SAT. UPDATE: SummerSlam activities, legends in town, Darren Young stuff, Punk talks steroid users, BFG Series, Total Divas, SummerSlam updates



 
        We're not doing a poll on tonight's UFC because we're limiting those to Fox shows and PPVs, but you can send commenta in and we'll be publishing them after the show.
 
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        ROH runs tonight at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly for the tag team titles, Young Bucks vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov, plus ROH title tournament quarterfinals with Karl Anderson vs. Michael Elgin, Roderick Strong vs. Kevin Steen, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Michael Bennett as well as Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman vs. Tadarius Thomas & ACH in a scramble match, Matt Taven vs. Mike Mondo in a Proving Ground match and Silas Young vs. Adam Page.
 
        In addition, TNA in Asheville with Jeff Hardy vs. Ken Anderson, Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries, Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky, Eric Young vs. Robbie E, Bobby Roode vs. A.J. Styles and James Storm vs. Jessie Godderz.
 
        Today's big show is UFC on FS1 from the TD Garden in Boston:
 
Facebook fights at 4:30 p.m.
 
James Vick (4-0, 155) vs. Ramsey Nijem (8-3, 156)
Ovince St. Preux (13-5, 205.5) vs. Cody Donovan (8-2, 204)
Cole Miller (19-7, 146) vs. Manvel Gamburyan (14-8, 145.5)
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Live on FS 1 at 6 p.m.
 
Daniel Pineda (18-9, 144.5) vs. Diego Brandao (21-8, 146)
Steven Siler (22-10, 145.5) vs. Mike Brown (26-8, 145.5)
Max Holloway (7-2, 145) vs. Conor McGregor (13-2, 146)
Michael McDonald (15-2, 135.5) vs. Brad Pickett (24-7, 135.5)
Michael Johnson (13-8, 156) vs. Joe Lauzon (22-8, 155)
John Howard (20-8, 185) vs. Uriah Hall (8-3, 184)
Mike Pyle (25-8-1, 170) vs. Matt Brown (19-11, 171)
Iuri Alcantara (27-4, 1 no contest) vs. Urijah Faber (28-6, 135.5)
Travis Browne (14-1-1, 236) vs. Alistair Overeem (36-12, 1 no contest, 255.5)
Chael Sonnen (28-13-1, 205) vs. Mauricio Shogun Rua (21-7, 205)
 
        Sunday is SummerSlam from the Staples Center in Los Angeles:
 
John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan with HHH as referee for WWE title
C.M. Punk vs. Brock Lesnar
Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian for World title
Kane vs. Bray Wyatt in a Ring of Fire match
Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston & A.J. Lee
Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow
Natalya vs. Brie Bella
Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam for U.S. title as the preshow match at about 7:30 p.m. Eastern
        It should be noted that as of yesterday, Big Show, Mark Henry, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were all booked to wrestle which would stem from an angle in the Ambrose vs. RVD match.  I was given the hint that the main card may slightly change as well.       
 
        Raw will be Monday at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
 
        Tuesday will be Smackdown tapings and Main Event tapings in Bakersfield.
 
        Looking at SummerSlam and the debut of UFC on FS 1 is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  Both this issue and a new back issue from 1996 will be on the web site today.
 
        We look at the scheduled and the cards for both major weekend shows.  We look at the situation when it comes to the availability of FS 1 a it stands at press time, who is carrying the station and who isn't, and what the issues are.  We look at the benefits and concerns of a new television move for much of its programming.
 
        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. 
 
        We look at how last year's show did as well.
 
        We also have full coverage of this year's G-1 Climax tournament, including an overview of what happened, how Tetsuya Naito won, notes about tournament history, notes of parity booking and the last night, thoughts on usage of Kazuchika Okada and him in the world title role and the difficulty in booking a tournament like this.
 
