THURS. UPDATE: Darren Young, UFC in Boston, Carolinas history, NOAH star to ROH, Bryan, Angle for SummerSlam, WWE angle for Raw, White talks Bellator and Rousey, What champion vs. champion fight most appealing



By Dave Meltzer
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        TNA Hardcore Justice takes place tonight on Spike:
 
*ODB & Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim & Mickie James in a tornado match
*Jeff Hardy vs. A.J.. Styles vs. Austin Aries vs. Frankie Kazarian in a ladder match for 20 points in the Bound for Glory series
*Samoa Joe vs. Magnus vs. Ken Anderson vs. Bobby Roode in a tables match for 20 points in the Bound for Glory series
*Chris Sabin vs. Bully Ray for the TNA title in a cage match.  If Sabin retains, Ray can never get another title shot
        They are also taping a loser of the fall leaves town Main Event Mafia vs. Aces and 8s 10-man tag tonight for next week.  Tito Ortiz also returns.  
       
        Bellator Fight Master starts in its new time slot of Thursday at 11 p.m. tonight.
 
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        For SummerSlam, we look at the John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan main event, including health updates and how it may affect decision making, why a company weakness is likely to force a character change, the McMahons angle and how it plays into SummerSlam and to WrestleMania. 
 
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        We also look at a major late 70s grudge feud that is returning, a former WWE Divas returns for work this week, what to watch out for before SummerSlam,  another new name, new characters for developmental, Stephanie McMahon and her WWE stock, WWE signs up new movie and SummerSlam pre-show notes.
 
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Thursday's News Update
 
--What exactly are the odds that out of the blue, TMZ ambushed Darren Young of all people at the airport and asked him a question about treatment of gays in pro wrestling, and he had a carefully prepared answer coming out ready?  I mean, it's amazing.  But it was a clever publicity stunt and if they go with it as a gimmick to give him more TV time, good for him, because they aren't going to make him embarrassing like they would in another generation if they went with that.
 
--There has been a good deal of publicity about it.  I was even asked about it doing a radio show today where the subject was the UFC show in  Boston.
 
 
--Story worth going out of your way to read on the journey of Bryan Danielson at https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1738742-artistry-indies-and-shoot-kicks-how-daniel-bryan-conquered-the-wwe
 
--Also, I highly recommend Michael Elliott's Highspots.com DVD on the history of Jim Crockett promotions.  Some great old footage from the 70s and early 80s, and they talked to a ton of the key people.  Jim Crockett Jr. was tremendous in telling the story from his perspective.  Some people I felt were still delusional about the realities of what pro wrestling was.  Actually, Magnum T.A. was very fair and balanced.  The idea Magnum T.A. would have been difference maker in a wrestling war is way overblown.  He'd have gotten his world title run, of course, but the end result was going to be the same no matter what.  The key things were business was going to fall long-term, and already had, because you can't go forever with a pat hand no matter how talented your top guys are; and Vince making it difficult for them to run PPV combined with their inability to sell TV advertising sealed their fate.  Tommy Young and Jim Cornette were also very good, and they even had Dusty Rhodes who admitted to some flaws as a booker. 
 
--Ricky Marvin makes his debut with ROH on 9/20 in Philadelphia. 
 
--I was given a tip regarding Saturday's UFC show, if you are planning on DVRing the show, make sure to record whatever is listed for the channel in the time slot as a lot of guides are wrong, and make sure to record the next show as well for a possible overrun.
 
--For those with DirecTV, FS 1 starts on Ch. 219 on Saturday. It's not on the same channel as Speed Channel, which was Ch. 607.
 
 
--An angle is being shot, at least as of the current plan, during the  Dean Ambrose vs. RVD U.S. title match that will either lead to a trios match involving Mark Henry & Big Show as well as Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins, or to lead to a tag team title match at the PPV.  I'm not exactly clear other than all have been told they are working the show.
 
--WWE is looking for non-union "Athletic Guys" who are male between the ages of 18 and 25 and "not camera shy" to do some sort of skits for Raw this coming Monday in Anaheim.  They are needed from Noon to 8 p.m. (Raw airs 5-8 p.m. on the West Coast).  The pay is $500 plus 10% and you get your parking paid for at the show.
 
--WWE as part of its Susan G. Komen breast cancer partnership will host mobile mammogram units at select locations where women with insurance can get mammograms free of charge. 
 
