WED. UPDATE: Bellator signs Kongo, UFC & WWE lineups, 20th anniversary of one of biggest shows ever in California, ROH tickets, WWE title match on Smackdown this week



By Dave Meltzer | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON
 
        UFC all day from Indianapolis, and we'll have live coverage of it on the site:
 
Facebook fights at 5 p.m. Eastern time
 
Abel Trujillo (10-5, 155) vs. Roger Bowling (11-4, 155.5)
Benny Alloway (13-5, 170) vs. Zak Cummings (15-3, 170.5)
 
Prelims on FS 2 at 6 p.m.
 
Jason High (17-4, 171) vs. James Head (9-3, 170.5)
Hatsu Hioki (26-6-2, 146) vs. Darren Elkins (17-3, 145)
Brandon Thatch (9-1 170) vs. Justin Edwards (9-2, 170)
Papy Abedi (9-2, 184.5) vs. Dylan Andrews (8-2, 185)
 
Main card on FS 1 at 8 p.m.
 
Bubba McDaniel (21-6, 185) vs. Brad Tavares (11-2, 186)
Erik Perez (13-4, 135.5) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (17-7-2, 135.5)
Robert Whittaker (12-2, 170.5) vs. Court McGee (15-3, 170)
Brian Melancon (7-2, 170) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (7-0, 170)
Rafael dos Anjos (19-6, 155.5) vs. Donald Cerrone (16-6, 156)
Martin Kampmann (20-6, 170) vs. Carlos Condit (28-7, 170.5)   
 
        WWE Main Event at 8 p.m. on Ion
 
Cody Rhodes vs. Curtis Axel
Titus O'Neil & Darren Young vs. Antonio Cesaro & Jack Swagger
Kofi Kingston vs. Fandango 
 
        We've got two issues up of the Observer this week, both a 1996 back issue covering the life and times of Dick Murdoch and the newest issue covering the saga of John Cena.
 
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        We also look at the Alberto Del Rio/Drew McIntyre story, or at least the version that went across the company the day after.
 
        We also look at the business notes on the show, a rundown of what is on the board and what looks like is being built up for Night of Champions, a dark horse idea for one of the top matches, and a look at the new RVD/Ricardo Rodriguez pairing.
 
        We've also got our usual PPV coverage with match-by-match rundown with star ratings and poll results of the show.
 
        We also have a look at the debut of FS 1 with UFC  Fight Night.  We look at the business moves that were paid to insure 90 million homes had the availability to see the show, and how and why from a financial standpoint they are opening up far weaker than expected.
 
        We also look at the first night ratings, and the growth throughout the show.  We look at other business, the stories post-show, as well as match-by-match coverage.
 
        We also have a major feature on Darren Young coming out.  We look at where the idea likely came from, the media reaction, stars who had come out previously to little media interest, the sad final chapter of Kanyon and WWE history when it comes to sexual orientation of employees.  We look at why those who thought Young was risking his career couldn't have been more wrong.  We look at how WWE handled it on television, and company reaction.
 
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        We have more on next year's WrestleMania, as well as Steve Austin's reaction when it comes to wrestling again.
 
        We've got a note on the WrestleMania 2015 location and something that likely didn't make WWE happy regarding the negotiations.
 
        We've got tons of comments on Daniel Bryan based on a long feature story on him, with quotes from many people around him, more on the heat on Sin Cara, his injury, the Legends of WrestleMania mode in the video game, more on the WWE's unknown rules of wrestling, the repackaging of the Colons, and gambling and the WrestleMania finishes as well as the Reddit guy.
 
        We also have notes on C.M. Punk's reaction to Ryan Braun, WWE video sales, Brock Lesnar fighting again,the Jerry Lawler museum and Rob Van Dam taking heat from TNA fans.  We also look at the Total Divas show.
 
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--New Japan translating its TV into English
 
--Lineup for the next New Japan PPV show
 
--Upcoming CMLL tag title match in New Japan
 
--Hiroshi Tanahashi heads to the U.K.
 
--Major rock stars in Japan talk pro wrestling
 
--Update on wrestling in the Olympics
 
--Looking at the entire Jose Gonzalez autograph show situation
 
--WWC Night of Champions notes
 
--Loaded indie shows internationally
 
--NOAH star debuting with ROH
 
--Update on Richards & Edwards with ROH
 
--ROH running show on another WWE big show weekend
 
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--Behind Brooke Hogan being let go by TNA
 
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--Notes on Devon being gone from TNA
 
