On this day in pro wrestling history (August 29): Ultimate Warrior, Davey Boy Smith, and Razor Ramon win WWF Intercontinental titles

Saturday, 29 August 2015 06:51

By Brian Hoops, WrestlingObserver.com

1940 - Kansas City, Kansas at Memorial Hall; Orville Brown beat Don McIntyre, Ralph Garibaldi beat Steve Brody in 2 of 3 falls and Earl Wampler defeated Jim Reeder

1943 - Waterloo, Iowa; Ed (Strangler) Lewis beat John Grandovich, Johnny Seals beat Leo McGuirk (Leroy McGuirk) and Jack Kennedy beat Big Boy Mully

1961 - Minneapolis, Minnesota; AWA US Champion Gene Kiniski no contest Hard Boiled Haggerty, Wilbur Snyder beat Stan Kowalski, Mr. M beat Roy McClarty, Karl Krauser (Karl Gotch) beat Tiny Mills and Dale Lewis drew Bob Geigel. Attendance was 5,051

1963 - Amarillo, Texas; AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Dory Funk Jr in 2 out of 3 falls, Joe Blanchard & Dory Funk Sr & Ricky Romero beat Sputnik Monroe & Art Nelson & Tokyo Tom in 2 out of 3 falls and Masked Rasputin beat Jose Lothario by countout; In Kansas City, Kansas; Bob Geigel beat Rock Hunter 2 falls to 1, Handicap Match, Mongolian Stomper beat John Fogarty and Jose Ramirez and Larry Hamilton (Missouri Mauler) beat Jim Grabmire dq

1970 - St Paul, Minnesota; Dq Rule Waived; Blackjack Lanza beat Dr X and unmasked him to reveal Dick Beyer, No dq match, Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson beat The Crusher & Bad Boy Bullinski on a 3rd fall countout, Pepper Gomez beat Butcher Vachon, Edouard Carpentier beat Dave Cox, Paul Diamond beat Jack Daniels and Bill Howard beat Frank Hickey. Attendance was 8, 758

1974 - Kansas City; Bad News Beach & The Viking defeated Bob Orton & Don Fargo, Boxing match; Dr. Ken Ramey defeated Bill Kersten, Texas Death Match; Killer Karl Krupp defeated Mike George, Bob Brown defeated Lord Alfred Hayes and Pat O’Connor & Bob Geigel defeated The Interns

1982 - St. Paul, Minnesota; Otto Wanz defeated Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA World Heavyweight. Also, Ken Patera & Bobby Duncum & Jesse Ventura no contest Baron Von Raschke & Curt Hennig & Brad Rheingans, AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Rick Martel & Tito Santana, Steve Olsonoski beat Jacques Goulet, Bobby Heenan beat Ray Stevens by dq and Buck Zumhofe beat Kenny Jay

1982 - Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin) won a one night tournament to capture the Georgia National Heavyweight Title over Paul Orndorff in the finals in Atlanta, Georgia. Also on the card, the Samoans (Afa and Sika) defeated the Freebirds to win the National Tag Team Titles.

1988 - The Ultimate Warrior defeated The Honky Tonk Man to win the Intercontinental Title win in the fastest time ever at SummerSlam in Madison Square Garden.

1992 - Davey Boy Smith defeated Bret Hart to win the WWF Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam in Wembley, England.

1994 - Razor Ramon defeated Diesel to win the WWF Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam in Chicago, Illinois and WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart defeated Owen Hart in a steel cage match.

2000 - Al Snow defeated Perry Saturn for the WWF European Heavyweight Title in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

 

UFC: Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm to headline UFC 193 in Melbourne

Friday, 28 August 2015 20:38

On Friday, UFC President Dana White announced on ESPN SportsCenter that women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm will now headline UFC 193 on November 15 -- the UFC's debut in Melbourne, Australia.

The main reason for the change was that welterweight champion Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit had to be postponed due to a non-serious injury to the champion. No makeup date has been announced yet.

