SUN. UPDATE: UFC 165 post-event notes, ROH wrestler gets married, Hogan's restaurant, WWE match makes best of list , AJ/Dixie segment, Storm talks Funk match, tons more

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We're also looking for reports on these shows from the following:

  • WWE Raw in Hidalgo, TX
  • WWE Smackdown in Springfield, IL
  • 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.
  • WWE Raw in Hidalgo, TX (Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Big Show, The Shield, Rey Mysterio)
  • 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  
  • NEW in Fishkill, NY at Duchess Stadium 
  • TNA in El Paso, TX
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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--According to Dana White, both Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson were okay today.  White said he didn't score the fight, but Marc Ratner was scoring from cage side and had it 48-47 for Jones. Nothing conclusive yet if there will be a rematch, although UFC usually does what the fans want and I sense a rematch is what people most want to see.
--The single most searched for item in the U.S. yesterday was UFC.  However, the numbers were not at the level of a blockbuster show.  The next items were First Day of Fall, Kenya, Ohio State Football and Notre Dame football. 

--Eddie Wineland was very upset after his 2nd round stoppage loss to 135-pound champ Renan Barao, thinking the stoppage against was early.
--ROH wrestler Tommaso Ciampa was married today.
--Here's an article on concussions in Rugby Union in the Daily Mail. (thanks to James Ryder)  
--A correction from yesterday's report: Hulk Hogan's Beach Restaurant is in Tampa, not Clearwater, FL. Hogan has a beach merchandise store in Clearwater.  He came by at the Wrestle Reunion event when it was specifically advertised he wouldn't be there, participating in a question and answer session and signed autographs and took pictures with the 100 or so fans who showed up.  
--FS 1 will replay Ultimate Fighter at 8 p.m. 
--An article in today's New York Daily News on the best sports moments in the first year of the Barclays Center lists the John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler main event at the TLC PPV (WWE's debut in the arena).
Under 300,000 27.2%
301-325,000 7.6%
326-350,000 7.6%
351-375,000 8.7%
376-400,000 13.0%
401-425,000 14.1%
426-450,000 4.3%
451-475,000 0.0%
476-500,000 5.4%
501-525,000 3.3%
526-550,000 1.1%
More than 551,000 7.6%
No interest in the show 29.1%
Watching via illegal stream 27.5%
Buying the show, usually buy UFC shows 11.0%
Watching with friends, but not buying myself, or going to bar or restaurant to watch 7.1%
Regular buyer, skipping, don't like card 5.5%
Occasional buyer, getting it because I like the main event 4.9%
Occasional buyer, skipping it because I don't like the main event 4.4%
Rare buyer, skipping don't' like main event 4.4%
Would consider buying but have other plans 4.4%
Would consider buying, but spent to much on boxing last week 0.5%
Excellent 8.7%
Good 47.8%
Average 30.4%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 13.0%
        70.1% of those responding didn't see the show
Bad, counter productive, makes everyone involved and company look Mickey Mouse 42.7%
Bad, but no worse than any other bad storyline 20.1%
Would have maybe been okay if WWE wasn't doing the same thing, because of that it's lame 19.5%
Liked it, want to see where it's going 11.0%
It doesn't matter if WWE is doing the same angle at the same time 3.5%
A game changer 3.2%
Excellent 11.0%
Good 47.3%
Average 22.0%
Fair 6.6%
Poor 13.2%
        39.3% of those responding didn't see the show   
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops):

1966 - Baron Mikel Scicluna & Smasher Sloan beat Johnny Valentine & Antonio Pugliese (Tony Parisi) to win the U.S. tag team title
1970 - Paul Jones & Nelson Royal beat Gene & Ole Anderson to win the Atlantic Coast tag team titles at the Greensboro Coliseum
1972 - Spyros Arion beat Bulldog Brower in Sydney to win the IWA title
1975 - The Hollywood Blonds, Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown (a great team in those days) beat Seiji Sakaguchi & Strong Kobayashi in Nagoya to win the North American tag team titles
1988 - Chigusa Nagayo beat Ronda Singh in Calgary to win the IWA title. 
1993 - Gran Hamada beat El Engendero in Pachuca to win the UWA jr. light heavyweight title
1995 - Gran Hamada beta Koji Kanemoto in Nagoya to win the UWA light heavyweight title
1995 - Rey Misterio Jr. beat Psicosis in Mexico City to win the WWA welterweight title
1996 - Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith beat The Smoking Gunns to win the WWF world tag team titles in Philadelphia at the Mind Games PPV.  The main event of that show was Shawn Michaels beating Mick Foley via DQ in one of the best matches in WWE history up to that point in time.
2000 - Spanky (Brian Kendrick) beat American Dragon (Bryan Danielson) in Vicksburg, MS to win the Memphis Championship Wrestling light heavyweight title. 
2000 - Terry Funk beat Lance Storm in Amarillo to win the U.S. title in one of the highlights of Lance Storm's career.
--Lance Storm talks about the match with Funk.

