It's a quiet weekend with no truly major shows.
There is a PPV show, the Global Warrior Challenge: British Invasion on Saturday night from the Sprint Center in Kansas City:
Oli Thompson vs. Kevin Asplund
Drew Fickett vs. Andre Winner
Bobby Lashley vs. Matthew Larson
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Marcin Lazarz
Jack Marshman vs. Wayne Cole
Kendall Grove vs. Danny Mitchell
L.C. Davis vs. James Saville
The WWE house show crews are cut way back from usual with John Cena, C.M. Punk and Chris Jericho all off the road this weekend.
The Cena crew, without Cena, is in Fargo, ND on Saturday night while the Randy Orton-led crew, with Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus and Cody Rhodes, is in Cedar Rapids, IA.
TNA will be taping two weeks worth of Impact tapings at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. This will be for the shows that air on 7/4 and 7/11.
The end of All Japan Pro Wrestling, as we know it, will be on Sunday at Sumo Hall in Tokyo. After this show, much of the crew will be leaving the promotion.
Hiroshi Yamato vs. Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Hikaru Sato
Masa Fuchi & Sushi vs. Tamon Honda & Mazada
Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono & Koji Kanemoto vs. Akebono & Ryota Hama & Osamu Nishimura
Taiyo Kea & Takao Omori vs. Joe Doering & Yasufumi Nakanoueno Kenso vs. Go Shiozaki
Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Minoru Tanaka for jr. heavyweight title
Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo for All-Asia tag title
Suwama vs. Jun Akiyama for the Triple Crown
Sunday also has WWE shows in Sioux Falls, SD and Rochester, MN.
Raw will be on Monday in Sioux City, IA. The only match announced is C.M. Punk & Curtis Axel vs. Prime Time Players.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Topeka.
-- Huge interview herewith Sandra Toffoloni, the sister of Nancy Benoit, talking all about the murders from six years ago, her thoughts about everything today, and a lot of interesting statements that differ from what came out publicly at the time. She firmly believes Chris did what he did as a result of roid rage and drug addiction, not concussions, and that the public statement by the coroner that his heart was normal and undamaged was inaccurate. She says the coroner privately told his family that had the murders not happened he was probably ten months away from death anyway with a massively oversized heart. She also talks about her final conversations with both Chris and Nancy and what she thought of Chris as a husband. Very interesting read.
-- Speaking of concussions, there is a great interview herewith Chris Amann of WWE talking about how they manage concussions and concussion symptoms within the company. There have been people of late who have passed the iMPACT testing but weren't allowed to compete until passing additional tests, and he goes into detail on what those tests are.
-- On that note, as reported on the front page, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton were both fined an undisclosed sum of money for the tope chairshot on Raw Monday. You couldn't tell from the camera angle but I'm pretty certain that Bryan got his hand up and was never actually hit in the head with the chair. However, I believe if you're going to be serious about concussion management, then you've got to err on the side of caution and fine in every instance, otherwise you'll have people constantly arguing that they got their hands up whether they did or not.
-- Condolences to the friends of family of Matt Borne. Obviously, being from around here I know a lot of people who knew him really well from the Portland days.
-- A transcript of the Tim Kennedy interview where he complains about fighter pay, which he now claims was taken out of context, is up here. The difference between Tim Kennedy and everyone else who has been complaining about low pay in UFC lately is that all the other guys have been cut and he's about to have his first UFC fight.
-- RVD posted that he's cancelling a live appearance on Tuesday because of a WWE commitment.
-- New Figure Four Weekly up right now herewith tons of notes about what's going on with the Briscoe Brothers and ROH, why they're dropping live iPPVs, and more.
-- Yes, my cable, TV and Internet are back today.
-- Junior Dos Santos said today that while he'll fight anyone the UFC puts in front of him, he's no longer interested in fighting the "limited" Alistair Overeem. They have been scheduled to fight twice and both times it fell through due to issues on the Overeem side. He said he stopped caring the moment Bigfoot Silva destroyed him.
-- As noted on the front page, Bellator Fight Master was up over 100,000 viewers from last week's episode. I think what helped is that the first show was great and it replayed approximately 95 times on Spike over the next several days, so I presume a lot of people saw it and decided to check out week two.
-- Wrestling Cares with our buddy Les Thatcher runs this weekend in Gardena, CA with Adam Pearce vs. Adam Page, Johnny Gargano vs. Chase Stevens, Brandon Gatson vs. Willie Mac and tons more. For more you can check out the webpage at wrestlingcares.com. Maria Kanellis will be there as host for the evening.
-- The Divas talk hereabout the Total Divas TV show which is coming to E! at the end of July.
