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This report is up early today because we’ve got a radio show scheduled this morning and then have to get to the arena for the show. There is apparently a big parade in Seattle which will impact traffic getting to the Key Arena.
We’re also looking for reports on last night’s Smackdown house show in Atlanta, last night’s TNA house show in Columbus, GA and last night’s NXT show in Winter Haven, FL.
Tonight’s UFC lineup from the Key Arena in Seattle:Facebook fights at 4 p.m. Eastern time
Today is also Dragon Gate USA's iPPV from Elmhurst, NY at the Queensboro Elks Lodge at 8 p.m. Eastern on www.WWNLive.com
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
Sunday is Dragon Gate USA iPPV from The Highline Ballroom in Manhattan at 1 p.m. Eastern on www.WWNLive.com
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)
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.
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.
Also in this week's issue:
--CMLL's major show coverage over the weekend
--Update on CMLL's biggest match in years, the Ultimo Guerrero vs. Atlantis mask vs. mask match
--Babyfaces being booed out of the building at Arena Mexico and why
--AAA's last TV taping
--Notes on Dragon Gate USA's big shows
--All-time legend returns to the All Japan ring for appearance
--Son of one of Japan's biggest stars considers going into pro wrestling, but changes his mind
--KENTA and Katsuyori Shibata's reactions after seeing the WWE live
--Special match at Naomichi Marufuji's 15th anniversary show
--Update on NOAH jr. tag team tournament
--Notes on New Japan's October PPV date
--Antonio Inoki runs show the day before the election with worked and shoot matches
--Keiji Muto talks new promotion, who he wants to be top stars and its goals
--Update on Kenta Kobashi
--More on the death of Matt Osborne
--El Hijo del Santo talks one of the biggest potential matches in Mexico in years
--Update on Jimmy Snuka investigation
--Movie on the life of Chris Benoit
--Hall & Nash reunite at indie show
--Former 90s star listed as Deadbeat Dad
--Piper TV shoot
--Notes on the death of Carolinas wrestler and writer Tinker Todd
--His reaction to first meeting Ric Flair
--Colon vs. Invader rematch
--WWE group reunites for WWL
--Story on how working a program was done in boxing
--Update on the next few ROH shows and the title tournament
--Notes on Chris Sabin's TNA title win
--Notes on new X title holder
--TNA PPV business note
--TNA allows fans to vote for TV lineup
--Doc talks TNA departure
--BFG Series updated
--Tom Prichard on his talks with TNA
--TNA stars in TV series
--Update on UFC PPV business
--A look at PPV business for the rest of the year
--What show will be impacted hard by competition
--Notes on Roy Nelson signing with UFC
--Why Daniel Cormier may not drop to 205 and what could change his mind
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Chael Sonnen talks his future
--Notes on this week's UFC show
--UFC schedule for August
--Notes on MMA regulations
--Ticket sales for upcoming UFC shows
--Edgar talks prospective next opponent
--UFC gets awarded
--Dana White talks Rousey vs. Tate on Ultimate Fighter
--Notes on upcoming UFC hype shows
--Dan Henderson talks about fighting without TRT
--Notes on the UFC press tour
--Latest on Nick Diaz
--Future of Nick Diaz in UFC
--Notes on the next Bellator show
--Notes on future Bellator shows this fall
--More on Mayweather vs. Alvarez and how it's being promoted
--World Series of Fighting to crown first champion
--Gina Carano movie update
--Fedor Emelianenko talks about his current
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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
–Brian McGhee, the former WWE developmental wrestler charged with first degree murder for allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death, was denied bail. We have a radio show up with Larry Matysik, who worked with McGhee on the Missouri independent scene before he was signed by WWE.
–Not a lot of note happened on Smackdown last night. The big show-long angle was Cody Rhodes stealing Damien Sandow’s Money in the Bank briefcase and at the end of the show. He threw it in the Gulf of Mexico, which was across the street from the arena in Corpus Christi where they taped. Sandow, all dressed up, noting that he couldn’t swim, still jumped into the Gulf, then realized he couldn’t swim, but somehow swam a few feet to get out of the Gulf and laid there as if he barely escaped drowning with the briefcase nowhere to be found.
–The reason the Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam match went the way it did was because Del Rio had broken a rib or ribs the night before against Sheamus. They had advertised the match, and then got out of it with Del Rio doing a sucker superkick while RVD was distracted by the ref. It wasn’t meant as them burying RVD by losing in a minute as much as an attempt to gimmick their way out of the match.
–After watching Impact and Smackdown consecutively, it was really amazing how much better Impact was. Part of it is that Smackdown has been carried a lot in recent weeks by Daniel Bryan and The Shield having great matches. They had all already left for Australia when this week’s show was taped.
–Has there been a UFC main event for a major show (I consider PPVs and FOX as major) with less interest than tonight’s Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga fight? It’s the company’s least over title and a challenger who has never once appeared on television, as Moraga’s UFC fights were all on Facebook. It’s pretty clear the real main event is Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald. Seattle sold out immediately for its first two UFC events, both television cards. This one had 6,500 tickets sold as of earlier in the week.
–Despite MacDonald being adamant that he will not fight GSP, Dana White still maintains that if it’s the right fight for the title, it will happen. If Ellenberger beats MacDonald, he is likely to get the GSP vs. Johny Hendricks winner next year.
–Herb Dean will be refereeing both the top two fights tonight.
–Dana White, in an interview with Ariel Helwani yesterday, brought up having Vitor Belfort vs. Tim Kennedy in Brazil, and then went on a rant about people saying they are protecting Belfort for booking him in Brazil. He said Belfort is a big draw in Brazil and that’s why they’ve booked him there. The controversy is Belfort has been approved for TRT in Brazil. It is questionable whether he would be approved for it in Nevada. I have talked with commissioners in other states and got the impression he would be approved in those states if his condition was proven it was needed, so the idea he can only fight in Brazil is way overblown. Whether he should be allowed is a different issue.
–White also said he would not sign Paul Daley, who was cut by Bellator. Really no way he could, since Daley’s departure wasn’t amicable and Daley can’t get a visa right now to come to the U.S. due to an assault issue in the U.K.
–Lyoto Machida was upset about that talk that Daniel Cormier (if he beats Roy Nelson on 10/19) will then get the next shot at Jon Jones, provided Jones beats Alexander Gustafsson on 9/21 in Toronto. He feels guys like he and Glover Teixeira have earned shots at the title.
–TNA has a video out for the debut of a mystery man on Thursday’s tapings. He made a point that he doesn’t work for Impact Wrestling or Spike TV. Oh My God.
–Ken Anderson beat A.J. Styles last night in Columbus, GA in the Bound for Glory series match via pinfall, holding the tights for seven points..
–On Facebook, Jesse Sorenson said he would be appearing at an independent show from NWA Underground in Tampa tonight. Not sure if he will be wrestling, but he does want to wrestle again.
–Bellator Fight Master did only 441,000 viewers on Wednesday, barely half the station average for a first run prime time show. This coming Wednesday is huge because they have a live card which is, in my opinion, the most loaded show in company history. Fight Master will get that card as a lead-in.
–Bellator announced a 9/20 date in Phoenix and a 10/11 date in Wichita.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian are hosting the 30th annual Hooters Swimsuit pageant Monday night at 10 p.m. on Fuel.