Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:38
After being approved of a license, UFC announced the Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort middleweight title fight would take place on 12/6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:31
The Nevada Athletic Commission granted Vitor Belfort a license at its meeting today in Las Vegas, after Belfort promised not to fight until December, and that he had been told by UFC his next fight would be on 12/6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center against Chris Weidman for the middleweight title.
Belfort promised not to fight anywhere before that date. The commission stated they would test Belfort extensively, at his or UFC's expense, for the remainder of his career.
The question had to do with Belfort's failed 2/7 test for testosterone. Belfort said that he took a larger than usual shot on 2/6, because he had traveled and missed taking his previous shot. He was taking two shots per week in his TRT regime. He noted he had been off TRT since the commission banned it in late February, and said he did go through a crash but his will has been strong. He admitted having to change his training due to no longer using the treatment and hsi age.
A standard steroid test failure in Nevada would be for nine months, so the date UFC is planning would be more than nine months after the failure. But there is the question that this is Belfort's second failure. He claimed his prior failure was either due to treatment for an injury or a tainted supplement.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:55
Hello there this is Evan "Tech" Prout host of Under the Mat Radio in Baltimore, MD with airs live every Tuesday 6pm-8pm(EST) on blogtalkradio,com.I wanted to gladly ask if you could post this exclusive interview we did yesterday with current TNA Tag Team Champion Davey Richards. I will gladly plug and promote whatever sites post my interview. Below are the highlights of the interview as well as the link to listen and an image to be used for the post
Davey Richards stopped by Under the Mat Radio to discuss his feelings on a few topics such as Dixie Carter, return of the 6 sided ring, his tag partner Eddie Edwards and so much more! You can listen to the full interview below; here are some of the highlights:
Davey on the return of the 6 sided ring:
“Well it gives TNA their own personality and it’s unique to them. It takes a little bit to get used to…having two more sides and it can make things more confusing at the end of the day you still got to get the job done so I’m fine with it. ”
Davey on what his goal is right now in TNA:
“Just me and Eddie (Edwards) making a mark as one of the greatest tag teams in TNA history. There’s the Hardy Boys who’s back together and Team 3D is back together…there’s always Beer Money who could get back together. We want to test ourselves with those guys and leave our mark in TNA.”
Davey on his thoughts on the tryout with WWE (with Eddie Edwards):
“We did a one week tryout for them and that was about it. It’s not somewhere where I longed to work for their travel schedule doesn’t work for me. I’m not moving down there and getting trained how to wrestle again I’ve already been trained and if I don’t’ have it now then I won’t have it.”
Davey also discusses what he does in his spare time, his background in kickboxing, working with Special Olympic kids and much more in this exclusive 60-minute interview on Under the Mat Radio.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:00
There’s an interesting accumulation of talent in the WWE these days, notably with the signing of Kenta Kobayashi and Prince Devitt; two world class, lighter weight guys joining an NXT already loaded with top US indie talent.
The WWE’s development promotion is championed by a guy nicknamed “The Man that Gravity Forgot” when he was known internationally as PAC, now Adrian Neville. Other worldwide and top United States indie talents in NXT include Sami Zayn (El Generico), Solomon Crowe (Sami Callihan), and Corey Graves (Sterling James Keenan).
This accumulation reminds me of the mid-00’s when Juventud Guerrerra joined a roster that included Brian Kendrick, Paul London, Super Crazy, Funaki and Kid Cash. There was also some guy named Jamie Noble, Nunzio and a lot of others that constituted the cruiserweight division. Low Ki was around at times, and while Psicosis blows up the theme of this piece, he’s a name to include. At the time, Rey Mysterio was clearly positioned for the “main” roster.
By 2007, the WWE Cruiserweight Title went away, which in many ways was too bad, but considering the WWE, and their often inexplicable hold on logic, it was probably for the best. The promotion has long had a “big man” focus. Over the years, that’s pretty much been held as “best for business”, but times have changed.
Those who follow my opining know that bringing up the concept of weight classes and separating out highly talented guys from being mere jobbers has been a cyclical argument. That time for the argument comes around again, but not just because of the high profile signings and accumulation of talent or because the argument for MMA/boxing/wrestling logic in weight classification always makes sense or because separating out rosters based on cable TV station/name has really failed.
Above all, the concept of having a lighter weight classification is a strong one, no matter what it is called.
It could be called middleweight (with a nod to Anderson Silva) or welterweight (with a nod to Georges St. Pierre) or cruiserweight (which would only be an unlikely nod to a failed WCW). But I’m not in the WWE’s creative department, and not paid to come up with ideas, so I won’t go crazy there.