        We also look at the physical toll, the best matches, who got the best performer bonus, the difference in physical toll between this tournament and a 90s Champion Carnival type tournament, the working parameters and how that limited certain things.  We look at many of the storylines, final standings, the best shows, and business of G-1.
 
        We also look at New Japan's major annual singles tournaments every year dating back to the winners since the inception of the promotion and the first World League in 1974.
 
        We also have complete coverage of the final three shows, with match-by-match notes, star ratings and poll results, similar to a major WWE or TNA show, as well as notes on each night.
 
        We also look at the fall booking for New Japan, apparent direction for the next PPV show, and when and where.
 
        We also look at UFC and WWE when it comes to the frontier of international business.  We look at each company's alleged comparisons on the international scene, the Brazilian market, the future of the Brazilian market, WWE's history with boom markets, Lorenzo Fertitta's thoughts on international business, PPV and 24 hour networks, and UFC's new way of opening up a major overseas market, as well as international cities UFC is planning on debuting in next year.
 
        We also look at the WWE 2K 14 video game, with updates on promotional ideas, future of Total Divas, Dwayne Johnson apparently set for another blockbuster, update on Sheamus' injuries, who HHH is grooming for a to spot, Michael Cole tries something very difficult this week, the Cena/Nikki Bella dynamic and more.
 
        We also look at Show's return, update on Chris Jericho, and WWE up for a major award, ref Marc Harris speaks about the Natalya spot with A.J. on Raw. 
 
        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 preshow notes.
 
        We also have gate, attendance and a rundown of the WWE weekend house show.
 
        We also look at the settlement in the Eddie Alvarez case with Bellator, the legal situation, his personal realities, that he was offered by each group, why he settled and why settling was the right thing.
 
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        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:
 
--Title changes in Mexico
 
--New Japan stars headed to Mexico including a debut of one of the G-1 heroes
 
--Big legends match with every wrestler in a trios match being a 30 year or more veteran
 
--All Japan Open tournament
 
--NOAH's biggest singles tournament
 
--New Japan financials and where and show business is changing
 
--Debut of Keiji Muto's promotion and what has been announced
 
--Zero-One Fire Festival coverage
 
--Pro Wrestling Guerrilla celebrates its 10th anniversary
 
--HBO working on a pro wrestling story
 
--New wrestling history book coming out
 
--Promotion shutting down and why
 
--British star announces retirement
 
--Ric Flair update
 
--Two indie wrestlers whose careers are in jeopardy
 
--Both wrestler and MMA fighter this week arrested for domestic violence
 
--Update on B.J. Whitmer
 
--Notes on the ROH show in New York
 
--Nigel McGuinness talks about why he retired from wrestling
 
--McGuinness talks about TNA fan voting for title shot
 
--Update on the TNA Hardcore Justice television show and new details
 
--A Hulk Hogan bio movie and what is and isn't real according to him 
 
--More on TNA star being off TV for a while
 
--TNA talent in OVW
 
--King Mo's upcoming MMA fights
 
--More on Jesse Sorensen
 
--Upcoming UFC shows
 
--UFC employee inducted into a boxing Hall of Fame
 
--Problems in holding a UFC event in Boston
 
--Who is behind the problems
 
--A lot at the Boston market for UFC
 
--Will UFC return
 
--Notes on UFC 163
 
--Story of Nik Lentz and his bonus money
 
--Ronda Rousey talks her MMA future
 
--Dana White talks Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida
 
--Update on T.J. Grant
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Four UFC fighters competing in a different sport
 
--Bellator changes
 
--Notes on the arrest of Jason Mayhem Miller
 
--Big fights coming up with week in MMA
 
--Bob Sapp resurfaces    
 
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*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
 
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*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
 
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Saturday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking today's UFC show, SummerSlam, Darren Young and a lot more.  We'll be doing shows the next three nights and you can send e-mail questions in to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 
--Regarding various rumors, Ric Flair is in Los Angeles, was already at Fan Axxess and will be at a special 2K Sports party.  Ultimate Warrior is in Los Angeles as well for things for 2K Sports, but he was not scheduled for anything related to WWE, at least as of yesterday.  Rey Mysterio is there for the 2K Sports party.  Hulk Hogan is also not scheduled for anything as a mystery surprise.  I guess the Brooke Hogan firing led to rumors since Hogan is one of the main players in the new video game.  
 
