By Bryan Alvarez
We're also looking for reports on these shows tonight:
*WWE Raw in Everett, WA with C.M. Punk vs. Big Show cage match, Kane & Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston & R-Truth for tag titles, Antonio Cesaro vs. Zack Ryder for U.S. title and Eve Torres vs. Kaitlyn vs. Layla for the Divas title.
*TNA in Hot Springs, AR. The only thing advertised is Austin Aries, A.J. Styles, James Storm, Tara, RVD, Bully Ray and Kurt Angle are appearing.
*Family Wrestling Entertainment iPPV from St. Patrick's Gym in Brooklyn. Top matches are Tommy Dreamer vs. Rhino, Paul London & Brian Kendrick & Jay Lethal vs. Young Bucks & Petey Williams, Angelina Love & Velvet Sky vs. Maria Kanellis & Winter, Colt Cabana vs. Mike Bennett plus Big Daddy V and Chris Masters.
One crazy weekend of shows from all over the world.
UFC today from the Target Center in Minneapolis. 5,700 tickets were sold for the show as of last night.
Facebook at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
Mike Pierce (14-5, 171) vs. Aaron Simpson (11-3,171)
Fuel at 5 p.m. Eastern
Carlo Prater (30-11-1, 156) vs. Marcus LeVesseur (21-6, 156)
Diego Nunes (17-3, 146) vs. Bart Palaszewski (34-14, 146)
Shane Roller (11-6, 156) vs. Jacob Volkmann (14-3, 155)
Danny Castillo (14-4, 156) vs. Michael Johnson (12-6, 156)
Yves Edwards (41-18-1, 156) vs. Jeremy Stephens (20-8, 156)
FX at 8 p.m. Eastern
Justin Edwards (8-2, 170) vs. Josh Neer (33-11-1, 171)
Jussier Formiga (14-1, 126) vs. John Dodson (13-5, 126)
Jay Hieron (23-5, 170) vs. Jake Ellenberger (27-6, 170)
Antonio Silva (16-4, 266) vs. Travis Browne (13-0-1, 246)
We will have live coverage on the site starting at 4:30 p.m.
Bellator tonight on MTV 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern has the first round of the heavyweight tournament
Mark Holata (249.2) vs. Vinicius Queiroz (247)
Richard Hale (233) vs. Mike Wessel (262.2)
Brett Rogers (265.8) vs. Alexander Volkov (225.2)
Eric Prindle (264) vs. Thiago Santos (265.6)
For Saturday, we're looking for reports on these shows:
*Raw in Yakima, WA
*Smackdown in Anaheim, CA at the Honda Center with Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio last man standing, Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. The Miz & Cody Rhodes and Ryback vs. Jinder Mahal
*TNA in Fort Smith, AR at the Convention Center
*ROH in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center with Kevin Steen vs. Jay Lethal for ROH title, Davey Richards vs. Mike Mondo, Briscoes vs. Adam Cole & Eddie Edwards, Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino defend tag titles against Rhett Titus & B.J. Whitmer and Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas, Scott Parker & Shane Matthews vs. Bravado Brothers, Michael Elgin vs. Mike Bennett, Roderick Strong vs. Kyle O'Reilly and QT Marshall vs Bobby Fish
*Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore in Poughkeepsie at the Mid Hudson Civic Center
*One FC PPV from Singapore
*Invicta from Kansas City
The other major show is the Dave Bautista vs. Vince Lucero PPV from the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI on DirecTV PPV.
For Sunday, we're looking for reports on:
*Raw in Spokane, WA
*Smackdown in Reno
Sunday is also AAA's Heroes Enmortales from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, which includes Chessman & Abyss (as in Joseph Park escaping from being held hostage for one night only) defending the AAA tag titles against Joe Lider & Vampiro, The Antonio Pena Cup with Mesias, Zorro, Juventud Guerrera, Elegido, La Parka, Psycho Clown, Heavy Metal, Daga, Toscano and El Texano Jr; L.A. Park & Dr. Wagner Jr. & Electroshock vs. Silver Kain & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. & Jeff Jarrett (managed by Karen Jarrett) and a cage of death with the loser losing his hair or mask with Perro Aguayo Jr., Cibernetico, Teddy Hart, Dark Ozz, Dark Cuervo, Halloween and the Original Psicosis.
