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A few notes regarding the Observer.  This is a good period to subscribe because over the next several weeks the back issues will include the History of New Japan Pro Wrestling, the first Hall of Fame issue, plus the 2013 Hall of Fame iss...
A few notes regarding the Observer.  This is a good period to subscribe because over the next several weeks the back issues will include the History of New Japan Pro Wrestling, the first Hall of Fame issue, plus the 2013 Hall of Fame issue will be out in a few weeks.           We've also got a double issue of the Observer that will be on the site today with the lead story talking about the return of John Cena and the questions it asks.  We'll look at the current plans for Hell in a Cell, the injury to A.J. Lee, all the major questions that came up after Battleground, the fan reaction level, why so much went wrong and what questions it brings up about the current creative process.           We also look at gambling on WWE matches, an update on Rob Van Dam and Ricardo Rodriguez, along with full coverage of Battleground with match-by-match notes, star ratings and poll coverage from the show.           We also look at what happened with Dr. Wagner Jr., as well as what he said in public about AAA and what AAA said back.           We've got a note on the announced retirement of a Hall of Famer.           We've also got WWE and UFC touting their success and what does each company point to.  We also note what former WWF star is gaining power behind the scenes, WWE being honored by the SLI, More on John Cena being sued, several new WWE signings, Darren Young talks his situation an why he did what he did, DVD ideas WWE is considering, Dusty Rhodes talks Hall of Fame, A look back at the end of Crockett Promotions, Details on new major WWE hire, two new WWE DVDs  NXT, plus notes from all the house shows this past week.           We also have the follow up on last week's story on the wrestlers who have had the most four star matches.  This week we look at the numbers when you figure in Japanese big show matches.  Who were the top in-ring performers over the past 26 years and where do the stars of the current generation stand.           We also have a major feature this week on the life and times of Oregon wrestling legend Dutch Savage.  We look at the career and life of the face of wrestling in that part of the country for much of the 70s, what he represented, his life before and after wrestling, how he came to Oregon, how he became a partner in the promotion and why he suddenly disappeared.  It's a major feature on the world of pro wrestling in the Pacific Northwest and its unique characters, from Lonnie Mayne to Tony Borne to Buddy Rose to Bull Ramos to Roddy Piper to Jesse Ventura.           We look at one of the longest running television shows in U.S. history, why it ended, the make up of the crowds.  We look at his most famous angles, the babyface turn, the coal miner's glove match, the documentary PBS made on him, practical jokes, his runs outside the Northwest including main event title challenges in San Francisco and Los Angeles, how he got into wrestling, Big Luke Brown of The Kentuckians.           The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.           The Observer is now in its 31st year of being the leading insider pro wrestling publication in the world.  The biggest and most influential names in the pro wrestling and MMA industry, from bookers to promoters to Hall of Fame wrestlers and fighters to the biggest names on camera and behind the scenes, along with thousands of readers in all 50 states and more than 30 countries subscribe.  Many have subscribed for 20 years or longer consecutively.  They get the most detailed and inside coverage of what is going on all over the world.  Everywhere from Wall Street to the major offices to television networks in the U.S. and Japan turn to the Observer
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By Dave Meltzer | dave@wrestlingobserver.com | @DaveMeltzerWON                UFC show today from Barueri, Brazil, the entire show will be televised starting at 5 p.m. Eastern and 2 p.m. Pacific on FS 1:   Garrett Whiteley (8-0, 156) ...