--TNA's next major TV show and plans
 
--Notes on Bully Ray's title win
 
--More on the Jesse Sorensen being cut situation
 
--TNA's handling of Kurt Angle's situation
 
--Update on the Bound for Glory series and standings
 
--Notes on Howard Stern tie-in for Bound For Glory
 
--TNA weekend house show note
 
--Stefan Struve's medical condition
 
--Latest UFC PPV numbers
 
--Thoughts on upcoming UFC PPVs
 
--Dana White's reaction to the Biogenesis story
 
--GSP asks for outside drug testing and what it means
 
--Former WEC champ fined and suspended for steroid test failure
 
--Lots of new UFC matches, and matches being talked about
 
--First Countdown show on FS 1
 
--Boston legal controversy regarding minors attending shows
 
--Will UFC go head-to-head against Bellator
 
--Chael Sonnen speaks with the inspiration of his promos
 
--Dana White talks Ronda Rousey's mentioning of retirement and her Twitter responses
 
--Dana White talks Ben Askren
 
--UFC fighter fired after burglary conviction
 
--Rousey talks Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway
 
--UFC thinking about creating a regional circuit
 
--Notes on  Eddie Alvarez settlement and contract
 
--How Bellator is gambling with this
 
--More on the Bellator PPV show  
 
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WEDNESDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight for Wrestling Observer radio talking UFC, Smackdown and the latest news.  We'll also be taking e-mail questions sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Friday's Smackdown TV show
 
Randy Orton vs. The Miz for WWE title
Rob Van Dam vs. Damien Sandow
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Shield 1 on 3 handicap match
Brodus Clay & Tensai vs. Luke Harper & Bray Wyatt
Daniel Bryan vs. Ryback
 
--Today is the 20th anniversary of the La Revancha show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena headlined by Konnan vs. Jake Roberts vs. Cien Caras.  That's still the hottest pro wrestling crowd I've ever been at.  At the time it set the California state indoor pro wrestling attendance record with 17,500 fans selling out and with people flooding the aisles, breaking the Ray Stevens records.  Not sure if WWE has since broken it since the Staples Center opened.  They haven't for the SummerSlam shows due to the stage, and the AAA show outdrew the Sports Arena WrestleMania show in 1991.
 
--Former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo has been signed by Bellator and will be debuting next month in the company's fall heavyweight tournament.
 
--Chael Sonnen will be on FS 2's UFC preview show and likely answer the Wanderlei Silva video from last week.
 
--MMAJunkie.com reported that the 9/4 UFC show from  Brazil has been extended from three hours to five hours on FS 1.  Originally FS 1 was carrying it from 7-10 p.m., but the show will now start on the station at 5 p.m.  Long day as it's followed by two more hours of UFC with the debut of the Rousey-Tate TUF season from 10 p.m. to midnight.  The 5-7 p.m. portion was originally earmarked for FS 2.  
 
--An insane Eric Young interview is at http://bit.ly/11gwUOz  plus Howard Stern talks Bobby Roode and the Bound for Glory angle.
 
--Renzo Gracie will be hosting the Renzo Gracie Classic BJJ tournament on 1/24 in Atlantic City at the Tropicana   
 
--Jody Hamilton, The Assassin, one of the great promo guys in history, turned 75 today.
 
--Hall of Famer Tarzan Lopez passed away on this day in 1975 at the age of 63.  Bearcat Wright, a huge star in the 60s, passed away at the age of 50 in 1982 on this day.  New Japan wrestler and trainer Kotetsu Yamamoto passed away three years ago today at the age of 68.    
 
--ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (THANKS TO BRIAN HOOPS AND GRAEME CAMERON)
1894 - American Evan "Strangler" Lewis beat Tom "Bulldog" Clayton (the original British Bulldog) in London to win a British version of the world heavyweight title
1967 - Butcher & Stan Vachon beat Alberto & Ramon Torres to win the Southern tag team titles in Augusta, GA
1968 - The Assassins (Joe Hamilton & Tom Renesto) beat Ciclon Negro & Baron Mikel Scicluna to win the IWA tag titles in Brisbane
1970 - Masio Koma of All Japan beat El Solitario in Mexico City to win the NWA middleweight title
1976 - Larry O'Dea & Ed Wiskoski (Col. DeBeers) beat Johnny Gray & Kevin Martin  in Sydney to win the Austra Asian tag titles
1976 - Vic Faulkner beat Jim Breaks in Manchester to win the British welterweight title
1976 - Jumbo Tsuruta beat Jack Brisco in Tokyo to win the vacant United National title
1986 - Wahoo McDaniel beat Tully Blanchard in Los Angeles to win the NWA national title
1993 - Celestial beat Super Delfin in Mexico City to win the UWA welterweight title 
1994 - Shawn Michaels & Diesel beat The Headshrinkers in Indianapolis to win the WWF tag team titles
1995 - PG-13 beat Terry Gordy & Tracy Smothers in the finals of a tournament in Memphis to win the USWA tag titles 
1995 - Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi beat Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara to win the IWGP tag team titles in Shizuoka
1998 - Kendo Ka Shin beat Koji Kanemoto in Tokyo to win the IWGP jr. title
2000 - Kevin Nash beat Booker T in Las Cruces, NM to win  the WCW heavyweight title
 
