Saturday, 25 June 2011 13:10
Saturday features a Bellator show from Hollywood, FL, which has the first round of a summer-long featherweight tournament featuring Genair da Silva vs. Marlon Sandro, Ronnie Mann vs. Adam Schindler, Pat Curran vs. Luis Palomino and Jacob Devree vs. Nazareno Malegarie.
Bellator tonight on MTV2:
Ronnie Mann (145) vs. Adam Schindler (145)
Jacob Devree (144.5) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (145.5)
Genair Da Silva (145) vs. Marlon Sandro (145.75)
Pat Curran (145.5) vs. Luis Palomino (144.75)
Sunday features UFC on Versus from the Consol Energy Arena in Pittsburgh.
Prelims on facebook starting at at 6 p.m.
Edward Faaloloto (155.4) vs. Michael Johnson (155.2)
Matt Grice (145.2) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145.4)
Nike Lentz (155.6) vs. Charles Oliveira (153.8)
Rich Attonito (170) vs. Daniel Roberts (170.6)
Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Curt Warburton (155.6)
Joe Stevenson (146) vs. Javier Vazquez (145.8)
Manvel Gamburyan (145.8) vs. Tyson Griffin (145.8)
Live on Versus at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. West Coast)
Matt Mitrione (261.1) vs. Christian Morecraft (261.4)
Matt Brown (170 vs. John Howard (170.2)
Charlie Brenneman (170.6) vs. Rick Story (170.4)
Pat Barry (243) vs. Cheick Kongo (234.4)
The main event of Nate Marqurdt vs. Story is off as Marquardt didn't pass medicals earlier today. Brenneman is a late replacement.
Sunday is also the ROH iPPV from the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan with Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards for the ROH title, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin defend the tag titles in a four-way against The Kings of Wrestling, All Night Express and Briscoes, Christopher Daniels vs. El Generico for the TV title, Steve Corino vs. Michael Elgin, Mike Bennett vs. Jay Lethal, Homicide vs. Rhino in a street fight and Colt Cabana vs. Tommaso Ciampa.
WWE has Raw on Sunday in Houston and Smackdown on Sunday in Laredo.
Monday is the live Raw from Las Vegas, with the Raw Roulette gimmick. The only match announced so far is Sin Cara vs. Evan Bourne. TNA also runs Monday night tapings in Orlando with A.J. Styles vs. Gunner and Samoa Joe vs. Devon in the Bound for Glory tournament, plus Mickie James & Tara & Miss Tessmacher vs. Madison Rayne & Winter & Velvet Sky.
Tuesday is Smackdown and NXT tapings from Phoenix while TNA has a second night of tapings from Orlando.
We've got coverage of all the major shows of the past week in one of the year's biggest weekends, from WWE, Strikeforce, All Japan, New Japan and AAA as the lead stories in the newest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
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We've also got more on the changes in the WWE drug policy, which is a major issue to a segment in the locker room, plus the return to TV of HHH, what wrestler company officials are saying they dropped the ball on and why, former tag champ returning to WWE, and what happened behind the scenes as John Laurinaitis read the riot act to one of the Tough Enough fighters.
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--The WWE's TLC PPV on 12/18 was moved from Philadelphia to the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore. (thanks to Devin Cutting)
--Last word on John Morrison is that he's out of action for at least another two months.
--I'm surprised this hasn't gotten more talk, but yesterday was the fourth anniversary of the WWE Vengeance PPV in Houston that Chris Benoit didn't show up at, and today would be the anniversary of the Raw episode that looked so bad in hindsight. You'd ask what were they thinking doing that show, but the reality is, I remember that day very well and there is no way anybody was thinking straight. Wednesday and Thursday were the likely anniversaries of the days of Benoit killing his wife, Nancy, and son Daniel. It may not seem like a long time ago to some people but that seems like such a long time ago to me. (thanks to Troy Cummings)
--Dragon Gate USA will be running on 1/27 in Los Angeles as part of Wrestle Reunion at the Westin at LAX. Dragon Gate USA is taking the place of ROH, because the new management wants to concentrate on running traditional shows and aren't interested in Los Angeles because there is no Sinclair station in the market.
--While no surprise since it was a given since even before the release of the last movie, but Dwayne Johnson will reprise his role in a sixth "Fast and Furious" remake that is scheduled for a summer 2013 release.
--Hatsu Hioki, considered Japan's best featherweight fighter, has officially signed with UFC per UFC's twitter earlier today. Hioki was in Dallas over the weekend, and had vacated his Sengoku featherweight title a few weeks ago. Since that time it was expected he would sign with UFC.
--Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre were nominated along with boxers Manny Pacquiao, Sergio Martinez and Bernard Hopkins for ESPY awards for best fighter. No MMA fighter has ever won this award. Also nominated from MMA was Fabricio Werdum for the biggest sports upset of 2010 for his win over Fedor Emelianenko..
