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SAT UPDATE: Invicta tonight, WWE moves for sanctions against “concussion” lawyer, TNA airs old match, & more


by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.comFollow @davidbix

Tonight's big show, with no UFC, is Invicta FC live on UFC Fight Pass from the Muncipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri at 8:00 p.m. ET:

Amanda Cooper vs. Aspen Ladd

J.J. Aldrich vs. Daniela Kortmann

Jinh Yu Frey vs. Liz McCarthy

Sharon Jacobson vs. Jamie Moyle

Cindy Dandois vs. Megan Anderson

Andrea Lee vs. Rachel Ostovich

Roxanne Modafferi vs. Mariana Morais

DeAnna Bennett vs. Katja Kankaanpaa

Tonya Evinger (c) vs. Pannie Kianzad for the bantamweight title

Invicta cards are usually pretty fun (though a bit more hit or miss since UFC accquired their strawweight division), so this is worth checking out. Evinger is the queen of the non-UFC bantamweights, dominating everyone lately, but Kianzad is a legit prospect, so it's a quality main event.

We're looking for reports on:

* WWE in Calgary (Rollins vs. Ambrose, Wyatt vs. Reigns, Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens)

* WWE Huntsville, AL (Randy Orton vs. Sheamus, Ryback vs. Big Show plus Dolph Ziggler and Neville)

* NXT in Gainesville, FL.

* ROH in Chicago (Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Young Bucks, Roderick Strong vs. Bobby Fish, Jay Briscoe vs. Cedric Alexander, Dalton Castle vs. Beer City Bruiser, Mark Briscoe vs. Adam Page, ACH vs,. Matt Sydal).

Please send reports from major shows, recommended links, etc. to

* Sunday has WWE in Jonesboro, AR (Rollins vs. Ambrose, Wyatt vs. Reigns) and Tupelo, MS (Orton vs. Sheamus, Ryback vs. Show).

* The World wrestling championship finals from Las Vegas will be airing Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN 2.  

* Raw will be live on Monday from Memphis

* SmackDown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday in Little Rock.


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 plenty of details on the Jimmy Snuka murder indictment including how the media covered his domestic abuse arrest and Nancy Argentino's death back in 1993, just how on the ball Irv Muchnick was in writing about the case, the contradictions of the investigator, Snuka's claims about his finances vs. the reality, and more.  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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We look at next week's big shows, including a preview of  CMLL's main event, why L.A. Park is already gone from the promotion, and a preview of  both Raw and Night of Champions.

We've got more on the Jimmy Snuka case, with a background of WWE in 1983, Vince McMahon purchasing the company from his father, what was and wasn't known in wrestling at the time, the first Snuka arrest, the decision made on Hulk Hogan being the face of the company's expansion, the role Snuka's autobiography played in his indictment, the corner saying why he felt there was no indictment and his quotes on the subject, new evidence, Buddy Rogers before his death talks about the subject, another coroner weighs in, a lawyer who investigated the case in 1983 weighs in, how Snuka handled his finances fro that point on, Snuka's run in New Japan, the famous Brody & Snuka walking out on the tag tournament finals, what Vince McMahon was doing to protect Snuka, key Allentown officials talk cover-up rumors, WWE talks those rumors and more.

We also update the Kurt Angle TNA situation and why Angle said he was leaving the company when his contract expires in January.  We look at the situation with Destination America, what talent knows and how WWE fits into all this right now.

We look at the letter sent by UFC to all of its fighters regarding unionization and our thoughts on the subject.

We've got a look at the 2005 Hall of Fame ballot, a look at the new candidates and their credentials, candidates for the future, understanding of the process, as well as how everyone on this year's ballot fared last year.

We also look back at research into the biggest draws of all-time on the ballot, as well how the candidates have done in various awards, in drawing power for their era, as well as match quality, how difficult it is to be voted in, and notes on a lot of this year's modern candidates.

We have an update on Ronda Rousey and WrestleMania, an upcoming WWE wedding, John Cena injury notes, WWE asks fans about PPV start times and thoughts, update on Amanda from Tough Enough and what appears to be her new deal, WWE pulling out all stops for next months tour of Mexico and why, Dean Ambrose talks acting, Nikki Bella as Divas champion, Eric Bischoff appearing on WWE Network, Undertaker's future, the signing of Kana and she talks coming to WWE, Zahra Schreiber talks her firing, some NXT matches, a WWE wrestler on a sabbatical, as well as the WWE business notes from the past week and highlights from all the house hows.

We also look at Hulk Hogan's overseas talk shows, the death of Tommy Rogers of The Fantastics, Dave Brown retires from WMC TV and how it was celebrated locally, Axl Rotten's future goals, CHIKARA King of Trios, Jeff Jarrett TV talks and the final GFW ballpark shows of the year and what is left on the schedule, Bob Backlund's autobiography, update on Batista, the death of Jerry Prater, an instrumental figure in Florida wrestling in the 70s and the heyday of wrestling programs and magazines, the Carlos Maynez tribute show this past week featuring legends from the past, a Roddy Piper movie not released and the Darrell Dawkins connection with pro wrestling.

We also update things on Lucha Underground.

We look at next week's ROH matches.

