By Dave Meltzer
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WWE on Sunday has house shows in Fresno (Chris Jericho vs.. Kevin Owens) and Stockton, CA (Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton vs. Sheamus) and NEW has a show in Lowell, MA (Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto el Patron vs. Matt Hardy).
Raw will be Monday night in San Jose with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman returning for the show.
Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday night in Sacramento.
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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
- The reaction to last night's UFC was off the charts. On twitter, there were 988,000 mentions related to UFC 190 making it by far No. 1.
- On Google searches, searches since Thursday related to the show were 6.3 million, which is the all-time record for the promotion. Keep in mind that 200,000 is normal for a PPV, 50,000 is normal for a Demetrious Johnson PPV and the last UFC PPV was 1.3 million. Mayweather-Pacquiao and the Super Bowl did more than 10 million. Rousey has in particular exploded with older women.
4. Gina Carano 20,000
1. Ronda Rousey 5 million
4. Danny Garcia 50,000
1. Ronda Rousey 1 million
3. Roddy Piper 1 million
3. UFC 190 200,000
8. Bethe Correia 100,000
- Dana White got a bunch of heat from pro wrestlers for using the term "fake" to describe pro wrestling when somebody complained about having to spend $60 to see the show last night when he can get WWE for $9.99. Obviously "fake" is a bad word to use for pro wrestling, although sometimes when I watch some of the interviews and angles, they do come across really fake. Tuesday's Tough Enough with the bikini contest women taking the splash off the top like it was nothing is something that people in wrestling should worry about a lot more than some MMA promoter using that word. As far as wrestlers go, every wrestler has the right to be mad about White using that term. However, any wrestler who uses the term mark to describe wrestling fans should have a little perspective because it is pretty much the same thing. The derivative of the term mark is a condescending term for fans so stupid as to believe wrestling is real. Essentially, usage of the term is the admission that wrestling is fake.
- White now says that he thinks Rousey vs. Cyborg would do 2.5 million buys on PPV. I guess he didn't read the memo that PPV was dead. He also pushed the idea of putting Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey together on a December show at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
- Coverage of last night's show was the most read article earlier today on the Washington Post web site.
- Ronda Rousey promo from the other day on people who make fun of her body with more than 1.7 million viewers
- Rousey after the fight, the first thing she said was that she hoped Piper and her dad had a good time watching the fight together. On who should would rather fight next, Miesha Tate or Cyborg: "I prefer to fight who makes weight and doesn't do drugs."
- Here is Dave Meltzer's play by play of last night's UFC: UFC 190 results: Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia, Shogun, Nog Brothers and here is our staff picks article: UFC 190 and WSOF 22 Picks From The Secret Psychic Spy~!
- Here is post UFC 190 press conference: UFC 190 Post-Fight Press Conference
- A couple of new fights were announced: Mir/Arlovski official, new main event announced
- Roddy Piper stories:
Roddy Piper's acting career in Entertainment Weekly
Jim Ross writes about Roddy Piper
New York Times on Roddy Piper
Coverage of Roddy Piper on The National
Roddy Piper promo from the Bloodstained Memories DVD
ESPN on Roddy Piper's death
A story on Madusa and Monster trucks
Richard O'Sullivan noted the symbolism of Ronda Rousey knocking out Bethe Correia with a punch to the left ear, the same left ear that was the center of the 1983 Roddy Piper vs. Greg Valentine angle that led to their dog collar match at Starrcade 83.
- Check out Wrestling Observer's coverage of NJPW coverage JPW G1 Climax Tournament 8-2 results: Yano vs. Tanahashi, Naito vs. Makabe
- Ring of Honor Aug 1 TV results and recap: Young Bucks vs War Machine; Adam Cole vs Kyle O'Reilly
- Our story on Georgia Hase passing away
- Reminder: The new Figure Four Weekly is FREE for everyone this week with a huge, detailed cover feature on the crazy story of why Gawker thinks the FBI has tried to help Hulk hogan cover up the racist and homophobic comments he made that ended up being leaked a week ago. This is some weird, fascinating stuff.
- Kohei Sato beat Daisuke Sekimoto in Tokyo today to win this year's Fire Festival.
