WED., UPDATE: Angle charges taken down, White talks legend future, MSG tickets Foley, Flair & Edge



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        Versus will be airing UFC programming tonight with old WEC footage at 8 p.m., a replay of Saturday night's Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson show (if you didn't see it, it was a top level show) at 9 p.m., plus the Countdown to UFC 136 special airs tonight at 1:30 a.m. on Versus.

        The Miz airs on the CW Network show H8R at 8 p.m.  It's a reality show about people who hate celebrities and then get to meet them and probably don't' end up hating them as much.

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        We also have a feature looking back at the history of Kurt Angle's negotiations with several different MMA promotions over the years.  We've got details of his UFC talks from Dana White, as well as Angle's response, as well as response from those close to angle.  We look at the time that White thought he had an agreement with Angle for an exclusive contract including what pro wrestler White had called to be Angle's first PPV opponent.  We look at why that fell apart.  We look at the real story behind Angle as a participant in the 2009 season of Ultimate Fighter.  We look at the pitch Angle made to White to try to get into UFC as well as how talks with other groups fell apart over the years including what fights were on the table.  We look at Angle doing a 180 based on what he had said in the past and more.

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        We also look at HHH's way of thinking when it comes to stars, in an interesting look at the mindset of the future of WWE and looking at what makes sense and doesn't make sense in his line of thinking.

        We also have a look at one of the more underrated major names of the 50s and 60s, Handsome Johnny Barend, a New York native who headlined Madison Square Garden, Japan, and all points in between, and was one of the four biggest stars in the history of the Hawaiian pro wrestling scene.  We look at his glory days in a number of territories, his standing in wrestling and much more about a headliner around the world for more than two decades.  We look in particular at the scene in Hawaii and his being linked with legends like Peter Maivia, Dory Funk Jr., Mad Dog Vachon, Fred Blassie, The Sheik, Jimmy Snuka and many others.

        We also look at basic WWE plans for television through the end of October, the next two three-hour Raws and a story barely covered that is chipping away slowly and significantly each month at the audience that watches WWE, TNA and UFC.  We also look at Shawn Michaels and The Rock returning to WWE television over the next two months, plus more joint branded television shows.

        We've got background on the new Vice President of Talent Relations, Jane Geddes, who was actually a more significant sports star than almost anyone on the active roster.

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--90s pro wrestling star from WCW now doing MMA

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--Details of the weekend Bellator show and this week's matches

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--DUI charges against Kurt Angle from his arrest last month after a TNA show in Virginia were dropped and he's now only charged with reckless driving.  It was because the first Breathalyzer test in the field was ruled not admissible and his second test at the police station he came in at 0.06, below the 0.08 legal limit.  His trial is scheduled for 11/8. 

--At a press conference today, Dana White said that he doesn't want to do a fourth Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar match if Maynard wins the title.  He said there are too many other good fights to make in the division. 

--White also said he expects to announce the main event for 12/10 in Toronto within the next 48 hours.


--White also said he would be meeting with Matt Hughes in a few weeks to decide on the future.  He said he would rather Hughes not fight again but doesn't know how Hughes will respond.  White said that Hughes will be part of the company forever under any circumstances and claimed Hughes has no financial need to fight again. 

--Today is the 14th anniversary of the death of Brian Pillman.  We'll talk more about Pillman tonight.

--Bryan and I will be joined tonight by Bruce Mitchell for our annual Hall of Fame show on Wrestling Observer radio, and we'll also talk all the current news.  You can also send questions Hall of Fame related to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

--Chael Sonnen explains in his own words how he never lost to Anderson Silva nor did he ever take any illegal substances at http://radio.thescore.com/episodes/the-mma-show-october-4  It gets crazy at the 12 1/2 minute mark of the show.

--WWE tickets for a Raw house show on Tuesday, 12/27 in Madison Square Garden went on sale today for an Internet pre sale using the code WWEHOLIDAY at ticketmaster.  Tickets for a 12/30 Smackdown house show at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ go on sale Friday with the code word ACCESS (thanks to Mike Omansky)

--Mick Foley, Edge, Ric Flair and others are all in Charlotte tonight for a fund raising comedy show for Shane Helms.  They are raising money for Helms to produce a video warning people against drinking and driving.

