UFC On FOX 21 DFS Playbook: who to target & who to avoid - Interested in cashing in on UFC? R-Fred, Ace Fontaine, and PeachMachine give you their fairy tale prediction line-ups in hopes of cashing in on UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Condit.
NXT TV taping spoilers: TakeOver fallout - NXT had a huge weekend, selling out the Barclays Center for Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe. Nakamura walked away with NXT gold around his waist. Now, find out where each man goes from here with our man JJ Williams.
The Week In British Wrestling: Confusion reigns over IPW:UK title - A new champion emerged from a chaotic scene, as Dylan Roberts maneuvers his way to the Grand-Pro title, plus some fun surprises. BritWres columnist Alan Boon brings you all the action.
TNA Impact Wrestling results: EC3 vs. Drew Galloway - Our Dave Bath reports on TNA's newest money infusion, as Billy Corgan has shaken up the Impact world. What's next for Broken Matt Hardy, Drew Galloway, and EC3?
The Week In Japanese Wrestling: Despite talent, Super J Cup was disapponting - Our resident Japanese Pro Wrestling reporter Alan4L breaks down what he calls a "disappointing" Super J Cup that never really amounted to the blow-away shows of Super J's past.
WEEKEND LINE UP
We're doing one poll for the weekend, which will be on Sunday's TripleMania show from AAA. You can send your rating of thumbs up, down or middle, along with best and worst match to Dave@WrestlingObserver.com.
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- WWE in Abilene, TX (Smackdown crew plus Enzo, Cass, Sheamus, Darren Young and Neville)
- NXT in Citrus Springs, FL
- Northeast Wrestling in Pittsfield, MA at Waconia Park (Cody Rhodes vs. Mike Bennett plus Jerry Lawler, Jeff Hardy, Jushin Liger, Matt Hardy and Mick Foley)
NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING RETURNS AT 9 P.M. EASTERN ON AXS TV
- Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma for the Never Open weight title
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Karl Anderson for IC title
CMLL FROM ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME
- Starman & Sensei vs. Disturbio & Sangre Azteca
- Blue Panther Jr. & Fuego & The Panther vs. Okumura & Fujin & Raijin
- Soberano vs. Hechicero
- Rey Bucanero & Euforia & Gran Guerrero vs. Super Crazy & Sharlie Rockstar & Golden Magic
- Rush & Pierroth & Rey Escorpion vs. Shocker & El Terrible & Maximo Sexy
- Mistico & Caristico & Dragon Lee vs. La Mascara & Ultimo Guerrero & Negro Casas
BELLATOR FROM THE HONDA CENTER IN ANAHEIM, CALIF. AT 10 P.M. EASTERN TIME
- A.J. McKee (145.6) vs. Cody Walker (145.3)
- Bubba Jenkins (145.8) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (149) - Karakhanyan missed weight and will be fined 20 percent of his purse
- Derek Anderson (155.6) vs. Saad Awad (155.5)
- Benson Henderson (156) vs. Patricio Pitbull Freire (155.4)
We're looking for reports on these shows on Saturday:NewsTIps@WrestlingObserver.com.
