We're also looking for reports on these weekend events:
*WWE Sunday in Washington, DC
*TNA Saturday in Woodstock, VA
*TNA Friday in Hagerstown, MD
Wednesday is a big UFC day with a live card (third in eight days plus the debut of the Rousey/Tate TUF season), with FS 1 coverage from 4 p.m. to midnight.
Facebook fight at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time
Sean Spencer vs. Yuri Villefort
FS 1 fights at 5 p.m.
Ivan Jorge vs. Keith Wisniewski
Elias Silverio vs. Joao Zeferino
Ramiro Hernandez vs. Lucas Martins
Felipe Arantes vs. Edmilson Souza
Ali Bagautinov vs. Marcos Vinicius
Rafael Natal vs. Tor Troeng
Piotr Hallmann vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga da Silva
Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader
It's a big week of Observers with a double issue on the site as well as the new back issue on the site which covers the life and career of Dick Murdoch, as well as one of WCW's best-ever PPV shows on its road to growth.
Today's News, Notes and Links
-- We've got a great interview with Awesome Kong AKA Kharma up on the front page right now with tons of stories from Japan, TNA, the time Bryan Danielson gave her a bloody nose and changed her perspective on the business, and more. If you're a subscriber, click hereto check it out.
-- Steve, who was at Raw last night, has an update on the costumed characters that distracted everyone during the Randy Orton match: The story coming out on what happened with the chants/security issue is a bit murky, so I thought I'd shed some light on what actually happened. To start this off, I was in attendance for Mania weekend and the RAW the following night. This is important, because the original reason the fans were giving Sheamus and Orton a hard time that night was due to all of the rest holds and typical Orton style, which was boring beyond belief. This resulted in the classic chants from that RAW, courtesy of some insane European fans in the risers. (Same fans responsible for the Fandango chants.) Flash forward to last night: I was in attendance, sitting on the floor, about 8 rows back. Randy was hitting his lame rest holds and the crowd was clearly bored, so I said fuck it, and decided to start the Randy Savage chant. The chant built and caught on quickly and was pretty damn audible on TV. The guys who were dressed as the wrestlers at ringside (a few rows away from me) eventually stood up and started hamming it up for the crowd, acknowledging the chants, which gained even more steam. The crowd was into it, and started cheering for Jake Roberts, and woo-ing for Ric Flair, there was also more of this going on during the commercial breaks. Security saw this, hit the barriers and aggressively told the costumed fans to knock it off. It didn't appear as though there was panic in the back or that anyone had issue with the chants, it seemed as though it was more so the fact that these guys were posing on the hard camera side, where the television audience could clearly see them distracting the live crowd. Just my two cents. Randy didn't appear to be too happy with it either. For what it's worth, after the dark match, CM Punk did come by and acknowledge the costumed characters. He seemed to get a kick out of it.
-- Matt Striker talks WWE announcing here. He says no words are banned by WWE but some aren't used. Like you can't call a WWE Title belt a belt. Why? Because a belt is what holds up your pants, and fans WILL BE CONFUSED if you say two guys are fighting for a belt, because they'll ask themselves why two guys are fighting for a clothing accessory that holds your pants up. You think I'm joking.
-- You can check out his debut for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood here.
-- Punk beat Axel in a no-DQ non-title match after Raw.
-- Various WWE stars react to the firing of Cody Rhodes here. As noted on Observer Radio last night, he's leaving on a planned hiatus to get married and go on a honeymoon but apparently there isn't a lot of communication within creative so it ended up a rush job last night.
-- Also, new Raw Backstage Fallout here.
-- Well, this is unfortunate. After completing the entire season of the Fight Master reality show, the Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis welterweight finale is off this Saturday's show after Riggs suffered an eye injury in training.
-- ROH announced that Jay Briscoe will appear at the September 20th Death Before Dishonor show to present the ROH title belt, which he still has possession of, to the winner of the tournament.
-- New fun Y2J interview on The LAW here.
-- AJ Lee got a new tattoo on the back of her neck which is the day, month and year she won the WWE Divas Title for the first time. She's been a massive fan since childhood and WWE has video of her as a little girl crying when meeting Lita at a signing.
-- There is a Ronda Rousey special on FS1 tonight at 10 Eastern. To say Rousey is concerned about how she will come across on the show is an understatement. She's preparing for the worst and noted that she wouldn't do a season again if they paid her $10 million.
-- Since people are asking about it, don't read anything into the new WWE Hell in a Cell poster with R-Truth on it. It's just a poster.
-- Just a quick note if you're trying to search for it, the name of the show Konnan, Court Bauer and MSL are doing is "MLW Radio", not "Major League Radio".
-- Impact did a 1.0 and 1.2 million viewers this week.
-- Paul Lazenby is a guest on the Steve Austin show here. Lazenby has worked as Austin's stuntman on a number of films.
-- WHO SHOULD ANTHONY PETTIS FIGHT NEXT?
T.J. Grant 35.3%
Jose Aldo 26.3%
Benson Henderson 10.8%
Gilbert Melendez 10.8%
Frankie Edgar 7.8%
Josh Thomson 6.6%
Khabib Nurmagomedov 1.8%
Rafael dos Anjos 0.6%
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS SEASON'S ULTIMATE FIGHTER?
