Aug 22 Bryan & Vinny Show: Full review of Wednesday's Impact, Granny Q&A, law laid down, more

Thursday, 21 August 2014 23:31

The Bryan & Vinny Show returns tonight to talk tons of different topics including Impact from Wednesday night with the Staircase to Janice match, a number-one contender cage match and more! Plus, Granny returns with her usual Q&A, and she lays the law down on Bryan about her future Bryan & Vinny Show viewing. A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

WWE NXT TV Report: Kalisto/Sin Cara vs. Sami Zayn/Adam Rose, new GM coming

Thursday, 21 August 2014 18:11

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By Emerson Witner, Wrestling Outsiders Podcast

I just realized that last week was my 200th NXT review. I cannot believe I have written 200 of these things. WWE Network aired a commercial before NXT saying the Monday Night War series would start tomorrow night (as I write this) after SmackDown.

In a semi-final match in the NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Match, The Vaudevillians defeated Enzo Amore and Colin Cassidy

I never mentioned this, but I always get a kick out of the fact that Enzo introduces himself as a “bonified stud and a certified G” but all he can do to describe Colin is “he's 7 feet tall”. One of these two teams will advance to the finals to face the winners of the other semi-final match between Sami Zayn & Adam Rose vs Sin Cara & Kalisto.

This match did not last long, The Vaudevillians won a quickie with the combo Rolling Senton/Swanton Bomb, called That's A Wrap, on Enzo for the win. After the match, The Legionnaires hit the ring and shaved the beard of Enzo! What a disgusting act!

- Triple H meandered to the ring faster than he did when he waddled to the ring at SummerSlam. He was here purely to announce that NXT Takeover 2 would be taking place on September 11. He also announces a brand new NXT General Manager that will be introduced next week. I actually have no idea who that is. Please do not email me, facebook me or tweet me letting me know who it is. (Editor's Note: Good luck with that, E.W.!)

- Tyler Breeze is mad that Tyson Kidd cost him the NXT Title next week and is about to show Tyson why he is not just a pretty face.

Tyson Kidd defeated Tyler Breeze via countout

Nattie's Husband is a star here in Full Sail and honestly should be a star on Raw, but I will take what I can. I just watched Randy Savage vs Jake Roberts in a heel vs heel match from SNME in 1986 and this match, between the two top heels on the show, was not as good.

They grappled for 2 or 3 minutes with Tyson getting the better of the exchange. Tyler realized he didn't need this shit and walked out, taking a count out loss. After the match Tyson put on Tyler's coat and laid on the top rope ala Breeze.

- Tyler Breeze complained about the media and he is concerned with the big announcement next week regarding the NXT Title. I was unaware that there was a big announcement next week.

NXT Woman's Champion Charlotte pinned Becky Lynch

We know that Charlotte is on her way to Takeover to defend her championship, but the mystery is who she will defend against? If Becky wins this match she will probably be the one who gets the shot...even though Bayley won a title shot last week.

I always assume Becky is much better than she really is. Every time I watch her wrestle she disappoints me. Maybe I have higher standards for her than the others? Maybe I am used to better woman's wrestling on this show? Either way her matches are very meh.

Becky hit a series of leg drops as part of her comeback, but only got a 2 count. She should talk to the Hulkster. He only ever needed one. Charlotte finally hit Bow Down To The Queen for the win....and my Network feed rewound an hour to the middle of Total Divas at the finish. What the fuck? All I can wonder is if Tyson Kidd found the pants he needed for his trip.

- Enzo Amore and Colin Cassidy came back out and are really mad. Enzo challenged his long-time rival Sylvester Lefort to a Hair vs Hair Match on Takeover.

Mojo Rawley pinned Steve Cutler

My feed really sucks. All of a sudden Mojo Rawley was in the ring to face Steve Cutler. I haven't had this many problems with the feed since the very beginning when trying to watch a show. Apparently Mojo doesn't mind being beaten down because that means he can pick himself up. He must not have had a problem then with Bull Dempsey beating the shit out of him last week. Anyway, this was a Mojo squash match. Cutler got a lariat in, but that was it.

- Mojo wants to wrestle Bull. I can't believe the fans are actually chanting for Bull.