--Dana White said UFC will not counter the Bellator PPV with a live show.
 
--He also said there is no way in hell Ronda Rousey is retiring in two years.  He also said that when Rousey is having a bad day, those are the days you should stay off Twitter.
 
OF ALL THE UFC CHAMPION VS. CHAMPION FIGHTS, WHAT DO YOU MOST WANT TO SEE
Jon Jones vs. Cain Velasquez 60.7%
Jose Aldo vs. Benson Henderson 14.2%
GSP vs. Benson Henderson 13.1%
GSP vs. Chris Weidman 5.8%
Jon Jones vs. Chris Weidman 3.6%
Demetrious Johnson vs. Renan Barao 1.9%
Renan Barao vs. Jose Aldo 0.6%
 
WHO SHOULD END SUMMERSLAM AS WWE CHAMPION
Daniel Bryan 81.3%
Randy Orton 15.2%
John Cena 3.5%
 
WHO SHOULD WIN PUNK VS. LESNAR?
Lesnar 60.2%
Punk 39.8%
 
WHO WINS THIS FIGHT?
Alistair Overeem 68.5%
Travis Browne 31.5%
 
WHO WINS THIS FIGHT?
Shogun Rua 54.8%
Chael Sonnen 45.2%
 
--The first UFC Countdown show on FS 1 will air on 8/26, a Monday night, at 8 p.m. Eastern and 5 p.m. Pacifc time.
 
--ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to  Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1942 - Steve Casey beat The French Angel in Boston for the AWA world heavyweight title
1969 - El Solitario beat Rayo de Jalisco in Mexico City to win the world middleweight title
1970 - Bobby Shane beat Nick Bockwinkel in Atlanta to win the Georgia TV title
1981 - Wahoo McDaniel & Terry Funk beat Tully Blanchard & Gino Hernandez in San Antonio to win the Southwest tag team titles
1994 - Mephisto & Dante beat PG-13 to win the USWA tag titles in Memphis
1995 - Keiji Muto beat Shinya Hashimoto in the finals of the G-1 tournament at Sumo Hall in Tokyo.  That was a great match.
1999 - Manabu Nakanishi beat Keiji Muto at Tokyo Sumo Hall in the  G-1 finals
1999 - Cadaver de Ultratumba beat Canek in Tehuacan to win the UWA heavyweight title.  They put a Cadaver from a tomb over for the world title beating Canek? 
2004 - Randy Orton beat Chris Benoit at SummerSlam to win the World title in Toronto
 
--Legends on Demand this week
ECW Unreleased Vol. 1 parts three and four
WCW Saturday Night 7/23/88
Raw 3/29/99
Ric Flair vs. Shelton Benjamin 2004
Barry Horowitz vs. Skip 1995
S.D. Jones vs. Mike Sharpe 1987
Undertaker vs. Maven 2002
Tito Santana vs. Randy Savage from Boston 2/8/86
WCW Spring Stampede 1999
Nitro 11/24/97
Raw 11/24/97
TNT 1/24/86
Matt Striker vs. C.M. Punk 1/16/07
Tommy Dreamer vs .Simon Diamond 5/28/00 ECW
Tazz vs. Kurt Angle 3/9/00 Smackdown
 
--A lot of people are very upset at the Legends of the Ring group running a convention in Monroe, NJ for bringing in Jose Gonzalez as one of the Invaders, along with 70s star Roberto Soto.  Gonzalez stabbed Bruiser Brody to death in a dressing room in 1988.
 
--Maria Menounos made a mention of WWE today on the Kelly & Michael show on ABC.  Menounos will be wrestling Sunday afternoon at Axxess before SummerSlam, teaming with Natalya vs Brie Bella and a mystery partner..
 
--There is a mention of Jim Londos in connection with Manziel's great grandfather who apparently was a pro wrestling promoter in Louisiana in this article at http://deadspin.com/the-long-con-how-the-manziels-conequered-america-1040593220
 
--For those who noted a Spike listing of Fight Master at one point for this coming Wednesday, Spike officials told us this is an old listing and next week's Fight Master will air Thursday at 11 p.m., just like tonight.
 
--There is a Resurrection Fighting Alliance show promoted by Ed Soares on Friday night featuring Pedro Munhoz vs. Jeff Curran, Kevin Casey vs. Casey Ryan and Steve Mocco vs. Lew Polley on AXS tomorrow night.
 
