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        We also look at what happened with Dolph Ziggler, Steve Austin responds to questions about next year's WrestleMania, the original plan for him and how it has changed and a minor twist on all of that.
 
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--CMLL business post-anniversary show
 
--One of the reasons CMLL fans boo La Sombra
 
--Notes on the latest tag team tournament
 
--New foreigners in AAA
 
--Brother of WWE performer debuts in Dragon Gate
 
--Former wrestler turned senator does a run in at a house show
 
--Update on Keiji Muto's Wrestle-1 promotion
 
--Notes on All Japan's attempt to put together a show at Sumo Hall in October
 
--The latest on Low Ki being out of a promotion
 
--Pro wrestler nearly has a physical confrontation with MMA fighter
 
--A look at Pro Wrestling NOAH's loaded big show lineup
 
--A look at this year's Global League tournament with key outsiders coming in
 
--A look at this week's New Japan PPV show and buildup
 
--Date for New Japan's December PPV show
 
--What former MMA superstars does Kazushi Sakuraba want to bring to New Japan and which one can't do it any time soon
 
--Why the L.A. Park vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. mask match didn't take place and why it's been so difficult to put together
 
--The lame cover reason given
 
--One of year's biggest indie shows and notes including a former member of the New York Yankees wrestling
 
--Pro wrestler battling illness for years wants to come back and do MMA and wrestle in the Olympics
 
--More on the arrest of former WWF wrestler Duke Droese
 
--Latest wrestling wedding
 
--Update on the Briscoes in ROH
 
--A look at upcoming ROH television
 
--More on the Dixie Carter/A.J. Styles angle
 
--A look at the first time Hulk Hogan was supposed to come to TNA
 
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--Dana White predicts upcoming show will break UFC 100 records
 
--A look at UFC's next card on FOX
 
--More on this season's Ultimate Fighter show and ratings of the show
 
--Notes on how Ronda Rousey has come across on the show
 
--Tons of new UFC fights
 
--Update on Dominick Cruz
 
--Worth of the Fertitta brothers and where they rank among the richest men in the U.S.
 
--Chael Sonnen gets nailed for remarks on TV sport show
 
--Dana White says upcoming fight on 20th anniversary show will be loser out of the UFC
 
--Nate Diaz says he can't fight on his next scheduled date because of high school reunion
 
--Former NCAA heavyweight runner-up signs with UFC
 
--A look at a ton of different TV shows Bellator will have on Spike in October
 
--Update on Fight Master's future
 
--Bellator PPV talk
 
--Update on Ben Askren's contract situation
 
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- The Adam Pearce Figure Four Daily has been moved to tomorrow. We'll be talking his Seven Levels of Hate documentary which Vinny and I will be watching and reviewing on the Bryan & Vinny Show tonight. Lance Storm is also on the show tomorrow and we'll be talking a bunch of topics including his recent commentary on cancer charities which you can read here.

-- The first of the three-part Primetime series on Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez debuts tomorrow night at 8:30 Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

-- Forbes has an article on Bray Wyatt here. There is also a reference to the Unsolved Mysteries theme and a Facebook page devoted to people who the theme scared the hell out of as children. This is a far more widespread fear than I'd ever realized, as when we did After Dark discussing people's fears, several people called in and mentioned that theme song.

-- Lavar Johnson on the MMA Hour yesterday said the reason he failed a steroid test earlier this year was because he was on prescribed testosterone replacement therapy and failed to disclose this information. He said his doctor felt he was on such a low dosage that it wouldn't show up in the tests. What is it about fighting where such a ridiculously high percentage of pro athletes as compared to the general population suffer from dangerously low testosterone in their mid-30s or earlier?

-- That was a rhetorical question.

-- Maybe what fighters need to do to bulk up is what Lolo Jones is doing, eating a supposed 9,000 calories a day of stuff like protein shakes and bacon double cheeseburgers. She's put on 27 pounds in the last year and still has abs. Mike Dolce clearly has it all wrong.

-- Today would have been Helio Gracie's 100th birthday. I saw his grandson Rener as well as Rener's fiancee Eve Torres, formerly of WWE fame, at a jiu-jitsu seminar this weekend. Rener has more charisma than, oh, I'd say about 99.99999% of the people in professional wrestling today. It's pretty astonishing.

-- Sergio Pettis, 20, the younger brother of UFC 155-pound champion Anthony Pettis, has signed with UFC.

-- Smackdown was slightly up this week at 2.6 million viewers.

-- Brian writes: A character in today's Mark Trail comic strip is named Dusty Rhodes.

-- 3 Brothers Craft Brewhouse/Roxy Rossi Presents “BORO BRAWL” LIVE PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING EVENT LIVE, Saturday, October 12, 2013 MURFREESBORO SOCIAL 114 N. Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 Belltime: 8PM- Doors: 7PM ALL TICKETS ONLY $10! FIRST COME FIRST SERVE LIMITED SEATING! www.socialmurfreesboro.com or 615-396-8424

-- TICKETS ON SALE THIS WEEK: UFC: Pettis vs Thomson Saturday, December 14 Sleep Train Arena - Sacramento, CA. UFC Fight Club Presale Starts Wednesday, October 2 - 10am PT; UFC Newsletter Presale Starts Thursday, October 3 - 10am PT Presale Password: DECEMBER Public On-Sale Starts Friday, October 4 - 10am PT

-- The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Thursday at 5:00 p.m. PST at the San Joaquin Ballroom D & E inside the Visalia Convention Center (303 Acequia Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291). Bellator MMA will take place from the Visalia Convention Center on Friday, October 4th with the first fight taking place at 4:00 p.m. PST and streaming live on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 6:00 p.m. PST and will air live on Spike TV. All participants from Friday night’s event will be on hand, as well as Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney.

