WED. UPDATE: Ratings, WWE & TNA signings, Danielson, tonight's payoffs,Newcomer over big last night
We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's WEC show on Versus, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports on tonight's Smackdown and NXT tapings in Fresno as well as the Raw house show in Honolulu.
Weigh-in results for tonight's WEC show from Las Vegas:
Danny Castillo (156) vs. Dustin Poirier (156)
Bryan Caraway (145) vs. Fredson Paixao (145)
Dave Jansen (156) vs. Ricardo Lamas (155)
Mackens Semerzier (146) vs. Javier Vazquez (145)
Maciej Jewtuszko (155) vs. Anthony Njokuani (154)
Zack Micklewright (156) vs. Bart Palaszewski (156)
Scott Jorgensen (135) vs. Brad Pickett (136)
Chad Mendes (145) vs. Cub Swanson (146)
Anthony Pettis (155) vs. Shane Roller (156)
Dominick Cruz (134) vs. Joseph Benavides (134) for the bantamweight title
The TV bouts look like a strong action show, really all five of them. When it comes to just plain action, WEC and K-1 Max are the blow away promotions because the guys have so much speed, stamina and technique.
We'll have live coverage of the show starting at 9 p.m.
There is also three hours of UFC on Spike, at least some going head-to-head with this show which starts at 7 p.m.
A look at the return of Bryan Danielson, the life and death of Lance Cade, SummerSlam, and details on the court sentencing where names of big name pro wrestlers and a UFC superstar came up as receiving steroids years ago, as well as UFC heading to Toronto are the lead stories i this coming Monday's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We look at the return of Danielson, details behind it, the time line, who pushed for Danielson to be brought back, how WWE jumped the gun on announcing it while at the same time trying to keep it a secret and the lengths they went to do so. We also have thoughts on the status of the Nexus angle after this week, the long-term goal of the Nexus angle, plans for Night of Champions, early signs regarding SummerSlam buy rate as well as other business numbers for the show.
We also have match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results on the show.
We also look at the details of the death and wrestling career of Lance "Cade" McNaught, who passed away. We look at the start of his career under Shawn Michaels and what people were saying about him when he was a teenager already in wrestling. We look at details of his last few days, the chain of events that led to him being fired after being under contract for eight years, how he got brought back and why he never made it back to television. We look at the main event angle he was told he would be getting, and how and why it changed. We also look at what pro wrestling legends in Japan he was brought in to be the comedy version of and the next generation version of.
We also look at Cade and the WWE Wellness policy and their policy of paying for rehab, what he said after being released, the early effect of the Cade death on the Linda McMahon campaign with the media stories and questions being asked. We look at Linda McMahon's response to the questions and the Democrats replies.
We look at the early career of Cade in Japan and WWE developmental, his start on Raw, his tag team with Trevor Murdoch, why the split happened and what was planned for him in both 2009 and 2010 that never materialized.
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--In the cable ratings for last week, USA was No. 1 at 2.4 to TNT at 1.8, so a big margin. Syfy was No. 11 at 1.0, so NXT is back below the network average. Spike was No. 24 at 0.7. The two hours of Raw were No. 8 and No. 12 for the week, but in 18-49 it was No. 5 and No. 10
--TNA has signed Becky Bayless to play a "Snookie" character with Rob Eckos playing another "Jersey Shore" character
--Bryan Danielson had to pull over of Mikey Whipwreck's show on 8/28 on Long Island because WWE booked him on a show that night in Wildwood, NJ.
--Danielson also had to pull out of the Millennium Wrestling Federation show on 9/18 in Melrose, MA, but promoter Dan Mirade said Danielson has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make things up for the group. He also pulled out of the 9/24 AAW show in Berwyn, IL.
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--George Murdoch was released by WWE today, while Jay Bradley has been signed to a new deal (thanks to Daniel Lark)
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--James Toney will be a guest on Inside MMA on Friday night on HDNet, along with Forrest Griffin along with MFC promoter Mark Pavelich
--Payoffs for tonight's main event has Joseph Benavides at $17,500 to show and $17,500 more if he wins while champion Dominick Cruz is at $11,000 and $11,000.
