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Terry F.





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Raw will be Monday night in Memphis. It will be the go-home show for Clash of Champions. Chris Jericho is added to the roster with the other stars on the tour. Cesaro vs Sheamus in match number six of their best-of-seven series will be on the show.

Smackdown will have a Monday night house show in Tupelo, MS, with A.J. Styles, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, The Miz, Becky Lynch and Natalya.


Smackdown and Main Event will be on Tuesday night from Birmingham, AL. John Cena is scheduled for his only show of the week on Tuesday.

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In the end it was simple reality. Starting out at 36 with very limited training past some Jiu Jitsu classes from Rener Gracie, no great athletic gifts and a body beaten up by 15 years of pro wrestling was not going to be able to train for two years and be able to compete in the UFC.

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We have no update on Terry Funk past what was talked about last night. Funk was reported as being dizzy and that he probably shouldn't have come from Texas to Philadelphia for the show, but it's Funk and he wasn't going to miss a booking for Tommy Dreamer. He got in the ring to cut a promo and said that it might be for the last time.

Last night's Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith fight which did 500,000 searches was the only thing from combat sports that was on the Google search list, with no major U.S. shows this weekend. Football and the Emmys are the dominant things. Nothing from last night's UFC cracked the list but I wouldn't have expected it to.

The Alvarez vs. Smith fight, won by Alvarez via ninth round knockout, aired as a PPV at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, the same site as WrestleMania. It drew a crowd announced at 51,420 fans, although in the past, boxing attendance figures for prior shows at the stadium have been inflated. The Google numbers would indicate that Alvarez against an unknown on PPV probably didn't do big numbers, as it was less than half of the numbers C.M. Punk and UFC drew the previous Saturday (1.2 million).

People were raving about the Ricochet vs. Sami Callihan match last night at the House of Hardcore show. 

Bull James debuted at last night's ROH show in Lockport, NY. 


  • One of the things on Monday's Raw from Memphis, besides the debut of the cruiserweights is that they have to build a title match for T.J. Perkins in one show, since it's the go-home show for Clash of Champions, which all Raw titles get defended.
  • WWE put together a very fun documentary on the life of Pat Patterson.
  • Jim Ross talks about his signing Dwayne Johnson for the first time.
  • Here is a podcast interview with Finn Balor.


  • While not official, there is talk floating around of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Alexander Gustafsson on 11/19 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That will be a crazy MMA day as UFC is doing two shows on the same day and Bellator will be doing one of its biggest shows of the year head-to-head from San Jose.  So FS 1 and Spike look to be going head-to-head that night.  


  • Pete Gas resurfaced on Friday night at the House of Hardcore show in St. James, NY. During the Rhino vs. Tommy Dreamer match, Rhyno said how his boss sent him to New York to destroy the House of Hardcore promotion. Then Shane McMahon's music started playing and it was Gas who came out to help Rhyno. Sandman then made the save and cane'd Gas. Terry Funk was there signing autographs.   
  • Going into last night's fight, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times looked at the future of boxing on HBO 
  • Chuck Mindenhall has a story on Matt Riddle after seeing him wrestle in Cleveland last week.
  • AAW from Friday night in Chicago: Prince Mustafa Ali NC Rey Hours (Ali was legitimately knocked out cold and they had to stop the match), Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett b Dave & Jake Crist to keep the tag titles, Josh Alexander b Drew Gulak, Heidi Lovelace & Kimber Lee b Hooligans, Sami Callihan b Abyss, Andrew Everett & Trevor Lee & Jack Evans b Moose & Dezmond Xavier & AR Fox, Jeff Cobb b Matt Riddle (said to great), Fenix b Chris Hero (both men gave great interviews after the match, said to be an incredible main event). The next show is 10/7 in Merrionette Park, IL at 115 Bourbon Street with a two-day tournament (second day is 10/8 at the same location) for a title shot honoring Jim Lynam: 11 of the 16 names have been announced which are Drew Gulak, Chuck Taylor, Silas Young, Kamaitachi, Josh Alexander Brian Cage, Eddie Kingston, Mat Fitchett, Davey Vega, AR Fox and Jeff Cobb.
  • All Japan's Oudou tournament finishes up tomorrow at Korakuen Hall.  The semifinals are Jun Akiyama vs. Zeus and Suwama vs. Kendo Kashin. The semifinals and finals are bothtomorrow night.
  • Smash vs. Progress Wrestling from Friday night in Oshawa, ONT: Vertigo & Fuerza b D-Man & The Muscle, Jewells Malone b Sebastian Suave, Evil Uno b Jack Gallagher, Jesse Amato b Jaxon Jarvis, Brent Banks b Mark Andrews, Mark Haskins b Maybach Beta, James Davis & Rob Lynch b Facade & Space Monkey. (thanks to Dave Musgrave)
  • Smash vs. Progress results from last night in Toronto": The Muscle & Mark Muscle b Maverick & Albright, Mark Andrews b Scotty O'Shea, Mike Rollins b Jack Gallagher, James Davis & Rob Lynch b Sebastian Suave & John Greed, Kevin Bennett b Facade in a ladder match, Evil Uno b Ligero, Zack Sabre Jr. b Tarik, Mark Haskins b Brent Banks  
  • Pro Wrestling Eclipse on 9/23 in Oshawa, ONT will have a tournament to determine a new champion.
  • Championship Wrestling Entertainment from last night in Orlando for a mostly women's show: Thea Trinidad (Rosita in TNA) b Raegan Fire, Ivory Robyn b Layne Rosario, Santana Garrett b Kaci Lennox to keep the Vixen title, Mila Nikiki b Rex Bacchus in an intergender match, Tyranus b Chico Adams, Santana Garrett b Queen Raquel to retain her title, Tyranus b Chico Adams to keep the men's title, Thea Trinidad won Battle Royal. (thanks to Al Haft)
  • Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling drew a sellout 300 fans last night in East Carondelet, IL: Moondog Rover b Jay Powell, Kyle King b Jimmy D, Chris Harges DCOR Jim Hoffarth, Daniel Gunner b Brandon Gunner-DQ, Ken Kasa b Dave Vaughn, Gary Jackson & Sean Vincent b Vic the Bruiser & Waco-DQ, Curtis Wyld & Wyld Child b Karim & Monica Brigante, Ron Powers b Kahagus-COR. Brian Blair was the special guest (Thanks to Larry Matysik)
  • I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando: Jon Cruz b Aaron Epic, Mike Reed b Leo O'Farrell, Josh Woods b Slade Porter, Tyranus DCOR JD Amazing, Josh Hess b Jonny Vandal, Santana Garrett won three-way over Raquel and Thea Trinidad, Rhett Giddins b Brandon Scherer. Next show is 10/1 at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando.  
  • Best of the West on 9/24 at Fresno City College Gym for a Fite TV taping. Joey Ryan, Christina Von Eeerie and Mustafa Saed are announced.
  • Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno: Skitzo b Chris Mira, Anthony Idol b Ryan Kid, Big Dogg b Dark Usagi (thanks to Jon Southerland)

Daily Pro Wrestling History (09/18): WWE Night of Champions 2011