FRI. UPDATE: Tons of major weekend events, hair mask, mask match, Lawler update, More on Sytch arrest, Next UFC show part of huge night, WWE taking down racy clips from Youtube, White talks potential big match, Sonnen back in camp



By Dave Meltzer | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON

No WWE house shows tonight since it's a PPV weekend. WWE runs its only weekend house show on Saturday night in Portland, ME, with C.M. Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE title, Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio in a cage match for the world title, Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Kane & Daniel Bryan for the tag titles and Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler. As you can see this show is basically a run-through for Night of Champions.

We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in Bethlehem, PA, as well as tonight's CHIKARA show in Easton, PA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The CHIKARA show is the beginning of the King of Trios (lineup in yesterday's update) which continues on Saturday and Sunday.  TNA show features Austin Aries, A.J. Styles, Jeff Hardy, James Storm, Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson.

The Ultimate Fighter debuts tonight on FX at 9 p.m. for a two-hour special which is the show where 32 fighters have to win to get into the house.      

CMLL has its biggest event of the year, the 79th anniversary show tonight at Arena Mexico in Mexico City:

- Dalis la Caribena & Goya Kong & Marcela vs. Amapola & Princesa Blanca & Tiffany
- Delta & Stuka Jr. & Valiente vs. Mephisto & Ephesto & Niebla Roja
- Angel de Oro & La Sombra & Titan vs. Taichi & Namajague & Okumura
- Rey Cometa vs. Puma King mask vs. mask
- Atlantis & Mistico & Prince Devitt vs. Dragon Rojo & Negro Casas & Ultimo Guerrero
- Rush vs. El Terrible hair vs. hair

Smackdown tonight is the go-home show for Night of Champions

- The Miz vs. Sin Cara non-title
- Kofi Kingston vs. Kane
- Randy Orton vs. Tensai
- Kaitlyn vs. Beth Phoenix
- Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan 

Legacy Fighting Championships tonight from Houston on AXS TV

- Lucas Pimenta vs. Jeff Rexroad for the interim welterweight title
- Antonio Banuelos vs. Josh Sampo
- Steven Peterson vs. Cody Williams
- Brandon Farran vs. Derrick Krantz
- Lester Batres vs. Jon Harris
- Ryan Hollis vs. Matt Schnell
- David Aramas vs. Darion Caldwell

Pro Wrestling Syndicate iPPV tonight:

- Kevin Matthews vs. Sami Callihan for PWS title
- Anthony Nese vs. Matt Hardy for Tri States title
- Demolition vs. Warlord & Barbarian
- AR Fox vs. Samuray del Sol vs Taka Suzuki vs. Apollyon vs. Lucifer Darksyde vs. Dynamic Sensation
- Devon Moore vs. Necro Butcher
- Bill Irwin vs. Shockwave the Robot

The show takes place in Rahway, NJ and will include Dennis Haskins (Principal Belding on Saved By The Bell), Lex Luger, Velvet Sky, Ashley Massaro and more.

ROH Death Before Dishonor iPPV on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time from Chicago.


- Kevin Steen vs. Rhino for the ROH title
Semifinals and finals of ROH tag team title tournament  
- Jimmy Jacob & Steve Corino vs. Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman
- Charlie Haas & Rhett Titus vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe
- Adam Cole vs. Mike Mondo for TV title
- Kyle O'Reilly vs. ACH
- Tadarius Thomas vs. Silas Young in a Survival of the Fittest qualifier
- Jay Lethal vs. Homicide
- Michael Elgin & Roderick Strong vs. Irish Airborne

Davey Richards returns and Matt Hardy will appear doing color commentary on a match that will likely lead to a feud.

