FRI UPDATE: Big weekend schedule, UFC 166 and Bound for Glory, update on title match Sunday, Dana on Brock vs. Fedor, new Dixie shirt, tons more

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Bellator tonight is from Cedar Rapids, IA:

Live on at 7 p.m. Eastern

Andrew Tieva (144.5) vs. Chris Lane (146)

Derek Loffer (160.4) vs. Cliff Wright Jr (154)

Brandon Girtz (160) vs. Mike Estus (157.6)

Rob Emerson (145.6) vs. Jared Downing (148.3)

Rod Montoya (155.8) vs. Paul Sass (155.1)

Paul Bradley (171) vs. Karl Amoussou (170.6)

TV on Spike at 9 p.m. Eastern

Eric Prindle (265.6) vs. Peter Graham (246.6)

Kendall Grove (185.7) vs. Joe Vedepo (181.2)

Ron Keslar (170.7) vs. War Machine (170.5) in the welterweight tournament semifinals

Brent Weedman (170.7) vs. Rick Hawn (170.4) in the welterweight tournament semifinals

Smackdown tonight on Syfy:

The Miz & Kofi Kingston vs. Erick Rowan & Luke Harper

A.J. Lee vs. Brie Bella non-title match

C.M. Punk vs. Big E Langston

Usos vs. Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro

Daniel Bryan & Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The Shield

Also tonight is AAA's Heroes Inmortales from Puebla, Mexico headlined by El Texano Jr. vs. Psycho Clown for the heavyweight title and the Antonio Pena Cup tournament.

CMLL has its weekly Friday night Arena Mexico show live and free at 9:30 p.m. Eastern at They will have the first four matches of the six match show, or everything but the two main events, which are Brazo de Plata vs. Rey Escorpion in an MMA rules match with the loser getting their head shaved and Tama Tonga & El Terrible defending the CMLL tag titles against Atlantis & La Mascara. .

The big event of the weekend is UFC 166 from the Toyota Center in Houston

Prelims on Facebook at 6 p.m.

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Dustin Pague

Jeremy Larsen vs. Andre Fili

Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio

Adlan Amagov vs. T.J. Waldburger

Prelims on FS 1 at 8 p.m.

K.J. Noons vs. George Sotiropolous

Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica Evil Eye

Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt

Tim Boetsch vs. C.B. Dollaway

PPV at 10 p.m.

John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague

Shawn Jordan vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez

Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson

Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos for the heavyweight title

Also on Saturday, WWE has shows at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico and in Louisville.

Pro Wrestling NOAH opens its Global League tournament on Saturday in Differ Ariake with Ryoji Sai vs. Maybach Taniguchi, Yuji Nagata vs. Akitoshi Saito, Takeshi Morishima vs. Shane Haste, Naomichi Marufuji vs. Takashi Sugiura and KENTA vs. Daisuke Sekimoto in a GHC champion vs. Big Japan Strong champion main event.

The big Sunday event is TNA's Bound for Glory from San Diego Pre-show match on Spike is a gauntlet with Robbie E & Jessie Godderz (last team in) vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Joseph Park & Eric Young vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez

ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Brooke Tessmacher for Knockouts title

James Storm & Gunner vs. pre-show match winner for tag titles

Manik vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe for X title

Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle

Sting vs. Magnus

Bully Ray vs. A.J. Styles for the TNA title in a no DQ match

Sunday has WWE shows with the Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton team in Carbondale, IL and the C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman team coming from Mexico and not getting a day off, running in Tupelo, MS.

Raw will be live on Monday from the Fed Ex Forum in Memphis.

Smackdown will be on Tuesday in Birmingham, AL.

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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Regarding the UFC 166 show, they have big screens on the scoreboard at the Toyota Center so they were able to eliminate the usual screens they put in the upper deck and opened up 1100 more tickets, which sold as soon as they were put on sale even without advertising. Gate is $2.5 million. According to Dana White, aside from a few rows reserved for fighters and the Zuffa section, all tickets were sold and he claimed they were turning down people they usually comp. He also said they are looking for a place to put Charles Barkley. There are only 158 tickets left on Stubhub ranging from $95 to $900.

