SUN. UPDATE: No Surrender preview; Cormier injury; Warrior Box Office, WWE star in reality show



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        We're also looking for thoughts on the Bellator show and yesterday and today's Dragon Gate USA shows.

        We're looking for reports from today's Raw house show in Kingston, ONT and Smackdown will be in Moncton, New Brunswick, as well as today's Dragon Gate USA iPPV show in Milwaukee featuring Pac & Yoshino vs. Cima & Ricochet with the Open the United Gate vs. Open the Twin Gate titles at stake, Yamato & Fox vs. Cannon & Callihan, Doi vs. Gargano, Tozawa vs. Jon Davis and more.  Sabu has also been added to the show.
 
        We're looking for reports from last night's Dragon Gate show in Chicago on iPPV at www.WWNLive.com and Friday night's Raw house show in Barrie, ONT.
 
        TNA No Surrender lineup:
*Matt Morgan vs. Samoa Joe - Morgan's first match back since his torn pec.  Theoretically, Joe needs to go over to set him up with a match with Crimson, or Morgan does over when Crimson distracts or interferes.  That's if we're doing logical progression booking.
*Mickie James vs. Winter for the Knockouts title.  With advertising already out for Winter as champion, that tells us that at least the plan was for Winter to win here.  Whether they change it or not based on it getting out is the story of the match.  As far as the bout goes, they had a bad match last time on PPV, but a good TV match.
*Brian Kendrick vs. Austin Aries for the X title - Aries was also supposed to win the title and in this case it doesn't make much sense to not have it happen since Aries is the most complete performer by far they've got in the X Division right now.
*Mexican America vs. Pope & Devon for the tag titles.  Match should be okay, nothing special.  Big story here is where, if anywhere, they take the Pope & Devon story
*Bully Ray vs. James Storm in the Bound for Glory series - Storm has a shoulder injury which may hold the match back
*Bobby Roode vs. Gunner in the Bound for Glory series - The pressure is on Roode here to see if he can perform at the level of a singles main eventer against a green, but hard working and athletic opponent.
*Kurt Angle vs. Sting vs. Mr. Anderson for the TNA title - While on paper, this match doesn't inspire buys, and it's never a good policy when you announce your PPV main event on the Thursday prior to the show on the first NFL Sunday on the season.  And your champion was just arrested.  Still, a healthy (or even unhealthy) and motivated (and on big shows, Angle is almost always motivated) can have a good match with anyone.
        On paper, this is a show that doesn't seem to inspire much attention.  Being in Orlando of late for PPV has been more of a negative than a positive and a lot of the company's best wrestlers aren't even on the show.  Expect more storyline stuff as the final PPV before Bound for Glory.

We have live coverage of the show starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

        Monday has Raw live from Ottawa, while Impact will be taped in Orlando with the first Ric Flair vs. Sting match in 10 1/2 years, and possibly the last one the two will ever have. 

        Tuesday has Smackdown and NXT from Toronto with Daniel Bryan vs. Sin Cara announced, while Impact will again be taped in Orlando.
       
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--No update on Daniel Cormier's right hand, which he injured on the first punch to the beat of Bigfoot Silva.  If it's broken, that could delay the fight with Josh Barnett for the Grand Prix finals which was planned to take place in January or February.
 
--Does Joey Odessa have odds up to bet on whether the Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn fight ever gets into the cage?
 
--The movie "Warrior" is now estimated at doing $5.61 million at the box office for the weekend.  It was No. 3 behind Contagion and The Help, but a big disappointment overall. 
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight covering the TNA No Surrender PPV as well as taking questions, so you can e-mail questions for tonight's show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--How did TNA ever miss the boat on having Rosita challenge Winter for the title on today's show?  I mean, when life hands you an obvious angle, you just ignore it because you didn't create it?  Rosita's father died ten years ago today, and she was on NBC which got TNA more exposure than anything in a long time.  She's not even booked on the show. 
 
--Torrie Wilson and Tom Lister (Zeus in an angle with Hulk Hogan in the 80s and once came to WCW in the 90s) will be two of the people on a reality show called The Z Team, which will air on the Reelz cable network.  The two, along with others, the biggest name being Lorenzo Lamas, become police officer types.  Similar to that show Trish Stratus did with Erik Estrada.
 
--CZW from last night in Philadelphia at the Arena:  Ricky Reyes b Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian, Latin Dragon b Alex Payne, Jake Crist b Dustin Rayz, Mr. Tofiga b Danny Havoc, Adam Cole b Greg Excellent, Philly's Most Wanted b Trent 7 & MK McKinnan, Devon Moore b B.J. Whitmer, Ryuji Ito d Masada in a no rope barbed wire ladder match.  Both titles were at stake hanging from the ceiling and each guy grabbed their own belt to retain.  They announced the Cage of Death show for 12/3 in Philadelphia.  Wrestlers from Big Japan Pro Wrestling and K-Dojo in Japan will be coming. (thanks to Bob Magee)
 
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia.  Frank Goodish, who later became Bruiser Brody, grew up in Warren, MI and went to Warren High School, graduating in 1964.  Goodish was an All-State athlete in both football and basketball.  He wasn't very skillful, but he was an intimidator in both sports.  In his senior year, he was the star of the team that beat Lakeshore High 65-56 to win the only Michigan regional basketball championship in the history of the school.
 
