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FRI UPDATE: John Cena taking time off, Johny Hendricks hospitalized

We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE show in Trenton, NJ (John Cena vs. Seth Rollins), NXT in Nashville and TNA in Beckley, WV (Ethan Carter III vs. Drew Galloway for the TNA title, Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong for the Knockouts title, Matt Hardy vs. Eric Young, Bobby Roode vs. Eli Drake for the King of the Mountain title, Wolves vs. Trevor Lee & Andrew Everett for TNA tag titles) and Ken Anderson vs. Jessie Godderz) at newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

This weekend we'll be doing polls for UFC 192, WWE in Madison Square Garden, TNA Bound for Glory and AAA Heroes Inmortales, so a huge weekend of big events.

New Japan World Pro Wrestling Returns at 9 p.m. Eastern on AXS TV

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi & Togi Makabe & La Sombra vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi

Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata in finals of the 2014 tag team tournament

CMLL from Arena Mexico live at 9:30 p.m. Eastern at www.ClaroSports.com

First round of the Universal Champion of Champions tournament, a one-night eight man tournament with Angel de Oro, Dragon Lee, Barbaro Cavernario, Dragon Rojo Jr., Luciferno, Rey Bucanero, Shocker and Ultimo Guerrero

Atlantis & Super Parka & Volador Jr. vs. Marco Corleone & Rush & La Sombra

Shine iPPV tonight at www.WWNLive.com

Santana vs. Evie for Shine championship

Allysin Kay vs. Sweet Saraya Knight anything goes

Jessicka Havok vs. Kay Lee Ray

Madison Eagles vs. Su Yung

Leah Von Dutch vs. Malia Hosaka

Kimber Lee vs. Taylor Made

Leva Bates (Blue Pants) & Mia Yim (Jade) vs. Rhia O'Reilly & Sammi Baynz

Ivelisse vs. Thunderkitty

Jayme Jameson vs. Shazza McKenzie vs. Kellyanne vs. Liberty

Saturday we're looking for reports from WWE in Bangor, ME (Ryback, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Wyatt Family), TNA in Salem, VA (Ethan Carter III vs. Drew Galloway for the TNA title, Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong for Knockouts title, Kurt Angle vs Eric Young, Bobby Roode vs. Andrew Everett for King of the Mountain title, Wolves vs. Eli Drake & Jessie Godderz for tag title, Ken Anderson vs Tyrus and Earl Hebner Hall of Fame Ceremony) and land NXT with a Noon show in Louisville at the Louder than Life Music and Food Festival at Champions Park. 

UFC 192 from the Toyota Center in Houston

Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m.

Sage Northcutt vs. Francisco Trevino

Derrick Lewis vs. Viktor Pesta

Chris Cariaso vs. Sergio Pettis

FS 1 at 8 p.m.

Islam Makhachev vs. Adriano Martins

Alan Jouban vs. Albert Tumenov

Angela Hill vs. Rose Namajunas

Daniel Hooker vs. Yair Rodriguez

PPV at 10 p.m.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Ali Bagautinov

Jessica Eye vs. Julianna Pena

Ruslan Magomedov vs. Shawn Jordan

Rashad Evans vs. Ryan Bader

Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson for UFC light heavyweight title

WWE on WWE Network live from Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m. Eastern time

Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show

John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in a cage match

New Day vs. Dudleys for tag titles

Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho for IC title

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev

We'll be looking for reports on Sunday from the WWE house shows in Worcester, MA (John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler, New Day vs. Dudleys) and Portland, ME (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Ryback, The Wyatt Family), plus NXT with another Noon show in Louisville at the Louder than Life Music and Food Festival at Champions Park.

TNA Bound for Glory PPV on Sunday at 8 p.m. from Concord, NC

EC 3 vs. Matt Hardy vs. Drew Galloway for the TNA title with Jeff Hardy as ref

Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Trevor Lee & Brian Meyers for the TNA tag tilters

Abyss, Aiden O'Shea, Chris Melendez, Jesse Godderz, Ken Anderson, Mahabili Shera, Tyrus, Eli Drake and Robbie E in a Gauntlet for a title shot

Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong for Knockouts title

Tigre Uno puts up X title in an Ultimate X match

Bobby Roode vs. Bobby Lashley for King of the Mountain title

Kurt Angle vs Eric Young

AAA Heroes Inmortales iPPV at 7 p.m. Eastern time at www.internetvluchalibreaaa.com from San Luis Potosi

Alberto El Patron vs. Johnny Mundo for AAA Mega heavyweight title

Rey Mysterio Jr. & Psycho Clown & ? vs. El Hijo del Fantasma & El Texano Jr. & Myzteziz

Antonio Pena Cup tournament:  Aero Star, Blue Demon Jr., Nino Hamburguesa, La Parka, Averno, Chessman, Cibernetico, Electroshock, El Hijo del Pirata Morgan & ?

Joe Lider & Pentagon Jr. defend AAA tag titles against Jack Evans & Angelico and Steve Pain & Daga

Taya Valkyrie defends Queen or Queens title against Goya Kong, Hiedra and two mystery women

Raw is Monday night at the TD Garden in Boston.  Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are at the show along with the usual cast of characters.  No Undertaker advertised.

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

If you saw the JBL interview with Eric Bischoff, or even if you didn't, we have what is already one of the most talked about and praised issues of the Wrestling Observer this year up on the site right now.  The main theme is fact vs. fiction, covering both the WWE historical view of the Monday Night Wars and the Eric Bischoff version, going through every point and cutting through things like outright B.S., faulty memories and interesting truths.

