SAT. UPDATE: Rampage destroys partners, WWE teases heel turn, Idea for WWE legend to return to ring



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        We're also looking for reports on tonight's Raw house show in El Paso and the Smackdown show in Amarillo, as well as the TNA house show in Hammond, IN at the Civic Center.
 
        We're also looking for reports on the Abu Dhabi submission tournament from England.
 
        UFC tonight from Denver
 
Facebook fights starting at 6:30 p.m.
Ricardo Romero (205) vs. James Te Huna (205)
Cole Escovedo (135) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (135)
Eddie Yagin (145) vs. Junior Assuncao (145)
 
Spike fights at 8 p.m.
Nick Ring (185) vs. Tim Boetsch (186)
Tony Ferguson (155) vs. Aaron Riley (156)
 
Live fights at 9 p.m. on PPV
Nate Diaz (156) vs. Takanori Gomi (156)
Travis Browne (255) vs. Rob Broughton (261)
Ben Rothwell (263) vs. Mark Hunt (261)
Matt Hughes (170) vs. Josh Koscheck (170.5)
Jon Jones (204) vs. Rampage Jackson (204) for the UFC light heavyweight title 

We'll have live coverage of the show today starting at about 6:30 p.m.


       
        Bellator tonight from Canton, OH
 
Spike.com fights starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time
Joey Holt (153.5) vs. Clint Musser (154.5)
John Hawk (204) vs. Alan Weickert (200)
Dane Bonnigson (203) vs. Dan Spohn (201.5)
Jesse Riggleman (134.5) vs. Farkad Sharipov (135)
Frank Carabello (142.5) vs. Dustin Kempf (143.5)
Jessica Eye (125) vs. Casey Noland (127.5)
 
Live on MTV 2 and Epix at 9 p.m., first round of the bantamweight tournament, as noted this is the biggest tournament as far as talent depth in the history of Bellator.
Luiz Nogueira (134) vs. Ed West (134)
Chase Beebe (135) vs. Marcos Galvao (135)
Eduardo Dantes (134.5) vs. Wilson Reis (135.5)
Alexis Vila (134.5) vs. Joe Warren (135)
 
        ROH tonight on Sinclair Broadcasting syndicated in 35 markets
*Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Bravado Brothers
*Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli for the ROH tag team titles

        Sunday has only one WWE show, a joint show in Lubbock.  TNA runs in Hillsdale, MI at the County Fair.

        Raw comes from Kansas City on Monday night.

        Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday night in St. Louis.
 
        A look at the return of The Rock at Survivor Series, the fall of Matt Hardy, the fallout of Night of Champions, backstage at Raw and coverage of a number of major shows headlines this coming week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

        The lead story concerns the first match in seven-and-a-half years of The Rock, as we talk about ideas for the match, the good and bad from a business standpoint, his last match, his first major WWE match and the coincidences of that, the booking of the match and the Rock vs. Cena dynamic.  We also look at how much Rock's appearance likely meant for WrestleMania, what Survivor Series is coming off doing, the UFC competition that weekend and crowd reactions.

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--Regarding all the furor in the U.K. regarding the eight-year-olds doing a grappling match in a cage at an MMA show, U.K. fighter Tom "Kong" Watson wrote an excellent article on the subject at http://sport.uk.msn.com/ (thanks to David Nicholas)
 
--In the U.K., the Smackdown stuff was heavily edited in the Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes match.  They cut from the draping DDT spot and came back with the next segment (thanks to Gary Mehaffy) 
 
--On the WWE web site, there is an interview with Daniel Bryan, frustrated at all his losses, and teases a heel turn.
 
--Strikeforce results from last night in Las Vegas:
Prelims
Quinn Mulhern b Danny Davis via arm triangle 4:08 3rd round.  Back to heel reffing for you.
Chris Spang b Joe Ray via decision
Bobby Green b Charon Spain via arm triangle 2:54
James Terry b Magno Almeida via TKO 3:27
Showtime fights
Brian Melancon b Felipe Portela via decision
Jason High b Todd Moore via decision
Ryan Couture b Maka Watson via decision
Shawn Jordan b Lavar Johnson via keylock 3:08 2nd round
Lorenz Larkin b Nick Rossborough via decision
 
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--After his loss to Dakota Cochrane last night, Jamie Varner, the former WEC champion, announced his retirement on Facebook.  \
 
--What event this weekend are you most interested in?
UFC 135 91.6%
Dream 4.8%
Bellator 2.4%
Strikeforce 0.8%
Titan Fighting Championships 0.4%
 
--What do you consider the real main event for Bound for Glory?
Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode 52.7%
Hulk Hogan vs. Sting 47.3%
 
--Biggest match in October
GSP vs. Carlos Condit 27.0%
Cena vs. Del Rio vs. Punk 18.6%
Penn vs. Diaz 15.5%
Hogan vs. Sting 10.5%
Angle vs. Roode 9.4%
Edgar vs. Maynard 7.7%
Sonnen vs. Stann 7.5%
Orton vs. Henry 2.3%
Aldo vs. Florian 1.5%
       
--Poll on Impact on Thursday
Excellent 25.0%
Good 30.2%
Average 7.3%
Fair 9.4%
Poor 28.1%
        55.3% of those responding didn't see the show
     
 
--UFC has a press conference on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in San Jose at the San Pedro Square Market downtown to promote UFC 139.  Appearing are Cung Le, Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua, Dan Henderson and Dana White.  The press conference is open to the public. 
 