The other reason: the event is at Etihad Stadium, a 90,000 seat venue that they wanted to come close to filling up.

Rousey vs. Holm was originally set for UFC 195 on January 2nd in Las Vegas. Rousey (12-0) will be looking for the eighth straight defense of her UFC/Strikeforce belt, while Holm (9-0) will be looking for her third UFC victory and first major MMA title.

Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will remain on the January 2nd show, which still needs a main event. Double J is expected to face Valerie Letourneau as Claudia Gadelha won't be ready in time to compete due to injury. White had wanted to move Double J up to November as well, but that is too soon for Letourneau.


 

 

New Japan on AXS TV report 8-28-15: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bad Luck Fale

Friday, 28 August 2015 19:15

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Today’s show is another look at the Destruction PPV event from last year, which took place on September 21, 2014 from Kobe Hall.


First match up tonight is Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi of CHAOS taking on Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows of Bullet Club. The tag team division in New Japan consists of the Bullet Club and whoever wants to team up against them that month, so that’s where we get this match. It’s not very exciting, or interesting, but New Japan’s focus isn’t really on heavyweight tags so we get this. Yoshi-Hashi is an interesting case because I think by now he’d be good to go on his own as a singles, but is almost always in tags during the year. He’s better than people think he is. Anderson and Gallows are acceptable as a team, I guess, but them being the mainstays in the division isn’t helping it feel all that hot - they’re fine, but nothing beyond that. The match was pretty good. Yoshi-Hashi’s great in when making a comeback as people are totally into him. Yujiro runs in and attacks YH, leaving him open to a Gallows Poll by Gallows and the Magic Killer to retain the tag team titles.


Okada and Gedo cut a promo after the match, saying that their and Yoshi-Hashi’s goal of winning the titles wasn’t deterred and they’ll be back. Gedo scoffed at their win, saying the Rainmaker will come back and destroy them. Come to think of it, they never have. Most challengers never do. I wonder if anyone actually wants to win the heavyweight tag titles in New Japan at this point.


Nakamura was interviewed about the match beforehand. He was frustrated with his G1 performance and wanted Fale to bring it on. With Fale, Nakamura seems to feel that he garners strength from the audience to gain an advantage, which interests him.


The main event aired. People I talk to are divided about Bad Luck Fale and his monster push. It’s easy to see that he’s very much protected in New Japan booking - hardly anyone kicks out of the Bad Luck Fall and it’s not like he’s pinned all that often. He’s the big gajin heel that they want, and for the role he’s...acceptable. As a worker, he’s sluggish. But New Japan’s booking of him is strong enough that he can have pretty good matches despite this. When I first watched this match, I thought it was really good, and a testament to just how great Shinsuke Nakamura was last year as a main event guy. Looking at this match again, I think there were still periods where it was just kind of dull. Action picked up towards the end that made it a fun, but not great main event. Fale has to be with the right guy to be in main events, and Nakamura is definitely one of those guys. He wins the title for the fourth time by countering Fale and hitting him flush in the face with a boma ye.


After the match Nakamura says he can’t express this win in words, and sure enough gives out a YEAOH. Backstage, he says the championship expresses the winner’s will, and he will do whatever he likes with the title.


Reflecting back, Nakamura says he was one of the more heaviest guys he’s faces. His power can be a destructive force, and felt that during the match. He knew eventually he was running out of gas and a win was not too far away. As far as future title defenses are concerned he doesn’t seem to care; he sees it as a toy. He likes how many people come to challenge for the belt and that's where he has fun with it the most.


Not a terrific episode by any means, but it was solid with a decent main event. For the first time in what seems like weeks, it probably wasn’t the best television show of the week. Then again, you can’t win them all!
 

