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WED. UPDATE: UFC tonight (again), Alberto El Patron comments on no-show, and more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.com

TV/major show notes notes for tonight:

For the first time since Wednesday became the night of too many shows, UFC has a live Fight Night card from San Diego on Fox Sports 1:

Main Card on Fox Sports 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET

Frank Mir (262) vs. Todd Duffee (241)

Josh Thomson (155.5) vs. Tony Ferguson (156)

Holly Holm (135) vs. Marion Reneau (134.5)

Scott Jorgensen (135) vs. Manvel Gamburyan (135)

Kevin Lee (156) vs. James Moontasri (155)

Alan Jouban (170.5) vs. Matt Dwyer (169)

 

Prelims on Fox Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Sam Sicilia (146) vs. Yaotzin Meza (145.5)

Jessica Andrade (134.5) vs. Sarah Moras (135.5)

Rani Yahya (135.5) vs. Masanori Kanehara (136)

Igor Araujo (171) vs. Sean Strickland (171)

 

Prelims on UFC Fight Pass at 7:00 p.m. ET (Same time slot as the pre-fight show on Fox Sports 1)

Kevin Casey (185.5) vs. Ildemar Alcantara (185.5)

Andrew Craig (170.5) vs. Lyman Good (170)

 

While short on name value past Mir and, to an extent, Thomson and Holm, this is a fun card on paper and the top three fights all have some divisional relevance. The main event is a havyweight fight that should deliver some quick fireworks on top of being a potential ticket to the top 10 for Dufee as well as a chance for Mir to prove he really has healed up and improved his training. Everything on the main card has the potential to be at least fun, with Jouban-Dwyer being a potentially fantastic action fight on piper. The top lightweights are almost always entertaining, as well, and Thomson-Ferguson should be no exception. Even on the prelims, Sicilia and Andrade are always entertaining, plus Yahya-Kanehara could potentially be a great grappling-heavy fight.

As for the usual weekly shows:

NXT at 8:00 p.m. ET on WWE Network has Blake and Murphy vs. Sawyer Fulton and Angelo Dawkins in a non-title match, Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte for the NXT Women's Championship, a Sami Zayn appearance, and more.

Lucha Underground airs at 8:00 p.m. ET on El Rey. Things are getting serious! For the first time ever, Lucha Underground Champion Prince Puma will face-off with his Ultima Lucha challenger, Mil Muertes. Super Fly and Sexy Star bring the heat in the ring, while Vampiro confronts Pentagon Jr., and Killshot battles it out in an intense match against King Cuerno. Tune in on Wednesday, July 15th at 8:00PM ET/PT on El Rey Network to see who comes out as winners!

ROH at 8:00 p.m. ET on Destination America has Matt Sydal vs. Adam Page, Silas Young vs. Will Ferrara, and Jay Lethal (c) vs. Mark Briscoe for the ROH Television Title.

Impact Wrstling at 9:00 p.m. on Destination America has all three singles titles on the line, the reveal of the new authority figure, and an update on Kurt Angle.

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Wednesday Daily Update

-- Last night, Alberto El Patron tweeted this statement about his no-show of an austism charity benefit card in Pasadena, Texas over the weekend:

Due to personal reasons I wasn't able to attend the event of @ClutchCityProd they did everything in their power to have me there.

When nobody was able to get in touch with him about his whereabouts, there was some concern until Monday, when AAA told Medio Tiempo that the office had spoken to him and he was safe at home.

-- TNA issued a press release announcing that they're partnering with AO1 Productions, "an industry-leading global production company," to produce their shows with Ron and Don Harris. Given their recent public issues with paying production contractors on time, that's...interesting.

-- Meanwhile, WWE is launching WWE Network as a traditional satellite TV channel in Malaysia. This really has nothing to do with anything, butMalaysia was, at one point (and it may still very well be), a hotbed for pirated WWE videos on VHS, DVD, and VCD, even releasing Over the Edge '99 (the show where Owen Hart died) back in the day.

-- CZW issued this press release today:

Combat Zone Wrestling, LLC and Stonecutter Media Ltd sign Pay-Per-View Distribution Deal

 

July 13, 2015 – This weekend in the historic 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Stoncutter Media, Ltd president Steve Karel and CZW President David "DJ Hyde" Markland and CZW Vice President Tyrone "Maven Bentley" Scott Signed a deal with Stonecutter Media LTD for the exclusive rights to distribute Combat Zone Wrestling's Live National Pay Per Views on all major Cable, Satellite, and Digital TV providers in the United States and Worldwide.

 

Since early 2014, Combat Zone Wrestling, LLC ( CZW) has licensed Stonecutter Media Ltd.'s "Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars" on demand pay-per-view franchise, (currently airing on INdemand, Vubiqity, Directv, DIsh Network and Shaw) with the trademark "ultraviolence" that has become synonymous with CZW.

 

Future Combat Zone Wrestling Pay Per View airings will be announced soon.

 

Karel and his company are best known for working with ECW during its heyday.

-- Crazy story about a male indie wrestler posing as a woman to take a dive in a fixed MMA fight in 2003 as part of one of Wes Sims' Hammer House Fighting Championship cards. The card took place in Ohio, for whatever it's worth.

-- Dave has three new articles that went up at MMAFighting last night on Fedor Emelianenko's potential return to MMA, the UFC 189 prelim ratings, and the five fighters whose fortunes changed at UFC 189.

-- Dylan Hales and I have a new edition of The Trade Marks podcast talking NWA Classics, the relaunch of Whoo! Wrestling, and the Hulk Hogan/Gawker/FBI mess.

-- Brandon Howard has a fantastic article about the language of WWE at Voices of Wrestling. Make point to read this one.

-- Scott Fishman talks to Tough Enough's Gabi in her post-elimination interview for Channel Guide Magazine.

-- Destiny wrestling proudly presents SUMMER HEAT Sunday August 30. Tickets range from $25 - $100. The show will be at the Don Kolov Arena on 4880 Tomken Road in Mississauga, ON with doors opening at 2:00 PM. Special guests former ECW/TNA/WWE tag team champions The Dudley Boyz/TEAM 3D, plus the return of Kongo Kong, former WWE star Highlander Rob, and the new Destiny Champion PJ BLACK/former WWE star Justin Gabriel.