Aside from the G-1 tournament, it's a quiet weekend with no UFC, TNA or ROH and limited WWE.
Tonight there will be an FIP iPPV at www.WWNLive.com from the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL:
Jon Davis vs. Trent Baretta for the FIP title and the title can change hands via DQ
Mia Yim & Dos Ben Dejos vs. Larry Dallas & Vik Dalishus & Hale Collins in a TLC match
Uhaa Nation vs., Gran Akuma for the Florida heritage title
Leva vs. Solo Darling
Chasyn Rance vs. Lince Dorado
Jessicka Havoc vs. Maxwell Chicago
Dasher Hatfield & Mr. Touchdown vs. Eddie Graves & Teddy Stigma
Kenneth Cameron vs. Jesus DeLeon
The next to last night of the G-1 Climax tournament is late tonight/early tomorrow at Tokyo Sumo Hall at 5 a.m. Eastern and 2 a.m. Pacific.
Prince Devitt vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Karl Anderson vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Satoshi Kojima vs. Lance Archer
Toru Yano vs. Shelton Benjamin
Togi Makabe vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Kota Ibushi vs. Minoru Suzuki
Tetsuya Naito vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
World Series of Fighting has its fourth show Saturday night on NBC Sports at 10:30 p.m. Eastern and 7:30 p.m. Pacific time
J.Z. Cavalcante vs. Tyson Griffin
Keon Caldwell vs. Nick Newell
Ray Sefo vs. Dave Huckaba
Marlon Moraes vs. Brandon Hempleman
Tyrone Spong vs. Angel DeAnda
The G-1 finals, the second biggest show of the year in Japan, takes place on Sunday at Tokyo Sumo Hall at 2 a.m. late Saturday night Eastern time and 11 p.m. Pacific time. The show can be ordered as a stand-alone PPV for $30 at www.ustream.tv/njpwsub
Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Shelton Benjamin
Tetsuya Naito vs. Karl Anderson
Yuji Nagata vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Lance Archer vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Kazuchika Okada vs. Satoshi Kojima
Togi Makabe vs. Prince Devitt
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Akebono & Kazuchika Sakuraba vs. Takashi Iizuka & Yoshi-Hashi
WWE's only house show this weekend is a combo show at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on Sunday with John Cena, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Ryback, Rob Van Dam and The Shield appearing.
The go-home Raw for SummerSlam, featuring Brock Lesnar, plus a C.M. Punk vs. Paul Heyman match, is Monday night in Sacramento.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday at the SAP Center in San Jose.
-- Amazing article here claiming WWE set a personal milestone with 20 million viewers in the US watching some form of their programming over the past week. What's funny is that we get the viewership breakdowns for every single show, and the most you can get to if you presume that every single viewer only watches one show (meaning Raw viewers ONLY watch Raw, Smackdown viewers ONLY watch Smackdown, Total Divas viewers ONLY watch Total Divas, zero crossover whatsoever), the best you can get to is 11 million. It appears what WWE did was claim that each hour of Raw consisted of totally different viewers, meaning anyone who watched hour one ONLY watched hour one, hour two viewers ONLY watched hour two, etc. Even then you can't quite hit 20 million. The actual viewership for the shows this week was 4.18 million for Raw, 900,000 for Main Event, 1.53 million for Total Divas, 2.75 million for Smackdown and 1.92 million for the WrestleMania special on ABC, and of those 11 million, again, you have to presume that there was ZERO overlap between shows. The article is here.
-- I've updated the front page with an explanation from WWE on how the 20 million number was determined here.
-- Ronda Rousey on MMA Junkie Radio said she works her life in four-year cycles, so she thinks that most likely her MMA career will go two more years and then she'll move on. She said the difference is that she wants to set up an exit strategy, which she didn't do with judo and which she now regrets because it lead to a tough time in her life.
-- After all the hoopla, Chael Sonnen was, in fact, licensed by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission, so he is cleared to fight Shogun Rua at UFC Fight Night 26 on August 17th in Boston, MA.
-- An article on the good and bad of Dutch Savage is up here.
-- For old-school wrestling fans, you can, in fact, watch the OVW OLD SCHOOL iPPV here. Danny Davis and I talked a lot about this show on Figure Four Daily last week and I know he really enjoyed it.
-- Tryouts for Ultimate Fighter 19 are August 27th in Indianapolis. They're looking for middleweight and light heavyweight fighters between 21 and 34 with at least three fights and a winning record.
-- So Hulk Hogan, who claims a movie about his life is being shopped around despite nobody seeming to have any idea what he's talking about, is now saying he wants his son Nick to play him.
-- Dave looks at Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones here. Find out how this whole feud started, read some hilarious quotes from Jones attacking Cormier for, of all things, how many Twitter followers he has.
-- Magnus signed a new two-year deal with TNA according to Fighting Spirit Magazine.
