By Dave Meltzer
We're looking for your thoughts on Wednesday night's NXT Takeover Unstoppable show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com We're also looking for feedback from Saturday's UFC show.
We're also looking for reports on tonight's WWE house show in Manchester, NH (John Cena, Rusev, Dean Ambrose, Kane, Luke Harper, Neville) at firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com
TNA on Destination America at 8 p.m. Eastern
No new show tonight. They are instead aring last year's Slammiversary show
Seiya Sanada vs. Manik vs. Tigre Uno vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards vs. Crazzy Steve in a ladder match
Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe
Willow (Jeff Hardy) vs. Magnus
Austin Aries vs. Kenny King
Ross & Marshall Von Erich vs. The Bro Mans
Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim
Bully Ray vs. Ethan Carter III Texas death match
Eric Young vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Aries for TNA title
New Japan World Pro Wrestling opens its new season on AXS at 9 p.m.
Semifinals and finals of the 2014 Best of the Super Junior tournament
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Ricochet
Kushida vs. Taichi
Winners face off
New Japan World has a show on Saturday but it will be up on tape delay.
Saturday we're looking for reports from the WWE shows in Worcester, MA (John Cena, Rusev, Dean Ambrose, Kane, Luke Harper, Neville) and Utica, NY (Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt, Sheamus) and NXT in Starkes, FL.
UFC 187 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Facebook at 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Josh Sampo vs. Justin Scoggins
Leo Kuntz vs. Islam Makhachev
Colby Covington vs. Mike Pyle
FS 1 at 8 p.m.
Nina Ansaroff vs. Rose Namajunas
Uriah Hall vs. Rafael Natal
Josh Burkman vs. Dong Hyun Kim
John Dodson vs. Zach Makovsky
PPV at 10 p.m.
Joseph Benavidez vs. John Moraga
Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne
Donald Cerrone vs. John Makdessi
Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort for middleweight title
Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier for vacant light heavyweight title
Sunday has WWE shows in White Plains (John Cena, Rusev, Dean Ambrose, Kane, Luke Harper, Neville) and Binghamton (Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt, Sheamus).
AAA LUCHA WORLD CUP IPPV AT www.LuchaWorldCup.com starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time from Los Palacios de los Deportes in Mexico City
Rey Mysterio & Alberto El Patron & Myzteziz
El Texano Jr. & El Hijo del Fantasma & Psycho Clown
Blue Demon Jr. & Dr. Wagner Jr. & Solar
Masamune & Tiger Mask (Koji Kanemoto) & Kenso
Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge & Yoshihiro Takayama
Moose & ACH & Brian Cage
Matt Hardy & Ken Anderson & Johnny Mundo
Angelico & Drew Galloway & Mesias
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New Japan World has a show Monday and it will be up on tape delay.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
New Japan World has a show Tuesday and it will be up on tape delay.
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--One of biggest stars in Mexico under a police investigation and has been pulled from bookings
--Full details on how this went down
--Octagon first Arena Mexico appearance
--Big tournament coming up
--New Japan star headed to CMLL
--Huge head-to-head battle on Sunday with loaded shows a few miles from each other
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--Notes on this week's iPPV of World Cup
--King of Gate tournament coming up to this finals this week
--One of the greatest pro wrestling stars of the 70s returns to Japan at the end of the month
--A look at all the New Japan Super Juniors shows of the week and complete New Japan World lineup of multiple shows
--Update on health of one of 80s biggest names
--More details on Global Force Wrestling including lineups for the first four shows
--Who are newcomers that they have added
--Who was pulled from the promotion
--An update on Scott Hall
--Update on Bill Goldberg and his appearance on a pro wrestling event
--Huge fund raiser to commemorate regional wrestling from the 70s with tons of area stars involved
--Notes on ROH Final Battle
--More on ROH signing of Moose
--Who else had made a play for him
--Main events for the next few ROH shows
--A look at ROH television over the next month
--Why this week's first-run Impact show didn't air in the U.S.
--A look at the Impact schedule and more on the time slot change
--TNA's U.K. tour notes
--More on Billy Corgan in TNA
--Dixie Carter talks to Steve Austin, fact vs. fiction
--TNA loses anther time slot
--A look at this coming week's UFC show
--Lots of UFC card changes and why
--UFC debuts in South Korea in the fall
--Who are the biggest stars from there
--Will UFC's books be made public due to lawsuit
--UFC expected to sign WSOF champion
--A look at all the activities in July in conjunction with UFC in Las Vegas and Fight Week
--Lots of new UFC fights
--A look at Bellator's last show and next show
--Former Pride star put in jail
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FRIDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--This is up early since I'll be at the UFC show in Las Vegas and there is stuff all day long.
--UFC weigh-ins wll be 7 p.m. Eastern time up on the site. This is the deepest show of the year, with two major titles at stake and every match on PPV and FS 1 features decent name fighters. It will be interesting to see how much the natural decline after the Mayweather fight will affect this show, or if it's strong enough to overcome that.
--TNA has sent an e-mail to talent saying that the reports of the cancellation of the show are defamatory and detrimental to business and they will seek legal recourse. The term used internally at the Discovery Network is "not renewing." The game is still in play, and I guess people who actually read the report know that.
--For those in Las Vegas for UFC, there is a Lion Fight show taped for AXS tonight at 5 p.m. local time at the Outdoor Ampitheatre at Sunset Station. featuring two title fights. A super welterweight title fight has Jo Nattwaut vs. Salah Khalifa and a women's featherweight title fight as Tiffany Van Soest vs. Bernise Alldis.