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--The ESPN web site at http://espn.co.com/espn/ has a story on Kenny King of ROH, noting that he works as a Chippendale dancer in Las Vegas as well as wrestling for ROH, in plugging the debut of the show.
 
--Dusty Rhodes is scheduled to make a guest appearance at tomorrow's WWE house show in Lubbock.  Alberto Del Rio vs. C.M. Punk and Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry are the advertised top matches on a joint branded show.    
 
--More stuff on tonight's show is at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/boxing/jackson-confident-of-win-ov er-jones/story-e6freygr-1226144849757 and http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/boxing/jones-should-make-it-past-r ampage-easy/story-e6f4fglf-1226144455690 (thanks to Tim Forge) 
 
--Among the stuff from the story is that Jackson has knocked two sparring partners out cold in training according to James Te Huna, who is one of his partners who also fights tonight.  What is this, 1920s pro wrestling and boxing talk about beating up sparring partners?   
 
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia is actually MMA trivia today.  UFC President Dana White is a 1987 graduate of Hermon High School in Maine.  Now some of you may ask about Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, and White did attend that school and was a friend and classmate of Lorenzo Fertitta, but he was moved to Maine before graduation.  Earlier this year, very quietly, White donated $100,000 to Hermon High to help renovate the school's athletic facilities.  Because of this, Hermon High was able to afford to field a varsity football team that just started play for the first time in the history of the school.

--Regarding the Heath Slater trivia from Thursday, James Gibson (Jamie Noble) grew up a few towns over but in the same county in West Virginia as Heath Slater. (thanks to Allen Roberts)

--Bobby Lashley is now taking independent bookings at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Please sent complete information on your event and promotion.

--WWE is selling the C.M. Punk ice cream bar T-shirt of course.

--Right now there is talk of Booker T coming back to wrestle in a short program on Smackdown similar to how Raw uses Jerry Lawler.    

--The annual Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup takes place on 10/28 in Brooksville, FL and 10/29 in Crystal River, FL, both at the National Guard Armories.  The first four names in the 16 man tournament are NOAH's Bobby Fish, Mike Cruz, Jerrelle Clark and Papadon.  Among the stars who have appeared in the tournament over the years have included C.M. Punk, Homicide, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Chris Hero, Jamie Noble, Evan Bourne, El Generico, Tyson Kidd, Jon Moxley, Davey Richards, Roderick Strong and Milano Collection A.T.
 
--If you didn't see Wednesday's Ultimate Fighter, it's streaming at http://www.ultimatefighter.com/full-episodes/14951/tuf-14/scrappers (thanks to Logan Stelly)
 
--Global TV in Canada will be at the 10/8 Great North Wrestling show in Renfrew, ONT filming footage for a wrestling documentary they are doing on the plight of Devon Nicholson.  Honky Tonk Man will be appearing at the show. 
 
--Thursday's ESPN show with Dan LeBatard asking if Dan, a big wrestling fan, or his dad, would be more likely to watch Impact that night to see the Hogan vs. Sting feud.  Dan said that he wouldn't watch and his dad thought wrestling was all fake so his dad would be more likely to watch, just to see if it's still fake.  
 
--Sinn Bodhi is promoting Freakshow Wrestling in Las Vegas on 9/29 at 6658 Boulder Highway.  Among those appearing will be Jake Roberts and his wife, The Kat, who will have a birthday party at the show.
 
--PWX Halloween Hell on 10/8 in Orlando at the National Guard Armory features Balls Mahoney vs. Rhino, Vordell Walker vs. Steve Corino, plus New Jack, Perry Saturn, Douglas Williams and Stevie Richards.
 
--Orlando Pro Wrestling from last night in Orlando:  Lince Dorado b Richard Parliament, Aaron Epic & Maximus Power b Danny Demanto & Damien Darling, Jason Hanley b Chasyn Rance, Brandon Scherer b Luis Ruiz to keep the OPW title, Nuyoricanz b Mike Cruz & Raymond Snow, Snow on Battle Royal (thanks to Al Haft)
 
--USWO from last night in Nashville:  TNT Mottley b Panther, Josh Crow b Shawn Hoodrich, Nick Iggy & Mike Revick b Slade & Bully Douglas, Bryan Casey over TNT Mottley, Damien Payne and L.T. Falk in an elimination match, Gary Valiant b Allen Shepard, Chris Michaels b Jocephus (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
 
--PWX from last night in Charlotte:  Chiva Kid b Alexander Bird, Mr. Elite b Alex Avgerinos, Jake Manning & Grizzly Redwood b Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. & Zane Riley, Corey Havok b Adam Page, Cedric Alexander b Rhett Titus, Caleb Konley b Roderick Strong.  They have a show tonight in York, SC with Strong vs. Adam Page plus a Battle Royal (thanks to Thomas Simpson)
 
--Daffney is coming to Dory Funk's BANG on 10/15 in Ocala, FL.
 
--Michael Thomas talks to Eddie Edwards of ROH at http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/columns/203137

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