SUN. UPDATE: Bound for Glory preview, White surgery, Joes vs. Silva, Hogan going to FBI, Cena at Jets game, Kane talks future, UFC 153 buys

By Dave Meltzer
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        We're also looking for reports on today's WWE house show in Knoxville as well as Friday night's show in Jonesboro, AR.
        Bound for Glory from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.  The show will start at 7 p.m. Eastern with a one hour show on Spike that will include one mach and the PPV starts at 8 p.m.
*Sting & Bully Ray vs. Aces and 8s - If Aces and 8s lose , they leave TNA, if they win they get full access.  The expectation is a big angle at the end which causes Sting & Bully Ray to lose.  The fans put them in a bad position because if Ray turns on Sting, it makes Sting look like an idiot since the fans already saw it coming and were booing the idea of Sting getting Ray as a partner.  Whatever they do, this is going to be the big reveal of the angle that will be the key thing in the promotion for the next few months.  Hopefully it's better than the Aces and 8s angle has been so far, because they can't really afford the "boost" this angle has been giving them of late.
*Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy for TNA title - After scheduling the face goes over for the title at last year's BFG and Lockdown this year and changing their minds, let's see what happens here.  It doesn't really matter as they haven't booked Hardy with major momentum like they did Roode and Storm going into those shots.  And Hardy is already established and will be over just as much, win or lose.  Should be a very good match either way.  
*Bobby Roode vs. James Storm street fight with King Mo as guest enforcer - At this point Storm probably needs the win, but he's never recovered from Lockdown.  I guess we'll see how much or little they trust Mo to do, but he's really a minor part of this.
*Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. A.J. Styles & Kurt Angle vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez for tag titles - On paper, this should be the show stealer even though Angle and Chavo have had a few bumpy roads on TV.  Given that Styles & Angle have lost on TV in recent weeks to Hernandez & Chavo, that makes them the "favorites" here.    
*Samoa Joe vs. Magnus for TV title - Big test for Magnus.  I'd actually like to see him go over here, and wish he had over RVD.  He's got something few young guys have, between his verbal ability, his look and he seems to have a strong wrestling IQ.  Joe doesn't need the title right now and it would be better for all concerned if he chases Magnus and they keep the program going.
*Brooke Tessmacher vs. Tara for Knockouts title - Tara's secret boyfriend will be revealed tonight. 
*Zema Ion vs. Rob Van Dam for X title - Doesn't really matter as just the fact this match is happening shows how there is no real X division in TNA when the title is set up with 20 seconds total of buildup for a guy who has never been in the X Division to begin with.
*Al Snow vs. Joey Ryan - Hopefully they have a good story because this has been four months of building for an angle that seemed to peak three months ago.
        A lot depends on the crowd in Phoenix.  If they only react to the old WWE guys, it'll hurt the show.  You never know when you go on location for these things.  You know you'll get the effort.  The tag title, Roode vs. Storm and Aries vs. Hardy are likely to be good.  RVD vs,. Ion will be interesting for both.  And the main event depends more on the angle than the quality of the match.  I expect the show to be newsworthy.
        Raw will be Monday in Nashville.  The key story is whether C.M. Punk will "pick" Ryback or John Cena as his opponent for Hell in a Cell.  The decision has not been made and won't be made until Monday afternoon after an evaluation of Cena's elbow.
        Smackdown will be on Tuesday in Memphis.  Jerry Lawler is scheduled to appear at the show. 
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--Notes from Arena Mexico
--Son of former WWF and WCW star now in Mexico
--U.S. belts defended in Dragon Gate this past week
--What would have been a major dream match in the 90s is announced as a Hall of Fame candidate comes out of retirement at the age of 51 to face a current world champion he never faced in his heyday.
--All Japan creates a TV champion and notes on the tournament
--Next major All Japan show lineup
--Pro Wrestling NOAH's show that went head-to-head with the new Japan PPV with Morishima vs. Akiyama
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--Notes on New Japan jr. heavyweight tag team tournament
--Zuffa heavyweight appearing on pro wrestling show next week
--The latest on Tammy Sytch
--Adam Copeland talks about no longer being Edge
--When he targeted ending his career originally
--More on the death of  Bobby Jaggers
--Notes on Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore promotion debut show
--Target for a second show
--Linda Hogan's latest arrest
--Notes on next ROH iPPV card and direction
--Weekend ROH house show note
--King Mo situation
--What former TNA star is close to returning
--TNA house show notes
--How the change in a television channel could affect UFC
--More problems with the next Strikeforce show
--Why UFC is adding a new clause in all future talent contracts and what led to it
--Notes on the Brazil PPV
--Two UFC stars will be forever linked together
--UFC does one of its best ever television commercials
--Notes on UFC's year-end show
--Several UFC cuts
--Dana White talks TV numbers and what they learned from the England show
--Dana White cuts a promo on Spike TV
--Promotion's biggest star in his probable last match before leaving
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Sunday's news update
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Bound for Glory and other weekend news,.  You can also send questions in to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Regarding Dana White's surgery for Meniere's Disease, this is not the surgery where they cut the nerve that had been talked about which would have needed a major recovery.  This is a difference procedure where they will cut the back of his ear open and insert a tube.  Doctors have told him that there is a 70% chance of never having an attack and he likes those odds.  He told me a few days ago that he's really excited about having the surgery and getting it over with.  He noted in some interviews last night that he had attacks on trips to Toronto & Nottingham the past two weeks and the trips were horrible for him.  He did have no problems on this Brazil trip.