--Les Thatcher will be coming to Antonio Thomas' Ringsport Pro Wrestling Gym on 9/14 and 9/15 for a two-day seminar.  The cost is $65 for both days with discounted rates for anyone who has to miss a day due to previous bookings.  The camp is limited to 25 people and there are only a few open spots left.  For more info write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
WHAT MAIN EVENT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO?
Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis 55.3%
Frank Mir vs. Josh Barnett 30.6%
Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann 8.7%
Donald Cerrone vs. Rafael dos Anjos 2.9%
Glover Teixeira vs. Rya Bader 2.4%
 
POLL ON COUNTDOWN TO UFC 164
Excellent 45.0%
Good 20.0%
Average 0.0%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 35.0%
        81.7% of those responding didn't see the show
 
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Daniel Bryan 62.3%
A.J. Lee 18.8%
Paul Heyman 12.3%
C.M. Punk 2.9%
HHH 1.9%
Randy Orton 1.9%
 
POLL ON RAW
Excellent 16.5%
Good 56.5%
Average 14.2%
Fair 5.5%
Poor 7.4%
        8.0% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--ROH has put tickets on sale for its 1/25 show in Pittsburgh at the David Lawrence Convention Center.  That's the night before Royal Rumble in the same city.
 
--Scott Hall will be on ICP's TV show ICP Theater with Greg Valentine and Vampiro at 11 p.m. on the FUSE Network
 
--A Dixie Carter interview from Australia is at http://blip.tv/thesuplex/dixie-carter-interview-6634272
 
--In Your Face Wrestling on 9/21 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center.
 
--Premier Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Winnipeg:  Jackie Lee b David London, Antonio Scorpio b TJ Rose, Scott Justice & Jackie Lee b David & Leo London, Zach Mercury b Prince Fuego, Michael Arnott b Andrew Shallcross, Marc Merric b Antonio Scorpio-COR, James Beaver b Jay Walker, Steve Corino & Adam Knight b Mike Angels & Chad Tatum to keep tag titles.  Next show is 9/7 at the Headlingley Roadhouse.
 
--After a podcast kept making fun of Justin Bieber, his team started circulating that Bieber had just completed his 200th make a wish and it was an all-time record for any entertainer.  It's not, the record is held by John Cena.  The podcast then made mention of that. (thanks to Chris Callan)
 
--Squared Circle Live from Sunday in Whitby, ONT:  Jeff Vertigo b Ulises, Scotty O'Shea b Alessandro del  Bruno, El Hijo del Bogote b Marcus Marquez and Black Serpent, Tyson Dux b Mike Rollins, Alex Vega & Cody 45 b Checkmate & Micky Knight-DQ, Matt Morgan b John Greed, Brent Banks b Josh Alexander (thanks to Steven Ashe)
 
--The Team 3-D Wrestling Academy teams with the "Hope for a Single Mom" charity on 9/14 in Melbourne, FL at the Melbourne Auditorium for a show.  At 5 p.m. will be shopping, face painting, Hooters girls, Hooters wings and beer and live music. At 7 p.m. will be wrestling with Devon, Garett Bischoff, Wes Brisco, Mike Knox, Samoa Joe, Sam Shaw, SoCal Val, Jay Lethal and Hulk Hogan all appearing.
 
--Squared Circle Live on 11/3 at the Class Act Dinner Theater in Whitby, ONT featuring Davey Richards vs. Tyson Dux and Tadarius Thomas vs. Ethan Page.
 
--Richards & Eddie Edwards will be among the wrestlers at a WWE tryout camp that takes place starting tomorrow in Orlando.
 
--CZW on 9/7 in Dayton at Deja Vu with Flip Kendrick & Louis Lyndon vs. Dustin Rayz & Eric Ryan plus Tommy Dreamer vs. Ron Mathis.
 
--Big Vito LoGrasso is opening up Big Vito's Wrestling Academy on 8/31 at 1 p.m. at Spa 24 in Clearwater, FL.
 
--CMLL Monday night in Puebla:  Guerrero Negro Jr. & Malayo b Robin & Black Tiger, Tigre Rojo Jr. & Hombre Bala Jr. & Metalico b King Jaguar & El Hijo del Signo & Akron, Triton & Sagrado & Fuego b Puma & Namajague & Sangre Azteca, Diamante Azul & La Mascara & Brazo de Plata b Psicosis & Morphosis & Kraneo, La Sombra & Mr. Niebla & Atlantis b Volador Jr. & Rush & El Terrible-DQ in a increibles match.
 
--CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Malefico & Espectrum b Black Metal & Leo, Magnus & Diamante & Fuego b Sangre Azteca & Hooligan & Escandalo, Marcela b Amapola to keep the CMLL women's title, Angel de Oro & Titan & Blue Panther b Misterioso Jr. & Polvora & Dragon Rojo Jr., Volador Jr. & El Terrible & Negro Casas b Marco Corleone & Rush & Maximo  
 
--Boone's Tavern in Denver has a viewing party for UFC tonight, to celebrate Brandon Thatch of Denver making his debut.

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