I do want to tread into the ocean of fantasy booking, suggesting the lynchpin of a re-launch of a lighter division in professional wrestling is a guy that has defied all odds and earned a spot at the top of the WWE ladder through his sheer talent and determination. Even if I’ll get the hate mail, I won’t be dissuaded by throwing out the best name to headline this division: Daniel Bryan.
All things considered and all sub-plots worked, the WWE Universe has a place for Bryan, still on the shelf, injured, and with a not-so-obvious timetable to return. What’s interesting is that The Authority, in the names of HHH and Stephanie, are positioned in a bit of a corner with their treatment the former WWE Champion. Realistically, no one (including those two) really cares how they are portrayed, and I’ll be the last one to suggest babyfacing those two, but the creative impetus is there to make the most out of Bryan’s health situation.
There should be recognition that Bryan bumping for guys 50 pounds bigger (if not more) than him is not a good, long-term situation, as well as recognition that Bryan reached the pinnacle of the sport through his own efforts, despite having all odds against him.
From a sports logic perspective, isn’t it about time that the WWE notices that pitting monsters against smaller guys just causes bad dynamics? Especially considering that Sin Cara didn’t exactly pan out (yeah, there was a personality/culture/attitude issue. Attitude…. Imagine that), and especially considering the high profile signing in Japan.
And, from a worked/shoot perspective – one that acknowledges the long term health of the roster – wouldn’t it be interesting to have Dr. Maroon or others appear to tell The Authority that the cause of Bryan’s injuries was that he was battling much larger athletes?
That leads to an interesting positioning of The Authority as always looking out for the best interests of Bryan despite the heelishness of the approach, even if they do it on multiple layers of psychology and reality. I can hope that professional wrestling is as nuanced as I believe it is, and as nuanced as the WWE pretends it is, even when it isn’t.
Wrapping up a storyline around Bryan also puts legitimacy on whatever this division is called, because mainstream fans know that Bryan is the real deal. But in terms of drama and serialized entertainment, it creates opposition and emotion at a level where storytelling ensues. It is a mixture of good guy and villain, babyface and heel, when you have the corporate interest and the personal interests of Bryan clearly at odds with legit medical input as to say that “what’s best for business” is separating guys like Bryan from Kane, John Cena and others.
Also consider the debuts of the aforementioned NXT talents. Neville isn’t jobbed out, KENTA (by any given name) is a key title challenger, and there are a number of guys who can fill out that division.
Meanwhile, one key concern is the speaking role of Kenta Kobayashi. The other concern is that he is presented as a babyface, especially for the Japanese market, and that it's positioned properly. As I’ve learned from a guy who knows more about building a babyface reputation than anyone else in the world, that’s a hard thing to do. As I’ve learned from modern pro wrestling mentality, the best approach is to make someone a heel, and turn them at the right time.
The right time should be pretty obvious to those in the know. What better way to position him in the new division than to have some manager type, already well-established on the heel side, already well-familiar with international talent, already set as a force in the WWE Universe?
Sure, this could be some new figure, some throwback to the wonderful years of managers. It could also involve an “entourage” of handlers, translators and trainers. But why not go completely crazy and suggest Paul Heyman as the mischief maker, who quickly moves in and signs Kobayashi, Fergal Devitt and others so he can dominate this new division?
In the end, I’m not so sure what the WWE will do, but I’m sure it will all be WWE-riffic in a sports entertainment sort of way, but I do think my suggestion is better than the alternative.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 05:00
By James Cox, Wrestling Observer
Noteworthy: Rosa Mendes wrestled and it wasn’t completely horrible. Ryback beat R-Truth in pretty entertaining 10 minute match where he sort of came off like a babyface. “Feed me more!” is back. Finally there’s some light and shade on commentary thanks to Renee Young.
Naomi pinned Rosa Mendes in
Rosa is going to be on season 3 of Total Divas hence why she’s starting to appear on television and in matches.
This Richmond crowd were great on Monday and they were very supportive and respectful here. They were behind Naomi and these two put on a reasonable five minute match with enough protection from Naomi, who bumped all over for her.
They lock up and a swift kick from Naomi lets her roll up Rosa who kicks out at one. A nice hip toss and drop kick send Rosa to the outside where she checks her hair and composes herself before rolling back in and kicking out at two.
Naomi climbs the ropes, locks Rose in her legs, wiggles her ass in face and then kicks her to the floor. Naomi is then thrown clear by Rosa and is sent to the floor outside. She uses some of the weakest, lamest stomps you’ve ever seen, rolls her back in and gets a two count. Frustrated, Rosa, repeatedly thrusts Naomi’s head into canvas.
Out of nowhere, Rose hits a perfectly executed snap suplex – it actually got a small cheer. She then chokes out Naomi on the middle rope and goes for a rear chin lock. Then, again, another wrestling move, this time not quite so controlled but Rosa executes a spinning side slam and covers her for a two count.