In the semifinals of the NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Tournament, Kalisto & Sin Cara defeated Sami Zayn & Adam Rose

Main event time. Can Team Lucha make it to the finals or will the hodge podge team of Sami and Adam advance? This was the best Hunico has potentially ever looked, but at least the best he has looked since becoming Sin Cara. He found someone, in Sami Zayn, that he clicked very well with and made me long for a match between the two.

Kalisto with some awesome Lucha and also had an awesome series of moves with Zayn. Maybe it is just Sami? Both teams were baby faces and no one really got the heat on anyone, but Rose and Zayn were playing subtle heel throughout the match. Sin Cara with an awesome looking Suicide Dive to Zayn, Kalisto hit his back flip neck breaker thingy and Cara won with a Swanton on Rose. So both teams won with a Swanton tonight.

That does it for this week. Who is the new GM? What is the main event of Takeover? Will Lefort accept the Hair match? We'll find out the answers to these and so much more next week, just remember to say your vitamins and take your prayers.

 

Thursday & Friday's WWE network schedule

Thursday, 21 August 2014 17:51

By Bert Duckwall

 
 
 
 
Thursday, August 21,2014



10:00 PM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS
8/21/14
WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you'll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect - so expect everything!
 

11:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS
11/10/13
Nikki feels Eva Marie's popularity rising while Ariane struggles with anger. After having an accident, Nattie fears returning to the ring.
 
 
FRIDAY,AUGUST 22,2014

12:00 AM ET
WWE NXT
8/21/14
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow -- this is NXT!

1:00 AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS
8/21/14
WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you'll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect - so expect everything!
 

2:00 AM ET
WWE MAIN EVENT REPLAY
8/18/14
Sheamus takes on Curtis Axel. Triple H makes an announcement.
 

3:00 AM ET
WRESTLEMANIA REWIND
3/4/14
Relive all the buzz behind the biggest main event in WWE history, Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant!
 

4:00 AM ET
SMACKDOWN FLASHBACK
4/20/00
WWE Champion Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Hemsley abuse their power going into Backlash. Plus, The Rock, Chris Jericho, and many more.
 

5:30 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS
9/15/13
The stars of Total Divas reunite to discuss the highs and lows of this season with special guest, John Cena.
 

6:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS
11/10/13
Nikki feels Eva Marie's popularity rising while Ariane struggles with anger. After having an accident, Nattie fears returning to the ring.
 

7:00 AM ET
WWE NXT
8/21/14
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow -- this is NXT!
 

8:00 AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS
8/21/14
WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you'll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect - so expect everything!
 

9:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS
11/10/13
Nikki feels Eva Marie's popularity rising while Ariane struggles with anger. After having an accident, Nattie fears returning to the ring.
 

10:00 AM ET
WWE NXT
8/21/14
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow -- this is NXT!
 

11:00 AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS
8/21/14
WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you'll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect - so expect everything!
 

12:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS
11/10/13
Nikki feels Eva Marie's popularity rising while Ariane struggles with anger. After having an accident, Nattie fears returning to the ring.
 

1:00 PM ET
WWE NXT
8/21/14
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow -- this is NXT!
 

2:00 PM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS
8/21/14
WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you'll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect - so expect everything!
 

3:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN
5/19/14
Counting down the Top Ten Most Memorable Superstar Debuts ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.
 

4:00 PM ET
LEGENDS HOUSE
5/8/14
The Legends head to Sin City and the hijinks begin! After some 'manscaping,' they partake in a Chippendales show you have to see to believe!

5:00 PM ET
THE MONDAY NIGHT WAR
7/6/14
Media mogul Ted Turner launches WCW Monday Nitro in direct competition against Vince McMahon and WWE's Monday Night Raw.
 

6:00 PM ET
JOURNEY TO SUMMERSLAM
8/20/14
Witness the journeys of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns - from their humble beginnings to the biggest event of the summer!
 

7:00 PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA REWIND
3/4/14
Relive all the buzz behind the biggest main event in WWE history, Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant!
 

8:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN
5/19/14
Counting down the Top Ten Most Memorable Superstar Debuts ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.
 

