Tuesday, 11 June 2013 13:31
We're also looking for reports on Sunday's WWE show in Jacksonville, Saturday's Smackdown show in Johnson City, TN, TNA in Aiken, SC and Friday night's TNA show in Rome, GA.
-- Line-up for Sunday's WWE Payback PPV after last night has Cena vs. Ryback for the WWE title three stages of hell, Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto del Rio for the World Title, Dean Ambrose vs. Kane for the US Title, CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho, Shield vs. Randy Orton & Daniel Bryan for the tag titles, Wade Barrett vs. Miz vs. Curtis Axel in a three-way for the X-Divi -- I mean the Intercontinental Title, Kaitlyn vs. AJ for the women's title and Sheamus vs. Damian Sandow on the pre-show.
-- Cena beat Ryback in a tables match after Raw last night. Wonder if that means Ryback wins lumberjack match (maybe someone interferes and accidentally costs Cena the match leading to a program), Cena wins the tables match and then Cena wins the ambulance match. We'll see. No such thing as anything set in stone this far out.
-- Did you enjoy Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins last night? Well, here is the ROH version of the same match-up.
-- Some interesting comments from Dolph Ziggler on Twitter the last few days, including saying that his favorite WWE memory was having gone five straight weeks without losing, the best run of his career (this, of course, being the five weeks that he was at home with a concussion).
-- Oakland confirmed for a house show 8/11 Sunday and RAW TV from Sacramento 8/12 confirmed.
-- Strongly suspect these won't be up for long -- NXT performers doing promo practice. It's the good, the bad and the really ugly.
-- Not that Maddox. From WWE: WWE today announced that Brian Maddox has been promoted to Vice President, Global Digital Sales. Maddox, was previously Director of National Sales at WWE and will report to the Global Head of Sales and Partnerships, Michael Pine. In his new role, Maddox will be responsible for monetizing all of WWE’s digital, video, social, and mobile assets, including WWE.com, WWE’s Facebook pages, YouTube Channel, Twitter followers and mobile app. His primary focus will be working with WWE’s partners to maximize their digital budgets by leveraging all of WWE’s media assets, content and talent to develop engaging custom, cross-platform programs.
-- Trailer for the next House of Hardcore event here. Actually a pretty packed show with Lance Storm working the main event, Sami Callihan having his last indy match before going to WWE, Young Bucks vs. Brian Kendrick and Paul London which sounds awesome, and even an appearance by Ric Flair.
-- Are you ready for an Ultimo Dragon graphic novel?
-- UFC on FOX Sports 1 on August 28th tickets go on sale this Friday. UFC on Boston on August 17th has a June 20on-sale date.
-- Tonight's UFC programming on FUEL TV:
On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, we preview the upcoming UFC 161: EVANS VS. HENDERSON and get predictions from Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen and special guest UFC bantamweight contender Urijah Faber. In an exclusive interview, Faber discusses his upcoming fight on FOX SPORTS 1, the injured bantamweight champs, and whether he thinks he deserves a title shot with one more win. Also, Sonnen sets the record straight about whether he and Dan Henderson did in fact set up Jon Jones prior to UFC 151. All that and much more on UFC TONIGHT.
This week on UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER, we spend 12 hours inside the training camps of Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans as the longtime UFC stars prepare for a major showdown at UFC 161. Then, fast-rising welterweight Tyron Woodley has lofty aspirations for his future inside the Octagon. Witness his reactions in real time as he watches the division’s long-standing champion Georges St-Pierre defend his belt against Nick Diaz. Finally, fighters are increasingly looking to upgrade their style with new suits and looks, but two upcoming UFC Hall of Fame inductees, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar, evaluate this trend as only they can.
-- Countdown to UFC 161 also debuts tonight. That show, this Saturday night, features Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson, Stipe Miocic vs. Roy Nelson, Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton, Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan, and Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac.
-- Here's the trailer for the new UFC video game from EA Sports.
