A pretty loaded weekend with two big events tonight on television and a Sunday PPV.
Smackdown is live on Syfy at 8 p.m. with two matches announced, Undertaker vs. C.M. Punk and Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio. Because it's live, and the kickoff on the new station, expect a couple of big angles. If Matt Hardy's deal has become a work with WWE, this would likely be the show he'd return at since it's the only live Smackdown to do it on.
We will have live coverage of Smackdown on the site tonight.
Tonight is also the AAA Heroes Inmoratles IV in Ciudad Madero. Top matches are Mesias vs. Perro Aguayo Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr. defending the AAA Super Mega heavyweight title against Silver Kain, Takashi Sugiura defending the GHC title against Chessman and Cibernetico & Heavy Metal & Octagon & La Parka vs. Electroshock & Hernandez & L.A. Park & Zorri in a cage match for the Antonoi Pena Cup wth the last guy in the cage getting his head shaved or mask removed. What if it's Hernandez, do they cut off his head?
The round of 16 of the K-1 World Grand Prix takes place tomorrow in Seoul, South Korea. The show will air starting at 2 a.m. Eastern late tonight and 11 p.m. Pacific on HDNet, and as noted, if you have Comcast, there is a good chance you now get HDNet.
Chalid Die Faust vs. Dzevad Poturak
Sergey Kharitonov vs. Takumi Sato
K-1 round of 16, all winners go to the one-night Grand Prix finals in December
Ray Sefo vs. Tyrone Spong
Gokhan Saki vs. Freddy Kemayo
Errol Zimmerman vs. Daniel Ghita
Jerome LeBanner vs. Kyotaro
Ewerton Teixeira vs. Peter Aerts
Mighty Mo vs. Raul Catinas
Semmy Schilt vs. Heady Gerges
Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Edwards
As noted earlier in the week. Andrei Arlovski pulled out of the show (replaced by Mo) due to a broken nose.
Saturday night has a dual brand WWE show in Tyler, TX, while TNA has a house show in Florence, SC and ROH has its second night of TV tapings (an afternoon show) in Philadelphia at the Arena with Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries, Homicide vs. Necro Butcher and Eddie Edwards TV title defense against tonight's Colt Cabana vs. Erick Stevens winner.
Sunday has the WWE Hell in a Cell PPV from Dallas and the American Airlines Center:
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus for the WWE title
Kane vs. Undertaker for the World title
John Cena vs. Wade Barrett - if Cena loses he joins Nexus, if Barrett wins, Nexus breaks up
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz vs. John Morrison submissions count anywhere
Michelle McCool vs. Natalya for the women's title
Expect a match or two to be added on tonight's show.
Also on Sunday is the K-1 Max (154 pounders) Grand Prix from Seoul, South Korea, and a TNA house show in Charleston, SC.
Monday is the live Raw from Wichita.
Tuesday will be the Smackdown & NXT tapings in Topeka. Vickie Guerrero vs. Kaitlyn and one Smackdown cut will be announced at the show.
-- Huge congratulations to our own Mike Coughlin who passed his bar exam today.
-- For what it's worth, the only people featured on the Survivor Series poster are Nexus. Keep in mind these things are done way in advance, though it is strange to have a major PPV poster with guys on it who theoretically are going to break up on Sunday. My guess is this means nothing, but it also could be a big spoiler. Or the fact that this is out could lead to a change in whatever plans they had.
-- Tyler Black has debuted in WWE developmental under the name Seth Rollins. Maybe they can have him be the brother of Skag Rollins. Given history in developmental, his name will now probably change another two dozen times before he's called up.
-- There's a one hour "Countdown to Smackdown" on syfy from 7 to 8. Thanks to Bill.
-- From Jeff Hardy's wife on Twitter. No idea where this came from. Been hearing some rumblings about this so I'll only address it this once. Do not assume that anyone on the Internet that is talking about or answering questions regarding me & my pregnancy has any "inside information". I can GUARANTEE that the few people who do know any actual facts ARE NOT talking about it to people they don't know, namely on the Internet & in some silly Q&A forum. There's a reason that I haven't answered any questions about the pregnancy. The reason is that this is probably the one thing that we'll be able to hold sacred & keep somewhat a secret from the public, just so that we can enjoy something so special, even if only for a short time. "Privacy" is something that doesn't really exist in Jeff's profession, much less his personal life. I'm just trying to hold on to what I can in MY personal life, & this is it. Respect OUR privacy on this. The people that know anything about us & this pregnancy are doing just that. People that are claiming to know, or are speculating, have NO idea.
