FRI UPDATE: Weekend schedule, DB and The Ryback, Nog vs. Werdum hilarious preview, AAA on iPPV details, Dana goes nuts on Jon Fitch, tons more

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We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE Raw brand house show tonight in Fort Lauderdale (John Cena, Randy Orton, Ryback, Daniel Bryan, The Shield) and tonight's TNA house show in Arn Anderson's original home city of Rome, GA (Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy for TNA title, A.J. Styles vs. Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle vs. Ken Anderson, Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian, Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky and Joseph Park vs. Robbie E) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Smackdown tonight was taped from the Nassau Coliseum:

  • Chris Jericho vs. Curtis Axel
  • Kane vs. Ryback
  • Zack Ryder vs. Fandango
  • Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton in a non-title match

Saturday is a UFC show on Facebook and Fuel from Fortaleza, Brazil

Facebook fight at 4:45 p.m. Eastern time

  • Antonio Braga vs. Anthony Smith
  • Caio Magalhaes vs. Karlos Vemola
  • Rodrigo Damm vs. Mizuto Hirota
  • Ildemar Alcantara vs. Leandro Silva
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Godofredo Castro
  • Derek Brunson vs. Ronnie Markes
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Vaughn Lee

Fuel fights at 8 p.m.Eastern

  • Rony Jason vs. Mike Wilkinson
  • Erick Silva vs. Jason High
  • Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendez
  • Rafael Feijao Cavalcante vs. Thiago Silva
  • Leo Santos vs. William Patolino Maracaio for the TUF Brazil championship
  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Saturday also has Raw in Lakeland, FL, Smackdown in Johnson City, TN (Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, A.J. Lee, Big E Langston, Sheamus), TNA in Aiken, SC (Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Roode, A.J. Styles vs. Ken Anderson, Kurt Angle vs. Wes Brisco, Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian, Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim, Joseph Park vs. Robbie E) and ROH in Columbus, OH at the Ohio Expo Center (Jay Briscoe vs. Eddie Edwards for ROH title, Kevin Steen vs. Rhino and Mark Briscoe vs Matt Hardy).

The big show on Sunday is the finals of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, held at Korakuen Hall. The semifinals are Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Alex Shelley and Prince Devitt vs. Kenny Omega. The winners meet later that show in the championship match.

Sunday also has Raw in Jacksonville and Smackdown is in Fayetteville.

Raw on Monday comes from Richmond, VA. HHH vs. Curtis Axel is announced for the show.

Smackdown and Main Event are scheduled for Tuesday at the Greensboro Coliseum.


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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Regarding Jeff Hardy last night at Impact and what appeared to be a legitimate hip injury following the main event ladder match with Bully Ray, we're told everyone is OK. That includes Bully Ray and his balls.

-- Someone stole GSP's car last week. CM Punk tweeted about whether it was GSP's car or the car of the guy he hires to do his social media for him.

-- Here's one better. Jeremy Botter discovered that in a total WCW moment, Bellator allowed their domain to expire. Oops. Screen shot here.

-- This week's After Dark Radio harkens back to, yes, a pro-wrestling angle, the shutting down of Chikara this past Sunday. But it has nothing to do with pro-wrestling -- we're going to talk John Titor, the man behind Chikara's Titor Conglomerate, a so-called time traveler who posted on various message boards in the early 00s. If you want to read more about this guy, check out his Wikipedia page, or It's a pretty cool story, and tonight you can call or write in with your thoughts. Most believe it was all a hoax, but do you disagree? Are you a scientist who has thoughts on his various claims? What are your thoughts on the very idea of time travel? We'll be taking calls starting at midnight Pacific/3 AM Eastern at 425-482-1686, or you can email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with "After Dark" in the subject line or body of the email. I'll be reading as many as possible on the air. As always, while we do have a main topic, it's open lines on any topic and the same goes for emails. Have a local legend or ghost story, or did you not get a chance to call or write in about going on a one-way trip to Mars? Call or email this week. After Dark is a listener-driven show so your input keeps it going. Thanks to all in advance for participating!

-- If you're a casual MMA fan and would like to see a color-coded map of which states have legalized MMA and which have not, click here.

-- War Machine went on an epic rant on Twitter regarding MMA sponsors that aren't paying him anything anymore. Gee, I wonder why? He said he bet Arianny Celeste made more money holding up ring cards.

-- iPPV information for the AAA TripleMania show next week is up now at Ustream. This is the same company that has been doing the iPPV for New Japan. It'll be available in the US, but only with Spanish commentary. Dr. Lucha and I talked a lot about this show on the Wednesday edition of Figure Four Weekly. The show will be $15.

-- Sad to report the death of indy promoter Big Daddy Rog Cox from the Dayton, OH, area, who actually was the first guy to ever book Chris Hero in a pro match. He was only 42. He was a well-liked guy locally, and our condolences to friends and family.