By Dave Meltzer | dave@wrestlingobserver.com | @DaveMeltzerWON                UFC show today from Barueri, Brazil, the entire show will be televised starting at 5 p.m. Eastern and 2 p.m. Pacific on FS 1:   Garrett Whiteley (8-0, 156) vs. Alan Patrick (10-0, 155) Chris Cariaso (14-5, 125) vs. Iliarde Santos (27-8, 126) David Mitchell (12-3, 171) vs. Yan Cabral (10-0, 170) Igor Araujo (23-6, 1 no contest, 171) vs. Ildemar Alcantara (19-5, 171) T.J. Dillashaw (9-1, 136) vs. Raphael Assuncao (19-4, 135) Mike Pierce (17-5, 171) vs. Rousimar Palhares (23-5, 171) Joey Beltran (14-8, 1 no contest, 205) vs. Fabio Maldonado (19-6, 204) Matt Hamill (12-4, 205) vs. Thiago Silva (15-3, 2 no contests, 208) * Silva missed weight and was fined 20% of his purse Dong Hyun Kim (17-2-1, 1 no contest, 171) vs. Erick Silva (15-3,1 no contest, 170) Jake Shields (28-6-1, 1 no contest, 171) vs. Demian Maia (18-4, 171)           Ultimate Fighter tonight after UFC has the Jessamyn Duke vs. Raquel Pennington fight.  I saw the fight on Monday and it is absolutely worth going out of your way to see.  As noted before, Dana White bought both women tickets to the Mayweather fight after their performance and I've got to think that both are going to be fighting in UFC no matter what the outcome of the tournament.           Main Event at 8 p.m. tonight on Ion: Brodus Clay & Sweet T vs. Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre & Heath Slate 2 vs. 3 Tamina Snuka vs. Aksana Zack Ryder vs. Big E Langston           A few notes regarding the Observer.  This is a good period to subscribe because over the next several weeks the back issues will include the History of New Japan Pro Wrestling, the first Hall of Fame issue, plus the 2013 Hall of Fame issue will be out in a few weeks.           We've also got a double issue of the Observer that will be on the site today with the lead story talking about the return of John Cena and the questions it asks.  We'll look at the current plans for Hell in a Cell, the injury to A.J. Lee, all the major questions that came up after Battleground, the fan reaction level, why so much went wrong and what questions it brings up about the current creative process.           We also look at gambling on WWE matches, an update on Rob Van Dam and Ricardo Rodriguez, along with full coverage of Battleground with match-by-match notes, star ratings and poll coverage from the show.           We also look at what happened with Dr. Wagner Jr., as well as what he said in public about AAA and what AAA said back.           We've got a note on the announced retirement of a Hall of Famer.           We've also got WWE and UFC touting their success and what does each company point to.  We also note what former WWF star is gaining power behind the scenes, WWE being honored by the SLI, More on John Cena being sued, several new WWE signings, Darren Young talks his situation an why he did what he did, DVD ideas WWE is considering, Dusty Rhodes talks Hall of Fame, A look back at the end of Crockett Promotions, Details on new major WWE hire, two new WWE DVDs  NXT, plus notes from all the house shows this past week.           We also have the follow up on last week's story on the wrestlers who have had the most four star matches.  This week we look at the numbers when you figure in Japanese big show matches.  Who were the top in-ring performers over the past 26 years and where do the stars of the current generation stand.           We also have a major feature this week on the life and times of Oregon wrestling legend Dutch Savage.  We look at the career and life of the face of wrestling in that part of the country for much of the 70s, what he represented, his life before and after wrestling, how he came to Oregon, how he became a partner in the promotion and why he suddenly disappeared.  It's a major feature on the world of pro wrestling in the Pacific Northwest and its unique characters, from Lonnie Mayne to Tony Borne to Buddy Rose to Bull
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Huge breaking news update from WWE on the condition of Triple H and the status of Big Show following the explosive events of this past Monday Night on Raw in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cagesiders. According to Michael Cole, who spoke with...
Huge breaking news update from WWE on the condition of Triple H and the status of Big Show following the explosive events of this past Monday Night on Raw in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cagesiders. According to Michael Cole, who spoke with sources with knowledge of the situation, Triple H has a concussion, may have a broken jaw that is wired shut, and Big Show could be going to jail! From WWE.com: "This is the forum each and every week that I usually sit down with WWE COO Triple H to talk to him about the ongoing issues in WWE. I contacted Triple H's office and they tell me that the COO has respectfully declined to be interviewed this week, all because of him being knocked out at the hands of the Big Show this past Monday night on Raw. "I asked them how Triple H is doing and they tell me Triple H has suffered a concussion but he is at home resting comfortably with his wife and children. Triple H was knocked out for three minutes and 31 seconds this past Monday night. "I did dig a little deeper, though, and sources close to the COO do tell me that perhaps the injuries are more serious. That maybe Triple H suffered a broken jaw and that jaw may be wired shut. As for the Big Show, I spoke with members of the Pittsburgh police department who tell me off the record that an arrest warrant may be issued for Big Show. The charges would be criminial trespass and assault." This is a shocking turn of events. Big Show, what are your thoughts? Stay tuned for more in the days to come.
