Smackdown tonight from Columbus, OH:
Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth for IC title
Los Matadores vs. Los Locales (Tyson Kidd & Ricardo Rodriguez under masks)
Naomi & Cameron & Brie Bella vs. Eva Marie & Kaitlyn & Natalya
Alberto Del Rio vs. Damien Sandow non-title
Great Khali & Prime Time Players vs. 3MB
Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
Bellator tonight from Wichita, KS
Prelims at 7 p.m. Eastern on Spike.com
Carlos Eduardo (205) vs. Wayman Carter (202.3)
Remy Bussieres (155.8) vs. Blake Pool (152.7)
Maurice Jackson (261.2) vs. Matt Uhde (234.3)
Donnie Bell (156) vs. Marcio Navarro (155.8)
Jesse Thorton (134.9) vs. Jeimeson Saudino (134.8)
Ricky Musgrave (14.8) vs. Cody Carrillo (148.9)
Main card live on Spike at 9 p.m. Eastern
Aaron Rosa (205.8) vs. Mikhail Zayats (205)
David Caveman Rickels (155.7) vs. J.J. Ambrose (155)
Justin Wilcox (145) vs. Joe Taimanglo (145) in featherweight tournament semifinals
Patricio Pitbull Freire (145.6) vs. Fabricio Guerrero (146) in featherweight tournament semifinals
Saturday's big TV event, besides the Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez PPV show, will be the debut of Glory from Chicago on Spike:
Tyrone Spong (89-5, who looks to be the guy they are building the company around, he's their light heavyweight champion) vs. Nathan Corbett (57-3)
One night tournament to crown the Glory world heavyweight title: Gokhan Saki (79-16) vs. Rico Verhoeven (40-9)
Daniel Ghita (48-9) vs. Anderson Braddock Silva (36-9-1).
The tournament winner gets $250,000 Bazooka Joe Valtellini (9-1) vs. Karim Ghajji (92-8-1) in a welterweight fight
Saturday also has the final of the three WWE shows in Abu Dhabi as well as a house show in Providence, RI (C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman handicap match; Alberto Del Rio vs. Great Khali for world title).
Sunday has a WWE house show in Philadelphia, (C.M Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman handicap match, Alberto Del Rio vs. Great Khali for world title)
New Japan Pro Wrestling presents the King of Pro Wrestling on iPPV at 3 a.m. Monday morning Eastern time and Midnight Pacific time at www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972 The show airs live from Sumo Hall in Tokyo and is designed to be the company's No. 3 show of the year behind Wrestle Kingdom and the G-1 Finals.
Manabu Nakanishi & Super Strong Machine & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Takashi Iizuka & Yoshi-Hashi & Gedo & Jado
Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. Taka Michinoku & Taichi for IWGP jr. tag team titles
Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Takaaki Watanabe vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Kota Ibushi vs. Prince Devitt & Karl Anderson & Bad Luck Fale
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Katsuyori Shibata (rematch of one of this year's best matches)
Yuji Nagata vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi for the Never championship and the Tokyo Dome main event slot
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Naomichi Marufuji for the IC title
Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP heavyweight title (rematch of many of the best matches of the past two years)
Raw will be live from the Savvis Center in St. Louis on Monday.
Smackdown and Main Event are taped Tuesday night in Kansas City.
A few notes regarding the Observer. This is a good period to subscribe because over the next several weeks the back issues will include the History of New Japan Pro Wrestling, the first Hall of Fame issue, plus the 2013 Hall of Fame issue will be out in a few weeks.
Today's News, Notes and Links
-- How did John Cena recover so fast from his torn triceps? He'll be happy to tell you.
-- Want to send out best wishes to readers/listeners Kevin and Suzanne. Suzanne is having serious health issues and we're pulling for her to get through it. She particularly loves listening to Granny.
-- Also want to send a shout-out to Mark Watson, the REF OF THE NORTHWEST, who is retiring from the business as of this week. Mark was the referee in some of my favorite matches from around the Portland area in the late 90s and early 00s.
-- Update on badly injured UFC fighter Matt Grice here. It's positive.
--It had been reported earlier this week that Christian would be returning from his concussion this weekend at the house shows. He is still advertised on he web site, but the story going around is he won't be there. We haven't heard anything one way or the other from WWE.
-- The Bob Holly Wrestling Observer Radio show has been moved to next week.
