SAT. UPDATE: Notes for tonight's UFC show, WWE weekend notes, New Japan iPPV notes, Party and fan fest, and what UFC is passing out, International star added to ROH title tournament

By Dave Meltzer
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We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's UFC 162 and yesterday New Japan show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We're also looking for reports on the WWE shows yesterday from Tokyo and Wildwood, NJ and today from Tapei and Ocean City, MD, as well as tonight's TNA show from White Plains, NY (Team 3-D vs. Jeff Hardy & Samoa Joe street fight, A.J. Styles vs. Kazarian, James Storm & Gunner vs. Bobby Roode & Austin Aries, Joseph Park vs. Christopher Daniels Bound for Glory series match, Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky for Knockouts title and Eric Young vs. Jessie Godderz).
Facebook fights at 7 p.m. Eastern time 
David Mitchell (171) vs. Mike Pierce (171)
Seth Baczynski (170) vs. Brian Melancon (170)
FX at 8 p.m.
Edson Barboza (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)
Gabriel Gonzaga (262) vs. Dave Herman (242)
Kazuki Tokudome (155) vs. Norman Parke (156)
Chris Leben (186) vs. Andrew Craig (186)
PPV at 10 p.m.
Cub Swanson (144) vs. Dennis Siver (145)
Tim Boetsch (186) vs. Mark Munoz (185)
Roger Gracie (186) vs. Tim Kennedy (186)
Frankie Edgar (146) vs. Charles Oliveira (144)
Anderson Silva (185) vs. Chris Weidman (185) for UFC middleweight title 
        Sunday has a Smackdown brand show in Wilkes-Barre, PA, plus Pro Wrestling NOAH runs at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo with KENTA vs. Naomichi Marufuji for the GHC title, Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka vs. Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls for the GHC tag titles, Taiji Ishimori vs. Super Crazy for the GHC jr. title, Atsushi Onita & Ichiro Yaguchi & Hideki Hosaka vs. Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama & Genba Hirayanagi and Tatsumi Fujinami & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Masao Inoue.
        Monday is Raw from Baltimore with the debut of The Wyatt Family and Vickie Guerrero's job review.
        Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Hampton, VA.    
        The new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter up on the site today features an extensive story on the career of Matt Osborne, from his start,. stepping into the ring with almost no training or experience, his fast rise to being a champion in the Mid Atlantic region, to fights, drug issues, more fights, more drug issues, Big Josh, Doink the Clown and more fights.
        We look at the huge reaction to his death and ironies of his Doink run, clowns in wrestling, who was Tough Tony Borne, what wrestling legend was like an older brother to him and how that played into Doink the Clown.
        We look at his amateur wrestling days, learning from are shooters, the heyday of Portland Wrestling, why Matt didn't want to be a pro wrestler growing up, and who was the wrestling star who talked him into trying.
        We look at his battles with rehab, the start of his career, the sad story of Mad Dog Buzz Sawyer, as well as what was and wasn't real about his landmark feud with Buddy Rose.  We also talk about how several different street fights and arrests in different parts of the country changed his career path, including how one of the most successful acts in pro wrestling history got started because of Borne being arrested.
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        We've updated the Money In the Bank complete lineup and look at it, more writing team shakeups, when Undertaker will be back
 We also look at how far out the big picture is being decided.
        We also look at booking Daniel Bryan, one WWE wedding that just happened and another about to happen. 
        We also have more on the "Total Divas" show, a look at WWE international business and what the response has been. 
        We also update on a number of top stars who were in WWE.  We also look at Dwayne Johnson at the movies, We look at Ricardo Rodriguez and his drug test failure, new WWE projects, update on Linda McMahon.
        We look at why so many stars had the weekend off, and where wee they hanging out.
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        We also look at the age when more people who were fans say they not only don't care a little about it, but not at all.
        We also have a look at the visibility of cable stations and how that will affect or not affect ratings going forward.
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Also in this week's issue:
--Notes on the IWGP IC title being defended at Arena Mexico
--Update on major Mexico match upcoming
--Atlantis special show
--TV ratings in Mexico notes
--Cibernetico after his head being shaved
--Notes on the Dragon Gate live iPPV this week
--NOAH's big event of the week
--Update on the New Japan G-1 Climax tournament
--New Japan's September PPV date
--Former WWE developmental wrestler arrested and stripped of his small promotion title
--Notes on this year's Fire Festival
--Next IGF show lineup featuring former WWE, K-1 and Pride shows all on the same bill
--More on the investigation reopening in the Nancy Argentino death
--What Jimmy Snuka said about the situation
--Lots more on activities during next year's WrestleMania week
--Lots of thoughts about what Sandra Toffoloni said regarding Chris Benoit killing her sister
--More on Benoit's physical and mental condition at the time of his death
--How Benoit never failed a steroid test
--Media reaction at the time
--Thoughts on Celebrity Wife Swap with Roddy Piper and Ric Flair
--New promotion gets national TV deal
--Who the promotion is going to bring in
--Update on a promotion that disappeared
--Update on the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame weekend
--Former TNA star places in major bikini competition
--More notes on what may be the biggest indie match of 2013
--Where are they now regarding a 60s and 70s star
--A look at a major weekend show
--Update on the ROH title situation
--Update on the Briscoes contract
--ROH wrestler talks about working for the promotion
--Was the booking a good idea to not beat Jay Briscoe on the way out
--First ROH shows since Briscoes are gone
--Another major ROH star whose contract is expiring in a few weeks
--Notes on TNA's hiring of John Gaburick
--What will be Gaburick's role in TNA
--Reaction from those in WWE
--What former WWE star is being talked with by TNA
--Why Sting was featured on Raw this week
--Update on the Main Event Mafia short and long-term
--Rampage Jackson talks pro wrestling training
--Should he have been put in the Main Event Mafia
--Bound for Glory series update
--Update on TNA cuts
--Update on TNA weddings
--Update on TNA house shows
--Anderson Silva talks Jon Jones
--Thoughts on Weidman vs. Silva and the promotion of the fight
--Advanced ticket sales for upcoming UFC shows
--Tim Kennedy apologizes for complaining about pay
--Dana White responds to Tim Kennedy
--Changes for Chael Sonnen
--How much it would cost UFC to not pay anyone less than $20,000 per fight
--Tim Kennedy talks TRT
--Tryouts for upcoming TNA tapings
--A look back at one of the most important early fights in UFC history
--UFC star convicted and sentenced
--What put UFC on the map
--Should Bonnar go into the Half of Fame
--Rashad Evans throws hat into the ring
--T.J. Grant mad at Anthony Pettis and why
--Dana White likes to have UFC in his former home town
--Notes on a movie fund raiser
--New UFC fights
--Notes on Mayweather vs. Alvarez and why it can be one of the biggest PPV shows in history
--Spike bringing in a new promotion
--Fighting legend retires 
--Update on Bobby Lashley
--Future of Lashley
--Stephen Espinoza of Showtime talks about MMA's future
--UFC ref sentenced to three plus years in prison
--Gilbert Yvel and retirement
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Saturday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio covering UFC 162 and the rest of the weekend news.

