FRI UPDATE: Weekend preview, Linda Senate decision, UFC star breaks leg, Jones' next fight,Smackdown



By Bryan Alvarez

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Something of a quiet weekend paced by the finals of Tough Enough, the finals of Ultimate Fighter and two Dragon Gate USA iPPV shows.

We're looking for reports on tonight's Dragon Gate USA show from Revere, MA and WWE Raw show from Huntsville, AL.

Dragon Gate USA's show is on iPPV starting at 8 p.m. Eastern with:
Pac & Masato Yoshino vs. Yamato & Akira Tozawa for the Open the Unified Gate tag team titles
Austin Aries vs. Johnny Gargano
Cima & Brodie Lee vs. Chuck Taylor & Rich Swann
Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Sami Callihan
Ricochet vs. Susumu Yokosuka
AR Fox vs. Arik Cannon vs. Scott Reed vs. Tony Nese

Saturday night has a live UFC show from the Pearl at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on Spike TV starting at 9 p.m. with these live fights:
Ed Herman vs. Tim Credeur
Chris Cope vs. Chuck O'Neil
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Fabio Maldonado
Tony Ferguson vs. Ramsey Nijem for the season championship
Anthony Pettis vs. Clay Guida

Saturday also has a Raw house show in Fayetteville. There are no Smackdown house shows this weekend. Saturday is also a Dragon Gate USA show from Deer Park, NY at the NYWC Sportatorium which will be a PPV taping (Pac vs Ricochet vs. Chuck Taylor, Yamato vs. Cima vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Masato Yoshino, Caleb Konley vs. Flip Kendrick vs. Jon Davis vs. Louis Lyndon vs. Pinkie Sanchez vs. Rich Swann vs. Sami Callihan vs. Scott Reed, Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Arik Cannon, Austin Aries vs. Susumu Yokosuka, Akira Tozawa vs. AR Fox, Brodie Lee vs. Tony Nese).

Sunday is a Raw house show from Charlottesville, VA and a Dragon Gate USA iPPV show at 8 p.m. from B.B. King's in Manhattan (Yamato vs. Pac for the Open the Freedom Gate title, Cima & Austin Aries & Brodie Lee vs. Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann, Masato Yoshino vs. Ricochet, Masaaki Mochizuki & Susumu Yokosuka vs. Arik Cannon & Sami Callihan, AR Fox vs. Pinkie Sanchez).

Monday will be a three-hour live show from Richmond, VA, with the first hour being the final episode of Tough Enough featuring Andrew Leavine and Luke Robinson in matches and Steve Austin appearing. The final two hours will be Raw.

Tuesday will be the Smackdown and NXT tapings from Roanoke.

The situation with the attack and the stroke suffered by Japanese wrestler Super Hate (Nobukazu Hirai) is looked at, as well as why the Japanese industry fears police involvement due to the fight he was in hours before he suffered the stroke, is one of a number of lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We also look at the Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz fight, future UFC vs. Strikeforce fights, and UFC's rest of 2011.

We also have a look at the WrestleMania PPV numbers, broken down for domestic and worldwide, with comparisons with the biggest shows in pro wrestling history and where it ranks. We also have the first look at the paid attendance for this year's WrestleMania.

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We also look at Ric Flair's situation being held in contempt of court and what that entails, as well as Brock Lesnar's surgery, the announcement of Michael Bisping and Mayhem Miller as TUF coaches, Dana White talks the Chael Sonnen hearings and how the company is reacting to it.

We also look at WWE's signing of Averno, early plans for him and more WWE plans when it comes to wrestlers in Mexico. We also look at why Averno was chosen to come in, and what the holdup was before on why he wasn't brought in sooner.

We also have complete coverage of UFC 130, including the ramifications of what came out of the show, who became stars and who won while not helping their case. We also have business notes on the fight, early PPV numbers, ratings, attendance, match-by-match coverage and the purses for all the fighters.

