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We're also looking for reports from tonight's ROH TV tapings in Louisville (Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal defends the TV title against Mike Bennett, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander, Young Bucks vs. Bravado Brothers) and tonight's WWE joint branded house show in Mobile, AL.

UFC lineup for tonight from the Verizon Center in Washington, DC:

Facebook fights starting at about 5:45 p.m. Eastern time

Joseph Sandoval (134) vs. Walal Watson (134.5)
Josh Neer (171) vs. Keith Wisniewski (170)
T.J. Grant (155) vs. Shane Roller (156)
Byron Bloodworth (138) vs. Mike Easton (135) - Bloodworth missed weight, an agreement was made to change this to a 138 pound catch weight fight with Bloodworth forfeiting 20% of his purse
Michael Johnson (156) vs. Paul Sass (155)
Yves Edwards (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)

Live fights on Versus starting at 9 p.m.

Mac Danzig (155) vs. Matt Wiman (156)
Charile Brenneman (171) vs. Anthony Johnson (171)
Pat Berry (243) vs. Stefan Struve (261)
Dominick Cruz (135) vs. Demetrious Johnson (135) for the banamweight title.

Bellator tonight on MTV 2 at 9 p.m. from Lake Charles, LA with the first round of the heavyweight tournament

Neil Grove (265.5) vs. Michael Hayes (228)
Blagoi Ivanov (244) vs. Zak Jensen (265)
Eric Prindle (265.5) vs. Abe Wagner (247.5)
Mark Holata (258) vs. Ron Sparks (263)

Sunday has the WWE Hell in a Cell PPV from New Orleans:
*John Cena vs. C.M. Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE title - It really doesn't matter who wins this because these three are likely going to be mixing and matching for the title for the next several months.  It's pushed as the first time ever a three-man Hell in a Cell, but I don't think that means anything to the average fan, and if anything having a Hell in a Cell match with no feud ready dilutes the Cell.  My gut says this will be the lowest Hell in a Cell PPV number in history.  As far as the match goes, this should be good.

*Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton for the World title in a Hell in a Cell - From a timing standpoint, Henry should win because it does nobody any good to put Orton over this month.  This is going to be a challenge because you've got a limited worker and no blood in a match designed for blood, and a match that usually goes long. 

*Sheamus vs. Christian - On paper the best match of those announced on the show.  It's almost impossible for Christian to have a bad match unless it's booked too short or overbooked.  Sheamus is a strong enough worker that he should only help.  Sheamus probably wins because the current Christian character seems to be one that always loses and then always has an excuse.

*Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas title - One would expect a title change here if only because Kelly has pinned Phoenix clean the last two PPV shows.  To their credit, they've gotten to where they can do a better than average women's match.  For the most part they can do a few impressive things, but the key is to avoid too many spots where Kelly comes off the ropes.

*Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara - Best high spots on the show.  Also has the chance to be the sloppiest match on the show.  Probably a lot of pressure on both guys.  The bad Sin Cara needs to be impressive because once this program is over, if he doesn't do well, he's going to struggle to keep a good spot, or even any spot.  The good Sin Cara is going to be pushed because Christmas is coming and he sells merchandise, but he still has to overcome that his style is different and that he can be sloppy in the ring.

There will be at least one, and possibly two matches added to the show.  Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne vs. Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler was at least one of the bouts under consideration.

Raw will be life from Lafayette, LA on Monday night. Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday night in Biloxi.

 
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--The Urban Wrestling Federation's next PPV show will debut on 11/6.

--ROH on Sinclair broadcasting tonight has:
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Mike Bennett
El Generico vs. Jay Lethal for the TV title

--Hulk  Hogan's latest gig is having his name and likeness attached to a supplement company called Hogannutrition.com  It's a deal with Sports Nutritional Innovations.

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--C.M. Punk will be making a guest appearance on 10/21 at the Florida Championship Wrestling house show in Kissimmee, FL.

--The 10/15 Evolve show that was scheduled for the Ace Arena in Union City, NJ, has been canceled.

--How's this for a crazy match.  Juventud Guerrera's promotion in Mexico is running on 10/14 at Arena Queretaro with Juventud Guerrero & Davey Richards vs. Super Crazy & Daga as the main event.  Also on the show are 2 Tuff Tony, Necro Butcher, Mad Man Pondo and early 90s giant Gigante Warrior (6-11 Butch Masters).

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--Devon Nicholson, who has been in the news a lot of late, has said he's decided to retire from wrestling with his final appearance on 10/8 in Renfrew, Ont.  He will face Darko, the giant that WWE has shown some interest in.  He feels that since there is no chance he will ever be signed by WWE due to his Hepatitis, at 29, it's time to try something else.

--Today's silly grandstand challenge is Mark Pavelich, the promoter of the Maximum  Fighting Championships, a group out of Edmonton that runs on HDNet, has challenged Dana White to a boxing match.  As if there's any chance of that.

--T.J. Waldburger vs. Marc Stevens in a grappling match will be part of the Fan Expo in Houston this coming week.  UFC is doing a fan expo event which includes two grappling matches, with that taking place at 1:30 p.m. at the expo on 10/8 before the PPV show later that night.  Waldburger is coming off a win in UFC while Stevens was on the season of Ultimate Fighter with Josh Koscheck and GSP as coaches.  Wesley Gann vs. Justin Rader, who are better known for grappling, will have a match on 10/7 at 1:30 p.m

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