21 at 0.8 and Spike was No. 25 at 0.7.  The two hours of Raw last week were No. 14 and No. 17.  Neither hour made the top ten in 18-49, which they are usually a fixture near the top in.
 
--Some clips of Edge appreciation night from last night in Toronto:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViG-2Qp738k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNDFrEJamjmo
(thanks to Adam Lebow)   
 
--There is an interview with Nick Diaz up today at www.mmajunke.com talking about going from fighting GSP to fighting B.J. Penn.
 
--Bryan and I will be back for our midweek show late tonight.  We'll be talking news from the tapings, more on WWE business as well as taking your questions via e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Newest names for Jeff Katz Wrestling Revolution project are Shawn Spears and Joey Ryan.
 
--There will be a Yokozuna Memorial Show on 10/1 in Chester, PA at Harrah's Casino.  Ro'z, Dawn Marie, Gillberg, Jimmy Snuka, Big Daddy Voodoo (Nelson Frazier), Gene Snisky (Snitsky), Road Dogg Sandman, Steve Corino, Mikey Whipwreck,Homicide, Samu, Rikishi, Manu and many others are appearing at the show. 
 
--Jerry Lawler got national attention in football for sending an e-mail to the Memphis Commercial Appeal saying Memphis football will never improve under coach Larry Porter at http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/24156338/31979208
 
--Do you think Sunday's Night of Champions will:
Do better than last year's show 32.6%
Do worse than last year's show 34.0%
Do the same as last year 33.4%
 
--Did the HHH-Punk confrontation on Raw make you:
More want to see their match 29.1%
Less want to see it 22.2%
Made no difference 48.7%
 
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 6.0%
Good 17.7%
Average 24.2%
Fair 16.0%
Poor 36.1%
        15.8% of those responding didn't see the show.  Those marks are far worse than the show traditionally does on our polls. 
 
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia.  Terry Allen lettered in wrestling and track at Norfolk Collegiate Prep School in Norfolk, VA.  In wrestling, he went from winning only one match as a freshman, to winning the state championship at 167 pounds as a senior in 1977.  He wrestled briefly at Old Dominion University at the Division I level before he left to become a pro wrestler.  As Magnum T.A., he was one of pro wrestling's biggest stars of the 80s before his career ended in a 1986 auto accident.  He is now married to Courtney Shattuck, who was previously married to Tully Blanchard.  Years before either met Shattuck, the Magnum T.A. vs. Tully Blanchard I Quit match was one of the most famous matches of the 80s.
 
--Kip Frey, who ran WCW in the early 90s (between Jim Herd and Bill Watts) was hired today as CEO and President of EvoApp, a social media company.  Frey was lauded in the press release for his track record in developing organizations. (thanks to Jason Solomon)
 
--Mick Foley Hardcore Comedy on 12/2 at 8 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. at the Toronto Underground Cinemas.
 
--Kevin Nash will be in Woodstock, VA on Saturday night at the AWE show to formally sign a contract for a PPV match on 10/15 where he will team with Doug Gibson against Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson.  On Saturday's show at Central High School in Woodstock, besides Nash, also at the show will be DDP, Jim Duggan, Fit Finlay, Tully Blanchard and C.W. Anderson
 
--More Hulk Hogan promoting tonight's debut of Micro Championship Wrestling at http://amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/hulk-hogan-s-big-new-micro-wrestling-sh ow-1.3168516 (thanks to Jeff Sheridan)
 
--More on the Edge Appreciation Night is at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2011/09/14/18685736.html
 
--AAW on 10/28 in Merrionette Park, IL at 115 Bourbon Street has a show with Scott Steiner, Rhino, Matt Cross, Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine.
 
--In Your Face Wrestling on 10/1 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center.
 
--Bill Behrens at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it can help you with booking names like Christopher Daniels, Eric Young, Jay Lethal, Fit Finlay, Amazing Red, Adam Pearce, Kevin Nash, Shane Helms, Orlando Jordan, Devon, Jerry Jarrett, David Taylor, Luke Gallows Wolfie D, Scott Steiner, Rick Steiner, Tommy Dreamer, Paul Bearer, Karen Jarrett, Kip James, B.G. James, Scott Norton, Sonjay Dutt, Ken Doane, Mike Posey, Jimmy Rave, Delirious, Daizee Haze, Earl Hebner, Boogeyman, Gunner, Murphy, Larry Zbyszko, Luke Hawx, Paul Burchill and many more for either appearances or matches. 
 
--New TNA Best of the Spin Cycle show is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Esg6PGDhTiA
 
--Kevin Eck of WWE creative has put up a column at http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2011-09-12/ecks-factor-09-13-11
 
--A story on Cael Sanderson going for his first ever world championship this week in Istanbul, turkey is at http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/story/2011-09-13/wrestler-cael-sa nderson-wants-to-add-to-04-gold/50393984/1
 
--Lance Storm wants to set the record straight regarding rumors of any impending direct relationship between his wrestling academy and WWE at http://www.stormwrestling.com/091311.html  The short answer is there is no direct relationship, there is no serious talk of a direct relationship, but if WWE was interested, he could be as well, since he's been a developmental trainer for them in the past. 
 
--Chris Jericho got to choose a track in the upcoming Judas Priest compilation album "A Chosen Few."  He chose the 1984 song "The Sentinel."
 
--Bret Hart appears on 10/1 for a Northeast Wrestling show in Poughkeepsie at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and that afternoon at Collector's Realm in Poughkeepsie for an autograph appearance.
 
--The Score Fighting Series returns on 10/14 at the Hamilton Place Theater in Hamilton featuring Joe Doerksen as the headliner.  The show airs live on TheScore.com and on tape delay on TV.
 
--Josh Watko at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it has a copy of  "Badstreet USA," an LP put out by Michael Hayes in the 80s.
 
--WWE Raw was No. 42 on Pay TV in Australia with 66,000 viewers.
 
--Jim Baker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it has one extra ticket to the CHIKARA show in Brockton, MA on 9/17 that he's looking to sell.
 
--Jim Duggan and Maria Kanellis appear at the Steel City Con on 12/2 to 12/4 in Monroeville, PA at the Convention Center. 
 
--ACE TV tapings on 10/8 at the Ace Arena in Union City, NJ and on 11/12 in the same arena they have a show with Carlito, Savio Vega and Jay Lethal.   
  
--3XW on 9/17 and 9/18 with afternoon shows at the Iowa Latino Heritage Festival in Des Moines.  They also run on 9/23 at the Forte Center at All Play in Des Moines.
 
--The Muay Thai Premier League show that several have raved about is available right now on tape at the GFL.tv web site as a video on demand product.
 
--West Coast Wrestling Company's third anniversary show on Saturday night in Lake Elsinore, CA at the Trevi Entertainment Center headlined by Devin Sparks vs. Joey Ryan. 
 
--An interview with Bill Apter is on Ed Loredo's show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cutrer
 
--UWC Championship Wrestling's new show is at http://www.youtube.com/UWCWrestlingVideos 
 
--Bodyslam Wrestling Organization on 9/17 in Elmwood Park, NJ at the American Legion Post 147
 
--XFC on 10/21 at the UCF Arena in Orlando headlined by Jamie Varner vs. Nate Jolly

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