Smackdown tonight :
Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes
Curtis Axel vs. Wade Barrett for IC title
A.J. Lee vs. Natalya non-title
Alberto Del Rio vs. Chris Jericho non-title
Christian vs. Drew McIntyre
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
Tonight on AXS at 10 p.m. is the Resurrection Fighting Alliance from The Eagles Club in Milwaukee:
Dan Moret vs. Jose Pacheca
James Barber vs. Chinzo Machida
Mike Rhodes vs. Benjamin Smith
Keoni Koch vs. Pedro Munhoz
Jared Downing vs. Lance Palmer for featherweight title
Sergio Pettis vs. Joe Pegg for flyweight title
Saturday is the New Japan Dominion iPPV which begins at 4 a.m. Eastern time at www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972 For most of us who sleep during those hours, the show is available for about a week after
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Taichi & Taka Michinoku
Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. Kushida & Alex Shelly for IWGP jr tag titles
Yuji Nagata & Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan vs. Karl Anderson & Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defend IWGP tag titles in a three-way
against GHC tag champs Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka and NWA tag champs Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Rob Conway vs. Manabu Nakanishi for NWA heavyweight title
Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii
Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt
Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi Makabe for IWGP heavyweight title
Saturday is also the ROH Best in the World iPPV at www.rohwrestling.com from the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore at 5 p.m. Eastern time
B.J. Whitmer vs. Mike Bennett
Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Tadarius Thomas & ACH Michael Elgin vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Roderick Strong vs. Adam Cole
Kevin Steen vs. Matt Hardy
Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal vs. Jimmy Jacobs for TV title
Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Rhett Titus & Cliff Compton vs. Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman for tag titles
Jay Briscoe vs. Mark Briscoe for ROH title
Saturday also has WWE house show with the Cena crew in Tallahassee and the Orton crew (randy Orton, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett) in Daytona Beach.
Saturday also has Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore show from the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Philadelphia with Too Cold Scorpio vs. John Morrison, Tommy Dreamer (managed by Terry Funk) vs. Lance Storm, MVP vs. Sami Callihan, Young Bucks vs. Paul London & Brian Kendrick, Tony Nese vs. Petey Williams vs. Alex Reynolds, plus appearances by Ric Flair, Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, Carlito, Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis, Rosita, Devon Storm, Sandman, Little Guido, Danny Doring, Eddie Kingston and more)
Sunday feature the ROH TV tapings from the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore at 2 p.m. headlined by Team ROH of B.J. Whitmer & Jay Lethal & Michael Elgin & Mark Briscoe vs. Team SCUM of Jimmy Jacobs & Rhett Titus & Cliff Compton & Rhino where if Team SCUM wins then Steve Corino becomes TV booker and if they lose, then SCUM disbands, Jay Briscoe vs. Matt Hardy for the ROH title, Matt Taven vs. Eddie Edwards for the TV title, QT Marshall vs. Tommaso Ciampa and Veda Scott vs. MsChif.
Sunday also has the Cena crew house show in Savannah and the Orton crew show in Albany, GA.
Raw will be Monday night in North Charleston, SC.
Smackdown and Main Event are taped Tuesday night in Columbia, SC.
-- Best wishes to everyone affected by the massive flooding in Calgary. I know Lance Storm and his family are fine since they live at a higher elevation, but a lot of people aren't so lucky. The Calgary Saddledome is apparently flooded all the way up to row 10.
-- As noted yesterday, with the move to Wednesday night Bellator saw its ratings cut nearly in half. Spike claims they had tough competition and they believe that things will be better next week. In the past, strong Impact numbers lead to strong Bellator numbers, suggesting a crossover audience that is no longer there with both shows on different nights. Fight Master also did less than a half million viewers.
-- Also as noted, Invicta 6 with Cris Cyborg vs. Marloes Coenen will air on traditional PPV on July 13th. Based on history (promotions with no TV running PPV hoping to sell based on Internet promotion), it's almost impossible to believe that this will be anything other than a gigantic disaster.
-- Lots of great shows on the site this week including Figure Four Daily with Sweet Saraya Knight, mother of Paige here (rave reviews all week on Twitter and elsewhere), Observer Radio today with Mick Foley, and a brand new Doc Young show just went up with Gerry Briscoe here, talking everything you ever wanted to know about how to get to WWE. And that's just the tip of the iceberg from the last seven days and we've got a lot more to come.
-- Speaking of Saraya, the lovely Paige won the NXT Women's Title in the tournament finals last night.
-- Zema Ion's Kickstarter to raise money to help pay to remove a growth in his bladder and pay other medical expenses only raised a little under $7,000 of the $30,000 he needed, so he doesn't get any of the money.
