Friday, 08 June 2012 14:06
By Bryan Alvarez
We're also looking for reports on today's Raw show in Valencia, Spain (John Cena vs. Big Show & Tensai & John Laurinaitis; C.M. Punk vs. Daniel Bryan), the next to last event of the tour. Raw finishes up in Barcelona tomorrow before the crew flies home Sunday for the live three hour Raw on Monday Hartford. Raw features the return of Vince McMahon, who at 8 p.m. will be giving John Laurinaitis his job evaluation.
Today's UFC card:
Facebook fights at 5 p.m. Eastern
Sean Pierson (11-6, 170) vs. Jake Hecht (11-3, 171)
Bernardo Magalhaes (11-2, 155) vs. Henry Martinez (6-2, 156)
Fuel at 6 p.m.
Caio Magalhaes (5-0, 186) vs. Buddy Roberts (11-2, 185)
Justin Salas (10-3, 156) vs. Tim Means (17-3-1, 155.5)
Jared Papazian (14-7, 1 no contest, 133) vs. Dustin Pague (10-6, 136)
Matt Grice (14-4, 146) vs. Leonard Garcia (19-8-1, 146)
Lance Benoist (6-0, 171) vs Seth Baczynski (15-6, 170.5)
Carlos Eduardo Rocha (9-1, 170.5) vs. Mike Pierce (13-5, 171)
FX at 9 p.m.
Scott Jorgensen (13-5, 136) vs. Eddie Wineland (18-8-1, 135.5)
Josh Neer (33-10-1, 170.5) vs. Mike Pyle (22-8-1, 171)
Charlie Brenneman (15-3, 171) vs. Erick Silva (13-2, 1 no contest, 169)
Ian McCall (11-2-1, 126) vs. Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1, 125) in a five round fight where the winner faces Joseph Benavidez in a few months to determine the first flyweight champion
Besides the Raw crew finishing up, Saturday also has a Smackdown brand house show in Salisbury, MD with Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for the world title and Christian vs. Cody Rhodes for the IC title.
The big pro wrestling event of the weekend in the U.S. is TNA's Slammiversary show in Arlington, TX on Sunday:
Bobby Roode vs. Sting for the TNA title
Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. A.J. Styles & Kurt Angle for the tag title
Joseph Park vs. Bully Ray
Gail Kim vs. Miss Tessmacher for the Knockouts title
Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe
Devon & Garett Bischoff vs. Robbie E & Robbie T
Crimson vs. ?
Kid Kash vs. Hernandez
Sunday is also the final day of New Japan's Best of the Super Junior tournament at Korakuen Hall.
There is also a Smackdown brand house show in Binghamton, NY on Sunday.
Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Manchester, NH. The major stars being advertised locally are John Cena (likely a dark match) and HHH (likely a non-televised cameo appearance).
-- As noted on the front page, Dixie Carter tweeted today that Christian will be appearing at Slammiversary Sunday. It was surreal to see both TNA and WWE billing upcoming appearances from the same guy within the same one-hour period.
-- It is being reported that UFC Undisputed 3 only sold 1.4 million unitswith break-even being approximately 2 million, which presumably explains the sale of the title to EA Sports.
-- Jim Ross did an update on the FCW television situation on his blog today: When FCW's TV show runs its course on the Brighthouse Network in Florida, FCW will be replaced by NXT. I'm unaware if the rebranded NXT will air on WWE.com (doubtful) but will air outside the USA where NXT is currently airing. They've also released a full schedule of summer events up here.
-- TNA announced yesterday a deal with All Sports Network in Asia, which will make Impact available to Hong Kong, Cambodia, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.
-- WWE has a list up of the ten best champions of the 21st century. They are, in order from number one, John Cena (shocker), Triple H (shocker), Edge, Undertaker, CML Punk, Randy Orton, Batista, Y2J, Kurt Angle and Booker T.
-- Chris Jericho is doing a gimmick on his Twitter where every day he finds a clever way to work in the number of days left until he returns to WWE.
-- Smackdown tonight has Sheamus vs. Kane, Alberto Del Rio vs. Great Khali, Sin Cara vs. Drew McIntyre, Jey Uso vs. the returning Antonio Cesaro, Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler, Brodus Clay vs. Derrick Bateman, Ryback vs. Two Geeks, and more.
-- WWE's newest film acquisition: WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) announced today it has secured the rights to Interrogation, a suspense thriller by Adam Rodin. With a bomb set to go off in Las Vegas on one of the busiest betting days of the year, the story focuses on a brilliant interrogator called in to question the prime suspect. As time runs out, we soon learn there's an even bigger plan in place for both of them.
-- For those who are looking for THE BALLAD OF KEITH LARSEN, the video is up here.
-- Trailer for Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline ECW with the Sandman is up here.
-- Extreme Rising (former Extreme Reunion) tries to steer the ship straight with two shows coming up on June 29th in Queens and June 30th in Philadelphia. Queens has Jerry Lynn vs. Matt Hardy, Homicide vs. Devon Storm, Stevie Richards vs. Luke Hawx, Bestia 666 vs. Pesadilla, BLK OUT vs. Dramatics and more. The 30th in Philly has Lynn vs. Homicide, Gangstas vs. BLK OUT, Stevie Richards vs. Hawx, and more.
