Tonight's Smackdown TV lineup:
Rob Van Dam vs. Fandango
R-Truth vs. Ryback
Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler non-title
Brie Bella vs. Aksana
Los Matadores vs. Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal
Kofi Kingston vs. Big E Langston
Big Show vs. Randy Orton & The Shield 1 vs. 4
Bellator tonight from Visalia, CA featuring the start of the four-man heavyweight tournament:
On Spike.com at 7 p.m. Eastern time
Scott Cleve (145.1) vs. Isaac De Jesus (145.3)
Thiago Santos (264.8) vs. Javy Ayala (264.5)
Brandon Girtz (155.9) vs. Poppies Martinez (155)
Stephen Martinez (164.2) vs. Bryan Travers (164.5)
Cain Carrizosa (155) vs. Juan Quesada (155.8)
William Richey (243.3) vs. Brandon Cash (256.3)
On Spike TV at 9 p.m. Eastern
Mikkel Parlo (185) vs. Jason Butcher (185.6) in the middleweight tournament semifinals
Joe Pachecho (186) vs. Brennan Ward (185.2) in the middleweight tournament semifinals
Rafael Silva (136) vs. Anthony Leone (135.7) in the finals of the spring bantamweight tournament, winner gets a title shot
Vinicius Spartan (236.2) vs. Lavar Johnson (253.3) in the heavyweight tournament semifinals
Max Godbeer (239.6) vs. Cheick Kongo (235.9) in the heavyweight tournament semifinals
The lower card from Arena Mexico airs tonight at www.terra.com.mx starting at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.
We're also looking for reports on Saturday's WWE house shows with the A crew in Rochester (Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton) and the B crew in Albany, NY (C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel plus Paul Heyman, Alberto Del Rio and The Wyatt Family)..
ROH runs on Saturday night in Baltimore (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Jay Lethal & Michael Elgin, Matt Taven vs. Cedric Alexander for the TV tile, Michael Bennett vs. Jimmy Jacobs, Adam Page vs. Eddie Edwards, ACH vs. Kevin Steen, Tadarius Thomas vs. Caprice Coleman vs. Antonio Thomas vs. Roderick Strong, Eddie Kingston & Homicide vs. Josh Alexander & Ethan Page).
The weekend's big show is Battleground from Buffalo, NY:
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton for the vacant WWE title
C.M. Punk vs. Ryback
Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam for the world title
Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins in a non-title match, if Rhodes & Goldust win, they get their jobs back, if Reigns & Rollins win, then Dusty Rhodes is fired and Cody & Goldust can never wrestle in WWE again
Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth for the U.S. title
A.J. Lee vs. Brie Bella for the Divas title
Kofi Kingston vs. Bray Wyatt
Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow is the pre-show match at 7:30 p.m.
Notes: There has been a lot of talk of Bryan going over on this show, but the late odds shift will probably tell the story. There was also some talk of Kingston vs. Wyatt ending up as Kingston & Usos vs. Wyatt Family.
Also on Sunday is Pro Wrestling NOAH's big show at the Yokohama Bunka Gym with KENTA vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima for the GHC heavyweight title, Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste vs. Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama for the GHC tag titles, Tiger Mask & Jushin Liger vs. Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge for the GHC jr. tag titles, Naomichi Marufuji & Mohammed Yone vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Yoshi-Hashi, Takeshi Morishima vs. Kensuke Sasaki, Super Crazy & Pesadilla vs. Shiori Asahi & Hiro Tonai and more.
Raw will be on Monday night in Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy Center.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Columbus, OH.
The situation with Hulk Hogan and updates on TNA, as well as a look at New Japan as it heads into the stretch drive for its biggest show of the year, are the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that is up on the site today. We also have updated PPV information and a look at the best in-ring performers in pro wrestling over the past two plus decades.
Today's News, Notes and Links
-- God bless Hulk Hogan, but if I never see this commercialagain, it will be too soon.