9:00 PM ET
LEGENDS HOUSE
5/8/14
The Legends head to Sin City and the hijinks begin! After some 'manscaping,' they partake in a Chippendales show you have to see to believe!
 

10:00 PM ET
THE MONDAY NIGHT WAR
7/6/14
Media mogul Ted Turner launches WCW Monday Nitro in direct competition against Vince McMahon and WWE's Monday Night Raw.
 

11:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN
5/19/14
Counting down the Top Ten Most Memorable Superstar Debuts ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.
 

 

Ethan Carter III interview

Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:21

YouTube interview: http://youtu.be/DjlgyHU0glY

ECIII Quotes

Donald Wood: The big news of the last week was Impact Wrestling’s move to Wednesday night. From a wrestler’s perspective, what impact do you think the move will have on the company now that the show won’t be in direct competition with the NFL or potentially WWE SmackDown?


Ethan Carter III: The one thing I’ve noticed with TNA is that it has its loyal fan base and we just need to improve on that and it seems like we have these past couple of months. As far as no direct competition, I know when it comes to NBA and NFL, they kind of bite into us a little bit on Thursday nights, so it’s going to be great to be away from that.

At the end of the day, we just need to keep delivering dynamite television to keep attracting viewers, and I think Wednesday nights is a great time to do it because I seriously see nothing on Wednesday nights when I watch TV, and I watch a lot of TV. So it’s actually a personal benefit to me because I like to watch the NFL and NBA too so now I won’t miss them at work, which is nice.

Donald Wood: It’s well known that you worked for the WWE for several years before making the jump to TNA. In my opinion, you were one of the most underutilized talents in NXT during your time there. Was there satisfaction in finding success almost immediately with TNA and did you enjoy proving doubters wrong?


Ethan Carter III: I’m an extremely motivated person, regardless of negative things that happened to me, but I wouldn’t lie to you to say, ‘Look, see, told you, this is me.’ But I can’t worry about things that happened in the past or the negative things because I try to look at what’s going to be positive and on what my focus is, which is making TNA the best I possibly can make it, and whatever that takes to do, I will do. I work for my personal satisfaction and then for my bosses as well and as long as I get the thumbs up and get paid by somebody, I feel like I’m doing my job and I’m cool with that.

Being driven helps, if you look at any athlete or entertainer, they’re all going to come to times where, if it’s handed to you and it’s easy, then it’s not worth having, and it hasn’t been easy. Nothing’s really been handed to me and I’ve stayed in the game long enough to get an opportunity that I’ve been hopefully knocking it out of the park every chance I get. The only focus is to keep doing it and keep living because at the end of the day, this is the best job in the world if you’re doing it right.





 

Coverage of one-sided Lesnar vs. Cena match, update on TNA's TV situation and future, Next big New Japan shows, Updating Del Rio story and what led it where we are, plus Mysterio under contract to WWE on AAA show

Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:18

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THURS. UPDATE: Bryan update, WWE Shield doc, WWE movie, Suspensions, Woman star Watson passes away, TNA PPV lineups, NXT & Superstars time change, Rematch of one of Japan's best bouts in Brooklyn

Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:15

By Dave Meltzer
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NXT tonight on the WWE Network:
 
Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady vs. Aiden English & Simon Gotch
Charlotte vs Becky Lynch non-title
Mojo Rawley vs Steve Cutler
Kalisto & Sin Cara vs. Adam Rose & Sami Zayn
Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd
 
Coverage of the most one-sided WWE title match in recent memory with Brock Lesnar and John Cena, how it relates to the future, the rematch, some directions for WrestleMania and more is the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have an article updating all the issues in TNA right now, as well as a detailed piece on the situation with Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio with WWE and their appearances at TripleMania.  We also have coverage of SummerSlam, TripleMania, UFC Fight Night, Dragon Gate Dangerous Gate, DDT Peter Pan and all the major events of the past week.
 
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Our lead story talks about the Lesnar vs. Cena match, similar matches in other parts of the world and how they played out, including several matches of the type in WWE but why this one was different than all, the reaction to Cena and why it was time to do something shocking, but the match doesn't make sense in building an immediate rematch.
 