Rosa takes a breather outside, Naomi hits a baseball slide but gets caught in side slam position outside which she is able to reverse into a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Back in the ring, Naomi tries a backslide, but Rosa kicks out. So, Naomi goes home: drop kicks, clotheslines see her go from the split leg moonsault which she misses. So she grabs Rosa and hits a modified falling inverted DDT for the win. This finisher would seem to not have a name yet.
Not the worst Divas match I’ve ever seen.
Ryback (w/ Curtis Axel) beat R-Truth (w/ Xavier Woods) with the Shellshock in
Ryback treats Truth like he’s a pipsqueak here and there’s a great moment early where Ryback looks so shocked that Truth is able to not only knock him to the mat, but also hurt him. His face was fantastic. Ryback takes most of the early going until he misses a leg drop and is hit by a missile drop kick from Truth, who lands a leg drop of his own. Ryback kicks out and gets up to charge at Truth who merely, steps aside, pulls the top rope down and sends Ryback outside. Grinning, Truth takes a bow as we go to the break. Lovely house show stuff.
Truth uses a drop toe hold on Ryback but he gets mad and for a good straight minute teases a stoppage by repeatedly hitting Truth with knees and stomps. The ref has to prise Ryback off Truth in the corner as Truth just gets continually pummelled. Ryback with a huge whip to the corner and Truth just buckles at the knees and looks half dead. Ryback goes for a cover, gets a near fall and reverts to a headlock.
Ryback executes a quick scoop slam to set Truth up by the ropes for a top rope splash which he misses taking a kick to face from Truth. Ryback misses two charges to the corner, the second time going shoulder first to the post. Truth takes advantage, hits clotheslines and spinning heel kick and then executes what I can only describe as Booker T’s Ghetto Blaster and Ryback just about kicks out.
The crowd are into this now. This time Truth hits a top rope missile drop kick on Ryback and, again, Ryback just gets the shoulder up. Truth’s charge to the corner is then blocked by a kick to the face from Ryback. He climbs to the top rope, the splash misses and it looks like it really sucked – huge bump from such a huge guy.
Truth uses a suplex and we get another near fall. The crowd are delighted by every near fall now. Out of nowhere Ryback executes a huge spinebuster, then climbs the ropes and starts to pump his arms and asks for the crowd to chant, “feed me more” It’s back! Who knew? Like Pavlov’s dogs, they duly oblige and he smacks Truth with a beastly meathook clothesline. They all join in, too, for “finish him!” and Ryback hits the Shellshock for the win.
Ryback got a babyface reaction after this match. Probably means absolutely nothing…
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:45The MIGHTY Bryan & Vinny & Craig Show is BACK today, live in studio, and we've got tons to discuss! We've got the WWE BattleGround PPV from Sunday night, Raw from Monday with the awesome Stephanie McMahon angle, and, yes, the very first WWF SATURDAY NIGHT'S MAIN EVENT from 1985. A fun show as always so check it out~!
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:20
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 18:58Bear witness as Mike previews this weekend's UFC Mega Awesome show on FOX! How Lawler beats Brown; Punk love (shocker); Fatso returns; Guida, etc... We cover the important stuff because someone has to. Plus: recaps of the major events of last week and a long look at the fundamental differences between pro wrestling and MMA when it comes to "booking." If this isn't a fun show, nothing is.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 16:24
- Adam Rose beat Damien Sandow (who was dressed like Adam Rose and did his entrance) with the party foul.
- Seth Rollins beat Fandango with the curb stomp in a squash.
- Ryback beat Jey Uso in about 5 minutes with the meat hook clothesline.
- Kofi and Big E (with Xavier Woods) beat Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil. Big E held each guy in a backbreaker position and Kofi came off the middle rope with a double foot stomp for the finish.
- Lana cut a promo before Rusev's match with Swagger, but it was pretty generic. They did show Putin's photo on the titantron. Swagger won by DQ when Rusev hit him with the Russian flagpole. Zeb then took the flag from Rusev and Swagger left him laying.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:17
UFC just announced that the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson light heavyweight title match, considered the biggest UFC fight so far this year, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 9/27.
The fight had been announced for Las Vegas, but no venue was announced.
Part of it was completion of a deal where Kings of Leon, who were scheduled to perform in the venue that night, would move the concert to The Lot on the Las Vegas strip.
Jones and Gustafsson will be dong a media tour over the next week to promote tickets going on sale on 7/30 to Fight Club members and 8/1 to the public. Tickets will be priced from $1,000 down to $100.
Both fighters will be on a media conference call on Thursday. They will also be together at the Theater in Madison Square Garden on Monday at 4 p.m. for a press conference, with anoher on Tuesday in Atlanta, Wednesday at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby at 11 a.m. in Las Vegas, and Friday at Club Nokai at LA Live in Los Angeles at 4 p.m.
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