Bellator MMA 141 Live coverage and results: Melvin Guillard vs Brandon Girtz

Friday, 28 August 2015 16:52

by Paul Fontaine, WrestlingObserver.com

Live coverage of Bellator 141 kicks off at 9 pm eastern/8 Central with 4 fights. Melvin Guillard makes his promotional debut. Two lightweight mainstays in Bellator square off as Patricky Pitbull goes against Saad Awad and two fights featuring journeymen Heavyweights kick off the festivities. Join us her for bell to bell coverage of all 4 fights (and maybe some prelims if there's time).

Late change - Marloes Coenen vs  Arlene Blencowe replaces one of the Heavyweight fights on the main card. Good move as Coenen is probably the second most  recognizable name on the entire card, having twice fought Chris Cyborg and being a former holder of the title that Ronda Rousey currently holds.

The substitution was made due to an injury to Lorenzo Hood, so his fight with Raphael Butler is off

 
Women's Featherweights Marloes Coenen (22-6) vs Arlene Blencowe (6-4)

 
Coenen gets a takedown 30 seconds in and right into side control. Coenen transitions to the back and working for a choke. Coenen landing hard punches to the head from behind. Coenen lies on her back, while still in control of Blencowe's at 3:15. Blencowe tries to escape but Coenen still in control. Coenen has to give up the body triangle though. Coenen just holds Blencowe down for the rest of the round for an easy 10-9. Almost a 10-8 really cause Blencowe did almost nothing.

Both ladies punching to start Round 2. Blencowe maybe getting the better of it. Coenen takes her back standing and brings her down at 1:00. Blencowe escapes and too her feet at 1:30 and forces Coenen to stand as well. Coenen tries for a trip takedown but Blencowe ends  up on top. Blencowe to her feet at 2:15 and Coenen has to follow again. Blencowe landing a lot of punches on the feet but Coenen takes her down at 2:45 and right into side control. Coenen with an armbar at 3:15. Blencowe turns to escape and on top but Coenen gets the arm again and the quick tap.

WINNER: MARLOES COENEN (23-6) by submission (armbar)
 
A nice preview piece of Justin Wren, who fought on TUF 10, including a KO of Wes Sims. He took 5 years off to do humanitarian work in the Congo. He looks like a gigantic version of Daniel Bryan and sounds a bit like him as well.

Heavyweights Justin Wren (10-3) vs Josh Burns (8-8)

 You may remember Burns as one of Lashley's sacrificial Bellator lambs. He's 0-5 in Bellator, being finished every time so this is clearly a showcase fight for Wren. Jason Herzog gets the reffing duties for this Heavyweight BATTLE.

They're both just throwing bombs to start. Wren clinches up and lands a couple knees to the body. Wren landing punches as well as he's got Burns backed up to the cage. Ref breaks up the clinch at 2:00. Burns bleeding a bit from under his right eye. Hard punch exchange at 3:00 and then Wren backs Burns up to the cage again, landing knees to the body and head. Wren also landing punches to the body. Burns pushes him away from the cage but Wren lands a nice punch/knee combo. Wren rocks Burns with a punch at 4:30. 10-9 Wren

Wren backs up Burns to the cage early but Burns takes control. Wren tries for a takedown but Burns fights him off and they're in the centre again. Strikes were 21-20 in the first round for Wren. Hard punch exchange at 2:00 and Wren bleeding from the nose. Burns starting to control the pace. Wren rocks Burns with a couple of knees and backs him up into the cage. Wren landing a ton of knees to  the body and the head and following up with punches. Burns punches out of it. Burns is all bloodied up on his face. Wren with a nice punch combo at 4:00 and backs him up to the cage again. More hard knees from Wren. Separation with 15 seconds left. 10-9 Wren

