SUN. UPDATE: New Japan PPV preview, Spike programming notes, Hogan update, TNA sales, WWE tonight, Jarretts, former WWE star cuts artery,
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's New Japan iPPV, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports today's WWE house show in Philadelphia (C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman; Great Khali vs. Alberto Del Rio) and from the three shows this week in Abu Dhabi.
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 - This pre-show match should be available for free before the show. If you've never seen Takashi Iizuka tear the shirt off announcer Shimpei Nogami, now is your chance. If you're a regular viewer, it's like the early match on every PPV.
*Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. Taka Michinoku & Taichi for IWGP jr. tag team titles - Michinoku & Taichi are late replacements for Alex Shelley & Kushida, since Shelley is out of action with a disc problem.
*Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano - Yano has two wins in a row over Suzuki in what has been a surprisingly entertaining storyline. No. 3 isn't likely.
*Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Takaaki Watanabe vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. - Originally, this was to be Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima defending the IWGP tag team titles against the NWA tag champs. But Kojima is out with a shoulder dislocation from his IWGP title match with Kazuchika Okada two weeks ago. This is Watanabe's last match in Japan for a long time. He's leaving after the show for the U.S., and will be based in New Jersey, working U.S. indies.
*Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Kota Ibushi vs. Prince Devitt & Karl Anderson & Bad Luck Fale - What could be a sleeper of a match. Honma is one of the most underrated workers in the business, and Ibushi is right there with the best of the best, as is Devitt. In fact, this should set up a feud between Ibushi and Devitt for down the road. This has a decent chance of being a great match.
*Tomohiro Ishii vs. Katsuyori Shibata (rematch of one of this year's best matches) - Their last match, on Aug. 4, was a **** match and one of the best matches of the last five years. For that reason, it's almost sad they are rematching so quick because I have a feeling they simply won't be able to live up to the first match. Still, it's two hard hitting guys who have the ability top make their matches feel more real than almost anyone else.
*Yuji Nagata vs. Kazushi Sakuraba - Once again, the 1996 feud that put both on the map is revived with both in their 40s and now legends. This is their second singles match. The first is an acquired taste. If you like great mat work, you'll like it, but it's not going to be a traditional pro wrestling match. Sakuraba won the first, which makes Nagata the favorite here.
*Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi for the Never championship and the Tokyo Dome main event slot. These two are tag team partners. In many ways, this is like a match on the February PPV when you already know the main event for Mania. It would be insane for Naito not to win, so it's all about match quality. Takahashi is a good wrestler, but as his title match last year with Tanahashi showed, when he's put in the high card title situation, he delivers. This match should be all about getting Naito over strong.
*Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Naomichi Marufuji for the IC title - New Japan vs. NOAH for the title. Nakamura is the total package, ability, charisma, making opponents look good. Marufuji was one of the best in the world, but has been slowed in recent years by injuries. Still, this is a high profile match on a bigger platform than he's used to. There is a good chance here for a killer match.
*Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP heavyweight title - This is their sixth major PPV main event. Each has two wins and there was one draw so far. The winner will probably headline the Tokyo Dome show against Naito in a title defense. Tanahashi said if he doesn't win, he won't challenge for the title again. Okada said that if the match goes to a 60:00 draw, he will vacate the title. Based on their previous matches, this is the best main event major league in-ring program in many years, perhaps dating back to the Misawa vs. Kobashi days. This was the 2012 feud of the year and every match they've had thus far has been a match of the year candidate.
Raw will be live from the Savvis Center in St. Louis on Monday.
Smackdown and Main Event are taped Tuesday night in Kansas City.
We've also got a double issue of the Observer on the site today on the Observer icon on the right side of the front page, with the lead story talking about the return of John Cena and the questions it asks. We'll look at the current plans for Hell in a Cell, the injury to A.J. Lee, all the major questions that came up after Battleground, the fan reaction level, why so much went wrong and what questions it brings up about the current creative process.
We also look at gambling on WWE matches, an update on Rob Van Dam and Ricardo Rodriguez, along with full coverage of Battleground with match-by-match notes, star ratings and poll coverage from the show.
We also look at what happened with Dr. Wagner Jr., as well as what he said in public about AAA and what AAA said back.