--WWE officials have confirmed there will be a Tribute to the Troops show this year.
-- Jim Ross has a new blog here talking various issues and continuing to downplay his heart surgery Monday.
-- Fox News has a lead story on the McMahon campaign here. It also talks about her possible minimum wage misstep that we talked about on last night's bonus edition of Wrestling Observer Radio.
-- Hell of a costume here. Not sure wearing it and getting drunk is the best idea though.
-- Besides Dave's running play by play of the live Smackdown tonight, Vinny and I will also be back with a new Bryan & Vinny Show covering Smackdown, Impact and more tonight.
-- Interview with Dolph Ziggler here. He says singing and dancing on Lopez to I'm Too Sexy was the scariest thing he's ever done in his life, even more than the time he had to meet Vince McMahon face to face and tell him he was going to be a superstar.
-- Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal. Out today.
-- In more high strangeness, and interview with Mick Foley about the book here -- on WWE.com.
-- Week two of TUF in the U.K. did 110,000 viewers.
-- If you preorder WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 from gamestop, you get $20 off TLC or Survior Series PPV. Thanks to Henry Petty. If they're giving $20 off they may as well lower prices to $29.95.
-- Karo Parisyan, Jon Jones and Malki Kawa Join Kenny and Bas tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on HDNet for Inside MMA. Karo will talk a lot about drug addiction rumors. For those in the major Comcast markets, check your channel guide as the channel might have been added in the last two days. It's on in Seattle now on channel 707. As noted last night on the show, it seems to consist entirely of combat sports and boobs. There is a ton of MMA, including the K-1 Grand Prix and a repeat of the last DREAM show with Sakuraba vs. Mayhem Miller on tonight, plus ROH on Monday nights as a lead-in to Raw. Also, tons of bikinis.
-- Paul Clay writes: In an article from Sky Sports magazine entitled 15 Classic Sporting Showdowns, Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt Slaughter from WrestleMania VII was fifteenth and this is a direct quote: “They met at WrestleMania VII in an event tag-lined as ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’, one of the best match-ups professional wrestling has seen for a while”.
-- Radio ads have started for 11/16 SD TV taping in Richmond with Taker vs. Kane in a cage announced as the main event. Thanks to Tim Noel.
-- Colt Cabana's latest podcast is up here with an interview with Samoa Joe.
-- Awesome Kong pulled out of tonight's match with Mickie James on the Northeast Wrestling show in Waterbury, CT. Mia Yum will replace her on the show headlined by Shelton Benjamin vs. Daniel Bryan.
-- The American Fighting Organization is coming to the small screen with the premiere of AFO Proving Grounds this Saturday October 2nd at 11AM on My TV New England. The show is set to air each and every Saturday at 11AM from October 2nd through Christmas morning.
-- This Saturday October 2nd from 12-2pm, Wrestling Legend, George "The Animal" Steele and TNA's New Stars from the Shore Robbie E & Cookie will be signing autographs at Collector's Realm. Collector's Realm is located at 44 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, (across from the Arlington Post office). We're a block away from Vassar College and feature Pop Culture Merchandise and Collectibles. (845) 473-TOYS(8697)
-- Slammin Stan #40 is up right now talking Roller Derby, pro-wrestling and more here.
-- Ed in San Antonio has part III of Epic Fails in Wrestling tonight here and says if they can't finish than the show itself is an epic fail. Well, you know.
-- East Coast Wrestling Association: "There's a Hurricane Comin' Through the ECWA!!!" Sat, Oct 16th, 2010, Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club, 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place, Newark, DE 19702. Doors Open: 6:30 PM. Bell Time: 7:30 PM All of the ECWA shows are family friendly and suitable for kids. Hurricane Helms is working the show.
-- DOA Pro Wrestling on 10/3 in Portland, OR at the University Park Community Center, with Christopher Daniels vs. Quiz, Wade Hess vs. Cole Bishop and Ethan HD & Tony Baroni vs. Aaron Bolo & Mike Santiago. Daniels will be holding a seminar from 1 PM to 4 PM, with a $50 entrance fee.