-- If I have to read or hear one more quote from Rousimar Palhares' manager about what a nice guy he is and how perplexed he is that he was cut from UFC, I will vomit. VOMIT.
-- Here's a new Stephanie McMahon milk commercialfor people to lose their minds over.
-- And HHH, who angrily and flexingly commands us to drink milk.
-- It is being reportedthat the reason Stephanie McMahon has been cashing in so much WWE stock (over $8 million worth so far) is because she is in the process of buying a house. She's not buying an existing house, but rather having one built. I remember many years ago Matt Hardy bought a 10,000 square foot house, and either him or someone else, when writing about it, accidentally typed "100,000 square foot house". That's a big house. Based on how much Steph has cashed in, she might be looking to build a 100,000 square foot house.
-- Michael Bisping said his doctor told him that he 100% would be able to fight again, and he has been cleared to do light exercise.
-- Dave looks at the Ultimate Fighter and Fight Night ratings from Wednesday here.
-- No idea what to make of this new Japanese wrestling cartoon. If you're a fan of giant heaving anime breasts and shower molestation mixed in with pro-wrestling, this show is for you.
-- Latest from the Bellator PPV: Submission ace Terry Etim will return to the cage on November 2nd as the Liverpool native will make his Bellator debut against Patrick Cenoble. The lightweight affair will be featured on Spike TV leading up to Bellator’s highly anticipated Pay-Per-View, which is headlined by MMA icons Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz. “Rampage vs. Tito” will be held at Southern California’s Long Beach Arena on Saturday, November 2nd, with tickets on sale now. Tickets can be purchased on Bellator.com, Ticketmaster.com, as well as at The Long Beach Arena Box Office.
-- First of a two-part interview with Bret Hart here.
-- WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE UFC SHOW IN BRAZIL?
37.3% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF WEDNESDAY'S ULTIMATE FIGHTER TV SHOW?
38.3% of those responding didn't see the show
-- Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, will present a live broadcast of Golden Boy Live! this Monday, October 14, at 9 p.m. ET, from BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, headlined by unbeaten junior middleweight Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo against New York City southpaw Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez. In the co-main event, in a clash of unbeaten fighters, 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. will be back in the ring as he faces off against fellow undefeated welterweight Emmanuel "Ice Cold" Lartey.
-- With a stellar lineup already in place for the promotion's first-ever trip to Florida, World Series of Fighting executives have added a 10th and final bout to the company's upcoming event. "World Series of Fighting 6: Burkman vs. Carl" now hosts a newly announced featherweight matchup between 13-year professional Pablo "The Hurricane" Alfonso (8-5) and former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Miguel Torres (40-6) on the evening's preliminary lineup. Featuring the first title fight in World Series of Fighting history with Josh "The People's Warrior" Burkman (26-9) vs. Steve Carl (20-3) for the promotion's inaugural welterweight belt, World Series of Fighting 6 takes place Oct. 26 at BankUnited Center in Coral Gable, Fla. The live, two-hour NBCSN telecast of the evening's main card begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6 p.m. ET, and venue doors open at 5 p.m. ET. Tickets for the event, which start at just $29, are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.
-- Whatever Happened To George Scott here.
-- Paul writes: Virgil is once again at New York Comic Con. Same Ted Dibiase poster, Million Dollar Belt and everything. Seems to be more popular than usual this year. If any subscribers are going this year, his booth is almost immediately under the "Aisle 1100" sign.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1963 - Chief Big Heart & Chief Little Eagle defeated Lenny Montana & Tarzan Tyler to win the World Tag Team Titles in Atlanta, Georgia.
1974 - Buddy Colt defeated Don Muraco to win the Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1984 - Ronnie Garvin defeated Ted DiBiase to win the National Heavyweight Title in Baltimore, Maryland.
1987 - Bill Dundee & Jerry Lawler defeated Doug Somers & Soldat Ustinov for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1987 - Lioness Asuka & Chigusa Nagayo defeated Bull Nakano & Condor Saito in the finals of the Best Tag Team League in Tokyo, Japan.
1989 - Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Genichiro Tenryu in Yokohama, Japan for the All Japan Triple Crown
1993 - Randy Savage defeated Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1996 - Ultimo Dragon defeated The Great Sasuke in Osaka, Japan to win the J-Crown (8 Titles).