We look at the depth issue with WWE headliners, sports analogies of what this represented, different scenarios for WrestleMania, chart out Night of Champions as well as have complete coverage of SummerSlam with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.  We also look at exactly when the finishes appear to have been finalized.
 
We look at Spike moving Impact to Wednesday and what that means to the big picture.  We look at an update on the situation with Bully Ray, how his situation differs from others who have left, why WWE has been negative on him in the past, what's the situation with Devon, why they had to move off Thursday and an update on Bound for Glory.
 
We look at how last minute the move was, the advertising of the move, what TNA will go head-to-head with, and more TNA injuries.
 
We also update the situation with War Machine, his arrest, his charges, what has come out new on charges in the last week, details of his arrest, how the situation happened, and police statements from both victims.
 
We also update the situation with Alberto Del Rio.  We look at the original punishment Del Rio was told he would get, why things changed, what WWE is trying to prevent Del Rio from doing.  We also look at the letter WWE sent Del Rio and its position on the matter.  We look at what his WWE contract situation was, what he was told by WWE when he got released and what his reaction was.
 
We look at his appearance at TripleMania, both angles and the clear direction of the promotion.  We look at the usual non-compete terms for WWE and how they are enforced.
 
We also look at his reaction to what happened, the first problems between Del Rio and Cody Barbierri, who has contacted him, reaction of WWE talent, and an update on Rey Mysterio in WWE and his appearing on the AAA TripleMania show in a videotaped message and reading the tea leaves of what could end up as a very messy legal situation.
 
We look at changes in SummerSlam, next year's version, Canadian TV picking up with WWE Network.
 
We look at Sting and Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania and what they want out of WrestleMania, the end of Sting's career, his first meeting with Vince McMahon, updating Kurt Angle talks with WWE, WWE Network on Canadian television, Daniel Bryan talks who he thinks is the best wrestler he's ever been in the ring with, the best wrestler in the world today and his best match that nobody ever saw.  He also talks about his version of the Claire Lynch angle, next season's Total Divas reality show, why the Dean Ambrose angle was shot, more activities in Los Angeles based out of SummerSlam, the WWE video game, who stood out at the panel and a funny ad with Sting.
 
We also look at WWE personalities syndicating a radio show, box office for movies with WWE stars, Mrs Warrior attacks Mr. Hogan, update on Big Show and Santino Marella, why fired wrestler was on Smackdown in Canada this week, segments that have been filmed, WWE Network policy and an Olympic gold medalist talks about how he turned down WWE for UFC and why.  We also have notes on another Olympian getting a WWE tryout, as well as notes on the biggest WWE house show in a long time.
 
We also have a final rundown on the G-1 tournament with how every performer's match quality was, looking at all 112 matches, who had the most good matches, who had the most great matches.
 
We also look at New Japan's next iPPV shows and the lineups, why A.J. Styles isn't defending his title in September, who he likely will defend against in October, how matches look to set up the future, update on New Japan injuries and more.
 
We also have full coverage of TripleMania from Mexico City, why U.S. stars weren't there, and the AAA Hall of Fame ceremony.
 
We also look at the move of Eddie Alvarez from Bellator to UFC for his fight with Donald Cerrone.  We look at why Bellator released Alvarez even though he had one fight left on his contract, the booking risks of using him, notes on the marketability of the different fighters on UFC 178.  We also look at how much Alvarez lost based on not appearing on shows that he would have had Bellator not stopped him form leaving the first time.
 
We look back at Alvarez's court case, and his settlement with Bellator, as well as his history with the company.
 
We look at the UFC Fight Night show from Bangor, ME, with business and match-by-match coverage.
 
We also look at how on the same night, two shows head-to-head in Tokyo both sold out major arenas.  We look at match-by-match coverage of both events.
 
