SAT. UPDATE: Lots of major events today, Sytch update, UFC vs. WWE, Old UWFI style wrestling show, Goldust replaces Lawler (not in WWE)

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ROH Death Before Dishonor iPPV today 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
***Plus 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. today 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
        There are two major boxing events tonight from Las Vegas.  Showtime has Canelo Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez while Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. headlines an HBO PPV.
        Tonight on Fuel has Legends Roundtable at 7 p.m. Best of Pride at 8 p.m., Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit at 9 p.m. and UFC 66 at 10 p.m.
        WWE Night of Champions takes place on Sunday in Boston at the T.D. 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
        Raw will be Monday night in Bridgeport, CT. 
        Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
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Saturday's news update
--Bryan is doing a poll on Twitter (@bryanalvarez) asking people what site improvements they would like to see.

--Tammy Sytch was arraigned yesterday.  At the hearing, Sytch's sister said that they were going to take her straight to a rehab facility in New Jersey.
--At the 9/22 Dutchess Stadium show that Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Vader and Matt Hardy are on, the main event has Dustin Runnels replacing Jerry Lawler, teaming with former New York Yankees pitcher Joe Ausanio against Luke Robinson & Romeo Roselli. (thanks to Phil Strum)
--In Australia, the original Raw feed aired. (thanks to Dan Lennard)
What are you most interested in this weekend?
WWE Night of Champions 48.6%
Ultimate Fighter premiere 15.0%
BAMMA 10.0%
ROH Death Before Dishonor 9.7%
Chavez vs. Martinez 6.6%
CMLL Anniversary show 6.0%
Pro Wrestling NOAH big show 2.5%
Alvarez vs. Lopez 1.6%
Which of these do you see as the hottest commodity right now?
UFC 43.3%
WWE 38.6%
Golden Boy 11.8%
Top Rank 6.3%
Poll on Impact
Excellent 13.9%
Good 50.4%
Average 20.4%
Fair 5.1%
Poor 10.2%
        34.1% of those responding didn't see the show
--Notes from the WWE Classics on Demand channel
The Hall of Fame special is Sherri Martel with these matches:
Randy Savage vs. Jim Duggan 10/28/89 Madison Square Garden
Sherri Martel vs. Madusa Miceli 6/12/87 AWA
Sherri Martel vs. Moolah 8/25/82
Sherri Martel vs. Rockin Robin 2/6/88 Philadelphia 
WCW on TBS 5/7/88
Raw 10/26/98
1992 Survivor Series
Saturday Night's Main Event 1/4/86
Saturday Night's Main Event 2/8/92
Raw 6/9/97
Tuesday Night Titans 7/26/85
WWE 2012 Hall of Fame ceremony
Macho Madness documentary
Randy Savage stuff
 (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--There will be a Shine iPPV on 9/21 in Ybor City FL at The Orpheum, an all-women's show headlined by Jazz vs. Rain, Allysin Kay vs. Christina Von Eerie and Jessicka Havoc vs. Mia Yim.  Daffney will be the event hostess.
--CZW on 9/22 in Townsend, DE
D.J. Hyde vs. Matt Tremont, no ropes, no canvas weapons legal barbed wire
Masada vs. Joe Gacy fans bring the weapons for CZW title
Nation of Intoxication vs. Rory Mondo & Ron Mathis light tube match for tag titles
Devon Moore vs Alex Colon street fight
Jake & Dave Crist vs. Greg Excellent & Shane Strickland
Latin Dragon vs. Mr. Tofiga
Rich Swann vs. Dustin Rayz 
--wXw did a "shoot wrestling" (not a legitimate shoot, but UWFI style) show yesterday in Oberhausen, Germany before 150 fans.  They mixed in some usual pro wrestling style stuff.  Tournament first round:  Axel Tischer b Kim Ray, Eric Schwarz b Emil Sitoci, Rico Bushido b Sasa Keel, Timothy Thatcher b Danny Garnell, Karsten Beck & Paul Tracey b Mike Schwarz & Toby Blunt, Jay Skillet b Aaron Insane, semifinals:  Axel Tischer b Eric Schwarz, Timothy Thatcher b Rico Bushido, Big Van Walter b Maxi Schneider, Marty Scurll b Chris Rush, finals:  Axel Tischer b Timothy Thatcher
--Today's wXw results from Oberhausen before 211 fans:  Toby Blunt b Michael Isotov, Paul Tracey b Timothy Thatcher, Sasa Keel b Antunosh Jubeiljew, Marty Scurll b Jay Skillet, Emil Sitoci b Karsten Beck in a no DQ match, Matt Cross b Chris Rush, Bad Bones b Maxi Schneider, Big Van Walter & Robert Dreissker b Hot & Spicy, Axel Tischer b El Generico to retain wXw world title.  Ticker is a newcomer who won the title last month in a four-way match where he never beat Generico.  He also won the shot tournament.  He has an MMA background and looks a little like Brock Lesnar and is said to be one of the better workers in Europe. (thanks to Tim Knopf)
--The Expendables was No. 2 at the Australian box office this weekend.  It's No. 6 so far this weekend in the United States.
--TNA's Hernandez is now working as the head trainer at the River City Wrestling gym in San Antonio.  Classes are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   
--USWO from last night in Nashville:  Kerry Awful b Shawn Hoodrich-DQ, Mike Jablonski over Convict and Saint, Josh Crow b Big Time Sexy, Jason Nation b Justin Grandberry, Nick Iggy b Playboy Scott Hayes, Hot Rod Biggs b Ricky Morton, Wolfie D b Damien Payne-DQ (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Resistance Pro Wrestling from last night in Chicago:  Robert Anthony b Steven Walters, Ruff Crossing & John Skyler b Chris Hall & Da Cobra, Thunder Kitty b Crystal 2/3 falls, Ashton Vuitton b Samuray del Sol, Nikki St. John b Melanie Cruise, Jay Bradley (TNA) b Gene Snitsky (thanks to  Chris GST)
--Ring Wars Carolinas on 9/23 in Lumberton, NC at the Indoor Flea Market. has Gunner and Robbie E appearing.

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