Funeral, TNA line-up, UFC arrest, tons more



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The service for Nancy and Daniel Benoit took place yesterday. A few WWE employees showed up including Fit Finlay, Vickie Guerrero and Jim Ross, who spoke. Vince McMahon did not attend. There was a ton of media outside, but they were not allowed into the church. What follows are a number of local reports about the service.

Wrestlers mourn Benoits

Mourners lament early deaths for Benoit's wife, son

JR's thoughts

Benoit's wife and son mourned as many questions persist

TNA Victory Road is tonight from Orlando. Full line-up for the PPV courtesy Dr. Keith:

TNA Victory Road 2007 - Sunday July 15, 2007 - iMPACT! Zone, Orlando FL
1. All titles on the line: TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle & TNA X-Division Champion Samoa Joe vs. TNA World Team Champions Team 3-D (Brother Ray & Devon)
2. Rhino vs. James Storm
3. Christian Cage vs. Chris Harris
4. Abyss & Sting vs. Tomko & AJ Styles
5. Robert Roode & Ms. Brooks vs. Eric Young & Gail Kim
6. 10-Men Ultimate X Match: Kaz vs. Black Machismo Jay Lethal vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Homicide vs. The Guru Sonjay Dutt vs. Shark Boy vs. Puma vs. Elix Skipper vs. TBA vs. TBA
7. Jerry Lynn & Mr. Backlund vs. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley
Plus: Voodoo Kin Mafia's "surprise" for Christy Hemme

Obviously the most likely finish for the main event is either Joe or Angle pinning D-Von to win the Tag Titles, then choosing the other to be their partner. I'd guess Angle wins, because it makes more sense for him to be a dick and choose Joe than for Joe to choose him. Yes, I'm trying to look at this logically. I still don't think we ever got one major promo with either D-Von or Bubba talking about how cool it would be for either of them to win the World Title, or what such a thing would mean for them as a tag team. How something so elementary can be overlooked is beyond me. It looks like a solid card, though I greatly fear for the guys involved in the Ultimate X match. As you can see by the line-up, apparently it wasn't made clear enough but I believe this is a 10-Man Ultimate X GAUNTLET match, which starts out as a Royal Rumble-style match or something like that. Hey, don't yell at me, I don't book these matches.

We will be doing ongoing delayed play-by-play of this show starting around 8:00 PM PST/11:00 PM EST.

Vinny and I will be back late tonight running down this show in detail for members. If you missed it, the weekend Bryan & Vinny Show is also up with a look at ECW, TNA and Smackdown, plus my thoughts on the media for the week and the performances of Fit Finlay and Nancy Grace and Ken Kennedy on Greta, which was utterly appalling.

Dave Meltzer and I are also back on Wrestling Observer Live tonight from 5-7 PM PST, 8-10 PM EST on the Sports Byline Radio Network and Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 122. You can also listen to the show live using this link. We'll be discussing all the news in pro-wrestling and MMA, plus we'll be joined by one of the most popular guests on Figure Four Daily, Lance Storm, to talk the Chris Benoit tragedy and the media's reaction to it. You can call in with questions at 1-800-878-PLAY, and we'll also have an ongoing chat for members (info on which is available here).

Everyone should also read the editorial in this news update by Dave.

Renato Babalu Sobral was arrested Friday.

Smackdown did a 2.7 Friday, so WWE is not dying.

My appearance on one of the final-ever Joe vs. The World podcast is up here, and it's a FREE download for everyone!

Ultimo Guerrero & Dr. Wagner Jr. are the new CMLL World Tag Team Champions, beating Mistico & Negro Casas Friday night at Arena Mexico. They rematch for the same belts this coming Friday. Fans loved the rudos and hated Mistico.

Mitsuhara Misawa beat Akira Taue to retain the GHC Title in the main event of yesterday's NOAH show at Budokan.

Carlito beat Scott Hall (seriously) in the main event of WWE's Aniversario show last night.

Eddie Alvarez beat Matt Lee via three-round decision in the main event of last night's Bodog show from Trenton, NJ.

