SAT. UPDATE: More on last night's controversial decision, G-1, Sin Cara, WWE announcement,Miz tease

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        We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's ROH TV tapings in Chicago Ridge, IL, tonight's TNA house show in Rochester, NY, as well as last night's TNA house show in Norwich, NY.
        Tonight's TNA house show lineup has Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong for the ROH title, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli for the tag titles (which may be one of Hero & Castagnoli's final appearances with he group), El Generico vs. Jay Lethal for the TV title, Briscoes vs. All Night Express, Eddie Edwards vs.. Michael Elgin, Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Bravado Brothers, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Mike Bennett and Tommaso Ciampa vs. Andy Ridge.

        MMA Fight Pit Genesis PPV tonight
Angelica Chavez (106.25) vs. Diane Rael (105.25)
Tyler East (240.25) vs. Prince McLean (220)
Junie Browning (162.25) vs. Jacob Clark (158)
Jamie Yager (185.5) vs. Willie Parks (187)
Jens Pulver (136) vs. Coty Wheeler (137)
Houston Alexander (205.5) vs. Razak Al-Hassan (204)
        The show is coming from Albuquerque.  The New Mexico Athletic Commission allowed fighters to come up two pounds over their weight class and it would be okay, so Chavez, Parks and Wheeler were all okay.  Why you list a 135 weight class when it's really 137 I don't know.  Browning, however, was fighting at 155, so he wasn't close and his opponent also missed weight.  Both are being fined a certain amount per pound they were over 155, not 157.  Confused yet?
        TNA is in Rochester, NY tonight has Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson for the TNA title, Mexican America vs. British Invasion with Jeff Jarrett as referee, Bully Ray vs. Pope, Devon vs. Samoa Joe, Winter vs. Mickie James for the Knockouts title and Brian Kendrick vs. Abyss.
        The only WWE event of the weekend is SummerSlam from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The show is sold out.  Five matches are official at this point--John Cena vs. C.M. Punk with HHH as referee for the WWE title, Christian vs. Randy Orton no holds barred for the world title, Sheamus vs. Mark Henry, Wade Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan and Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas title.

        Sunday is also the G-1 Climax finals from Sumo Hall in Tokyo.

        UFC runs Sunday on Versus starting at 9 p.m. Eastern.  Facebook fights start at 6 p.m. with Edwin Figueroa vs. Jason Reinhardt, Danny Castillo vs. Jacob Volkmann, Cole Miller vs. T.J. O'Brien, Alex Caceres vs. Jim Hettes, Ronny Markes vs. Karlos Vemola, Ed Herman vs. Kyle Noke, Joseph Benavidez vs. Eddie Wineland and C.B. Dollaway vs. Jared Hamann.  The four live fights on Versus are Duane Ludwig vs. Amir Sadollah, Donald Cerrone vs. Charles Oliveira, Ben Henderson vs. Jim Miller and Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle.

        Raw will be live from San Diego on Monday night.  They are advertising Rey Mysterio facing the WWE champion as the main event, but that would be questionable given Mysterio's knee injury.  Smackdown and NXT are taped Tuesday night in Bakersfield.

