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FRI UPDATE: UFC stars together today, Ambrose social media, UFC adds fights, Bellator


By Dave Meltzer

We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE show in Hampton, VA (John Cena vs. Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev) and GFW show in Waterloo, IA (Nick Aldis vs. Chris Mordetzky) at Dave Meltzer

Our only poll this weekend will be on the UFC 191 PPV tomorrow night from Las Vegas.

New Japan World on AXS TV at 9 p.m.

Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Desperado for IWGP jr. title

Shine iPPV from Ybor City, FL at at 9 p.m. Eastern

Santana vs. Allysin Kay for the Shine championship

Vanessa Kraven vs. Athena

Jessicka Havok vs. LuFisto

Tracy Taylor vs. Su Yung no DQ street fight

Leah Von Dutch vs. Brandi Wine

Cherry Bomb vs. Taylor Made

Leva (Blue Pants) & Mia Yim (Jade in TNA) vs. Andrea & Jayme Jameson

Crazy Mary Dobson vs. Jessica James

Thunderkitty vs. Amanda Carolina Rodriguez

UFC 191 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern

Nazareno Malegarie vs. Joaquin Silva

Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings

FS 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern

Clay Collard vs. Thiago Trator

Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

John Lineker vs. Francisco Rivera

Paul Felder vs. Ross Pearson

PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern

Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers

Corey Anderson vs. Jan Blachowicz

Anthony Rumble Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa

Frank Mir vs. Andrei Arlovski

Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson for flyweight title

WWE runs Saturday night in Charlottesville, VA (John Cena vs. Kevin Owens) and Wildwood, NJ (Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt, Ryback vs. Big Show, Luke Harper vs. Dean Ambrose) and GFW in Clinton, IA.

WWE runs Sunday in Fairfax, VA (John Cena vs. Kevin Owens) and Salisbury, MD (Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt, Ryback vs. Big Show, Luke Harper vs. Dean Ambrose).

Raw will be Monday night in Baltimore.

Smackdown and Main Event are taped Tuesday night in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

It's a gigantic news week in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter with the main feature story on everything that led to the indictment of Jimmy Snuka after 32 years, plus Irv Muchnick, who has reported on the story for years gives his views on the proceedings, and we also look at Hulk Hogan's attempt at redemption of his character, the full story behind the shooting at the Performance Center, notes from Battle of Los Angeles, the retirement of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Hayabusa walks to the ring, Bram gets arrested, WWE fires Zahra Schreiber, UFC brings back Travis Browne, a rundown of the PPV business in WWE in 2015 and the latest monthly business report from WWE & TNA.

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Our lead story goes back to 1983 with an in-depth look at the death of Nancy Argentino, how the media caused the case to be reopened, a look at the charges against Jimmy Snuka, the different statements on the subject by Snuka, Snuka's lawyer speaks, notes on documentation and testimony from the time, lots of notes regarding evidence, where Jimmy Snuka stood in the wrestling business in 1983, how Buddy Rogers fits into this story, what Snuka told police the morning after Argentino died as well as testimony from those who treated Argentino before her death.

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Irv Muchnick also does a piece on the indictment talking about several points from the indictment.

We also look at Hulk Hogan appearing on Good Morning America and Nightline in a way to get his job back and repair his public image.  We look at the WWE reaction, what Hogan said, what does and doesn't hold up, the timeline issues with his various stories, neighbors of his growing up contradict his story and more.

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We've got a look at Travis Browne and his reinstatement in UFC.

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We also update the TNA TV situation, the Lucha Underground TV situation, the next ROH PPV show, new roles for people in ROH and notes from the weekend show.

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We also look at the arrest of Chris Leben, and new restrictions on weight cutting that is being tried out for in California.