--WWE.com has the first two chapters of Daniel Bryan's autobiography up at http://www.wwe.com/inside/first-two-chapters-daniel-bryan-yes-my-improbable-journey-to-the-main-event-of-wrestlemania-27394016/page-2
--I've read the entire book and it's as honest a wrestling book as I've seen. There's a lot about his perspectives and motivations and you really get a telling look, both good and bad, at the modern WWE. If you're interested in WWE I'd highly recommend it.
--A story on WWE's participation in the Relay Across America for Special Olympics is at http://uraa.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1153
--The CMLL Busca de un Idolo tournament starts Tuesday at Arena Mexico. There will be a 16 man Elimination match. The first eight are eliminated and the last eight go into the tournament. The lineup is nothing close to last year's tournament, which was really awesome. The names listed are Blue Panther Jr., Delta, Esfinge, Flyer, Gallo, Guerrero Maya Jr., Pegasso, Stigma, Akuma, Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Disturbio, Jocker, Raziel, Sagrado and Bobby Zavala. The tournament is supposed to be for newcomers, and some of these guys have been around for 20 years.
--Jeff Jarrett is in Mexico know for the AAA World Cup and there is talk he'll be announcing for the iPPV.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
1963 - John Da Silva beat Tibor Szakacs in London to win the Royal Albert Hall Trophy
1965 - Hercules Cortez beat Mitsu Arakawa in Melbourne to win the IWA title
1985 - Gran Hamada beat Luiz Arizona in Monterrey to win the UWA middleweight title
1994 - Super Muneco & Angel Azteca & El Hijo del Santo beat Los Payasos in Aguascalientes to win the Mexican national trios titles
2001 - Hayabusa beat Tetsuhiro Kuroda in Tokyo to win the FMW World Brass Knux title
2004 - Genichiro Tenryu & Masa Fuchi beat Great Kosuke (Satoshi Kojima) & Shiryu (Kaz Hayashi) to win the All Asia tag title
--CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara: Divino & Linterna Verde Jr. b Evola & Relampago Azul, Pepe Aguayo & Flyer & Magnus b Canelo Casas & Metalico & Sadico, Kamaitachi & Okumura & Tiger b Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther & Triton, Blue Panther & Brazo de Plata & Valiente b Kraneo & Morphosis & Rey Escorpion-DQ, Marco Corleone & La Mascara & Rush b Ephesto & Euforia & Mephisto.
--Max Proad from Tuesday night in Pachuca: Los Ninja Turtles b Electro Boy & Los Oficiales, Alebrije & Gronda XXX & Lizmark Jr. b Histeria & Psicosis & X-Fly, Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero b Octagon & Fuerza Guerrera-DQ. Both Fuerza turned on Octagon and Ultimo turned on Atlantis (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--New Japan Pro Wrestling announced they would be running shows on 6/20 and 6/21 in Singapore as part of a Japanese trade fair where parent company Bushiroad will be an exhibitor. Hiroshi Tanahashi had gone to Singapore last month to promote the product.
--Super Junior tournament matches for tomorrow in Kuki: Gedo vs. Yohei Komatsu, Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Barbaro Cavernario, Alex Shelley vs. Rocky Romero, Kushida vs. Nick Jackson. For Monday in Niigata, it's Sho Tanaka vs. Barbaro, Baretta vs Chase Owens, Mascara Dorada vs. David Finlay III, Tiger Mask vs. Bobby Fish, Jushin Liger vs. Kyle O'Reilly. For Tuesday in Yamagata, it's Gedo vs. Bararo, Kushida vs. Finlay III, Romero vs. Nick Jackson, Taguchi vs. Baretta.
--On last night's Celebrity Name Game show hosted by Craig Ferguson, there were a few mentions of WWE. There was a category about celebrities in WrestleMania. there was also a category of Famous Mustaches with Hulk Hogan as an answer and the contestant correctly named him.
--One of our readers, Brandon Teachout, at Stanford Law School, was doing trademark searches for his IP class and picked C.M. Punk, thinking it would have an interesting history. Ownership for the person of C.M. Punk, using C.M. Punk for clothing and using C.M. Punk for merchandise was assigned by WWE to Punk, though his Los Angeles lawyer, on October 24. The power of attorney went from WWE lawyers to Punk's Los Angeles lawyers. Essentially Punk's legal representation were able to legally force WWE to sign over their trademarks back to him as part of their legal issues last year. The marks were first registered by WWE on June 24, 2006.
--Eddie Wineland, who had retired last year, is coming back on UFC's 7/25 show in Chicago, where he'll face Bryan Caraway. So Caraway and Miesha Tate (who faces Jessica Eye with a title shot to the winner) are fighting on the same show. Wonder how often a boyfriend and girlfriend have fought the same night on a major event.
--Holly Holm vs. Marion Reneau has been added to the UFC's 7/15 show in San Diego.
--Due to an injury, T.J Waldburger is out of the 5/30 UFC event in Goiania, Brazil. Darren Till, who is 12-0, was signed as a late replacement, and will face Wendell Oliveria. Oliveira had been scheduled against Waldburger.
--We're sorry to report the death of Daniel J. Pacheco, who wrestled in New England under the name Dan Strikes. He passed away on Wednesday at the age of 33. He worked as one of the Convicts tag team from 2011 to 2013, which is ironic since his regular job was that of a prison guard (thanks to John Callahan)
--NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and former WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski on concussions