Tonight's Smackdown TV show:
Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth non-title
Prime Time Players vs. Antonio Cesaro & Jack Swagger
Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler for U.S. title
Ziggler & Rob Van Dam & Kofi Kingston vs. The Shield
Santino Marella vs. Heath Slater
Randy Orton vs. The Miz
Bellator tonight from Portland, OR:
Live on Spike.com at 7 p.m.
Dave Vitkay (12-12-1, 185.6) vs. Tyson Jeffries (10-7, 183.8)
Austin Springer (3-0, 134.8) vs. Zach Skinner (7-9, 134.7)
Jeremiah Riggs (7-7, 181.2) vs. Peter Aspinwall (3-3, 186)
Marcin Held (15-3, 155.7) vs. Ryan Healy (23-12-1, 154.4)
Andy Uhrich (9-3, 170) vs. Nathan Coy (12-4, 170.5)
Scott Thometz (6-2, 155.9) vs. Brent Primus (2-0, 155.5)
Live on Spike TV at 9 p.m.
Saad Awad (14-5, 155.9) vs. Martin Stapleton (12-1, 156) in the first round of the lightweight tournament
Ricardo Tirloni (15-4, 155.5) vs. Rich Clementi (45-22-1, 155.5) in the first round of the lightweight tournament
John Alessio (34-16, 155.6) vs. Will Brooks (10-1, 155.3) in the first round of the lightweight tournament
Marcus Davis (22-9, 156) vs. Alexander Tiger Sarnavskiy (23-1, 155.4) in the first round of the lightweight tournament
Joe Warren (8-3, 135.7) vs. Nick Kirk (10-2, 135.7) in the first round of the bantamweight tournament
There will be live wrestling starting at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time from Arena Mexico at www.terra.com.mx It appears they will air the first few matches but not the main matches.
We're also looking for reports on these Saturday shows:
*WWE in Dallas, TX (Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan; C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel)
*WWE in Huntsville, AL (Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam)
*ROH in Hopkins, MN at the Eisenhower Community Center (Honor Rumble, winner faces Adam Cole for the title later that night, Matt Taven vs. Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong for the TV title, Jay Lethal & Michael Elgin vs. ACH & Tadarius Thomas, Mark Briscoe vs. Silas Young, Kevin Steen vs. Jimmy Jacobs, Eddie Edwards vs. Michael Bennett, Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Josh Alexander & Ethan Page)
Sunday's big event is the New Japan Destruction PPV that airs at www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw/1972 live from Kobe. It starts at 3 a.m. Sunday morning Eastern time and midnight Saturday night Pacific time.
Tiger Mask & Bushi & Takaaki Watanabe vs. Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshi-Hashi
Alex Shelley & Kushida vs. Taka Michinoku & Taichi for the No. 1 contendership for the IWGP jr. tag titles
Rob Conway vs. Jushin Liger for the NWA heavyweight title
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan & Mascara Dorada vs. Karl
Anderson & Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga & Rey Bucanero Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt in a Lumberjack match
Masato Tanaka vs. Tetsuya Naito - Never championship vs. Tokyo Dome title match main event
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Shelton Benjamin for IC title
Kazuchika Okada vs. Satoshi Kojima for IWGP heavyweight title
WWE also runs Sunday at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans with Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan and C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel.
Raw will be Monday in Biloxi, MS. The big angle will be the Rhodes family's confrontation with the McMahon family to set up the Rhodes Family vs. Shield match down the line.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge, LA.
We've got two new issues of the Observer on the site today. We've got a back issue talking about the Monday Night Wars and the UFC debut of Mark Coleman from 1996, as well as everything that was going on in pro wrestling around the world at the time.
Today's News, Notes and Links
-- Following the death of Leandro "Feijao" Souza during weight-cutting yesterday, Shooto officially canceled today's show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The official cause of death was listed as a stroke.
--UFC cut former title contender Yushin Okami today.
-- If you are an ROH fan you should check out the interview with CEO Joe Koff on the front page today. We'll talk everything you ever wanted to know about company business, including what's up with the iPPVs, potential solutions, what ideas just can't feasibly work at this time, and more.
-- We also have a bunch of new FREE shows available, all of which are always linked on the right-hand side of the front page.
-- Look who's new General Counsel for WWE: WWE today announced the appointment of Laura A. Brevetti as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, reporting directly to WWE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Vince McMahon. Brevetti brings extensive legal and management experience to WWE and will be a key member of the senior executive team. As General Counsel, Brevetti will be responsible for overseeing the legal and business affairs of the company and serving as the principal legal advisor to the Chairman, CFO, and management team. She will also serve as Corporate Secretary to WWE's Board of Directors. Brevetti is a highly accomplished attorney with 30 years of experience in federal and local government, as well as private practice. A noted trial attorney, she has tried cases and arbitrations in both state and federal systems, holding positions that include the Attorney-in-Charge and Special Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Assistant District Attorney for Kings County, New York. Most recently, Brevetti was in private practice with K&L Gates. Brevetti is often quoted in the media, commenting on current legal issues and events, and is frequently sought to participate in bar and industry seminars. She has also authored numerous legal articles and has served as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Fordham Law School and New York Law School. Brevetti graduated with a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an A.B. from Barnard College.Brevetti led Vince's legal defense team during the early 90s steroid distribution trial. This was not mentioned anywhere in the press release.