BAMMA from Wembley Arena in London on Saturday airs at 4 p.m. tomorrow on AXS in the United States and The Fight Network in Canada.  Remember that in most of Canada, The Fight Network is free for the month of September.  Lineup has:

- Andre Winner vs. Rob Sinclair for the BAMMA lightweight title
- Andrew Punshon vs. Jack Marshman for the British middleweight title
- Curt Warburton vs. Lee Wieczorek
- Denniston Sutherland vs. Leeroy Barnes
- Jack Magee vs. Tom Breese
- Tom Maguire vs. Mark Glover
- Matt Ewin vs. Luke Barnatt
- Jeremy Petly vs Dyson Roberts
- Sam Mensah vs. Mike Neun
- Lewis Long vs. Ian Entwistle
- Kevin Thompson vs. Tony Moran
- Marc Allen vs. Lee Taylor

TNA runs Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

WWE Night of Champions takes place on Sunday in Boston at the TD Garden:


- C.M. Punk vs. John Cena for WWE title
- Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for World title
- Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler
- Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Kane & Daniel Bryan for tag titles
- The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Sin Cara for the IC title
- Antonio Cesaro defends the U.S. title against the winner of a Battle Royal (which takes place at 7:30 p.m. on You Tube)
- Layla vs.. Kaitlyn for the Divas title

THE NEW OBSERVER: Jerry Lawler's health situation in-depth

The new issue of the Observer covering the Jerry Lawler situation is up on the site right now.  It's a detailed description of what happened, how it was handled, details on the surgery, recovery as well as a background on Lawler in and out of the ring.  We look at him still wrestling and why, why he was lucky to have been where he was when suffering the heart attack and who are the heroes of this situation.  We look at how Jerry Lawler got into pro wrestling, how he was first on television as a teenager and his rice to being the biggest wrestling star ever in the state of Tennessee.  We look at the emergence of the Tennessee territory as a hotbed, and how Lawler was able to remain as the top babyface in Memphis while playing chicken heel on WWF television in the 90s.
 
        We look at how the WWE handled everything, what Vince McMahon and HHH were doing, the role of Michael Cole, the role of the audience, the final segment on Raw, WWE heart monitoring, as well as some heart attack deaths that took place in the ring in the past. 
 
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        We also have why the C.M. Punk/Paul Heyman relationship was developed on television, what name continues to surprise WWE officials in regard to popularity, Raw getting bad dates coming up, notes on this past week's Raw show, the 2013 PPV schedule, major DVD releases currently on the schedule for 2013, Heyman talks Brock Lesnar and UFC Half of Fame and notes on Lesnar after this year's WrestleMania.
 
        We also update the Night of Champions show, the Linda McMahon senate race and latest controversies, and another WWE Appreciation night scheduled in a few weeks.  We also have more on Tyler Reks quitting WWE, the show maturation process of those in WWE developmental, Chris Jericho talks return and Chyna talks why she wants one last appearance on Raw and why it's not likely to happen.  She also details her departure from WWF.
 
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--Japan vs. Mexico tournament
 
--Notes on CMLL's biggest show of the year coming up
 
--Wrestlers unhappy about being ignored on big shows
 
--AAA's Heroes Inmortales lineup, company's next major show
 
--Notes on new signings
 
--All Japan creating a TV champion and early tournament notes
 
--Former WWE wrestler returns to All Japan
 
--Notes on the All-Asia tag team title tournament
 
--Early notes on NOAH jr. tag team tournament featuring ROH stars
 
--Notes on Paul London in Japan
 
--Kazushi Sakuraba's first match back in New Japan announced for the September PPV show
 
--Complete New Japan September PPV card
 
--Notes on the build for Okada vs. Tanahashi
 
--Two former WWE wrestlers forming a tag team to feud with Kojima & Tenzan in Japan
 
--Notes on the 20th anniversary show of the debut of Yuji Nagata
 
--Oldest IWGP champion
 
--Promotions not thinking long-term and only short-term and risking long-term careers of superstars
 
--Another well-known wrestler gets elected to political office
 
--Update on the National Wrestling Alliance
 
--Notes on the death of Richard Byrne
 
--Notes on the tour of Aruba with big crowds, including names like Jerry Lawler, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, Roddy Piper and Rhino
 
