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FRI. UPDATE: UFC in Texas Stadium, 2014 card and match of year, NXT lineup, lots of big shows

By Dave Meltzer

Huge weekend of events coming up.  We'll be doing weekend polls on Battleground and opening night of G-1 this week.  We're not going to do polls on every G-1 show, but will do them for the major shows.

We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE show in Newark, NJ (John Cena vs. Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose), ROH in Las Vegas (Austin Aries & Jay Lethal & Moose vs. Jay Briscoe & Dalton Castle & Kyle O'Reilly, Rocky Romero & Barreta vs. Young Bucks, Christopher Daniels vs. Mark Briscoe, Bobby Fish vs. Matt Taven, ODB vs. Nanae Takahashi, Willie Mack vs. Silas Young) and NXT in Cocoa Beach, FL at">

Bellator tonight at 9 p.m. from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on Spike

Michael Page (171) vs. Rudy Bears (170.75)

Chris Honeycutt (171) vs. Paul Bradley (171)

Brennan Ward (171) vs. Roger Carroll (171)

Paul Daley (171) vs. Dennis Olsen (173) - Olsen was fined for missing weight

Douglas Lima (170) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (170) for Bellator welterweight title

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

A.J. Styles vs. Minoru Suzuki - this won the 2014 match of the year award

Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Hirooki Goto

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tomohiro Ishii

This card itself from Korakuen Hall also won the 2014 card of the year award

Legacy Fighting Championships tonight at 10 p.m. on AXS TV from Hinckley, MN at the Grand Casino Hinckley Hotel

Derrick Krantz vs. Brock Larson for vacant welterweight title

Zak Ottow vs. Jacob Volkmann

Tommy Speer vs. ?

Nick Wagner vs. Chase Waldon

Augusto Mendes vs. Donald Williams

Derek Getzell vs. Kenneth Glenn

We're looking for reports on Saturday's WWE shows in Peoria (Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt) and Danville, IL (John Cena vs. Kevin Owens, Prime Time Players vs. New Day) and NXT in Venice, FL.

UFC on Saturday from Glasgow, Scotland for a morning/afternoon show

Fight Pass at 10 a.m. Eastern

Chris de la Rocha (245) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (242)

Marcus Brimage (136) vs. Jimmie Rivera (135)

FS 1 at 11 a.m. Eastern

Paul Redmond (145) vs. Robert Whiteford (146)

Mickael Lebout (155) vs. Teemu Packalen (155)

Ilir Latifi (206) vs. Hans Stringer (205)

Paddy Holohan (126) vs. Vaughan Lee (126)

Leonardo Mafra (155) vs. Stevie Ray (155)

Leon Edwards (169) vs. Pawel Pawlak (170)

Joanne Calderwood (115) vs. Cortney Casey (114)

Joseph Duffy (155) vs. Ivan Jorge (154)

Evan Dunham (156) vs. Ross Pearson (155)

Michael Bisping (185) vs. Thales Leites (185)

Titan Fighting Championships from Saturday night from Kansas City's Scottish Rite Temple on UFC Fight Pass live

Pat Healy vs. Marcus Edwards for vacant lightweight title

Kurt Holobaugh vs. Andre Harrison for vacant featherweight title

Brett Johns vs. Anthony Gutierrez for bantamweight title

Tim Elliott vs. Iliarde Santos for vacant flyweight title

Jose Landi-Jons vs. Tyler Stinson

Freddy Assuncao vs. Cody Bollinger

Isaac Vallie-Flagg vs. Jason Witt

Phil Hawes vs. Lucas Rota

Vince Eazelle vs. Desmond Green

William Joplin vs. Sirwan Kakai

Mike Bruno vs. Dakota Cochrane

Battleground Sunday in St. Louis on PPV and the WWE Network starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time

Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar for WWE title

John Cena vs. Kevin Owens for U.S. title

Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

Prime Time Players vs. New Day for tag titles

R-Truth vs. King Barrett in the pre-show match

No word on what happens to Big Show and Miz, if they wrestle in a single or not.  Ryback is off the show due to a staph infection.  There are likely to be some matches added.

New Japan G-1 Climax fight night from Sapporo at 2 a.m. Eastern and 11 p.m. Pacific on New Japan World

Yohei Komatsu & Tiger Mask & Jushin Liger & Yuji Nagata vs. Tomoaki Honma & Mascara Dorada & David Finlay & Jay White

Hirooki Goto & Captain New Japan vs. Cody Hall & Yujiro Takahashi

Shinsuke Nakamura & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga

Michael Elgin & Satoshi Kojima & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo

Tournament matches:

Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Doc Gallows

Togi Makabe vs. Toru Yano

Tetsuya Naito vs. Bad Luck Fale

A.J. Styles vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi

Raw is Monday night from Kansas City. It will be the start of the build up for SummerSlam.  Brock Lesnar is advertised on the show.  There are rumors Undertaker will be there or in some form will be part of the show.