1999 - Jushin Liger defeated Kendo KaShin in Tokyo, Japan to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
-- Training Seminar with UK Legend and Mother of NXT Women's Champion Page in Chicago October 18. Wrestlers, managers and other performers on the independents have a very unique training opportunity available to them on Friday, October 18. The School of Everything Else offers training focusing on "Everything Else," going beyond the moves and physical training of the ring. The next session is the first of the Masters' Classes, the guest facilitator series of The SEE. Masters' Class: Character will take place 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the Berwyn Eagles Club in Berwyn, IL, home of AAW Pro and SHIMMER Women Athletes. This session will take place before AAW's Hostile Intentions event kicking off the SHIMMER weekend of tapings for DVD Volumes 58-61. The guest facilitator is former SHIMMER Champion "Sweet" Saraya Knight. Saraya is the matriarch of the UK's famed Knight family which includes current NXT Women's Champion Paige. The Knight's reputation of promotion and training through WAW and Bellatrix speaks for itself. Saraya has proven herself a character who is in complete control of the audience from the moment she steps through the curtain. This training session will focus on interviews, presence and psychology of becoming your character in every aspect of performance. This is a one of a kind opportunity in the United States to train with one of the most respected veterans of the United Kingdom. Cost of the session is $30. For more information or to sign up: Facebook.com/SEEWrestling
-- From the promoter: Roan "Jucao" Carneiro is one of the most well-respected trainers in Atlanta and one of the most accomplished fighters. The five-time UFC vet has fought a list of who's who including Anderson Silva. But the head of ATT Atlanta has had one thing missing since 2008 - a fight in his hometown of Atlanta. On Friday, Oct 18 - Jucao will headline the NFC #60 fight card at Wild Bill's!
-- Women’s world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion Invicta Fighting Championships will return to Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City with a stacked, nine-bout event featuring three world title fights, including a main event showdown between reigning flyweight champion Barb Honchak (8-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa and three-time “Fight of the Night” winner Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (6-3-1) of Pleasanton, Calif. Tickets priced from $35, for the highly-anticipated return of Invicta FC women’s MMA action go on sale at 10 a.m. CT on Friday, Oct. 18, at TicketFly.com.
-- On Friday night April 4th and on the afternoon of April 5th, ROH will invade the John Alario Event Center, located at 2000 Segnett Blvd. in Westwego, LA! The anticipation has been building since we first made the announcement several weeks ago and now we can announce that tickets will go on-sale next week! Tickets will are on-sale exclusively now Ticketmaster.com
-- Universal Championship Wrestling makes its anticipated return to Owensboro, KY on Saturday, November 7 at 7:00 PM at the Next Level Indoor Sports Facility when they present UCW Recoil. This event will feature former WWE/WCW/NWO/TNA, 3 Time World Heavyweight Champion and national television star "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner, former WWE star "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters, former WWE star and current NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion "Ironman" Rob Conway, USWA Legend "Superstar" Bill Dundee, and a special meet and greet with wrestling's original diva, WWE Hall of Famer Sunny. VIP 1st and 2nd row ticket prices are $20 in advance and include early entry into the event for a private meet and greet as well as an assigned seat in the 1st or 2nd row. General admission tickets, row 3 and back, are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advanced tickets are available at The Next Level Indoor Sports Facility in Owensboro, Pizza Kings in Beaver Dam, and may be purchased online at the event website www.ucwrecoil.com.
-- AAW Friday, October 18th Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 W. 26th St. Berwyn, IL) Doors open: 7:00pm Belltime 7:45pm Front Row: $18.00 General Admission: $13.00 $1.25 Beers at the bar Purchase tickets online at www.aawrestling.com
-- Upstate Pro Wrestling will make its debut at Braun's Bar & Grill in Akron, New York Saturday, October 26th for "Monster's Brawl". On the heels of the Upstate 8 Indytational where a new UPW Heavyweight Champion was crowned and UPW's huge summer show Headlocks & Homeruns 2, this card is shaping up to biggest show of the year and possibly the biggest show in UPW history. Unfortunately for UPW fans Goldust who was scheduled to appear will no longer be appearing due to his recent contract signing with WWE. Despite the loss, this show will feature the top stars of UPW as well as huge legends and superstars in the business.
-- Platinum Championship Wrestling's biggest show of the year will take place Saturday, October 19th The Main Event in Porterdale, Georgia! Bell time is 6 p.m.! 2001 Main Street Porterdale, Georgia 30070 (20 East, Go right off of Exit 88, 3.5 miles go left at the four-way stop, building is on the left side of the street)