-- Also Brendan Schaub has been all over Sports Center this weekend as the guest analyst for the UFC show.

-- Dana over the last few days has also responded to an interview Fedor Emelianenko did recently where he said that Dana White hated him. Dana said that there was nobody he hated more than Tito Ortiz (well, maybe Frank Shamrock), and despite the hatred he kept Tito on while he "lost 100 fights in a row" and they allowed him to retire (well, for the moment) in the UFC. He said the reality was that they wanted to put together Brock Lesnar vs. Emelianenko for Cowboy Stadium and that he, Brock and Lorenzo Fertitta wanted the fight so bad that they made a ridiculous offer to Fedor's people. He said someday he'd tell the world how much they offered, but it was completely ridiculous and made no logical sense, so ridiculous, in fact, that after it was turned down, on the plane flight home, he and Lorenzo looked at each other and said thank God they turned that down.

-- Although there was a lot of confusion after last night's Impact due to how poorly they delivered their dialogue in the last segment, Bully Ray IS defending the title against AJ at the PPV on Sunday. I know there were people in WWE creative who watched the final angle and thought for sure it was now a non-title match on Sunday, and we got emails from fans who thought the same thing. Not only is it a title match but it's now a no-DQ match, a stipulation that Dixie added on Twitter.

-- Bully Ray, Brooke, Jeff Hardy, and Manic were on the San Diego FOX 5 morning news show. This is the only promotion I've seen for this show locally outside of commercials during Impact. Jeff Hardy and Manic had a semblance of a match while Bully cut a promo and Brooke put put the host in the head scissors. A decent 3 minute segment of promotion with all of the main points hit.

-- Kurt Angle talks WWE-sponsored rehab here.

-- For you Dixie Carter fans, a new DIXIELAND t-shirt is available here. If anyone from TNA management is reading this, might want to shut down the comments section on that page.

-- Free show with Bob Holly up on the front page right now. Bob is a great guest and his new book, The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Storyalt, is excellent. If you're a freeloader listening, keep in mind that is one of over 6,000 shows in our archives, with 10-15 new shows being added every week for only $10.99 per month. You can click hereto sign up.

-- There is a chance we'll do an After Dark tonight. It depends on my weekend travel schedule. Keep an eye on the front page or on my Twitter @bryanalvarez. I'll update there if things change.

-- Jesse Sorensen is scheduled to debut with ROH at Glory by Honor next weekend. I hope they got a stack of medicals from his doctor three feet tall OK'ing this one, because it sounds like a really bad idea.

-- MEXPRO's "Bleed Los Angeles" happens live Saturday, November 2nd. 2013 at 6 pm.

-- Fayetteville NC, you have asked for one more Spectacular Ring Wars Carolina event this year and RWC is on the way!!! November 2nd, RWC invades the John D. Fuller RAC center for Fall-Out 2013. Your gonna witness a match, never seen in RWC before. For the 1st time ever, Mia Svensson vs. Amanda Rodriguez for the last spot in the hunt for the Fabulous Ladies Of Wrestling Title. This is gonna be a special stipulation affair cause The Rogue Rollergirls will be the outside enforcers. Then you will see, the #1 contender James "Caramel Candy" Anthony take on the RWC World Heavyweight Champion Hector Sanchez. Fayetteville's own Hangtyme, goes for the No limits title being held by Diego Vasquez. All the top RWC superstars will be in attendance for Fall-out 2013 @ the John D. Fuller RAC 6627 Old Bunce road in Fayetteville NC. While you're there get your tickets for "Homecoming 2013" Nov 23rd in Lumberton NC. Biggest Main Event in NC. Hometown superstar, WWE Living Legend Tatanka vs. ECW, ROH & SCUM Rep. Steve Corino. Advance tickets are $10. Slightly more at the door. Tatanka Meet & Greet passes are available also. There are limited number of tickets for these events so get them while you can. Go to or get them at the November 2nd show!

