Friday, 17 August 2012 14:01
There are two big shows this weekend, check that, one big show and one big match on another show, but it's otherwise quiet.
We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in Spencer, IA at the Clay County Regional Events Center featuring A.J. Styles vs. Rob Van Dam in the Bound for Glory series.
Also tonight, AXS TV at 10 p.m. Eastern has the Legacy Fighting Championships from the Dallas Convention Center. We're looking for reports on both shows.
Tonight's Legacy lineup:
*Ryan Benoit vs. Randy Villareal
*Hayward Charles vs. Russell Brewer
*Steven Peterson vs. Matt Hobar
*Clayton Robinson vs. Donnie Bell
*Chris Tickle (from the last season of TUF) vs. Doug Frey
*Evan Cutts vs. Sean Spencer
*Jared Rosholt vs. Derrick Lewis to create the heavyweight champion
Saturday has Strikeforce from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.
At 8 p.m. Eastern on Sho Extreme
*Germaine de Randamie vs. Hiroko Yamanaka
*Adlan Amagov vs. Keith Berry
*Bobby Green vs. Matt Ricehouse
*Miesha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie (yes, this is on the prelims)
At 10 p.m. on Showtime
*T.J. Cook vs. Ovince St. Preux
*Anthony Smith vs. Lumumba Sayres
*Roger Bowling vs. Tarec Saffiedine
*Jacare Souza vs. Derek Brunson
*Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman for the women's bantamweight title
TNA also run Saturday night in Ottumwa, IA at the Bridge View Censer with Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle, James Storm, A.J. Styles, Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy booked.
Sunday is SummerSlam from the Staples Center in Los Angeles
*Santino Marella vs Antonio Cesaro for U.S. title at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook/YouTube
*Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Titus O'Neil & Darren Young for tag titles
*The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio for IC title
*Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler
*Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
*Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for world title
*C.M. Punk vs. John Cena vs. Big Show for WWE title
*HHH vs. Brock Lesnar
Monday will be Raw from the Save Mart Center in Fresno. Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Bakersfield, CA.
THE LATEST OBSERVER: Red Bastien, UFC news/notes, tons more
We've got a new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be up today on the web site. The issue looks back at the out of the ring life of Red Bastien, one of pro wrestling's greatest characters and workers of the 60s and 70s, has a full recap of UFC 150 including the Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar decision, the business of the show, a look at the two big December UFC shows that have been announced and the heavyweight title picture, a huge story on this year's G-1 Climax tournament, TNA Hardcore Justice and a breakdown of a ton of recent WWE signings and backgrounds of the guys.
-- Paul Heyman on Sunday's PPV: This whole deal has been a surprise. A surprise for you. A surprise for my kids. A surprise for the WWE Universe. A surprise for ME, too. ... Enjoy the ride. Watch it unfold. See what happens. For the first time in forever, we have people GUESSING what comes next. ... If for no other reason but THAT, there's nothing 2 discuss. You know there's a heavily-promoted match this Sunday at @WWE #SummerSlam ... You've seen @ShawnMichaels, Stephanie McMahon, all our CHILDREN be a part of this main event. ... Now it comes down to Brock Lesnar vs HHH. If we've sold you on buying the ppv, I bet you get your money's worth on this match alone. ... If we haven't sold you on the ppv yet, then thank you for your time, and I hope something else has captured your attention or imagination. ... Brock and I are "all-in" for this Sunday. ... And just based on what his future holds, HHH is "all-in," too. This is a match everyone wants you to remember ... So ... I'm not addressing any more rumors. I'm not confirming. I'm not denying. I'm focused on this Sunday ... ... and I'm looking forward to watching Brock and HHH live up to, and indeed EXCEED everyone's expectations. ... Is this hype? Yes. But it's Hype routed in TRUTH. Is this a rant? A diatribe? A long-winded TwitSpeech? Absolutely! Hope you liked it. ... @WWE #SummerSlam #BrockLesnar vs #HHH #ThePerfectStorm Has Hit L.A.! Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in!
-- Impact next week has the return of Hulk Hogan to confront Aces and Eights, TNA Open Fight Night, Gutcheck with a man who we know more about than a lot of guys on the roster with the exception of his actual name, and more Bound for Glory Series matches.
-- Series standings after last night:
James Storm -- 66 points
2. Samoa Joe -- 61 points
3. Rob Van Dam -- 55 points
4. Kurt Angle -- 48 points
4. Bully Ray -- 48 points
6. A.J. Styles -- 43 points
7. Jeff Hardy -- 42 points
8. Mr. Anderson -- 40 points
9. Christopher Daniels -- 33 points (13 matches) 10. Magnus -- 21 points
11. D'Angelo Dinero -- 7 points
12. Robbie E -- 5 points
-- Ronda Rousey on her fight tomorrow: "If I get her in an armbar, I'm going to try to rip it off and throw it at her corner. If I get her in a choke, I'm going to hold onto it until she's actually dead. And if I get a knockout, I'm going to go all the way. I'm going to try to pound her face into the ground and she's depending on the competence of the California Athletic Commission to walk out of that cage alive." Trying to kill her, Kaufman noted, "is kind of mean."
