SUN. UPDATE: Bound for Glory preview including Hall of Fame notes, WWE talks network date, UFC 166 notes, Flair heads to UK, cryptic Hogan tweet, Funk brothers return to Japan, tons more

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We're also looking for reports on today's 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.
We're also looking for reports on all the cities from the Mexico tour.
Bound for Glory is today from San Diego, CA:
Preshow on Spike at 7 p.m. Eastern

Joseph Park & Eric Young vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez vs. Robbie E & Jessie Godderz in a gauntlet series for a title shot on PPV - Daniels & Kazarian would be the favorites here since they make the most sense, since Park & Young are faces and E & Godderz are more a prelim comedy team.  Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez may get the spot since a Chavo Jr. turn was in the works at one point. 

Bound for Glory on PPV
  • EC3, the supposed nephew of Dixie Carter, played by Michael Hutter, debuts on this show.
  • ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Brooke Tessmacher for the Knockouts title
  • James Storm & Gunner vs. ? for tag titles
  • Manik vs. Jeff Hardy vs Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin in an Ultimate X match for X title - This match will open the PPV and should be a show-stealer.  Sabin is the most experienced person in these types of matches.  Aries is one of the best all-around performers in the business right now.  Hardy excels in high-risk matches.  Manik has never been in such a high profile match.  Joe doesn't exactly fit into Ultimate X.  Just based on how things are being pushed, I can see Sabin winning and coming out of it working with Aries.
  • Sting vs. Magnus - Magnus is doing all the signs of the frustrated babyface doing the Zbyszko turn.  Whether it's hinted here, or all the way here, he should either win the match by double-crossing Sting, or lose cleanly and freak out over it.  
  • Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode - The question here is what kind of shape Angle is in after several months off.  They have the chance for a classic match and given this is a seven-match show, they should have time for it as well.
  • Bully Ray vs. A.J. Styles for the TNA title in a no DQ match - I expect a quality main event, both the two have the ability to do so, no DQ gives them more options, and Bully Ray is going to come up with a good match story.
TNA is anything but hot right now, but on paper, this does look like a good show.  We'll have live coverage starting shortly. Raw will be live on Monday from the Fed Ex Forum in Memphis.  No matches have been announced but they will be doing a contract signing segment with Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, plus an angle with HHH and Big Show.  Shawn Michaels will be on the show again this week.

Smackdown and Main Event will be on Tuesday in Birmingham, AL.         


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--The WWE issued a statement Sunday regarding a story on, saying that 2/24 would be the debut of the WWE Network.  It read, "As discussed on WWE's last earnings call, we continue to aggressively pursue the launch of a WWE Network in 2014 via traditional and nontraditional distribution models, however no launch date has been confirmed."  In other words, not a confirmation nor a denial.
--TNA did its Hall of Fame ceremony last night in San Diego. We don't have a lot of details but Sting, Samoa Joe and Magnus all gave speeches about Kurt Angle.  Angle himself only spoke for five minutes, which was a disappointment.
--Dustin Runnels will be coaching at NXT this coming Thursday and Friday. Perry Saturn has also been there of late.

--They did an angle at the NXT show on Friday night in Daytona Beach where Billy Gunn was the referee is the Bo Dallas vs. Sami Zayn title match.  Gunn turned on Zayn and gave the win to Dallas, and then said he was sent there by HHH to make sure Zayn didn't win the title because it was best for business.
--UFC was the second most searched term in the U.S. yesterday, behind the Boston Red Sox who advanced to the World Series Saturday night.

--Lots of controversy from UFC 166 regarding judging and officiating coming from Dana White. White was mad that Shawn Jordan took six too many punches in the face from Gabriel Gonzaga, saying it should have been stopped by ref Jay Stafin.  He also felt T.J. Waldburger took punches after he was out cold (the last punch was a bad one but Stafin was diving in as it was thrown).  Waldburger ended up going out on a stretcher, but he was released from the hospital last night and went out to dinner with his friends. Also under fire was judge Ruben Najera, who scored round three in the Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica Eye fight for Eye (which was ridiculous) and then scored round one of the Tim Boetsch vs. C.B. Dollaway fight for Boetsch (two judges did that, which made no sense).