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--A look at CMLL's Champion of Champions tournament
 
--Rumors regarding the finals
 
--Benefit show for wrestler does sellout business
 
--Notes on the new wrestling television show on the El Rey network, including planned first filming dates and scheduled TV start time.  We also look at who will be writing the show, and a number of names expected to be part of the project
 
--What foreign owner tells talent to study WWE and UFC
 
--Revolution Pro signs dream match 
 
--Lineup for the next shows at Korakuen Hall
 
--Notes on ROH's Final Battle this year
 
--Notes on ROH show in Brooklyn
 
--Notes on lineup for the next ROH iPPV show
 
--We look at the current ROH angles and results
 
--Vince Russo on his departure from TNA
 
--More TNA departures
 
--What former WWE talent is expected to be in TNA in one month
 
--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows
 
--Jon Jones update
 
--Alexander Gustafsson also updates
 
--Change in UFC hierarchy
 
--Notes on the next season of Ultimate Fighter
 
--Shows for this coming weekend
 
--UFC fires fighter for steroid positive
 
--UFC makes large charitable donation
 
--Chael Sonnen discusses his recent talks with WWE
 
--Sonnen discusses his PED usage
 
--A look at the next UFC PPV show
 
--UFC fighter look to be retired due to head trauma
 
--Scott Coker talks Bellator plans for 2015
 
--Notes on where Marloes Coenen stands
 
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THURSDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Regarding the stories going around that Bryan Danielson will be undergoing Tommy John surgery (which would keep him out of action for close to one year), those in WWE say he is still being evaluated as to what treatment he needs.
 
--WWE did a good documentary on the network on the former Shield that aired last night.
 
--WWE announced a new comedy movie based on someone with a lot of money at stake in a celebrity death pool and having David Hasselhoff, and trying to win by killing Hasselhoff.  Hasselhoff is in the movie, as is Hulk Hogan.  Ken Jeong will star in the movie.  
 
--The Nevada Athletic Commission announced temporary suspensions for both Robert Drysdale and Kevin Casey for failing drug tests on the 7/5 and 7/6 shows.  Both are expected to have hearings at the next commission meeting.
 
--UFC has announced an 11/22 show in Austin, TX on FS 1
 
--Bonnie Watson, a women's wrestling star from 1951 to 1976, passed away at the age of 82.  Watson was the longtime Florida state womens' champion and was married to well-known referee Stu Schwartz.
 
--TNA signed a new deal with SuperSport in South Africa to broadcast Impact every Monday night at 6 p.m. through 2019.    
 
--The TNA house shows on 9/5, 9/6 and 9/7 have been changed to PPV tapings for One Night Only shows.
 
9/5 in Charlottesville, VA has
Jeff Hardy vs. MVP
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm
Eric Young vs. Magnus
Bram vs. Abyss
EC 3 & Rockstar Spud vs. Gunner & Ken Anderson
Austin Aries vs. Great Sanada
Gail Kim vs. Madison Rayne
Samoa Joe vs. DZ Zema Ion vs. Kenny King
 
9/6 in Roanoke Rapids, NC
Jeff Hardy vs. Magnus
Bobby Roode vs. MVP
Eric Young vs. Abyss
EC 3 vs. Austin Aries
Ken Anderson vs. James Storm
Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell
Bram vs. Gunner
Samoa Joe vs. Great Sanada vs. Rockstar Spud
 
9/7 in Fayetteville, NC
Matt & Jeff Hardy vs. MVP & Kenny King
Bobby Roode vs. Magnus
Bram vs. Eric Young
EC 3 vs. Abyss
Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell vs. Madison Rayne
Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries
James Storm vs. Gunner
Ken Anderson vs. DJ Zema Ion
 
--NXT actually aired today first at 4 p.m. and Superstars aired first at 5 p.m.    
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1962 - Verne Gagne beat Mr. M (Big Bill Miller) to win the AWA title in Minneapolis
1965 - The Crusher beat Mad Dog Vachon in St. Paul to win the AWA tile
1967 - Alberto & Ramon Torres beat Stan & Butcher Vachon in Augusta, GA to win he Southern tag titles
1971 - Jim Breaks beat Johnny Saint in Manchester to win the British lightweight title
1979 - Dusty Rhodes beat Harley Race in Tampa to win the NWA title in one of those one week title reigns
1986 - Leilani Kai beat Chigusa Nagayo in Tokyo to win the All-Pacific title
1989 - Bull Power (Leon "Vader" White) beat Otto Wanz in Vienna to win the CWA heavyweight title
1993 - Akira Hokuto beat Yumiko Hotta in Tokyo to win the All Japan women Grand Prix tournament
1993 - La Diabolica beat Lady Apache in Mexico City to win the Mexican national women's title 
1997 - Steve McMichael beat Jeff Jarrett to win the U.S. title in Nashville
2002 - Jerry Lynn won a three-way ladder match over Low Ki and A.J. Styles in Nashville to win the TNA X title
2004 - Christopher Daniels won a four-way over Joey Matthews, Chris Sabin and A.J. Styles in Philadelphia to win the 3PW title
2005 - Chris Benoit beat Orlando Jordan to win the U.S. title at SummerSlam
2009 - Alex Koslov won over Extreme Tiger (Tigre Uno), Jack Evans, Rocky Romero and Teddy Hart in Ciudad Madero to win the AAA cruiserweight title
 
