Lots of stuff taking place this weekend.
Smackdown TV tonight:
A.J. Lee vs. Naomi non-title
Ryback vs. Jamin Olivencia (using another name)
Darren Young vs. The Shield 1 vs. 3
Titus O'Neil vs. The Shield 1 vs. 3
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Shield 1 vs. 3
RVD vs. The Shield 1 vs. 3
Justin Gabriel & Zack Ryder vs. Eric Rowan & Luke Harper
Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth non-title
Daniel Bryan & Usos vs. The Shield
Arena Mexico tonight at www.terra.com.mx is live at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time headlined by Atlantis & La Sombra & Blue Panther vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Volador Jr. & Averno.
ROH has Death Before Dishonor 11 Friday night at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia. The show airs live on gfl.tv at 8 p.m. We're looking for live reports on this show Semifinals and finals of ROH title tournament with semifinals of Adam Cole vs. Tommaso Ciampa and Michael Elgin vs. Kevin Steen
Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly & Matt Taven & Michael Bennett vs. ACH & Tadarius Thomas & Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
Ricky Marvin vs. Roderick Strong
Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards for IWGP jr. tag titles
Jay Lethal vs. Silas Young
Plus B.J. Whitmer, Homicide and Eddie Kingston
Bellator 100 tonight from Phoenix
Spike.com fights at 7 p.m. Eastern
Efrain Escudero (155.2) vs. Zack Surdyka (155)
Joe Yager (205.5) vs. Clifford Starks (202.7)
Johnny Buck (170.4) vs. Adam McDonough (170.5)
Mighty Mo (264.2) vs. Dan Charles (235)
Beau Tribolet (204.1) vs. Liam McGeary (204.5)
Bubba Jenkins (155.6) vs. LaRue Burley (153.8)
Travis Marx (135.8) vs. Brandon Bender (135.2)
Spike TV at 9 p.m. Eastern
Ron Keslar (170.5) vs. Sergio Junior (170.8) in the first round of the welterweight tournament
Brent Weedman (170.4) vs. Justin Baesman (170.1) in the first round of the welterweight tournament
Rick Hawn (170.6) vs. Herman Terrado (171) in the first round of the welterweight tournament
War Machine (170.4) vs. Vaughn Anderson (170.1) in the first round of the welterweight tournament
Douglas Lima (169.9) vs. Ben Saunders (169.4) in the finals of the spring welterweight tournament
UFC 165 takes place Saturday from Toronto's Air Canada Centre
Facebook at 6 p.m. Eastern
Nandor Guelmino vs Daniel Omielanczuk
Alex Caceres vs. Roland Delorme
Michel Preazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
Renee Forte vs. John Makdessi
Prelims on FS 1 at 8 p.m.
Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura
Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci
Main card on PPV at 10 p.m.
Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Francis Carmont vs. Costa Philippou
Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland for the interim bantamweight title
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson for the light heavyweight title
We're also looking for reports on these house shows on Saturday:
WWE Raw in Hidalgo, TX (Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Big Show, The Shield, Rey Mysterio)
WWE Smackdown in Fort Wayne (Alberto Del Rio, C.M. Punk, Curtis Axel, Paul Heyman, Rob Van Dam)
TNA in Tucson at the Convention Center (Bully Ray vs. Samoa Joe for TNA title, Manik vs. Frankie Kazarian for X title, Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode), James Storm vs. Hernandez, ODB vs. Le'd Tapa for Knockouts title,
Eric Young vs. Christopher Daniels
NXT in Crystal River, FL at the Armory
ROH TV tapings in Philadelphia at the National Guard Armory (Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov for ROH tag titles, Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal for TV title, Ricky Marvin vs. Davey Richards, Michael Bennett & Maria Kanellis vs. Brutal Bob Evans & Cheeseburger, Mark Briscoe vs. Tadarius Thomas, Adam Page vs. ACH plus Adam Cole, Tommaso Ciampa, Kevin Steen, Michael Elgin, Eddie Edwards, Roderick Strong, Homicide, Eddie Kingston, Silas Young, QT Marshall, RD Evans and Veda Scott.
We're looking for reports from these shows on Sunday:
WWE Raw in Hidalgo, TX (Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Big Show, The Shield, Rey Mysterio)
WWE Smackdown in Springfield, IL (Alberto Del Rio, C.M. Punk, Curtis Axel, Paul Heyman, Rob Van Dam)
Raw will be Monday night in Chicago. C.M. Punk returns on the show, HHH will make an announcement regarding the people who defied him and the video game roster will be announced.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
With such a busy news week, we've got a double issue of the Observer that will be up on the site today.
Today's News, Notes and Links
-- As noted on the front page, the claim is that Mayweather vs. Canelo did 2.2 million buys, down from the famous Mayweather vs. De La Hoya fight in terms of buys, but breaking its record in terms of gross revenue. It would be the biggest-grossing PPV event in the history of the world.
-- Weigh-in results and notes for tomorrow's UFC show are all up on the front page. At the end of the day everyone made weight so all of the fights are on as scheduled.
