WWE will be taping four TV's this week.
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.
To be taped today:
Cena vs. Ryback tables match
Bryan vs. Kane
Henry & Usos vs. Shield (not sure if it's been announced but it is planned)
-- Wrestling Observer Live with myself and Mike Sempervive launches on iHeartRadio tomorrow, meaning it's now available to an additional 60 million subscribers. The official page is here. Between this, all the Sports Byline Radio affiliates over-the-air across the US, Sirius Satellite Radio channel 92, 94 and 794, XM Radio channel 208, the TuneIn Radio app (search Sports Byline or Wrestling Observer), and, obviously, the front page of this website, this is the most-listened to wrestling radio show in the entire world.
-- So much audio the last few days it's not even funny, including a three-plus hour Observer Radio with Dave and Mike Saturday night, a two-hour Wrestling Observer Live on Sunday, both a Bryan and Vinny and Wrestling Observer Radio on Sunday as well, Observer Radio twice yesterday as well as Figure Four Daily with Johnny Gargano today. Bryan and Vinny returns tonight as well, and Karl Stern is nearing 31 straight days of radio shows.
-- Also, as noted Sunday, Vinny has signed on to do a THIRD Bryan & Vinny Show every week, the new show taking place Sunday nights.
-- Brie Bella on Twitter apologized for her nip slip on Raw, saying the sticky tape didn't work and that it would never happen again.
-- If you thought that segment was bad, check out the first half of Raw Backstage Fallout here. WOW.
-- Also, since nobody appeared to be able to keep it straight, her actual name is Eva Marie, not Eva Maria.
-- Daniel Bryan wrestled a fourth time after Raw, teaming with John Cena & Mark Henry against the Shield.
-- Deadline.com claims there is a director for a Chris Benoit biopic.
-- Warrior's message to Vince McMahon: @VinceMcMahon Vince, thank you for your personal welcome back to the WWE Universe. It is noted and appreciated. All the Warriors of Parts Unknown take pride in being one of the original galaxies of the Universe you created. Not one of my days has passed without a flashback to my time in the business and my relationship with you. After 17 years of battling one another, perhaps the stars have finally aligned and Destiny is prepared to tell one of Sports Entertainment's greatest stories: how two of the industry's most determined, colorful, intense and explosive personalities brought to life a persona that made such an inspiring impression that it still captures the hearts and minds of fans all over the world, even all these years later. I am proud Ultimate Warrior is an iconic, immortal spirit in the Universe you created. I know, Vince McMahon, you are proud, too. The inhabitants of your WWE Universe believe your personal welcome is an invitation of sorts. If so, consider this my RSVP with one condition. Wisdom takes a seat at the table with us when we meet, but we each also leave unburied a slight edge of the hatchet we've carried over the years. that other gutless and heartless God-fearing men urge us to lay to rest forever. Face it, neither one of us were ever any good at being bored or boring others. So coming prepared to kill one another makes for a interesting backup plan. Always Believe, Warrior. We'll see how long this one lasts.
-- After advertising him all week, they did in fact pull Big Show from Raw due to his knee still giving him trouble. He's still expected back at any time.
-- Smackdown will be in Cincinnati for a TV taping Sept. 17. Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Randy Orton and Rob Van Dam are being advertising. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Thanks to Brian.
-- RVD has been added to the Raw taping August 27th in Las Vegas.
-- Regarding the story about Nick Diaz no-showing a taping of The Voice Versus with Michael Schiavello, keep in mind that Schiavello flew all the way from Australia to tape this thing. Schiavello, obviously, is pretty upset.
-- Mike Kogan said Roy Nelson's new UFC deal was for nine fights over three years.
-- UFC TV this week:
On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen break down and make predictions for this weekend’s FOX UFC Saturday, including theflyweight championship between Demetrious Johnson and John Moraga.
Plus, Sonnen reveals details about a new contract and changes in his training camp. Insider Ariel Helwani discusses potential upcoming bouts in the featherweight division, as well as possible match-ups for Rashad Evans. Brittany Palmer gives us an all-access look at the UFC Fan Expo. Watch all those stories, plus more tonight.
This week on UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER, Phoenix native John Moraga was headed down a dead end when he discovered wrestling and found a purpose. Meet the coaches that transformed Moraga’s life as they recall the origin of the fast-rising flyweight title challenger. Elite welterweight Jake Ellenberger is focused on his showdown with Rory MacDonald, but he still finds time to have some fun in Southern California. We suited up with him for a day at the motocross track to burn off some steam during his intense training schedule.
