FRI UPDATE: News and notes from Las Vegas, weekend schedule and line-ups, notes from Impact Thursday, Kenny King, tons more

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We're looking for reports on tonight Raw show in Amarillo and TNA show in North Charleston, SC with Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries for TNA title, Jeff Hardy vs. Christopher Daniels (Bound for Glory series), Kurt Angle vs. Pope D'Angelo Dinero Bound for Glory series, James Storm vs. Kazarian, Miss Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim Knockouts title and A.J. Styles vs. Gunner..

Saturday is UFC 148, one of the biggest PPV events of the year and will be UFC's largest gate ever in the United States:

Facebook fight at 7:30 p.m.
Yoislandy Izquierdo vs. Rafaello Oliveira.

On FX at 8 p.m.
Shane Roller vs. John Alessio
Riki Fukuda vs. Constantinos Philippou
Melvin Guillard vs. Fabricio Camoes
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Gleison Tibau

PPV at 10 p.m.
Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike Easton
Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia
Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote
Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen for the middleweight title

Saturday also has a Raw brand house show in Lubbock and the only Smackdown show of the weekend in El Paso.

TNA's Destination X PPV will be Sunday from Orlando

- Lars Only (Johnny Yuma) vs. Mason Andrews (Scorpio Sky) vs. Rubix (Jigsaw) vs. Dakota Darsow. Winner advances to the X division title tournament
- Four singles matches as the tournament first round with the opening match winner joining Kid Kash, Doug Williams, Zema Ion, Sonjay Dutt, Rashad Cameron (Jeez), Kenny King and Flip Casanova (Flip Kendrick)
The winners of the four singles matches in an Ultimate X match for the championship
- Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe in the Bound for Glory series with a 15:00 time limit
- A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels last man standing
- Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries for TNA title

Sunday has a WWE joint branded show in Rio Rancho, NM. Monday has a combined Raw and Smackdown taping in Denver at the Pepsi Center.

UFC has another show on Wednesday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose headlined by Chris Weidman vs. Mark Munoz.


-- Chael Sonnen said no glove touch Saturday. Shocking.

-- TNA's Bound for Glory this year takes place at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, AZ on October 14th. Tickets go on sale on August 24th.

-- Impact next Thursday has Joe Park vs. Bully Ray with Abyss banned from ringside, Miss Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim for the title, Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson in a Bound for Glory Series match and more.

-- When Kenny King showed up at the building he wasn't wearing the All Night Express tights that he ended up wearing to the ring, so that was clearly a message being sent. I'm not sure if he's signed with TNA at this point, but all indications are that he probably will be. According to one person in TNA, going in they didn't expect this to become such a big issue. There are a lot of very upset ROH wrestlers today. The company basically fired King in a press release after this all went down.

-- All of the X-Division guys from last night's show that didn't win their qualifying matches will still be competing in a match at the PPV Sunday. It was also announced that Taz has a family commitment and thus Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash are handling announcing.

-- Tournament standings as of last night:

James Storm -- 36 points
Samoa Joe -- 27 points
Jeff Hardy -- 14 points
Magnus -- 14 points
Kurt Angle -- 10 points
Mr. Anderson -- 9 points
D'Angelo Dinero -- 7 points
Rob Van Dam -- 7 points
Christopher Daniels -- 5 points
Bully Ray -- 0 points
Robbie E -- 0 points
AJ Styles -- 0 points

-- Dave and I are in Las Vegas and will be back with shows all weekend. We're back tonight covering the weigh-ins and news, tomorrow covering UFC 148 in-depth, Sunday covering TNA Destination X, and Monday covering Raw.

-- Josh Nason looked at the first Silva/Sonnen fight two years later.

-- AJ Styles did a great interview on Busted Open Radio where he admitted that there had been discussions of dropping the Claire Lynch storyline because it didn't go the way they intended. But now they have a new story, or at least a way to make the story work, and they're going forward with it. He said he's excited about it. He also admitted his body was feeling the effects of all the bumps over the years and that he'd be happy if he was able to make it five more years in wrestling.