-- Ricky Knight, the husband of Sweet Saraya and the father of Paige of WWE NXT fame, has his retirement match tonight. There is a trailer for the show here, and the iPPV of the event is very cheap (only $12). You can click herefor details on how to order.
-- Cain Velasquez and Luke Rockhold were both promoted to black belt in BJJ this week. Daniel Cormier was also promoted from white belt to brown belt, skipping both blue and purple.
-- Regarding last night's Bryan & Vinny Show, Paul writes: Kurt Angle debuted in the ring in WWF on November 14, 1999 at Survivor Series and finished up there August 25, 2006 for a total of 6 years, 285 days. He debuted with TNA (in-ring) on October 19, 2006 and it’s now October 4th, 2006 for a total of 6 years, 350 days. He’s been with TNA 65 days longer than he was on the WWE main roster.
-- Ben Askren says he doesn't want to retire until he gets a fight with GSP. He said that the GSP of 2009 would probably have beaten him, but today's GSP fights "way too scared." He also said, and this is a direct quote: "I will lay on GSP for as long as I damn well please."
-- Clips of Ronda Rousey's mom running roughshod on TUF this week up here.
-- New interview with Roman Reigns up here.
-- Interview with Brie Bella up here. You have to read the conversation she reportedly had with her sister when she first discovered pro-wrestling. It's like a WWE scriptwriter wrote it.
-- People Magazine has a story on Darren Young here, along with a photo of him and his boyfriend.
-- JR's latest blog is up here.
-- In quite the shock, Matt Riddle has already unretired and will be fighting for Bellator next month. He admitted his first retirement a month ago was the result of a "hissy fit" and that Bellator called him, offered him a fight and an advance, and made it right.
-- Mike notes: It was Friday, October 4th, 1963 -- fifty years ago -- that Bruno Sammartino defended his newly won WWWF title against Gorilla Monsoon, at Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City NJ. This was the first ever meeting between Sammartino and "Monsoon" (Sammartino had fought Marella in Canada previously). Monsoon was presented as a Manchurian giant, who Bobby Davis found nude wading in a mountain stream, and had great difficulty getting him on a boat to America. As the 10/4 date was supposed to be a Sammartino-Rogers rematch, and Rogers retired, a Ring Wrestling tournament was held to determine the #1 challenger. Monsoon pinned another heel, Killer Austin, in under a minute, on Washington, DC TV, to win the title shot. Monsoon won the first meeting on 10/4 via disqualification, so no title change; the series then continued to Madison Square Garden. It was renewed in 1967 when the two started all over again.
-- From the promoter: Reigning Bellator Heavyweight Champion Alexander Volkov will defend his title for the first time as he battles fellow Russian striker Vitaly Minakov on Friday, November 22nd from Pennsylvania’s Sands Event Center live on Spike TV. The event will air live starting at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV and in Spanish language on mun2. The preliminary card will be streamed exclusively on Spike.com starting at 6:30 ET. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com or the Sands Casino Event Center Box Office. The night is also scheduled to host two Bellator Tournament Finals, as well as a loaded preliminary card streamed live on Spike.com.
-- CHIKARA getting a new broadcast home: Mega popular comic book & sci fi influenced independent wrestling promotion to be featured on Sundays as part of channel's live-action block. While wrestling fans have been mourning the apparent death of one of the most beloved independent wrestling promotions of all time, anime channel Neon Alley is bringing the CHIKARA library to it's 24/7 channel available on Mac/PC, PS3 and XBOX 360. The channel, which launched in October 2012, is the only service which offers English dubbed anime, uncut and uncensored, 24/7 365...except for Sundays when the channel becomes a mix of anime movies and marathons along with live-action martial arts classics, and now CHIKARA. The channel has acquired 26 CHIKARA events which will debut each Sunday as part of the channel's new fall lineup. The episodes will also be available as part of Neon Alley's "Catch Up" service which makes all Neon Alley shows available the following day on-demand. Each episode will remain available in Catch Up for at least 2 weeks. Episodes will be 2 hour edited versions of events, though all matches featured will be shown in their entirety. Now, fans who miss the great action of CHIKARA will be able to catch 8 hours of action a month for only $6.99, plus take advantage of the other 700+ hours a month of great uncensored, uncut, all English dubbed anime featuring favorites including NARUTO Shippuden, Bleach, One Piece, and the super-hero reality show Tiger & Bunny.