The new double issue also covers SummerSlam in Brooklyn, the real story behind the UFC announcing a show in Madison Square Garden, Jon Jones' legal punishment and future, coverage of both of the New Japan PPV shows this past week as well as a look at their direction as they build toward King of Pro Wrestling and later, the Tokyo Dome show, UFC in Japan and a look at that business, the retirement of Rich Franklin, a Hall of Famer running for Mayor, the retirement show of Genichiro Tenryu, more concerning drug testing questions, SummerSlam PPV numbers and what we can learn from them, as well as the death of German legend Axel Dieter Sr.

The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter:  October 6, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Analysis of Bischoff Network interview, Jones plea and tons more. 

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2/12 in Mannheim

2/13 in Mageburg

  • Daniel Bryan had been advertised yesterday for some shows on the WWE European tour after John Cena was pulled, but now he's been pulled from the listings. 
  • Weigh-ins for UFC will be up on the site starting at about 5 p.m. Eastern time.
  • UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson weigh-in results and live video

  • UFC 192 Preview: 5 storylines to watch, betting odds & predictions
  • A judge ruled in favor of Hulk Hogan that the complete contents of his sex tape should remained sealed.  AP had attempted to get the contents.
  • Paul Heyman talks returning to Madison Square Garden, where he grew up as a photographer and hung out with the Grand Wizard, Lou Albano and Fred Blassie as a teenager
  • And more Paul Heyman promotion of tomorrow night's MSG show with Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
  • Jim Ross interviews Ethan Carter III
  • WWE with new marketing ideas for Rock and John Cena
  • Jeff Hardy has released a new album.  It's interesting that GFW is promoting the release.
  • There is a Legends of the Ring convention tomorrow in Monroe, NJ with Don Muraco, George Steele, Sgt. Slaughter, Jerry Brisco, Barry Windham, Mike Rotunda Howard Finkel, Paul Orndorff, Shelton Benjamin, Bob Orton Jr., Dean Malenko, Jerry Lawler, Johnny Mundo, Taz, Chyna, Vickie Guerrero and Carlito among those appearing.
  • Finn Balor, in Nashville today to headline the NXT show tonight, put on Twitter a photo of him at TNA headquarters giving them a crotch chop.
  • Johnny Gargano challenged Ethan Page to a match on 10/17's Evolve show in Queens, NY saying that if he doesn't win, he'll leave Evolve forever.  There has obviously been WWE interest in him since he's been on NXT television already. 
  • Marvelous Puroresu on Sunday at the Elks Lodge in Elmhurst, NY will feature the U.S singing debut of Chigusa Nagayo, the most popular woman pro wrestler of all-time.  The show is at 5 p.m.  Davey Boy Smith Jr., Patrick Clark, Amazing Red, Takaaki Watanabe, and Cheeseburger all appear. 
  • ROH has added television on Saturday at 10 p.m. Central time on the MyNetwork TV station, WTVO-DTV 2 in Rockford, IL. (thanks to Jacob Burnett)
  • The Fight Network will be airing UFC 182 and UFC 187 back-to-back tomorrow prior to the start of the PPV show (thanks to Paul Fontaine)
  • I Believe in Wrestling tomorrow night in Orlando at the Team Vision Dojo with Santana Garrett vs. Saraya Knight for the NWA & Shine titles.
  • Alpha 1 Wrestling on 11/15 in Hamilton, ONT featuring a taping of a Colt Cabana podcast.
  • Glory kickboxing runs 10/9 in Denver and 11/6 in Milan, Italy (Robin van Roosmalen vs Sittichai for lightweight title) on Spike.  They also have a 12/4 show in Amsterdam, Holland.
  • Terry Funk is headed to Cleveland on 10/16 for Absolute Intense Wrestling at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School.
  • Pro Wrestling Zombie Lucha on 10/10 in Moosic, PA at the Youth Center.
  • Combat Zone Wrestling on 10/10 in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone for an iPPV has added AR Fox vs. Joey Gacy and Tim Donst vs. Joey Janela.
  • Legacy Fighting Championships on AXS run on 10/16, live from Center Stage in Atlanta.
  • NFC 79 on 10/23 in Kennesaw, GA at the Electric Cowboy.  Attendance is limited to those 18 and over.  Frank Shamrock will be a special guest at the event and will also be doing a free training seminar. at 11 a.m. on 10/24 at Georgia Fitness in Duluth, GA.  There is also a dinner with Frank Shamrock special at 6 p.m at Hooters in Kennesaw, GA for $50 per person with all you can eat wings and soft drinks. 
  • Road Warrior Animal appears for a Q&A for Mecca Pro Wrestling on 10/24 at 6 p.m. at Nativity Bowling.
  • ECWA Super 8 Womens' tournament has announced Tessa Blanchard, last year's winner, along with Brittany Blake, Jewells Malone and Miranda Vionette as the first participants for the show on 10/17 in Woodbury Heights, NJ.  The winner becomes the ECWA women's champion.
  • Empire State Wrestling tomorrow in North Tonawanda, NY at the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall featuring Jinder Mahal, Matt Taven, Ethan Page, Dalton Castle and more.


1974 - Jumbo Miyamoto & Junko Sasaki beat Jackie West & Jane Sherrill in Takamatsu to win the WWWA tag titles

1976 - Jerry & Ted Oates beat Great Kojika (who is still wrestling) & Motoshi Okuma in Tokyo to win the All-Asia tag titles

1979 - Ryuma Go beat Tatsumi Fujinami in Osaka to win the WWF jr. heavyweight title

1990 - Kyoko Inoue beat Takako Inoue in Yamagata to win the Japanese jr. title