Daniel Bryan vs. Christian
Jey Uso vs. Seth Rollins
Curtis Axel vs. Chris Jericho non-title
The Miz vs. Ryback
Fandango vs. Wade Barrett
Sheamus vs. Randy Orton
There is a Shine iPPV tonight at 9 p.m. at WWNLive.com, an all-women's pro wrestling show with a one-night tournament to determine the first champion
Mercedes Martinez vs. Nikki Roxx vs. LuFisto vs. Su Yung - Winner faces Rain
Amazing Kong vs. Angelina Love vs. Ivelisse Velez vs. Kimberly - Winner faces Santana Garrett
Sweet Saraya Knight vs. Jessicka Havoc
Leva vs. Mia Yim
Tournament continues from there.
Saturday night is the PPV debut of the Invicta Fighting Championships from the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City.
Free on InvictaFC.com, ustream.com and on DirecTV and Dish as well as in Canada at 7 p.m. Eastern
Cassie Robb vs. Livia Von Plattenberg
Mollie Estes vs. Veronica Rothenhausler
Ashley Cummins vs. Emily Kagan
PPV and iPPV at 9 p.m.
Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres
Miriam Nakamoto vs. Duda Yankovich
Bec Hyatt vs. Mizuki Inoue
Ediane Gomes vs. Tamikka Brents
Joanne Calderwood vs. Norma Rueda Center
Jessica Penne vs. Nicdali Rivvera-Calanoc
Jennifer Maia vs. Leslie Smith
Sarah D'Alelio vs. Lauren Taylor
Claudia Gadelha vs. Ayaka Hamasaki
Marloes Coenen vs. Cris Cyborg for the first Invicta featherweight title
Saturday also has a WWE house show in Trenton, NJ with John Cena, Randy Orton, C.M. Punk, Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler and Ryback; plus TNA has a house show in Washington, PA (Kurt Angle vs. A.J. Styles, Jeff Hardy vs. Devon, James Storm & Gunner vs. Wes Brisco & Garett Bischoff for the tag titles, Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries, Joseph Park vs. Doc and ODB vs. Gail Kim) and ROH in Dearborn, MI at the Ford Community Center with Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Michael Elgin & Jay Lethal; Matt Taven vs. Kevin Steen; Bobby Fish vs. ACH; Kyle O'Reilly vs. Tadarius Thomas and B.J. Whitmer vs. Adam Cole.
Sunday is WWE's Money in the Bank PPV from Philadelphia:
John Cena vs. Mark Henry for WWE title
Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler for World title
WWE title Money in the Bank match: Randy Orton, Christian, Sheamus, C.M.
Punk, Daniel Bryan and Rob Van Dam
World title Money in the Bank match: Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow,
Fandango, Dean Ambrose, Wade Barrett, Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger
Chris Jericho vs. Ryback
Curtis Axel vs The Miz for IC tile
A.J. Lee vs. Kaitlyn for Divas title
Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. Usos (Pre-show match at 7:30 p.m. on WWE web site)
Raw will be Monday in Brooklyn at the Barlcays Center
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Providence.
-- Heard nothing but rave reviews about the new WWE Performance Training Center. It appears to be HHH's baby and one WWE source said he clearly put his heart and soul into it and deserves a lot of credit. It's gigantic. They've got a bunch of rings, including one with an extra-padded surface so that guys can practice highspots or top rope moves and not have to crash and burn in the normal ring, or drag out a crash pad every time. This isn't new, but trainees are now wearing headgear when they first learn how to do bumps, since it's not unusual to slam the back of your head on the canvas when you're learning for the first time. They've got an in-house medical center where Dr. Sampson (the guy who saved Jerry Lawler's life) will hold regular office hours. There's a full workout area, a Gold's-Gym style facility with free weights, machines, cardio equipment, etc. There are several studios with different uses, where guys can practice promos, announcing and calling matches, etc. They're also setting up CCTV cameras so the office in Stamford can watch practice matches (they have a studio ring with lights, etc.) and essentially keep a Big Brother-style eye on everything. That'll motivate guys to train hard and also hopefully eliminate any of the he-said/she-said about how guys are being trained. They're really pushing it as the start of the future of WWE.
-- Very interesting article hereon SHARKNADO and Twitter. Long story short, Sharknado was a gigantic hit on Twitter with people tweeting in huge numbers until 3 AM about the movie. Bad news? Despite all that tweeting, the show only did an 0.4 rating a 1.0 million viewers, not only a bust by TV standards, but a bust by Syfy movie standards, which usually do about 1.5 million viewers. So Twitter =/= ratings in this case at all.
-- A few videos to check out on the front page. The WWE Performance Center press conference just went up, it's about an hour long. We've also got an Anderson Silva video blog that includes footage from in the hotel room afterwards where it seems to finally sink in that he lost the title to Chris Weidman via knockout. The last two minutes is excellent and hopefully they use it for a Countdown special to the second fight.
-- There is an interview herewith Andre Galvao where he says that Anderson Silva was considering retiring after the Weidman fight win or lose, basically saying the same thing Anderson said in the post-match, that he had been champion for a long time and was tired. He also notes that the loss lit a fire underneath him and he'll be back.
-- As noted, Kane has been removed from the ladder match Sunday, selling the beating at the hands of the Wyatt clan.