We also look at the end of the Tough Enough and Ultimate Fighter seasons, including a look at Tough Enough going forward, and the return of the Dream promotion.

We have more on Randy Savage, behind the changing of the name of the WWE video game, behind the changing of the name of the October WWE PPV, update on C.M. Punk's contractual situation, update of the government audit of WWE, Why there is concern regarding the Smackdown brand, what aspect of WWE business went through the roof in April, Layla injury update, More on delayed viewing of WWE television shows, Rock movie box office numbers, Gorgeous George movie, lots of WWE DVD ideas, as well as the weekend business notes and details from the weekend house shows.

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-- The Washington Post is reporting that Linda McMahon will make a decision about whether she'll run for Senate again in 2012 within the next month.

-- Demetrious Johnson went to the doctor this week and discovered that his fibula was completely fractured. He'd talked in the post-fight press conference Saturday night about how he checked a kick that was so hard that he thought he broke his leg, but at the time he didn't really think it was broken. He fought another round and a half with it prior to getting the decision victory over Miguel Torres in what was a great fight. He can't even walk for another three weeks and won't be able to return to training for about two months. Tough dude.

-- For whatever it's worth, Bones Jones told MMA Junkie Radio that his next fight was going to be with Quinton Jackson. He said no contract had been signed yet.

-- Smackdown tonight has Randy Orton vs. Sheamus with Christian as special referee, Christian vs. Mark Henry, Jinder Mahal vs. Yoshi Tatsu, Alicia Fox & Tamina vs. Kaitlyn & AJ (oh God), Wade Barrett vs. Zeke and Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase.

-- If you are one of my friends on Facebook or would like to be, the new page is facebook.com/officialbryanalvarez. My old personal account hit the 5,000 friend limit and Facebook cuts you off there, so I had to set up a PAGE, which will allow unlimited friends. This will be the only Facebook account I update and I'm going to slowly start paring down the personal one, so if you want to continue following me, please head over to the new page and click the LIKE button. It's also linked to my Twitter account at twitter.com/bryanalvarez, so that will make things a lot easier for me as well.

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-- Chris Jericho was on Cybulski & Company on TSN Radio Thursday. He talked about how hard it was being on Dancing with the Stars, being viewed by a bigger audience and its benefits, the return of the Winnipeg Jets to the NHL, his return to WWE and wanting to create something new for himself, his thoughts on Randy Savage, what he most proud of in his career, Shawn Michaels being his favorite opponent, Fozzy, his love for writing lyrics, playing with Metallica, his favorite bands, playing on stage, and his WWE theme music. The link is here. Thanks to Bob.

-- Alex Marvez looks at what Daniel Puder is up to these days (anti-bullying campaigns) here.

-- Jim Ross talks Twitter craziness and more here.

-- Gabe Sapolsky has a guest editorial on what Vince McMahon needs to do about Shaq here.

-- A look at indy star Madison Eagles here. She has an interesting tie-in with Georges St. Pierre. She also notes that she wishes she could train jiu jitsu all day long. Wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

-- Story here on Farhan Faruqui, a high-level wrestler who is now training at the WWE school down in Florida.

-- Interview with Steve Corino here, talking many things including his "thumb in the bum" spot.

-- Jerry Lawler threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Indians/Rangers MLB game tonight in Cleveland. Thanks to Brian.

-- WWE announced that Patricia A. Gottesman has been elected to its Board of Directors.

-- Regarding Armando Alejandro Estrada debuting on Superstars last week as the new manager of Tyson Kidd, this week Kidd came out with Matt Striker. So basically, they're just doing a gimmick where Tyson tried out a different manager every week. Though this week they also teased that Tyson had agreed that Striker was the best choice as an agent for him.

-- Mickie James will be making five appearances at CMA Fest in Nashville from June 7-11 including four singing performances. Fans will be able to hear her sing songs from her album Strangers & Angels and she will also take part in meet and greets for photos and autograph opportunities. For all the details visit here. Please check out mickiejames.com for more updates and announcements. Thanks to John.

