SAT UPDATE: Rest of the weekend schedule, tons of Rampage and Tito PPV doom, who was CM Skunk, Sorensen promo about ROH debut, tons more

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World Series of Fighting at 9 p.m. Eastern on NBC Sports

Justin Gaethje vs. Dan Lauzon

Jon Fitch vs. Marcela Alfaya

Carson Beebe vs. Marlon Moraes

Josh Burkman vs. Steve Carl to become the first WSOF welterweight champion

Glory by Honor promoted by ROH is Saturday night in Chicago at the Frontier Fieldhouse:

Adam Cole & Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly & Matt Taven vs. Michael Elgin & Jay Lethal & Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander in an elimination match with a two hour time limit; If Cole is pinned, whoever pins him earns an ROH title shot

Kevin Steen vs. Michael Bennett

Paul London vs. Roderick Strong

Mark Briscoe vs. Silas Young

Jimmy Jacobs vs Adam Page

Homicide & Eddie Kingston vs. ACH & Tadarius Thomas

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Jessy Sorensen

WWE has no house shows this weekend, with Hell in a Cell on Sunday from Miami: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton with Shawn Michaels as referee for the vacant heavyweight title in a Hell in a Cell

C.M. Punk vs. Ryback & Paul Heyman in a Hell in a Cell

Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena for the world title

Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. Usos for the tag titles

A.J. Lee vs. Brie Bella for the Divas title

Los Matadores vs. Antonio Cesaro & Jack Swagger

Curtis Axel vs. Big E Langston for the IC title in the preshow match at 7:30 p.m.

Raw will be Monday night in Orlando. Vince McMahon is advertised for the show.

Smackdown is Tuesday night in Tampa. John Cena is advertised as wrestling Alberto Del Rio in a dark match on the show.

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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- As noted yesterday, the Tito Ortiz vs. Rampage Jackson fight on the first-ever Bellator PPV is off after Ortiz suffered a neck fracture in training. The entire PPV has been scrapped and will now air as a free card on Spike TV starting at 9 Eastern on November 2nd. The entire press conference detailing all of this is available here. Tito tweeted that everything happens for a reason and he just wished he knew what the reason was. Maybe that he shouldn't be fighting anymore. Bjorn Rebney's statement on the matter: "After sitting down with our team and partners, the decision was obvious: Give the greatest MMA fans on earth this amazing show live and free on Spike. Our fans have been incredible to us and I'm thrilled to be able to give them this great card on the greatest network in MMA, Spike. Chandler vs. Alvarez II, Mo vs. Newton II and Curran vs. Strauss II are all unbelievable fights. This is going to be a great, great night." If you already ordered the PPV you'll get a refund.

-- Rampage reacts to the situation here. He wanted to fight, and says they should have gotten him a replacement -- someone like KIMBO SLICE.

-- Dave has an article on the situation here, including an on-the-record comment from King Mo who said he'd have been willing to face Rampage in the main event on a week's notice, and told Bellator that.

-- From talking to people in ROH, the feeling is tonight's Glory by Honor show is going to be awesome.

-- Wacky comedy Q&A with Chael Sonnen and others here.

-- CM Skunk on Smackdown was actually Cincinnati area indy wrestler Danny Todd. He trained with and competes primarily for the Northern Wrestling Federation (same promotion that started out Karl Anderson, Chris Harris, Abyss, and Jillian Hall among others). Thanks to Kevin.

-- Nikolai Volkoff talks teaming with the Iron Sheik here.

-- So yeah, Scotty Riggs is really beat up.

-- Passionate promo by Jessy Sorensen hyping up his ROH debut.

-- Scott Jorgensen vs. Ian McCall is off UFC on FOX 9 after McCall suffered an undisclosed injury in training. They'll find a replacement for Jorgensen. -- UFC 166, an awesome show, is apparently airing on FOX Deportes right now.