We look at a TNA wedding, lineups for the upcoming TNA shows, U.K. TNA ratings and updating Impact.

We also have Conor McGregor talking his future, McGregor vs. Faber and why it didn't happen, key UFC announcements over the pat week including new shows, new main events and new title matches, the retirement of Sam Stout, Rousey doing "Road House," next UFC TV events, update on Charles Oliveira, UFC's most popular markets, how much Rousey and McGregor are carrying things right now and former UFC star buys $2.75 million mansion from a rock star.

We also look at Alexander Shlemenko's attempt to get his steroid punishment over turned and his arguments, plus a new Bellator show was announced.

We also update Fedor Emelianenko and his situation, as well as a former WWE star debuts this week as an MMA announcer and top pro wrestling stars attending.  We also look at the results of the latest medical study on injuries suffered in boxing vs. MMA and where each is more and less dangerous than the other.  

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Saturday Daily Update

-- Yesterday, WWE filed a motion for sanctions against lawyer Konstantine Kyros in the lawsuit where he's representing Michelle James, Matt Borne's next of kin. It covers the same things they've ben crying foul about for a while, like allegations of forum shopping, getting another lawyer to file a case so it wouldn't be discovered that he was involved, defaming WWE in his complaints, etc.

-- What happened at last night's ROH show with the Young Bucks wrestling reDRagon unplanne. Mike Bennett & Matt Taven were delayed in  getting out of Boston and they didn't arrive until really late.

-- Fabricious Werdum is saying he wants to defend the UFC Heavyweight Championship in December or January, but Dana White is saying he'll have to wait because the division is tied up. That makes it sound liKe Cain Velasques is no longer his first challenger, since he isn't booked, or tht White isn't married to booking him as challenger at all and wants to see how the Fall heavyweight fights play out.

-- This does ot seem like a great sign: TNA added a Bobby Lashley vs. Gunner match from Xplosion t their YouTube channel yesterday. Gunner has not worked for TNA since April and the match was shot in February. It might have aired in some countires earlier in the year, Anyone in a country that gets Xplosion on TV have a better idea of if/when this aired before, if the commentary was the same if it did, etc?

-- Dave has articles at MMAFighting about the ratings for the TUF premiere and the UFC 191 prelims.

-- Rhyno talks NXT & more on Another Wrestling Podcast. On the Dudleys returning to WWE:

It’s return of veterans to the locker room on a full time schedule and that’s very important because not only is it important to learn from the veterans in the ring, not only by watching them and not only by working with them in the ring but seeing how they act and conduct themselves outside of the ring. Because a lot of veterans lets just face it, It’s just human life you learn from your mistakes, some people don’t but most of us do. And then the best thing to do is if you see a person who has made a mistake that has learned from it you can than prevent yourself from making a mistake. So thats the importance of having a veteran on a full time schedule, because you see how they travel, you see what they do, and what they don’t do and you realize why they do certain things and don’t do other things…and therefore as a veteran you become a leader. 

-- The latest edition of Sean Wheelock and John McCarthy's Let's Get it On Podcast has an analysis of the disqualification at UFC 191, a conversation with Marc Raimondi about his series of articles covering unregulated MMA like Xplode Fight Series, and the usual assortment of listener questions. This is one of the best and most underrated MMA podcasts around and it should be part of every hardcore fan's weekly rotation.

-- All Star Wrestling  tonight at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30):  Gabriel Gallo vs Matt XStatic, GIRLS GONE WRESTLING TITLE MATCH Chelsea Green(Champion) vs Violet, GIRLS TRIPLE THREAT MATCH Bambi Hall vs Malia Hosaka vs Waspette, Kenny Lush vs Christopher Ryseck, The Great Kasaki vs TKO Cody Smith . Meet the Wrestlers after the show at MAGS on 99!. Tickets are$15 Front Row and $12 General Admission. Available in advance at: Totem Hall  1380 Stawamus Rd, Squamish, British Columbia v8b 0b5

-- Rock Solid Wrestling presents RUMBLE, Live Pro Wrestling In support of the Kawartha Lakes Special Olympics at the Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Lindsay, Ontario. Doors Open: 7pm • Bell Time: 7:30 pm: Canadian Heavyweight Championship Match with Cody Deaner vs Andrew Davis, Jake O'Reilly vs Jaxon Jarvis, Scotty The Body vs Tornado, KC Spinelli vs Courtney Rush, Anthony Darko vs Chunk. E. Fresh. Tickets are $15, Available at: Bowlaway Lanes - 46 William St South- 705-324-7046 and Square Boy Pizza - 215 Kent St W, Lindsay - 1 705-324-3000.

-- Wrestling And Respect returns to the UAW Hall in Lima, Ohio after a summer season of fairs and festivals events. On Saturday October 10th the "Spin The Wheel Challenge" comes back for a special night of wrestling action with all the titles on the line. With 30 wrestlers names on a spinning wheel, the fans spin the wheel to determine who faces who right then and there. If a champions name is spun the next spin of the wheel determines who they will face. You will see friends versus friends, foes versus foes, alliances may face alliances and even family versus family. There will even be 2 unannounced wrestlers names added the night of the event.