Monday has Raw from Sacramento with more on Punk/Ryback and the continuation of the tag team tournament.
Monday also has a head-to-head showdown in Japan as New Japan has a PPV show from Sumo Hall in Tokyo headlined by Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP heavyweight title. The show is available worldwide on iPPV starting at 4 a.m. Eastern and 1 a.m. Pacific early Monday morning. Pro Wrestling NOAH has its big show at the Yokohama Prefectural Gym headlined by Takeshi Morishima vs. Jun Akiyama for the GHC heavyweight title plus TNA's Samoa Joe & Magnus defend the GHC tag titles agianst KENTA & Maybach Taniguchi, as well as a NOAH vs. Zero-One feud series of matches.
Tuesday is Smackdown and Main Event tapings in San Jose. Randy Orton vs. Big Show will be the taped main event for Main Event.
-- Regarding the Jeremy Stephens arrest as written about on the front page, although Dana White tweeted that nobody should listen to the media and Stephens was fighting tonight, as of 1:30 PM Pacific/4:30 PM Eastern, Stephens was still incarcerated without bail on a felony charge from another state and the Facebook prelims have been canceled. So that's a bad sign for his potential participation. He was scheduled to face Yves Edwards on the FUEL prelims.
-- John Cena tweeted that he will be at Raw Monday despite not being medically cleared to wrestle. Also at Raw, the return of Vince McMahon in the opening segment. And thus your response to a fifteen-year record-low rating last Monday. Cena is also scheduled for the Kelly and Michael show that day, so he's going to be doing a lot of traveling.
-- Story hereon Hulk Hogan threatening a lawsuit against Gawker regarding a 30-minute sex tape that they claimed was sent to them free of charge with only the request that they watch it. There is a blow-by-blow review and a one-minute edited clip up on their site right now. Hogan notes that the tape was filmed without his permission and he's very upset. Gawker, despite the threats, hasn't pulled the story.
-- TMZ also has a story hereabout Linda Bollea being arrested on suspicion of a DUI charge. Her rep claims she had one glass of champagne at a jewelry function, and because she did so on an empty stomach and was also taking medication, she blew an 0.084, just slightly above the legal limit. She was also driving on a suspended license. She's now out on $5,000 bond.
-- Dennis Hallman was cut from UFC yesterday after failing to make weight for his planned fight tonight with Thiago Tavares. Hallman is having issues at home and spoke with Dana White about them. It appears the agreement is that Hallman was paid both his show and win money to help him deal with, well, unemployment for the time being, and that if Hallman can make weight a few times on the indy MMA circuit he may be re-signed. Hallman noted that the problems at home were such that he was unfit to fight. At one point he passed out trying to make weight, and after being given a fluid IV he was way over the limit.
-- The Travis Browne vs. Bigfoot Silva epic staredown from weigh-ins yesterday is here.
-- Curt Hawkins is out for awhile, per his Twitter: Don't know why I haven't said anything. Maybe It was denial, but I wanted you all to know that I tore my PCL and Meniscus. Had to have surgery. Not sure of when my return will be but I can promise it will be a whole new look and attitude from Curt Hawkins this time around.
-- Very good interview with Edge heretalking his WWE career, Tommy Dreamer's debut House of Hardcore event, Internet rumors about his relationship with WWE, upcoming neck surgery and more.
-- Another Edge interview up here.
-- Preview herefor The Voice vs. Steven Seagal. This will be the first-ever one-hour Seagal interview in history.
-- Full World Series of Fighting line-up for November 3rd at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. Main card airs on NBC Sports and the prelims air on Sherdog.com:
Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole
Anthony Johnson vs. D.J. Linderman
Miguel Torres vs. Marlon Moraes
Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele
Tyrone Spong vs. Travis Bartlett
Ronys Torres vs. Brian Cobb
Gerald Harris vs. Josh Burkman
JZ Cavalcante vs. T.J. O'Brien
David Branch vs. Dustin Jacoby
Waylon Lowe vs. Fabio Mello
Steve Carl vs. Ramico Blackmon
-- Full Bound for Glory line-up after last night has Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy in a battle of two dudes that Bully Ray has beaten in the last month for the TNA Title, Sting & Bully vs. Aces & Eights Mystery Members, James Storm vs. Bobby Roode with King Mo as guest referee, Daniels & Kazarian vs. Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez vs. Kurt Angle & AJ Styles for the tag titles, Al Snow vs. Jory Ryan, and Brooke vs. Tara for the Women's Title.