--Well known indie wrestler attempting to battle back from pain killer addiction
 
--British star Anaconda passes away
 
--Notes on ROH Death Before Dishonor PPV
 
--Notes from the ROH house show in Charlotte
 
--Update on TNA TV title
 
--Notes on Devon not being signed
 
--Notes on TNA new TV special
 
--Trivia note about the best matches on TNA shows
 
--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows
 
--Lots of new UFC matches
 
--A weekend where FX will be running live shows on Friday and Saturday night
 
--Jon Jones continues to talk
 
--Daniel Cormier says he wants Jon Jones
 
--Dana White talks a number of potential matchups
 
--Dana White talks more about the canceling of UFC 151
 
--White talks about instant replays
 
--Sara McMann's Strikeforce debut
 
--More on Rousey vs. Cyborg
 
--Michael Bisping one-liners
 
--UFC fighter arrested
 
--UFC's first show in Macau top bouts
 
--UFC fighter retires
 
--More on the future of MMA Uncensored
 
--Dave Bautista on his MMA debut and thoughts
 
--How the K-1 show did on iPPV
 
--Notes on the debut of the World Series of Fighting
 
--The MMA murder case that got national attention
 
--Another MMA fighter arrested on vehicular homicide charges   
  
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FRIDAY NEWS, LINKS AND NOTES
 
--Jerry Lawler continues to improve and was walking as of yesterday. There is still no word on a release from the hospital. His son Kevin said that Jerry was told that once he recovers, there is no reason that he should not return to wrestle. 
 
--A few notes regarding the Tammy Sytch arrest: the alleged incidents took place at the house of New Jersey independent wrestler Damien Darling, who is (or at least was as of earlier this week) Sytch's boyfriend.  She had moved to his house in Branford, CT.  Apparently the chain of events started with a major argument between the two.
 
--With Mexican independence day weekend, there are two major boxing events in Las Vegas.  The Thomas & Mack Center is legitimately sold out for the Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. show.  The MGM Grand Garden Arena is also sold out, not quite as legitimately but it's an official sellout, for a fight with Josesito Lopez.  The Martinez fight is going to be the highest profile Chavez Jr. PPV fight to date, while Alvarez's fight will air on Showtime.
 
--In news on how that relates to UFC, the next UFC on FOX on 12/8 from Seattle is headlined by Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz for the lightweight title.  Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (who I think have fought each other more times than John Cena and Randy Orton by this point) have a PPV that night.  They are also looking at doing another Alvarez fight head-to-head on Showtime that night.  While the UFC and boxing audience crossover isn't huge, although it does exist, they are considered the same genre in the sports press. The point is that the UFC show will get far less mainstream press with a Pacquiao fight going on the same night.
 
--WWE lawyers and YouTube have been working together to remove tons of material in the last week or two.  It's both protecting copyrights, but also trying to remove any racy footage that can be used against Linda McMahon. Brian Flinn of WWE made this statement:

"For years WWE has produced programming that is rated PG in prime time, and most recently rated G on Saturday mornings.  To better reflect our current family-friendly brand of entertainment, WWE is removing some dated and edgier footage from digital platforms.  Some of this footage has been misused in political environments without any context of explanation as to when it was produced.  This damages the corporate reputation of our company.  WWE is well within its rights to protect its intellectual property for fair use."
 
--I have a story up at MMA Fighting about the changes in the UFC 153 show. 
 
--Dana White said yesterday that he's targeting a Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida fight when Henderson is healthy.  The fight isn't signed.  White said it in context that he felt Machida made a mistake turning down the Jon Jones fight, because now he'll have to beat Henderson to get a title shot that he was previously earmarked for.  No date was talked about.  Henderson last said he was hoping to fight by December.
 
--There will be a UFC 152 press conference on 9/20 at the Real Sports Bar and Grill in Downtown Toronto (next to the Air Canada Centre) at Noon Eastern time featuring Dana White and the headline fighters, Jon Jones, Vitor Belfort, Joseph Benavidez, Demetrious Johnson, Brian Stann and Michael Bisping.
 
--Chael Sonnen is in a full training camp and will be the replacement if Vitor Belfort gets injured in the next few days, to face Jon Jones on 9/22 in Toronto. 
 