--In SFX, the leading Sci-fi magazine in the U.K., there is a review of "Guardians of the Galaxy."  On Dave Bautista, it said "Wrestling star Dave Bautista brings the muscle, but he's so much more than rippling pectorals and a voice like a sub-woofer hurled down a well; soulful, sincere, he's also a brilliant straight man whose thudding literalness earns the biggest laughs ("nothing goes over my head.  My reflexes are too fast!") (thanks to Darren Wadsworth)
 
--Future Stars of Wrestling on 9/6 at the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas with an eight-man No. 1 contenders tournament for a shot at champion Matt Hardy.  Among those in the tournament are Kenny King, Brian Cage, Lance Hoyt (Archer), Al Katrazz, Tyshaun Prince, Jack Manley and others.  
 
--Smash Wrestling from Sunday in Toronto:  Scotty O'Shea over Alex Vega, Pepper Parks, Gregory Iron and John Greed, Kimber Bomb over LuFisto and Vanessa Kraven, Tyson Dux b Johnny Gargano, Rich Swann b Brent Banks, Josh Alexander b Sebastian Suave, Young Bucks b Super Smash Brothers, Matt Cross b Chris Hero.  The next show on 9/21 features Amazing Kong.  (thanks to Steven Ashe)
 
--Roger Gracie signed with ONE FC.  One of the great BJJ heavyweights of all-time, will compete at 205 pounds.  Also signed were Michal Pasternak (10-0) from Poland, a light heavyweight; Rafael Atilho (7-0), a middleweight from Brazil; Warren de Reuck (6-0), a welterweight from South Africa; Igor Svirid, a middleweight from Kazakhstan; Timofey Nastyukhin (7-1), a Russian lightweight and Anatpong Bunrad, a bantamweight from Thailand.
 
--In Canada, NXT has been replaced by Main Event on TV and Vintage Collection has been replaced by a UFC Best of show.  The decision was made to pull NXT and make it a network exclusive, even though most of Canada doesn't legally have access to the network. (thanks to Shane Madison)
 
--Brutal Bob Evans is opening up his Slamtech Wrestling Camp for a fall 2014 class.  The plan is to start around 10/1, with a 10-12 week course for beginners and intermediates.  The class will feature guest instructors from ROH, including Kevin Kelly.  For more info, he can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Dan Severn vs. Cody Deaner headlines for Crossfire Wrestling on 9/21 in St. Catharines, ONT at the Merritton Community Centre.    
 
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix on 8/23 in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory.
 
--Ricochet vs. Uhaa Nation for the Open the Freedom Gate title, a rematch of their great match for the Open the Dream Gate title in Japan earlier this year, will be on he 9/14 Evolve show in Brooklyn.  
 
--Johnny Jeter & Mike Mondo & Kenn Doane reunite as the Spirit Squad for CHIKARAs King of Trios tournament on 9/19 to 9/21 in Palmer, PA.
 
--WWE stock dropped seven cents a share today to close at $14.44 per share.
  
--Talita Nogueira, a BJJ star who is 6-0, has signed for Bellator's new women's featherweight division. 
 
--Jim Cornette was announced as a Global Ambassador for the IHWE group out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  He will work as a consultant with the group and make appearances at live shows, or on videotape at shows. 
 
--Cage Warriors airs on The Fight Network at 1 p.m. Eastern tomorrow live from Amman, Jordan.
 