-- Add Mike Bennett to the ROH Title tournament.
-- Jeff Hardy has a Q&A herewhere all the questions are submitted by kids.
-- All of the UFC 162 drug tests came back clean.
-- No After Dark again this week but we'll be back with a new show next week, probably heavily e-mail based.
-- One of our readers, John Brooks, has started a Gofundme account to pay for a prepaid cremation. It's a really sad story and here's hoping that somehow things will turn around for him and his family. The story and the page to donate is up here.
-- New England Championship Wrestling (NECW) returns to Beverly, MA on Saturday night, August 3rd at the Cove Community Center, 19 East Corning Street with a 7 PM bell time with CLASH AT THE COVE. Fans in Beverly and the surrounding area packed the house in June for NECW’s premiere event at the Cove Community Center. As was the case in June, matches on the August 3rd card will be taped for local television. (New England Championship Wrestling can be seen Thursday nights (Friday morning) at 12:30 AM on COZI TV, WMFP TV Channel 62 in Boston.)
-- Today in history with Brian Hoops:
1933 - Thor Jenson defeated Harold Heibert for the Pacific Coast Middleweight Title in Eugene, Oregon.
1946 - Tex Riley won a tournament in Nashville, Tennessee to win the vacant Tennessee World Junior Heavyweight Title.
1946 - Joe Savoldi defeated Everett Marshall for the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title in Colorado Springs, Colorado
1951 - Eduardo Perez and Red Roberts defeated Ray Piret and Herb Welch to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1957 - Herb Freeman defeated Bill Savage to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title.
1963 - Johnny Valentine defeated Moose Cholak to win the International Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Chicago, Illinois.
1966 - Louie Tillet won the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title in Dallas, Texas
1966 - Don Carson defeated Bobby Fields for the NWA Louisiana Heavyweight Title in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1967 - The Beast and Bob Sweetan defeated Bobby and Jerry Christy to win the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta.
1969 - Bob Ellis and Stan Pulaski defeated Bob Geigel and The Viking for the AWA Midwest Tag Team Title.
1972 - Bob Kelly defeated Gorgeous George, Jr. in Mobile, Alabama to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title.
1974 - Ernie Ladd defeated Porkchop Cash to win the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California.
1974 - Carlos Colón and José Miguel Pérez defeated Jim Dalton and Bruce Swayze for the WWC North American Tag Team Title in Ponce, Puerto Rico
1976 - John Tolos defeated Kinji Shibuya for the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1978 - Whipper Watson, Jr. defeated Dutch Mantel to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee
1979 - Central States Wrestling held an eight-team tournament for the vacant NWA Central States Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Kansas. Jerry Brown and The Turk defeated Bob Brown and Gama Singh to win the vacant NWA Central States Tag Team Title.
1981 - Mr. Fuji defeated Angelo Mosca to win the Toronto NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario
1982 - Bobby Eaton defeated NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Champion Dutch Mantel to win the title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1986 - The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) defeated The Sheepherders (Butch Miller and Luke Williams) in a fictitious tournament final in Portland, Oregon for the vacant Florida NWA United States Tag Team Title.
1989 - Riki Choshu defeated Salman Hashimikov for the IWGP Heavyweight Title in Osaka, Japan.
1992 - At the Great American Bash PPV in Albany, Georgia; Big Van Vader (with Harley Race) pinned WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sting to win the title. Also, WCW World Tag Team Champions Terry Gordy and Steve Williams defeated Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham to win the NWA World Tag Team Title.
1994 - Dan Kroffat defeated Masanobu Fuchi for the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Title in Kagoshima, Japan.
1997 - Spellbinder defeated Billy Travis for the USWA Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee,
1999 - In Jacksonville, Florida; Hollywood Hulk Hogan defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage to win the title.
2002 - Chris Hero defeated Colt Cabana to win the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title in Clarksville, Indiana.
-- An intriguing lightweight bout between 14-year MMA veteran Antonio "Mandingo" McKee (28-5-2) and undefeated "Lethal" Lewis Gonzalez (8-0) and a light-heavyweight matchup pitting Lew "The Titan" Polley (12-4) against Dutch standout Hans Stringer (21-5-2) are among four new contests that have been added to the preliminary card of next month's "World Series of Fighting 4: Spong vs. DeAnda" event, which takes place Aug. 10 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. Additionally, Cleber Luciano product Joe Murphy (6-1) faces John Robles (7-1) in a bantamweight contest, and Isaac "High Risk" Gutierrez (5-3) faces Victor "Joe Boxer" Valenzuela (12-6-2) in a 150-pound catchweight fight.
-- Adam Pearce looks at being cut from Gut Check here.
-- Jonathan Snowden looks at the WWE Training Center here.
-- George Zimmerman's gym is now getting bombarded with one-star ratings on Yelp after his trial testimony.
-- Ted DiBiase Sr. has a new blog herewhere he talks his memories of Buck Robley.
-- A full review with photos of last night's ROH show here.
-- Ed talks the F4W Convention here, along with Peachmachine.
-- Fun interview with Mark Henry herewhere he notes he doesn't need no VISINE to cry.
-- Another Mark Henry interview, this one on video with Brian Fritz, here.
-- Brian interviews Sheamus.
-- Brian interviews Shield.
-- Brian interviews HHH.
-- Brian's tour video of the training center.