-- Mark Hunt is recovering from one of the most gruesome staph infections you've ever seen. Don't google it.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1879 - H.M. Dufur defeated James Owens in Boston, Massachusetts to win the American Collar-and-Elbow Title. Owens still claimed the championship despite losing to William Muldoon on February 6, 1877.
1955 - Doug Donovan & Ivan Kameroff defeated Luther Lindsay & George Dussette to win the Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
1965 - Wilbur Snyder & Dick the Bruiser defeated The Assassins (Guy Mitchell & Joe Tomasso) to win the World Wrestling Association Tag Team Title
1971 - The Assassins, (Tom Renesto & Jody Hamilton) won the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title, defeating Ray Gunkel & El Mongol in Atlanta, Georgia
1973 - El Marquez defeated Karloff Lagarde for the Mexico National Welterweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico
1973 - Masked Lee & Sandy Parker defeated Jumbo Miyamoto & Mariko Akagi for the WWWA World Tag Team Title in Sasebo, Japan
1975 - Gene & Ole Anderson defeated Wahoo McDaniel & Paul Jones to win the Mid-Atlantic version of the NWA World Tag Team Title in Raleigh, North Carolina
1976 - Great Kusatsu & Mighty Inoue defeated Rip Tyler & Eddie Sullivan to win the IWA Japan World Tag Team Title in Furukawa, Japan
1980 - Alan Dennison defeated Jim Breaks for the British Welterweight Title in London, England
1981 - Takashi Ishikawa & Akio Sato defeated Kevin & David Von Erich to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.
1983 - King Tonga & Gran Apolo defeated Buddy Landel & Terry Gibbs for the WWC North American Tag Team Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1984 - Rick Rude defeated Jerry Lawler to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1989 - The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) defeated The Southern Force (Black Bart and Tony Anthony) in Orlando, Florida, to win the NWA Florida Tag Team Title.
1993 - Tracy Smothers defeated Tony Anthony to win the held up SMW Heavyweight Title in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1993 - Saemi Numata defeated Kumiko Maekawa for the AJW Junior Title.
-- In Your Face Wrestling www.iyfwrestling.com Presents: "Truly Independent" Saturday, June 22, 2013 7pm Ballston Area Community Center 20 Malta Ave Ballston Spa, NY
-- PREMIER CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING Presents HIGHWAY 2 HELL !!! Friday, June 14th 2013 Doubles Fun Club (at the Travelodge Hotel) $10 at the Door 9 PM Start Time
-- Lance Storm on Over the Top Radio here.
-- PREDICT THE RAW RATING
2.5 or less 13.7%
3.5 or more 0.6%
WHICH OF THESE IPPV EVENTS ARE YOU PLANNING ON WATCHING OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS?
New Japan Dominion 35.3%
AAA TripleMania 19.5%
ROH Best in the World 19.0%
As far as crossover, New Japan & AAA and New Japan & ROH were named the same. 47.8% said they wouldn't watch any. Somehow I think the real figure of readers not watching any would be significantly higher. 3.9% said they were watching all three.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE REAL MAIN EVENT FOR PAYBACK?
Jericho vs. Punk 62.2%
Cena vs. Ryback 37.8%
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV MATCH THIS WEEK?
Shield vs. Bryan & Kane & Orton 39.0%
Ryback vs. Bryan 29.9%
Reigns & Rollins vs. Bryan & Orton 15.4%
Bully Ray vs. Hardy 6.3%
Cesaro vs. Sheamus 3.5%
Sabin-Gunner-Storm vs. Aries-Roode-King 3.1%
Jericho vs. Axel 2.0%
Cena vs. Axel 0.8%
WHO IS THE CLOSEST MMA EQUIVALENT TO ULTIMATE WARRIOR?
Kimbo Slice 31.7%
Bob Sapp 28.9%
Tank Abbott 14.2%
Ken Shamrock 8.8%
Chael Sonnen 5.1%
Tim Sylvia 5.1%
Fedor Emelianenko 2.8%
Randy Couture 2.5%
Royce Gracie 0.8%