By Bryan Alvarez
We're looking for reports on tonight's Smackdown show from Bakersfield, with results, angles and estimated attendacne.
We're also looking for reports on Friday night's TNA show in Spencer, IA and Saturday night's TNA show in Ottumwa, IA.
For Fuel, tonight has Best of Pride at 7 p.m., TUF Brazil at 8 p.m., Overeem vs. Lesnar at 9 p.m., UFC Tonight at 10 p.m., and Ultimate Insider at 10:30 p.m.
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.
-- Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman on Showtime did 676,000 viewers for their fight (and keep in mind, the fight went less than a minute, so had it gone longer that number would have been much higher), and the show overall drew 529,000 viewers, the most of any Showtime event this year. They drew nearly 900,000 over the main show and replay this weekend.
-- CM Punk on Twitter said he did what he did last night for Andy Kaufman.
-- Jericho claims he'll be back. "Thanks to all of my Jerichoholics for an amazing 9 months! I have the BEST fans and I promise u haven't seen the last of Y2J! See u on tour."
-- John Cena beat Big Show in a no-DQ match after Raw went off the air last night. So I guess Big Show is still a heel.
-- In a note from last night's Observer Radio, they did in fact mention on TV during one of the video packages that HHH had his arm broken by Brock at SummerSlam.
-- Both Beth Phoenix and Kelly were shown on the graphic for the Diva's battle royal last night despite neither being not only not in the match, but not in the building.
-- It was announced that CM Punk was chosen number one in this year's PWI 500. So he can rest easy that someone thinks he's the best in the world.
-- Meriadoc Brandybuck is Raw's social media ambassador next week.
-- Dana White said today that Chael Sonnen will not get a title shot against Jon Jones if he beats Forrest Griffin this December. If he wins that fight Dana says he'll move into the top five, then he'll have to beat a few of those guys first.
-- Audio of the WWE '13 live panel is up here. We got rave reviews for Jim Ross as host.
-- Mrs. Cyborg's response to Ronda Rousey's challenge to come down to 135 (see front page for the video) is here. She says her doctor and cardiologist told her that she's too heavy and has too little bodyfat to safely cut that low.
-- The Score Fighting Series (SFS) today announced a deal which sees US-based television network AXS TV become a broadcast partner for its live MMA events. AXS TV, the largest independently owned and operated network, is the premier television destination with the best events in pop culture, biggest acts in music, and hottest breaking news and trends in entertainment. The network’s AXS TV Fights is renowned for its Friday Night Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing LIVE events. The Score Fighting Series is a live MMA promotion owned and run by Score Media, which also operates theScore Television Network, a national sports specialty service providing news, information, highlights and live events to more than 6.6 million homes across Canada. The new deal will see SFS bouts broadcast as part of AXS TV Fights’ programming, beginning October 19th when the series comes to the RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ontario.
-- Brazil and the Ultimate Fighting Championship go hand-in-hand, from Brazilian Royce Gracie winning the first-ever UFC tournament to the present day where Brazilians hold three of the seven World Championship belts. FUEL TV celebrates the South American country’s place in the UFC with Brazil Week beginning Monday, August 27 and ending with an all-day marathon of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil on Sunday, September 2 that culminates with the season finale at 10:00 PM ET. Each day throughout Brazil Week, FUEL TV hosts Brazilian themed interstitials and classic UFC bouts with the country’s fighters such as Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos, and Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo. In addition, FUEL TV airs a number of original spots highlighting Brazilian legends and champions including Royce Gracie, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, dos Santos and Anderson Silva.
-- Tickets for UFC 153 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Eric Koch, Vitor Belfort vs. Alan Belcher, and Glover Teixeira vs. Rampage Jackson in Rampage's last UFC fight for the time being go on sale Thursday at 7 PM Eastern.
-- Alex Shelley teams with former WWE alum AJ Kirsch to challenge for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight tag team championships this Sunday at an indy show in California. They will face Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov for those titles THIS SUNDAY at the Butte County Fair. In addition, IWGP Intercontinental Champion will face 2008 Cauliflower Alley "Future Legend Award" winner "Old School" Oliver John. Plus New Japan Pro Wrestling star Kushida challenges for the SWF championship against "The Champion of Champions" Dave Dutra.
-- G.L.O.W.: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling chronicles the rise and fall of the first ever all-female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it. From the initial open-call auditions, to the grueling training with wrestling legend Mando Guerrero, to overnight success and global recognition, to the show’s sudden and unexpected cancellation in 1990, the GLOW girls recall their time on the show with a mixture of heartfelt nostalgia and tearful regret over injuries and the loss of friends. For some, the show was a brief foray into acting and a short-lived adventure on the way to a normal life. For others, their time in GLOW would impact and influence their lives for years to follow. For all of the women, working on GLOW was a unique and exciting experience that will bond them forever. A preview is here.
-- There is a new documentary on ECW in the works, and they've got a Kickstarter page attempting to raise funds up here.
-- Ed and his crew preview SummerSlam here.
-- Pete Irving, a UK MMA fighter, talks sparring with Anderson Silva and tons more in this one hour video.
-- This week on “UFC Tonight” Host Todd Harris and Analyst Kenny Florian talk exclusively with Chael Sonnen about his twitter beef with Jon Jones. Meanwhile, middleweight contender Chris Weidman calls out Anderson Silva. Anthony Pettis joins the show to give us an update on when he will fight Donald Cerrone for the number one contender spot in the lightweight division. Lastly, the guys welcome famous UFC nutritionist and creator of the Dolce Diet, Mike Dolce, in-studio to discuss his diet regime and how it works for some of the best fighters in the UFC.
-- Who would you like to see face Brock Lesnar next?
Shawn Michaels 30.7%
C.M. Punk 24.9%
The Rock 14.2%
What was the best of these recent shows?
WWE Money in the Bank 29.6%
UFC on FOX 26.1%
TNA Hardcore Justice 17.2%
Strikeforce on Saturday 13.7%
UFC 150 2.9%
UFC 149. 1.3%
What was the best of these matches?
Miesha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie 45.6%
Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner 24.1%
Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard 12.2%
Cain Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva 5.5%
Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz 3.8%
Nate Marquardt vs. Tyron Woodley 3.0%
Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson 3.0%
Cub Swanson vs. Ross Pearson 1.3%
Matt Riddle vs. Chris Clements 0.8%
Cezar Ferrera vs. Sergio Moraes 0.4%
Justin Lawrence vs. John Cofer 0.4%
What was the best of these PPV matches?
C.M. Punk vs. Daniel Bryan Money in the Bank 26.5%
Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode Destination X 18.3%
Brock Lesnar vs. HHH 15.9%
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler 8.5%
Daniels vs. Joe vs. Angle vs. Styles ladder match 7.4%
Daniels vs. Styles Destination X 7.2%
Aries vs. Roode Hardcore Justice 4.5%
Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly 3.8%
Smackdown Money in the Bank match 3.2%
Kevin Steen vs. Davey Richards Best in the World 2.8%
Punk vs. Kane vs. Bryan No Way Out 1.3%
Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler No Way Out 0.6%
-- New interview with AJ Lee here. From reading the article it appears that she is now around 106 pounds. She was 10 pounds lighter when she got signed and said this was in no way attractive.
-- Story here about WWE attempting to make inroads into China.