Doctor took a long look at the damage on Burns' face but let him continue. Kicks landed were 16-1 for Wren in Round 2. Burns pushing the pace to start the round though. Clinch on the cage at 1:30 with Burns in control. Nothing happening. Ref separates them quickly. Wren with a nice punch/kick combo at 2:15. Wren clinches up again at 2:15 and lands some knees to the head. Burns gets control and lands a series of punches to the head. Wren with some elbows from the clinch and Burns gets separation. Wren with a series of punches and kicks standing. Wren just teeing off at 4:15 but Burns staying on his feet. Wren just picking him off. Burns with a nice punch combo just before the right ends. They embrace at the end. 10-9 Wren

WINNER: JUSTIN WREN (11-3) by unanimous decision (30-27; 30-26 x 2)

Wren cut a great promo to his friends in the Congo, in another language. Great story, really likeable guy. And it's promo time for the Dynamite show on September 19th. Jimmy Smith and Scott Coker do their very best Dana and Rogan impressions, announcing the brackets  for the 205 lb tourney. King Mo vs Linton Vassell and Emanuel Newton vs Phil Davis (fight guaranteed to put me to sleep) with the winners facing off the same night for a title shot.

They made mention of the fan fest that was promoted on the site today. Smith is fine but Coker is terrible in these things. They also announced another "tentpole event", using that phrase. Pitbull-Strauss 3, Will Brooks defending the lightweight title against.....(Coker forgot his name, but Smith helped him out by saying) Marcin Held. Also Michael Chandler and Bobby Lashley in featured fights.  
Lightweights Patricky Pitbull (13-6) vs Saad Awad (18-6)

Ox Baker/Mike Beltran is your referee. They do the main event ref instructions for this one for some reason. Very tentative to start even though the pre-fight video package showed a lot of hatred between the two of them. Grande mentions that the lightweight division is getting deep with the additions of Melvin Guillard, Josh Thomson and JOSH KOSCHECK. He said it. Pitbull with the slight advantage on the feet but almost nothing happening through 2:45. Pitbull with a flash takedown at 3:30 but Awad right back up. They trade leg kicks at 4:30 and then Pitbull hit a flying knee in the most action of the fight so far. 10-9 Pitbull
 
A little more action to  start Round 2. Pitbull the aggressor. Nice punch exchange at 1:30. Pitbull with a takedown at 1:45. Not much happening on the ground. Pitbull with some light punches to the body and then stands up at 3:00. Awad follows. Awad bleeding around his right eye. Nice punch combo from Awad at 4:00. Pitbull answers back with a punch combo of his own. Pitbull continuing to advance. Very close round. 10-9 Pitbull

Round 3 started off really slow again with neither guy taking control or landing much. Pitbull with the first bit of offence around 1:45 in, but Awad works him back to the center of the cage. Nice punch exchange at 2:15. Pitbull seems to be doing more damage. Awad bleeding from the nose at 3:15. Pitbull starting to press the action at 4:00. Ptibull with a nice punch combo with 15 seconds left and Awad gets a late takedown. Another close round. 10-9 Pitbull

WINNER - PATRICKY PITBULL (14-6) by unanimous decision on scores of 30-27 x 3 

Main Event - Melvin Guillard (33-14-2) vs Brandon Girtz (12-4)

Big John is out for the first time as ref after judging a couple of the undercard fights. Girtz rocks Guillard with a punch combo and then takes his back standing early. Girtz with a power takedown 45 seconds in. Girtz into side control and landing knees to the body. Guillard cut and bleeding around his left eye. Hard knees to the body by Girtz at 3:00. Girtz doing just enough to avoid a standup. 10-8 Girtz. Not like he was close  to finishing but Guillard did absolutely nothing

 Guillard landed just 2 strikes in that round to 37 for Girtz. Guillard controlling the cage to start round 2 though. Girtz with a nice punch combo early. Guillard answers back with some punches of his own, his biggest offence of the fight so far. Girtz with a power takedown at 1:30 but Guillard  right up. Girtz takes him down again and trying for an armbar. Guillard escapes and to his feet, landing a nice punch combo on the way up. Guillard continuing to advance but eating punches from Girtz anyway. Nice punch combo from Guillard at 3:15. Guillard rocks Girtz with a hard right at 4:15 but Girtz gets a takedown right after. Guillard quickly to his feet. This round is still close. Guillard with a nice punch/kick combo. Nice punch exchange right before the bell. 10-9 Guillard but could've gone either way. 

