Show notes for tonight:
UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson airs live from Saitama Japan:
Main Card on Fox Sports 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Josh Barnett (239) vs. Roy Nelson (261) in the five round main event
Gegard Mousasi (186) vs. Uriah Hall (186)
Kyoji Horiguchi (126) vs. Chico Camus (126)
Takeya Mizugaki (136) vs. George Roop (135)
Katsunori Kikuno (145) vs. Diego Brandao (146)
Mizuto Hirota (146) vs. Teruto Ishihara (146)
Prelims on Fox Sports 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET:
Keita Nakamura (170) vs. Li Jingliang (171)
Nick Hein (155) vs. Yusuke Kasuya (156)
Naoyuki Kotani (156) vs. Kajan Johnson (156)
Shinsho Anzai (170) vs. Roger Zapata (171)
No Fight Pass Prelim due to the cancellation of Kid Yamamoto vs. Matt Hobar bumping up Kikuno vs. Brandao to the main card and Anzai vs. Zapata to Fox Sports 2.
While the main card is fun on paper, this feels like a noticeable step from the other recent Japan cards, even last year's "Fight Pass Mania." The lack of fighters like Mark Hunt, Takanori Gomi, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and now Kid Yamamoto make it feel like less of a special event.
New Japan Destruction in Kobe airs live tonight at 3:00 a.m. ET on New Japan World
Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu vs. Jay White & David Finlay
Yuji Nagata & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Captain New Japan & Juice Robinson
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi & Mascara Dorada vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi & Rocky Romero & Baretta
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Matt Sydal vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Kenny Omega
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tetsuya Naito
Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. A.J. Styles & Tama Tonga & Cody Hall
Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Alex Shelley & Kushida for IWGP jr. tag titles
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale for the Tokyo Dome title sho
Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IC title
Sunday has WWE in Syracuse, NY (John Cena vs. Seth Rollins; Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens) and Erie PA (Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt; Randy Orton vs. Sheamus).
Shooto Brazil airs live on UFC Fight Pass Sunday night at 6 p.m. Eastern time
Raw will be live from Buffalo on Monday night. Brock Lesnar has not been advertised for the show even with th MSG special being next week.
SmackDown will be taped Tuesday in Albany, NY.
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Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
We've got a double issue of the Observer this week because of coverage of so many big shows and all the stuff that has come out of the past week with WWE. Sept. 28, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Sting, Night of Champions, Bellator Dynamite, more
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Saturday Daily Update
-- Hulk Hogan dodged a bullet yesterday as Judge Pamela Campbell, who's presiding over his lawsuit against Gawker, denied a third party motion from the Associated Press and other news organizations to unseal the contents of his FBI case file. Gawker had successfully sued the FBI for the release of the case file, but Judge Campbell immediately sealed it all when they filed everything in the Hogan case. The motion had been filed just a day earlier and the ruling wasn't a surprise given Cambell's history in the case.
-- On that note, Bubba th Love Sponge Clem has been accused of ratings tampering.
-- WWE and 2K Sports have released a trailer for the overhauled My Career mode in WWE 2K16. My Career will only be available in the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, which coms out on October 27th and available for pre-order now.
-- Kemonito got a puppy last night at Arena Mexico. Must-watch.
-- Paragon Pro Wrestling sent out a press release because their TV show is moving from 6:00 a.m. ET to 8:00 a.m. ET every Saturday morning on Pop.
-- AL.com has a nice article about Ray "Glacier" Lloyd. He talks about being a high school gym teacher before and after his WCW tenure but doesn't mention his post-Glacier WCW gimmick of Coach Buzz Stern.
-- Two Cold Scorpio has been added to tomorrow LuchaTo card in Whitby, Ontario.
-- Preston City Wrestling results for last night from Keith Harris: Bubblegum retained the PCW Cruiserweight title over Xander Cooper, Dean Allmark & Ashton Smith. Ashton growing in confidence. Dean and Bubblegum great as usual. Iestyn Rees pinned Charlie "Good News" Garrett with a powerbomb. T-Bone pinned Dave Rayne with a suplex dropped into a Tombstone piledriver. Quick squash. El Ligero pinned Tomasso Ciampa with a tornado DDT. Sha Samuels choked out Lionheart with a scarf in a no-DQ match. Joey Hayes & Martin Kirby beat The Wards. Joey stole the pin. Drew Galloway pinned Noam Dar after an eye poke and two Tornado DDTs. Wild brawl all over the club before the bell rung. Pull apart brawl after the match. PCW Heavyweight Champion Dave Mastiff pinned Bobby Lashley clean with a cannonball in the corner. After the match, Team Single and Lashley beat down Mastiff. Martin Kirby attempted to cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase, but was stopped by Joey Hayes. In the end, Kirby, Hayes & Mastiff ran off the heels. Show wasn't sold out, unlike many PCW events. Crowd laughed when Joanna Rose called Lashly a former TNA champio
-- The Blu-Ray version of WWE's "Owen: Hart of Gold" Owen Hart DVD set is now available for pre-order, joining the DVD aftr it had been listed on its own for a week or so. The most recent release is SummerSlam 2015, which came out on 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.