SAT. UPDATE: ROH news and results, ESPN Mag feature on WWE star, Andre handler Bernard passes away, World of Sport revival, Hall & Nash and Ross & Lawler reunite tonight, New Fights, UFC odds, Big U.K. fight off, Lesnar drawing power



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        We're also looking for reports on these shows from today:
WWC anniversary show in Bayamon, PR.  Lineup has Carlito vs. Sting, Rey Fenix vs. Super Fenix mask vs. mask, Carlos & Stacy Colon vs. Invader I & La Tigresa, Apolo defends the Universal title against Chris Angel, Bronco I defends the Puerto Rican title against Savio Vega, Sons of Samoa defend the tag titles against Thunder & Lightning and Chicano & Abbad, Rikochet vs. Tommy Diablo for jr. title, Andy Leavine vs. Samson Walker and more.  The show will be available as an iPPV for $20 at www.wwclive.com  The Carlito vs. Sting main event will not be on iPPV due to Sting being under contract to TNA).
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)
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.
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  
 
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                UFC 165 takes place Saturday from Toronto's Air Canada Centre
 
Facebook at 6 p.m. Eastern
Nandor Guelmino (11-4-1, 230) vs Daniel Omielanczuk (15-3-1, 1 no contest, 245.5) 
Alex Caceres (8-5, 1 no contest, 136) vs. Roland Delorme (9-1, 1 no contest 136)
Michel Prazeres (16-1, 155) vs. Jesse Ronson (13-2, 155.5)
Renee Forte (8-2, 155.5) vs. John Makdessi (11-2, 155)
 
Prelims on FS 1 at 8 p.m.
Mitch Gagnon (9-2, 136) vs. Dustin Kimura (11-0, 136)
Chris Clements (11-4, 1 no contest, 169.5) vs. Stephen Thompson (7-1, 170.5)
Ivan Menjivar (25-10, 136) vs. Wilson Reis (16-4, 135)
Myles Jury (12-0, 156) vs. Mike Ricci (9-3, 155.5)
 
Main card on PPV at 10 p.m.
Pat Healy (31-15, 1 no contest, 155.75)  vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (21-0, 156)
Francis Carmont (21-7, 186) vs. Costa Philippou (12-1, 1 no contest, 186) 
Matt Mitrione (6-2, 260.5) vs. Brendan Schaub (10-3, 237)
Renan Barao (32-1, 1 no contest, 135) vs. Eddie Wineland (20-8-1, 135) for the interim bantamweight title
Jon Jones (19-1, 204.5) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (15-1, 204.5) for the light heavyweight title
 
        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.  
 
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        We also have our full coverage of WWE Night of Champions, as well as an early look at WWE Battleground in a few weeks.  We've got notes on the storylines of the night, the stories going forward, betting odds that moved, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results of the show.  We also look at the polls WWE did on its PPV show.
 
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--Death of Mini L.A. Park
 
--Arena Mexico news coming after the Anniversary show
 
--Huge day for wrestling coming up next month in Mexico
 
--Konnan talks comeback
 
--AAA tryout notes
 
--AAA plans for U.S. market
 
--Dragon Gate big show coverage
 
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--Low Ki injury update
 
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--Update on Buck Zumhofe's trial
 
--Another ex-WWF wrestler, Duke Droese arrested
 
--How one of the year's biggest matches fell through and why it's unlikely to happen
 
--More news for the 2014 WrestleMania weekend
 
--Notes on Riddick Bowe trying pro wrestling
 
--Notes on movie featuring WWE headliner
 
--A look at Maximo of CMLL
 
--Former WWF star talks coming out of retirement
 
--Terry Funk's next last match
 
--Big indie shows
 
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--Why TNA can't copy WWE, while WWE can copy TNA
 
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--Austin Aries on his retirement thoughts
 
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--Matt Morgan talks leaving TNA
 
--The return of B.J. Penn
 
--How B.J. Penn would up coaching Ultimate Fighter
 
--A look at UFC's next show on FOX
 
--Tons of new UFC fights
 
--Updated notes on UFC viewership
 
--How much UFC headliners have made
 
--UFC issues in he U.K.
 
--Dana White cuts a promo on Matt Riddle
 
--Do fighters think Ronda Rousey should fight Fallon Fox
 
--Should fighters unionize
 
--A look at the UFC featherweight title picture
 
--UFC cuts a controversial fighter
 
--Next Bellator show
 
--Very interesting Bellator win over former UFC star
 
--What is the all-time PPV record
 
--Mauro Ranallo's pro wrestling past
 
--Jon Fitch's return
 
--Cris Cyborg returns to action
 
--A look at the Louisiana standards banning breast implants from MMA fighters and boxer
 
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SATURDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with a ton of news, including the UFC show, Impact, SummerSlam numbers, the current TNA situation as well as taking questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Frenchy Bernard, a former wrestler who was more famous as a referee, who was the handler of Andre the Giant, passed away earlier this week in Ellerbe, NC.  Frenchy and wife Jackie ended up living with Andre on his ranch and when Andre died he left the ranch to them.  Bernard was 77.
 
