Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:27
Today is Main Event and Smackdown taped in Laredo, TX.
Today is also the first of three nights of TNA Impact tapings at the Manhattan Center in New York.
G-1 Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. Eastern and 3 a.m. Pacific from Takamatsu
Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomoaki Honma
Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Bad Luck Fale
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Tetsuya Naito
Minoru Suzuki vs. Karl Anderson
Togi Makabe vs. Toru Yano
A.J Styles vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Kazuchika Okada vs. Lance Archer
Yuji Nagata vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Doc Gallows
-- Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman, which has gotten rave reviews from people who have gotten an advanced copy, is available for immediate shipping right now.
-- Don't be surprised if HHH ends up special guest referee for Brie vs. Stephanie at SummerSlam.
-- Roman Reigns needed six staples in his head after being busted open in the last man standing match with Kane on Raw last night. Reigns worked the post-show match teaming with Dean Ambrose and Big Show to beat Seth Rollins, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt.
-- That hideous Adam Rose segment on Raw was designed to push the release of Oculus on DVD and Blu-Ray today. It was made clear by the announcers that it was a reference to the film, but I don't think anyone noted it was out today. And even if they did, how was that segment going to convince anyone to check that movie out?
-- Dave and Mike Sempervive will be hosting Wrestling Observer Radio tomorrow night as I'll be out of town celebrating my anniversary. They'll also be doing Sunday's show recapping the G-1 Climax tournament finals. I've got several shows up for the weekend including two Wrestling Observer Radios and a Wrestling Observer Live. No regular Bryan & Vinny Show until Thursday night, and Vinny won't be on any shows until probably two weeks from now since he's on his honeymoon in Ireland.
--Jim Ross is taping a podcast with Cowboy Bill Watts tonight. Not sure of air date. His second show with Sting is being released tonight.
-- Tickets for UFC 178: JONES vs. CORMIER, presented by MetroPCS, go on sale Friday, August 8 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $800, $600, $400, $250, $125 and $75 (prices do not include applicable service charges). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and will be available at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
-- Report from Jeremy: Jon Jones was on KROQ, 106.7 Kevin and Bean’s show in Los Angeles this morning. Him and Daniel Cormier were supposed to be on together, but obviously that wasn’t going to happen after yesterday. Jones said he knew something might happen yesterday when he got on stage because Cormier was intensely staring him like he had never seen before. He also mentioned that Cormier threw a shoe after the scuffle that hit a female reporter in the head. He said the grudge started 4 years ago when Jones met Cormier and sarcastically said he could take him down and Cormier took it the wrong way. He said that him talking smack on Cormier is to motivate himself to train harder, he said he’s training 4 times a day. He also put over Gustaffson and that the last fight “humanized” him and forced him to train hard for every fight. He said it’ll be “easy money” in fight with Cormier cause he does better with wrestlers. Jones came off easy-going but very confident. Cormier was on earlier in the broadcast but I missed it.
-- I love how Jones himself admits he was a complete sarcastic dick to Cormier the first time they ever met, yet he's completely baffled as to why the guy doesn't like him.
-- A full ten minutes of battling back and forth between Jones and Cormier on Fox Sports Live last night is here. Some awesome work. They both had to be in different studios per their own requests.
-- UFC's official statement: Their actions were clearly a violation of the UFC's code of conduct. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has requested a video copy of the incident, and the UFC is cooperating fully with them in order to come to a quick resolution when it comes to possible penalties for both fighters.
-- From someone who saw the satellite feed prior to the two of them going on ESPN, both guys were trash-talking each other before the show started to a ridiculous degree, and then as soon as they were told the show was about to start Jones went into calm monotone robot mode, which was why Cormier immediately started going off when the program started about how fake Jones was.
-- Overkill with Jesse ‘The Jerk’ Ventura. Strong words.
-- The Hard Way, by Don Fargo, is now available through Crowbar Press by clicking here.
-- Part two of the Sting interview will be on Jim Ross' podcast today at Podcast One, and he's also taping a future show with Cowboy Bill Watts.
-- Bellator MMA will return to the state of Michigan for Bellator 124 from the Compuware Arena just outside of Detroit on Friday, September 12th live on Spike TV. The event will be headlined by a Light Heavyweight Title fight as reigning Bellator Champion Emanuel Newton will defend his belt against Joey Beltran. The night will also feature the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final between Liam McGeary and Kelly Anundson, which will be the co-main event of the evening. Tickets for the event will be on sale on Friday, August 8th and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com or by visiting the Compuware Arena Box Office.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1949 - Don McIntyre won the Southern Heavyweight Title from Tom Mahoney in Atlanta, Georgia.
1969 - Hiro Matsuda & Missouri Mauler defeated Cyclon Negro & Jack Brisco for the NWA Florida Tag Team Title in Tampa
1986 - Akira Maeda & Osamu Kido defeated Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura to win the IWGP Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.
1988 - Iceman King Parsons defeated Kerry Von Erich (subbing for Kevin Von Erich) to win the World Class Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas.
1994 - The Rock n' Roll Express defeated Chris Candido & Brian Lee for the Smoky Mountain Tag Team Title in Knoxville, Tennessee
1996 - The Great Sasuke defeated Ultimo Dragon in the finals of a tournament to unify eight separate junior heavyweight titles into one unified J-Crown championship.
1996 - The Moondogs (Spot & Rover) defeated Brickhouse Brown & Reggie B. Fine for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
-- THIS FRIDAY night, August 8th, Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW) will return to the historic Turners Hall (7325 Guthrie Ave, 44102) in Cleveland, OH to present one of its most star-studded events ever with Failure by Design. Bell time will be at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.
-- ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC), Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, has confirmed all nine bouts set to take place at ONE FC: REIGN OF CHAMPIONS. The event, which will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on 29 August, is set to be the largest in mixed martial arts history. It will feature multiple ONE FC World Championship bouts, including a ONE FC Featherweight World Championship clash between current champion Koji Oishi and Mongolian striking expert, Narantungalag Jadambaa. James McSweeney will drop a division to light heavyweight to take on Cristiano Kaminishi while Ann Osman steps in for Irina Mazepa, and will face Ana Julaton in a flyweight clash. Mohamad Walid will also enter the ONE FC cage to take on Filipino standout Vaughn Donayre while Muay Thai champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke returns to the ONE FC cage against fellow Muay Thai specialist, Ali Yaakub.
-- JCW is happy to announced that TEAM 3D, Bubba Ray and Devon, will be in action on November 8 in Keansburg, New Jersey. Tickets for the event are on sale now at the JCW ticket line (201-257-8621) and will be for sale on www.JerseyChampionshipWrestling.com starting tomorrow morning!
-- New interview with the former Drew McIntyre up here.
-- The nation's premier amateur mixed martial arts promotion, Tuff-N-Uff, today announced it will bring its action-packed fights and “Future Stars of MMA” back to Mesquite, Nevada live from the Casablanca Hotel Resort on Saturday, August 23.