FRI UPDATE: Big show schedule for the weekend, UFC news and notes, former TNA star hurt, win a trip to Mania, Sabin talks TNA rumors, tons more

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We'll be doing a poll after Saturday's UFC on FOX show.

We're looking for reports on tonight's Raw house show in Melbourne, Australia (John Cena, Ryback, Daniel Bryan, Kane, The Miz, Curtis Axel), Smackdown in Atlanta (C.M. Punk, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, Randy Orton), TNA in Columbus, GA at the Civic Center (Chris Sabin vs. Bully Ray for TNA title, Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle vs. Devon, James Storm & Gunner vs. Robbie E & Jessie Godderz for the tag titles, A.J. Styles vs. Ken Anderson in the BFG series and Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky for the Knockouts title and NXT in Winter Haven, FL.

Saturday is the UFC on FOX show from the Key Arena in Seattle.

Facebook prelims at 4 p.m. Eastern time

John Albert vs. Yaotzin Meza

Aaron Riley vs. Justin Salas

FX fights at 5 p.m.

Germaine de Randamie vs. Julie Kedzie

Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith

Darion Cruickshank vs. Yves Edwards

Mac Danzig vs. Melvin Guillard

Danny Castillo vs. Tim Means

Michael Chiesa vs. Jorge Masvidal

FOX fights at 8 p.m.

Liz Carmouche vs. Jessica Andrade

Robbie Lawler vs. Bobby Voelker

Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald

Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga for the UFC flyweight title

Saturday is also Dragon Gate USA's iPPV from Elmhurst, NY at the Queensboro Elks Lodge at 8 p.m. Eastern on

Cima & AR Fox & Tomahawk TT vs. Ricochet & Young Bucks in 3 matches - first match is 2 referees strictly enforced rules, second match is Lucha Libre style with no tags, third match is a TLC match, if one team can win three matches, all members can challenge for an upcoming title shot of their choice

Johnny Gargano vs. Rich Swann

Akira Tozawa vs. Anthony Nese

Eita vs. Trent Baretta

Chuck Taylor vs. Jon Davis

Uhaa Nation vs. Jigsaw

Caleb Konley vs. Derek Ryze vs. Drew Gulak vs. Orange Cassidy vs. Scott Reed vs. Shane Strickland

Saturday also has WWE Raw in Sydney, Smackdown in Macon, GA, TNA in Pensacola at the Bay Center (Chris Sabin vs. Bobby Roode for TNA title, Kurt Angle vs. Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy vs. Ken Anderson, James Storm & Gunner vs. Robbie E & Jessie Godderz for tag tiles, A.J. Styles vs. Devon and Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky for the Knockouts title) and an ROH TV taping in Providence, RI (ROH tournament first round matches with Adam Cole vs. Mark Briscoe, ACH vs. Karl Anderson, Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt, plus ROH tag champs Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. IWGP jr. tag champs Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov in a non-title match, Adam Page vs. Silas Young for a spot in the ROH title tournament, Kevin Steen & Tommaso Ciampa & Michael Elgin vs. B.J. Whitmer & Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards, Michael Bennett vs. Brutal Bob Evans and Vinny Marseglia vs. Todd Hanson vs. Kongo vs. Brian Fury).

Sunday is Dragon Gate USA iPPV from The Highline Ballroom in Manhattan at 1 p.m. Eastern on

Cima & Akira Tozawa vs. Tomahawk T.T. vs. Eita - Winner faces Johnny Gargano for the Open the Freedom Gate title later in the show

Young Bucks vs. Ricochet & Rich Swann for the Open the United Gate tag titles

Jigsaw & Fire Ant & Frightmare & Amasis vs. Chuck Taylor & Ophidian & Te Batiri

AR Fox vs. Trent Baretta

Uhaa Nation vs. Anthony Nese

Sunday also has WWE Raw in Brisbane, Australia.

Monday has WWE Raw in Adelaide, Australia. The Raw TV show was already taped in Laredo this past week.

Tuesday has WWE Raw in Perth, Western Australia and Smackdown in Capetown, South Africa (Alberto De Rio, Randy Orton, Rob Van Dam, Dolph Ziggler)

An update on what is going on in TNA is the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We look at the timing of the release of Jesse Sorensen, his comments, the departures of Bruce Prichard and D-Lo Brown, who is taking their places, Dixie Carter's meeting with the TNA performers at TV last week, the fiasco at the house show in Missouri, and the status of the creative team.

