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FRI UPDATE: G-1 finals, NXT, UFC title fight delayed, CM Punk Twitter wars

By Dave Meltzer

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We're also looking for reports on tonight's GFW show in Winston-Salem, NC  (Sonjay Dutt vs. PJ Black, Brad Attitude & Vordell Walker & Peter Kassa vs Ali Akbar &  Cliff Compton & Jason Kincaid, Le'D Tapa vs. Tessa Blanchard, Bravado Brothers vs. Washington Bullets, Trevor Lee vs. Andrew Everett for the OMEGA title, Nick Aldis vs. Lance Hoyt) at Dave Meltzerdave@wrestlingobserver.com">

New Japan World Pro Wrestling Returns on AXS TV at 8 p.m. (one hour earlier than usual)

Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka

Tetsuya Naito & Kota Ibushi vs. A.J. Styles & Tama Tonga

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kushida for IWGP Jr. title

There will be a CES MMA show at 9 p.m. on AXS TV tonight which is why New Japan will air one hour early.


Live G-1 B block finals from Sumo Hall in Tokyo at 5:30 a.m. Eastern tomorrow on New Japan World

Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly

Young Bucks vs. Jay White & David Finlay non-title

Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba & Yoshi-Hashi & Michael Bennett & Matt Taven vs. A.J. Styles & Doc Gallows & Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga & Cody Hall

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Katsuyori Shibata & Kushida vs. Tetsuya Naito & Kota Ibushi & Manabu Nakanishi & Captain New Japan & Ricochet

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Michael Elgin

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazuchika Okada

Yujiro Takahashi vs. Tomoaki Honma

Hirooki Goto vs. Yuji Nagata

Satoshi Kojima vs. Karl Anderson

WWE has shows on Saturday night in Sioux Falls, SD (Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt), Detroit (Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose for WWE title, Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro plus  Chris Jericho) and NXT in Coral Springs, FL.

Evolve on Saturday night on iPPV from Woodside, NY at La Boom at 6 p.m. Eastern time at www.WWNLive.com

Timothy Thatcher vs. Zack Sabre Jr. for the Evolve title

Johnny Gargano vs. Ethan Page

Rich Swann vs. Drew Gulak

Chris Hero vs. Mike Bailey

Trent Baretta vs. Rey Hours

Biff Busick vs. Tracy Williams

WWE on Sunday has shows in Fargo, ND (Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt) and Bemidji, MN (Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose for WWE title, Kevin Owens vs Cesaro).

New Japan G-1 Climax finals from Sumo Hall at 2 a.m. Sunday Eastern time (11 p.m. Saturday night) on New Japan World

Tiger Mask & Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Bushi & Mascara Dorada

A ton of matches involving the guys in the G-1 tournament that aren't in the finals

Young Bucks vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly for IWGP jr. tag titles

Kushida vs. Ricochet for IWGP jr. title

G-1 Climax finals:  Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. ?


Evolve on Sunday night on iPPV from Deer Park, NY at the Sportatorium at 8 p.m. also on www.WWNLive.com

Timothy Thatcher vs. Biff Busick

Chris Hero vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Trent Baretta vs. Caleb Konley

Johnny Gargano vs. ?

Ethan Page vs. Rich Swann

Drew Gulak & Tracy Williams vs. Mike Bailey & Rey Hours

The go-home Raw for SummerSlam will be Monday night from the Target Center in Minneapolis.  John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Undertaker and the entire crew will be at the show.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday night in Green Bay.  

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  • At last night's NXT tapings, they taped shows for after Takeover with Sasha Banks coming out with the NXT women's belt and Kevin Owens coming out with the NXT title.  This could be an attempt to fool people, and I guess we'll find out Saturday.  Historically, I can only think of one instance WWF ever did that to fool people and every other time it was exactly what it looked to be.  But they haven't done anything like this in more than a decade, because of the nature of syndication being dead and Raw being live.
  • So this is the situation with G-1.  Hiroshi Tanahashi won the A block earlier today beating A.J. Styles.  I have yet to watch the match but people are raving about it including one person at ringside who told me that many girls in the audience were in tears at the finish.  The B block comes down to this:

1) If Kazuchika Okada beats Shinsuke Nakamura, he wins the block with an 8-1 record, and will face Tanahashi in the finals.  I don't expect that to happen.