 Girtz with an early takedown. Ground strikes are 33-2 for Girtz through 2 rounds. Girtz working for a head and arm choke. Gives that up and looking for a Kimura but Guillard fights that off with a couple of elbows from the bottom. Guillard landing a lot of hard elbows to the head from the bottom. Ref stands them up at 3:30. Guillard advancing on the standup and stalking him. Guillard lands a flying knee and follows up with hard knees and punches to the head. Girtz is in big trouble. Guillard with another knee/punch combo at 4:15. Girtz with a takedown at 4:30. This is going to be interesting. Guillard landing elbows from the bottom and Girtz just trying to hold him. 10-9 Guillard and I've got it as a 28-28 draw. 

WINNER - BRANDON GIRTZ (13-4) by split decision on scores of 29-27, 28-29 and 29-27 

 

Bellator offcially announces Fan Fest with Fedor, Couture, Royce Gracie and Sakuraba

Friday, 28 August 2015 14:37

Bellator announced today that its Fan Fest that will include Fedor Emelianenko and Kazushi Sakuraba will take place on 9/18 at 7 p.m. and Dave & Buster's in Milpitas.

The Fan Fest is open to all members of Bellator nation.  Signing up is free

Dave & Buster's is located at the Great Mall.

Those announced for the Fan Fest are Fedor Emelianenko, Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Kazushi Sakuraba, Frank Shamrock and  Cung Le.

The event will hype a live show at the SAP Center in San Jose, headilned by Liam McGeary vs. Tito Ortiz for the light heavyeight title, plus a four-man light heavyweight tournament with King Mo Lawal, Linton Vassell, Phil Davis and Emanuel Newton.

 

Wrestling Observer Live 8/28: JAKOB HAMMERMEIER talks King of Trios plus news, open lines and more!

Friday, 28 August 2015 13:03

Wrestling Observer Live is back today with a packed show! We've got news, we've got analysis, we've got open lines, we've got JAKOB HAMMERMEIER of Chikara talking news weekend's KING OF TRIOS and more! A fun show as always so check it out~!

 

Full WWE SummerSlam coverage and future direction, Decision to have Holm be Ronda Rousey's next foe, UFC business year in review, ROH big weekend, Daniel Bryan future

Friday, 28 August 2015 10:30

A complete rundown of the WWE's weekend in Brooklyn, with all the business notes, surprises and what is known about the future direction is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also cover the decision to have Holly Holm replace Miesha Tate as Ronda Rousey's opponent next, a UFC business year-in-review story, ROH big weekend, New Japan next tour, 2017 Mania and Daniel Bryan future note.

 
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FRI UPDATE: Hayabusa in the ring, Anniversary of huge California show and greatest pre-match video

Friday, 28 August 2015 12:27

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We're look for reports on tonight's WWE show in Fort Myers, FL (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Prime Time Players, Dolph Ziggler) tonight's NXT show in Cocoa Beach, FL, tonight's GFW show in Harrisburg, PA as well as last night's NXT show  in Tampa to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lots of stuff happening tonight.

First round of the PWG Battle of Los Angeles in Reseda, Calif. - No way to watch this unless you're one of the 400 who has a ticket

Aero Star vs. Brian Cage

Biff Busick vs. Andrew Everett

Will Ospreay vs. Mark Andrews

Trent Baretta vs. Trevor Lee

Drago vs. Pentagon Jr.