--Josh Nason went 5-0 in our Observer picks pool, and went back into first place last night. Myself, Todd Martin, Mike Sawyer and Mike Sempervive all went 4-1. Sempervive and I missed on Gonzaga vs. Jordan.  Martin missed on the Dodson fight going for an upset and Sawyer picked Roy Nelson over Daniel Cormier.  Oliver Copp was 3-2.
--Ric Flair is booked for Revolution Pro Wrestling on 3/15 at York Hall in London. (thanks to Martin Bentley)
--A Hulk Hogan cryptic Twitter message: "The calm before the storm, temporary situation setting me up for a huge blessing, brother."
--Here's the correct link for the Shayna Baszler interview listed in yesterday's update.
--UFC will be doing a series of events to promote the 11/16 show called 20 days to UFC 167 with events starting on 10/28 leading to the show. They will also be releasing a new Octagon apparel line. Here are the dates, level of access and fighters involved:
  • 10/28 in Denver:  Donald Cerrone & Cat Zingano do a media tour at the site of UFC 1, what was formerly McNichols Arena.  They will also do a media day at the Dish Network headquarters.
  • 10/28 in Montreal:  GSP will do a media day for press only at the Tristar Gym
  • 10/28 in Pantego, TX:  Johny Hendricks media day
  • 10/29 in Philadelphia:  Forrest Griffin does a press tour as well as a meet & greet at the Comcast offices
  • 10/29 in Chicago:  Matt Hughes does a press tour and meets with the Chicago Bears
  • 10/29 in Washington, DC:  Jon Jones does a press tour
  • 10/30 in Atlanta:  Forrest Griffin visits the offices of COX communications and Hooters
  • 10/30 in Cleveland:  Matt Hughes and Stipe Miocic do a press tour and meet with the Cleveland Browns
  • 10/30 in Baltimore:  Jon Jones does a press tour and meets with the Baltimore Ravens which include his brother Arthur Jones
  • 10/31 in Detroit:  Matt Brown does a press tour
  • 11/1 in Raleigh:  Brendan Schaub talks to the North Carolina State football team and will also attend the Carolina Hurricanes NHL game
  • 11/2 in Concord, CA:  Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold sign autographs 1-3 p.m. at the UFC Gym
  • 11/3 in Rosemead, CA:  Michael Bisping signs autographs 3-5 p.m. at the UFC Gym
  • 11/4 in San Francisco:  Josh Koscheck does a press tour
  • 11/4 in San Jose: Gilbert Melendez vista with employees at You Tube and Twitter
  • 11/5 in St. Louis:  Tyron Woodley does a press tour and meets with the St. Louis Rams
  • 11/5 in St. Louis:  Matt Hughes visits Anheuser-Busch
  • 11/6 in New Orleans:  Daniel Cormier does a press tour and meets with the New Orleans Saints
  • 11/6 in Fort Campbell, KY:  Live fights on FS 1
  • 11/7 in San Antonio:  Daniel Cormier and Erik Perez will appear at a variety of events
  • 11/7 in State College, PA:  Phil Davis returns to Penn State where he won a national title in wrestling
  • 11/8 in Pittsburgh:  Phil Davis does a press tour and meets with the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 11/9 in Torrance, CA:  Chuck Liddell signs autographs 3-5 p.m. at the UFC Gym
  • 11/9 in Goiania, Brazil:  Live Fights on FS 1 headlined by Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
  • 11/10:  UFC releases results of the 10 greatest knockouts in history
  • 11/11 in Los Angeles:  Chael Sonnen does a press tour
  • 11/11 in New York:  Rashad Evans does a press tour
  • 11/12 in Phoenix:  Press tour, talent to be announced
  • 11/12 to 11/16 -  Events daily in Las Vegas leading up to the show
--The History of UFC special called "Fighting For a Generation: 20 Years of the UFC" on FS 1 will debut on Tuesday, 11/5 at 9 p.m.

