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Saturday Update: Lana on Twitter, EVOLVE, Tons of UFC fighters cut

Very quiet weekend with no major events.

Saturday has WWE at Arena Ciudad in Mexico City (Undertaker, Ric Flair, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Kane, Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt) and Lubbock, TX (John Cena vs. Seth Rollins 30 minute Iron Man match for U.S. title, plus Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, Ryback, Kevin Owens).

World Series of Fighting on Saturday night at 9 p.m. Eastern on NBC Sports Network

Magomed Bibulatov vs Donovan Frelow for flyweight title

Matt Hamill vs. Vinny Magalhaes

Tom Marcellino vs. Nick Newell

Blagio Ivanov vs. Derrick Mehmen for heavyweight title

Jon Fitch vs. Yushin Okami

Evolve on iPPV at 7 p.m. Eastern Saturday from LaBoom in Woodside, Queens, New York

Johnny Gargano vs. Ethan Page I Quit match, if Gargano loses, he leaves the promotion (which if that happens, would signal he's headed to WWE)

Timothy Thatcher & TJ Perkins vs. Trent Baretta & Rocky Romero

Drew Gulak vs. Trevor Lee - winner faces Thatcher for the title the next night

Anthony Nese vs. Andrew Everett vs. Matt Cage vs. Peter Kassa

Tracy Williams vs. Willie Mack

Matt Riddle vs. Jonathan Gresham

Sunday has WWE at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico (Undertaker, Ric Flair, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Kane, Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt) and Abilene, TX (John Cena vs. Seth Rollins 30 minute Iron Man match plus Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, Ryback, Kevin Owens).

Evolve on iPPV at 8 p.m. Eastern Sunday from The Deer Park, NY Sportatorium

Timothy Thatcher vs. winner Drew Gulak or Trevor Lee on Saturday 

Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta vs. Anthony Nese & Caleb Konley

Willie Mack vs. loser of Gulak vs. Lee from Saturday

TJ Perkins vs. Tracy Williams

Matt Riddle vs. Chris Dickinson

Andrew Everett vs. Peter Kassa

Ethan Page vs. Matt Cage

Monday has Raw from Dallas, TX with the go-home show for Hell in a Cell, with Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin all in town, plus the Austin podcast with Brock Lesnar.

Tuesday has Smackdown tapings in Austin, TX with Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt and Sheamus as the headliners.

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SATURDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • Lana has been posting some interesting notes on Twitter in light of the doom of the Rusev/Lana/Summer/Dolph storyline, including this note: "Power is in having your own voice. Not being pushed around. Fighting for what you believe in & not being a copy cat to receive affirmation".  We're told Monday may be an interesting day for Rusev on Raw.

  • Although it's a slow news weekend, Bryan should be back tonight with a recap show talking Smackdown, Ring of Honor TV from Wednesday and more.  Bryan and Dave will also return Sunday night for Wrestling Observer Radio talking all of the news.  

  • Sami Zayn will be doing a meet-and-greet at the EVOLVE shows tonight in Queens, NY, and tomorrow in Long Island.  He won't be wrestling, obviously, but he "will interact with EVOLVE talent", so they'll be doing some sort of non-physical angle or promo.  This is a pretty big deal as it's been well over a decade since WWE had a working agreement with an indy promotion to where they were willingly sending talent to interact (there was a deal with Christian and TNA very briefly but that was hardly done willingly).  

  • Tonight's EVOLVE main event is Ethan Page vs. Johnny Gargano in an I Quit match where if Gargano loses he has to leave EVOLVE forever.  I suppose this could be an angle to set up him heading to NXT full-time, but if WWE and EVOLVE have a working agreement, the Sami Zayn deal shows there shouldn't be an issue with guys appearing in both places.  And if he does go to NXT and isn't allowed to work EVOLVE shows any longer, that would indicate that WWE is fine with people appearing for both groups but not wrestling for both.  

  • Tomorrow's main event is Timothy Thatcher vs. the winner of the Drew Gulak vs. Trevor Lee winner tonight.

  • Since Zayn is not allowed to appear on the iPPV, EVOLVE has noted, "If Zayn's in ring appearance happens in the middle of an event, the iPPV audience will get to watch an exclusive main event quality match from the China tour."

  • Former MMA star Matt Riddle also debuts for EVOLVE tonight.

  • As noted on the front page, they did an Eva Marie vs. Bayley match at the NXT house show Friday in Tampa.  Eva is apparently back from her ME TIME in Paris, France.  It was said to be OK with Eva largely holding her own but Bayley obviously carrying the entire match.  Cameron of former Funkadactyl fame is also reporting for duty in NXT and didn't get good reviews with people saying she looked like she didn't want to be there.

UFC

  • MMA Junkie is reporting that UFC has done an extensive round of fighter cuts, including Marcus Brimage, Eddie Gordon, Cristos Giagos, Matt Van Buren, Roger Narvaez and Chris Clements. Supposedly there are more cuts on the way. Gordon may be the most notable of these cuts, having won the TUF 19 middleweight tournament. Since beating Dhiego Lima in the finals of that show, he’s lost all 3 of his UFC fights, two of them by finish.

  • Further to this, MMAMania says that as many as fifty fighters will be cut over the next several days.

  • A look at Paige VanZant’s rise from the undercard to the main event, from UFC.com.

  • UFC Fight Pass will air the latest Shooto Brazil show on Sunday at Sunday at 4 pm eastern. No big names on the show and it’s headlined by a Women’s Bantamweight title fight between Priscila de Souza (9-7) and Luciana Pereira (5-4-1). Luis Ramos, who fought Matt Brown and Erick Silva in UFC, is probably the biggest name on the undercard.

  • The Fight Network in Canada (and parts of the US) will air next weekend’s Fight Pass exclusive show from Dublin, headlined by Joe Duffy vs Dustin Poirier. The four main card fights will air on the station. They are also airing a preview hosted by the UFC’s European commentating team of Dan Hardy and John Gooden throughout the week. The main card fights will also re-air several times over the course of next weekend.

  • Charles Rosa vs Jimy Hettes has been added to the loaded FS 1 show on Jan 17th in Boston, headlined by TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz. Rosa is a Boston native and badly wanted on this show.

OTHER MMA

Jordan Rinaldi 2nd round sub win over Clay Harvison

Dave Vitkay 2nd round KO win over Wesly Barnes

CJ Hamilton 2nd round KO win over Brantley Furr

Josh Blyden 1st round sub win over Nick Sprayberry

Jamie Pickett 2nd round KO win over Doug Usher

Chazz Walton 1st round sub win over Josh Millwood (Walton is 3-0 with all wins coming by first round stoppage, might be someone to keep an eye on)

Jared Gooden 3rd round sub win over Brad Taylor
 

OTHER WRESTLING