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McGregor Slams WWE

At yesterday's conference call, things were mostly polite between the bitter rivals Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. McGregor showed much more respect for Diaz than usual other than repeatedly calling Diaz a "punching bag with eyes."

McGregor was not as polite when referencing the WWE superstars. He had this to say, "For the most part those WWE guys are p*ssies. To be honest, they're messed up p*ssies if you ask me." McGregor said. "Fair play to Brock he got in and fought, but at the end of the day he's juiced up to the f*cking eyeballs, so how can I respect that?" 

Referring to CM Punk, McGregor said, "What's the other guy? He hasn't fought yet so I don't know about him yet." 

More on McGregor's comments here.

For a full breakdown of yesterday's UFC 202 conference call, check out this article.

If you'd like to listen to yesterday's call, the full audio is up here


The Round-Up:

We're looking for reports on tonight's NXT show in Pensacola, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

We'll be doing a poll this weekend on the G-1 Climax show in Osaka at the Edion Arena which starts at 4 a.m. tomorrow morning Eastern and 1 a.m. tonight Pacific time with thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com.

We're looking for reports on Saturday from the WWE house show in Stockton (Dean Ambrose vs. A.J. Styles for WWE title, Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins, Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt, New Day vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson for tag team title, The Miz vs. Darren Young for IC title, Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro vs. Sheamus) and the NXT shows in New Orleans and Largo, FL to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

UFC ON SATURDAY FROM SALT LAKE CITY

ACE'S PREVIEW: Saturday night, UFC is back on FS 1 with a Fight Night show featuring two fighters who've never fought in a UFC main event before. Coming off of a record low prime time number for an FS 1 show, this event has a decent chance of setting a new low. But the card won't be short of action and these lower viewed shows often end up being the most entertaining. We'll take a closer look at the FS 1 main card and that portion of the prelims in detail here... 

ACE will have you covered on all the action.

Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern time

  • Chase Sherman (8-1) vs. Justin Ledet (6-0)
  • Tatsuya Kawajiri (35-9-2) vs. Cub Swanson (22-7)

FS 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern time

  • Horacio Gutierrez (2-2) vs. Teruto Ishihara (6-1-1)
  • Jason Ovelli (11-1-1) vs. David Teymur (4-1)
  • Viktor Pesta (10-2) vs. Marcin Tybura (13-2)
  • Court McGee (17-5) vs. Dominique Steele (14-7)
  • Maryna Moroz (7-1) vs. Danielle Taylor (7-1)
  • Joseph Gigliotti (7-0) vs. Trevor Smith (13-6)
  • Zak Cummings (19-4) vs Santiago Ponzinibbio (22-3)
  • Chris Camozzi (24-10) vs. Thales Leites (25-6)
  • Dennis Bermudez (15-5) vs. Rony Jason (14-5)
  • Yair Rodriguez (8-1) vs. Alex Caceras (12-8)

G-1 CLIMAX AT 3 A.M. EASTERN TIME (midnight Pacific time) LATE SATURDAY / EARLY SUNDAY FROM ACT CITY HAMAMATSU ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

  • Kushida & Ryusuke Taguchi & David Finlay vs. Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Captain New Japan
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto vs. Seiya Sanada & Bushi
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Juice Robinson vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi
  • Kazuchika Okada & Gedo & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Michael Elgin vs. Toru Yano
  • Katsuyori Shibata vs. Yoshi-Hashi
  • Tomoaki Honma vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima
  • Yuji Nagata vs. Kenny Omega
  • Tetsuya Naito vs. Evil

Sunday has a WWE house show in Fresno (Dean Ambrose vs. A.J. Style for WWE title, Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins, Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt, New Day vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson for tag titles, The Miz vs. Darren Young for IC title, Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro vs. Sheamus).

G-1 CLIMAX AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN TIME MONDAY FROM THE YOKOHAMA CULTURAL GYM

  • David Finlay vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima
  • Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Kenny Omega & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi & Gedo vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Bushi
  • Katsuyori Shibata & Michael Elgin & Kushida & Ryusuke Taguchi & Juice Robinson vs. Yuji Nagata & Tomoaki Honma & Manabu Nakanishi & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask
  • Naomichi Marufuji vs. Tama Tonga
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Seiya Sanada
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • Togi Makabe vs. Hirooki Goto

Monday has WWE Raw from the Honda Center in Anaheim. No Brock Lesnar or Paul Heyman scheduled on the show. Daniel Bryan will be appearing on the show.