-- Vinny Magalhaes, who said before his 14 second knockout at UFC 163 that if he lost to Anthony Perosh he should be cut by UFC, hasn't been cut yet but says if it happens he'll retire from MMA and look to open his own gym.
-- All UFC 163 drug tests came back clean.
-- Best wishes to Markus Gronemann, who was involved in a pretty spectacular car accident last week on his way home from a Fozzy concert, an accident so spectacular that it made some local papers. Thankfully, nobody involved was hurt. He also managed to get I believe the third Chris Jericho photo with a mock copy of Figure Four Weekly burying Lance Storm, which should be up on the front page soon.
-- Congratulations to Debra Marshall, formerly of WCW and WWE, on graduating Cum Laude from the University of Alabama this past Sunday.
-- Also sad to report that Drew Statin, who is the brother of Ryan Statin of TMZ, was involved in a freak accident yesterday and was on life support at last word. Ryan is the go-to guy at TMZ for all wrestling-related stories. Drew was set to attend both SummerSlam and tonight's PWG show. Best wishes that he can pull through and make a strong recovery.
-- Story on Gypsy Joe, who is in rough shape.
-- Add a fractured orbital bone to Korean Zombie's many woes. That injury really sucks.
-- Kyle writes: On TMJ4 in Milwaukee the Morning Blend they had Mick Foley on talking about his Christmas projects like the Movie I am Santa Claus, talked about mr. Socko, talking about his comedy, and short survey, like Blondes or brunets, and compassion is best quality. They said he is at Mirmar Theater on Sunday at 7pm. It was a good interview.
-- Universal Championship Wrestling makes its long awaited return to Owensboro , KY on Saturday, September 7 at 7:00 PM at the Next Level Indoor Sports Facility when they present UCW Uprising. This event will feature former WCW/NWO/TNA and national television star Marcus "Buff" Bagwell, former WWE/ECW/TNA/ ROH star Rhyno, former WWE star and current NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion "Ironman" Rob Conway, former WWE/TNA star "Pope" D'Angelo Dinero, and former TNA star "The Natural" Chase Stevens. VIP 1st and 2nd row ticket prices are $20 in advance and include early entry into the event for a private meet and greet as well as an assigned seat in the 1st or 2nd row. General admission tickets, row 3 and back, are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advanced tickets are available at The Next Level Indoor Sports Facility in Owensboro , Airbrush Inc. located in Town Square Mall also in Owensboro , Pizza Kings in Beaver Dam, and may be purchased online at the event website www.ucwuprising.com.
-- New interview with Dolph Ziggler talking SummerSlam and more here.
-- Today in history with Brian Hoops:
1980 - WWF held their "Showdown at Shea" event at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York, drawing 36, 295 fans. Main events on the card included: Andre the Giant defeated Hulk Hogan; Tony Atlas defeated Intercontinental Champion Ken Patera via countout; Bob Backlund & Pedro Morales defeated The Samoans (Afa & Sika) to win the WWF World Tag Team Title. However, because Backlund was already the WWF World Heavyweight Champion, he and Morales were forced to vacate the belts and Bruno Sammartino defeated Larry Zbyszko in a steel cage match.
1986 - Ric Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes for the NWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Title in St. Louis, Missouri .
1997 - Hulk Hogan defeated Lex Luger to win the WCW World Heavyweight Title at the Road Wild PPV in Sturgis, SD.
1999 - Kane & X-Pac defeated The Acolytes for the WWF World Tag Team Title during an edition of Monday Night Raw. Chris Benoit defeat David Flair for the WCW United States Title during an episode of Monday Nitro.
2010 - Angelina Love defeated Madison Rayne to win the TNA Knockouts Title.
-- WHICH OF THESE GUYS SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE HALL OF FAME BALLOT?
Eddie Gilbert 25.3%
Afa & Sika 20.5%
Chief Jay Strongbow 20.1%
Buddy Rose 16.0%
Boris Malenko 6.6%
Gino Hernandez 4.9%
Jerry Estrada 1.7%
Mighty Igor 1.7%
Tony Garea 1.0%
Jay Youngblood 1.0%
Apache Bull Ramos 0.7%
La Fiera 0.3%
Haystacks Calhoun 41.6%
Tojo Yamamoto 15.5%
Moondog Mayen 8.4%
Lord James Blears 6.0%
Hard Boiled Haggery 6.0%
Leo Nomellini 5.6%
Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy 5.6%
Moose Cholak 4.4%
Missouri Mauler 2.6%
Sonny Myers 2.0%
Hercules Cortez 1.2%
Tex McKenzie 0.8%
Larry Hennig 42.0%
The Spoiler 18.6%
Sweet Daddy Siki 9.5%
Cowboy Bob Ellis 7.6%
Sailor Art Thomas 5.7%
Wild Bull Curry 3.8%
Hans Mortier 3.8%
Ilio DiPaolo 3.4%
Waldo Von Erich 2.3%
Duke Keomuka 1.5%
Sammy Steamboat 1.5%
Ripper Collins 0.4%
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