--Flair and Foley were on TV in Charlotte today promoting the event at http://youtu.be/KxegTPCBXAI

--Foley talks about doing stand up comedy at http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/02/2434813/mick-foley-from-beat-up-to-stand.html

--The Peterborough Examiner in Bobby Roode's home town has a story on Roode's title match with Kurt Angle at http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3321215  They talk about his career and family (thanks to Jason James)

--A fan posted a nude photo of Taryn Terrell (Tiffany) on the live events section of the WWE web site earlier today, and another posted a still photo of Chyna's nether regions from her sex tape with Sean Waltman and then a photo of Mike Tenay & Taz together looking like they approved of it.  Somebody thought it was a cool idea to let fans upload photos to the site.  Probably not the brightest idea. 
WWE had to take down the entire live events section.

--Do you think the ending of Raw will lead to:
A bigger rating next week 15.8%
A smaller rating next week 30.0%
Same rating next week 54.2%

--Who do you want to see face Dominick Cruz next?
Urijah Faber 40.7%
Miguel Torres 15.0%
Brian Bowles 14.5%
Joseph Benavidez 8.9%
Takeya Mizugaki 7.0%
Scott Jorgensen 5.1%
Demetrious Johnson 4.7%
Renan Barao 4.2%

--What did you think of Countdown to UFC 136
Excellent 42.6%
Good 37.0%
Average 5.6%
Fair 1.9%
Poor 13.0%
        65.2% of those responding didn't see the show

--Poll on Monday's Raw
Excellent 10.3%
Good 23.7%
Average 14.2%
Fair 11.9%
Poor 39.8%
        12.7% of those responding didn't see the show

--Combat Zone Wrestling on Friday night at the Arena in Philadelphia featuring Brain Damage vs. Matt Tremont, Dustin Rayz vs. Dave Crist, AR Fox vs. Jon Gresham and more.  They also have a TV taping on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Parkwood Youth Organization in Philadelphia with all tickets just $1.

--wXw results from Monday night in Oberhausen, Germany:  Masada b Jon Ryan in a Rocky Mountains death match, Danny Havoc b Jaki Numazawa in a thumb tacks death match, Ryuji Ito b Yuko Miyamoto in a light tubes match, Marty Scurll & Devon Moore b D.J. Hyde & Karsten Beck, El Generico won over Drew Gulak, Adam Cole and Chuck Taylor, Jimmy Havoc b Kanjuro Hoshino in falls count anywhere, Big Van Walter b Yoshito Sasaki to keep wXw world title, Ryuji Ito won a three way cage of death over Danny Havoc and Masada.

--Thiago Alves talks about his next fight, his fight with Rick Story, GSP and more at http://tinyurl.com/3tq3sfv

--On VH-1 Pop Up Videos, they noted that Bruno Mars was named after Bruno Sammartino, which is something he's said many times.  (thanks to Jeremy Peeples)

--Chuck Langerman's wrestling trivia notes that C.M. Punk claims that his very first memory in life was when he was five years old and saw Roddy Piper hit Jimmy Snuka with a coconut and has been a wrestling fan ever since.  

--Road Warrior Animal, Superstar Billy Graham, Velvet Sky, Paul Ellering and Howard Finkel will be appearing at the Marriott at La Guardia Airport in New York on 11/12.  For more info you can contact Scott Epstein at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-707-8075

--Ric Flair was mentioned on The Daily Show Monday night when Wyatt Cenac said "Whoo" and said he was a big fan of Flair at http://www.thedailyshow.com/

--Former WWE wrestler Antonio Thomas is back in action after shoulder surgery.  He's working for the WWC in Puerto Rico.

--Roddy Piper had to cancel an appearance in Orlando this weekend as he hasn't fully recovered from neck surgery.

--A story on Ted DiBiase Sr. visiting Scotland is at http://tinyurl.com/63eh6be

--Jimmy Hart and independent wrestler Steve Chamberland will be appearing on ABC's Home Makeover show on 10/9.  The story is the two will help transform the home of Anaiah Rucker to make it handicap friendly.  Rucker lost both her leg and a kidney when she saved her five-year-old sister from being hit with a car.  Chamerland lost his leg in a motorcycle accident.