We've got a note on the announced retirement of a Hall of Famer.
We've also got WWE and UFC touting their success and what does each company point to. We also note what former WWF star is gaining power behind the scenes, WWE being honored by the SLI, More on John Cena being sued, several new WWE signings, Darren Young talks his situation an why he did what he did, DVD ideas WWE is considering, Dusty Rhodes talks Hall of Fame, A look back at the end of Crockett Promotions, Details on new major WWE hire, two new WWE DVDs NXT, plus notes from all the house shows this past week.
We also have the follow up on last week's story on the wrestlers who have had the most four star matches. This week we look at the numbers when you figure in Japanese big show matches. Who were the top in-ring performers over the past 26 years and where do the stars of the current generation stand.
We also have a major feature this week on the life and times of Oregon wrestling legend Dutch Savage. We look at the career and life of the face of wrestling in that part of the country for much of the 70s, what he represented, his life before and after wrestling, how he came to Oregon, how he became a partner in the promotion and why he suddenly disappeared. It's a major feature on the world of pro wrestling in the Pacific Northwest and its unique characters, from Lonnie Mayne to Tony Borne to Buddy Rose to Bull Ramos to Roddy Piper to Jesse Ventura.
We look at one of the longest running television shows in U.S. history, why it ended, the make up of the crowds. We look at his most famous angles, the babyface turn, the coal miner's glove match, the documentary PBS made on him, practical jokes, his runs outside the Northwest including main event title challenges in San Francisco and Los Angeles, how he got into wrestling, Big Luke Brown of The Kentuckians.
The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.
The Observer is now in its 31st year of being the leading insider pro wrestling publication in the world. The biggest and most influential names in the pro wrestling and MMA industry, from bookers to promoters to Hall of Fame wrestlers and fighters to the biggest names on camera and behind the scenes, along with thousands of readers in all 50 states and more than 30 countries subscribe. Many have subscribed for 20 years or longer consecutively. They get the most detailed and inside coverage of what is going on all over the world. Everywhere from Wall Street to the major offices to television networks in the U.S. and Japan turn to the Observer for what is going on in the business.
If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you can get one free classic issue of your choice sent to you today. With a 40 issue subscription, you can get two free classic issues sent to you today. Just sent your Visa or Master Card order with your name, address, phone number, card number and expiration date to
You can also order by paypal by sending to www.paypal.com
and directing the funds to
You can also subscribe via check, cash or money order, as well as credit card by mail, by sending to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228.
We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows as well as details of how every segment on Raw and Impact this past week did and what gained and lost viewers.
We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
Also in this week's issue:
--Update on wrestling at Arena Mexico
--Tag team title top contender tournament
--Update on AAA's next big show
--Debut of the son of a major longtime star
--Notes on Dragon Gate's big show of the week
--Notes on Wrestle-1's big show of the week
--Changes in booking in Wrestle-1
--Jeff Jarrett comes to Japan
--Newcomer to All Japan
--NOAH's big show of the week and where the title picture is going
--What two major matches with KENTA against stars from other promotions are being set up
--A look at the New Japan business right now
--New Japan business plans for the future
--Behind the New Japan signing of Kota Ibushi
--What other promotion tried to sign him
--What is the unique nature of his contract
--More on the Okada vs. Tanahashi program
--New matches added to the next PPV show
--The next two iPPV dates for New Japan
--New Japan stars wrestle around the world
--First news on 2013 New Year's Eve show
--Two of the all-time biggest stars in Japan talking about a return
--Battle of the greatest junior heavyweights from four different eras
--Son of major pro wrestling star being pushed as potential Olympian
--Matt Hardy wedding
--Mil Mascaras movie
--World Triangle League tournament notes
--Update on Ted DiBiase Jr.