-- Impact did 1.3 million viewers last night, almost identical to last week.
-- As noted on the front page, tonight's ROH Death Before Dishonor show will air LIVE on Gofightlive.tvtonight.
-- More on the arrest of the former Duke The Dumpster Droese here.
-- UFC's Paul Taylor, who has battled one injury after another, announced that he was retiring.
-- Dana White also made it clear that if Dominick Cruz cannot defend the UFC 135-pound title against the winner of the Barao vs. Wineland fight tomorrow, he'll have to be stripped of the belt. He hasn't defended in two years due to blowing out both knees in succession. Cruz has said he believes he'll be back at the beginning of 2014.
-- Nick Dinsmore will be starting as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center any time. He first met with the company about the role back in May. We're told they had also offered a position to Rob Conway, but Conway didn't want to relocate.
-- Kevin Nash going off on Impact here.
-- Paul writes: Not sure if you’re aware but Mark Henry did Jay Mohr’s podcast and it’s up today. He was very entertaining. The interview was mostly out of character and he doesn’t really say anything you don’t know but it’s a fun hour, just a conversation between the two. Mohr is obviously a big fan of his but not necessarily of the current WWE. Mark Henry put over Daniel Bryan as being the best current guy on the roster and Mohr didn’t even know who he was. Show is here. -- Steve writes: The Gardiner Expressway, the main highway connecting drivers to downtown Toronto, will be closed for maintenance this weekend. That means anyone who was planning on driving to UFC will have to find alternate routes. This will likely cause a big traffic headache for people getting into the city, especially if enough people don't know about it.Still have nightmares to this day about WrestleMania in Orlando when they were doing traffic construction work around the city the same weekend, absolute nightmare.
-- Vic writes: I listened to the Impact review, then turned on http://vaughnlive.tv/mistyskin; this channel is running lots of 80's wrestling. They showed UWF TV from November of 1986 where the UWF tag titles changed hands WITHOUT A HOT TAG. It was Bad Leroy Brown & Wild Bill Irwin vs champs John Tatum & Jack Victory. The heels (Brown & Irwin) got the heat, and more heat, and even more heat… and then they won the titles. Jim Ross went nuts putting over the heels domination of the champs and the crowd was STUNNED.
-- Very good story on pro-wrestling/comic book tie-ins on the Chicago Tribune site. It's behind a paywall but if you click hereand access it through Twitter you can read the whole thing.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1957 - Ivan The Terrible & Nikita Zolotoff defeated Pepper Gomez & El Medico in Houston, Texas for the NWA Texas Tag Team Title.
1968 - Ramon & Alberto Torres defeated Butcher Vachon & Stan Vachon for the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1975 - WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated George Steele in a stretcher match at the Philadelphia Spectrum in Pennsylvania. Andre The Giant was the special referee.
1975 - Jose Miguel Perez defeated The Spoiler II in Caguas, Puerto Rico to win the WWC Puerto Rican Heavyweight Title. On the same show, Carlos Colon defeated The Spoiler I in to win the WWC North American Heavyweight Title
1975 - Ric Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel in Hampton, Virginia to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title.
1978 - Jose Lothario defeated Assassin #1 in Monroe, Louisiana to win the Mid-South Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title.
1981 - Big John Studd defeated Angelo Mosca in Toronto, Ontario to win the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title
1997 - New Jack & John Kronus defeated The Dudley Boys to win the ECW World Tag Team Title in Philadelphia, PA.
1997 - Sugar Sato defeated Yoshiko Tamura to win the WCW Women's World Cruiserweight Title in Kawasaki, Japan.
2008 - Adam Pearce defeated Brent Albright to regain the NWA World Title in Philadelphia, PA.
2009 - Sarita & Taylor Wilde defeated The Beautiful People to win the TNA Knockouts Tag team Title and AJ Styles won the TNA World Championship by defeating Matt Morgan, Sting and Kurt Angle in a 4 way match.
-- Lance Archer, who has improved a ton in the past few years, is the guest on the Over the Top Radio Show tonight here.
-- Five questions with Lufisto here
-- Vale Tudo Japan has announced four additional fights for the upcoming Vale Tudo Japan 3rd fight card which will take place on Saturday, October 5th at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Ota, Tokyo, Japan. VTJ and UFC veteran CAOLUNO will be battling DANIEL ROMERO, MOTONOBU TEZUKA steps in the cage against YUTA NEZU, the experienced TAKESHI INOUE takes on YUSUKE YACHI, and newcomers RYUTO SAWADA and HIROYUKI TAKAHASHI have been added to the card.
-- U-Pro Wrestling returns to the Goshen, IN V.F.W on October 5th, featuring Zach Gown vs. Troy Miller, and an 8-man tournament to crown the 1st champion with: Osyris, Dru Skillz, Kharn Alexander, Jack Thriller, Rod Street, Rey Fuego, Louis Lyndon, and Jake Omen. If fans bring in a can good or any other nonperishable item, they will receive $2 off the ticket price. Donations go to the food pantry at New Paris First Brethren Church. More info available at http://uprowrestling.com.
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