Fenix vs. Matt Sydal

Jack Evans & Angelico vs. Ricochet & Rich Swann

Tommy End & Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Young Bucks & Roderick Strong
 

Bellator tonight at 9 p.m. on Spike from Temecula, CA

Raphael Butler vs. Lorenzo Hood

Josh Burns vs. Justin Wren

Saad Awad vs. Patricky Pitbull Freire

Melvin Guillard vs. Brandon Girtz

 

New Japan World at 9 p.m. Eastern on AXS TV

Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi for IWGP tag titles

Bad Luck Fale vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for IC title
 

Legacy Fighting Championships at 10 p.m. tonight on AXS TV from the Houston Arena Theater

Sage Northcutt vs. Andrew Parker

Jonathan Harris vs. Rey Trujillo

Carrington Banks vs. Justin Reiswerg

Jason Jackson vs. Charlie Ontiveros

Valdir Araujo vs. Alex Morono

Saturday has WWE in Orlando (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Prime Time Players, Dolph Ziggler) and San Juan (Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Big Show, Ryback), ROH in Atlanta at the North Atlanta Trade Center (Cedric Alexander vs. Corey Hollis, Michael Elgin vs. Adam Page, Matt Taven & Michael Bennett vs. Will Ferrara & Takaaki Watanabe, Roderick Strong vs. Caprice Coleman, Matt Sydal & ACH vs. Ray Rowe & Hanson, Cliff Compton vs. Mark Briscoe, Jay Lethal & Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish), GFW in Richmond, VA and NXT in Fort Pierce, FL.
 

Second night of the PWG Battle of Los Angeles on Saturday night in Los Anglers

Rich Swann vs. Marty Scurll

Chris Hero vs. Timothy Thatcher

Drew Gulak vs. Tommy End

Jack Evans vs. Angelico

Drew Galloway vs. Mike Bailey

Ricochet vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Fenix & Aero Star vs. Pentagon Jr. & Drago

Young Bucks & Super Dragon vs. Biff Busick & Andrew Everett & Trevor Lee

Sunday has WWE in Daytona Beach (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Prime Time Players, Dolph Ziggler) and Tallahassee (Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Big Show, Ryback).

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Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Miami.

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ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)

1894 - Evan Strangler Lewis beat Tom Bulldog Clayton in London to win the U.K. version of the world heavyweight title

1968 - The Assassins beat Baron Scicluna & Cyclone Negro in Brisbane to win the IWA tag titles

1970 - Masio Koma beat El Solitario in Mexico City to win the NWA middleweight title

1976 - Jumbo Tsuruta beat Jack Brisco in Tokyo to win the United National title

1976 - Vic Faulkner beat Jim  Breaks in Manchester to win the British welterweight title

1993 - Celestial beat Super Delfin in Mexico City to win the UWA welterweight title

1995 - Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi beat Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara in Shizuoka to win the IWGP tag titles

1998 - Kendo Ka Shin beat Koji Kanemoto in Tokyo to win the IWGP jr. title

2003 - Yoshihiro Takayama beat Masahiro Chono in Osaka to win the PWG heavyweight title

 

FREE Audio - Josh Nason's Punch-Out ep. 11: Bellator MMA's Jimmy Smith on Bellator 141, Fight Quest, Joe Rogan, more!

Friday, 28 August 2015 11:52

Jimmy Smith Bellator MMA

With Bellator 141 on our doorstep, Bellator MMA color commentator and all-around good guy Jimmy Smith was our guest on the 11th episode of Josh Nason's Punch-Out!

Note that this is a free show, so please share on your favorite social networks. Thanks!