-- Jim Ross talks the new WWE Performance Training Center here. I've seen a bunch of photos from the facility and it looks incredible, like far above and beyond anything you would expect for a pro-wrestling training camp.
-- Story hereabout a Georgia jewerly store that got robbed by four suspects earlier this week. One of them shot the owner of the jewelry store, and as they were fleeing, Ururahy Rodrigues, who owns an MMA school right next door to the jewelry store, gave chase, tackled one of the suspects and held him down with a choke until police arrived. There's a video at the link of the news story on what happened, including an interview with Rodrigues, who had one prelim fight with Bellator earlier this year.
-- Dana White has an interview heresaying he wants to bring a show to Maine. I remember I used to go to all of these UFC press conferences and everyone would always ask Dana if he was coming to their town. No matter what the town was, from Seattle, WA to Goose Egg, WY (real place), Dana always said yes, they were working on it. And then one day, I forget what town it was, but someone asked and Dana actually said, no, we have no plans to go to that town anytime soon. My world was turned upside-down.
- By the way, Dana called it wrong, but I'm sure he's thrilled about it. After bitching about Steve Mazzagatti for nine minutes in a scrum two weeks ago and presuming that as a result the NSAC was going to automatically assign him to the main event of the Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman fight, in fact they did not, and Herb Dean got the assignment. They did, however, assign Adalaide Byrd, Marcos Rosales and Patricia Morse Jarman as judges, so dear God let there be a finish.
-- Interview with Big E. Langston here.
-- Support the troops and honor those that served our country with a night of action during Independence Day weekend! On Saturday, July 6, River City Wrestling -- San Antonio's brand of professional wrestling for 11 years -- will host a night of action at the Aztec Indoor Soccer Arena, 9870 Marbach Rd.. The doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the event starts at 8 p.m. RCW is honored to have the courageous and talented Sebastien De La Cruz, "El Charro de Oro," sing the national anthem. De La Cruz is the young artist that captured national attention when he beautifully sang the anthem during the recent NBA Finals. De La Cruz personifies the American spirit and RCW is thrilled to have him kick off the festivities! In addition, RCW will donate a portion of the event proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Family & Support Center. Tickets will be sold at the door (cash or credit card) and are as follows: front row, all ages are $15; general admission, adults are $12; general admission, kids ages 4-18 years and adults with a military/student ID are $10; and children three years and younger are free. Advance tickets are online at rcw-wrestling.com or ticketweb.com. Advance tickets are cheaper than those sold at the door with group discounts also available.
-- PREMIER CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING Presents THE PREMIER CUP !!! Friday, June 14th 2013 Doubles Fun Club (at the Travelodge Hotel) $10 at the Door 9 PM Start Time
-- Vladimir Koslov made an appearance in last nights episode of Burn Notice as a random GRB (Russian) guard. Thanks to Chris.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1962 - Ilio DiPaolo & Joe Scarpello defeated Mr. M and Bob Geigel to become the first AWA Canadian Open Tag Team Champions in a one night tournament in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.
1982 - Chief Jay & Jules Strongbow defeated Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito for the WWF Tag Team Title in New York City at Madison Square Garden.
1993 - The Bruise Brothers defeated the Rock n' Roll Express for the Smoky Mountain Wrestling Tag Team Title in Council, Virgina
1993 - Jeff Jarrett defeated Brian Christopher for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1997 - Chris Jericho defeated Syxx for the WCW Cruiserweight Title in Inglewood, California.
1998 - In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ken Shamrock defeated Rocky Maivia to win the King Of The Ring tournament. Also, The Undertaker defeated Mankind in a Hell In A Cell match and Kane defeated Steve Austin in a First Blood match to win the WWF World Heavyweight Title.
2009 - At the Bash PPV, Rey Mysterio defeated Chris Jericho in a title vs. mask match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title. Also, Edge and Chris Jericho defeated Carlito & Primo and Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes to win the WWE Tag Team Championship and Michelle McCool defeated Melina to win the Diva's Title.
2012 - Badd Influence, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian defeated Kurt Angle & AJ Styles to win the TNA World Tag Team Title.
-- POLL ON WWE MAIN EVENT ON WEDNESDAY
60.4% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON FIGHTMASTER
64.8% of those responding didn't see the show
WILL GLORY BE SUCCESSFUL ON SPIKE ON SATURDAY NIGHTS?
DO YOU THINK TNA WILL BE STRONGER A YEAR FROM NOW THAN IT IS TODAY?
The same 55.1%
-- Chad Campbell writes about Matt Borne here.
-- Story on the late, great Jackie Fargo here.
-- David Otunga on Between the Ropes talking The Call here.