This week's new 25,000-word Figure Four Weekly newsletter is packed with pro-wrestling and MMA news and analysis from around the world! Our cover story looks at the UFC Stacked PPV from Saturday night, including what was and was not stacked about it, how the casual fan viewed it, why it didn't get as much mainstream coverage as the Liddell vs. Jackson fight, who the mainstream superstars are, full results including dark matches, my thoughts on the Tito vs. Rashad draw and the ironies there, the near knockout of Nogueira, Sherk's victory, and tons more. We've also got a full review of the ROH: Respect is Earned PPV with star ratings and comments. Other major news story include more on the Benoit story including toxicology notes, the investigation of Johnny Grunge's death, more on possible changes to the Wellness policy and the meeting Vince had with talent last week, Nancy's family sets up a new fund, more on mark doctors with quotes from Konnan and Sean Waltman, what was in Nancy's safety-deposit box, Lawler talks steroids, notes on the steroids Benoit was taking prior to Wellness and how they compare to a normal cycle, more on Wikipedia including some real comedy, Rey Misterio and Mark Jindrak fingered?, CNN documentary, behind-the-scenes on my Nancy Grace appearance, Rey Jr. makes his big return, plans for his future, full results and notes on the WWE tour of Mexico this week, Chris Jericho's thoughts on wrestling and the chances of him returning, great story about JBL and Steve Blackman, Teddy Hart update, wrestlers goes to insane lengths for his character, death at the UFC show, latest State of the Octagon address with Dana White including some major changes, his thoughts on Frank Shamrock and the IFL and more, broken jaw at the UFC show, where Ken Flo came from, press conference notes, UFC considering drug testing seminars, fighter explains steroid test failure and what doesn't make sense about it, great article about the rise of UFC, tons of notes on Samoa Joe's TNA contract status, whether there is WWE interest, backstage notes about guys similar to Joe who have gone to WWE in the past, future TNA plans for him, new match added to the PPV Sunday, morning TNA getting two hours, another Larry Sweeney match, some sad deaths, Lita talks life after WWE and what she thought of her send-off with Cryme Tyme, RVD's contract status, IFL gets saved, Baroni fails drug test, K-1 in LA buyrate notes and how it compares, History Channel has interesting new MMA series about to start, tons of notes from Arena Mexico, TripleMania line-up, Vince reviews Florida Brothers Volume I, I review DERBY CITY WRESTLING, the OVW developmental group, full reviews of every major TV show including Raw, Smackdown, and TNA, and TONS more! Of course, as a member you also get full access to ALL new and archived radio shows dating back to 2005, plus all the new and archived (280-plus issues) Figure Four Weekly newsletters dating back to 2001. To sign up, please click here, or PayPal users can use the Quick Buy link at the top of this page to be online within 60 seconds. Rates start at just $7.99 per month (27 cents a DAY), so it's a steal. Thanks for your support!

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My newest Fight Network column is here with a look at the issues of pro-wrestling regulation. If you like the columns, they're about 1/25th the length of each issue of Figure Four Weekly, and we've got 300 back issues archived from 2002-today, all available 24/7 with an online membership to this site. See below for more info and ordering details.

To access our first ten days of coverage of the Benoit tragedy, which includes links to dozens and dozens of articles, radio and TV links, and more, please click here.

IWS ran "Summer Slaughter" [7/14] at Bogey's World, Montreal, Quebec: The Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno & Stupefied) def. Scarred & Sexxxy (The Green Phantom & Sexxxy Eddy) with a Spanish Fly on Eddy; IWS Canadian Title Match: Max Boyer (c) def. Kid Kamikaze with the Lifestyle; IWS Tag Team Title Match: 2.0 (Jagged & Shane Matthews) def. The Hardcore Ninjaz (Hardcore Ninja #1 & Evil Ninja) with two consecutive Sweet Taste of Professionalisms (wheelbarrow inverted lungblower double team); Jimmy K def. Dan Paysan, Justin White and Twiggy in a Four Corner Elimination Match; EXesS & Tomassino def. SLI 2007 (Fred La Merveille & Kenny The Bastard) after EXesS pinned Kenny following a two-story powerbomb by Tomassino; Kevin Steen def. Damian with a Steenalizer into the corner and the Package Piledriver; IWS World Title Match: Viking (c) NC "Paranoid" Jake Matthews when PCP Crazy F'N Manny, Pierre-Carl Oulette, Brick Crawford, 2.0, Kevin Steen and Franky The Mobster ran in for a big brawl. Announced for the next show is Steen/Damian/Franky The Mobster/Viking/El Generico vs. PCO/Matthews/2.0/Crawford. Team 3D will make their debut on 9/22. [Thanks to Dan]

CZW ran "Best of the Best 7" [7/14] at the New Alhambra, Philadelphia, PA: Best of the Best Opening Round Matches: Joker def. Drake Younger; Brandon Thomaselli def. Vito Thomaselli; Ricky Reyes def. Sal Thomaselli; Ricochet def. Chuck Taylor; Scotty Vortekz def. Cloudy; Human Tornado def. Ruckus; B-Boy def. Cheech; Jigsaw def. Grim Reefer. In the semi-finals: Joker def. Scotty Vortekz, Ricky Reyes and Human Tornado; B-Boy def. Jigsaw, Grim Reefer and Brandon Thomaselli. In the final: Joker def. B-Boy to win Best of the Best 7. In non-tournament action: DJ Hyde, Brain Damage & Mitch Ryder def. Necro Butcher, Toby Klein & Danny Havoc; CJ O'Doyle def. Jon Dahmer; Team Andrew (Andy Sumner & Drew Gulak) def. Javi-Air & Ryan McBride; CZW Heavyweight Title Match: Ruckus def. Justice Pain (c). [Thanks to Dan]

'UFC' to get Next Generation Video Game from THQ

Spike TV set to wrestle UFC deal

Great article about UFC referee Mario Yamasaki

Heavy NFL players twice as likely to die before 50

Chris Benoit Ultimatum on Steroids, Marriage Sent Him Over the Edge

Wrestling Hall of Fame: 'Dr. Death' escapes deadly disease

UFC looking at Hawaii

Mark Henry with a very honest look at life in WWE

Could Better Drug Tests Have Saved Chris Benoit and His Wife and Son?

Fighting his way through: Ludlow’s Gonzaga is kickin’ it up in UFC

Wrestling cures stage fright for Reso

Ted DiBiase with a letter to Dave Meltzer

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