By Bryan Alvarez
A ton of stuff this weekend on the schedule. We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE Raw brand house show in Bethlehem, PA and tonight's TNA show in Buffalo at Coca Cola Field (Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy for TNA title, A.J. Styles & Kurt Angle vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian for tag titles, Miss Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim for Knockouts title, Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion for X title--yes, I know, Aries already vacated the title, James Storm vs. Robbie E for the Bound for Glory series and Samoa Joe vs. Mr. Anderson for the Bound for Glory series).
UFC tonight from Atlantic City:
Facebook fights at 5 p.m. Eastern time
Dustin Pague (11-6, 135) vs. Ken Stone (10-3, 135.5)
Ricardo Funch (8-3, 170.5) vs Dan Miller (13-6, 1 no contest, 170.5)
Fuel Fights at 6 p.m.
Luis Ramos (19-7, 170) vs. Matt Brown (16-11, 170.5)
Chris Camozzi (16-5, 185.5) vs. Nick Catone (9-2, 185.5)
Joey Gambino (9-0, 145) vs. Steven Siler (20-9, 145.5)
Brock Jardine (9-1, 170.5) vs. Rick Story (13-5, 169.5)
C.J. Keith (8-0, 157) vs. Ramsey Nijem (6-2, 156) - Keith missed weight by one pound and was fined 20% of his purse
Ricardo Lamas (11-2, 145) vs. Hatsu Hioki (26-4-2, 145.5)
FX fights at 9 p.m.
Cub Swanson (16-5, 145.5) vs. Ross Pearson (15-5, 146)
T.J. Waldburger (15-6, 170.5) vs. Brian Ebersole (49-14-1, 1 no contest, 170)
Spencer Fisher (25-8, 156) vs. Sam Stout (18-7-1, 155.5)
Clay Guida (29-9, 155) vs. Gray Maynard (11-1-1, 1 no contest, 155)
Bellator tonight from Chester, WV. A note that Bellator is not airing on MTV 2. The entire show will air on both You tube and Spike.com starting at 7 p.m:
Neil Johnson (146) vs. Bryan Van Artsdalen (145.2)
Chris Goldbaugh (189.2) vs. Kevin Zalac (189.4) - 190 pound catch weight fight
Duane Bastress (184.8) vs. Jason Butcher (186)
Dan Spohn (206) vs. Jason Stansbury (204.2)
Brett Rogers (264.8) vs. Kevin Asplund (246.8)
Tim Carpenter (204.2) vs. Beau Tribolet (204.6) in first round of light heavyweight tournament
Roy Broughton (205.6) vs. Emmanuel Newton (204.6) in first round of light heavyweight tournament
Zelg Galesic (205) vs. Attila Vegh (204.6) in first round of light heavyweight tournament
Chris Davis (204.6) vs. Travis Wiuff (206) in first round of light heavyweight tournament
XFC tonight from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium starting at 10 p.m. on HDNet
Dustin West (183.8) vs. Joe Ray (184.6)
Matt Metts (155.6) vs. Scott Holtzman (155.4)
Jason Blackford (170) vs. Donny Wallace (170)
Luke Sanders (144.8) vs. Zachary Sanders (144.8)
Avery Vilche (119.2) vs. Heather Jo Clark (120.4)
Scott Barrett (265.8) vs. Gabriel Salinas-Jones (249)
John Salter (186) vs. Reggie Pena (186)
The big show on Saturday is UFC 147 from Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Facebook fights at 7 p.m.
Felipe Arantes vs. Milton Vieira
Marcos Pancini vs. Wagner Campos
FX fights at 8 p.m.
Leonardo Macarrao vs. Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo
John Macapa Teixeira vs. Hugo Wolverine Viana
Francisco Massaranduba Drinaldo vs. Delson Heleno
Rodrigo Damm vs. Anistavio Gasparzinho Madeiros
PPV fights at 10 p.m.