--Results from last night's ROH show in Philadelphia
Jay Lethal b Silas Young
Adam Cole b Tommaso Ciampa in the final four
Michael Elgin b Kevin Steen in the final four
Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov b Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards to keep the IWGP jr. tag titles
Adam Page b R.D. Evans
Roderick Strong b Ricky Marvin
        B.J. Whitmer announced his retirement due to injuries.  Whitmer asked Nigel McGuinness for a favor and let Jimmy Jacobs (who was "fired" when SCUM was beaten and had to leave) back.  McGuinness said he would give Jacobs a shot and he's start back at TV today.
Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander & ACH & Tadarius Thomas b Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish & Matt Taven & Michael Bennett
Adam Cole b Michael Elgin with a German suplex to win the ROH title.  The story was Cole was fresh and Elgin was hurting after their first matches on the show.  Cole turned heel after the show, nailing Jay Briscoe with a superkick after Briscoe gave him the belt, and then giving Elgin a belt shot.
 
--According to those in ROH, Go Fight Live offered them the opportunity to stream the show for free as a goodwill deal and ROH offered it to the public for free, saying they had upgraded their equipment.   But it didn't work again, as virtually the entire second half of the show didn't air.      
 
--Impact first show on  Thursday from Little Rock:
Manik vs. Chris Sabin for X title
Joseph Park & Eric Young & ODB vs. Robbie E & Jessie Godderz & ?

--ESPN Magazine this week has a full page of Rey Mysterio and his various masks
 
--Hulk Hogan appeared at today's Wrestlereunion at Hogan's Beach Restaurant in Clearwater, FL.  Jimmy Hart, The Nasty Boys, Demolition and  Bobby Heenan among others were there.  It had been advertised from the start that Hogan would not be appearing, so it was a surprise.

--Evolve tonight in Ridgewood, Queens, NY at Guzman Sports Lounge
AR Fox vs. Anthony Nese for the Evolve title
Johnny Gargano & Trent Baretta vs. Rich Swann & Ricochet
Josh  Alexander vs. Biff Busick vs. Maxwell Chicago vs. Green Ant
Lince Dorado vs. Drew Gulak vs. Shane Strickland vs. Mr. Touchdown
Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy vs. Dos Ben Dejos
Jigsaw & The Shard vs. Harlem & Lance Bravado
Matt Jackson vs. Caleb Konley
 
--Matt Striker headlines for the World of Sport promotion on 11/17 at Croydon, UK's Fairfield Halls.  He'll go under his real name of Matthew Kaye.  Johnny Kidd will wrestle.  Johnny Saint with referee and Steve Gray is scheduled to attend.  
 
--Fox Sports 2 will air the post-game show for tonight's UFC PPV.
 
--In the cable ratings for last week, ESPN was first at 4.11 million viewers on average, due to it being football season.  USA was No. 2 at 2.61 million.  The three hours of Raw were No. 11, 15 and 16 for the week.  The third hour was No. 9 in the 18-49 demo.
 
--A major indie show takes place tonight in Fishkill, NY at Duchess Stadium called Wrestling Under the Stars II.  Jerry Lawler faces Matt Striker in the main event, which also includes a reunion of Kevin Nash & Scott Hall.  Scott isn't wrestling.  Nash teams with Scott's son Cody to face former ECW wrestlers Oman Tortuga & Diablo Santiago.  Jim Ross will be there.  Also, Romeo Roselli faces former major league baseball pitcher Joe Ausanio of the Yankees in his second pro match.
 
--The Fight Master final with Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis will take place as the main event of the Spike prelims for the 11/2 Bellator PPV show in Long Beach.  The match was scheduled for 9/7 but Riggs had suffered an eye injury.  The winner gets $100,000.
 
--Joe Warren, who was also scheduled on the 9/7 show against Nick Kirk, but not cleared due to being knocked out in training (that was the story we heard, that was the story the commission said as well, although others have denied it), is now facing Kirk this coming Friday night on Bellator's show in Portland, OR at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter.
 
--With Warren moved to Friday's show, the Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Godbeer heavyweight tournament first round fight was moved back a week to 10/4 in Visalia, CA.
 
--When Stacy Keibler was on Arsenio Hall on Thursday night, Hall said that he knew his wrestling and talked about going to see a match with Bobo Brazil vs. Johnny Powers. (thanks to Matt Wright)  
 
--A couple of birthdays today include Hall of Fame candidate Ricky Morton, who turns 57, former WCW announcer Scott Hudson, who turned 49, and woman wrestler Ivelisse Velez, who turned 25.
 
--Ted Petty was 49 when he passed away on this day in 2002.  Brother Jonathan, the father of Don Leo Jonathan, was 83 when he passed away on this day in 1987.
 
--Odds for tonight's main card from 5 Dimes as of this morning
 
Alexander Gustafsson +685
Jon Jones -875
 
Eddie Wineland +558
Renan Barao -685
 
Brendan Schaub -105
Matt Mitrione -105
 
Costa Philippou -165
Francis Carmont +155
 
Khabib Nurmagomedov -230
Pat Healy +210
 
--David Haye withdrew from this coming Saturday's boxing match in Manchester with Tyson Fury due to suffering a deep cut in training.
 