--On Twitter, Kevin Nash teased attending the Raw taping on 10/28 in Orlando.
--I did a 2+ hour appearance on Sherdog's MMA Rewind show with Jack Encarnacao, which should be available today.  We talked UFC 11-20.  If you are interested in UFC history, you'll really like this show. There is a ton of info on it regarding the politics of the MMA business during the dark ages.
--I'm also going to be a guest with Ariel Helwani at about 1 p.m. Eastern time on The MMA Hour along with Rousimar Palhares, Mark Munoz, Pat Miletich, Jon Fitch and Garry Cook. 
--This week's episode of Ultimate Fighter replays tonight on FS 1 at 10 p.m. and on FS 2 at 11 p.m. The prelims from last night's show, which were very good, air at midnight Eastern tonight on FS 2.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops):
  • 1964 - Mad Dog Vachon beat Verne Gagne in Minneapolis to win the AWA title
  • 1969 - Jackie Fargo & Dennis Hall beat Al & Don Greene to win the Southern tag team titles in Memphis
  • 1972 - Dick Steinborn & Argentina Apollo beat Scandor Akbar & Ox Baker to win the Georgia tag team titles in Atlanta
  • 1979 - Dutch Mantel beat Dennis Condrey to win the Mid American title in Chattanooga
  • 1984 - Dusty Rhodes & Manny Fernandez beat Ivan Koloff & Don Kernodle to win the NWA tag titles in Greensboro
  • 1986 - Crusher Yurkov (Bam Bam Bigelow) beat Steve Simpson to win the World Class TV title in Fort Worth
  • 1986 - Tracy Smothers beat Tony Falk in Memphis to win the Mid American title
  • 1987 - Chigusa Nagayo beat Yukari Omori in Tokyo to win the WWWA title and Bull Nakano & Condor Saito beat Yumi Ogura & Kazue Nagahori to win the WWWA tag team title
  • 1989 - Stan Hansen & Genichiro Tenryu beat Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu in Nagoya to win the All Japan world tag team titles and Toshiaki Kawada & Samson Fuyuki beat Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat to win the All-Asia tag team titles
  • 1989 - Kerry Von Erich beat The Punisher (The Undertaker) to win the USWA title in Dallas
  • 1995 - Terry Gordy beat Brad Armstrong to win the SMW title
  • 2002 - Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle beat Edge & Rey Mysterio in the finals of the tournament to win the Smackdown tag team titles at the No Mercy PPV show
--Fit Finlay turned 55 today.  Scott Hall also turned 55 today.  Chavo Guerrero Jr. turned 43 today.
--We didn't have this yesterday, but Road Warrior Hawk passed away ten years ago today at 46.  Lia Maivia, the grandmother of Dwayne Johnson, was 81 when she passed away five years ago yesterday.  Mike Graham was 61 when he committed suicide last year on October 19.
--In a note on Maivia, one of the reasons, maybe the main reason, that Dwayne Johnson did the Hall of Fame years back to induct his father and grandfather, was because his grandmother would be able to attend and he knew she may not be able to travel again after that year and wanted here there when he inducted his grandfather.
--Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk will be wrestling a week from today at Sumo Hall in Japan for All Japan Pro Wrestling.  It was announced today they would do a tag match, reprising one of the greatest tag teams in history, particularly in Japan.
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Poor 19.2%
        67.5% of those responding didn't see the show
Excellent 17.0%
Good 45.3%
Average 24.5%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 13.2%
        49.5% of those responding didn't see the show
Ronda Rousey 25.9%
Jon Jones 20.8%
Chris Weidman 6.5%
Cain Velasquez 10.8%
GSP 8.0%
Chael Sonnen 7.5%
Anthony Pettis 5.2%
Nick Diaz 2.4%
Anderson Silva 1.4%
Renan Barao 0.9%
Demetrious Johnson 0.5%
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman 40.7%
GSP vs. Johny Hendricks 27.2%
Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey 22.0%
Glover Teixeira vs. Jon Jones 4.1%
Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez 1.6%
Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson 1.6%
Renan Barao vs Dominick Cruz 1.6%
Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus 0.4%
King Mo Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton 0.4%
Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez 0.4%