- WWE in San Angelo, TX (Smackdown crew plus Enzo, Cass, Sheamus, Darren Young and Neville)
- WWE in Puebla, Mexico (Raw crew plus Usos--Bayley is in this tour as well)
- NXT in Jacksonville, FL
- Northeast Wrestling in Wappingers Falls, NY at Dutchess Stadium in what is traditionally the best attended indie show of the year (Kurt Angle vs. Cody Rhodes, Jeff Hardy vs. Jushin Liger, Jerry Lawler vs. Brooklyn Brawler, Sami Callihan vs. Matt Hardy, plus Maria Kanellis, Mike Bennett, Sami Callihan, Ryback, Jim Neidhart. Hornswoggle, Kamaitachi, Matt Taven and Velvet Sky
We're looking for reports on these shows on Sunday:NewsTIps@WrestlingObserver.com
- WWE in San Antonio, TX (Smackdown crew plus Enzo, Cass, Chris Jericho, Sheamus, Darren Young and Neville)
- WWE in Leon, Guanajuato (Raw crew plus Usos)
- ROH at MCU Park in Brooklyn (Adam Cole vs. Jay Lethal vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito for ROH title, Michael Elgin vs. Donovan Dijak for IWGP IC title, Kyle O'Reilly vs. Katsuyori Shibata, Young Bucks & Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page vs. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley & Lio Rush & ACH, Bobby Fish vs. Evil, Kushida vs. Dalton Castle, gauntlet match for tag team titles with Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. War Machine vs. All Night Express vs. Toru Yano & Gedo vs Cheeseburger & Will Ferrara)
- Northeast Wrestling on 8/28 in Bethany, CT at the NEW Arena (Cody Rhodes vs. Sami Callihan, Jushin Liger vs. Travis Gordon, Hanson vs. Kamaitachi)
UFC ON FOX SATURDAY FROM THE ROGERS ARENA IN VANCOUVER
Fight Pass at 5 p.m. Eastern time
- James Kennedy (155.5) vs. Alessandro Ricci (156)
- Thibault Gouti (155) vs. Chad Laprise (159) - Laprise was fined 20 percent of his purse for missing weight
FOX at 6 p.m. Eastern time
- Shane Campbell (156) vs. Felipe Silva (154.5)
- Alessio DeChirico (185) vs. Garreth McLellan (184)
- Enrique Barzaola (145.5) vs. Kyle Bochniak (145.5)
- Sam Alvey (186) vs. Kevin Casey (185)
- Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Jim Miller (154.5)
- Bec Rawlings (115.5) vs. Paige VanZant (115.5)
- Charles Oliveira (143) vs. Anthony Pettis (146)
- Carlos Condit (170.5) vs. Demian Maia (171)
AAA TRIPLEMANIA FROM ARENA CIUDAD IN MEXICO CITY ON SUNDAY AT 7 P.M. EASTERN
- Faby & Mary Apache vs. Averno & Chessman
- AAA Cup elimination match: La Parka vs. Elegido vs. Taurus vs. Hernandez vs. Pimpinela Escarlata vs. El Hijo de Pirata Morgan vs. Daga vs. Super Fly vs. Zorro vs. Australian Suicide vs. Mamba vs. ?
- Jack Evans & Angelico defend AAA tag team titles against Paul London & Matt Cross, El Hijo del Fantasma & Fenix and Drago & Aerostar
- Rey Mysterio Jr. & Prince Puma & Dragon Azteca Jr. vs. Matanza Cueto & Mil Muertes & Marty the Moth Martinez
- Pentagon Jr. vs. Johnny Mundo for the Latin American heavyweight title
- El Texano Jr. vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. Brian Cage for the AAA Mega heavyweight title
- Psycho Clown vs. Pagano mask vs. hair
Raw will be Monday night from the Toyota Center in Houston. This will be the first week with a Smackdown Monday night house show, which takes place in Texarkana, TX. The regular Smackdown crew will be there and John Cena is headlining the show.
Tuesday night will be Smackdown from Dallas. John Cena, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins are all advertised, but Reigns and Rollins are likely to be in dark matches and Cena may be as well.
Figure Four Weekly: Figure Four Weekly 8/22/2016: Gawker destroyed by Hulk Hogan - While there had been hints that it could happen, it still came as a shock last week that, thanks to the series of events stemming from Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media, the flagship Gawker blog would be shutting down operations a few days later. It all stemmed from the bankruptcy auction for Gawker Media's assets, where the bidders ended up being Ziff Davis and Unimodia, the subsidiary of Univision that oversees Fusion and its sister sites like The Onion, AV Club, and The Root... Subscribers click here to continue reading.
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Wrestling Observer Newsletter: August 29, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: UFC sale final, Summerslam results and fallout, more - Lorenzo Fertitta, the CEO and person who historically should be remembered as perhaps the most important figure in making MMA into a worldwide sport left the office for the final time on 8/17.
The UFC staff was all told to come for a meeting, and as it turned out, the guest of honor was busy at first and they had to regroup and come back later. Fertitta, 48, took a $2 million investment in 2001 to a $4 billion sale 15 years later. Aside from making a killing in business, he saved a sport that was on its deathbed in the U.S. The sale was officially completed with the money changing hands this past week, a similar letter to the one above was sent to all company employees, and the new era of UFC began with UFC 202... Subscribers click here to continue reading.