Tuesday has Smackdown in Bakersfield. Neither John Cena nor A.J. Styles are scheduled for this show because they leaving Monday night after Raw for a house show in Auckland, New Zealand, starting a four-show Australia & New Zealand tour. Rhyno vs. Heath Slater is scheduled for this show.

G-1 CLIMAX AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN TIME ON WEDNESDAY FROM THE YAMAGATA SPORTS CENTER

  • Ryusuke Taguchi vs. David Finlay
  • Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi & Juice Robinson vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Captain New Japan vs. Bushi & Seiya Sanada
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Kushida & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto & Gedo & Naomichi Marufuji
  • Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kenny Omega
  • Toru Yano vs. Evil
  • Yoshi-Hashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
  • Katsuyori Shibata vs. Yuji Nagata
  • Tomoaki Honma vs. Michael Elgin

Figure Four Weekly: Figure Four Weekly 8/3/2016: Latest developments in wrestling related lawsuits - If it wasn't clear before that the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker lawsuit is a whole lot bigger than Hulk Hogan or even Gawker, the events of the last few weeks have made it more obvious than ever before. Of course, the revelation two months ago that billionaire Peter Thiel had been funding Hogan's lawsuit (and others against Gawker) was a game changer, but the effects of Thiel's influence weren't as obvious... Subscribers click here to continue reading.

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Wrestling Observer Newsletter: August 8, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE financial report, MMA rules change, UFC 201 - There really wasn't a lot of big news coming out of the second quarter WWE conference call.

Even though the idea of barely making a profit in the quarter of WrestleMania would have been disastrous most years, this year it was stated well in advance that due to the time frame of programming costs, this quarter would probably break even.

WWE pushed that it was the most revenue ever generated in a quarter, but with the fallout of WrestleMania and the new free subscribers from the prior quarter, that was inevitable. Some of them stayed with the service, some may have forgotten to cancel the service, and there are also the contractual increases in television revenue. Plus there was the Mania event revenue... Subscribers click here to continue reading.


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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

If any subscriber is having trouble accessing member content this should be helpful.

The Young Bucks launched Superkick Party, a mobile game available for purchase on both the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Dana White said that his “Lookin’ for a Fight” series has been picked up by Netflix in an interview with the Bangor Daily News. He also said that they have purchased 16 episodes with eight of them being filmed inside of the US and eight filmed internationally.

Bobby Eaton has been found. After reports that he had gone missing spread on the internet yesterday, people were very concerned.

Akira Tozawa will challenge YAMATO for Dragon Gate’s Open the Dream Gate Championship on September 22nd. The result could provide some insight on if Tozawa is headed to WWE.

WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT

  • This reporter thinks Kevin Owens is the best thing going in wrestling today. He’s certainly at the top of the list, at least.
  • Nikki Bella is training for an in-ring comeback and has been down at the Performance Center. However she has not yet been cleared medically to return to full time action.
  • Read about Big Show giving back by hanging out with Special Olympians.
  • The WWE superstars are out on the town giving back meeting students in this article.
  • Kofi Kingston always has time for the New England Patriots when he’s in the area.
  • WWE.com has a list of the 10 hottest free agents available after the draft, including The Undertaker, The Rock, Bayley, and Nikki Bella.
  • With the start of the 2016 Rio Olympics, WWE has a video on wrestlers who have competed in the games.

PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING

UFC / MMA

  • Interesting tidbit, recent UFC signee Lina "Elbow Princess" Länsberg is the first Swedish female fighter in the UFC. Too bad she’s being fed to Cyborg.
  • Results from last last night’s Titan FC 40 on UFC Fight Pass: Freddy Assuncao won the lightweight title with a 2nd round submission over Gesias Cavalcante; Jose Torres won the interim flyweight title with a 2nd round KO over Abdiel Velasquez; Des Green won by decision over James Freeman; DJ Linderman won by decision over Derrick Mehmen

VARIETY

  • The latest episode of Zach Dominello’s Japanese wrestling podcast is now out. This episode covers the G1, Super J Cup, DDT, BJW, and Nakamura on Talk is Jericho.
  • Long time indy manager Johnny Peebles III died at age 70 on July 27.
  • Lucha Underground's Killshot was the guest on this week's CBS Radio/106.7 The Fan DC's Chad Dukes Wrestling Show promoting his appearance at NOVA Pro Wrestling in Fairfax, VA against Cedric Alexander August 12th and Lucha Underground Season 3 in September.
  • Former WWE Tag Team Champion Kenn "Kenny Dykstra" Doane was the recent guest of the Pancakes and Powerslams Show
  • Robert Rosencrans, founder of UA-Columbia Cable, died this week at 89 in Greenwich, Conn.
  • In this episode of ShiLounge, former UFC Star turned Independent Wrestling Star, Matt Riddle is interviewed.
  • The original members of multiple time WWE Tag Team Champions "La Resistance" Sylvain Grenier & Rene Dupree will re-unite Nov. 5th on the Great North Wrestling event in Hawkesbury ON that will also feature Rick Steiner vs Hannibal in the main event.  More show information at GreatNorthWrestling.ca.
  • "WWE Hall of Famer" Stan Hansen talks about the incident in New Japan Pro Wrestling where he caused Vader's eye to pop out in this video.  
  • Dan Gable does an interview with "The Hannibal TV' discussing how he thinks team USA will do at the RIo Olympics, advice for coaches & amateur wrestlers and more in this video.  
  • Hansen talks going to "West Texas State" with Bruiser Brody and teaming with him in Mid South Wrestling and Japan.
  • Bruce Hart compares wrestling Kayfabe to religion in this video.  
  • Tully Blanchard discusses what is was like being friends with Ric Flair in the 1980's and the celebrity of the Horsemen at the time.
  • Former TNA Gut Check winner and New Japan competitor Wes Brisco has been added to the Great North Wrestling Nov. 5th event at The Robert Hartley Arena in Hawkesbury that will also feature "La Resistance" Rene Dupre & Sylvain Grenier re-uniting and Rick Steiner vs Hannibal. More information at GreatNorthWrestling.ca. (thanks to Anthony Ambros)