--Here's an Austin Aries interview on Slam! Wrestling.
--The new issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine has GSP on the cover with a feature article, plus an interview with DDP (thanks to Brian Hoops) 
--Millennium Pro Wrestling from last night in Simi Valley, CA for the final show of the promotion:  Curly Bill b Delicioso, Ricky Dee b Vandal Drummond, Master Flame b Ryan Morals, Tofer Cash b Mario Banks, Logan X b Hell Kid, Terex b Savant Cameron Jones & Buddy Royal, Che Cabrera & Spector & Killa Gorilla b Jimi Mayhem & Mr. Tanaka & Max Ammo, Brett Walters & Manny the Mastadon b Anchors Away, Mario Banks won Battle Royal, Dan Farren (the promoter) won the world title at the end of the show.  Vendetta Pro Wrestling will start running at the Boys & Girls Club in Simi Valley starting 11/23 (thanks to Scott Walton) 
--Uproar Pro Wrestling from last night in New Port Richey, FL:  Jay Rios & Eddie Cruz b Jude McKenzie & Josh Rayne, Maxx Stardom b London Vice, JD Amazing b Shawn Prime, Aaron Agony b Shayne Swift, Torcher b Leo Brian, Tech Squad b Edward Malken & Joey Epix, Joshua Masters b Eddie Graves, Aaron Epic b Oliver Cain, CJ O'Doyle b Tommy Taylor.  Next show is 1/11 (thanks to Alan Wojcik)
--Grown Ups 2 was No. 3 at the box office in Australia this weekend (thanks to James Stanios)
--Shimmer DVD taping results from yesterday in Berwyn, IL (thanks to Chris GST)
JK Kennadi (Jessie Kaye) b Midianne
Angie Skye b Crazy Mary Dobson
DVD #58
Portia Perez b Thunderkitty
Santana Garrett b Sassy Stephie
Jessicka Havok b Mary Lee Rose
Nikki Storm b Su Yung
Mercedes Martinez b Veda Scott
Hikaru Shida b Mia Yim
Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Christina Von Eerie & MsChif
Cheerleader Melissa b Leva Bates
Hiroyo Matsumoto b Saraya Knight
Nicole Matthews d Madison Eagles
Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b LuFisto & Kana to keep the tag team titles
DVD #59
Thunderkitty b Heather Patera
Christina von Eerie won four-way over Melanie Cruise, Saraya Knight and Su Yung
Nikki Storm b Veda Scott
Sassy Stephie & Neveah b Santana Garrett & Savannah Summers
Portia Perez b MsChif
Kana b Kimber Lee
Jessicka Havok b Leva Bates
Madison Eagles b Mia Yim
Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Allysin Kay & Taylor Made to keep tag titles
Nicole Matthews b Hikaru Shida
LuFisto b Mercedes Martinez
Cheerleader Melissa b Hiroyo Matsumoto to keep Shimmer title (a rematch is scheduled for today)
--At the show, Dan Murphy of Pro Wrestling Illustrated announced that Melissa was given the No. 1 spot in the PWI Female 50 for 2013.
--Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling sold out their regular building five hours early and ended with a standing room crowd of 340 last night:  Daniel Eads d Waco, Alexander Rudolph b Jake Parnell, Dave Vaughn b Gary Jackson, Ax b Purple Passion, Bull Bronson b Brandon Gallagher, Jake Dirden b Big Texan-DQ, Ron Powers & Ricky Cruz b Flash Flanagan & Ironman Kasa.  Jim Duggan didn't wrestle, but was the special guest. (thanks to Larry Matysik, Ben Simon and Patrick Brandmeyer)
--Lucha Xtreme from last night's TV in Fresno:  Al Azar b Stu Sharpe, Will the Beast b Jesse Poole, Elemento b Marcus Eriks, Manny Fernandez b General Pogo-DQ.  Next TV taping is 11/9 in Oakhurt, CA at the Elks Lodge. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--Riot Pro Wrestling from last night in Palm Bay, FL:  Lince Dorado b Jason Cade, Irish Jack b Alan Stratton, Chasyn Rance b Josh Hess, Willie Brown & Gabriel Black b Oso Panda & Freight Train, Rhett Giddins b Oso Panda, Rhett Giddins b Lince Dorado, Chasyn Rance b Irish Jack, Rhett Giddins b Chasyn Race to win heavyweight title.  Next show is 11/23 (thanks to Al Haft)
--AIW has an iPPV on 11/1 in Cleveland from Turners Hall with a tag team tournament.  Michael Elgin's match will not air on iPPV because of his contract with ROH. 
--Covey Pro Wrestling on 11/9 in Frederick, MD at the William Talley Rec Center is doing a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project.  They have local TV on WJAL-TV Ch. 68 on Saturday nights at 11 p.m. and on LATV in the Washington, DC area in English and Spanish.

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