We'll also be doing a poll after the Dragon Gate show late Saturday/early Sunday.
A fairly quiet weekend with no WWE or UFC events.
New Japan's Kizuno Road PPV is late tonight/early tomorrow from Akita, Japan, airing live at 4 a.m. Eastern, 1 a.m. Pacific and 9 a.m. UK at www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972 The show is available for replays for one week.
Tiger Mask & Kushida & Tomoaki Honma & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Gedo & Jado & Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshi-Hashi
Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. Taka Michinoku & Taichi for the IWGP jr. tag titles
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Minoru Suzuki
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka for IWGP tag team titles
Masato Tanaka vs. Tetsuya Naito for the Never championship
La Sombra vs Shinsuke Nakamura for the IC championship
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Liger & Captain New Japan & Togi Makabe vs. Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga & El Terrible & Bad Luck Fale
Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Yuji Nagata vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
Kazuchika Okada vs. Prince Devitt for IWGP heavyweight title
TNA has a house show on Saturday night in Cape Girardeau, MO.
Dragon Gate has an iPPV from Kobe World Hall, perhaps the company's biggest show of the year, late Saturday/early Sunday at 2 a.m. Eastern, 11 p.m. Pacific and 7 a.m. UK at www.ustream.tv/dragongate
Super Shisa & Shachihoko Boy & Rich Swann vs. Kotoka & Super Shenlong & Chihiro Tominaga
Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa submission match
Jimmy Susumu & Jimmy Kagetora & Quu Quu Toyonaka Dolphin vs. Hub & Cyber Kong & Nosawa
Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi & Jimmy Kanda defend the Open the Triangle Gate titles in a three-way with Don Fujii & Gamma & Dragon Kid and Kzy & Mondai Ryu & Uhaa Nation
Masato Yoshino vs. K-Ness for the Open the Brave Gate title
Yamato vs. Masaaki Mochizuki no DQ
Akira Tozawa & BxB Hulk vs. Naruki Doi & Ricochet for the Open the Twin Gate tag titles
Cima vs. Shingo Takagi for the Open the Dream Gate title.
WWE will be taping four TV's early next week.
Raw will be live on Monday from Austin, TX.
The Raw show for 7/29 will be taped on Tuesday night in Laredo.
Smackdown for 7/26 will be taped on Wednesday in Corpus Christi. With a lot of the crew leaving for Australia before this show, the headliners will be Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, C.M. Punk, Sheamus and Rob Van Dam.
Smackdown for 8/2 will be taped on Thursday in Houston with the same crew as Corpus Christi.
-- Just want to send a big shout-out to Karl Stern, who has done NINETEEN RADIO SHOWS IN A ROW on the site without a break. His shows are tons of fun and I get emails at least once a week from listeners telling me how much they appreciate them. So head over and check it out, his show, along with all of the others on our site, are all available for subscribers (both new and archived, dating back to 2005, so that's a LOT of shows).
-- TMZ story on the death of Matt Borne is up here.
-- Best wishes to Rey Mysterio and his family. His mom is having very serious health issues and he won't be at ComicCon this weekend.
-- Wrestlers, fans, media and promoters please share and support wrestler Jack Gamble and his family. They were hit head-on by another car after a show last week.
-- Starting July 28th, Wrestling Observer Live with myself and Mike Sempervive will be available on iHeartRadio'snew Talk portal, meaning it'll be available to over 60 million subscribers. You'll be able to find the show by searching for "Sports Byline" or "Wrestling Observer". There is also an app that will allow you to listen to the show through iHeartRadio on the Android and iPhone. I don't know for sure, but I'd guess that between the Sports Byline over-the-air affiliates, Sirius Satellite Radio (ch. 92 or 94), XM Radio (ch. 208), iTunes, free on the front page of wrestlingobserver.com, plus availability on the TuneIn Radio app, the Sirius Radio app, etc., that Wrestling Observer Live is the single most-listened to wrestling radio show on Earth.
-- Video of Chris Sabin's title win last night is up on the front page right now.
-- New audio interview with DOC heretalking his TNA run, working with Hogan and Bischoff, Bruce Prichard, the fate of the company and more. It starts a little less than an hour in.
-- On the front page of TNA's website last night during Impact was an ad for their RVD action figure.
-- Thankfully, Petey Williams was not hurt taking the gringo killer from Homicide last night. Looked really bad, though.
-- Regarding Tazz, him not being there last night will likely be turned into an angle and he's still with the company. Bruce Prichard had given him the night off before Prichard ended up axed. There were people in the company who probably should know who had no idea where he was, however, and nobody told them anything.
-- Cesar Gracie earlier this week said an offer was on the table for Nick Diaz to return, and that the fight offered as kind of "neat". Dana White then said nobody in UFC had talked to Cesar, Nick or anyone involved with them. Cesar than tweeted that he'd been misquoted.
-- Open workouts for UFC on FOX 8 take place at the Seattle Center Pavilion this coming Wednesday at 11 AM.
-- Brock, RVD, HHH and Vince McMahon are all advertised for the post- SummerSlam Raw.
-- Ox Baker will be appearing at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestler's Convention this year.
-- Jose Aldo did an interview in Brazil and when asked the top five greatest fighters of all time, in order, he said Fedor Emelianenko, Royce Gracie, Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, and of course Jose Aldo.
-- As part of the campaign to get wrestling back into the Olympics (final vote takes place in September), wrestlers have been granted access to a site at Ancient Olympia in Greece for a 15-country tournament this weekend. The site, which is normally off limits to competitions, is located about 200 miles southwest of Athens. It's where they normally do the Olympic torch-lighting ceremony.