-- Dave wanted to note a correction from this week's Observer, that it wasn't CM Punk who helped set up Colt Cabana getting a WWE announcing tryout. WWE approached him on their own.
-- Jacob Volkmann admitted that he suffered a seizure the day before his World Series of Fighting bout with Lyle Beerbohm. He said it was due to dehydration from cutting weight, and that after fainting in his hotel room and having his seizure he performed his own self medical analysis, cleared himself to fight, didn't tell the NSAC or anyone involved, and fought. He said he was a licensed chiropractor and felt that this gave him the knowledge to determine whether he was OK to fight or not. Also, he needed the money. Yeah. Not good.
-- In addition to Babalu Sobral, Seth Petruzelli also announced his retirement after his KO loss to King Mo: I want to thank my family, friends, fiancée and fans for being by my side these past 13 years plus of my MMA career. Every time I fought it was to please and excite you but most of all make you proud of me. Up until a couple years ago it pleased and excited me as well. That is where I went wrong, for the past couple years I have been fighting for the wrong reasons, I don’t have the desire or drive to fight like I used to and the past couple fights have shown it. So at this point in my life I would like to officially announce my retirement from the sport of MMA. Competing has been a part of my life since I was 6 years old, now I would like to put more of an effort into seeing my students/fighters do the same and making my gym grow and flourish. MMA has taken me around the world, let me meet the best and worst of people and made me feel like the brightest star but also like a black hole at times ... and I have no regrets because I did it all my way.
-- Really nice video hereof Undertaker out of character doing a Make-A-Wish appearance I believe shortly after WrestleMania in 2009.
-- Tommy Dreamer and John Morrison talk House of Hardcore 2 here. This show has a pretty great line-up, including Young Bucks vs. London & Kendrick, which sounds awesome, and Dreamer faces Lance Storm in the main event. Rick & Scott Steiner vs. Eddie Kingston and Homicide has also been added to the show.
-- Johnny Gargano talks next week's Wrestling Cares show in Los Angeles here.
-- Main Event Wrestling presents The California Cup 2013 Sunday July14th Fresno Fairgrounds Gem and Mineral Building Fresno, Ca. 7:30pm
-- Matt Striker, who was axed from WWE yesterday, already has a new job as commentator for Family Wrestling Entertainment.
-- From the promoters: Less than 7 months after Pro Wrestling Revolution came to an agreement with Azteca America KMCE TV43 to begin airing its Lucha Libre show, Azteca America KEMO TV50 has joined the Revolution and will begin airing Uprising, starting on June 29, 2013. Pro Wrestling Revolutions’ Uprising will now air in 8 counties. spanning from Sonoma County down through Monterey County. Watch Uprising weekly Saturdays at Midnight on one of these stations in your area, KMCE 43: Comcast 29, Charter 23 & 57, Dish 43, and beginning starting June 29 on KEMO TV50: Comcast 31, Mediacom 10, DIRECTV 50, Dish 50, AT&T 50. Uprising will have Lucha Libre action featuring starts like Blue Demon Jr., Hijo del Santo, La Migra®, Kafu, El Mariachi™, Lady Apache and more top tier talent from around the world, delivered into the comfort of their homes, on Azteca America TV50 and TV43. -- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1934 - Francisco Aguayo defeated Martinez Larrea in Mexico City, Mexico for the Mexico National Heavyweight Title.
1942 - Ciclon Veloz defeated Jack O'Brien to win the Mexico National Welterweight Title.
1957 - Pepper Gomez & El Medico defeated Duke Keomuka & Tokyo Joe in Houston, Texas for the NWA Texas Tag Team Title.
1963 - Pepper Gomez defeated Bill Watts to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas.
1965 - Stan Stasiak & Haru Sasaki defeated Pepper Martin & Shag Thomas in Portland, Oregon for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
1966 - Tojo Yamamoto & Great Higami defeated Len Rossi & Mario Milano to win the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Birmingham, Alabama.
1969 - Paul DeMarco defeated The Professional (Doug Gilbert) for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1969 - Johnny Walker & Bearcat Brown defeated The Great Mephisto & Dante to win the Mid-America version of the NWA World Tag Team Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1971 - Don & Al Greene win the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title by defeating Tojo Yamamoto & Jerry Jarrett in Memphis, Tennessee
1971 - Tarzan Zorra defeated Jos LeDuc to win the International Wrestling Association International Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec.
1978 - Mongolian Stomper won an elimination tag team match in Knoxville, Tennessee to win the vacant NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title
1980 - Takachiho (The Great Kabuki) & Killer Karl Kox defeated Bob Brown & Pat O'Connor to win the NWA Central States Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Kansas.
