By Bryan Alvarez
We've got a full schedule highlights by UFC 152 this weekend.
As always, we are looking for reports from all the shows listed below other than UFC 152 which we'll have live coverage from..
Also tonight is a Shine 3 iPPV from Ybor City, FL at 8 p.m. Eastern on www.wwnlive.com Daffney is the hostess and the top matches are Jazz vs. Rain, Allysin Kay vs. Christina Von Eerie, Jessicka Havoc vs. Mia Yim, Mercedes Martinez vs. Jayme Jameson, Tracy Taylor & Su Yung vs. Gabby Gilbert & Luscious Latasha and more.
There is also an interesting name main event tonight on iPPV at www.xflfights.com for a promotion that is actually called the XFL (Xtreme Fight League) from Tulsa at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino headlined by former UFC stars Anthony Johnson vs. Jake Rosholt at light heavyweight. Johnson is the former giant middleweight who got fired for continually missing weight. Rosholt is a three-time NCAA champion wrestler who is now 12-4. Rosholt noted that the cut to 185 was too difficult for him and he never felt 100%.
UFC 152 is Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Facebook fights starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time
Charlie Brenneman vs. Kyle Noke
Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson
Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen
Prelims on FX at 8 p.m.
Jim Hettes vs. Marcus Brimage
Lance Benoist vs. Sean Pierson
T.J. Grant vs. Evan Dunham
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Igor Pokrajac
PPV fights at 10 p.m.
Charlies Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson
Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett
Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson to create the first UFC flyweight champion
Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort for the light heavyweight title
Saturday also has Raw from White Plains, NY at the Westchester County Center, Smackdown in Sarnia, ONT at the RBC Center and TNA in Raleigh at the Red Hat Amphitheater.
Also Saturday night is Northeast Wrestling at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, NY (Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper appear; plus Matt Hardy vs. Sami Callihan, Rosita & Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky & Angelina Love with Lita as referee, Vader vs. Tony Nese, Matt Taven vs. Brian Anthony, Joe Ausanio & Dustin Runnels vs. Luke Robinson & Romeo Roselli and more).
ROH will be doing a television taping Saturday night in Baltimore at the Du Burns Arena.
Kevin Steen vs. Rhett Titus for ROH title
Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander for tag titles
Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Lance & Harlem Bravado
Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin appear
Plus the Survival of the Fittest tournament
Mike Mondo vs. Kyle O'Reilly
Roderick Strong vs. Homicide
Adam Cole vs. Tadarius Thomas
Jay Lethal vs. QT Marshall
Michael Elgin vs. Rhino
Davey Richards vs. Mike Bennett
The six winners advance to a six-way final.
Sunday has Raw in Worcester, MA at the DCU Center and Smackdown in London, ONT at the John Labatt Center
Raw will be Monday night in Albany, NY while Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday night in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center.
-- Big story hereabout how, after controversy regarding how the McMahons never paid back more than $1 million in debt from their 1976 bankruptcy filing even after they made hundreds of millions of dollars in pro-wrestling, Vince and Linda are now searching out the creditors and will pay them back with interest. I guess it wasn't until hearing these criticisms during the campaign did they realize that, in fact, they might still owe some money. Many creditors are dead, but others, including a 96-year-old man, will be getting payments soon.
-- WWE handing out money left and right. Geraldo Gutierrez, presumably unrelated to Rey Mysterio, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship at the NXT tapings last night. He's a Full Sail University student. The scholarship will be applied toward Gutierrez's studies in the Recording Arts, Bachelor of Science Degree Program.
-- John Cena, as promised, showed up sling and all at the NXT tapings last night. He said he was disappointed that he couldn't wrestle, but promised to return when he could. He said he had a special person who had agreed to come in tonight as a replacement. It was Sheamus, who beat Antonio Cesaro with a brogue kick. US Title not on the line, although it was earlier in the evening when Cesaro defended against Tyson Kidd.
-- Cena, of course, has vowed to be at Raw Monday. He won't be wrestling.
-- Despite a report online, it appears from talking to others who were at last night's NXT taping that John Cena did NOT say he would be back wrestling on October 11th.
-- Randy Orton on Twitter said that he's doing his own stunts in the new 12 Round Reloaded film.
-- I don't know what happened, but as we were putting together this update Jon Jones was having his first meeting with Dana White since the UFC 151 disaster went down. Dana decided to schedule it just before Jones had to go onto the scale and weigh in, pretty much the worst possible time for a human being to have a discussion with their boss. Twice this week Jones claimed that Dana never told him 151 would be canceled if he refused to fight, and Dana has claimed that Jones was made well aware of the consequences. Will be a very interesting next two days.