Will give it a try this week and then decide 27.5%
Never watch the show 25.5%
Stopped watching in the past, not watching 23.5%
Stopped watching in the past, planning to be watching this season 19.5%
Watched last season, don't get FS 1 2.5%
Would watch, Wednesday is a bad night 1.5%
POLL ON SUNDAY'S TOTAL DIVAS?
48.9% of those responding didn't see the show
WHICH FIGHT DO YOU HAVE THE MOST INTEREST IN?
Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva 32.7%
GSP vs. Johny Hendricks 21.4%
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate 18.9%
Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva 8.9%
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos 6.4%
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson 3.9%
Tito Ortiz vs. Rampage Jackson 3.9%
Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez 2.5%
King Mo vs. Emanuel Newton 0.7%
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland 0.4%
Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson 0.4%
WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE AGAINST UNDERTAKER AT WRESTLEMANIA?
Brock Lesnar 47.5%
John Cena 30.3%
Bray Wyatt 13.3%
The Rock 6.5%
Randy Orton 1.9%
-- Ed, Cutrer and Craig talk the news of the week in pro-wrestling here.
-- Busy day in history according to Brian Hoops:
1944 - Earl Wampler defeated Ken Fenelon in Waterloo, Iowa to win the Iowa Heavyweight Championship.
1948 - Dave Levin defeated George Becker to win the California Heavyweight Title in Santa Monica, California.
1950 - Sandor Szabo defeated Terry McGinnis for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii
1953 - Verne Gagne is awarded the first Chicago NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Chicago, Illinois.
1966 - The Destroyer (Guy Mitchell) defeated Bearcat Wright to win the International Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title in Melbourne, Australia.
1969 - Ciclón Negro and Sam Steamboat defeated The Missouri Mauler and Hiro Matsuda for the NWA Florida Tag Team Title in Miami, Florida. At the same show, Beautiful Brutus (Bugsy McGraw) defeated Boris Malenko to win the NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Title.
1974 - Mariko Akagi and Jumbo Miyamoto won the WWWA World Tag Team Title in Hiroshima, Japan, defeating Panama Franco and Jackie West.
1976 - Dory Funk, Jr. defeated Dennis Stamp for the Amarillo NWA Brass Knuckles Title in Lubbock, Texas.
1976 - The Black Bombers (Porkchop Cash and Tom Jones) defeated The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy and Johnny) to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1976 - The Hangman defeated Chavo Guerrero for the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title
1979 - Mr. Fuji defeated Peter Maivia to win the New Zealand NWA British Empire Heavyweight Title in Auckland, New Zealand.
1980 - Barry Windham defeated The Super Destroyer for the NWA Florida Television Title in Miami, Florida.
1980 - Don Fargo and Robert Gibson defeated The Blond Bombers (Larry Latham and Wayne Ferris) for the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee.
1980 - Stanley Lane defeated Kevin Sullivan for the NWA Georgia Junior Heavyweight Title in Columbus, Georgia.
1982 - Bad New Allen defeated Bret Hart in Calgary, Alberta to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title
1982 - Tony Atlas defeated The Mongolian Stomper for the Southwest Championship Wrestling Southwest Brass Knuckles Title in Houston, Texas.
1984 - Genichiro Tenryu and Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Crusher Blackwell and Bruiser Brody in Hiroshima, Japan to win the vacant NWA International Tag Team Title in Hiroshima, Japan.
1984 - In Fort Worth, Texas.. Kerry and Kevin Von Erich defeated WCCW Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes and Buddy Roberts) in a Handicap (due to Mike Von Erich being injured in his earlier match) Elimination Loser Leaves Town match to win the title. Also, WCCW Texas Brass Knuckles Champion Chris Adams defeated WCCW Television Champion Jake Roberts to win the title and WCCW Texas Heavyweight Champion Gino Hernandez defeated WCCW American Heavyweight Champion Mike Von Erich to win the title.
1984 - in Memphis, Tennessee, Jimmy Valiant defeated King Kong Bundy to win a one night tournament and a new Cadillac.
1987 - Ashura Hara and Genichiro Tenryu defeated Stan Hansen and Austin Idol to win AJPW's PWF World Tag Team Title in Nagoya, Japan.
1988 - The Beach Boys (Buddy Rose and Avalanche (PN News)) defeated The Southern Rockers (Steve Doll and Scott Peterson) for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Portland, Oregon
1989 - The Great Muta defeated Sting to win the vacant NWA World Television Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1990 - Jeff Gaylord and Jeff Jarrett defeated Chuck Casey (replacing Don Harris) and Brian Lee in Memphis, Tennessee for the vacant USWA Tag Team Title.
1993 - Ted DiBiase and Stan Hansen defeated Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue in Tokyo, Japan to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Title.
1993 - In Dallas, Texas.... Steven Dane and Chaz Taylor defeated The Sicilian Stallions (Guido Falcone and Vito Mussolini) to win the GWF Tag Team Title and King Parsons defeated Chris Adams by disqualification for the vacant GWF North American Heavyweight Title.
1996 - Bill and Jamie Dundee defeated The Moondogs (Rover and Spot) for the USWA Tag Team Title in Louisville, Kentucky.
-- New interview with Antonio the Promise Thomas here
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