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The following is the updated card for WWE's Hell in a Cell PPV taking place on October 27th: Hell In a Cell match for the WWE Title: -Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. World Heav...
The following is the updated card for WWE's Hell in a Cell PPV taking place on October 27th: Hell In a Cell match for the WWE Title: -Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. World Heavyweight Title Match: -Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. John Cena -CM Punk vs. Ryback
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WWE has sent out the following mobile text alert: "Breaking News: COO Triple H suffers concussion after being knocked out by Big Show and an arrest warrant may be issued." WWE.com has also posted an exclusive story line vid...
WWE has sent out the following mobile text alert: "Breaking News: COO Triple H suffers concussion after being knocked out by Big Show and an arrest warrant may be issued." WWE.com has also posted an exclusive story line video with Michael Cole announcing Triple H has declined to be interviewed by Cole as per usual this week, as HHH might have suffered a broken jaw, which could be wired shut, at the hands of Big Show's WMD on Raw. Cole went on to elaborate that the arrest warrant could be issued by Pittsburgh police for criminal trespassing and assault. Cole closed by saying WWE hopes to have more information on Smackdown this week and Raw next week. You can check out the video at this link.
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If you felt like CM Punk vs. Ryback at Battleground this past Sunday night in Buffalo just wasn't enough for you, I've got some good news: WWE is giving it to you again in just a couple weeks at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) sche...
If you felt like CM Punk vs. Ryback at Battleground this past Sunday night in Buffalo just wasn't enough for you, I've got some good news: WWE is giving it to you again in just a couple weeks at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for Oct. 27, 2013, at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. From WWE.com: Outsmarted, out-hustled or out-cheated? However you slice it, CM Punk used an illegal low blow to defeat Ryback at WWE Battleground, and "The Big Guy's" biggest admirer, Paul Heyman, is crying foul. At Hell in a Cell on Oct. 27, the newest Heyman Guy gets a chance to prove the win was a fluke, as his manager says, when he faces The Best in the World in a rematch. The premise for the rematch is fine but "The Straight Edge Superstar" and "The Big Guy" didn't exactly light the First Niagara Center on fire this past weekend. Indeed, having the two go 15 minutes really showed Ryback's limitations as a worker. Punk can only do so much, especially considering his perpetual state of injury. Still, WWE isn't done beating this horse just yet. Excited? Or dreading it? The updated Hell in a Cell match card and line-up: - Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE championship, HBK special referee)- Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena (World heavyweight championship)- CM Punk vs. Ryback
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WWE has released the following video below, advertising the upcoming tour of Mexico from October 16-19th. The following is being advertised for the events taking place in Queretaro, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey: -Alberto De...
WWE has released the following video below, advertising the upcoming tour of Mexico from October 16-19th. The following is being advertised for the events taking place in Queretaro, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey: -Alberto Del Rio vs Christian for the WWE World Title -CM Punk vs Curtis Axel (w/Paul Heyman) for the IC Title -AJ Lee vs Natalya for the Divas Title -The Wyatt Family vs The Prime Time Players and R-Truth -Los Matadores will be in action -Rey Mysterio will be appearing at all 4 events.
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Brandi Rhodes, the former WWE interviewer known as Eden Stiles and new wife of Cody Rhodes, has been mentioned often in the recent Rhodes family storyline. This week, she made her first official appearance as part of that storyline, bein...
Brandi Rhodes, the former WWE interviewer known as Eden Stiles and new wife of Cody Rhodes, has been mentioned often in the recent Rhodes family storyline. This week, she made her first official appearance as part of that storyline, being interviewed by WWE.com after Cody, Goldust and Dusty Rhodes won reinstatement to the WWE at Battleground. When asked how she felt about the Rhodes family’s redemption, Brandi said, “Oh my gosh, it was probably the most emotional thing that I have ever seen. I wish I was there, but then again, I would be crying on TV.” She continued, “I would have been just as happy to see either Dustin or Cody get the pin, but we are moving into a new generation of Rhodes and Cody put the stamp on it. Cody hit the Cross Rhodes in the middle of the ring and got the win for our family. No outside interference, no excuses. I am so proud of my husband.” WWE.com has also posted a gallery of photos from Brandi’s time with the WWE. Do you think Brandi should reappear on WWE TV?
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