-- WHAT DID YOU THINK OF UFC PRIME TIME: VELASQUEZ VS. DOS SANTOS?
67.7% of those responding didn't see the show. No matter how good the show is, these types of shows only mean something when they are drawing the casual fan.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF WWE MAIN EVENT?
65.9% of those responding didn't see the show.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE REAL MAIN EVENT FOR SUNDAY?
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton 71.6%
Rhodes Family vs. The Shield 25.3%
C.M. Punk vs. Ryback 3.1%
WHO WINS THIS FIGHT?
Demian Maia 72.9%
Jake Shields 27.1%
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF ULTIMATE FIGHTER?
44.2% of those responding didn't see the show
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1957 - In Atlanta, Georgia Ray Gunkel and Don McIntyre defeated Kurt Von Brawner & Fritz Von Brauner to win the International Tag Team Title.
1960 - Hard Boiled Haggerty & Len Montana defeated Murder Inc. (Tiny Mills & Stan Kowalski) to win the AWA World Tag Team Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1972 - Antonio Inoki defeated Karl Gotch for the New Japan Real World Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan.
1975 - Tosh Togo defeated Jose Miguel Perez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to win the WWC Puerto Rican Heavyweight Title
1979 - Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Ryuma Go to win the WWF Junior Heavyweight Champion in Tokyo, Japan
1981 - Sgt. Slaughter won a one night tournament in Charlotte, NC to win the United States Championship. The previous champion, Wahoo McDaniel, was forced to vacate the title after being injured by Abdullah The Butcher. Slaughter defeated Ricky Steamboat in the finals.
1991 - Eddie Gilbert defeated The Handsome Stranger (Marcus Bagwell) in a tournament final to win the Global Wrestling Federation Television Title in Dallas, Texas
1993 - Marcus Alexander Bagwell & 2 Cold Scorpio defeated The Nasty Boys to win the WCW World Tag Team Title in Columbus, Georgia.
1993 - Tim Horner defeated Juicy Johnny for the SMW "Beat The Champ" Television Title in Jellico, Tennessee,
2009 - The Undertaker defeated CM Punk in a Hell in a Cell Match to win the World Championship in Newark, NJ. At the same event, Randy Orton defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship in a Hell in a Cell match.
-- DREAMWAVE Wrestling is back tomorrow night for "No Escape" featuring Jason Hades defending the DREAMWAVE Championship against Christian Rose inside a steel cage. Lince Dorado faces Shane Hollister, Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana returns to action and D-Von Dudley makes his first midwest indy appearance!
-- TCW Wrestling tomorrow Saturday, October 5, 2013 Meridian, MS Frank Cochran Center 1725 Carousel Drive Doors open for VIP Meet & Greet at 5:00 PM
-- Paul London seminar Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:00PM at the PWX Wrestleplex at 2125 Beacon Street in McKeesport, PA. Cost is $35. The seminar is open to pro wrestlers of all experience levels. Friday, October 18, 2013 at 7 PM at the MEGA Pro Wrestling School at 1121 Tower Blvd. in Lorain, OH. Cost is $35 in advance, or $40 day of. The seminar is open to pro wrestlers of all experience levels.
-- AIW Sunday October 6th, 2013 3:00pm From the legendary Turners Hall 7325 Guthrie Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44102
-- Not making the name of this promotion up: Mister Chainsaw Pro Wrestling makes its debut in Traverse City on Saturday, October 12th, with an event titled “New Beginnings,” at The Hollow on 715 Beitner Street in Traverse City (The old St. Vincent DePaul‘s building).