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WON BACK ISSUE: July 26,1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Governor Jesse Ventura to referee SummerSlam main event, NSAC to evaluate UFC, tons more - With the official announcement of Jesse Ventura's participation in SummerSlam as the referee for the main event came the expected debate over his involvement... Subscribers click here to continue reading.
FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
Two first cousins will be both be putting up their masks on the two biggest shows in Mexico this year for rival promotions. On Sunday, Psycho Clown, the son of Brazo de Plata (Super Porky) puts his mask up against the hair of Pagano at TripleMania. A week from tonight, La Mascara, the son of Brazo de Oro (Porky's brother) puts his mask up against the mask of Dragon Lee on the CMLL anniversary show.
Tonight's show at Arena Mexico is the final Friday night before next week's Anniversary show, so it'll be the last angles. The show returns to Claro Sports after being on YouTube the last two weeks.
World Wrestling Entertainment
- An interview with A.J. Styles is here.
- The Cruiserweight Classic continues tonight as they will get the field down to four wrestlers with tapings in Winter Park, FL.
- Tickets for the Hell in a Cell PPV in Boston on 10/30 are on sale today.
- Mike Perry, coming off his debut win on Saturday against Hung Gyu Lim, will face Danny Roberts at UFC 204 on 10/8 in Manchester, England.
- Tickets for the 10/1 UFC show at the Moda Center in Portland, OR went on sale today. The top fights are John Dodson vs. John Lineker, Will Brooks vs Alex Oliveira, Brian Ortega vs. Hacran Dias, Sergio Pettis vs. Louis Smolka and Josh Burkman vs. Bobby Green. Tickets are priced from $150 down to $50.
- A weird story claiming UFC has turned its back on Latinos is here.
- Paste Magazine talks to Cody Rhodes.
- Pro Wrestling Phoenix from last night in Omaha: Con Artiest b Everett Connors, Cuco Santiago & Robert Storm b Purple & Dalton Lee Roth, Pat Powers b Paco, Paul & Joey Daniels b Darren Russell & Duke Cornell, Kevin Lee Davidson b Tyler Colton, Devin Carter b Zac James, Branden Juarez won three-way over Michael Elgin and Hype Gotti. Next show is 10/1 in Omaha at the Waiting Room Lounge headlined by Al Snow.
- Glory 33 takes place on 9/9 at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ.
- Lucha Libre with Lince Dorado, plus appearances by Davey Richards and Angelina Love takes place tomorrow in Toronto at Benelife Wellness at 6:30 p.m.
- UCW on 9/24 in Bay City, MI features MVP, Ron Simmons and Fred Ottman (Tugboat).
- Chris Hahn, who wrestled as Johnny Paradise in the WWF, is in a horror movie, "Clowntown" which will be released in a limited theatrical release on 9/30 and on VOD on 10/4.
SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR
- 27 - ROH: Field of Honor; Brooklyn, NY, MCU Park, ROH World Championship 4 Corner Survival: Jay Lethal (c) vs. Adam Cole vs. Tetsuya naito vs. Hiroshi. Tickets.
- 27 - Northeast Wrestling: FREE show on 8/27 at 11 a.m. New Windsor Community Day, Kristi Babcock Memorial Park (660 Mt. Airy Road, New Windsor, NY 12553).
- 27 - Northeast Wrestling “Wrestling Under the Stars 5": Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls, NY. Bell time is 7 p.m. with an autograph session at 4 p.m. Kurt Angle vs. Cody Rhodes and Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs. Jeff Hardy, Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Brooklyn Brawler. Tickets.
- 27 - Battlearts: Summer Heat; 4880 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1J8
- 27 - LuchaTO at the Benelife Wellness Centre, 68 Tycos Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 1V9, with Lince Dorado and a grappling exhibition.
- 27 - UFC FIGHT NIGHT, Maia vs. Condit: Vancouver, BC.
- 28 - Northeast Wrestling “Thunder”: The NEW Arena (40 Peck Road) in Bethany, CT at 4 p.m. Cody Rhodes vs. Sami Callihan. Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs. Travis Gordon. War King Hanson vs. Kamaitachi. TK ‘O Ryan versus Brian Anthony. Northeast Wrestling Tag Team Champions The Battles versus So Over. DIJAK and more. Tickets.