--Tuesday night during Spike's Tattoo Nightmares show Christopher Daniels was in a skit.  It was people getting cover ups for bad or embarrassing tattoos and while they are getting the work done, they explain how they got the original one they now wish they didn't have.  The show uses skits with actors to recreate the stories and Daniels played a White Supremacy inmate who forced the guy telling the story to get an Iron Cross while in jail.  He had a few lines. (thanks to Leonardo Mendez)
 
--A Give Forward campaign to help with Necro Butcher's medical bills after his serious injuries over the weekend is at https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/sfw2dylan-summers-medical-expenses  He needs money for physical therapy, another doctor's visit, an ambulance ride and a transfer to two hospitals, both out of state, so his insurance won't cover it, plus he's having to take off work.  His wife also made this plea, do not donate if you, yourself are struggling with bills.
 
--Brian Fritz and I in a detailed discussion of the television landscape for sports, SummerSlam and more at www.youtube.com/embed/IbSVDh4Mgmw
 
 
--Quebec promotion TOW has a pilot TV taping on 9/28 in Lasalle, Quebec for RDS2, a french sports channel.  It will be the first time local wrestling will have been on Quebec television since the folding of International Wrestling in 1987, some 26 years ago.  RDS's main channel currently airs an edited one hour version of Impact. (thanks to Pat Laprade and Frank DeLuca)  
 
 
--A Smackdown TV taping on 9/17 in Cincinnati features Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton & RVD vs. The Shield as the dark match main event.  Well, at least that's what is advertised this week, as they change constantly (thanks to Brian Henke)
 
--Kevin Nash wrote a bunch of stuff ripping TNA on Twitter, advocating letting Jeff Jarrett be part of the creative process.  Their problems are far deeper than anything Jeff Jarrett can solve.  Nash claimed the problem was Spike but Dixie gets all the blame.
 
--Fuel tonight airs UFC 145 with Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans at 6 pm. an UFC 146 with Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir at 9 p.m., plus Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia at midnight. 
 
--Weigh-ins tomorrow are listed for 7 p.m. Eastern on Fuel instead of the usual 4 p.m.  Is that right?
 
--Chaotic Wrestling on Friday night in Lowell, MA at the Polish American Veterans Club and Saturday night in Littleton, NH at the Opera House.  Tommaso Ciampa and Matt Taven work the Lowell show.
 
--Jimmy Korderas, a WWE ref turned TV announcer makes his pro wrestling debut as a wrestler on Saturday night in Toronto at The E-Zone for Smash Wrestling, on a show that also includes Brian Kendrick, Paul London, Matt Cross, Johnny Gargano, Player Uno, LuFisto, Gregory Iron, Tyson Dux and more.
 
--Evolve announced shows on 9/21 in Ridgewood, NY at the Guzman Sports Lounge and 9/22 in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Lyceum.  AR Fox, Johnny Gargano, Matt Jackson, Ricochet, Anthony Nese, Trent Baretta, Chuck Taylor and more appear..
 
--Chris Jericho will be appearing 9/14 at the Montreal Comic Con at the Palais des Congres.  Fozzy also appears that night in Montreal at the Corona Theater.  Also appearing on 9/14 with be Mick Foley, who will be doing his comedy show there at 7 p.m. for $15.  Also coming that weekend are Kevin Nash and Maryse Oullet.  Nash will do a Q&A on 9/15, and there will be a Montreal wrestling history Q&A on 9/15 with Kevin Steen, Gino Brito and Paul LeDuc, as well as Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hebert, who wrote the "Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs" book on Montreal history.  Bret Hart will also be there on 9/14.
 
--The book "Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs" will be released in French in October, published by Libre Expression.
 
--U.K. manager Dean Ayass doing a comedy podcast at www.ayassandraininplainsight.co.uk
 
--Sheamus appears at the Wizard World Ohio Comic Con from 9/20 to 9/22 in Columbus, OH at the Convention Center.
 
--2CW has shows on Friday and Saturday night in Boonville, NY at the Woodsman Field Days, with Jim Duggan on Friday and Mickie James on Saturday.  Both show are free but you have to pay for fairgrounds admission to attend.   
 
--Maximum Fighting Championships runs 10/14 in Edmonton at the Shaw Conference Centre with three title fights.
 

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