We also have a look at the election of Antonio Inoki to the Japanese senate. We look at his prior tenure in office, the situation regarding his election, his mainstream fame, other wrestlers who have been in the Japan senate, Inoki's standing in Japan and the promotion that bears his name.

We also look at Ultimate Warrior and WWE opening doors for a relationship. We look at an angle scheduled for Raw and why it had to be changed. We update the SummerSlam card.

We also have more notes from the Total Divas show, the Brie Bella wardrobe malfunction, WWE having an old TV show brought back, update on the 2015 and 2016 WrestleMania, the Deadspin story on WWE results getting out and betting on WWE shows. We also look at more WWE angles, Steve Austin looking at doing another TV show, as well as who is one what TV tapings upcoming in August.

We also look at a WWE performer whose father is a bigwig in the kids toys business, Dwayne Johnson's diet, a WWE cut, WWE injury updates and an update on Linda McMahon.

We also look at Ronda Rousey joining the cast of The Expendables, and making her debut in acting.

We've got full coverage of New Japan's Kizuna Road PPV show, looking at the show, the G-1 Climax tournament, match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results.

We also have full coverage of the Dragon Gate Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival event, the company's biggest show so far this year with Shingo Takagi's title win over Cima. We look at thoughts of the card, as well as match-by-match coverage with poll results and star ratings.

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We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows as well as details of how every segment on Impact this past week did and what gained and lost viewers.

We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.

Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Dave is in town so we'll have a lot of in-studio shows between now and late Saturday night, including a post-UFC on FOX 8 show tomorrow evening.

-- If you've never seen it, the full Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall fight is available here.

-- Jake Ellenberger says Rory MacDonald is no GSP. There's a great quote from MacDonald, saying he was just having fun beating on BJ Penn during their fight, but he may have to hurt Ellenberger a little worse. Jake Ellenberger isn't a huge name to the masses but this is a far bigger fight than the Johnson vs. Moraga main event.

-- One of Jamie Varner's sparring partners died during training due to a heart issue. There is a story on Jamie's Twitter here. There is another photo here of him and Varner together that was taken about five seconds before he collapsed. Really sad story.

-- WWE's annual WrestleMania special on NBC airs August 3rd. It's a one-hour show and they're claiming they'll air the Rock vs. Cena main event "in its entirety".

-- Chris Sabin was on Busted Open Radio and said for everybody who was worried about the future of TNA, all he could say was that he was the TNA World Heavyweight Champion and he wasn't worried at all, and he thought despite all the changes the company was going to be fine.

-- Crimson, who was released from TNA recently, is out with a torn meniscus. In the Wacky Small World department, Crimson's uncle plays pinochle at the senior center with Granny.

-- The October 6th WWE Battle Ground PPV airs from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.

-- Contest for a free trip to next year's WrestleMania: offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. By visiting, you’ll make a $10 donation to enter for your chance to go backstage of WrestleMania 30 and meet with WWE Superstars, benefiting Make-A-Wish, where every dollar you donate grants a wish of every eligible child and changes lives. Now, what are you waiting for? The contest closes Friday, August 30th, 2013.

-- Trina Michaels talks the Dragon Gate shows in New York this weekend here. She also ate a boot from a Young Buck last week, which you can check out here.

-- Speaking of DGUSA, we've got a great interview with Open the FREEDOM Gate Champion Johnny Gargano up for free here.

-- Also a big shout-out to Karl Stern who is on his way to 31 straight days of shows here on the site. A true iron man.

-- No After Dark Radio tonight due to Dave being in town and a million UFC-related things, but we should be back next week.

-- Spike TV has created a SAVE WRESTLING PSA which you can check out here

-- Story on Jacques Rougeau getting a death threat, and how he said he called police on the advice of his 5,000 Facebook friends here.

-- YES! The entire Bigfoot edition of JOE ROGAN QUESTIONS EVERYTHING, his new TV show, is up here.

-- The Arizona Diamondbacks will be giving away lucha libre masks to the first 20,000 fans who show up at their game tomorrow. Their new mascot is a luchador. Once WWE hears this they'll likely jump back into their plan from the past few years of trying to set a world record at WrestleMania for the most people wearing lucha libre masks in any place at any one time.