1981 - Dusty Rhodes defeated Harley Race for the NWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Title in Atlanta, Georgia,
1982 - Junkyard Dog defeated Bob Roop for the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Title in New Orleans, Louisiana
1984 - The Uptown Boys (Marty Janetty & Tommy Rogers) defeated The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony) for the NWA Central States Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Kansas. At the same show, Ted Oates defeated Luke Graham to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title.
1984 - Steve Grey defeated Danny Collins for the British Welterweight Title in Malvern, England.
1985 - Sgt. Slaughter defeated Larry Zbyszko to win the AWA America's Heavyweight Title in Chicago, Illinois.
1985 - Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. defeated MS-1 to win the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.
1986 - Mika Komatsu and Kanako Nagatomo defeated The Red Typhoons (Kazue Nagahori and Yumi Ogura) for the AJW Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.
1987 - Al Perez defeats The Dingo (Ultimate) Warrior for the World Class Texas Heavyweight Title in Puerto Rico.
1992 - Punish (Keiti Takayami) and Crush (Shoji Akiyoshi) defeated Scorpio, Jr. and Shu El Guerrero to win Michinoku Pro Wrestling's UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan
1992 - Villano III defeated The Killer for the UWA World Junior Heavyweight Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.
1993 - Owen Hart defeated Papa Shango for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. On the same show, New Jack & Homeboy defeated Rex King & Steve Doll for the USWA Tag Team Title
1994 - El Pantera defeated Felino to win the CMLL World Welterweight Title in Cuernavaca, Mexico
2000 - Steven Regal defeated Jerry Lawler for the MCW Southern Heavyweight Title, and The Fabulous Rocker defeats Spanky to win the MCW Light Heavyweight Championship in Memphis, Tennessee
2000 - The Samoans (Eddie Fatu [now WWE's Umaga] and Matty Samu [later known as Rosey]) defeated Hideki Hosaka and Yoshinori Sasaki in Tokyo, Japan to win the FMW/WEW Hardcore Tag Team Title.
2001 - Michael Modest defeated Bruce Hart fot the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Lethbridge, Alberta.
2003 - Terry Funk defeated The Sandman and "Pitbull" Gary Wolfe (subbing for then-champion Sabu) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the vacant 3PW Heavyweight Title.
2003 - The Impact (Scott Cage & Kaos) defeated Future Shock (Jay Freeze & Brandon P.) for the NWA Wildside Tag Team Title in Cornelia, Georgia.
2009 - Beer Money, Inc defeated Team 3-D for the TNA Tag Team Title and Kurt Angle won the TNA Heavyweight Title in a King of the Mountain match over Mick Foley, Jeff Jarrett, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles at the TNA Slammiversary PPV.
-- Dave Meltzer asking for it with an appearance on Over the Top Radiotonight.
-- WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE DEBUT OF FIGHTMASTER?
63.3% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF WEDNESDAY'S BELLATOR TV SHOW?
59.3% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF WEDNESDAY'S MAIN EVENT TV SHOW?
67.8% of those responding didn't see the show
IF RONDA ROUSEY FACES MIESHA TATE IN DECEMBER, DOES IT BEAT 500,000 BUYS?
Yes, it's a good rivalry, will watch on with the spotlight on them 35.9%
Not sure, depends on how the TUF season goes 24.2%
Yes, Rousey is a superstar, would beat 500,000 with or without Tate 18.5%
No, first Rousey show was a onetime novelty buy, won't sustain 14.5%
No, Tate coming off a loss won't draw as a contender 6.9%
ARE YOU BUYING THE NEW JAPAN SHOW SATURDAY?
Never have bought New Japan, not buying this 68.1%
Regular buyer, getting this 13.4%
Semi-regular buyer, getting it for Tanahashi vs. Devitt 4.6%
Semi-regular buyer, getting for overall card 3.7%
Never have bought a New Japan show before, am getting this one 3.2%
Semi-regular buyer, not getting, don't like the main event 2.8%
Semi-regular buyer, not getting, don't like overall show 0.9%
Semi-regular buyer, getting for Okada vs. Makabe 0.9%
Regular buyer, skipping, don't like card 0.9%
Semi-regular buyer, done with New Japan 0.9%
Regular buyer, skipping this, don't like Okada vs Makabe main event 0.5%
-- New interview with Rob Van Dam here.
-- Trailer for a new Tiger Mask movie here.
-- Sheiky Baby in Maxim.
-- Sheiky Baby in Vice.com.
-- Sheiky Baby in o.Canada.com(best website address ever)
-- Sheiky Baby in DEATH AND TAXES MAGAZINE
-- So yeah, help poor Sheiky Baby with his documentary.