        Probably the most detailed look at every aspect of WWE business, in particular WrestleMania, the movie business, the house show business, the future of WWE television and a lot of comments by Vince McMahon regarding the current and future state of the company is in the lead stories of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
        The story look at plans for a WWE network, Vince McMahon talks about UFC vs. WWE, meeting with Dana White, why such a relationship could never work, future of different WWE shows, plans for far more television in the fall and how that would work out, more on a third hour of Raw each week as well as the lessons of WCW.  We also look at financial reasons for adding shows, a look at how much money, profits and expenses are in a WrestleMania and comparing the numbers for the last several years.  We also look at the value of Dwayne Johnson to this year's show, money spent on production and merchandise, bigger payoffs and Johnson's statement regarding C.M. Punk.
        We also look at predictions for next year's Mania, future of The Rock in WWE, why booking Rock vs. Cena is tricky as well as the unique situation Cena is in and the pros and cons of a heel turn.
        We also look at the Money in the Bank number that was originally announced and what that says about the current product and lessons to be learned from it going forward.
        We look at the positives and negatives of doing the first Cena vs. Punk match the night they did it and timing it the way they did. 
        We look at the three aspects of the WWE business that were in the greatest decline, and the two aspects losing money and their futures. 
        We also look at the future of the movie business, and what appear to be the real sale levels of the DVDs.
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        We also have coverage of both UFC 133 and TNA Hardcore Justice.  We have poll results from both shows.  We have match-by-match rundowns for both shows and star ratings for the TNA show.  We look at angles going forward on both shows, as well as preliminary business numbers for UFC 133 and the hidden number.  We look at where the winners and losers go next, why Dennis Hallman wore what he wore, Dana White's reaction, injuries in the show, and Matt Hamill's retirement.
        We also look at the WWE departures over the past week, who, how and why, as well as the names cut in developmental.  We also look at Gail Kim's quitting the company, John Morrison talks about Melina being cut, Chris Masters and Gail Kim talk about leaving and who Japan is interested in and who TNA may be interested in.
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        We also look at a former World champion who has expressed an interest in working for WWE again, an update on WWE time delayed television viewership, several new people being signed, as well as business notes from the past week and highlights of the house shows.
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--After today's show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, going into the finals tomorrow at Sumo Hall, here are those who are still mathematically not eliminated from winning the G-1 Climax tournament
A block
Hiroshi Tanahashi 6-2
Togi Makabe 5-3
Toru Yano 5-3
Tetsuya Naito 5-3
Yoshihiro Takayama 5-3
Yuji Nagata 5-3
B block
Minoru Suzuki 6-2
Shinsuke Nakamura 6-2
Hirooki Goto 6-2
MVP 6-2
Satoshi Kojima 6-2
        Amazing how that booking works out.  Before the finals, in the A block, Nagata faces Hideo Saito, Yano faces Giant Bernard, Takayama faces Lance Archer, Makabe faces Yujiro Takahashi and Naito faces Tanahashi.  A Tanahashi win and he's win, but if he loses anyone has a shot at it.
        In the B block tomorrow, Goto faces Strongman, MVP faces Karl Anderson, Kojima faces Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Nakamura faces Suzuki.  Most likely the Nakamura vs. Suzuki winner will go to the finals.  But if they draw, then it's back open to anyone of the leaders who wins, and MVP and Goto would be expected to win.
--From Smackdown last night, it would seem that they are bringing Mistico back to feud with Hunico in a Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara feud at least based on the commentary where they clearly were building the idea it was a different person under the mask acknowledging different moves and a physical change, while not outright saying it.
--A correction from a few days ago.  Super Luchas did not report that Mistico would not come back to WWE.  They reported he would.  It was a different reporter in Mexico who reported that Mistico would not be coming back.
--Tickets for Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz on 9/17 are so hot that in Las Vegas, they have announced closed circuit showings at the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, The Monte Carlo, Circus Circus New York New York and The Luxor for $50.  This show goes head-to-head with a UFC show on Spike headlined by Jake Shields vs. Jake Ellenberger. and the first round of the Bellator middleweight tournament on MTV 2.
--NBC will be airing a one-hour WWE special with highlights from WrestleMania at 9 p.m. in most markets.  New York will be airing the show at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
--WWE will be announcing most of the roster of the WWE 12 video game this afternoon at in a show hosted by Jerry Lawler, The Miz and Randy Orton.  The full roster will be posted today at  There is at least one if not more major characters that will be announced in the future, a major one in September.
--Tomorrow's UFC show can be watched as an iPPV at for $9.99 everywhere in the world except the U.S., Brazil and Greece) starting at 9 p.m. (thanks to Markus Gronemann)
--The prelims start at 4:45 p.m. Eastern time for the UFC tomorrow on Facebook.
--Regarding last night's Challengers show, the fighters were told before the fight that any kind of screaming in pain during a submission would be taken as a verbal tap, so Steve Mazzagatti made the right call in the Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah D'Alelio fight.  Rousey won the fight in 25 seconds with, what else, an armbar (she's now won six straight fights in less than 1:00, all via armbar) but D'Alelio said that she never tapped and was openly protesting Mazzagatti's stoppage.  Most watching on TV would have thought bad stoppage, but we're told as far as reporters there live, they heard D'Alelio scream and based on what was said at the fighters meeting, it was the right call.  Mazzagatti didn't do himself any favors not explaining it when Mauro Ranallo said he wanted to interview him and Mazzagatti was then nowhere to be found, plus his body language reeked of being unsure of what he did, which didn't help his cause.  The live crowd booed the finish and it took away from just how quickly Rousey trapped D'Alelio, because the reality was, D'Alelio was very unlikely to be getting out of the predicament.  Rousey is being groomed now for Cris Cyborg if Cyborg and Strikeforce ink a new deal.
--Miz on KTLA in Los Angeles today teased the idea of a match with Rey Mysterio at SummerSlam.  That was the expected pairing before Mysterio hurt his knee.