-- UFC schedule of events for the weekend:

Friday, July 6th

UFC FAN EXPO 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Octagon Nation Truck
11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Fremont Street Experience
The UFC Octagon Nation Truck will have interactive fan events, a FUEL TV desk, UFC merchandise and autograph sessions with UFC fighters and Octagon girls.

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mandalay Bay Events Center
3950 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Media check-in & fight club members
3:00 p.m.: Doors open to the public
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: UFC 148 Weigh-Ins

First Friday Art Night
5:00 p.m.
Cabana Suites at El Cortez
Join 30,000 people at Las Vegas’ First Friday. UFC will have photography by Kevin Lynch and one of a kind UFC artwork in the Cabana Suites at the El Cortez.

Fan Beach Party with Octagon Girls & UFC Fighters
8:00 p.m.
Mandalay Bay Beach
Join the Octagon Girls and UFC fighters poolside at the Mandalay Bay pool. Five Finger Death Punch is performing live on Mandalay Bay Beach stage. Tickets available through Ticket Master.

-- PRIME Wrestling returns to Gargano's Restaurant & Catering, 3482 W 25th St in Cleveland, OH THIS Sunday afternoon, July 8 at 3pm. All tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under! This will be a SportsTime Ohio television taping, so bring your signs & enthusiasm!

-- FSW returns Friday at 7:30pm at the FSW Arena, 6658 Boulder Highway, for Scars n Stripes. See the debut of former 2 time WWE Tag Team Champion, Paul London, a 6 man Flag Ladder Match, featuring Daivari, as well as a tag team title defense by the Hater Nation. Tickets start at just $10.

-- An update on Negro Casas' eye injury: Negro is still out of action but he is getting more of his eyesight back as time goes on and should be back in the ring soon. The injury was pinpointed to take place during a match on June 10th where he was injured by Shocker's Reinera. Negro said that he could only see about 50 centimeters ahead of him so surgery was necessary for him to continue to function normally. Negro promised his fans that he would be back and he would get revenge on Shocker. (Thanks to Kris Zellner)

-- EWF Wrestling presents "HART ATTACK" featuring WWE HALL OF FAME MANAGER JIMMY "The Mouth Of The South" HART. Saturday, July 14, 2012. Borderman Gymnasium A.K.A. - EWF Arena 501 E. Marion St. Converse, IN 46919. Doors open at 5:30 PM for Meet & Greet. Bell Time 7:30 PM

-- Who do you think wins this fight?
Mark Munoz 73.8%
Chris Weidman 26.2%

-- Who deserves the title of the best wrestler in the world?
Daniel Bryan 46.7%
Kurt Angle 18.0%
C.M. Punk 12.8%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 9.2%
A.J. Styles 3.6%
John Cena 3.1%
Bobby Roode 2.2%
Prince Devitt 2.0%
Tetsuya Naito 0.7%
Randy Orton 0.7%
Daisuke Sekimoto 0.4%
Kota Ibushi 0.4%

--What was June's biggest news story?
Sonnen-Silva buildup 21.2%
Retirement of Fedor Emelianenko 16.5%
WWE buys Mid South library 14.1%
TNA Slammiversary show 11.2%
UFC injuries 11.0%
Vince McMahon's return helps Raw ratings 10.0%
TNA goes live for Impact, numbers don't move up 7.6%
Tanahashi beats Okada to win IWGP title and ties all-time record 4.8%
Tito Ortiz named to UFC Hall of Fame 1.9%
Ryusuke Taguchi wins Best of the Super Junior tournament 1.0%
Ultimate Fighter goes back to being taped show 0.5%
No Way Out PPV 0.2%

-- Here's the correct link for yesterday's FCFighter article on Chael Sonnen.

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


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