In one of 2013’s more stunning moments, Liz Carmouche nearly finished Ronda Rousey in the first women’s fight in UFC history. While the former Marine was ultimately submitted by the champion, she is now back training in San Diego and as committed as ever to donning UFC gold. When Jessica Andrade enters the Octagon on July 27 against Carmouche, the Brazilian will do so as a decided underdog. We travel to Rio de Janeiro to witness her training camp and how long odds have never deterred her.
-- New England Fights (NEF) today announced that Westbrook, Maine native Brandon Bushaw (6-2) will make his highly anticipated return to the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion when he takes on Derek Shorey (2-7) at “NEF IX” at the Biddeford Ice Arena in Biddeford, Maine on Saturday, August 3rd.
-- The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) announced today that it is honored to welcome Dr. Don Catlin as VADA’s Scientific Advisor. For more than three decades, Dr. Catlin has been at the forefront of the global battle against performance-enhancing drug (PED) use in sport. Dr. Catlin's research has been instrumental to the detection methodology currently used worldwide in high-level PED testing.
-- PREDICT THE RATING FOR SATURDAY'S UFC ON FOX SHOW
0.9 or less 19.4%
2.0 or more 7.5%
PREDICT THE RAW RATING
2.6 or less 6.6%
3.6 or more 4.1%
WHAT WAS THE BEST RECENT MAJOR SHOW?
WWE Money in the Bank 31.6%
New Japan Dominion 23.2%
WWE Payback 19.4%
UFC 162 11.6%
ROH Best in the World 4.5%
Dragon Gate 7/21 3.2%
New Japan Kizuna Road II 3.2%
UFC 161 2.6%
New Japan Kizuna Road I 0.6%
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE REAL MAIN EVENT FOR THE NEXT NEW JAPAN IPPV SHOW?
Tanahashi vs. Devitt 57.1%
Nakamura vs. Ibushi 13.5%
Ishii vs. Shibata 12.7%
Okada vs. Makabe 7.1%
Nagata vs. Benjamin 6.3%
Naito vs. Suzuki 3.2%
WHO WAS THE STAR OF NEW JAPAN'S KIZUNA ROAD II SHOW
Not nearly enough Suzuki love here.
-- Today in history with Brian Hoops.
1970 - Sputnik Monroe and Tommy Gilbert defeated Ron and Don Wright for the Tennessee Tag Team Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1974 - The Destroyer defeated Dick The Bruiser to win the WWA World Title in Los Angeles, Ca.
1976 - Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum beat Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher to win the AWA tag team title in Chicago, Illinois
1977 - Mr. Wrestling II defeated Dick Slater to win the Georgia Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1984 - Wendi Richter defeated The Fabulous Moolah to win the WWF Women's Title in Madison Square Garden.
1989 - Great American Bash PPV was held in Baltimore, Maryland headlined by Ric Flair defeating Terry Funk to retain the NWA World Title.
2000 - Perry Saturn defeated Eddie Guerrero to win the WWF European Title in Dallas, Texas.
-- NWA Music City Showdown 2 will be at the SAW Mill at 1214 B Louisville Highway in Millersville, Tennessee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a special 7:30 p.m. bell time. Tickets are $10. For more information on NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling, visit www.southernallstar.com. Rob Conway headlines.
-- All-star pro wrestling returns to the Long Branch, NJ area on Friday night August 9th at 7:45pm, as popular northeast pro wrestling promotion Funkdafied Wrestling Federation returns to the Holy Trinity Church (408 Prospect Street, just off Broadway, minutes from Route and the Parkway), with partial proceeds to benefit The Valerie Fund. The Valerie Fund's mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. Thanks to wrestler Ryan Torok, the FwF and the great wrestling fans in the area who will come out and show their support.
-- WrestlingCares.com - On Saturday, August 17 LIVE from the Sheraton Gateway LAX on 6101 W Century Blvd in Los Angeles, CA, the Wrestling Cares Association presents an all-star supercard benefiting the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center.
-- AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined presents Scars and Stripes Saturday, July 27th 115 Bourbon Street Merrionette Park, IL Belltime: 7:30pm
-- Story about Pennsylvania pro-wrestling taxation here with quotes from Dave, whose name they managed to misspell here.
-- A guide to this year's G-1 Climax tourney here.
-- First-ever AWR wrestling podcast here.