A lot of stuff happening this weekend and we're looking for reports on all of the shows.
WWE opens up a major market touring weekend tonight with a show at the Bell Centre in Montreal (Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE title, Curtis Axel vs. C.M. Punk, The Shield vs. Mark Henry (not confirmed he's on the road although he was cleared yesterday) & Big Show & Rob Van Dam, plus the major arena WWE debut of Sami Zayn and the return to action of Tyson Kidd.
The same WWE A-team crew runs on Saturday night in East Rutherford, NJ at the Izod Center and Sunday in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.
TNA has an all-women's taped PPV starting tonight:
Alissa Flash vs. Gail Kim
Ivelisse Velez vs. Lei'd Tapa
Tara vs. Mia Yim
Brooke Tessmacher (Brooke is still a babyface here) vs. Santana Garrett
ODB vs. Trinity
Jackie Moore vs. Taryn Terrell
Taelor Hendrix vs. Hannah Blossom vs. Sojo Bolt
Velvet Sky vs. Jillian Hall
Mickie James vs. Serena Deeb (James is still a babyface here)
All the winners of the matches go to a Battle Royal to determine the Queen of TNA
Tonight's Arena Mexico show airs live and free at http://www.terra.com.mx
Electrico & Astral & Bam Bam vs. Mercurio & Pequeno Olimpico & Nitrito
Delta & Triton & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Okumura & Sangre Azteca & Misterioso Jr.
Marco Corleone & Brazo de Plata & Maximo vs. El Terrible & Vangelis & Rey Bucanero (Isn't Bucanero in Japan?)
Shocker & La Mascara & Diamante Azul vs. Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas & Felino
Atlantis & La Sombra vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Volador Jr.
Rush vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the Universal championship
Saturday is Bellator from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. There is a two-hour free Internet show starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Spike goes live at 8 p.m. with these fights:
Derek Anderson (9-0) vs. Patricky Pitbull Freire (10-4)
Jason Butcher (6-0) vs. Giva Santana (18-2) in the first round of the middleweight tournament
Brian Rogers (10-5) vs. Mikel Parlo (9-1) in the first round of the middleweight tournament
Jeremy Kimball (10-3) vs. Perry Fillkins (7-1) in the first round of the middleweight tournament
Justin Torrey (9-0) vs. Andreas Spang (8-3) in the first round of the middleweight tournament
Alexander Shlemenko (47-7) vs. Brett Cooper (19-8) for the middleweight title
The Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis TUF final and the Joe Warren vs. Nick Kirk fights are both off due to an eye injury suffered by Riggs in training and a training injury suffered by Warren as well.
The WWE "B" crew runs on Saturday night in Windsor (Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian and Dolph Ziggler vs. Big E Langston are the advertised top matches but we haven't heard officially that Christian is on the road due to his concussion) and Saturday night in Hamilton, ONT.
TNA runs Saturday night in Bethlehem, PA (Bully Ray vs. Samoa Joe for TNA title, James Storm & Gunner vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian for tag titles, Manik vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Zema Ion for X title, A.J. Styles vs. Bobby Roode, Gail Kim vs. ODB, Ken Anderson vs. Magnus).
ROH also runs Saturday night in Birmingham at Boutwell Auditorium with Roderick Strong vs. Adam Cole, first fall pins only, second fall submissions only, third fall 15:00 Iron man match, Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Mike Posey & Corey Hollis vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. ACH & Tadarius Thomas--if anyone but Fish & O'Reilly win, they will get a title shot immediately, Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal non-title (if Lethal wins he gets a title match on either 9/20 or 9/21), Michael Bennett vs. Davey Richards, Kevin Steen vs. QT Marshall, Michael Elgin vs. Raymond Rowe and Tommaso Ciampa vs. Luke Hawx.
The debut of Keiji Muto's Wrestle-1 promotion from the Tokyo Dome City Hall will be an iPPV for $20 at www.ustream.tv/w-1 starting at 3 a.m. Eastern time Sunday morning and midnight Pacific time on Saturday night.
Raw will be Monday night in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre featuring an appearance of Edge.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday night in Ottawa.
Lots of news in the Observers this week. This week's back issue on the web site is huge historically, as WCW had just taken the lead in the Monday Night Wars and WWF filed a lawsuit against them for the portrayal of Kevin Nash & Scott Hall. It was big at the time, and ended up even bigger historically. The wording of the lawsuit is almost hilarious when you consider how the booking turned out.
-- Dana White's statement to Ariel Helwani on this week's UFC on FS1 ratings:
"We were #1 on all of cable with M18-34 and M18-49. We also beat the US Open and the Detroit vs Red Sox MLB game. This is all part of the building process. We’ve made a commitment to work with FOX to build this network. If you look at all of the other networks we’ve ever been on we consistently pull strong ratings. The first time we put our prelims on FX we pulled 880K viewers and it grew, depending on the fight, up to 1.9 million viewers for UFC 156. Also, the TUF season with Carwin and Big Country averaged 822K viewers then Jones vs Sonnen averaged 1.3 million viewers. We currently hold the top 4 most watched telecasts on FS1 since the network launched. To be honest, our Prelim and Fight Night numbers weren’t bad considering we started on the west coast at 2pm in the afternoon on a Wednesday. The most important thing is last night’s fights were awesome and this season of TUF is great. Yes, we didn’t pull the 1 million + but we will. But, we also fucked up last night by not starting the main event later so that we could get a live lead into TUF. The bottom line is FOX couldn’t be happier with the UFC and the ratings we’re pulling. And we couldn’t be happier with the way we’ve been treated by the network."