--Who nearly got the name Stone Cold
--NFL stars who were star wrestlers
--Notes on next major ROH show
--Notes on weekend ROH show
--Update on Hulk Hogan
--New TNA acquisition
--Austin Aries talks TNA
--Mickie James talks TNA
--Tons of new UFC fights
--Thoughts on this year's Super Bowl card
--Who did Jose Aldo want
--Behind the Ben Rothwell suspension and how it's strange
--Chael Sonnen talks angle with Wanderlei Silva
--Update on UFC lawsuit against the state of New York
--Lots of UFC injury updates
--Tons of new UFC matches
--New Spike MMA programming
--Bellator's last show and next show
--Bellator fighter out of retirement
--Lots of notes regarding weight cutting
--WWE head-to-head with major MMA events
--Notes on the Glory debut on Spike
New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major stories of the past 11 years you are most interested in and we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits into those descriptions over the past 11 years, as well as our biggest issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue.
Our most requested issues in our history are:
*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on its own, $7 overseas)
*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year's Eve 2005 coverage)
*January 16, 2006 (2005 Awards double issue, $6 or $7 overseas)
*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)
*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff's book and how the industry was changed forever)
*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
*January 22, 2007 (2006 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bigelow)
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)
*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
*October 15 (2007 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas including inductions of The Rock, Tom Packs and the original Strangler Lewis)
*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women's wrestling) .
*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum)
*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
*March 24, 2008 (Life and times of Gary Hart)
*April 10, 2008 (Farewell to Ric Flair; My thoughts, Shawn Michaels talks of Flair's meaning to him; Hall of Fame; Wrestlemania double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)
* September 8, 2008 (2008 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas; part one of Killer Kowalski bio)
* September 15, 2008 (Life and Times of Evan Tanner)
* September 22, 2008 (The amazing career of Killer Kowalski, one of our most in-depth bios)
You can also order any of these issues on their own for $4 in North America or $5 overseas.
For the United States, it is $13 for 4 issues, $32 for 12, $61 for 24, $101 for 40 and $131 for 52. In Canada and Mexico, rates are $14.50 for 4, $35 for 12, $67 for 24, $111 for 40 and $144 or 52. In Europe, you can get the fastest delivery and best rates by sending to
For the rest of the world, rates are $16.50 for 4, $44 for 12, $85 for 24, $141 for 40 issues and $183 for 52 .
If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order (P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228), you can get $1 off in every price range.
We now have available personally autographed copies of Tributes II, our latest book, as well as a DVD that comes with it talking more about the subjects in the book. The book covers the life stories of Lou Thesz, Wahoo McDaniel, Elizabeth, Fred Blassie, Road Warrior Hawk, Andre the Giant, Curt Hennig, Johnny Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Terry Gordy, Owen Hart, Stu Hart, Gorilla Monsoon, The Sheik and Tim Woods..
To get all of those biographies as back issues of the Observer would be a $60 value today. This is a collection of some of the best Observer articles of the past several years in a hardcover, full-color format that is 239 pages. There is also a foreword by Bret Hart. The book price is $12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping costs in the U.S., $10 for shipping costs to Canada and $12 for shipping costs outside North America. You can order the book the same way you order the newsletter.
SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio talking a lot of subjects, including concussions, Glory, more concussions, Frank Shamrock, TNA, Hulk Hogan, Raw preview and more. You can send questions to the show to
--Last night's Glory show on Spike was outstanding as well, particularly the Rico Verhoeven win over Daniel Ghita in the main event to become their world heavyweight champion.
--Advertising is out for the 12/7 WWE house show in Vancouver listing John Cena as a special guest. (thanks to Rob Kurelicz)
--As expected, even though advertised, Christian did not work last night in Providence, nor is he expected in Philadelphia. Alberto Del Rio vs Great Khali will be the world title match instead.
--TNA is advertising Hulk Hogan to appear at Bound for Glory.
--This is scary. As of this morning, the entire second row of ringside by he entrance ramp for the TNA tapings in Baltimore was unsold. You can get 14 second row tickets together.
--Former WWE manager Don Callis, who was best known as network executive Cyrus the Virus in ECW, turned 49 today. He was one of those guys who recognized the future as a pro wrestler, got out, went to school to get his MBA and is at last word the president of the Manitoba Trade and Investment Corporation.
--For those who asked, and there have been many, I did watch the Frontline special from earlier this week on concussions in the NFL. I knew most of the stuff in there. A lot of the NFL stuff was very similar to what happened with wrestling at the same time, right down to lawyers calling it junk science, doing an about-face of sorts, and the company donating money to the Sports Legacy Institute after years of treating them like the enemy.
