Saturday, 25 May 2013 12:38
We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's UFC 160 so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports on tonight's WWE Raw brand house show in in Red Deer, Alberta and Smackdown in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The major weekend show is UFC 160 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. We'll be doing our regular post big-show polls on this show:
Facebook at 6:30 p.m.
Estevan Payan vs. Jeremy Stephens
Brian Bowles vs. George Roop
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Stephen Thompson
Prelims on FX at 8 p.m.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trujillo
Colton Smith vs. Robert Whittaker
Dennis Bermudez vs. Max Holloway
Mike Kyle vs. Rick Story
PPV at 10 p.m.
Donald Cerrone vs. K.J. Noons
T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard
James Te Huna vs. Glover Teixeira
Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva for the heavyweight title
Sunday has Raw in Lethbridge, Alberta and Smackdown in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
New Japan has the second event in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament on Sunday in Numazu with Bushi vs. Jado, Titan vs. Trent Baretta, Tiger Mask vs. Alex Koslov, Jushin Liger vs. Rocky Romero, Hiromu Takahashi vs. Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Brian Kendrick, Alex Shelley vs. Taichi, and Taka Michinoku vs. Kushida.
Monday is Raw in Calgary. It will be Bret Hart Appreciation Night and Shawn Michaels will be appearing on the show. Not sure what will be on television in the U.S. as The Score has announced they will run long that night to cover the Bret Hart Appreciation Night.
Tuesday is Smackdown and Main Event tapings in Edmonton.
-- Dave and I will be back later tonight with another brand new edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, our weekend show, talking UFC 160, all the fights and the fallout, plus the latest news in pro-wrestling. We've already got a new After Dark Radio up on the site right now plus a brand new Todd Martin show with a great review of Bruce Buffer's amazing new book.
-- Rock's Fast & Furious 6 is expected to do really big box office numbers this weekend, the biggest opening for the franchise thus far. There is a story in USA Today with details here.
-- The Viva LA Lucha (LA as in Los Angeles) kickstarter that Kevin Kleinrock talked about on our show a few weeks back is now live here. They're under $1,000 so far towards their $60,000 goal but have 37 days left.
-- Dana White's latest media scrum is here, which includes a very animated rant about how people need to shut up about Pat Healy losing out on his win bonus for getting popped for weed.
-- Tons of UFC stories in USA Today here, including an interview with friendly Junior Dos Santos where he expresses great sadness that he was booed in his last fight. There's also a story about Bigfoot Silva which talks about how his manager (and Silva, his manager claims) never really knew that he had acromegaly (gigantism) or what it was or could potentially do to him (kill him), and it wasn't until he met with doctors in Japan that Bigfoot realized he needed to learn more about it and then subsequently get the tumor on his pituitary gland removed. I seem to recall knowing for years that he had acromegaly but maybe my memory is fuzzy.
-- Glover Teixeira says he wants Jon Jones next. Providing he wins tonight, of course. Mark Hunt would also like to be in line for a title shot.
-- Randy Couture, who has traditionally been great in picking fights, says he's picking Cain Velasquez vs. Bigfoot, but also says he knows from experience (his fight with Brock Lesnar) that you can't play around with this big strong dudes, and you have to be careful because they can be very dangerous.
-- New Shawn Michaels air gun here. He's also now sporting a pretty bushy beard. Based on comments on his Facebook page, the ladies find this to be NO BUYS.
-- Monday is Bret Hart Appreciation Night, and WWE is doing a deal where if you get their App you can watch the ceremony live after Raw goes off the air. It'll also be airing live in Canada on the Score.
-- Zema Ion is still at less than $6,000 of the $30,000 he's going to need for medical bills. The fundraiser page is here.
-- Fallon Fox's latest fight is here.
-- Today in history with Brian Hoops:
1957 - Verne Gagne and Edouard Carpentier defeated Nikolai and Boris Volkoff for the Chicago version of the NWA World Tag Team Title in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1959 - Kurt Von Poppenheim and Dan Manoukian defeated Nick Kozak and Al Kashey to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
1976 - Bob Orton, Jr. defeated Jack Brisco to win the Florida Heavyweight Title
1980 - Skull Murphy and Gypsy Joe defeated Rocky Johnson and Jimmy Valiant for the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1980 - Mark Lewin defeated Gino Hernandez for the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas
1980 - Perro Aguayo defeated Gran Hamada in Naucalpan, Mexico to win the UWA World Light Heavyweight Title.
1980 - The Great Hussan Arab (Iron Sheik) defeated Dewey Robertson (Missing Link) to win the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1981 - Kevin Sullivan and Wayne Farris (The Honky Tonk Man) won the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship by defeating Bill Dundee and Dream Machine in Memphis, Tennessee.
1982 - Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) defeated Les Thornton to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title in Shizuoka, Japan
1982 - Steve Grey defeated Jim Breaks for the British Welterweight Title in Croydon, England,
1987 - Soldat Ustinov & Boris Zukhov defeated Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
1989 - Russian amateur wrestling great Salman Hashimikov defeated Big Van Vader for the IWGP Heavyweight Title in Osaka, Japan. On the same show, Jushin Liger defeated Shiro Koshinaka to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title.
1990 - Matt Borne defeated Kerry Von Erich to win the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas
1992 - Kenta Kobashi and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeated The Can-Am Express (Dan Kroffat and Doug Furnas) to win the AJPW All-Asia Tag Team Title in Miyaga, Japan
1997 - Shawn Michaels & Steve Austin defeated Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Evansville, Indiana.
1999 - In Moline, Illinois Jeff Jarrett (w/ Debra) pinned WWF IC Champion the Godfather to win the title
-- Jerry "The King" Lawler - Returns to the Ring on !BANG! TV Tonight. !BANG! TV Taping - Tonight Saturday May 25th. Support Your Troops 91, "Royal Combat" !BANG! TV Sound Stage in Ocala, Florida. Showtime is 7:00pm with doors opening at 6:15pm. Tickets are now online at http://www.dory-funk.com or you may call for ticket information 352-895-4658
-- Whatever Happened To? British Wrestling Legends here.