Excellent 0.0% (zero point zero percent)
Good 47.4%
Average 15.8%
Fair 5.3%
Poor 31.6%
82.4% of those responding didn't see the show

Doesn't matter, it's TNA and the big picture isn't working 64.8%
Lame angle not working 20.2%
Good angle, is working 15.0%

Daniel Bryan 65.4%
Randy Orton 34.6%

GSP vs. Hendricks 59.0%
Sonnen vs. Evans 17.0%
Chandler vs. Alvarez 10.0%
Ortiz vs. Jackson 7.5%
Pacquiao vs. Rios 6.5%

Excellent 11.9%
Good 33.3%
Average 19.0%
Fair 11.9%
Poor 23.8%
34.0% of those responding didn't see the show

-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! ECWA 4-EVER! II Sat, Nov 2nd, 2013 Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702 (302) 836-6464 Doors Open: 6:00 PM Bell Time: 7:00 PM

-- Busy Day in History with Brian Hoops:

1897 - Dan McLeod defeated Martin (Farmer) Burns in Chicago, Illinois, to win the American Heavyweight Title.

1942 - Ed Virag defeated John Grandovich to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title in Wichita, Kansas

1959 - Don and Luke Fields defeated Don and Al Greene for the Mid-America version of the NWA World Tag Title in Birmingham, Alabama

1960 - Al Hobman defeated John DaSilva for the vacant New Zealand Heavyweight Title in Wellington, New Zealand.

1962 - El Medico II defeated Art Thomas in Houston, Texas to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title.

1964 - Pepper Martin and Luther Lindsay won the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title, by defeating Pat Patterson and The Hangman.

1964 - Tony Borne defeated Killer Karl Kox for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title in Fort Worth, Texas

1968 - Mitsu Arakawa and Dr. Moto (Tor Kamata) defeated Wilbur Snyder and Pat O'Connor for the WWA Tag Team Title in Elkhart, Indiana

1971 - The Wrestling Pro defeated Ken Lucas for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama

1973 - Enrique Vera defeated Angel Blanco in Mexico City, Mexico for the Mexican National Heavyweight Title.

1976 - Mr. Wrestling II defeated Dick Slater to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Columbus, Georgia.

1976 - The Executioners (Killer Kowalski & John Studd) were stripped of the WWWF World Tag Team title when they had a third member (Nikolai Volkoff) participate in a title defense against Chief Jay Strongbow & Billy White Wolf in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.

1979 - Chavo Guerrero, Sr. and Al Madril defeated Allen Coage and Victor Rivera for the NWA Americas Tag Team Title.

1979 - Sweet Brown Sugar defeated Ernie Ladd to win the Florida version of the NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Lafayette, Louisiana.

1979 - Tommy Rich defeated Killer Karl Kox for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1980 - Dusty Rhodes defeated Bobby Jaggers for the Florida State Heavyweight Title in Ft. Lauderdale.

1981 - Dutch Mantel defeated Dream Machine for the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1982 - Chief Jay & Jules Strongbow defeated Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Hamburg, Pennsylvania

1982 - Harley Race defeated Giant Baba for the PWF Heavyweight Title in Obihiro, Japan,

1983 - The Junkyard Dog defeated Butch Reed for the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Title in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1986 - John Tatum and Jack Victory defeated The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) to win the UWF Tag Team Title in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1987 - Two title changes take place on an AWA card in Memphis, Tennessee. Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee won the AWA World Tag Team Title, defeating Hector Guerrero and "Dr. D" David Schultz. Also, The Midnight Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) defeated The RPM's (Mike Davis and Tommy Lane) for the AWA Southern Tag Team Title

1987 - Tom Prichard defeated Tony Anthony to win the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title reign in Birmingham, Alabama.

1995 - Robby Royce defeated Vance Nevada for the Canadian Junior Heavyweight Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1997 - Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Eddie Guerrero to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title in a Mask vs. Title match in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1998 - Diamond Dallas Page defeated Bret Hart for the WCW United States Heavyweight Title in Phoenix, Arizona

1999 - Davey Boy Smith defeated D'Lo Brown for the WWF European Heavyweight Title in Springfield, Massachusetts

2001 - In the WWA Title Tournament Final, Jeff Jarrett defeated Road Dogg in a steel cage to become the first World Wrestling All-Stars Heavyweight Champion and Juventud Guerrera defeated Psicosis in a Ladder match to win the WWA Cruiserweight Title in Sydney, Australia.

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