POLL ON BELLATOR FROM FRIDAY NIGHT
66.7% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT WAS THE BEST FIGHT ON WEDNESDAY'S UFC SHOW?
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Erick Silva 57.7%
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao 28.2%
Joey Beltran vs. Fabio Maldonado 5.6%
Chris Cariaso vs. Iliarde Santos 4.2%
David Mitchell vs. Yan Cabral 4.2%
WHAT WAS THE WORST FIGHT ON WEDNESDAY'S UFC SHOW?
Jake Shields vs. Demian Maia 47.1%
Matt Hamill vs. Thiago Silva 44.8%
Igor Araujo vs. Ildemar Alcantara 8.0%
WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT?
Bradley vs. Marquez 15.0%
58.6% watched neither. 3.6% watched both.
POLL ON SMACKDOWN
37.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--Transgender fighter Fallon Fox lost last night at the Championship Fighting Alliance 12 show in Miami last night to Ashlee Evans-Smith. Highlights are at www.bit.ly/17mSAYG
--TMZ ran feature today saying James Storm is going to Los Angeles to pitch a reality show based around a bar he's opening in Nashville.
--Last night at the Family Wrestling Entertainment show in Brooklyn, since it was Karen Jarrett's birthday, Jeff led the crowd in singing Harpy Birthday to her. Jason Gotti mouthed off and Jeff hit him over the head with a guitar. Karen then worked the show as commissioner. After John Hennigan Morrison beat Matt Morgan to keep the FWE title, Petey Williams laid out Hennigan with a Canadian Destroyer. Carlito suffered a bad cut in his match with Tommy Dreamer, as he cut an artery and took a tetanus shot, but refused to go to the hospital. (thanks to Stephen Yang)
--Wrestling Cares from last night in Gardena, CA:
Timothy Thatcher b Drew Gulak 3-2 in a submissions only match, Katarina Leigh (Winter) b Taelor Hendrix to retain women's title, Steve Anthony b Kyle Matthews 1-0, Papadon b B-Boy, Oliver John b Brandon Gatson, Adam Cole b Pepper Parks 3-2, Willie Mack b Aaron Aguilera, Johnny Gargano b Adam Pearce 2-1 (thanks to Chris GST)
--The No. 1 most searched item in the U.S. last night was Bradley vs. Marquez.
--Resurrection Fighting Alliance on 11/22 in Broomfield, CO at the 1st Bank Center features Matt Manzanares defending the flyweight title against former Bellator bantamweight champion Zack Makovsky. Lyoto Machida's brother, Chinzo Machda, fights on the show.
--Fox Sports 1 will be airing UFC Ultimate Knockouts at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern time and replaying Ultimate Fighter at 10 p.m.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Greame Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1964 - Ray Hunter beat Doc Steadman in London to win the British Commonwealth heavyweight title
1966 - El Santo beat El Espanto in Mexicali to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
1970 - Spyros Arion & Mario Milano beat Kurt & Karl Von Steiger in Brisbane to win the IWA tag title
1977 - Mario Milano beat Butcher Brannigsn in Sydney to win the WCW Brass Knux title
1981 - Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito beat Tony Garea & Rick Martel to win the WWF tag team title in Allentown, PA
1984 - El Satancio beat Super Astro in Mexico City to win the UWA middleweight title
1985 - Ivan & Nikita Koloff beat Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson in Charlotte to win the NWA world tag team titles
1992 - Ted DiBiase & IRS beat Earthquake & Typhoon in Regina, Saskatchewan to win the WWF tag titles
1997 - Rick & Scott Steiner beat Scott Hall & Syxx to win the WCW tag titles in Tampa
1997 - The Legion of Doom beat the Godwinns to win the WWF world tag titles in Topeka