--There was a full page article on page 2 of Le Journal de Montreal, the biggest newspaper in the province and one of the biggest in the country, today, about Darren Young.
 
--John Cena told TMZ congratulations to Darren Young and then said that his own brother is openly gay and said he knows how hard it can be to admit it.
 
--C.M. Punk in an interview with yahoo said first time drug offenders in baseball should be banned from the sport for life.  "Absolutely," he said.  "That way I don't have to sit and listen to any b***** apologies."  
 
--If you set up your DVR for Speed Channel from 6-11:30 p.m. for the UFC, check and redo it because it may not work.  
 
--Austin Aries pinned Ken Anderson to win seven points last night in Roanoke in the Bound for Glory series.  Aries moves to 28 points, second to Magnus at 39.
 
--Larry King is at SummerSlam interviewing talent for his TV show.

- Josh Nason is live in Boston for the UFC Fox Sports debut show. Here's one column on why Chael Sonnen needs to win tonight and another on Conor McGregor. Here's his cageside blog as well.
 
--Want to thank Brett Wilson for the awesome work he's done over the past few years covering Ultimate Fighter and Fight Master for the site.  Hopefully he will be back soon.  He's going overseas for the next six months so is going to be off from this point forward and missing the Rousey-Tate season of TUF.
 
--The seven women from Total Divas are all miked up with camera crews following them all over this weekend.
 
--It's 90 degrees in Los Angeles and the matches at Fan Axxess are outside.  At least Sheamus isn't booked.
 
--Part of the show Sunday is still being formatted.
 
--Regarding SummerSlam, there is a lot of talk regarding the Divas tag match at Fan Axxess leading to something in some form on the regular show, and RVD vs. Dean Ambrose will lead into something with Big Show, Mark Henry, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.  If it doesn't happen, it's a last minute switch.  The John Cena vs. Bryan Danielson match as it stands is to lead into a major storyline, obviously involving the McMahon family.  I don't know that Randy Orton cashes it in, but Randy Orton was scheduled to be involved in the finish.  Everything obviously subject to change.    
 
--Mick Foley has his whole family around him.
 
--James Soubasis and Terence Brennan of Legends of the Ring sent out a release claiming that Jose Gonzalez was never booked for their convention, only Invaders I & II.  The Invaders are no longer at the convention.  They lashed out at people saying Gonzalez was going to be there.  Wait a minute, you book the Invaders tag team, and Invader I, and now blame people for saying Jose Gonzalez was going to be there.  That's like billing Rey Mysterio and getting mad if people think Oscar Gutierrez is going to be there.
 
--A ton of people were logging into the UFC web site and the FS 1 web site today trying to find out where FS 1 would be appearing on their local cable system. The TV fights start at 6 p.m. Eastern and 3 p.m. Pacific.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1927 - Bert Willard defeated Jack Reynolds for the World Welterweight
Title in Columbus, Ohio,
 
1951 - Duke Keomuka defeated Ray Gunkel in Houston, Texas for the NWA
Texas Heavyweight Title.
 
1953 - Baron Michele Leone defeated Danny McShain in Memphis, Tennessee
to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title.
 
