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SAT UPDATE: Bellator Dynamite tonight, CMLL IPPV becomes free, & more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.comFollow @davidbix

Tonight's major show is Bellator Dynamite live on Spike TV at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT (for once, Spike is airing it live on the west coast):

Liam McGeary (c) vs. Tito Ortiz in a five round fight for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
Light Heavyweight Tournament Final
Saulo Cavalari vs. Zack Mwekassa in a five round kickboxing match for the Glory Light Heavyweight Championship
Josh Thomson vs. Mike Bronzoulis
Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez in a kickboxing match
Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez vs. Hadley Griffith in a kickboxing match
Emanuel Newton vs. Phil Davis in a two round light heavyweight tournament semifinal fight
King Mo Lawal vs. Linton Vassell  in a two round light heavyweight tournament semifinal fight
Francis Carmont vs. Anthony Ruiz in the two round light heavyweight tournament alternate fight will be on the prelims due to time constraints.

In the event of a draw, all first round tournament fights will go to a secondary scorecard asking the judges who won the fight overall to determine which fighter advances. However, they would officially be draws on the fighters' records. The winner of Carmont vs. Ruiz will only get added to the finals if both men in a main bracket fight can't continue.

Scott Coker has a lot of high hopes for this card ratings-wise, aiming for a peak at or near the level of the Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice fight. With Tito Ortiz in the main event, that's not a compltely ridiculous notion. While the kickboxing lineup is not as strong as originally hoped for due to injuries among other things, the fights should still be fun, and the MMA lineup is really strong. The tournament is a bit strange in that it's a cool concept and a nice mix of talented fighters, but the stylistic likelihood of boring fights is not low at all. McGeary-Ortiz is intriguing: By all rights, McGeary should finish Ortiz, but it's winnable on paper for Ortiz if he can take McGeary down and defend submissions. All in all, it's a fun card on paper and the promise of a Pride-style production, including Lenne Hardt doing ring announcing and Mauro Ranallo calling the kickboxing fights, should amplify that.

Titan Fighting Championships from Ridgefield, WA on UFC Fight Pass  tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET:
Pat Healy vs Rick Hawn for lightweight title
Andre Harrison vs. Desmond Green for featherweight title
Tim Elliott vs Felipe Efran
Steven Siler vs. Austin Springer
Zane Kamaka vs. Belel Muhammed
Ricky Simon vs. Alex Soto

Tomorrow night:

WWE Night of Champions PPV at 8:00 p.m. ET (pre-show an hour earlier) on WWE Network/PPV:
Seth Rollins vs. Sting for th WWE Championship
Seth Rollins vs. John Cena for the WWE U.S. Championship
Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose & ??? vs. Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper & Braun Strowman
Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte for the WWE Divas' Championship, title can change hands via DQ or count out
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev
New Day vs. Dudleys for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Neville & The Lucha Dragons vs. Stardust & The Ascension preshow match

Raw will be Monday night in Laredo, TX.

Smackdown will be taped Tuesday in Corpus Christi with Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Sheamus as the top advertised stars.

New Japan Destruction in Okayama PPV on Tuesday night at 2:00 a.m. ET on New Japan World:
Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu & Yuji Nagata & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Jay White & David Finlay & Manabu Nakanishi & Tetsuya Naito
Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Jushin Liger & Mascara Dorada in a non-title match
Steve Anthony vs. Tiger Mask for NWA Junior Heavyweight Title
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Matt Sydal vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga
Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan for IWGP tag titles
Hirooki Goto & Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan & Ryusuke Taguchi & Alex Shelley vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi & Rocky Romero & Baretta
Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano vs. A.J. Styles & Cody Hall
Kushida vs. Kenny Omega for IWGP jr. title
Togi Makabe vs. Kota Ibushi for Never Open weight title

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Figure Four Weekly:

The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is now up for subscribers (subscribe to the site here and get access to Figure Four, the Observer, tons of audio, and more) featuring a look at the latest in the concussion lawsuits filed against WWE on behalf of various wrestlers by Konstantine Kyros. On top of that, we have all the usual stuff like Vinny's reviews and international news from Dr. Lucha Steve Sims and and Alan"4L" Counihan.

The recnt FREE Figure Four Weekly is still up with a look at the crazy story of why Gawker thinks the FBI may have helped Hulk Hogan cover up his racist and homophobic comments. A judge has ordered the FBI to turn over the records of their investigation, and what Gawker is saying in court about what has and hasn't been turned over paints a very interesting picture.

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Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

A look at next weekend, which is one of the biggest weekends of the year with Bellator and CMLL having their biggest shows, plus a WWE PPV show and an ROH PPV, is one of the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have a look at the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot, tons more on the Jimmy Snuka case, An update on TNA and the future of Kurt Angle, a letter UFC sent to all its fighters about unionization, plus full coverage of UFC 191 and Battle of Los Angeles, and thoughts behind Raw & Smackdown doing record low numbers.

The latest issue of the Wrestling Observer: September 14, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Huge Weekend Preview, WWE/CMLL/ROH/Bellator

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Saturday Daily Update

-- The internet pay-per-view of the CMLL 82nd Anniversary Show ended up being a disaster, but not in the way you might expect from an IPPV. The page for buying the show on was actually just embedding an unlisted YouTube live stream, and the YouTube link could be spread around freely. They went from about 700 viewers at the start of the show to about 1,000 during the first match and eventually 10,000+ during the main event. To make matters worse, the YouTube page showed up first for people who were searching Google to find the official page for the stream. Being that this was the first CMLL stream that wasn't (officially) free, you can see why fans wouldn't have had any idea that something was amiss. I heard from people who had n idea until I tweeted about it.

-- Virgil told TMZ that he taught Donald Trump about showmanship when his casino hosted WrestleMania IV and V. Really.

-- TBS jobber turned southern indie promoter Paul Lee may be disqualified from the mayoral election he's tried to run in. As somene who's made a lot of enemies in the southeast, there are probably a bunch of wrestlers and promoters amused by this.

-- talks to Jessicka Havok about returning home to Canton. One guess what's not talked about.

-- The Houston Chronicle's La Voz covers the launch of the new Combate Americas promotion and Alberto El Patron's role as color commentator.

-- The accused killer of indie wrestler  Ivan "The Croation Giant" Radocaj was cnvicted of first degree murder yesterday.

-- WWE's "Owen: Hart of Gold" Owen Hart DVD set is now available for pre-order on Amazon, though the Blu-Ray version isn't listed yet. WWE's next release is SummerSlam 2015, which is out this Tuesday on DVD and Blu-Ray. The next archival/specialized release is Sting: Into the Light, which comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 13th. They also have a special collectible "coffin edition" of "Undertaker: The Streak" coming out on November 17th.