--AT&T U-verse in their preview for tomorrow's PPV they list the top two matches as Kane vs. Rey Mysterio and Sheamus vs. Randy Orton.  Oh well. (thanks to Robb Block)


--What is the real main event for tomorrow's Versus show?
Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson 63.4%
Chris Lytle vs. Dan Hardy 36.6%
Who do you expect to win Miller vs. Henderson
Miller 57.8%
Henderson 42.2%
Hottest woman in wrestling
Maryse 28.5%
Layla 13.3%
Mickie James 10.8%
Kelly Kelly 10.0%
Velvet Sky 9.0%
Miss Tessmacher 8.0%
Christy Hemme 4.9%
Eve Torres 4.6%
Kaitlyn 4.4%
Gail Kim 4.0%
Karen Jarrett 2.5%
--Poll on Impact
Excellent 9.7%
Good 18.6%
Average 15.0%
Fair 9.7%
Poor 46.9%
        54.1% of those responding didn't see the show.  Very bad marks both for those who watched and how many didn't watch.
--Odds for UFC tomorrow
Chris Lytle -120
Dan Hardy -110
Ben Henderson +120
Jim Miller -150
Charles Oliveira -160
Donald Cerrone +130
Amir Sadollah -350
Duane Ludwig +250
C.B. Dollaway -260
Jared Hamann +200
Eddie Wineland +200
Joseph Benavidez -260
--The web site has a story on the next season of Dancing with the Stars.  They said Queen Latifah, Snooki and Tiffani Theissen, Rob Kardashian and Christina Milian have all been recruited for next season but Hulk Hogan turned them down.  They are still trying to talk him into it.  His daughter is also up for a spot on the show.
--No More Games Wrestling on 8/28 at the Ace Arena in Union City, NJ
--Wild Bill's Fight Night on 8/26 in Duluth, GA headlined by Byron Bloodworth (5-1) vs. Scott Farhat (4-2).  The show also features the finals of the Waterbabies Bikini Model Contest.
--So Cal Pro Wrestling tonight in Oceanside, CA at the Boys & Girls Club headlined by Tommy Wilson vs. SoCal Crazy in a ladder match.
--Chuck Langerman's trivia for today is that Mikey Whipwreck and Axl Rotten both worked in ECW from 1993-98 but during that time they never wrestled each other.
--NWA Dynamo Pro Wrestling from last night in Glen Carbon, IL:  Jamie Lyte b Jackal, Trent Stone b Alexander Rudolph, Hector Sanchez b Pete Madden, Dan Walsh b Makaze, Jimmy Rockwell & Zack Thompson b Steven Kennedy & Adam Rich, Jeremy Wyatt b Shorty Biggs, MsChif b Stacey O'Brien, K.C. Karrington b Sir Bradley Charles (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
--USWO from last night in Nashville:  Ox Harley & Bully Douglas b Nick Iggy & Fireball Roberts, Shawn Hoodrich b Josh Crow, Chrisjen Hayme won three-way over L.T. Falk and Damien Payne, Jeremiah Plunkett b Gary Valiant, Bryan Casey b Chris Michaels-DQ (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--EWF tonight in Converse, IN at Borderman Gym
--A number of wrestlers were at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con including Brutus Beefcake, Jim Duggan, Mike Bucci, Maria Kannelis, Torrie Wilson, Tara, Ted DiBiase Sr. and Virgil.  There is a blog about it at
--On the Food Network Challenge last night, four teams had to make a cake that included two WWE performers on the cake.  The names they had to use were Miz, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Sheamus, John Cena, Undertaker and HHH.  They showed clips of all the performers. (thanks to Paul Begley)
--Platinum Championship Wrestling from last night in Avondale Estates, GA:  Pandora b Warhorse #2, Chip Day b Marko Polo, Nemesis & Brian Blaze & Geter b Campus Strikeforce, Dany Only & Sylar Cross & Dwight Power b Simon Sermon & Tommy Daniels & Warhorse #94, Master Jae b Eric Walker, Seth Delay b Vandal, Shane Marx & Mason b Jon & Trey Williams
--During the first Premier League game on ESPN this morning, Ian Darke called a scrum on the field as something from the "World Wrestling Federation." (thanks to Mark Coale)

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


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