- 28 - Steel City Pro Wrestling: End Game; 222 Queenston Rd, Hamilton, ON L8K 1G6, Canada
- 28 - Destiny wrestling: Summer Heat; Battlearts Wrestling Academy. Featuring MOOSE!
- 1 - AAW; Berwyn Eagles Club, 6309 W 26th St Berwyn, IL, 7:30pm Bell Time
- 2 - MOONSHINE BRANDED WRESTLING: Italo-Canadian Hall, 1101 DiPietro Street, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Doors at 6:00pm bell time 7:00pm. Tickets.
- 2 - 559 Fights has its 50th show in Visalia, CA at the Convention Center.
- 2 - Rockstar Pro Wrestling iPPV on 9/2 From Dayton, OH at the Rockstar Pro Arena with Sami Callihan vs. Dave Crist, Dezmond Xavier vs. Zachary Wentz vs. Matt Cross and more.
- 3 - UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett; Hamburg, Germany
- 3 - UIPW: Los Angels at the Clela Arena at 826 Clela Ave. in East Los Angeles with Teddy Hart & Coa Azul vs. Psicosis & Mariachi Loco
- 3 - ACE Collision Course: Morgan Jr. Arena, Wallington, NJ, MAIN EVENT: ACE Heavyweight Championship: TJ Marconi (c) vs Archadia
- 3 - Hoosier Pro Wrestling in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Arena
- 6 - SMASH-WRESTLING, Oshawa Music Hall, 39 King St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B2. Tickets.
- 9 - Chaotic Wrestling & The Lowell Spinners present “A Night of Grand Slams,”Edward A. LeLacheur Park, 450 Aiken St. – Lowell, MA
- 10 - CZW in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone with a doubleheader with a WSU Women's show at 4 p.m. that day and the men's show at 8 p.m.
- 10 - Pure Wrestling Association: COWEX – Duncan, British Columbia
- 10 - New England Fights 25: HEROES & VILLAINS; Lewiston, MA. Tickets.
- 10 - Barrie Wrestling: Back to School 3; 49 Ferris Lane, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
- 10 - UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem; Cleveland, Ohio
- 10 - Evolve in Deer Park, NY has Gargano vs. Sabre Jr., Galloway vs. Gulak, Dustin vs. Tracy Williams, Jigsaw vs. Fred Yehi, Riddle vs. Tony Nese, Perkins vs. Allin and Page vs. Dan Barry.
- 11 - Evolve in Woodside, NY at La Boom has Johnny Gargano & Cody Rhodes vs. Drew Galloway & Chris Hero in Gargano's last Evolve match, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Ricochet, Matt Riddle vs. TJ Perkins, Dustin vs. Drew Gulak, Tony Nese vs. Darby Allin and Ethan Page vs David Starr. Joey Styles will also be appearing.
- 15 - CCW Parkhill Fall Fair Pro Wrestling, 5:30pm doors, 6:30pm bell time. Cody Deaner vs. Jake O'Reilly for the CCW title.
- 16 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE, 7:30 pm. Tickets.
- 16 - AAW: 115 Bourbon Street (3359 w 115th Street Merrionette Park, IL). Tickets.
- 16 - Pure Wrestling Association: Lake Cowichan, British Columbia
- 16 - Smash vs Progress: Uncensored; Oshawa Music Hall, Oshawa, Ontario. Must be 19+ to attend.
- 16 - Pure Wrestling Association: Private Event in Ontario
- 16 - SuperKickd’d Pro Wrestling at 7:30 PM - 10 PM, The Great Hall Toronto, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
- 16 - All Pro Wrestling on 9/16 in Daly City, CA at the Bayshore Community Center features Sabu vs. The Almighty Sheik, Willie Mack & B-Boy vs Reno Scrum, plus Jody Kristofferson, JR Kratos, Marcus Lewis and Dylan Drake in a four way for the Universal title.
- 17 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Lockport (Buffalo), NY, 7:00 pm. Tickets.