--Jim Ross was shown on the sidelines yesterday at the Virginia vs. Indiana football game.  Ross is friends with the coach at Indiana.
 
--As expected, on all the FOX football games today, they had plugs for the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos fight on 11/12.  There were also commercials for the Jon Jones vs. Rampage Jackson PPV fight on 9/24 during the broadcasts.
 
--The press conference for Velasquez vs. Dos Santos will be on Thursday at 1 p.m. Pacific time at the west Hollywood Hotel in Great Rooms 2 and 3.  The event is open to the public and the UFC web site will cover it.  Tickets go on sale Wednesday to Fight Club members and Friday to the public.
 
--Who do you think wins this fight?
Vitor Belfort 69.8%
Cung Le 30.2%
 
--Best TV match of the week
Orton vs. Rhodes 39.0%
Punk vs. Truth 29.9%
Elimination match on Raw 15.3%
Angle vs. Anderson 9.6%
Bully Ray vs. Gunner vs. Roode vs. Storm 6.2%
 
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 10.7%
Good 40.0%
Average 30.7%
Fair 8,0%
Poor 10.7%
        38.5% of those responding didn't see the show
       
--The video noted in yesterday's update of Lanny Poffo and promoter Devon Nicholson issuing the challenge to Greg Valentine for an "MMA match" "without a predetermined winner" is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBmRnitRHDI  Nicholson insists this is all real.
 
--Wrestling Legends of the Squared Circle on 10/22 in Lake Charles, LA is not taking place.  The event was canceled when promoter Chris Simon failed to send deposits to the wrestlers as promised.  Names he had contacted to appear on the show included Bobby Eaton, Dennis Condrey, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Tammy Sytch, Davey Richards, Adam Pearce, Colt Cabana, Gunner, Tommy Dreamer, Bill Dundee, Jim Duggan and Luke Gallows. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
 
--SoCal Pro Wrestling has a War Games on 9/17 in Oceanside, CA at the Boys and Girls Club with SoCal Crazy & Adam Pearce & Rockness Monsters vs. Tommy Wilson & Peter Avalon & Nick Lovin & Ricky Mandel.
 
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 11/12 in Queens NY at the Elks Lodge has Bob Backlund vs. Jerry Lynn in a catch wrestling match.  What is that supposed to mean?  Also Teddy Hart vs. Amazing Red.
 
--CHIKARA this coming weekend runs 9/17 in Brockton, MA at the Boys & Girls Club and 9/18 in Manhattan at The Highline Ballroom. 
 
--A Luke Gallows interview with a newspaper in Nigeria playing foreign heel Super Festus who recently challenged Power Uti, the local champion at http://nationalmirroronline.net/sports/sport-new/19820.html
 
--Great North Wrestling web TV show with Jay Lethal and Lanny Poffo among others at http://www.youtube.com/watch/v=r4vS1dDI0CE

--NWA Anarchy TV tapings from last night in Cornelia, GA:  Anthony Henry & Billy Buck b Kilgore & Ramirez, Steven Walters b Drew Haskins to keep the TV title, Mayne & Boykins & John Skyler & Bobby Moore b Brody Chase & Skirra Corvus & Tommy Daniels & Ty Tyson-DQ, Azrieal DCOR Kimo, Damien Wayne b Ty Tyson, Only & Stryknyn b Mike West & Raymond King, Seth Delay b Adrian Hawkins-DQ Mikal Judas (Murphy in TNA) & Jacob Ashworth b Shaun Tampers & Bo Newsome, to set up Tempers vs. Judas for the NWA North American title on 9/24 in a no DQ match in Cornelia (thanks to Bill Behrens)
 
--Usually you'll only hear about autograph sessions if the talent was listless or whatever, but Ed Ludwig went to a Trish Stratus signing in Burnaby, BC yesterday.  There was a two hour line but she spent several minutes with everyone there and he said of all the people he's seen at autograph signings that she would rank with JBL and Anderson Silva as the nicest to the fans.
 
--Fox Sports in Australia at http://www.foxsports.com/au has a story about Tahu, a rugby league star with the Newcastle Knights, training this week with Rampage Jackson at his new training center.  The connection is New Zealand fighter James Te Huna, who is friends with Tahu and a training partner with Jackson.  Also flying out to train at the center is New Zealand heavyweight Mark Hunt. (thanks to Tim Forge)
 
--NWS from yesterday afternoon in Edison,NJ:  Bobby Youngblood b Eddie Franken, Corey Havoc b Wrestling Clown, J.D. Smoothie & Sucio Sanchez b Ricky Roxx & B. Fehrm, Steve Monsta Mack NC Koko B. Ware
 
--NWS from last night in Edison, NJ:  Bobby Youngblood b Eddie Franken, J.D. Smoothie vs. Jack Spade vs. Ricky Roxx was a triple count out, 2/3 falls:  Koko B. Ware & TV Wrestling Clown b Steve Monsta Mack & Corey Havoc.  Ox Baker managed Ware & The Clown, replacing Iron Sheik, who canceled due to health issues.

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