Smackdown will be Tuesday night in Lincoln, NE.

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  • For this weekend, we'll be doing shows on Saturday and Sunday, with the Saturday show covering UFC and Sunday show covering WWE (probably not New Japan).
  • There have been several articles written last night and today regarding a UFC show in December at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, the site of WrestleMania.  Kevin Iole reported that the Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor fight would likely be on 12/5 at the stadium, while Ariel Helwaini reported that fight as being at the stadium, but said the date would be different.
  • "Trainwreck," the Amy Schumer movie that has gotten tremendous reviews and features John Cena, is being predicted for a $25 million opening weekend.
  • Ronda Rousey was the fourth most searched term on the Internet Wednesday with more than 200,000 total searches.
  • Based on TV taped last night, the top matches for the 8/22 NXT show in Brooklyn are Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT title, Sasha Banks vs. Bayley for the women's title, Jushin Liger vs. Tyler Breeze and Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin.
  • Today is the 27th anniversary of the death of Bruiser Brody, who was stabbed to death by Jose Gonzalez in the shower at Juan Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon prior to a wrestling show.  It's almost impossible to believe not only that Gonzalez came back and was a major star, but he is still wrestling 27 years later and most fans and people in Puerto Rico don't even know the incident ever happened.
  • The St. Lucie, FL Mets baseball team is having NXT Night on Wednesday with NXT performers at the game.
  • WWE's Robbie Brookside sent out a tweet about a tryout camp at the Performance Center which included Tim Wiese, who was a member at one time of the German national soccer team as a goalkeeper.  Brookside then deleted the tweet. (thanks to Tim Oster)
  • For Canada, Saturday's UFC will have the prelims from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on The Fight Network and the main card will be on TSN 2.
  • CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Magnum & Temblor b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno, Demus 3:16 & Pequeno Olimpico & Pierrothito b Meteoro & Stukita & Ultimo Dragoncito, Kraneo & Olimpico & Ripper b Brazo de Plata & Fuego & Stuka Jr., Maximo b Rey Escorpion to retain the CMLL heavyweight title due to help from Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero b Mistico & Volador Jr. & Valiente (thanks to Kris Zellner)
  • The third season of "Amazing Race Canada" airing on CBC features Ontario pro wrestlers Nick Foti and Matt Guinta and UFC fighter Elias Theodorou.  Theodorou's team was the first one eliminated.  The wrestlers are still in the competition and doing well (thanks to Steven Grant)
  • Bibiano Fernandes faces Toni Tauru tomorrow in Yangon, Myanmar in the main event of the One Championship show.
  • There will be a PBC show on CBS at 2 p.m. tomorrow followed by more fights at 8 p.m. on Showtime.  The CBS main event is Carl Frampton vs. Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. and the Showtime main event is Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Marcos Reyes.
  • "Trainwreck" opens on 8/6 in Australia (thanks to  James Stanios)
  • ROH tickets for WrestleMania week are on sale right now for Ringside members.
  • Hirooki Goto will be debuting a new ring outfit based on the "God of Thunder" during the G-1 Climax tournament.
  • On the Bob Backlund book we wrote about yesterday, the book will be more than 500 pages with 16 pages of photos from Backlund's personal collection.
  • Nick Aldis, formerly Magnus, is releasing a book called "The Superstar Body," which is a book and physical training manual.   
  • On the MSN home page Kurt Angle's surgeries are noted as "ex-WWE champ hospitalized."  Angle is home, and was home yesterday and seems to be doing well. (thanks to Neal Hager)   
  • A really strange deal is that Mike Jones, better known as Virgil with Ted DiBiase (another spoof at Dusty Rhodes), is doing a Go Fund Me campaign with the goal of making him a millionaire.  It's been open for 17 days and thus far he's raised $70.
  • Timothy Thatcher vs. Biff Busick and Chris Hero vs. Zack Sabre Jr. has been announced for the 8/16 Evolve show at the NYWC Sportatorium on Long Island.  Thatcher vs. Sabre Jr. and Johnny Gargano vs. Ethan Page in an anything goes match was announced for 8/15 in New York.
  • American Combat Wrestling tonight in New Port Richey, FL at the Kontos Event Center.


1973 - Sandy Parker & Masked Lee beat Jumbo Miyamoto & Mariko Akagi in Yokohama to win the WWWA tag titles

1987 - Mile Zrno beat Steve Wright in Vienna, Austria to win the CWA middleweight title

1988 - Dandy beat Kung Fu in Mexico City to win the NWA middleweight title

1990 - Terry Gordy beat Stan Hansen to win the Triple Crown

1992 - Felino beat America in Cuernavaca to win the CMLL middleweight title

2002 - Brian Adams & Bryan Clarke beat Keiji Muto & Taiyo Kea in Osaka to win the All Japan world tag team title

2004 - Deuce & Domino beat Paul London & Brian Kendrick in Milan to win the WWE world tag title