SAT. UPDATE: More on Guida vs. Maynard, Fisher talks retirment, Michaels on ESPN, TNA stars on CW this week, Orton's return, Piper and Rock on TV tonight, Hall of Fame, Impact, and thoughts on two UFCs
By Dave Meltzer
We're looking for your thoughts on last night's UFC show as well as tonight's UFC show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports on today's 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.
UFC 147 is today from Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Facebook fights at 7 p.m.
Felipe Arantes (14-4, 2 no contests, 146) vs. Milton Vieira (13-7-1, 146)
Marcos Vinicius (19-4-1, 146) vs. Wagner Campos (11-3, 145)
FX fights at 8 p.m.
Leonardo Mafra (5-0, 182) vs. Thiago Perpetuo (8-2-1, 184)
John Macapa Teixeira (13-0-1, 150) vs. Hugo Wolverine Viana (5-1, 145) - Teixeira missed weight and was fined 20% of his purse
Francisco Trinaldo (10-1, 183) vs. Delson Heleno (23-6, 185)
Rodrigo Damm (9-5, 146) vs. Anistavio Gasparzinho Madeiros (15-7, 146)
PPV fights at 10 p.m.
Yuri Alcantra (26-3 146) vs. Hacran Dias (20-1-1, 146)
Mike Russow (15-1, 1 no contest, 248) vs. Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1, 246)
Rony Jason (11-3, 146) vs. Godofredo Pepey for TUF Brazil featherweight title
Cezar Mutante Ferreria (5-2, 184) vs. Serginho Moraes (6-2 185) for TUF middleweight title
Rich Franklin (28-6,1 no contest, 190) vs. Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1, 1 no contest, 188)
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.
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We look at a number of questions regarding an MMA Hall of Fame, how it would differ from a UFC Hall of Fame, the weakness of the UFC Hall of Fame, who is in the UFC Hall of Fame, who are the most talked about people who could be in that aren't and why, questions regarding Brock Lesnar, Tank Abbott, Gina Carano, Bob Sapp and other notable attractions of the past.
We also break down various candidates and put them into five different categories regarding who should and shouldn't be in. We also speculate on the future of the UFC Hall of Fame, and also ask questions regarding two key issues that would keep most candidates out of a sports Hall of Fame that are uniquely different in MMA.
We also look at WWE's No Way Out, with full coverage of the show included polls, business, match-by-match coverage with star ratings, stories behind the booking, where things are probably headed next month and more.
We also have more on Randy Orton's drug test failure, what he actually failed for, how WWE changed plans greatly because of it and what Orton wants.
We also have an update on the Linda McMahon campaign, including how wrestling was brought up in political debates, reactions and policy. We've got an update on Ric Flair's status, what Vince McMahon wants regarding new signees to the company, plans for blueprint of the three hour Raw shows, Vince's new philosophy on announcers behavior, what happened to Eve Torres, and Chris Jericho talks future.
We also have notes on the new WWE video game, who is in charge of booking house shows, Randy Savage in the WWE Hall of Fame, Brock Lesnar returning and WWE Raw in Mexico.
We also look a lot at WWE developmental, Vader's reaction to WWE, the future of NXT, why it's no longer on the Internet, as well as notes from the last taping. We've got updates on Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes, viewership of Raw on DVR, as well as WWE business notes from the past weekend and house show highlights.
We also cover the New Japan Dominion PPV, look at the records when it comes to the IWGP title, the title reign of Kazuchika Okada, and full show coverage.
We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and complete details on the this week's Raw and Impact. We also look at how the time slot move and going live has affected TNA numbers.
We also have results from all the major arena events around the world over the past week, as well as reviews of all the major television shows.