On the docket, Josh and Jimmy talked for an hour on nearly 141 topics. (Not really, but it was a lot). Here's a preview:

- The experience of co-hosting Fight Quest and his favorite discipline he trained in

- How often he gets asked about competing against Joe Rogan in a cage or on the mats

- His time competing in MMA and whether he misses it

- Whether Bellator has ever asked him about competing

- Getting asked to commentate for Premier Boxing Championships and how it came together

- The one nuance that the average fan can watch for when watching both boxing and MMA

- Working with new Bellator play-by-play man Sean Grande and the advice he gave him 

- The most interesting storyline going into Bellator 141

- Thoughts on Melvin Guillard, Justin Wren, and Marloes Coenen

- His opinions on drug testing, uniforms, IVs, and Ronda Rousey vs. Floyd Mayweather

You also get Josh's Opening Round focused on the latest grenades thrown toward MMA media, and Josh's TV pick of the week. Your hour of power awaits!

Show Notes: 

- Here's a playlist with a ton of Fight Quest episodes. All of them are free on YouTube, so enjoy!

- Here's the John Ramdeen and Robin Black segment discussed in the Opening Round, queued up to when the media conversation began.

- Here's a direct link to the TV show of the week that will get you out of the doghouse for watching so much MMA.

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On this day in pro wrestling history (August 28): Kevin Nash beats Booker T for WCW World title, Ultimate Warrior beats Rick Rude for WWF I-C belt

Friday, 28 August 2015 10:53

By Brian Hoops, WrestlingObserver.com

1941 - Kansas City, Kansas at Memorial Hall; World Heavyweight Champion Lee Wykoff defeated Dorv Roche in 2 of 3 falls, Nanjo Singh beat Steve Brody and Ray Eckert and Jack Hader went to a 30 minute draw. 
1944 - Des Moines, Iowa; Jack Conley beat Jim Coffield, Women’s World Champion Mildred Burke beat Mae Weston 2 falls to 0 and Earl Wampler defeated Jack Hader in 2 of 3 falls. 
1958 - Kansas City, Kansas; NWA World Champion Dick Hutton beat Otto Von Krupp 2 falls to 1, for the Central States tag team titles, Thor Hagen and Sonny Myers beat Emil Dusek and Red McIntyre 2 falls to 1 to retain the title. 
1964 - Denver, Colorado; AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat The Crusher, Wilbur Snyder beat Larry Hennig, Mitsu Arakawa beat Dale Lewis and Dory Funk Jr beat Dan Miller
1965 - Minneapolis, MN; AWA Champion The Crusher beat Harley Race, Larry Hennig beat Tex McKenzie, Reggie Parks drew Chris Markoff, Rene Goulet beat Danny Plechas, Eddie Sharkey beat Gene Anderson by dq and Larry Heiniemi beat Paul Caruso. Attendance: 5,610
1967 - Stan and Butcher Vachon defeated Alberto Torres and Ramon Torres to win the Southern Tag Team Title in Augusta, Georgia.
1970 - Denver, Colorado; in a Cage Match, The Crusher beat Mad Dog Vachon, Red Bastien & Pepper Gomez & Edouard Carpentier beat Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson & Butcher Vachon in 2 of 3 falls. In a no dq, no countouts match; Blackjack Lanza beat Dr. X,  Paul Diamond beat Double X and Bull Bullinski beat George Gadaski. Attendance was a record 10,260. 
1976 - St Paul, MN; Verne Gagne no contest AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel, Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke, Peter Maivia beat Kim Duk, Billy Francis beat Moose Morowski and Billy Red Cloud beat Buck Zumhofe
1986 - Wahoo McDaniel defeated Tully Blanchard for the NWA National Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California.
1989 - At SummerSlam in East Rutherford, New Jersey, The Ultimate Warrior defeated Rick Rude to win the WWF Intercontinental Title, The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) defeated The Hart Foundation, Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake (with Elizabeth( defeated Randy Savage & Zeus, with Sherri Martel.
1994 - Shawn Michaels & Diesel defeated The Headshrinkers to win the WWF World Tag Team Titles in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1995 - PG-13 defeated Terry Gordy & Tracey Smothers in a tournament final for the USWA Tag Team Titles in Memphis, Tennessee

2000 - Kevin Nash defeated Booker T for the WCW World Heavyweight Title in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
 

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