--Insanity Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Indianapolis:  Remi Wilkins b Aaron Eric, Jeremy Hadley b Darin Corbin, Matt Cage & Alex Castle b Eric Ryan & Bobby Beverly, Jesse Emerson b HyZaya-DQ, Stich Sypher b Chris Castle based on fan voting, Jake Crist over Dustin Rayz, Uhaa Nation and Sugar Dunkerton, Tarek the Legend d Dave Crist, AR Fox b Arik Cannon, B.J. Whitmer b Drake Younger.

--Kevin Gill of Juggalo Championship Wrestling is involved in a 24-hour video game marathon on 10/15 to raise money for the Children's miracle Network Hospital.  For more details you can go to http://www.extra-life.org/participant-KevinGill

--The show "Dude, Whatever" had a Randy Savage parody character at http://youtu.be/bz4k8CQu6PI

--Asylum Fight League runs this coming Saturday night in Philadelphia at the Asylum Arena.  It is the promotion's 36th show and they claim they are going to expand next year to Atlantic City, Miami and Las Vegas. 

--FMLL has a show on Saturday night in Cudahy, CA headlined by a three-way with Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. L.A. Park vs. Mesias, plus Octagoncito vs. Pentagoncito.

--On 10/14 in Tijuana at Auditorio Municipal has Mascara Dorada & La Mascara & La Sombra vs. Averno & Psicosis & Volador Jr. plus Angel de Oro & El Hijo del Rey Misterio & Maximo vs. Arandu & TJ Boy & Cassandro. (thanks to Kris Zellner)

--There will be a Bay Area Roller Derby Reunion on 1/21 at the Radisson Hotel in San Jose. For details you can talk to Ms. Georgia Hase at 951-663-6963

--CHIKARA on Saturday night in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium has Japanese woman star Kana vs. Sara Del Rey, UltraMantis Black vs. Jigsaw, Hallowicked vs. Ophidian, Fire Ant & Soldier Ant vs. Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada and Eddie Kingston & Mike Quackenbush & Green Ant & Sugar Dunkerton vs. Tim Donst & Delirious & Tursas & Jakob Hammermeier

--Go Fight Live has an MMA show on Saturday night from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT headlined by Gabriel Gonzaga, the former UFC title contender, challenging Reality Fighting heavyweight champion Parker Porter for the title.

--ECWA on 10/15 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club featuring Robbie E, who will also do a seminar from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for $25 per person.  You can  call 609-220-5598 to reserve a spot.

--WSU on 11/19 at the Ace Arena in Jersey City, NJ has an iPPV headlined by a War Games match with Mercedes Martinez & Alicia & Brittney Savage vs. Jessicka Havok & Allisyn Kay & Sassy Stephanie plus Melina vs. Serena Deeb.  It will be available on GoFightlive.tv

--Gail Kim will be interviewed on 10/12 with a live iPPV interview at www.WWNLive.com for $12.95  This will be an experiment to see if this works.

--Freakshow Wrestling on 10/27 at 2321 N. Rainbow Blvd. in Las Vegas featuring Sinn Bodhi, Gangrel and Stacy Carter.

--Saturday night in Reynosa, Mexico:  Infernal & Jaguar de Oro & Mario Rock b Alas de Fuego Jr. & Demonio Nocturno & Unico Jr., Fear Factory b Astro Rey & Bufalo & Rey Patriota, Asterisco & Magnifico b Super Boy & Turok, Las Imagenes b Los Locutores, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Pimpinela Escarlata b L.A. Park & Silver Kain

--IWRG with legends on Sunday in Naucalpan:  Alan Extreme & Keshin Black b Astro de Plata & Astro Rey Jr., Dinamic Black & Eterno & Golden Magic b Carta Brava Jr. & King Drako & Polifacetico, El Hijo de L.A. Park & El Hijo del Medico Asesino & El Hijo del Pirata Morgan b Mascara Sagrada Jr. & Trauma I & Ultraman Jr., Cien Caras Jr. & El Hijo del Mascara Ano 2000 & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. b Damian 666 & Bestia 666 & X-Fly, Canek & Electroshock & Villano IV b El Hijo del Solitario & Pirata Morgan & Universo 2000   (thanks to Kris Zellner)

--A trailer for the Bloodstained Memories DVD is at http://www.youtube.com/watch/v=bSHEIHTDznU

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