-- 1946 - Dave Levin defeated Kay Bell for the Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas

1950 - Ray Clements defeated Frank Murdoch to win Amarillo's Southwest Junior Heavyweight Title in Lubbock, Texas.

1960 - Curly Gagnon defeated Andy Galipeau in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the Madison Wrestling Club Middleweight Title

1968 - Fritz Von Erich defeated Spoiler #1 in Houston, Texas for the held-up NWA American Heavyweight Title.

1970 - Miyoko Hoshino and Yoshiko Miyamoto defeated Masked Killer and Masked Lee in Fuchu, Japan to win the American Girls' Wrestling Association International Tag Team Title.

1972 - Fred Blassie defeated Johnny Barend for the Hawaii NWA North American Heavyweight Title

1972 - Miyoko Hoshino defeated Sarah Lee in Kasugabe, Japan for the WWWA World Singles Title. At the same event, Aiko Kyo and Jumbo Miyamoto won the WWWA World Tag Team Title from Opearl Anston and Masked Lee.

1977 - Ken Lucas defeated Kurt Von Hess to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama

1980 - Greg Valentine defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Charlotte, North Carolina

1980 - Barry Windham defeated Masa Saito for the NWA Florida Television Title in St. Petersburg, Florida.

1981 - Angelo Mosca defeated Mr. Fuji in Toronto, Ontario to win the Toronto NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title

1983 - Tiger Jeet Singh and Umanosuke Ueda defeated Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta to win the NWA International Tag Team Title in Nagasaki, Japan, to end Baba and Tsuruta's fifth reign.

1984 - The Grapplers (Tony Anthony and Len Denton) defeated The Uptown Boys (Marty Jannetty and Tommy Rogers) to win the NWA Central States Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Kansas,

1985 - In Albany, GA, The Midnight Express, Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton won an 18 Man Battle Royal and split the "$10,000" purse.

1986 - NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Champion Dusty Rhodes defeated NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair in a Steel Cage match to win the title and Magnum T.A. defeated Nikita Koloff (with Ivan Koloff) to make their best-of-seven series for the NWA United States Heavyweight Title 3-1 in favor of Nikita in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1991 - The Can-Am Express (Doug Furnas and Dan Kroffat) defeated Billy Black and Joel Deaton to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Title in Matsudo, Japan,

1998 - WWF Champion Steve Austin and The Undertaker defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Kane and Mankind to win the title in Fresno, California.

2009 - At the Night of Champions PPV, Christian defeated Tommy Dreamer to win the ECW Championship and Mickie James defeated Maryse to win the Diva's Championship. Also, Jeff Hardy defeated CM Punk to win the World Championship.

-- Ed in San Antonio has a full convention photo album up here, which is really awesome so check it out. He also has a new Over the Top Rope Radio show tonight on blogtalkradio, but the link he sent me is broken. If you do a search you'll find it. They'll talk about Brie Bella's nipple and more.

Excellent 4.5%
Good 40.9%
Average 31.8%
Fair 4.5%
Poor 18.2%
64.5% of those responding didn't see the show

Excellent 11.8%
Good 35.3%
Average 29.4%
Fair 17.6%
Poor 5.9%
73.0% of those responding didn't see the show

CMLL 49.4%
All Japan 15.4%
ROH 12.2%
TNA 11.5%
Bellator 10.3%
Wrestle-1 1.3%

Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos 88.6%
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson 11.4%

-- Mike writes: FYI — went to a Tonight Show taping today and one of the band members playing with the musical group, Dixie Chicks side project Court Yard Hounds, was wearing a "SAVE OLYMPIC WRESTLING" t-shirt. He'll be prominently featured on the show tonight.

-- There is a comedy themed wrestling show (on stage, no ring) at the Magnet Theater 254 W 29 ST Manhattan NY on Saturday July 27th 11:30pm.

-- The National Wrestling Alliance is proud to announce the release of NWA Houston's Parade of Champions "Paul Boesch Tribute" DVD and Blu-Ray Disc. DVD's and Blu-Ray Disc's can be purchased here:

-- Pro Wrestling needs to bring back real jobbers.

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