-- Book tour dates for Mick Foley are up on his site here. He wrote a Christmas book starring, of all people, Miz.
-- Among the attendees at CM Punk's screening of his new documentary at the Portage Theatre near Chicago were Colt Cabana, the former Lita, Cliff Compton and Marty DeRose of $5 Wrestling. They did a rib where they were about to start the film and someone had "accidentally" put HHH's "Inside Out" movie on instead. A WWE camera crew was there to film everything. Punk served milk and cookies as an ode to Andy Kaufman and also pizza from a local establishment that has created a special CM Punk pizza.
-- Matt Hardy interview herehyping up an upcoming bout with Kevin Steen, and responding to comments Steen made about his personal issues.
-- By the way, didn't get a chance to thank everyone for the positive feedback to the Bryan & Vinny Show Tuesday with the Triumph and Tragedy of World Class review. As noted a few weeks ago, we're trying to make some changes in the format of that show because, quite frankly, there is only so much you can say about a three-hour Raw after it's already been reviewed the night before. Vinny will still give his Raw and Smackdown thoughts, because he has a unique perspective, but we're also going to always review something different, whether that be a documentary, a Chikara/PWG/ROH/etc. show, WWE Classics on Demand, etc. We're always open to ideas as well. Also, very big thank you to everyone for their nice words after I got my brown belt.
-- Fun Chikara action coming up! CHIKARA: "The Zodiac Crimes" Sunday, October 7th Live at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium in Gibsonville, NC! Tickets on Sale Right Now! Doors = 3:30 pm Belltime = 4:00 pm
-- Speaking of Chikara, you can check out a FREE King of Trios match featuring 1-2-3 Kid here.
-- Tommy Dreamer and Edge are coming to Dave and Busters this Sunday from 2PM until 5PM in Philadelphia. Order your tickets today or you can order them at the door the day of the event. Info here.
-- Pete writes: About your story yesterday on the daily update about the BS report with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold was in Mexico with Wilt Chamberlain filming the movie "Conan The Destroyer" but Andre wasnt there wrestling. He was actually in the movie. He played "Dagoth" who was the monster at the end. Andre didn't appear in the credits, but he was in the movie.
-- United States Championship Wrestling in Macclenny, FL from tonight 10/4 - Super destroyer b James Canterbury, Chasyn Rance b Tommy Bahama, Jake Slater vs Boss Hog Calhoun-DDQ, Jason the Giant b Gorilla Hanley, Santana Garrett b The Executioner. Next event 10/18 in Callahan, FL.
-- Jeff Jarrett stated today that he is ready for war this Sunday in San Luis Potosi for the Heroes Inmortales show and he is still gunning for L.A. Par-K after Par-K has embarrased his wife Karen and him in their past meetings. Jarrett said that Par-K is just like all his other countrymen as they are fat out of shape filthy people.
-- Kalery Alvarado who has been a mask maker for many luchadores over the past few years died recently due to complications from heart disease. Kalery has been around the internet lucha scene for years and seemed to be a great guy. He will be missed. Thanks to Kris Zellner.
-- Former WWE manager and ECW general manager Armando Alejandro Estradatalks candidly about Umaga and his success in WWE, sitting at home collecting a paycheck from WWE, training at Ohio Valley Wrestling, running a business of his own, Jonathan Coachman, AW, the lack of wrestling managers in the business today, the declining WWE ratings, the possibilities of working for TNA, Linda McMahon, and much more in this GERWECK.NET exclusive.
-- All 28 fighters participating in Saturday’s Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama women’s world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Memorial Hall will weigh in on Friday. The weigh in is open to the public, free of charge, and will stream live on InvictaFC.com.
-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! 2nd Annual ECWA K-Cup Tag Team Tournament Sat, Oct 6, 2012 Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702
-- Trina Michales has locked in a three-date deal with Dragon Gate USA for the Nov 2 Everette, MA, Nov 3 Voorhees, NJ and Nov 4th Deer Park, NY shows. She'll be working with "The Scene" (Larry Dallas, Scott Reed, Caleb Konley). More info is on her twitter @trinamania
-- Ed and Cutrer review Tributesby Dave Meltzer on the show tonight
-- Ultimate Warrior appearance and signing on October 5th in Boston. As in, today.