-- THIS SUNDAY the Neon Alley premiere of Chikara Pro! Episode 1 features Vin Gerard, Stigma, Colin Delaney, Luke Harper - WWE Universe (Brodie Lee), Green Ant, Carpenter Ant, Dasher Hatfield, Sugar Dunkerton, UltraMantis Black, Delirious Wrestler, Hallowicked, Frightmare, Mike Quackenbush, Jorge Rivera (Skyde), Chuck Taylor, Icarus, Antonio Cesaro - WWE (Claudio Castagnoli), Eddie Kingston, Fire Ant, Soldier Ant and The Osirian Portal! Neon Alley is available online via Mac/PC or through the Neon Alley app on XBOX 360 and PS3. Now for under $7 a month you can get 8 hours of CHIKARA + over 700 hours of anime. New episodes of CHIKARA will debut every Sunday and then be available for at least 2 weeks in the channel's "Catch Up" section. For more details and a free 7 day trial (allowing you to catch this week's debut episode for free), go to

-- Impact Wrestling podcast with AJ Styles and more here.

-- AAW tonight! October 18th Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 W. 26th St. Berwyn, IL) Doors open: 7:00pm Belltime7:45pm Front Row: $18.00 General Admission: $13.00 $1.25 Beers at the bar. Purchase tickets online

-- Joe is looking for a DVD-R copy of the Destination X 2012 ppv (not the commercial release; recorded as it was aired) with Aries/Roode and the Styles/Daniels LMS match. Looking to trade for it. I do have the Impact episode of No Surrender from a month ago I could use in trade but I have more stuff if that doesn't work. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

-- Brock Lesnar talks potentially moving to Canada.

-- Chris Daniels talks long career of success.

-- Austin Aries talks Bound for Glory and more here.

-- Goldberg DVD review here. "All action, no words."

-- Good Will Wrestling podcast talking the best AWA matches of the 80s here. It's a big one -- over three hours.

-- WHAT DID YOU THINK OF EPISODE 3 OF VELASQUEZ VS. DOS SANTOS? Excellent 17.9% Good 46.4% Average 10.7% Fair 7.1% Poor 17.9% 64.6% of those responding didn't see the show

Excellent 22.6%
Good 38.7%
Average 19.4%
Fair 9.7%
Poor 9.7%
61.7% of those responding didn't see the show

Excellent 6.3%
Good 42.2%
Average 31.3%
Fair 10.9%
Poor 9.4%
43.4% of those responding didn't see the show

Under 250,000 9.2%
251-300,000 2.0%
301-350,000 7.2%
351-400,000 9.9%
401-450,000 22.4%
451-500,000 16.4%
501-550,000 15.1%
551-600,000 7.2%
601-650,000 2.0%
651-700,000 1.3%
701-750,000 0.7%
More than 751,000 6.6%

Cain Velasquez 75.2%
Junior Dos Santos 24.8%

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1978 - Abdullah The Butcher defeated Billy Robinson in Utsunomiya, Japan to win the Pacific Wrestling Federation World Heavyweight Title

1994 - The Phantoms defeated PG-13 for the USWA Tag Team Title in Louisville, Kentucky

1997 - The FBI (Little Guido & Tracy Smothers) defeated John Kronus & New Jack for the ECW World Tag Team Title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1999 - Hardcore & Crash Holly defeated The Rock & Mankind to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship.

1999 - Konnan & Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Harlem Heat to win the WCW World Tag Team Title

2011 - James Storm defeated Kurt Angle to win the TNA World Championship in Orlando, Florida.

-- Hard hitting MMA action returns as Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting presents "WXC 46 - Shocktober" on October 18 in Clinton Township, Michigan as WXC debuts on WXC events are the premier MMA shows in Michigan as they are the proving grounds for tomorrow's future stars and champions. This stacked card is sure to highlight the rising blue chip prospects in and around Michigan and the Great Lakes.

-- Wrestling Bus Trips will venture to the debut House of Hardcore 3 in Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday November 9th! The trip will be priced at ONLY $85 which includes a round trip transportation to the event, a $25 reserved riser ticket to the event, early admission into the event and pre-show signing session, an exclusive pre-show Q&A and more.

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