--He was saying that he is going to get the Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva match made.  Both fighters have said they have no interest in the fight. White believes that's a code word for they want more money, and they are prepared to offer that money.
--Hulk Hogan is going to the FBI after St. Petersburg police told him they wouldn't press charges stating the statute of limitations on the case had expired.  

--Quinton Jackson on twitter said he was accepting the challenge put out by Glover Teixeira last night.  No word on whether or not UFC will make that match but if the timing works, it is a match that makes sense. 
--Don't forget Bound for Glory begins at 7 p.m. with a one hour Spike special.  I have a feeling, just because it's something different, that it will help the buys, and for TNA, even a minor help can be a 25% increase in business.
--The members of the cast of the U.K. reality show, Marty Scurll, Spud and the Blossom Twins, are all at Bound for Glory today.   Some former WWE guys are there as well.
--"Here Comes the Boom" is predicted to open now at $12 million for the weekend, and finish in fifth place.  While nobody would say it publicly, the internal predicted number was $13 million, so slightly below expectations.  Most of the response I've heard to the movie was good, with Bas Rutten getting the most praise. 
--"G.I. Joe Retaliation" featuring Dwayne Johnson opens in Australia on 3/28.  That usually means Johnson would be in Australia shortly before or at that time.  His schedule early next year is nuts.  
--Todd Martin and Mike Sempervive went 5-0 last night.  Myself, Oliver Copp and Josh Nason went 4-1 and Mike Sawyer was 3-2.  The difference was the people who picked Jon Fitch vs. the people who picked Erick Silva. 
--John Cena was the honorary captain of the New York Jets today for their game against the Indianapolis Colts.  It's part of Met Life Stadium's promotion of WrestleMania.  Some notes it's funny since it's well known Cena is actually a fan of the New England Patriots.
--I haven't watched this yet, but their first match was among the best of the year and I heard from people there live this was in the same ballpark at  This is their rematch from the G-1 Climax tournament before Naito blew out his knee.
--Kane, who lives in the area, did an interview promoting tonight's Knoxville house show at saying he thinks he's got a few more years left.    
How many buys do you think UFC 153 will do?
Under 200,000 19.2%
201-250K 15.1%
251-300K 15.1%
301-350K 16.4%
351-400K 13.7%
401-450K 6.2%
451-500K 4.8%
501-550K 4.8%
551-600K 0.7%
601-650K 0.7%
More than 651,000 3.4%
Poll on Bellator
Excellent 39.3%
Good 42.9%
Average 0.0%
Fair 3.6%
Poor 14.3%
        76.9% of those responding didn't see the show
Poll on Ultimate Fighter
Excellent 6.3%
Good 31.3%
Average 25.0%
Fair 18.8%
Poor 18.8%
        74.0% of those responding didn't see the show
Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 6.7%
Good 38.2%
Average 32.6%
Fair 10.1%
Poor 12.4%
        48.0% of those responding didn't see the show
What did you watch Saturday?
Baseball 26.6%
UFC 24.1%
College Football 17.3%
UFC and something else 11.8%
ROH 8,0%
Boxing 5.3%
UFC & ROH 3.7%
ROH and something else 3.1% 
--Various notes from the New York Comic Con as it relates to wrestlers from Paul Paster:
*Formerly The Bella Twins, Formerly Kelly Kelly (darker hair) and Velvet Sky & Angelina Love are at the same table.  They were getting an average amount of attention.  Light lines, not long to wait.  The interest level appeared to be in the order listed.  Butterbean was at the same table with them who looked to be getting more attention than any of them.
*Virgil had a booth with the same huge poster of Ted DiBiase behind him.  Exactly what you would think.
*Getting even less attention than  Virgil was Ashley Massaro, even though her booth featured a large poster of her Playboy cover.
*Tito Santana, Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake were together.  Beefcake had a ridiculous tan, looking almost like Tan Mom.
*Vader was signing autographs on Day Zero, meaning it was a lower traffic day.  Jim Duggan was also there.