--Some notes from last night's WWE show in Bakersfield. Alberto Del Rio and Kaval were both super over even though they shouldn't be. Rey Mysterio was the most over of anyone. Hornswoggle is back on television.
--Complete lineup for 8/28 UFC in Boston
Mike Pierce vs. Amilcar Alves
Nick Osipczak vs Greg Soto
Dan Miller vs. John Salter
Andre Winner vs. Nik Lentz
Joe Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger
Nate Diaz vs. Marcus Davis
Demian Maia vs. Mario Miranda
Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard
Randy Couture vs. James Toney
Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn for the lightweight title
--Spike announced that due to an injury, Mac Danzig had to pull out of his 9/15 rematch with Matt Wiman in Austin, TX on the Spike UFC special. Efrain Escudero, the season 8 TUF winner will take his place. Escudero was facing John Gunderson. A new opponent for Gunderson will be named soon.
--Taylor Wilde nearly blew the biker chick gimmick. On her twitter page today, she tweeted to Lisa Marie Varon about getting together on Monday. Varon responded, "What is Monday? I don't get it." Well, at least she tried.
--On ABC World News this Morning yesterday, when talking about Eli Manning having a three-inch cut on his forehead that needed 21 stitches, the reporter said his face was a crimson mask (a Gordon Solie line) and said Ric Flair would be proud of Eli Manning.
--CMLL last night in Guadalajara before 2,000 fans: Javier Cruz Jr. b Titanio, Metatron & Idolo b Metalik & Drago, Hierro & Magnum b Rey Trueno & Malefico, Roto Porky (Super Porky) & El Hijo del Fantasma & Sagrado b El Terrible & Ephesto & Felino, Mistico b Jushin Liger clean with La Mistica in the third fall. (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--WWE returns to Anaheim on 10/8, two weeks before UFC in the same Honda Center.
--The funeral for Lance McNaught will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. in San Antonio at the Porter Loring Mortuary North
--Poll on the Nexus angle
It was weakened at both SummerSlam and Raw 63.8%
Weakened only at SummerSlam 26.7%
Just as strong as it was a week ago 6.0%
Stronger than ever 3.6%
Wow, 90% of those responding felt the angle was hurt this past week.
--Poll on ROH
69.7% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on Raw
8.3% of those responding didn't see the show
--Jerry Lynn talks at http://www.fanhouse,com/2010/08/18/jerry-lynn-details-injury-still-wants-match-with-rob-van-dam/
Lynn had a ruptured disc in his back, in the L-3 L-4 area hitting the nerves. He's going to wait a few weeks but may need back surgery and get it removed. The injury took place eight days before the Hardcore Justice show, while he was doing jumping squats while holding a sandbag. He tried chiropractic, and cortisone but it didn't flare down and he had to pull out of the show. He could barely walk he said. He said he still hopes to get another match with RVD in TNA.
--NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood tapes at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, CA on 8/25 for a show that would air on KDOC-TV in Los Angeles. Adam Pearce, Percy Pringle, Shelly Martinez, Colt Cabana and Claudio Castagnoli are scheduled.
--Ring of Fire SummerBrawl on 8/27 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver
--Tickets for the 9/10 Shrine Promotions PPV at the Patriot Center in Fairfax VA were put on sale ranging from $24 to $350
--Dan Severn will wrestle for All-Star Wrestling in New Westminster, BC on 9/10 at Carpenters Hall
--The 46th annual Cauliflower Alley Club banquet takes place April 18-20, 2011 at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Depending on schedules of events of other, Bryan and I are tentatively planning on attending.