-- How about that, a new Konnan interview on WWE.com.
-- Mark Henry did an interview on Jay Mohr's podcast and said he'd signed a new deal with WWE that takes him through 2016. So that'll be a 20-year WWE in-ring career.
-- Wacky milk commercial with HHH and Steph here, complete with an outtake.
-- Andrew writes: Comedian Mike Lawrence made mention of the Hulk Hogan sex tape on the 9/24 episode of Conan O'Brien. Lawrence said in the sex tape Hogan had a very hard time opening the condom wrapper at which point he probably wished condom wrappers were made of yellow t-shirts.That's actually hilarious.
-- IMG Media, a division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company has signed a three year agreement to globally represent and distribute all media rights for the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events put on by World Series of Fighting (WSOF). Plans are in place to expand the number of WSOF events to 8-10 for 2014/15 and for the shows to be staged internationally in venues such as Vancouver, Brazil, the UK, and Eastern Europe. To date, all WSOF events have been hosted in the US - in Las Vegas, Ontario, and Atlantic City - with upcoming events to be hosted in Miami, Chicago and Houston. NBC, who has shown the first five WSOF events live on NBC Sports Network in primetime, have a multi-year deal for exclusive coverage in the US.
-- Security Guard Dies After Collapsing During High School Brawl. He was well-liked and the students called him Hulk Hogan because of the physical similarity. Thanks to Paul.
-- Video herewith Chris Weidman talking about how beating Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title has changed his life.
-- If you've never seen the Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez fight, today is your lucky day.
-- Also, a PPV commercial for Rampage vs. Tito.
-- Kane has an appearance on Ron Paul's podcast here.
-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! ECWA WITCHING HOUR II Sat, Oct 5th, 2013 Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702 (302) 836-6464
-- WHO IS THE STRONGEST OF THESE HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES?
Big Daddy 21.0%
Dr. Wagner Jr. 17.6%
Giant Haystacks 10.9%
Dr. Wagner Sr. 10.5%
Kendo Nagasaki 9.2%
Villano III 5.9%
Jackie Pallo 2.9%
Horst Hoffman 2.1%
Jim Breaks 1.7%
Huracan Ramirez 1.3%
Billy Joyce 0.8%
SHOULD UFC SIGN ROXANNE MODAFERRI?
WHO SHOULD UFC HAVE PUT AGAINST JON JONES?
Alexander Gustafsson 56.5%
Glover Teixeira 43.5%
POLL ON MAIN EVENT
65.1% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON ULTIMATE FIGHTER
34.7% of those responding didn't see the show
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1977 - On a WWWF Championship Wrestling taping in Philadelphia, PA, Prof. Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji (w/ Freddie Blassie) defeated Larry Zbyzsko & Tony Garea to win the titles in a best 2 out of 3 falls match.
1986 - The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) defeated Eddie Gilbert & Sting to win the UWF World Tag Team Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1993 - The WWF announced on Monday Night Raw that Shawn Michaels had been stripped of the Intercontinental championship.
1994 - Norio Honaga defeated Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title in Osaka, Japan.
1995 - Harlem Heat defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Scotty Riggs to win the titles.
2012 - Samoa Joe defeated Mr. Anderson to win the TNA TV Title.
-- GOUGE returns to Raleigh and another food Truck rodeo this Sat at 6 PM, live music from the Olympic Ass Kicking Team and then rasslin with Seymour Snott vs Gluteus Maximus, Jimmy Jack Funk Jr vs Shawn Alexander, Mickey Gambino vs KFC, a 4 man Lucha Libre tag match and Otto Schwanz and mod more. Rebus Works 301-2 Kinsey Street, Raleigh, North Carolina
-- Lewiston, Maine (September 27, 2013) – New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) today announced that coaches and trainers will face off when Central Maine Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s (CMBJJ) Jesse “The Viking” Erickson (1-1) will meet MMA Athletix’s Ryan Cowette (0-2) at a catchweight of 160-pounds at “NEF XI” on November 9th at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.
-- Big Guam BJJ tourney, Guam Marianias Open 2013. Sept 28 at FD. F4W competitor and Yankees Grappler founder PeachMachine competing in the blue belt ranks for the first time. He stands alone taking on the middleweight blue belts. Peach will also will be competing in the openweight after. We expect Peach to bring home the gold in his first blue level attempt, otherwise his forum on the board may be renamed. Check him out, the sole F4W empire member beating ass in the South Pacific. Good luck Peach!
-- Some interesting responses to some interesting questions here.