-- The Amazing RD Evans has a message for Homicide here. RD Evans is one of those guys where the fact that he's not a manger in WWE tells you how badly this business has gone awry in the last decade.

-- Interview with Chandler Jones, the youngest brother of Jonny Bones Jones and starting Defensive End for Syracuse Football, here.

-- Western Canada's Rumble in the Cage presents RITC 43 at the Taber Ice Arena in Taber, Alberta, Canada on June 4th, available on GoFightLive.tv this weekend.

-- American MMA Fight League presents MMA FIGHT NIGHT, on June 4 at the Newtown Athletic Club in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Also on gofightlive.tv.

-- Absolute Action MMA presents Absolute Action MMA 14 at Rupp Arena - Heritage Hall in Lexington, KY on June 4. This is a mega-card with 23 bouts scheduled for the night, also on gofightlive.tv.

-- “Corino Vs Landell”, June 12th at 1pm, Knights of Columbus, 401 Bartley Rd, Jackson NJ 08527

-- WWE returns to the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois on July 31st, 2011 at 5 PM. Thanks to Devin Cutting. Go to http://wherewrestlinghappens.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.

-- Upcoming Chikara dates:
-"The Case of the Bulletproof Waldo", Friday evening - 6.24.2011, Live at The Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Avenue in Chicago, IL!
-"A Demon in his Pocket", Saturday evening - 6.25.2011, Live at The Taylortown Trade Center, 22525 Ecorse Road in Taylor, MI!
-"The Evil That Lies Within, Part 4", Sunday afternoon - 6.26.2011, Live at St. Gregory's Byzantine Hall, 12920 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, OH!
More at chikarapro.com.

-- Fight Nite in the Flats VII will PPV for $9.95 and the online broadcast will feature the event in its entirety. Starting at 6PM EST fans can log on to www.NAAFS.tv website and click the "Watch Live Banner" and follow the online directions to watch the Event "Live". Fans in the state of Ohio will be blacked out and unable to view the broadcast this Saturday night.

-- World League Wrestling proudly announces it’s 11th annual Harley Race Wrestling Camp. Established in 2000, this wrestling camp gives wrestlers from all over the world with many different levels of experience the chance to get advised by "The King" of professional wrestling, Harley Race. 2011’s camp will start Monday, October 17th and end on Friday, October 21st. Following the conclusion of the camp, there will be a show on Saturday, October 22nd located in Eldon, MO. Participants of the camp WILL have a chance to showcase their talents depending on approval from the camp instructors and Harley himself. This camp will feature not only the former 8-time World’s Heavyweight Champion, but also officials and wrestlers from Pro-Wrestling NOAH along with W.W.E. Pro-Wrestling NOAH is the sister company based in Tokyo, Japan. Cost for this year camp is $500.00. This year, to reserve a spot you must mail one-half ($250.00) and the registration form to the address provided below. To download the registration form, please visit the following website: http://www.harleyrace.com/camp09.html and click "download registration form here". Once completed, please mail back the form to World League Wrestling, 26 Karen Drive, Eldon, MO 65026. Check or money orders are the only forms of payment being accepted at this time. Information about hotels, lunches, gym access, and Missouri wrestling licenses and blood work will be provided at a date in the near future. For more information, please contact the World League Wrestling office at 573-392-4100 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA), Sat, July 16th, 2011, Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club, 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place, Newark, DE 19702

-- DREAMWAVE Wrestling returns to the Knights of Columbus in LaSalle, IL tomorrow night 6/4 with Acid vs. Mason Beck for the World Championship, ROH star Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana vs. Yabo the Clown and former WWE/DX superstar Road Dogg will be in action!

-- Saturday night at Cobo Arena the Detroit Derby Girls will close out their season with a doubleheader, tickets are $15, kids 12 & under are free and the first bout starts at 6:30 pm. This will be the last event at Cobo Arena.

-- Ed and Cutrer talk this year's Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online Las Vegas Convention here.

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