--Sunday CMLL in Guadalajara: Divino b Metalik, Astaroth & Relampago Azul b Acertijo & Nube Roja, Angel de Oro won Torneo Cibernetico over Metal Blanco, Angel Azteca Jr., Angel de Plata, Delta, Fuego, Angel Del Mal, Gallos, Leo and Palacio Negro, Shocker & La Sombra & Toscano b Jushin Liger & Negro Casas & Ultimo Guerrero
--Sunday's 45th anniversary show at Arena Azteca Budokan in Neza: King Power & Stratus b Dr. Yekins & Elemento, Mini Apache & Sexi Rubi b Mini Oriental & Zurco, Soldado del Futuro b Titan, Kendra & Cinthia & Esther Moreno b Jennifer Blake & Sexy Star & Vannelly Cibernetico & Extreme Tiger & Mesias b Electroshock & Hernandez & Ultimo Gladiador
--Jersey All Pro Wrestling on 10/23 in Jersey City, NJ at the Golden Door Charter School has Dan Maff vs. Charlie Haas, Jerry Lawler vs. Nick Gage, Axl Rotten & Balls Mahoney vs. Heavy Hitters, Gregory Helms vs. Will Archadia and more.
--The Maximum Fighting Championships announced that the 9/10 HDNet show has been moved from Brandon, Manitoba to their usual home base at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, still headlined by Ryan Ford vs. Douglas Lima and Antonio McKee vs. Luciano Azevedo. McKee has vowed to retire if he doesn't finish Azevedo cleanly. He and Kurt Angle both.
--The Manawatu Standard in New Zealand on Saturday had a story on when Andre the Giant came to New Zealand in 1972, before he was famous in the U.S.
--Mick Foley appeared Monday night on Warren the Ape, playing an exaggerated version of himself, but with anger management incidents, including fighting in a fast food line and destroying a miniature golf course. (thanks to Chris Charboneau)
--Classic Championship Wrestling on 8/21 in Lebanon, PA at the Eagles Hall
--Bushwhacker Luke Williams appears for Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 8/20 in Arborg, Manitoba and 8/21 in Selkirk, Manitoba
--Anthony Ruiz vs Leopoldo Serao for the Palace Fights middleweight title headlines a show in Lemoore, CA on 9/9 at the Taichi Palace Hotel and Casino. Also on the show is former UFC fighter Diego Saraiva vs. former WEC fighter Micah Miller.
--X-1 promotions runs the Neal Blasdell Arena in Honolulu on 9/11 for a show headlined by local favorites Niko Vitale vs. Kala Hose and tournament semifinals in the light heavyweight division with Poai Suganuma vs. Vitaly Shemetov (Russia) and Sang Soo Lee (South Korea) vs. Roy Boughton (California)
--CHIKARA announced these matches in the Young Lions tournament for 8/28 in Reading, PA: Sindarin vs. Lince Dorado, Mike Sydal vs. Keita Yano, Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Dustin Rayz vs. Obariyon, Cameron Skyy vs. Eric Ryan and Super Smash Brothers vs. 3.0
--Brian Blair is in his for the Florida House of Representatives got an endorsement from Ronald McDonald. Not that Ronald McDonald, though.
--Former AWA star Buck Zumhofe wrestled on Saturday night in Grantsburg, WI (thanks to Joe Lancello)
--CNN ran a story today on Tapout, calling it a $200 million annual business with 140 employees in Grand Terrace, CA. They talk about a company where the CEO is named Punkass. It talked about how Tapout started selling T-shirts at small MMA shows in 1997
--Texas All-Star Wrestling on 8/21 at Coaches Sports Bar in Humble, TX has a 10 man Humble Street fight
--NYWC on 8/21 in Port Jefferson Station, NY at the Elks BPOE Lodge 2138 featuring a Battle Royal
--New Energy Wrestling from Saturday night in Locust Grove, GA: Jacob Ashworth DDQ A.J. Steele, Spiral b Byson, Slim J DDQ Murder One, Tracy Taylor b Kittie Diamond, Super Dunkerton b Lane Vasser, Murder One & A.J. Steele b Slim J & Jacob Ashwotth, Eric Escobar b Mike Taylor. Kittie Diamond is actually Jessica McGowsn, the daughter of 80s Georgia referee Scrappy McGowan