- Brad Maddox & Adam Rose were trying out a gimmick this weekend on the house shows as a tag team called Beef Mode. They do push ups and sit ups before their match and insult the fans for being out of shape.
- ECCW on 8/15 in Vancouver, BC at the Russian Community Centre.
- Mid Atlantic Wrestling Fan Fest results from last night's show in Charlotte: Bobby Fulton b Travis Steele, Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Jessie Kaye, Cedric Alexander b Peter Kassa, Billy Damiana & Nick Comorto & Punisher Martinez b Steve Gibky & Tony Vincita & Clutch Adams, Eric Locker b Sam Rarsem, Scott Steiner b Wes Brisco (thanks to Mike Carpenter)
- Old school Roller Derby with the Bay Bombers vs. Brooklyn Red Devils takes place on 8/8 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose for an outdoor event.
- Lucha Xtreme from last night in Fresno: Kikyo (female wrestler) b Aki Sol (male wrestler). This led to Mike Dalite in drag challenging Kikyo to a match. Johnny Plinko b Honu Kekoa, Dylan Drake b Clutch. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
- Pro Wrestling Championship Series from last night in Granite City, IL: Austni Blackburn b Curt Stallion, Steven Kennedy & Jake Dirden b Makaze & Nate Redwig, Mike Outlaw b Mat Fitchett, Gary Jay b Austin Blackburn, ACH b Danny Adams, Mat Fitchett & Zakk Sawyers b Evan Gelistico & Pierre Abernathy, Jojo Bravo b Davey Vega, Mark Sterling & Adam Rich b Jeff Gant & Tank Engine Tommy, K.C. Karrington b Jeremy Wyatt-COR (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
- Hoosier Pro Wrestling from last night in Columbus, IN: Shawn Cook b Derek Hiller, Marc Houston b Wicked Clown, Stompin Steve b Dewey Brown, Trailer Park Trash b Dynamite Dillen, Bobby Black b Eddie Felson, Mitch Johnson b Shiloh Jonze-DQ, Lightning Bolt & Drax O'Brien b TVZ, Flash Flanagan b TJ Kemp. Next show is 9/5 with TJ Kemp &Marc Houston vs. Flash Flanagan & Trailer Park Trash & Timmy Danger (thanks to Jerry Wilson)
- At the Mid Atlantic Fan Fest yesterday, Ricky Steamboat & Jim Ross were talking about the Flair-Steamboat feud. Steamboat said that he didn't know he was getting the title in Chicago until the day of the show. Jim Ross said he found out right before the show.
- Great Canadian Wrestling on 10/3 in Oshawa, ONT at the Harmony Creek Community Hall.
- Ultra Wrestle from last night in Abbeville, SC: Tracer X b Steve Hunter, Joe Harrison b Mason Mayles, Deon Johnson & Josh Cutshall & Boomer Payne & Brice Anthony b Zane Riley & Anthony Jannzazzo & Lance Gaylord & Erik Thompson, Josh Powers b Billy Brash, TK Stark & Jett Black b Adam Page & Jeff Connelly, Steve Corino b Hoss Hagood. Next show is 8/14 in Greenville, SC at the Salvation Army Kroc Center with Matt Hardy vs. Josh Powers (thanks to Thomas Simpson)
- Titus O'Neil invited a number of homeless people to dinner
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
1975 - Moose Morowski beat George Guliovas in Melbourne to win the Austra Asian title on the same show Rocky Romero (a Melbourne based jobber no relation to the current star of the same name) beat Great Mephisto to win the Brass Knux title.
1978 - Mal Sanders beat Mick McManus in Huddersfield to win the European middleweight title
1996 - In the quarterfinals of the J Crown (eight different lighter weight champions all putting up their titles) at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Great Sasuke beat Masayoshi Motegi, El Samurai beat Gran Hamada, Ultimo Dragon beat Jushin Liger and Shinjiro Otani beat Negro Casas
1998 - Shinya Hashimoto beat Kazuo Yamazaki to win the G-1 Climax tournament
1998 - Kyoko Inoue beat Lioness Asuka to win the TWWF title
2002 - Felino beat Black Tiger (Silver King) in Mexico City to win the CMLL Leyenda de Plata tournament