-- Randy Orton is interviewed regarding the new 12 Rounds Reloaded film here. I actually was told this movie was way better than you'd think so at some point I'll review it with Vinny. The guy who did this review liked the movie and said you never felt like you were watching a wrestler in the role, which he said was the best compliment he could give Orton.

-- Bellator signed a new TV deal with VIVA in the UK. Programming starts with the Bellator 96 kick-off for the Summer Series tournament.

-- Dana White tirade on Jon Fitch after Fitch claimed he was so happy to be in World Series of Fighting because he no longer had to deal with the hostile working environment of the UFC. White, after noting that they'd paid Fitch $302,000 in discretionary bonuses:

"Jon Fitch said he was working under a hostile work environment and that he never had an opportunity, and should have double the wins he had with us. He was complaining about what he had to go through here, about people saying stuff under their breath to him and all this bullshit. Jon Fitch is so full of shit. He's fucking delusional. First of all, he had every opportunity that anyone else had. After Georges St. Pierre beat the living shit out of him, did we treat him differently or anything? Just to lay it out with facts, Jon Fitch lost to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87. He had an opportunity to fight for the title, and he got destroyed in that fight. He fought to a draw with B.J. Penn in a top contender fight.

"Then he gets a chance to be a No. 1 contender again and gets knocked fucking dead in the first round by Johny Hendricks. What fucking opportunities has he not been given? He was prominently featured on tons of UFC pay-per-view events. GSP vs. BJ Penn was the main event at UFC 94, and Jon Fitch was on that fight card against Akihiro Gono. He was on UFC 100 vs. Paulo Thiago. He was on UFC 111 against Ben Saunders, and GSP and Dan Hardy were the main event of that one. UFC 117 against Thiago Alves? That was Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen in the main event. He's fought on all the most prominent cards. When he had a baby, we sent him an awesome baby basket. Do you do that to somebody you don't give a shit about? He's 35 years old, and since 2011, he's gone 1-2-1."

Dana also cut a promo on Quinton Jackson, who just recently signed with Bellator and TNA.

-- USA Today has a story about Big Nog and his UFC on FUEL 10 fight tomorrow here.

-- YES. A Werdum vs. Nogueira pre-UFC battle -- in GO CARTS~!

-- Interesting fact about tomorrow's UFC:

The Ultimate Fighting Championship and the Government of the State of Ceara today participated in a ceremonial tree planting as part of an initiative that will make THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER BRASIL 2 FINALE: NOGUEIRA vs. WERDUM 100% carbon neutral. The UFC marked its participation in the Government’s carbon offset action initiative, known as Ceara Carbono Zero, on the heels of World Environment Day, June 5, 2013, at Cocó Park in Fortaleza. In 2011 the Ceara State Government began a carbon emissions policy under the guidelines of the Ceara Carbono Zero strategy. The strategy emphasizes support to renewable energy investments (specifically solar and wind power), the protection of the biodiversity of the Caatinga (a semi-arid scrub forest situated in the northeast of Brazil), the implementation of the solid waste policy, as well as a set of overall efforts to mitigate and compensate emissions. The State Government laid out a set of actions aimed to offset carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at important events set to take place in Ceara throughout the next several years, such as the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Confederation Cup and Saturday’s UFC event. The Government will work with the Federal University of Ceará to calculate the carbon emissions stemming from the UFC event. The State Government’s carbon offset action develops an inventory of all carbon emission from transportation and operation of an event, including travel by the public to the event venue, the calculation of total greenhouse gas emissions - using the United Nations approved Greenhouse Gas Protocol, adjusted to local environmental conditions - and the compensation of emissions through the planting of trees, using native species to protect and preserve the local ecosystem.

-- Excellent yet tragic interview with Daniel Bryan here where he reveals that, in fact, he and The Ryback no longer travel together. :-(

-- Ryback wants a new belt.Along with a new travel partner, tragically. Or, more accurately, no travel partner at all.

-- A look at Shaun Ricker here. He's a contestant on Rock's new HERO reality show, and also just signed to WWE developmental.

-- Today in Wrestling History with Brian Hoops:

1956 - Dizzy Davs and Sonny Myers defeated Art Nelson and Rip Rogers in Amarillo, Texas for the NWA Southwest Tag Team Title

1960 - Rikidozan and Toyonobori defeated Dan Miller and Frank Valois to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Title in Osaka, Japan.

1962 - Dory Funk, Sr. won the NWA North American Heavyweight Title (Amarillo version), defeating Fritz Von Erich in Amarillo, Texas.

1962 - Joe Lanza defeated Taro Sakuro for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

1966 - Edouard Carpentier defeated Hans Schmidt in Quebec City, Quebec to win the International Wrestling Association International Heavyweight Title

1969 - Jose Lothario defeated Johnny Valentine to win the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title in San Antonio, Texas

1969 - Ray Stevens defeated King Curtis Iaukea for the San Francisco version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California.