- 17 - NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium
- 17 - Pure Wrestling Association: Alpine Club, Kitchener, Ontario
- 17 - Pure Wrestling Association: Courtenay, British Columbia
- 17 - UFC Fight Night, Poirier vs. Johnson: Hidalgo, Texas, State Farm Arena
- 17 & 18 - SMASH VS PROGRESS: Smash Wrestling welcomes our friends from Progress Wrestling. Mark Haskins and Jack Gallagher (Cruiserweight Classic), Zack Sabre Jr. Mark Andrews and more will be part of the Progress Wrestling team in a Smash vs. Progress Canada vs. UK show in Toronto at the Franklin Horner Community Center.
- 18 - Pure Wrestling Association: Gold River, British Columbia
- 18 - Alpha-1 Wrestling presents #Matrats2
- 22 - NXT; Toronto, Ontario at the Mattamy Athletic Center (the former Maple Leaf Gardens)
- 22 - All-Star Wrestling: 7:30 PM, Abbotsford Arts Center, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 3M2, Canada, tickets.
- 22- Big Time Wrestling in Morganton, NC at the Collette Rec Center features a meet & greet at 6 p.m. before the live show. Appearing are Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Cody Rhodes, Magnum T.A. and Trevor Lee.
- 23 - Big Time Wrestling in Raleigh, NC at Dorton Arena features Flair and Steamboat together at Dorton Arena for the first time in 28 years, plus Jeff & Matt Hardy, Cody Rhodes, Nasty Boys, Sabu, Magnum T.A., Ivan Koloff, Jimmy Valiant, Gangrel and Shane Helms with the meet & greet at 6 and show at 8.
- 23 - Invicta FC: Live from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. Interim Flyweight Champion Jennifer Maia Defends Against Roxanne Modafferi
- 23 - NXT; St. Catherines, Ontario at The Meridian Centre
- 23 - Absolute Intense Wrestling: A Farewell to Johnny Gargano - 1355 West 70th St. Cleveland, OH - Tickets.
- 23 - Pure Wrestling Association: Parksville, British Columbia
- 23 - Pro Wrestling Eclipse takes a short trip to downtown Oshawa and visits the Oshawa Mason Temple. All tickets purchased on July 24 that list the venue as the Oshawa Legion will be honoured.
- 24 - Ignite Wrestling in Vero Beach, FL at the IG Center features Dave Crist.
- 24 - UCW, September 24th 7:30 PMBay City,MI UCW Champion Hakim Zane vs MVP, plus appearances by Ron Simmons and Fred Ottman
- 24 - Big Time Wrestling in Spartanburg, SC at the Memorial Auditorium with the meet and greet at 5:30 and show at 7:30 with Flair, Steamboat, Hardys, Rhodes, Nasty Boys, Sabu, Magnum T.A., Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Gangrel and Trevor Lee.
- 24 - MCW Legends Convention at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD at 10 a.m. featuring Bret Hart, Jimmy Hart, Howard Finkel, Honky Tonk Man, Hillbilly Jim, Paul Orndorff, Greg Valentine, Jim Ross, Bill Apter, Brutus Beefcake, Bob Orton, Tito Santana, Jim Neidhart, Tammy Sytch, Magnum T.A. and even Dennis Stamp.
- 24 - Rock Solid: Anarchy in Angus 14: A Nightmare on Mill Street, 7pm - 10pm, Angus Recreation Centre, 8527 County Rd. 10, Angus, Ontario. Tickets.
- 24 - Pure Wrestling Association: Campbell River, British Columbia
- 24 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Duluth (Atlanta), GA 7:00 pm, tickets.
- 24 - NXT in Kitchener, Ontario at The Air
- 24 - Elite Canada Championship Wrestling: New Westminster, Sapperton Pensioners Hall, 318 Keary St, New Westminster, BC, 7:30pm Bell Time, doors at 7pm. Tickets.
- 25 - CWE: Nick "Magnus" Aldis defends the GFW title against Matt Hart of the Hart Family in Calgary.
- 25 - Rizin: Former K-1 kickboxer Minoru Kimura will make his MMA debut against former Pride fighter Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett (29-30-2)
- 25 - Pure Wrestling Association – TBA – British Columbia
- 30 - ROH: All-Star Extravaganza Weekend Day 1; Lowell (Boston), MA, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 9:00 pm (PPV)
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