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  • UFC will be holding a press conference today at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time today from the MGM Grand Garden Arena which will be streamed live on the site. Those attending will be Daniel Cormier, Ronda Rousey, Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor, Rafael dos Anjos, Alexander Gustafsson, Holly Holm, Luke Rockhold, Donald Cerrone, Josh Barnett, Roy Nelson, Dustin Poirier, Joe Duffy, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, Matt Brown, Kelvin Gastelum, Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes. VIDEO: Watch today's UFC GO BIG Campaign Launch Event Also check out the Weigh-ins right after:  UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 weigh-in results and live video VIDEO: UFC 191 Countdown Check out Ryan Fredrick's preview piece: UFC 191 Preview: 5 storylines to watch, betting odds & predictions
  • The UFC show on 12/12 added Gunnar Nelson vs. Demian Maia in a battle of the two of the best submission guys in the company to the loaded show which last night added Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz and Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens.
  • At the 9/19 Bellator show in San Jose, in the prelims, at two different times they will experiment with two fights going on at the same time.  There will be a ring and a cage both set up.  So they will have a kickboxing match inside the ring and the MMA match going on inside the cage.  It's going to be a long show as they've got 20 fights on the card.  There will be 16 MMA fights and four kickboxing bouts.  
  • While not officially announced, there are reports from Brazil that Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes will be taking place.  That bout has been talked about ever since Tate was pulled from the Ronda Rousey fight.   No date or place is confirmed.
  • We'll see what happens.  Finn Balor and Samoa Joe are scheduled to headline for NXT in Jacksonville tonight.  Balor was on Twitter saying he was hiking in Ireland.  Balor was also advertised the last time NXT was in Jacksonville and wasn't there.     
  • Dean Ambrose on why he avoids social media in an interview  "There's a whole world of weirdos out there."
  • Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore promotion runs 11/13 in Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena and 11/14 in New York at the Elmcor Center in Queens, NY.
  • Funny thing on  They are doing a Where are they now?  For Maria Kanellis, it says, "Today, she's an actress, podcaster and honor student at Johnson & Wales University, where she's studying for a degree in event management."  That's all true, but what is her actual job today?  
  • Ryan Couture vs. Nick Gonzalez has been added to the 9/25 Bellator show in Hidalgo, TX at the State Farm Arena.  Couture vs. Gonzalez will air on the prelims.
  • CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Exterminador & Malefico b Magnum & Metatron, Cancerbero & Raziel & Virus b Esfigne & Pegasso & Starman, Metalico b Omar Brunetti, Angel de Oro & Brazo de Plata & Stuka Jr. b El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Rey Escorpion, Atlantis & Marco Corleone & Valiente b Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla & Shocker-DQ (thanks to Kris Zellner)
  • The new match added to today is Black Gordman vs. Omar Atlas.  Gordman was actually as far as I can tell, the inventor of the DDT.  He was doing it in Texas when Jake Roberts was starting out as a referee.  He brought the move into the U.S. in the 60s from Mexico.
  • C.W. Anderson faces Matt Saigon in the main event for ECWA on 9/19 in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center.
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated released its top 500 this year at  the top ten is Seth Rollins, John Cena, A.J. Styles, Roman Reigns, Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, Jay Briscoe, Rusev, Alberto el Patron and Kevin Owens.
  • Tickets for NXT in Nashville went on sale at 10 a.m. local time today and they are almost sold out in a 2,000 seat concert hall.  Ringside at $105 sold out almost immediately (thanks to Chris Kunkel)
  • Irv Muchnick on Toronto radio talking the Jimmy Snuka case
  • Notes from yesterday's UFC press conference.  Paige VanZant got more media attention than anyone else.  She was swarmed.  The next most attention was Demetrious Johnson, followed by Frank Mir.  Not many paying attention to John Dodson.  Anthony Johnson was super friendly to fans, above and beyond.  Lots of fans were from  England and Ireland.  Dana White took photos with every fan there for a long time after it was over.


1902 - George Hackenschmidt beat Tom Cannon in Liverpool, England to win the European Greco-Roman heavyweight title.  This was the win that set up Hackenschmidt coming to the U.S. as European champion for his first match with Frank Gotch in 1908.

1980 - Giant Baba beat Harley Race to win the NWA title in Saga

1989 - Cuchillo beat Super Astro in Monterey to win the UWA junior light heavyweight title

1992 - Bestia Salvaje bet Dandy in Mexico City to win the CMLL middleweight title

1994 - Pierroth beat Vampiro in Monterrey to win the FILL heavyweight title

2012 - Titan beat Polvora in Mexico City to win the Mexican national welterweight title