--Hall of Fame candidate Ole Anderson turned 71 today.  Former AWA tag champ Doug Somers turned 62 today.  Bob Sapp, who was offered seven figures annually by Vince McMahon and turned down, turned 40 today.
--Mexican star Charro Aguayo passed away on this day in 1963 at the age of 67.  Hall of Famer and one of the first true legends of U.S. wrestling, Stanislaus Zbyszko, was 88 when he passed away on this day in 1967.  Ray Taylor, known as both Big Bubba Rogers and Big Bossman, was 42 when he passed away in 2004.  Jorge "Giant" Gonzalez aka El Gigante, who is one of the tallest wrestlers in history, was 44 when he passed on this day in 2010.  Eddie Smith was 84 when he passed away on this day in 2011 (thanks to Georgia Wrestling).
--EVOLVE Tonight at the Brooklyn Lyceum:
  • AR Fox vs. Ricochet
  • Johnny Gargano vs. Rich Swann for the Open the Freedom gate title
  • Bravado Brothers vs. Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy vs. Dos Ben Dejos vs. Jigsaw & The Shard
  • Biff Busick vs. Drew Gulak
--CWF Mid Atlantic last night in Gibsonville, NC:  Chase Dakota & Mecha Mercenary b Louis Moore & Matt Houston, Lance Lude b Michael McAllister, Smith Garrett & Charlie Weston won four-way tag team scramble, Xsiris b Drew Meyers, Trevor Lee & Chet Sterling b Matty de Nero & Arik Royal, Rob McBride b Manny Garcia, Kamikazi Kid & Lee Valiant b Roy Wilkins & Walter Eaton (thanks to Brad Stutts)
--ROH started this weekend on the FOX affiliate in Reno on Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and on Ch. 21 in Reno for a replay at 10 p.m. Saturday night (thanks to Alan Cookson)
--Here's a review of the United States of Football, a movie about concussions which has references to Chris Nowinski, Mark Madden and Dr. Joseph Maroon as well as WWE.
--Riddick (with Dave Bautista) was No. 8 at the weekend box office, estimated at doing $3.67 million in its third weekend of release.  It was No. 3 this weekend in Australia (thanks to James Stanios) 
--Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in East Carondelet, IL before 225 fans:  Bobby D b Max Archer, Big Texan over Shorty Biggs & Brandon Gallagher, Alexandre Rudolph & Ax Allwardt b Heath Hatton & Daniel Eads, Gary Jackson d Dave Vaughn, Jake Dirden b Tony Raze, Chaz Wesson b Bull Bronson-DQ, Flash Flanagan b Ron Powers, Ricky Cruzz b Ken Kasa-DQ (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer and Larry Matysik).
--Some upcoming St. Louis indie dates:
  • 10/4 St.  Louis Anarchy in Alton, IL with Michael Elgin, Kyle O'Reilly, ACH and Darin Corbin
  • 10/5 Dynamo Pro Wrestling in Glen Carbon, IL with MsChif
  • 10/12 SICW in Belleville, IL with Honky Tonk Man
  • 10/19 SICW in East Carondelet, IL with Jim Duggan
  • 10/25 Dynamo Pro in Sauget, IL at Pop's
  • 10/26 Dynamo Pro in Pittsfield, IL
  • 10/26 NWA Central States Championship Wrestling in Swansea, IL
--There is an MMA group called World Striking Challenge taped in Miami that airs on Univision Deportes. (thanks to Marc Geer)
--Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno:  Will The Beast b Trap Johnson, Super Tiger b Kevin El Devino, Manny Fernandez b Wiseguy to win the U.S. title.  Pogo the Clown attacked Fernandez.  I think that's Joe Applebaumer, who I remember as a 375 pound guy that was around in the 90s on the local indie scene. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--Pro Wrestling Halloween Bash on 10/25 in Santa Clara, CA at Buchster Middle School with Gangrel, Joey Ryan, Drake Younger and Willie Mack.
--PAID Promotions on 10/13 at the Morecambe Football Club in the UK headlined by Johnny Phere vs. Bubblegum. 

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