-- Funny trivia: Apparently, creative found out the Mark Henry update by reading our front page. The communication within the company has been the source of comedy for awhile now.
-- Hulk Hogan interview here talking TNA, WWE, his career and more. He claims he has virtually no real input into anything in TNA outside of some last-minute tweaking (in other interviews he's admitted to changing entire storylines at the last minute), and also claims it takes TEN YEARS to develop a character. It's an interesting read.
-- So after last night, next week's Impact has Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson for the title (I love that Mr. Anderson got eliminated from the all-important Battle Royal to earn A CHANCE to get a shot at the title, and then 30 minutes later he's got a shot at the title anyway), Austin Aries vs. AJ Styles in a Bound for Glory Series semi-final, and Bobby Roode vs. Magnus in the other semi-final.
-- Miz announced that he and Maryse are getting married in February.
-- There is a House of Hardcore Behind the Scenes documentary here.
-- Dana White behind the scenes video from UFC Fight Night on Wednesday here.
-- Great subtitled interview with all-time legend Kazushi Sakuraba here.
-- From the promoter: World Series of Fighting 5's two-and-a-half-hour NBCSN telecast airs live thirty minutes earlier than previously reported at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The main card features a heavyweight slugfest between sambo master Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski (19-10) and AKA product Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-9-1) serves as the evening's main event.
-- Awesome Kong/Karma was on Double Divas this past Tuesday on Lifetime being fitted for a better sports bra. Thanks to Mike.
-- Paul writes: Not sure if it's been reported or if it's exclusive to BellTV subscribers in Canada but they are offering a "championship package", which includes UFCs 165,166,167 and 168 for the price of 3 PPVs. All in HD and the total cost is $179.97. If people are Bell subscribers, they can get details on channel 1450.
-- The Total Divas taping in Florida that took place a few days ago was for the REUNION SPECIAL which all reality shows do. You know, reuniting all the cast members who are on the road with each other four days a week all year round.
-- While I don't know this, my guess is that Tyson Kidd's in-ring return tonight in Montreal will be part of a storyline on one of the upcoming episodes of Total Divas.
-- For I think the first time ever, the Thursday Bryan & Vinny Show with Granny's segment and the full Impact review is a FREE DOWNLOAD here.
-- Want to work for Impact Wrestling? They're looking for a social media manager.
-- A few days ago we had a mailbag question about why Rock had never done anything for WWE Films. The answer was that WWE Films never had the budget to afford him. Well, only a few days later comes this.
-- Former Strikeforce star Lavar Johnson has signed with Bellator.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S ULTIMATE FIGHTER SHOW?
36.6% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S MAIN EVENT?
69.0% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THURSDAY'S NEW JAPAN IPPV SHOW?
83.7% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF WEDNESDAY'S UFC FIGHT NIGHT?
42.9% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST NEWS STORY OF AUGUST?
SummerSlam, Bryan wins title, Orton wins title 31.6%
Cena tears triceps 21.5%
G-1 Climax tournament 14.1%
UFC debuts on FS 1 12.3%
Darren Young comes out 10.9%
WWE profits way down for Mania quarter 3.2%
Kurt Angle enters rehab 2.8%
Dutch Savage passes away 2.4%
Eddie Alvarez legal battle ends, signs with Bellator 1.2%
-- On Sunday, October 6, wrestling will be headed to Centerville, Tennessee, for the Bulldog Brawl! This benefit is for the Centerville Junior Pro Football team. All proceeds from this benefit goes to help out the CJP! And any CJP player who attends in their jersey or uniform will be admitted for free! Tickets are $5.
-- This Saturday at The Ohio Theatre on 122 West North Street in Downtown Lima, Ohio as National Championship Wrestling Presents... "The Alpha", featuring for the first time in Lima in over 20-years, a "Texas Death Match"... pitting Samuel Farmer ("The "Legendary" Sam Farmer) vs. "The Hebrew Hammer" Joseph Schwartz with special guest referee Zachary BabySmooth Green from Lima Combat Sports.
-- New Jersey's premier amateur fight promotion, the Asylum Fight League, has found a new home at the Trump Taj Mahal. AFL president and CEO Carl Mascarenhas and Taj Mahal executives worked out a deal that will keep the Asylum Fight League at the Taj Mahal for the rest of 2013 and all of 2014.
-- Ryan Nemeth, the brother of Dolph Ziggler who spent some time in developmental as Briley Pierce before being cut, has a very wacky column up here. Not sure I would have made any reference to guys being on steroids, even as comedy, if I ever wanted to get a job there again.
Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1972 - The Sheik defeated Seiji Sakaguchi in Tokyo, Japan to win the NWA United National Heavyweight Title. That belt is now part of the All Japan Triple Crown.
1981 - Ron Bass defeated Greg Valentine to win the NWA Television Title in Ashville, North Carolina, ending Valentine's fourth, and final, run with the belt.
1993 - The Moondogs (Spike & Cujo) defeated The Dogcatchers for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1997 - Steven Dunn defeated Doomsday (Kane) for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
2002 - In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar defeated World Champion Triple H in a rare bout between the Smackdown and Raw champions. Before the match, it was announced that only Lesnar's title was on the line. Lesnar's home town of Webster, SD is about 150 miles from Sioux Falls.
2003 - Toshiaki Kawada defeated Shinjiro Ohtani in a tournament final to win the Triple Crown in Tokyo, Japan.
2003 - Nigel McGuiness defeated Chad Collyer for the Heartland Wrestling Association Title in Batavia, Ohio.