1955 - Yvon Robért defeated Don Leo Jonathan in Montreal, Quebec for the
Montreal Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Title
 
1956 - Don and Red McIntyre defeated Eddie Gossett (Eddie Graham) and
Art Neilson to win the Georgia NWA World Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
1956 - Gene Kelly (Kiniski) defeated Pepper Gomez to win the NWA Texas
Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas
 
1960 - Verne Gagne and Joe Scarpello defeated Killer Kowalski and Tiny
Mills for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
1962 - The Alaskan (Jay York) and Tarzan Tyler defeated Jerry and Nick
Kozak in Houston, Texas to win the Texas NWA World Tag Team Title.
 
1966 - Skull Murphy beat Mark Lewin in Brisbane to win the IWA title
 
1968 - Dr. X (Dick Beyer) defeated Verne Gagne for the AWA World
Heavyweight Title in Bloomington, Minnesota
 
1968 - The Mighty Yankees (Frank Morrell and Eddie Sullivan) defeated
Dennis Hall and Ken Lucas in Chattanooga, Tennessee to win the
Mid-America NWA World Tag Team Title.
 
1973 - Dick Dunn defeated Eddie Sullivan in Dothan, Alabama to win the
NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title.
 
1978 - Steve Rickard defeated Toru Tanaka for the New Zealand NWA
British Commonwealth Heavyweight Title in Auckland, New Zealand.
 
1985 - Eric Embry defeated Super Medico I for the WWC Puerto Rico
Heavyweight Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
 
1986 - Nikita Koloff defeated Magnum T.A. in the seventh match of a
best-of-seven series in Charlotte, North Carolina to claim the vacant
NWA United States Heavyweight Title.
 
1987 - Nikita Koloff defeated Tully Blanchard to win the NWA World
Television Title in Fayetteville, North Carolina
 
1987 - George Barnes defeated Bill Dundee for the CWA International
Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee
 
1990 - The Thundercats (Leono, Panthro and Tigro) defeated Los Arqueros
del Espacio (El Arquero, Danny Boy and Lasser) in Mexico City, Mexico to
win the Mexican National Trios Title.
 
1991 - Billy Jack Haynes defeated Steve Doll in a full-nelson challenge
in Portland, Oregon for the vacant NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
 
1991 - Combat Toyoda defeated Megumi Kudo in Tosu, Japan to win the WWA
World Women's Champion.
 
1992 - Jerry Lawler and Jeff Jarrett defeated The Moondogs (Cujo and
Spot) in Memphis, Tennessee to win the USWA Tag Team Title.
 
1997 - In Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Shane Douglas (with Francine) defeated
Terry Funk and ECW World Heavyweight Champion Sabu (with Bill Alfonso)
and in a Three-Way Dance to win the title and the Dudleys won the ECW
Tag Team Title by forfeit from the Gangstas.
 
--River City Wrestling tonight at Sideliners Grill at 8 p.m. has a show headlined by Steve McEnroe vs. Michael Faith.  Hernandez from TNA appears on the show.
 
--C.M. Punk has been added to the 10/13 house show in Philadelphia.
 
--Roster reveal for the WrestleMania mode going on right now at http://www.twich.tv.2K  Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler and Damien Sandow are hosting.
 
--Raymond Rougeau and Pierre-Carl Ouellet have been named the announcing team for ToW wrestling when it does a TV taping for RDS 2 in Quebec.  Rougeau did the announcing in French for WWF at one point and Ouellet did the French announcing for TNA on RDS many years ago. (thanks to Patric Laprade)
 
--Tommy Dreamer was announced for the Central Canadian Comic Con from 11/1 to 11/3 in Winnipeg., for photos and autograph signings.
 
--The 9/17 Smackdown taping dark match in Cincinnati is Randy Orton & Mark Henry & Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield. 
 
 
--Jeff Bukantz's mention of spinnaroonie during the World Fencing championships broadcast is at about the 2:30 mark here at http://universalsports.com/video/2013-fie-fencing-world-championship-chamley-watson-wins-foil/
 
--NCW on 9/78 at the Oho Theater in Lima, OH.
 
--Extreme Wrestling League on 8/29 in Oshawa, ONT at the Octaviens Hall

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