1972 - Gorgeous George, Jr. defeated Bob Kelly to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama

1976 - Rip Tyler and Eddie Sullivan defeated The Great Kusatsu and Mighty Inoue to win the International Wrestling Enterprise (International Wrestling Alliance) World Tag Team Title in Fukuyama, Japan

1978 - Paul Jones defeated Baron Von Raschke in Raleigh, North Carolina for the NWA TV Title

1979 - Antonio Inoki pinned Stan Hansen in the finals of the second New Japan MSG League.

1980 - Ed Wiskoski defeated George Wells for the San Francisco version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California.

1981 - Terry Taylor defeated Les Thornton for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title in Roanoke, Virginia

1981 - Bob Sweetan defeated Buzz Tyler to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title.

1982 - Sgt. Slaughter defeated Wahoo McDaniel to win the NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Greenville, South Carolina.

1983 - Marty Jones defeated Dave Finlay in Croydon, England to win the World Mid-Heavyweight Title.

1984 - The Medics defeated Invader III and Toru Tanaka for the vacant WWC North American Tag Team Title in Bayamon, Puerto Rico

1987 - Mike Rotunda defeated Dory Funk, Jr. to win the held up NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Orlando, Florida

1990 - El Hijo del Santo defeated Fuerza Guerrera for the World Wrestling Association World Welterweight Title in Tokyo, Japan

1991 - Tom Prichard defeated Bill Dundee to win the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas

1993 - Bobby Blaze defeated Tony Anthony for the vacant SMW Television Title in Cumberland, Kentucky.

1994 - Tracy Smothers defeated Kendo the Samurai to win the SMW Television Title in Loudon, Tennessee

1996 - Hiromichi Fuyuki, Gedo and Jado won the WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Title in Sapporo, Japan, defeating Youji Anjoh, Yoshihiro Takayama and Kenichi Yamamoto.

1997 - Taz defeated Shane Douglas to win the ECW Television Title at the ECW Wrestlepalooza card in Philadelphia, PA.

1998 - Perro Aguayo, Sr. and Perro Aguayo, Jr. defeated Fuerza Guerrera and Mosco de la Merced for the Mexico National Tag Team Title in Chihuahua, Mexico.

2003 - In Cayey, Puerto Rico, Chris Candido defeated Fidel Sierra to win the WWC Television Title. Dominican Boy defeated Eddie Colon for the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title, and Broncos II and III won the WWC World Tag Team Title, by defeating Thunder and Lightning.

2009 - At the Extreme Rules PPV, Chris Jericho defeated Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Intercontinental Title and Tommy Dreamer won the ECW Title by defeating Jack Swagger and Christian in an extreme rules match. Also, Batista defeated Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship in a steel cage match and Jeff Hardy defeated World Champion Edge in a Ladder Match to win the title. Then, CM Punk cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase and defeated Jeff Hardy to win title.

-- Today in World History with Graeme Cameron:


1983 Marty Jones defeated Dave Finlay in Croydon to win the Joint Promotion World Mid-Heavyweight title


1960 Rikidozan & Toyonobori defeated Dan Miller & Frank Valois in Nagoya to win the JWA All-Asian tag team title

1976 Rip Tyler & Eddie Sullivan defeated The Great Kusatsu & Mighty Inoue in Fukuyama to win the IWE IWA tag team title

1979 Antonio Inoki defeated Stan Hansen in Tokyo to win the New Japan Madison Square Garden tournamenr

1990 El Hijo Del Santo defeated Fuerza Guerrera in Tokyo to win the WWA Welterweight title

1996 Gedo & Jado & Hiromichi Fuyuki defeated Golden Cups (Yoji Anjo & Kenichi Yamamoto & Yoshihiro Takayama) in Sapporo to win the WAR World 6-Man tag team title


1998 Perro Agauyo Sr & Jr defeated Fuerza Guerrera & Mosco De La Merced in Chihuahua to win the National tag team title

-- Premier Championship Wrestling (PCW) is proud to launch the biggest Fight Weekend in Winnipeg's History with our Annual HIGHWAY 2 HELL event featuring the PREMIER RUMBLE Friday June 14th At Doubles Fun Club in Winnipeg

-- From Hall of Fame legend Stone Cold Steve Austin's podcast to Ed in San Antonio's. Jesus, Lance.

Prince Devitt 46.3%
Alex Shelley 24.3%
Ryusuke Taguchi 21.5%
Kenny Omega 7.9%

SummerSlam 52.4%
UFC 162 27.4%
G-1 Climax 13.9%
TripleMania 6.3%

Giant Baba 45.2%
Mitsuharu Misawa 25.4%
Kenta Kobashi 8.4%
Jumbo Tsuruta 5.1%
Stan Hansen 5.1%
Terry Funk 3.9%
Bruiser Brody 3.6%
Genichiro Tenryu 1.2%
The Destroyer 1.2%
Toshiaki Kawada 0.3%
Dory Funk Jr. 0.3%
Mil Mascaras 0.3%

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Good 50.0%
Average 16.7%
Fair 3.7%
Poor 9.3%
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