The Summer Slam Events Calendar

AUGUST

  • 6 - Rock Solid Wrestling; Alliston Potato Festival, Alliston, Ontario
  • 6 - Smokey Mountain Wrestling: Fire on the Mountain; Jason Kincaid defends against Elliott Russell, Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Dr., Kingsport, TN
  • 6 - Crossfire Wrestling: Battle Of Bissells II; Bissell's Hideaway, $20 for all day pass at the park and the wrestling show.
  • 6 - Upstate Professional Wrestling: Headlocks & Homeruns 5; The Premier Sports Center in Webster, New York.
  • 6 - UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RODRIGUEZ VS. CACERES; from Salt Lake City, UT
  • 6 - Absolute Intense Wrestling: Girls Night Out; Cleveland, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with Crazy Mary Dobson, Allysin "Sienna" Kay, Veda Scott, Shayna Baszler, Annie Social, Kelly Klein, Heidi Lovelace, Lufisto, Nicole Savoy and more.
  • 12 - Big West Wrestling: Bowling, Bodyslams, & BBQ; Lake City Bowling & Billiards, Kelowna, BC
  • 12 - Revolution Pro; London, York Hall in Bethnal Green. Featuring Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Jeff Cobb.
  • 13 - Combat Zone Wrestling: TV Taping; Tremont-Gacy, Strickland-Avalon. Showing why they are #LikeNothingElse a FREE TV Taping at 2 pm and "The Boss is Back" on iPPV at 8 pm LIVE from the Flyers Skate Zone, 601 Laurel Oak RD in Voorhees, NJ! Tickets for iPPV.
  • 13 - Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling: Civil War; Russian Community Centre, 2114 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC
  • 13 - Viva La Lucha; San Diego, CA, Montgomery High School. Fundraiser event in the 619 featuring Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, TJP, Nicho/Psychosis, Teddy Hart, Willie Mack, Vermin, Los Luchas and more.
  • 13 - World Women’s Wrestling: 2016 Iron Maiden Championship at the American Civic Center in Wakefield, MA
  • 13 - wXw NOW: The End; Tommy End's final show in Germany
  • 13 - NWA Mid South Wrestling; Dyresburg, TN at the Herb Welch Wrestle-Plex headlined by Matt Riviera vs. Jeremy Moore.
  • 19 - ROH: DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR XIV PPV; 6:00pm PDT, Sam’s Town Live, 5111 Boulder Highway -  Las Vegas, NV 89122. Tickets. ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: ADAM COLE vs JAY LETHAL (c)
  • 19 - AAW; 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 w 115th Street Merrionette Park, IL, 8:00pm Bell Time, Tickets. Trailer for our last show - United We Stand. Mp4 Now Available at Smart Mark Video and at Highspots.  
  • 19 - We Watch Wrestling LIVE Podcast Recording; Copper Still 4485 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
  • 19 - Superkick'd Pro Wrestling Rock Show: Blazed; The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
  • 19 - House of Glory Wrestling; Jamaica, NY, The Hardys, Drew Galloway, Ethan Carter III and Mickie James will appear.
  • 20 - ROH: National TV Taping; 6:00pm PDT, Sam’s Town Live, 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122. Tickets. ROH World TV Championship: Shibata will face the winner of the 8/19 Mark Briscoe vs Bobby Fish match
  • 20 - Fighting Back 6: Wrestling with Cancer; Vanier Columbus Club, 260 McArthur Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 20 - Reality of Wrestling: Summer of Champions 3; Featuring Kurt Angle, from the World Gym Arena in Texas City, TX. The event is preceded by a VIP Meet and Greet session to feature WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, Kurt Angle and Queen Sharmell. Tickets. Proceeds will be going to the Booker T Fights For Kids Foundation.
  • 20 - Best In The West; Fresno, CA, VFW Hall #8900, located at 3585 N Blythe, Featuring Jeff Cobb, Joey Ryan, and Mustufa Saed.
  • 20 - UFC 202 - DIAZ vs. MCGREGOR 2, from Las Vegas, NV
  • 21 - WWE: SUMMERSLAM; The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be the twenty-ninth event under the SummerSlam chronology and the second consecutive SummerSlam to be hosted in the Barclays Center.
  • 21 - NWX: Live Pro Wrestling at the CWF Wrestling School on 20 Hartzel Rd in St Catharines
  • 21 - Smash Wrestling: Super Showdown IV; Pickering, Ontario featuring Chavo Guerrero Jr. (FKA Lieutenant Loco)
  • 21 - Octagon & Tinieblas Jr. vs. Fuerza Guerrera & Pirata Morgan headlines in Houston at the Arena Theater.  
  • 26 - We Watch Wrestling LIVE Podcast Recording; The Wythe Hotel 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249. Tickets.
  • 26 - All Star Wrestling; Cloverdale, BC at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds Alice McKay Building, it’s the semifinals and finals of the All Star Wrestling Tag Team Tournament.
  • 26 - Absolute Intense Wrestling; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 1355 W. 70th St. Cleveland, OH
  • 26 - Conflict Wrestling: Black or White
  • 26 - Bellator 160; The Pond in Anaheim, live on Spike TV, Benson Henderson vs Patricio Pitbull Freire
  • 27 - ROH: Field of Honor; Brooklyn, NY, MCU Park, ROH World Championship 4 Corner Survival: ROH World Champion: Jay Lethal vs. Adam Cole vs. Tetsuya naito vs. Hiroshi. Tickets.
  • 27 - Battlearts: Summer Heat; 4880 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1J8
  • 27 - LuchaTO at the Benelife Wellness Centre, 68 Tycos Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 1V9
  • 27 - UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Maia vs. Condit; Vancouver, BC.
  • 28 - Steel City Pro Wrestling: End Game; 222 Queenston Rd, Hamilton, ON L8K 1G6, Canada
  • 28 - Destiny wrestling: Summer Heat; Battlearts Wrestling Academy. Featuring MOOSE!

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