--A Briscoes promo at
 
--More videos from Thomas Rude
 
WWE
Where is Dean Ambrose?                         http://youtu.be/u_OkncWdY48
Journey to SummerSlam:  The Shield Sneak Peek, 8/20/14          http://youtu.be/PX2xQGlXsCo
Goldust's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge               http://youtu.be/8LDHPQ3OYuQ
Summer Rae Attempts the Ice Bucket Challenge            http://youtu.be/rZaBhrQzRLE
INDY TV SHOWS

West Virginia Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 190)                 http://youtu.be/8rZ86bGoGGI
MISC. STUFF

Justin Credible's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge                   http://youtu.be/x2BuqlgLpf4
Steve Corino's Ice Bucket Challenge             http://youtu.be/Y_U5iC6nGSM
Kaitlyn/Celeste Bonin Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge                     http://youtu.be/qg6QN_zem7Y
 
--Tito Santana will be signing autographs from 6-7:30 p.m. on Saturday night at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY during the Red Wings doubleheader for $15.
 
--He will also be signing Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Webster Columbus Center in Webster, NY for $15.
 
 
 

Aug 21 Figure Four Daily: Todd Martin and Bryan talk Brock SMASH, rematch, Dean Ambrose, Raw, Impact, UFC this weekend, tons more!

Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:39

Figure Four Daily with Bryan Alvarez and Todd Martin returns today to talk tons of different topics including Todd's glee over Lesnar killing Cena, how they book the rematch, the former Shield members' rise to the top, Dean Ambrose, Raw from Monday, TNA's move to Wednesday nights and a review, UFC previews for the weekend, Wanderlei Silva and more! A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

UFC News: No discipline on Wanderlei Silva today

Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:00

The Nevada Athletic Commission today tabled discussion of Wanderlei Silva's non-compliance with an unannounced drug test after lawyer Ross Goodman challenged their power to discipline someone who was not licensed.

Silva wasn't licensed, but was on the schedule to face Chael Sonnen on 7/5 in Las Vegas when he was ordered to take a drug test by a commission representative at his gym in late May.  He left the gym and then disappeared, and later claimed he had been using diuretics due to swelling from an injury suffered in a brawl with Sonnen on the set of The Ultimate Fighter reality show in Brazil.

Goodman, one of the state's highest profile lawyers, who also represents Chael Sonnen. and the son of Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman and former mayor Oscar Goodman, argued the commission had no jurisdiction over someone who is not licensed.

The commission tabled discussion of the Silva case today until a later date.  Silva himself was not at the hearing as he was scheduled for public appearances today in Canada.       

 

Thursday's pro wrestling videos

Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:31

By Thomas Rude

WWE

Kermit the Frog Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge                http://youtu.be/Mmax3yEZX58
WWE Inbox (Episode 133)                                 http://youtu.be/CfnywtxmgnE
INDY TV SHOWS

SMASH Wrestling TV (Episode 13)                  http://youtu.be/JdcMpcOs2-s
IHWE TV (Episode 4)                     http://youtu.be/bmmq6W6irbc
Culture Shock Wrestling "Viral!" (Episode 51)              http://youtu.be/kG4kh62GF7M
MISC. STUFF

Lisa Marie Varon Does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge                   http://youtu.be/hdOCiSEZZGE
The Blue Meanie Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge                  http://youtu.be/cUgipz9SsCw
Top 50 Moves of Johnny Goodtime                  http://youtu.be/Ay5rMGhTYCg
LUCHA LIBRE

8/20/14 Tercera Caida              http://youtu.be/1qIKzSwKp2k
TNA

The Hardy Boyz Do the #ALSIceBucketChallenge                            http://youtu.be/Q_ybz57cUyg
RING OF HONOR

Briscoe-It's That Time of Year...Huntin' Season                       http://youtu.be/YKyJGSO7ZAc
 

Aug 20 Wrestling Observer Radio: Impact extended, show review, Smackdown tapings, Shield doc, Eddie Alvarez, questions and more!

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:14

Wrestling Observer Radio with Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer returns today to talk tons of news in wrestling and mixed martial arts including notes on Impact's "extension" through the end of the year, TNA review from Wednesday, Smackdown taping results, the Shield documentary, Eddie Alvarez to UFC, Dominick Cruz off the main card, your questions and tons more! A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

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