2006 - Chris Benoit beat Mr. Kennedy to win the U.S. title in Jacksonville
--Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in Belleville, IL before 240 fans: Gary Jackson & Heath Hatton b Big Texan & Waco-DQ, Shorty Biggs b Max Archer, Ron Powers b Alexander Rudolph, Bobby D & Chas Wesson b Jay Parnell & Ax, Flash Flanagan DCOR Jake Dirden, Ricky Cruz b Dave Vaughn, Ironman Kasa & Daniel Eads, Jake Dirden won Bunkhouse Battle Royal. Honky Tonk Man managed Cruz. Next show is 10/19 with Jim Duggan, plus Powers & Cruz vs. Kasa & Flanagan (thanks to Larry Matysik and Patrick Brandmeyer)
--New Era Wrestling on Saturday night in Shelbyville, IN at the Boys Club
--Brendan Schaub will be appearing on Chelsea Lately on Thursday night on E! (thanks to Jeff Beecher)
--Grown Ups 2, in its second week out, was No. 2 at the box office in Australia (thanks to James Stanios)
--Ultimate Championship Wrestling from last night in Bay City, MI: Justin Mane b Shane Traders, Arella Angel & KC Lofton b Jasmine & Alexia, Xander Davinci b POD, Nitro b Viper Pete Christie, Sebastian Rose b Eddie Venom, Great Akuma b Nick Xero & Ace Evans, Austin Mannix b Caleb Stills, Dave Duponte & Pete Christie b Nitro & Malice, N8 Mattson b Jimmy Jacobs (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 11/1 in Cleveland at Turners Hall with an eight-team elimination tournament. Also on the show is Michael Elgin vs. Josh Alexander and Allysin Kay vs. Saraya Knight.
--Anarchy Wrestling from last night in Cornelia, GA: Anthony Henry & BJ Hancock b Jeremy Foster & Kameron Kade, Dango Wynn won three-way over Jean-Pierre and Vandal, Nemesis & Shadow Jackson NC Jeremy Vain & Brody Chase, CB Suave & Tommy Penirelli b Kevin Blue & Brandon Parker, Seven & Shaun Tempers b Jon 7 Trey Williams, Geter b Steven Walters. Next show is 10/26 with Bobby More putting up the TV title against the mask of Wildside and Mike Posey vs. Slim J, Corey Hollis vs. Gunner and Geter vs. Mikael Judas in a cage match.
--There will be an autograph event, photo fest, buffet dinner, auction and Q&A at Kowloon's in Saugus, MA on 11/16, featuring Debra Marshall (McMichael) and The Godfather.
--Funkdafied Wrestling Federation on 10/16 in Livingston, NJ at the Salaaam Shrine Temple featuring Tom Brandi as both Sal Sincere and The Patriot, plus Rikishi.
--Gene Snitsky was injured in a match on Friday night in Winnipeg for CWE and unable to work last night's show in Selkirk, Manitoba. Last night's results: Camikaze b Heavy Metal, Jess Youngblood b Dick Blood, Anderson Tyson Moore b Red Thunder, Darren Dalton b A.J. Sanchez, MAN b Bobby Collins & Brian Rich, Danny Duggan won Battle Royal, Robby Royce NC Rex Roberts, Rob Stardom & Kevin Cannon b Super Friends, Matt Fairlane b Cannibal in a no DQ match.
--Full Impact Pro on Friday night in Ybor City, FL: Jason Cade b Chico Adams, Chasyn Rance b Josh Hess, Sosa Rivera b Rhett Giddins, Lince Dorado & Pinkie Sanchez b Eddie Graves & Teddy Stigma, Gran Akuma b Slyck Wagner Brown, Lance & Harlem Bravado b Dos Ben Dejos to keep tag titles, Jessicka Havok b Maxwell Chicago in an evening gown match, Trent Baretta b Rich Swann to keep the FIP title.
--FIP from last night in Orlando: Jason Cade & Aaron Epic b Wille Brown & Chico Adams, Slyck Wagner Brown & Pinkie Sanchez b Teddy Stigma & Eddie Graves, Johnny Vandal b Josh Hess, Maxwell Chicago b Sosa Rivera, Dos Ben Dejos b Lance & Harlem Bravado-DQ, Solo Darling won four-way over Mia Yim, Leva Bates and Su Yung, Gran Akuma d Rich Swann 30:00, Lince Dorado b Chasyn Rance in a hair vs. mask match. Next shows are 12/6 in Orlando and 12/7 in Ybor City.