*Booker T was there selling autographed copies of his book for $30.  He had by far the longest lines of anyone in wrestling,which makes sense since he's a major star on television this week and had something substantial he was selling.
*Jim Duggan and Rosita had a small table next to the very large Dr. Who booth.  Duggan was getting a good amount of attention taking photos with fans.  He was also selling his autobiography.  Rosita was selling photos but getting little attention.  Plus, she was dressed up like cat woman, and thus looked like every other attractive girl there and not like a television star.
--Lots of people taking about the suplex done in the Alabama vs. Missouri game yesterday.
--Hulk Hogan is now on one of those 3 a.m. commercials pitching Ageless Male, a product to boost testosterone at (thanks to Jeff Gagliardo) 
--Lisa "Tara" Varon was on Restaurant Impossible this past week.  She was there commenting on food served in a restaurant.  She was not identified by name.  Restaurant Impossible is the show starring Robert Irvine, who is the husband of Gail Kim.
--CZW from last night in Voorhees, NJ before 200 fans:  Sami Callihan b Pepper Parks, Neveah b Cherry Bomb, Ruckus b Dustin Raze, Greg Excellent b BLK Jeez, Azreal & Bandido Jr. b Devon Moore & Danny Havoc to win tag team titles, Drew Gulak b Latin Dragon, Alex Colon b Lucky 13, Dave & Jake Crist b Rich Swann & ACH (dead crowd hurt it), Masada b Necro Butcher to retain CZW title.  Next show is 11/10. (thanks to Tom Richards)    
--Revolution Pro Wrestling Uprising from yesterday in Sittingbourne, Engand:  Pual Robinson b Ashley Reed, Big Van Walter b Stixx, Kris Travis & Martin Kirby b Mikey Whiplash & Robbie Dynamite, Mark Haskins b Jerry Lynn, Noam Dar won three-way over Lion Kid & MK McKinnan, Dave Mastiff & Terry Frazier b Sha Samuels & T-Bone, El Generico b El Ligero to retain DDT's KO-D open weight championship.  Today's show has what is billed as Jerry Lynn's U.K. farewell against Dar and Generico vs. Walter (thanks to Marti Bentley)
--St. Louis Anarchy from yesterday in Alton, IL:  Davey Vega b Pierre Abernathy, Jordan Lacey b Dash Rando, Devin & Mason Cutter b Brandon Espinosa & Ace Hawkins, Dan Walsh b Gerald James (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)  
--Vintage Wrestling from last night in Sanford, FL:  Mike Cruz b Deathrow Jethro, Kory Chavis NC Tommy Taylor, Biff Slater & Don Maximo b Simon Sez in 2 on 1, Francisco Ciatso NC Eric Cooper, Kory Chavis won  30 man Rumble. (thanks to Alan Wojcik) 
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville before 50 fans:  James Dudley & Tim Scruggs b Menion & TNT, Shawn Hoodrich b Josh Crow, Justin Grandberry b Big Time Sexy, Nick Iggy b Kerry Awful, Scott Hayes b Damien Payne, Drew Haskins b Jon Davis (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Lucha Libre Extreme TV results from last night: Crimson Plague b Jeckles the Jester, A.J. Kirsch b Brandon Pinion, Wiseguy b Mike Dillinger, Brian Cage & Brandon Groom b Mustafa Saed & Mike Rayne (thanks to Jon Southerland)    
--Juventud Guerrera talks his tie in WCW at (thanks to John Lamber) 
--Coming in December from IDW  Comics is a return of the old Joe Palooka series, but this time Joe is an MMA fighter and not a boxer.  Joe was wrongly accused of murder and flees to Mexico where he becomes an MMA star.  The story is he returns as Joe Palooka, fighting in UFC. They use the UFC term so they must have worked out a business deal. (thanks to Andrew Thurston)
--NWA Coastal last night somewhere, I think in New Jersey:  Rochester Wrecking Crew b Johnny Nos & Alex Anthony, Josh Adams b Sgt. Dan Gleason-COR, Luscious La Ron b Wayne Woo, Braydon Knight NC Patch, Convict b Luca, Ricky Reyes b Sebastian Cruz, Biggie Biggs b Danny Pagan.  Next show is 11/17 in Bayville, NJ.
--Notes on the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando.  Chasyn Rance is the head instructor and Scott Hall and Larry Zbyszko also pop in to teach.  Training is Monday and Wednesday from 7-10 p.m. and cost is $200 a month for a wrestler and $100 a month for a manger, valet or referee.  For more into you can contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--A Night with New Jack is on 10/25 at 9 p.m. and 10/26 at 2 a.m. at the 22nd Street Cafe in Philadelphia.

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