Also in this week's issue:
--A web site streaming live overseas matches every week
--New Japan star to challenge for CMLL heavyweight title
--TNA star in a TV feud in Mexico
--A look at the reality show premise CMLL is doing on its shows
--Updated Mexico TV ratings
--Changes in AAA booking explained
--A look at the angles leading into TripleMania along with new major matches added to the show
--What American stars are scheduled on the show
--Notes on All Japan's annual junior heavyweight tournament
--Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial show notes
--What wrestler from the past got carried away on that show and ended up hurt
--Notes on NOAH's next big show
--Update on Davey Richards in Japan
--Notes on 2012 Fire Festival tournament
--Shinjiro Otani anniversary show
--Lots more on tape collections not owned by WWE including what is left in one of wrestling all-time best markets
--One of the best in-ring wrestlers explains why he is retiring next year and his disappointment with wrestling
--Notes on the Best in the World show from ROH
--ROH upcoming dates
--Notes on the weekend ROH combined show and TV taping
--Does TNA have momentum
--Early Slammiversary numbers
--Update on Chris Sabin and Matt Morgan in TNA
--Notes on the Bound for Glory tournament
--What is different from last year
--What still doesn't make sense from the tournament
--Thoughts on TNA's X Division title and what it's worth right now
--Who TNA should make a push to get
--Notes on Eric Young's new TV show
--Notes on TNA female star competing in a national bikini contest
--Update on King Mo
--Notes on weekend TNA house shows
--A major UFC tradition they are looking at starting
--Behind the Feijao suspension and how that screws up the Strikeforce light heavyweight title picture
--Notes on the weekend UFC shows
--The controversy over Clay Guida's hair
--Alistair Overeem talks his return and what he said that doesn't make sense
--Notes on how other sports are now doing on Saturday nights
--Health update on Demetrious Johnson
--News on lots of UFC special TV programming
--How FOX is going to help promote the upcoming major shows
--Why there is an extra PPV match at UFC 148
--Lots more UFC card changes
--U.K. ratings for UFC
--Thoughts on the latest judging snafu
--More on drug testing in UFC
--Former trainer files suit against Anderson Silva
--Notes on UFC's return to the U.N.
--New Bellator signees
--Pacquiao vs. Bradley business notes
--International group with a long-term TV deal
--Updating the Bob Sapp career
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Saturday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back both tonight covering the UFC show as well as TNA and Smackdown, and tomorrow covering ROH and the latest news with Wrestling Observer radio. You can send questions for the show to
--This weekend is the fifth anniversary of the Chris Benoit killings, easily the worst thing ever involving pro wrestling.
--Regarding last night's Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard fight, as far as significant strikes went, it was almost a dead heat. Maynard connected on 49 or 225 and Guida on 45 of 321. Guida was actually the one who threw more in every single round. As far as connecting more, Guida had the advantage in rounds one and two, and Maynard in rounds three and five. Round four was a dead heat as far as strikes went, but Maynard deserved that round for the guillotine.
--After his loss last night to Sam Stout, Spencer Fisher is talking about retiring from fighting. He had already pretty much said, win or lose, that this would be his last fight for the past week or so.
--At the press conference last night, after his win as a welterweight, Brian Ebersole talked of dropping to lightweight. He's awfully skinny at 170, and has competed as heavy as light heavyweight in the past. And he's won 11 in a row as a welterweight.
--The Countdown to UFC 147 airs on Fuel at 7 p.m. tonight., right before the prelims start on FX. Fuel will also have a post-game show after the PPV ends.
--Shawn Michaels threw out the first pitch at last night's Chicago White Sox baseball game. This was mentioned all night long, in passing, on ESPN Sports Center.
--Extreme Rising announced both Reby Sky and Taya Parker, a former Penthouse model, as women appearing on this coming Friday's show in Corona, Queens, NY, and Saturday's show in Philadelphia.
--Bully Ray, Miss Tessmacher and ODB are featured heavily on the TV show "The Catalina" on CW that airs Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (thanks to Gary Warren)
--Miss Tessmacher, under her real name, Brooke Adams, will be in the Hooters bikini contest tonight in Atlantic City, or at least was scheduled for it at one point. she's also booked on the TNA house show in Oshawa, ONT. The bikini contest airs tonight on FX.
--As far as when Randy Orton will return, it looks to be immediately after his 60 days are up. Orton was announced for both the 8/9 and 8/10 shows in Japan,which are before SummerSlam.
--David Otunga, Zack Ryder and Lilian Garcia will be appearing on 6/27 at the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball game promoting Be a Star.
--Roddy Piper will be on the Bio Channel's Celebrity Ghost Stories tonight at 9 p.m. On the show, Piper is haunted by the presence of Adrian Adonis.
--The Game Plan, the football movie starring Dwayne Johnson, airs at midnight tonight on the USA Network.
--Kofi Kingston appears of Fact of Faked: Paranormal Files on Tuesday night on Syfy.
Which of these people most deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot?
J.J. Dillon 65.1%
Jerry Graham 10.9%
Thunderbolt Patterson 6.3%
Johnny Weaver 6.1%
Ron Fuller 4.3%
Don Curtis 2.0%
Medico Asesino 1.8%
Rito Romero 1.5%
Danny Vogues 0.5%
Blackie Guzman 0.5%
Bobby Bonales 0.5%
Enrique Llanes 0.5%
Poll on Thursday's MMA Uncensored
84.5% of those responding didn't see the show
What did you think of the payoff on the Styles/Carter angle
Poll on Impact
23.1% of those responding didn't see the show
What are your thoughts regarding two UFC shows in successive days?