-- Scott Coker said that if Jacare Souza beats Derek Brunson on Saturday night, which he is heavily favored to do, he'll likely get the next shot at Luke Rockhold's title. Rockhold wants the fight, not happy with the manner in which he won the first time.
-- USA Today has a story on tomorrow's show herewith the comments from Rousey about her plans to kill Kaufman.
-- Very early odds have Junior Dos Santos the favorite over Cain Velasquez -150 vs. +120.
-- Tarryn Terrell on Impact last night was, in fact, legendary former ECW GM Tiffany. If you miss her in the old role, fear not, she speaks on the Impact post-game show which is up on our front page right now.
-- Caylee Turner, aka Cristina Crawford, younger sister of Alicia Fox, was released yesterday. Surprising given she was the current FCW (well, now NXT) Women's champion.
-- Speaking of FCW/NXT, CM Punk will be a special guest at the August 23 taping at Full Sail University.
-- Mark notes: 53 Years ago tonite in Memphis, TN. Aug 17, 1959. Sputnik Monroe vs Bill Wicks for the state title. Special referee Rocky Marciano. They had to move the card to a Russwood ballfield and sold out with 13,000 tickets sold. The 4,000 fans who didn't get in got mad and broke thru the ballfield's fence. Though unofficial, I've talked to people there that night and they are sure there were over 17,000 people there in attendance. Biggest crowd in Memphis Wrestling history.
-- Smackdown tonight has Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio, Rey & Sin Cara as a team vs. Cody Rhodes & Miz, Eve vs. Kaitlyn with the winner becoming Booker T's assistant, Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton, and Antonio Cesaro vs. Zack Ryder.
-- TMZ.com talks to CM Punk here, who claims Abraham Washington deserved to be fired for the rape remarks he made on Raw.
-- WWE released their first official app today, details of which are on their site. It can be downloaded from the iTunes Store as well.
-- Interview with Miz in the LA Times promoting SummerSlam and more here. Not a whole lot to it. He thinks he'll be the best guy to play the Marine yet.
-- Steve Mongo McMichael plans to run for mayor. He currently owns a sports bar in town and his customers encouraged him to run.
-- Lucha notes from Kris Zellner:
Axel stated on Tuesday that the courts have ruled in his favor regarding the name Nieto del Santo and he is now able to use it without Hijo del Santo trying to stop him. Axel said that Santo falsified records trying to show that he owned the name but the courts ruled that those documents were fake and that any son or grandson of Santo could use the name which could bring some confusion soon. Hijo del Santo's own son has been training lately as Santo Jr.
EMLL had a mini press conference yesterday where they announced that Tiffany was going to work for REINA in Japan for a month starting on 8/22 which is a way for her to work while growing her hair back out. They also announced that Titan was getting a new look which should guarantee a push but who knows. The big story though is that Jose Luis Feliciano announced the Generacion 2012 list which is a group of young guys they bring to the forefront every year and they are the following:
Akuma 3:16 (Demus' brother)
Espanto Jr. (yet another one but this is the son of the original Espanto Jr.)
Guerrero Negro Jr.
Kevin Kleinrock at Masked Republic announced yesterday that Triplemania XX would be streaming for the next three Sunday afternoons at 2 PM on luchalibreaaa.com which coincidentally is the same time their show airs on Televisa.
LEGEND Promociones which announced Chris Masters would be working their show on 9/30 at Arena Lopez Mateos announced yesterday that Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero would also be making their return to Mexico on that show. The theme of this show is Mexico vs. The World.
Sangre Azteca had some surgery done on his knee that he injured on his yearly France trip and will be out of action for about a month.
-- Crossfire Wrestling runs in McMinnville, Tennessee, on 9/1 at the Civic Center at 500 Garfield Street.
Who do you expect to win this fight?
Benson Henderson 62.6%
Nate Diaz 37.4%
Will the UFC on FOX in December top a 2.0 rating?
Right at 2.0 16.7%
What do you consider the real SummerSlam main event?
HHH vs. Lesnar 81.4%
Punk vs. Cena vs. Show 14.0%
Del Rio vs. Sheamus 4.6%
Will Jones vs. Henderson top 550,000 buys?
What should be the leading qualification for the wrestling Hall of Fame?
Longevity as a real main eventer 29.1%
How much you drew 22.4%
Being in legendary matches 13.1%
How your peers considered you as a worker 10.8%
How strong a worker fans perceived you as 8.3%
Being on top in a lot of different places 7.1%
Holding world titles that mattered 3.7%
How much you broke through out of wrestling with mainstream fans 2.3%
Being a local legend whose fame stayed long after they retired 2.3%
Headlining WrestleMania 0.7%
-- RVD is happy to be in TNA.
-- Over the Top Radio talks SummerSlam with Ed and his carny crew tonight.
-- Here's a very good article on Mike Tenay up here.