--Good to see everyone last night.  We had a very nice web site party. Thanks to Ed in San Antonio.  Unfortunately we didn't get to see the New Japan show which was another in the endless list of iPPV malfunctions.  I think the fact WWE couldn't even pull it off this year for WrestleMania tells you how it's a technology that exists but backfires almost too much to trust and all but the most die-hard consumer is just going to learn to get fed up with it, slowing down or minimizing its growth.  To show how quickly people are migrating, WrestleMania this year did 1,041,000 worldwide buys on television PPV which is limited to homes and markets who have that capability, which means much of the world doesn't, and something like 18,000 on the Internet, limited to those who have computers anywhere in the world.

--It's really amazing the reaction here.  Almost nobody I've talked with as far as fans believe Chris Weidman has a chance and think he's the product of fake hype.  It's hard to predict how the show will do.  Obviously the buzz here is nothing compared to last year with Chael Sonnen, but it wasn't going to be.  The advance as of two days ago was $4.26 million so the gate is big.  The Fan Expo yesterday was way down in numbers and interest from last year, although the lines for GSP autographs were gigantic.  Maybe it was just everyone in line for him made the floor seem less packed.

--That being said, while the idea that every fighter is picking Weidman is exaggerated somewhat, tons legitimately are.  Long before this became an issue,  I had noted that every fighter I had talked with thought Weidman would win.  Weeks later, Dana White made the comment about how every fighter said Weidman would win and every reporter said Silva would win.  Then UFC stared marketing the fight on the idea that fightres are saying Weidman will win.  There are all kinds of variables here, including:
*Weidman hasn't fought in a year
*Weidman has never fought anyone at Silva's level
*He's a wrestler coming off shoulder surgery
*He's had the stress of his house flooding in October and it's still not back to full use.  Don't kid yourelf, your a father with kids and no matter how calm he comes across on the outside, that's a tough thing to go through.
*It may be a year early, in the sense Weidman hasn't had a lot of fights
*Weidman has never gone 5 rounds
*Silva is 38
*Silva is not good at getting up from his back and Weidman is a finisher on top
*We don't know what Weidman is like in a fight under extreme pressure or if he's got the head that can come back from being in a lot of trouble since he's never been in a lot of trouble.  We know what Silva is like under pressure
*Weidman has never been on this kind of a stage before

Weidman's key to win is to fight a nearly mistake-proof fight and get takedowns early in every round and not get tired.

Silva's key to win is stopping the takedowns and hurting Weidman early, so he starts second-guessing himself because I do see no signs that Weidman is like Vitor Belfort, in the sense that Silva has the fight won before it even starts. 

--Dana White did a fan Q&A.  Not a lot of news came out of it.  There will be a Fight for the Troops TV special later this year, maybe on 11/6.  They are going to pass out 11,000 towels at the show, with either Brazilian flags if you're a Silva supporter or American flags if you're a Weidman supporter.  For anyone reading this for next year.  Please don't show up and ask for a job.  I promise you, if you really want a job in UFC, going to a fan fest and asking Dana White isn't going to work.  Telling him that you have a fool proof method of increasing his PPV business by 30% minimum will only be taken as proof you are a fool

--The Raw crew finished up earlier today in Taipei and after a short flight to Baltimore, everyone should be ready for Raw on Monday.

--On the New Japan iPPV, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Liger beat Tama Tonga & El Terrible to win the CMLL tag team titles, while the main event saw Prince Devitt beat Gedo to retain the IWGP jr. title.

--I can't recall a stronger block in a G-1 tournament than the A block this year.  Why they are giving away so many dream matches in one week is beyond me.  There are a lot of first-time matches that should be saved for PPV, let along having what would be the fourth Goto vs. Shibata match and another Okada vs. Tanahashi match.  But I expect it to be the  hottest G-1 in years.

--Karl Anderson has been added to the ROH title tournament. 

--The second WWE tour opened up last night in Wildwood, NJ
Brodus Clay & Sweet T b Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow
Justin Gabriel b Heath Slater
A.J. Lee b Kaitlyn to retain the Divas title
Randy Orton b Big E Langston
R-Truth b Drew McIntyre
Usos b Prime Time Players
Alberto Del Rio b Dolph Ziggler last man standing for World title

--It appeares the Mayweather-Alvarez fight on 9/14 will be priced at $59.95 for standard definition and $74.95 for HD.  

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?