--WWE studios will be hosting a Q&A on 10/13 at the Javits Center in New York for the stars of See No  Evil 2 including Kane.
 
--Booker T talks wrestling, WCW, WWE his own promotion and acting at http://www.nst.com/my/life-times/style/showbiz-wrestling-with-more-projects-1.357950
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (THANKS TO GRAEME CAMERON AND BRIAN HOOPS)
1950 - Sugi Sito beat Tarzan Lopez to win the NWA world middleweight title
1971 - Rusher Kimura & Thunder Sugiyama beat Red Bastien & Billy Howard in Nagasaki to win the IWA tag team titles
1977 - Mario Valenzuela beat Firma Azul in Acapulco to win the Mexican national lightweight title.  Is this the same Mario Valenzuela who was a prelim wrestler a few years later in California?
1979 - Tiger Jeet Singh beat Seiji Sakaguchi in Sendai to win the North American title
1986  Carlos Colon beat Terry Funk in the tournament finale to win the vacant WWC Universal tile in San Juan.  Also the RPMs (Tommy Lane & Mike Davis) beat Los Pastores (Luke Williams & Butch Miller) for the tag titles 
1989 - Fuerza Guerrera beat Aguila Solitaria in Puebla to win the NWA middleweight title 
1992 - Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes beat Terry Gordy & Steve Williams to win the WCW & NWA tag titles in Atlanta
1992 - Brian Christopher beat Reno Riggins to win the Southern title, Junkyard Dog beat Eddie Gilbert to keep the USWA tile and Moondog Fifi beat Miss Texas (Jacqueline) to win the women's title in Memphis    
1996 - Kendo Ka Shin beat Michael Kovac in Hannover, Germany to win the CWA jr. title
1999 - Road Dogg & Billy Gunn beat Rock & Mankind to win the WWF tag titles in Dallas on Smackdown
2003 - Bill Goldberg beat HHH in Hershey, PA at the Unforgiven PPV to win the World title
 
--A note from the Thursday listings, the Great Malenko who beat Herb Welch to win the Southern jr. title in 1956 was not the father of Joe & Dean, the famed Boris Malenko, who took that name years later, but the original Great Malenko, Frank Fozo.
 
WHO DO YOU EXPECT TO WIN THIS FIGHT?
Alistair Overeem 56.3%
Frank Mir 43.7%
 
WHO DO YOU EXPECT TO WIN THIS FIGHT?
Demetrious Johnson 77.6%
Joseph Benavidez 22.4%
 
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING THIS WEEKEND?
UFC 165 42.4%
ROH 25.2%
Bellator 19.4%
Arena Mexico 9.0%
        33.3% said they were watching none.  The biggest crossover was UFC & Bellator 
 
WHY WAS SUMMERSLAM SO FAR BELOW LAST YEAR?
They hurt Lesnar's drawing power in booking 26.6%
I expected a screw job in the main event based on buildup, decided against watching for that reason 16.3%
They got too cute in main event storyline 12.7%
Lesnar's drawing power wasn't going to stay strong for this long no matter what 12.5%
Bad buildup of Cena vs. Bryan, people didn't buy or care enough about Bryan 9.4%
Main event wasn't a match people wanted to see badly enough to pay for it 8.6%
Saved money after buying Mayweather fight 6.2%
Two UFC shows in August took priority 4.8%
HHH vs. Lesnar storyline last year way better 2.9%
 
POLL ON IMPACT
Excellent 9.4%
Good 31.3%
Average 18.8%
Fair 11.5%
Poor 29.2%
        38.5% of those responding didn't see the show   
 
--Dean Ambrose promotes this weekend's two straight nights in Hidalgo, TX at http://www.themonitor.com/entertainment/article_7df22766-216a-11e3-8863-001a4bcf6878.html
--ROH debuts on TV tonight at 1:07 a.m in Seattle on KOMO, Ch. 4, a station Sinclair purchased earlier this year.   
 
--Mick Foley performs tonight in San Diego at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the American Comedy  Company.
 
--Chris Jericho performs tomorrow night in Milwaukee at The Rave/Eagles Club.
 
--Gordon Shell, a 44-year-old former MMA fighter with a heart condition, who is a dog lover, wants a match wit Michael Vick on PPV to raise money for animal rescue groups.  Vick's people have already turned it down so it's a grandstand challenge to the nth degree.  But he's gotten some pub out of it.
 
--CMLL on Wednesday night in Queretaro:  Galaxy & Sangre de Dragon b Kastigador & Vengador, Las Draeks I & II b Fuego Latino & Optimus, Electrico & Ultimo Dragoncito b Pequeno Violencia & Pierrothito, La Mascara & Valiente b Felino & Mr. Niebla, Ultimo Guerrero & Volador Jr. b Atlantis & La Sombra
 
--Cibernetico & La Parka vs. El Texano Jr & Silver King headlines on 9/29 in Ciudad Juarez
 
--Mil Mascaras & Galaxy & Extreme Tiger vs. Drako & El Hijo del Fishman & ? headline tomorrow's show in Phoenix at the Valentino's Events Center.

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