2) If Nakamura wins, and Yuji Nagata beats Hirooki Goto, and Satoshi Kojima beats Karl Anderson, then Nakamura vs. Tanahashi is the final match.

3) If Nakamura, Goto and Kojima win, then Nakamura vs. Tanahashi is the final match.

4) If Nakamura, Nagata and Anderson win, then Nakamura, Okada and Anderson will need a three-way playoff, probably on Sunday

5) If Nakamura, Goto and Anderson win, then, based on records against the field, Nakamura vs. Anderson would have to meet in a singles match, probably on Sunday, with the winner facing Tanahashi.

Of the above scenarios, I don't expect No. 1 or No. 4 to happen, but they could.  Situations No. 2, 3 or 5 seem more likely.  If it's my call, I'm going No. 5.

  • ROH booker Hunter Johnston was at the show today and will be at the shows the next two days as well, and the relationship between ROH and New Japan, which had the bump with Jushin Liger appearing for WWE this coming week, appears to be stronger than ever now.  They are working on plans for the future.
  • The Joanna Jedrzejczyk title defense against Claudia Gadelha is being moved back due to a torn ligament in Gadelha's right middle finger and she won't be able to train on it for three months.  The earliest Gadelha would be ready to fight is January.
  • There has been a big Twitter war between Will Brooks and Patricio Pitbull Freire.  It started when Freire was goading Brooks by noting that he was in the main event, against Daniel Straus, while Brooks was in the semi-main, against Marcin Held, when they both fight on 11/6 in St. Louis.  This led to taunts back-and-forth.
  • Cathal Pendred, after coming out on the short end of a Twitter war with C.M. Punk,. has challenged Punk for Punk's debut fight. 
  • Raw on 8/24 at the Barclays Center is sold out.  The recently released allotment of tickets is gone.
  • Evolve is pushing a free Timothy Thatcher match video
  • A story on a fight Brock Lesnar got in while he was with the Minnesota Vikings in 2004
  • 2K today announced the in-game soundtrack details for WWE® 2K16, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. The soundtrack will feature 11 unique tracks from established and emerging artists that transcend multiple genres, including alternative, hip-hop, classic rock, heavy metal, country and electronic dance. The full WWE 2K16 soundtrack was revealed exclusively during Release on Beats 1 on Apple Music and is available now for streaming at http://apple.co/1DSFmcf. WWE 2K16 is currently scheduled for release on October 27, 2015 in North America and October 30, 2015 internationally for Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems.

         The WWE 2K16 soundtrack is scheduled to include the following artists and songs: 

    • Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”
    • Diplo (feat. Faustix & Imanos and Kai)  – “Revolution”
    • Fashawn (feat. Nas & Aloe Blacc) – “Something To Believe In”
    • Kid Ink – “Hello World”
    • Marilyn Manson – “Deep Six”
    • MGK (feat. Victoria Monet) – “A Little More”
    • Run-DMC – “It’s Tricky”
    • Skid Row – “Youth Gone Wild”
    • Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
    • Yelawolf – “Till It’s Gone” [Dan Heath Remix]
    • Zac Brown Band (feat. Chris Cornell) – “Heavy Is The Head”
    • Zedd (feat. Logic and X-Ambassadors) – “Transmission”
  • The full lineup for the CHIKARA King of Trios tournament 9/4 to 9/6 in Easton, PA at the Palmer Center:
    • Arcane Horde:  Kodama & Obariyon & Oleg the Usurper
    • Battleborn:  Kevin Condron & Lucas Calhoun & Missile Assault Man
    • Battle Hive:  Amasis & Fire Ant & Worker Ant
    • Bruderschaft des Kreuzes:  Jakob Hammermeier & Nokken & Soldier Ant
    • Bullet Club:  A.J. Styles & Young Bucks
    • Crown & Court:  El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream Jr. & Princess Kimber Lee
    • Dasher's Dugout:  Dasher Hatfield & Icarus & Mark Angelosetti
    • Devastation Corporation:  Blaster McMassive & Flex Rumblecrunch & Max Smashmaster
    • Gentleman's Club:  Chuck Taylor & Drew Gulak & Swamp Monster
    • Nightmare Warriors:  Frightmare & Hallowicked & Silver Ant
    • The Snake:  Eddie Kingston & Ophidian & Shynron
    • Team AAA:  Aero Star & Drago & Fenix
    • Team Attack:  Mark Andrews & Morgan Webster & Pete Dunne
    • BWO:  Stevie Richards & Blue Meanie & Nova
    • Fight Club:  MK McKinnan & Trent Seven & Tyler Bate
    • United Nations:  Juan Francisco de Coronado & Mr. Azerbaijan & Boar of Moldova
  • This one is almost spooky.  Today would be the birthdays for Gino Hernandez (who would have been 58), Eddie Gilbert and Buddy Landel (who all would have been 53). 
  • IHWE on 10/31 in Crowley, TX at the Rec Center.
  • From yesterday's update, Dori Yeates, the Canadian Pan American games gold medal winning wrestler who will be on tonight's show in Brockton, ONT, will not be doing a pro wrestling match, but doing an amateur exhibition match on a pro wrestling show.  The promotion did this before to try and help raise money for their training. (thanks to Colin Brackenridge)
  • CZW on 9/12 in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone with an iPPV at 6:30 p.m.   There is also a women's show in the same building at 4 p.m.  Nick Gage & Biff Busick vs. Drew & Rory Gulak headlines the show plus AR Fox vs. Mike Bailey in a Chris Cash Memorial ladder match.
  • NWA Vendetta Pro Wrestling on 9/18 in Santa Maria, CA at he Radisson Hotel.
  • In the first step of a planned working agreement with Jeff Jarrett's GFW and OMEGA Pro, Trevor Lee will be defending the OMEGA title on tonight's GFW show in Winston-Salem, NC at the ballpark.
  • Alpha-1 Wrestling on 9/20 in Hamilton, ONT at 222 Queenston, Rd with Rickey Page vs. Cedric Alexander plus a title tournament for the Alpha Male title.
  • Lucha Toronto on 9/20 at Chapter Two featuring Vampiro and Pantera, as well as Lince Dorado.
  • C4 tomorrow night in Ottawa at the Vanier Columbus Club.  All ticket sales go to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Phrank Morin, who wrestler who passed away from cancer at the age of 23, four years ago.  The main event has Ultimo Dragon & Super Smash Brothers vs. Pinkie Sanchez & Mike Draztik & Angel Ortiz, Buxx Belmar vs. Roderick Strong, Too Cold Scorpio vs. Michael  Von Payton and more.
  • All-Star Wrestling from last night in Haysi, VA:  Reno Kid & Wolf b Beast & Johnny Mustang, Nate Diamond b Joe Briggs, Misty James & Samantha Star (the daughter of Nickla Roberts and Sam Houston) b Kacee Carlisle & Rebecca Lynn, Jimmy Valiant & Ricky Morton & Iron Cross b Beau James & Stan Lee & Scott Sterling, Bulldog Mac b Alex Cage
  • Today's new match on NWAClassics.com is Brad Armstrong vs. Ernie Ladd.
  • ROH has announced shows for 9/11 in Dayton and 9/12 in Chicago Ridge, IL.
  • The Super Fight League makes its Canadian debut on Saturday night in Calgary with Roland Delorme vs. Jesse Arnett.  The show will air after its conclusion on YouTube.


1968 - Cyclone Negro & Baron Scicluna beat Mario Milano & Dominic DeNucci in Brisbane to win the IWA tag titles

1989 - Sangre Chicana beat Villano III to win the WWF light heavyweight title

1998 - La Parka (L.A. Park) beat Pirata Morgan to win the AAA heavyweight title

2001 - Tokyo Magnum & Dragon Kid & Ryo Saito beat Cima & Suwa & Big Fujii and Masaaki Mochizuki & Yasushi Kanda & Darkness Dragon in a three-way in Tokyo to win the UWA trios titles

2001 - Olimpico & Sicodelico Jr. beat Black Warrior & Sangre Azteca in Mexico City to win the CMLL Gran Alternative tournament

2010 - Masato Yoshino beat Tiger's Mask in Kobe to win the Open the Brave Gate title

2011 - Shinsuke Nakamura beat Tetsuya Naito to win the G-1 Climax tournament