Yuri Alcantra vs. Hacran Dias
Mike Russow vs. Fabricio Werdum
Rony Jason vs. Godofredo Pepey for TUF Brazil featherweight title
Cezar Mutante vs. Serginho Moraes for TUF middleweight title
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
On Saturday, we're also looking for reports on the Raw show in Wheeling, WV, Smackdown in Springfield, IL, and TNA in Oshawa, ONT at the General Motors Center (Bobby Roode vs. Mr. Anderson for TNA title, Kurt Angle vs. Christopher Daniels in the Bound for Glory series), Samoa Joe vs. Robbie E in the Bound for Glory series), A.D. Styles vs. Kazarian, Miss Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim for Knockouts title, Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion for X title and Gunner vs. James Storm.
The big show on Sunday is the ROH Hostage Crisis iPPV at www.rohwrestling.com starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time Kevin Steen vs. Davey Richards for ROH title in an anything goes match with the piledriver legal, if Richards loses he never gets another title shot as long as Steen is champion
Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Kenny King & Rhett Titus for tag titles
Fit Finlay vs. Michael Elgin
Roderick Strong vs. Jay Lethal vs. Tommaso Ciampa for TV title
Eddie Edwards vs. Homicide
Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. The Guardians of Truth (who will be a masked mystery team managed by Truth Martini)
Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly with Hybrid rules, no pins, match can only end via submission, knockout or DQ
We're also looking for reports on Sunday's Raw show in Huntington, WV, Smackdown in Bloomington, IL and TNA in Hamilton, ONT at the Convention Centre (Bobby Roode & Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. A.J. Styles & Samoa Joe & Austin Aries, James Storm vs. Mr. Anderson in the Bound for Glory series, Miss Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim for Knockouts title, Samoa Joe vs. Zema Ion, Robbie E vs. Gunner).
Raw will be live on Monday from Fort Wayne, IN.
Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Evansville, IN at the Ford Center.
We've got thoughts on an MMA Hall of Fame, who definitely belongs in, who should be considered, and who shouldn't be in, as one of the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The issue also includes an update on WWE after No Way Out, full coverage of the show, New Japan PPV coverage and the career of its top star, Hiroshi Tanahashi, two of the biggest promotions in the world combine for a show in two weeks, what moved the Raw ratings, as well as plans for an annual tradition that will be the MMA equivalent to WrestleMania.
-- John Lauranitis works all the house shows this weekend in handicap matches with Big Show versus John Cena. The storyline is that the Board of Directors has demanded he fulfill the obligations set before he was fired. It's preposterous.
-- AJ Styles & Kurt Angle vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian headlines next week's Impact.
-- Standings for the Bound for Glory tournament after last night:
James Storm -- 27 points
Kurt Angle -- 10 points
Jeff Hardy -- 7 points
Mr. Anderson -- 7 points
Magnus -- 7 points
D'Angelo Dinero -- 7 points
Christopher Daniels -- 0 points
AJ Styles -- 0 points
Bully Ray -- 0 points
Robbie E -- 0 points
Samoa Joe -- 0 points
Rob Van Dam -- 0 points
-- To celebrate Colt Cabana's 100th Art of Wrestling show, a twist: CM Punk interviews Colt about his career
-- It is revealed tonight that Big Show will participate in one of the two the Money in the Bank matches at July's PPV.
-- We have a great one-hour interview with the legendary Terry Funk up right now for subscribers. All sorts of discussion on wrestling past and present, Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, his ECW run, working all the major territories around the world, forgotten great performers in history, his childhood as a wrestling fan, when he got smartened up, and so much more.