-- The cover art for "Triple H: Thy Kingdom Come", his new 3-disc DVD, is up on his Twitter here.
-- Chuck with interesting trivia: Twenty-four years ago on this date, July 19, 1989, current WWE Vice President of Talent Relations Jane Geddes won the LPGA Boston Five Classic for the second straight year. All told, Geddes won 11 LPGA tour events in her pro golf career.
-- Line-ups for the next few DGUSA shows are up here. We have Johnny Gargano scheduled for Figure Four Daily on Tuesday. He's always a great interview. We'll take some Twitter questions the day of the show @bryanalvarez, so follow me there.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1960 - Verne Gagne & Leo Nomellini defeated Murder Inc. (Tiny Mills & Stan Kowalski) to win the AWA World Tag team Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1961 - Shoulders Newman & Ted Travis defeated Neff Maivia & Billy White Wolf for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1968 - Fritz Von Erich & Grizzly Smith defeated The Spoiler & Gary Hart in Houston, Texas to win the NWA American Tag Team Title (later renamed the World Class World Tag Team Title)
1971 - Thunderbolt Patterson & Toru Tanaka defeated Johnny Valentine & Wahoo McDaniel to win the NWA American Tag Team Title (later renamed the World Class World Tag Team Title) in Ft. Worth, Texas.
1980 - Pierre Martel defeated Mr. Fuji to win the WWC North American Heavyweight Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
1981 - El Solitario defeated Eric Embry in Mexico City, Mexico to win the UWA World Junior Light-Heavyweight Title
1989 - The Brain Busters (Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson) defeated Demolition to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship in a two out of three falls match that aired on Saturday' Nights Main Event. The event was taped in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1997 - The Gangstas (New Jack & Mustafa) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von) to win the ECW World Tag Team Title in a Steel Cage Weapons match in Philadelphia, PA.
2009 - Angelina Love defeated Tara to win the TNA Knockouts Title in Orlando, Florida. Also, Kevin Nash defeated AJ Styles to win the Legends Title and Scott Steiner & Booker T defeated Beer Money to win the TNA Tag Team Championship.
-- Roddy Piper was supposed to be on the Preston and Steve Show in Philly this morning but never called in.
-- Quick correction from a plug on the Antonio The Promise Thomas show. The correct URL for EWA Pro Wrestling is EWAProwrestling.com.
-- Story hereon DESTROYER PARK GOLF, the Destroyer's new golf course. He'll be there most days.
-- The Arizona Diamondbacks now have a new luchador mascot. Pic of him here.
-- The correct link to Irv Muchnick's story about Jimmy Snuka is up here.
-- Lucha news from Kris Zellner:
Hijo del Santo held a press conference yesterday to announce the full card for the Todos x Todos show on 7/27 at Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera and they changed the original lineup to feature more names in the main event most likely because AAA announced they would run that building a week later. The press conference took a backseat to a bigger announcement which was a probable (key word) 3 way mask match between him, Dr. Wagner Jr., & L.A. Par-K on 9/1 at the big outdoor show in Zocalo. Santo made sure to say that nothing was definite even the date and location so there are already excuses being built if it gets cancelled. Santo went on to talk about his injury and said that if he doesn't feel like he can come back to top condition then he would retire completely. Santo said that if the mask match does come to pass he wants Par-K's in particular because they have had a personal rivalry for the last 25 years after a fight in a locker room even though Santo said that he let it go but obviously Par-K didn't since he tried to break his neck. All I can say is we will see.
Rush stated today that after taking Damian el Terrible's hair he thought he would never be interested in anyone else's hair but Negro Casas & Shocker came along in his life and now he wants to take their hair as trophies as part of his plan of overthrowing hierarchies in lucha libre. Rush said that Negro & Shocker are jealous of his youth and good looks and want to relive their pasts through him and he isn't going to let that happen. Rush said that being in the Infierno en el Ring tomorrow night at Arena Mexico doesn't scare him because he was in the match two years ago where he escaped with his hair and now he is even more experienced and wised. Rush was asked about his issues with the fans and he said that he doesn't care who cheers him or boos him because he is who he is and he is targeting everyone including tecnicos and rudos because he feels they are all targeting him so why not. Rush said that even if he doesn't take someone's hair tomorrow night that he will win Negro & Shocker's hair soon.
-- A look at an upcoming TNA house show with Samoa Joe talking about his first stage exposure at age 5 is here.
-- Chris Nowinski will be speaking in Virginia about concussions, more info on which is up here.
-- WHAT DID YOU THINK OF FIGHT MASTER THIS WEEK?
73.5% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF MAIN EVENT?
51.4% of those responding didn't see the show
FROM THE 70S AND 80S GLORY PERIOD OF JAPANESE WRESTLING, WHO WAS THE TOP FOREIGN STAR?
Stan Hansen 34.1%
Bruiser Brody 21.8%
Andre the Giant 14.8%
Terry Funk 11.0%
Dynamite Kid 5.5%
Hulk Hogan 5.3%
Abdullah the Butcher 2.0%
Harley Race 1.8%
Dory Funk Jr. 1.3%
Mil Mascaras 1.0%
Tiger Jeet Singh 1.0%
Billy Robinson 0.5%
WHO WAS THE BEST REGIONAL WRESTLING PROMOTER?
Bill Watts 18.7%
Vincent James McMahon 18.7%
Jim Crockett Jr. 15.4%
Sam Muchnick 12.9%
Jim Crockett Sr. 7.4%
Jerry Jarrett 6.9%
Eddie Graham 5.8%
Verne Gagne 4.8%
Paul Boesch 3.0%
Don Owen 2.8%
Frank Tunney 1.8%
Roy Shire 1.8%