- 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.
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.
We also have full coverage of TNA's No Surrender show, including where they go from here, build to Bound for Glory, what happened with the James Storm title chase, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results from the show.
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.
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Also in this week's issue:
--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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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%
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?
Golden Boy 11.8%
Top Rank 6.3%
Poll on Impact
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
1992 Survivor Series
Saturday Night's Main Event 1/4/86
Saturday Night's Main Event 2/8/92
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.