-- The word from backstage last night is that as stiff as it looked, Evan Markopoulos didn't have a mark on him after the match with Doug Williams.
-- As noted yesterday, Alex Riley underwent surgery this week on both his knee and elbow.
-- I will be on for 30 minutes with Jack Encarnacao on his new wrestling radio show Saturday (tomorrow) at 9 p.m. (time may change) on NBC Sports Radio 1510 AM Boston. The show is called "Mouthpiece Wrestling," on Twitter @mouthpieceradio.
-- Jesse Ventura once again teasing that he'll run for President in 2016.
-- Speaking of Ventura, brand new RF Video shoot interview with him on sale now here.
-- Q&A with Chris Nowinski heretalking concussions, etc., in advance of his new documentary out today.
-- Story on Eric Young's Animal Planet show here.
-- Brand new interview at SLAM Wrestling with Jinder Mahal.
-- Chikara King of Trios is already shipping (has been for days, actually, they have a remarkable turnaround time), and you can order the DVDs here. Lots of rave reviews for the weekend.
-- Add NWA Wisconsin, now Wisconsin Pro Wrestling, and Mach-One Pro Wrestling in California to the list of groups that have pulled out of the NWA afer the recent ownership shake-up.
-- Steve Austin is about to start work on Season 2 of Redneck Island.
-- Dave has a very good article on the issues with Ultimate Fighter here. Last week's season opener was by far the lowest-rated and least-viewed TUF in history, and they have a big hole to dig out of.
-- Regarding the huge Northeast Wrestling show scheduled for tomorrow with appearances by Hulk Hogan (signing, not wrestling) and a bevy of others, the promotion issued the following statement today: Due to the possibility of rainfall later in the evening the meet and greet start time has been moved up to 2PM. Northeast Wrestling, the Hudson Valley Renegades, Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper and all the superstars and our sponsors are dedicated to ensuring that all our fans have the most enjoyable time possible. Matches will immediately follow the meet and greet. All other event details remain the same. Don’t miss this great event. It’s going to be a beautiful day at Dutchess Stadium with Hulk Hogan, Matt Hardy, Amy Dumas fka Lita, Vader, Goldust, The Beautiful People and all the stars. Great Seats are still available – you can pick up tickets tomorrow at the stadium box office. Pre-orders that have not been mailed are available for pick up at the box office (please bring ID). Meet and Greet and items with all the superstars are available for purchase tomorrow at the event. Come out and share this once in a lifetime opportunity as Northeast Wrestling and the Renegades welcome Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper as they make their return to the Hudson Valley.
-- A story on the big show is here.
-- And another here.
-- Former New York Yankee Joe Ausanio debuts on that show.
-- Brutal Bob Evans' second opponent for his upcoming Iron Week (Iron Man Matches every single day in different cities with different guys) is Delirious. Adam Cole was the first announced opponent.
-- Pro Wrestling Phoenix runs this Saturday 9/22 at the National Guard Armory in Council Bluffs, IA headlined by Hype Gotti vs Branden Juarez in a Street Fight.
-- Philadelphia's Preston and Steve show was just discussing a story about kids running up their parents phone bills by buying a ton of apps without permission. This led to a discussion about the whole 900 number craze. They were reading from a report, that according to AT&T, the Hulk Hogan call-in line was the most lucrative number from 1991 - 1993. I'll tell you what was not the most lucrative hotline during the mid-90s – The Figure Four Newsletter Hotline.
-- JBL is on Opie and Anthony today.
-- Would a TNA lead-in help Bellator's ratings? Yes, similar audiences 57.8%
No, different audiences and will make no difference 39.1%
No, it will hurt Bellator's ratings coming after wrestling 3.1%
If John Cena can't make it for Hell in a Cell, who should face C.M. Punk?
Daniel Bryan 23.1%
Sheamus in a champion vs. champion match 21.1%
Randy Orton 21.1%
Pay Lesnar a premium and turn him face against Heyman 11.8%
Dolph Ziggler 10.0%
Big Show 4.6%
Alberto Del Rio 3.5%
How many buys does UFC 152 get
Under 300,000 24.0%
More than 701,000 4.1%
-- Josh Nason has a new article up here titled 10 UFC Events Left In 2012, 10 Fighter Storylines To Watch. $10 says this will be a hilarious read three months from now.