--Paul Heyman will be managing C.M. Punk on these shows:

- 9/22 in White Plains
- 9/23 in Worcester
- 10/19 in Trenton
- 10/20 in Reading, PA
- 10/21 in Hartford
 
--Two interesting names on tonight's Legacy Fighting Championships show on AXS.  Matt Schnell off the MTV Show "Caged" makes his pro debut tonight against Ryan Hollis. I've got a story on him up at MMAFighting.com. Also debuting is Darion Caldwell, who was the 2009 NCAA champion at 149 from North Carolina State. Caldwell beat Brent Metcalf in what was the biggest match of that year's tournament and faces David Armas tonight.
 
--ROHworld.com reported that T.J. Perkins was released from his ROH contract. He wrestled in a dark match as Puma at last night's TNA tapings in Orlando.
 
--Daniel Bryan is no longer a vegan according to a radio interview he did today in Boston promoting Night of Champions. 
 
--Former WWE Board of Director Lowell Weicker has endorsed Chris Murphy instead of Linda McMahon for Senate.  That's not a surprise because he was going to endorse Chris Dodd over McMahon before Dodd pulled out of the race in 2010.
 
--Seth Rollins vs. Cody Rhodes for the NXT title will take place tonight at the developmental show in Fort Pierce, FL.  Dusty Rhodes will be doing an autograph signing at the show.
 
Regarding UFC 153 with Silva vs. Bonnar instead of Aldo vs. Edgar
- I'm more likely to buy the show 14.2%
- I'm less likely to buy the show 15.9%
- Buying either way 18.8%
- Not buying either way 51.2%
 
Should John Cena win the title at Night of Champions? 
- No, keep it on Punk until the Rock match, better for him to have a long unobstructed reign 73.0%
- Cena should win, lose to Rock again, then Punk wins title from Rock at Mania establishing Punk with a big Mania win. Cena is already established 20.0%
- Yes, failed at MITB, top star in company has to succeed at some point 3.5%
- Yes, only for short term, Punk needs it back for match with Rock at Royal Rumble 3.5%
 
Did TNA make the right call with the BFG series?
- No, Jeff Hardy is already over and the key is to try and make new stars and they dropped the ball on James Storm 31.8%
- No, they had a year-long storyline that they dropped 26.8%
- They had already dropped the ball on Storm at Lockdown, he has never been the same, it's their fault, but they made the right choice to go with Hardy 25.5%
- Yes, Hardy is their biggest star, will draw the most, should headline the biggest show of the year 13.2%
- Yes, Storm winning is too predictable 2.7%
 
--There will be an NXT taping on Thursday at Full Sail University headlined by John Cena.
 
--TNA has released Mark Haskins, who they haven't used in months anyway.
 
-Aggression Fighting Championships announced the signing of former UFC fighter John Alessio for a multi-fight deal. The deal starts with AFC 13 on 11/3 in Victoria, BC where Alessio will headline. Alessio is originally from the area.
 
--Wild Bill's Fight Night takes place tomorrow night with a combination of Muay Thai, boxing and MMA fights at Wild Bill's in Duluth, GA. MMA fights include former UFC fighter Clay Harvison vs. Ronnie Rogers, former UFC fighter Antonio McKee vs. Carlos Lopez plus Alan Gigolaev defends the Georgia championship against Marques Johnson.
 
--The Score Fighting Championships announced a 10/19 show in Sarnia, ONT headlined by Lyndon Whitlock (7-2) vs. Rick Glenn (11-2).  The show will air live on both The Score in Canada and AXS TV in the U.S.  Also announced is JasonMeisel (31-) vs. Eric Attard (4-3)
 
--Phil Sturm has a story on former New York Yankees pitcher Joe Ausanio, who is making his pro wrestling debut on 9/22 for Northeast Wrestling at a show in Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, NY.  Ausanio & Jerry Lawler were to face Luke Robinson & Romeo Roselli.  No word on who Ausanio will team with.
 
--Jeff Jarrett will sub for Jerry Lawler tomorrow night on a show in Nashville that was scheduled to be headlined by Lawler vs. Dutch Mantel.

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