--Really sorry to hear about the death of Nick Charles, who was one of my favorite sportscasters in the early days of CNN.
--The CZW Tournament of Death takes place today at 179 Ebenezer Church Rd., in Townsend, DE. Actually the show is going on right as we are doing this report. We're looking for reports from anyone who attends the show.
--Gina Carano will be at the San Diego Comic Con, participating in a panel about the movie "Haywire." She will be appearing on 7/22 with director Steven Soderberg. She will also have an autograph session. Mickey Rourke will be there on 7/23 and also do an autograph session.
--Poll on Impact
51.1% of those responding didn't see the show. Not sure what the situation was, but we usually don't get anywhere near those numbers of not responding for a TNA show, and it was coming off one of TNA's better TV shows of the year the prior week.
--Who do you expect to win this fight?
Nate Marquardt 61.4%
Rick Story 38.6%
It's a moot point with Marquardt having not been medically cleared to fight and Charlie Brenneman now facing Story.
--What do you expect from the rating tomorrow night on Versus?
0.6 or less 15.5%
1.5 or more 4.3%
--Who do you think leaves Chicago as WWE champion?
John Cena 34.8%
C.M. Punk 29.1%
Money in the Bank winner 36.1%
--There was an interview with Mike Quackenbush promoting last night's CHIKARA show in Chicago at http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/chikaras-mike-quackenbush,57495/
--Jillian Hall vs. Kristian Astara is among the matches at the iPPV put on by WSU. This will only be Hall's second match since her WWE release.
--Former pro wrestler Bill Kazmaier had an article on him in the Quad Cities Times at http://qctimes.com/news/local/vmix_9611bb40-9de1-11e0-92e6-001cc4c03286.html?oCampaign=hottopics He was in the area pulling a bus and ripping up phone books. What happens when we no longer have phone books for strong men to tear up? (thanks to Joel Kolsrud)
--The Apocalypse Wrestling Federation that runs in Whitby, ONT, is pushing that their top woman star, Cherry Bomb, will face Brittany Force, who they are pushing as a former linebacker in the Lingerie Football League. The match is on the 7/17 show at the Class Act Dinner Theater and is Force's Canadian debut.
--Pro Wrestling Federation tonight in Greenville, TN at the National Guard Armory with two cage matches on top.
--ACW in Millersville, MD, before 125 fans: Chris Wylde b Ricky Reyes, Brian Hardy b Diaz, Prodigy b Shawn Strickland, Pretty Ugly & Kacee Carlislle b Hellcats & Mia Yim, Doyle Day b Christopher Adonis-COR, Louis Rich & Aken Pembrooke b D-Line-DQ, Ryan McBride won three-way over Christian York and Shiima Xion, Brian Hardy b Skull. Amazing Red was supposed to appear but did not. Next show is 8/26 headlined by Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal (thanks to Joe Burrows)
--Dr. Wagner III & El Hijo del Santo & Super Astro vs. Damian 666 & son Bestia 666 & X-Fly headline for Promociones Felix on 7/1 in Tijuana at the Auditorio.
--An interview with Rachel Summerlyn and Jessica James is up at http://ringbellesonline.com/2011/06/22/wow-podcast-24-with-rachel-summerlyn-jessica-james/ taking about this weekend's American Joshi Queen of Queens tournament.
--Mike Sawyer and Jeremy Botter preview tomorrow's Versus show at http://blog.toughtalkmma.com/2011/06/22/mike-sawyer-show-ufc-on-versus-4-preview-with-jeremy-botter-from-heavy.com.aspx
--USWO from last night in Nashville before 77 fans: Toby Farley b Mike Cobbs, Jason Xavier won three-way over Josh Crow and Shawn Hoodrich, Nick Iggy & Fireball Roberts & Jamey Farrari b Mikey Jones & Saint & Panther, L.T. Falk b Jocephus, Tim Renesto b Gary Valiant, Chris Michaels b Damien Payne (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--BANG Pro Wrestling tonight in Ocala, FL at the Bang Sound Stage is headlined by Dory Funk Jr. & Leo Cristiani & Cory Weston vs. Luke Spencer & Mad Dog Madetzke & Fushicho Masaku. Bert Prentice will be appearing at the show.
--The Daily Mail in the U.K. had a note about Julia Goerges, a tennis player, who doesn't like being called Gorgeous Goerges. I'll bet St. Pierre probably wouldn't be thrilled because called that either. (thanks to James Sheringham)
--Empire Wrestling Federation on 7/1 in San Bernardino at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise, the largest paper in Riverside County, ran a story on former EWF wrestler Sonny Valens a couple of weeks back talking about him appearing on an other of TV shows including Law & Order-LA and The Closer. Valens started training at the School of Hard Knocks run by Jesse Hernandez and later wrestled on Hernandez's shows. (thanks to Frank Mott)
--NWA Top Rope Wrestling tonight in Lebanon, TN at the Corsica Joe Arena