-- If you can't keep up, just as an update we did five new shows yesterday alone. We have interviews with Todd Martin, Dr. Lucha Steve Sims, Johnny Gargano, Roderick Strong and our weekly Thursday Bryan & Vinny Show. That's in addition to several shows earlier in the week, plus Dave and I return for the next four straight days (today with Terry Funk, tomorrow after UFC, Sunday after the ROH iPPV, Monday after Raw), plus we'll have a new Wrestling Observer Live Sunday. Oh, and if you sign upto hear any of this, your subscription also includes access to EVERY SHOW WE'VE EVER DONE. Yes, over 10,000 hours of audio dating back to 2005. And you get Observers and Figure Fours ever week plus newsletter archives. Not bad for $11 a month, if I do say so myself.
-- This coming Friday, July 6, 2012, the Colombian company LWF - Latin American Wrestling Federation at the hands of the President of this company El Jaguar de Colombia (The Columbian Jaguar or The Jaguar of Columbia) former WWF Intercontinental Champion and El Capitán América (local wrestler) will be performing from San Martin Shopping Center located in the Seventh Race # 32 - 16 at Bogota, Colombia, the Grand Opening of the Museum of wrestling, where you will find a wealth of original articles of the greatest legends of wrestling worldwide.
-- Interview with Gabe Sapolsky talking next week's EVOLVE Wrestling events here.
-- Gardner Watts, a friend of the site, is looking to raise money for an animated film called "Kayfabe" and has a kickstarter page set up with more information up here.
-- Next Thursday at the Teaneck Armory Arena, Universal Combat Championship returns with its first show of the year. UCC5: Unleashed will feature some of the fastest growing stars in MMA—including fighters from the UFC, Bellator and past WEC champions.
-- JBL has an update on his mountain climbing expeditions with photos here.
-- This is pretty cool. Smackdown to Sumo Hall promo video in Japanese here.
-- In a follow-up to last night, Granny has a ways to go to become the oldest weekly radio personality in the world
-- NWA Rampage Professional Wrestling returns to Johnny G's in Warner Robins, GA on Sunday, June 24, 2012 with a start time of 3PM, and in the tradition of the Crockett Cup presents the 1st annual RAMPAGE CUP Tag Team Tournament that was announced by Dr. Johnny Gayton continues. Plus the NWA RPW Heavyweight Title, the NWA RPW TV Title and the NWA North American Title will be defended.
-- Some of the best of Ring of Honor here.
-- Mike Tyson talks the Gracie influence on MMA here
-- WILD BILL'S FIGHT NIGHT #47 THIS SATURDAY! JUNE 23! BOXING AND MMA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS AT WILD BILL'S! PLUS BIKINI CONTEST! Apparently they're very excited about this.
-- Who is the best wrestler of the current world champions?
C.M. Punk 50.3%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 20.0%
Bobby Roode 14.5%
Kevin Steen 5.5%
Jun Akiyama 4.1%
Takeshi Morishima 2.0%
El Terrible 1.1%
What July event do you have the most interest in?
UFC 148 46.3%
WWE Money in the Bank 24.4%
TNA Destination X 20.0%
New Japan 7/22 8.1%
UFC 149 1.2%
Which of these men in the strongest MMA Hall of Fame candidate?
Dan Severn 48.5%
Pat Miletich 11.2%
Rampage Jackson 11.0%
Mark Coleman 8.9%
Frank Mir 5.3%
Bob Meyrowitz 4.8%
Rich Franklin 4.2%
Satoru Sayama 3.0%
Josh Barnett 1.1%
Rashad Evans 1.1%
Euclides Periera 0.4%
Lyoto Machida 0.4%
-- I would suggest if you are an MMA fan, look up some info on Euclides Periera.
Which of these men would be best added to the Hall of Fame ballot?
Bob Armstrong 37.8%
Lord Al Hayes 28.2%
Black Gordman & Great Goliath 14.4%
Bob Geigel 9.6%
Miguel Perez Sr. 3.8%
Buddy Colt 2.5%
Ricki Starr 1.6%
Ed Francis 0.9%
Bobby Managoff 0.7%
John Da Silva 0.2%
Count Billy Varga 0.2%
-- Over the Top Radio discusses the news of the week tonight here.