Am a fan, but neither show interested me 24.0%
Not a fan, not watching either 21.1%
Watching both, will not miss a UFC show 17.9%
Am a UFC fan, watching Friday because Saturday isn't PPV worthy 14.4%
Am a UFC fan, watching Friday and missing Saturday for financial reasons 12.2%
Am a fan of UFC, watching Friday for Maynard vs. Guida but can't devote two nights in a row to UFC 8.4%
Am a fan of UFC, watching only Saturday because it's the better show and can't devote two nights in a row to UFC 2.0%
--Jacques Rougeau Jr., when asked if his autobiography would be translated into English as was once planned, said, "Not sure anymore, it costs a lot for me to do so." (thanks to Jeff Sheridan)
--Crazy Luke Graham (James Grady Johnson) passed away six years ago today at the age of 66. Oni Wiki Wiki passed away four years ago today at the age of 88. (thanks to Rich Tate)
--Chris Masters appears for Fire Star Pro Wrestling on 7/14 in Eden, NC at the FireStar Sports Arena on a show that also includes Jimmy Rave, Reid Flair, Caleb Konley, Jake Manning, Ricky Reyes, Cedric Alexander, Caprice Coleman and the Bravado Brothers.
--The movie "Rock of Ages" which features Kevin Nash, debuted at No. 3 this weekend in Australia with a $1.35 million gross (thanks to James Stanios)
--Another name boxer, Antonio Tarver, tested positive for a banned substance in a drug test in California that was announced yesterday. Gary Shaw said he's very worried about boxing with all the fights being canceled because of fighters failing pre-fight drug tests (Tarver's fight had taken place). Shaw cited horrible judging, excessive PED usage and the inabilty of promoters to work together are killing the sport.
--25 years ago today, on June 23, 1987, International Wrestling in Quebec folded, with its final show at the Laval Coliseum headlined by Abdullah the Butcher beating Gino Brito in a cage match. The company later declared bankruptcy. Since that time, no promotion in Montreal has had a weekly television show or run a major arena on a regular basis. 15 years ago today, on June 23, 1997, LuFisto made her debut. she is considered Quebec's best ever woman wrestler not named Vachon, as in Luna or Vivian. (thanks to Pat Laprade)
--Gary Mehaffy at
is looking for contact information on Candice Michelle.
--USWO from last night in Nashville: Mike Cobbs over Big Time Sexy and Justin Grandberry in a three-way, Hot Rod Biggs b Shabba Shabbazz, Santana Garrett b Nemesis, Shawn Hoodrich b Damien Payne, L.T. Falk b Chasyn Rance, James Duncan b Gary Valiant-DQ, Jocephus b Justin Grandberry, Tim Renesto and L.T. Falk in a gauntlet match (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Chris Bauer of "True Blood" on HBO was on "Attack of the Show" and mentioned going to PWG shows with Gillian Jacobs of "Community." The mention was planned since G-4 put up a graphic listing the PWG web site. The interview is at http://www.g4tv.com/videos/59486/true-bloods-chris-bauer/
(thanks to Daniel Short)
--Eastern Wrestling Alliance tonight in Agawan, MA at the Springfield Turnverin with a War Games main event and Antonio Thomas in action.
--Future Stars of Wrestling from last night in Las Vegas before 150 fans: Jack Manley won four-way over Legacy, Sergio Vega and Mike Dalite, Jay Garland b Sugar Brown, Enemies of the State b Funny Bone & Remy Marcel, Bryce Harrison b Skratch, Jefe b Crash Test Cody, Jayson Cash b Leon Hater, Brian Kendrick b Shaun Ricker (thanks to Mike Trask)
--Insane Championship Wrestling from Scotland is now on WWNLive.com The show aired in nine countries but was dropped on 6/15. The first show is available for $9.99. For more info you can watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v-VmkMWWXgxIY
--Results from last night Music City Mayhem on HDNet from Nashville:
Joe Ray b Dustin West - arm triangle 1:04 round two
Scott Holtzman b Matt Metts TKO punches 4:13
Donny Wallace b Jason Blackford armbar 4:38
Luke Sanders b Zachary Sanders TKO strikes 4:53
Heather Jo Clark b Avery Vilche choke 1:03
Scott Barrett b Gabriel Salinas-Jones split decision
Reggie Pena b John Salter guillotine :36 round two