-- Latest line-up for ROH Best in the World on iPPV on June 24th has Kevin Steen vs. Davey Richards in a match where if Davey doesn't win he never gets another shot at Steen's title, Finlay vs. Michael Elgin, Haas & Benjamin vs. All Night Express, Roderick Strong vs. Tomasso Ciampa vs. Jay Lethal for the TV Title, Eddie Edwards vs. Homicide, and Kyle O'Reilly vs. Adam Cole in a Hybrid Fighting Rules match. According to ROH, this means you can win via knockout (10 second count), submission, TKO, Draw or DQ by fouls. Fouls resulting in immediate DQ include Deliberate eye-gouging, groin attacks, biting, and pulling the opponent's hair; Use of foreign object; Outside interference; Physical abuse to official. Minor fouls where you're only DQ'd if you accumulate three during the course of the match include Deliberately going out of the ring or throwing an opponent out of the ring; Deliberately holding and utilizing the ring ropes during the match for an advantage; Accidental eye-gouging and groin attacks; Holding or pulling the opponent's outfit. So basically, it appears to be a pro-wrestling match with no pinfalls. Or a pinfalls count nowhere in the building match.
-- Invicta Fighting Championships and Japan-based JEWELS announced yesterday that the two women’s Mixed Martial Arts promotions have formed a strategic partnership to cross-promote the world’s top female fighters on their respective fight cards in The United States and Japan. As part of the new alliance, JEWELS champion Akaya Hamasaki (7-0) of Yamaguchi, Japan will head to Kansas City, Kan. to square off with fellow undefeated star Jasminka “Impressive” Cive (5-0) of Graz, Styria Austria in a flyweight (115 pounds) matchup at Invicta FC 2: McMann vs. Baszler at Memorial Hall on Sat., July 28.
-- DGUSA announced that both the June 28th and 29th events, including this year's Style Battle tournament, will air on iPPV at WWNLive.com. You can check out the cards for both shows and more at the DGUSA website.
-- New interview with Joey Ryan up here.
-- A great article on a great guy, Les Thatcher, up here.
-- Latest episode of DOA Main Event Wrestling is up here.
-- CHIKARA: King of Trios 2012 will be September 14th through 16th this year.
-- This blurb was in today's Philadelphia Inquirer: "Monster Jam Driver Madusa, whose real name is Debra Miceli, is expected to be the only woman competing at 7 P.M. Saturday in the Monster Jam Path of Destruction at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. Madusa, a former model and professional wrestler, is the first woman to ever win the freestlye competition at the Monster Jam World Finals. The next year, she captured the racing title. The truck she drives, Madusa, is the first and only truck to be named after its driver." Thanks to Chuck.
-- John Laurinaitis and Alberto Del Rio are scheduled to be guests on the New Hampshire-based radio show "Greg and the Morning Buzz" early this coming week to promote the WWE Smackdown taping this Tuesday night at Manhester, NH's Verizon Wireless Arena. "Greg and the Morning Buzz" can be heard weekday mornings from 5:30-10AM eastern at www.wheb.com and www.rock101fm.com. Thanks to Bradley.
-- June 9 in a double header with HWA, Combat Zone Wrestling debuts with 'Prelude to Violence: Ohio Is For Killers' at the Great Miami Event Center, 327 South Second ST in Hamilton, OH. HWA at 3 pm, CZW at 7:30 pm.
-- Urijah Faber is a guest on Joe Rogan's podcast this week, which you can find with an iTunes search.
-- ROH has a sale this weekend at with all live event DVDs from 2005-2009 on sale for $5 each, all live event DVDs from 2010 and all HDNet DVDs at $10, and all Straight Shootin' DVDs for $1 (one dollar).
-- From the promoter: This Saturday night, the United Wrestling Coalition returns to the Browns Mills Fire House, the UWC Arena in Browns Mills, New Jersey for the third annual Browns Mills Rumble! This exciting event features a rare triple main event. First, former TNA Tag Team Champion and one half of The Naturals, Chase Stevens makes his debut in the state of New Jersey when he challenges "The Scottish Suplex Specialist" Ryan Haston for the UWC TV Title! Then, the UWC Heavyweight Championship will be on the line as Captain Justice Garrison challenges rival Big Rig for the title! And if that's not enough, the show will also feature the 20 man over the top rope Browns Mills Rumble, where the winner will be permitted to challenge for any title in the UWC whenever they want! All of this, plus the UWC debut of New England sensation Sean Burke this Saturday night! The Browns Mills Fire House is only a 45 minute drive from Philadelphia so if you're in the Philadelphia/south Jersey area, be sure to check us out!
-- Pro Wrestling Blitz, June 23rd, Joliet, IN, outdoor show with a steel cage match.
-- Who do you expect to win this fight?
Ian McCall 53.9%
Demetrious Johnson 46.1%
What rating do you expect today's UFC show to do?
0.5 or less 13.4%
1.5 or more 9.1%
How will the next UFC show on FOX headlined by Shogun vs. Vera do in ratings?
Same as the last show 35.8%
Better than the last show 34.2%
Worse than the last show 30.0%
After July, what will be the most successful UFC show?
GSP vs. Condit 46.5%
Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 40.7%
Dan Henderson vs. Jones 8.6%
Penn vs. MacDonald 3.5%
Ben Henderson vs. Edgar 0.8%
Who was the greatest star in ECW history?
Rob Van Dam 39.2%
Terry Funk 13.0%
Tommy Dreamer 7.5%
Shane Douglas 4.7%
Public Enemy 0.7%
-- Ed and his crew talk tough guys in pro-wrestling here.