-- David writes: For what little it's worth, the 10/14 Raw in St. Louis has a "double main event" advertised. Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton, and CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman in a 2-on-1 handicap match. There still are plenty of tickets for this show on Ticketmaster.

-- A look at ROH Death Before Dishonor from a long-time WWE fan who never watched any ROH previously here.

-- Bully Ray tries to kill Jeremy Borash via debauchery in the new Impact Wrestling podcast here. Any day that starts with tequila for breakfast is going to be a rough day.

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1953 - Lenny Montana defeated Dave Sims in Kansas City, Missouri for the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title.

1957 - Tor Yamata defeated Cyclone Anaya for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee.

1976 - Rick Gibson (brother of Robert Gibson) defeated Bulldog Bob Brown in St. Joseph, Missouri for the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title.

1989 - The AWA held a tournament for their World Tag Team Championship in Rochester, Minnesota. The belts had been vacated when Ken Patera (who held the belts with Brad Rheingans) was injured by the Destruction Crew. The tournament saw Greg Gagne & Paul Diamond defeat Mike George & Johnnie Stewart and The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom) defeat Sgt. Slaughter & Baron Von Raschke in the first round. The finals saw The Destruction Crew defeat Greg Gagne & Paul Diamond for the belts.

1993 - At the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, PA; Terry Funk defeated Jimmy Snuka in a steel cage match to win the ECW Television Title.

1995 - Jim Neidhart defeated Corporal Punishment in Maryland for the MEWF Heavyweight Title. On the same card, Chad Austin defeated Raven for the MEWF Mid-Atlantic Title.

2000 - ECW held their Anarchy Rulz Pay-per-view at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota for a show headlined by Jerry Lynn winning the ECW World Heavyweight Title from Justin Credible

-- Also, the Classics on Demand line-up for the month from Brian Hoops:

Classics is Jericho
Chris Jericho vs Cactus Jack ECW 3/12/96
WCW World Cruiserweight Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs Juventud Guerrera Nitro 6/30/97
Chris Jericho vs Dean Malenko Nitro 9/26/96
First Blood Match: Chris Jericho vs Ken Shamrock Smackdown 9/23/99
The Thrillseekers vs Killer Kyle & Inferno SMW 5/14/94

Classics Rewind
Monday Night War: Nitro 12/15/97
Monday Night War: Raw 12/15/97
Tuesday Night Titans: 2/28/86
Undertaker: He Buries The Alive
WCW Halloween Havoc 1992

Eddie Guerrero
WWE Hall of Fame: Eddie Guerrero
WCW World Television Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs Eddie Guerrero WCW Saturday Night 10/31/98
Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs Eddie Guerrero Raw 2/12/01
European Championship: Eddie Guerrero (c) vs Chris Jericho Raw 4/10/00
WCW World Cruiserweight Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs Eddie Guerrero Fall Brawl 1997

The Big Events
Vengeance 2001

TV Classics
Monday Night Raw 4/19/99
WCW Worldwide 8/7/93

-- From the promoter: He's a former WWE & WCW World Heavyweight Champion... a member of some of the biggest groups in pro wrestling such as The New World Order and The Clique... set a record for the fastest World Heavyweight Title victory (seven seconds)... he's the seven-foot "Big Sexy" Kevin Nash, and he will make his first ever Jersey Shore appearance for popular pro wrestling promotion Funkdafied Wrestling Federation this Saturday night October 5th at 7:35pm when FWF returns to their favorite Jersey Shore venue, the Brick, NJ Elks Lodge (2491 Hooper Avenue, just south of Route 70 and the Brick Plaza, minutes from the Parkway).

-- IF YOU ORDERED NEW JAPAN SHOWS REGULARLY BUT DIDN'T OVER THIS WEEKEND, WHY?
Too many shows 43.1%
Watched NFL instead 35.4%
Didn't like the overall card 10.8%
Done with New Japan on iPPV 6.2%
Didn't like the main event 4.6%

WHICH OF THESE FIGHTS DO YOU HAVE THE MOST INTEREST IN?
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman 59.8%
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate 40.2%

PREDICT THE RAW RATING FOR LAST NIGHT
2.5 or less 11.1%
2.6 3.3%
2.7 13.7%
2.8 29.4%
2.9 20.9%
3.0 13.7%
3.1 2.0%
3.2 0.7%
3.3 0.7%
3.4 0.0%
3.5 or more 4.6%

SHOULD THE UFC HAVE CUT YUSHIN OKAMI?
A sports organization shouldn't cut No. 6 or No. 7 in the world in their division when they have 35-40 in the division under contract 47.7%
No reason not to cut him, nobody is paying to see him 28.0%
Not a big deal either way to me, but I'd have kept him, good fighter 24.4%

SHOULD DANA WHITE TREAT KEN SHAMROCK WITH MORE RESPECT?
Yes, he helped them a lot when they were growing 53.4%
No, Shamrock bad mouthed them and owes UFC money based on the court ruling 32.6%
Yes, any fighter who was a star should be treated with respect 11.2%
No, Shamrock sued them 2.9%

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