UFC Hamburg: Pointless
If you like no-name mostly European fighters having boring fights with almost no action and going to questionable decisions then today's UFC show on Fight Pass from Hamburg is the show for you! Seriously if you are thinking of going back and watching the show, just read Ryan Frederick's recap and then go watch last weekend's UFC on FOX main card or UFC 199 or BOLA night 2.
The crowd even booed local fighters after they won. If you're looking for something of redemption on the card, the women's bantamweight fight between Ashlee Evans-Smith and Veronica Macedo was fun. Macedo is green as hell but has star potential. At just 20 years old, hopefully they match her up with the right fights to bring her back up. Ryan Bader had an impressive KO win in his fight.
And then the main event was an excellent, workmanlike performance by Josh Barnett. Arlovski had his moments and the first 30 seconds of the fight was something else. They shared a great moment in the Octagon after the fight. Barnett did what Barnett does and cut a great promo after the fight. We have results of the entire card below.
Next week's UFC 203 show can't help but be better than this and you know that this site, with it's pro wrestling connections and CM Punk fighting third from the top in the most-pushed fight on the show will be all over that bad boy.
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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
With it being Labor Day here in the U.S., it’s a relatively quiet weekend in the the ring for the major promotions while the UFC was in Hamburg, Germany, for a Saturday afternoon show available on Fight Pass.
This weekend is all about Pro Wrestling Guerrilla who is hosting their yearly Battle of Los Angeles tournament in Reseda, CA, Unfortunately not available via iPPV, a small and loud group attended night 1 Saturday including our Dave Meltzer. Here’s results of a night that featured Chris Hero vs. Jushin Liger, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tommy End, Will Ospreay, Ricochet, and more.
Other than night 2 and 3 of BOLA, all is quiet on the Western front until WWE returns Monday for Raw and the beginning of the Kevin Owens Universal championship era.
BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES CONTINUES
B.O.L.A. Night One: Results
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s Battle of Los Angeles continues tonight in Reseda, CA, with the winner being crowned on Sunday.
- Marty Scurll over Pentagón, Jr. by submission with the crossface chicken wing
- Ricochet over Jeff Cobb by pinfall with a small package reversal of Tour of the Islands
- John Hennigan over Matt Sydal by pinfall with Starship Pain
- Will Ospreay over Fénix by pinfall with OsCutter
- Zack Sabre, Jr. over Tommy End by submission
- Chris Hero over Jushin Liger by pinfall with a series of elbow strikes
B.O.L.A. Night Two: Line-Up
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Sami Callihan vs. Cody Rhodes
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Kyle O'Reilly vs. Matthew Riddle
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Cedric Alexander vs. Mark Haskins
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Kamaitachi vs. Trevor Lee
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Mark Andrews vs. Pete Dunne
- 2016 Battle of Los Angeles First Round Match: Dalton Castle vs. Jack Gallagher
- Non-Tournament Tag Team Match: Fénix & Pentagón Jr. vs. Tommy End & Chris Hero
- Non-Tournament Six-Man Tag Team Match: Will Ospreay, Matt Sydal, & Ricochet vs. Adam Cole & The Young Bucks
Sunday’s card will be determined by the results of the first two nights.
- The noteworthy event from the weekend was in Mexico for the CMLL 83rd anniversary show.
- Andrade Cien Almas (the former La Sombra) was backstage at Arena Mexico for the event, appearing with La Máscara and Rush as they cut a short promo in Spanish after the show in a cell phone video. In another longer selfie video, they continue cutting promos about being part of Los Ingobernables and talk about the unmasked face of La Máscara. While still known as La Sombra, Almas was unmasked last year at the CMLL anniversary show.
- The CMLL show was scheduled to be available on YouTube for $3.99 US. As of press time the video was still unavailable in the United States and other countries. The official CMLL website has photo galleries of every match on the card.
- The CMLL YouTube page does have highlights of the semi-main event trios match, the hair match with Super Crazy vs. Rey Bucanero, an undercard trios match, and the women’s trios match that that opened the show.
- Raw General Manager Mick Foley accidentally tweeted an advertisement for next week’s edition of Impact, featuring “Delete or Decay” from the Hardy compound. In another tweet, Foley provided an explanation for the error.
- Penn State University student and Ring of Honor announcer Ian Riccaboni vowed to leave his school if they go through with a planned ceremony honoring former football coach Joe Paterno. He at first tweeted he would likely transfer from the university. Philadelphia Magazine picked up on the story and ran an article with quotes from Riccaboni himself. Riccaboni does commentary for Women of Honor matches along with doing backstage interviews in ROH. He also sometimes does ring announcing, is an author, and an adjunct instructor at Holy Family University. Joe Paterno was a very controversial figure from an infamous sexual abuse scandal that basically tarnished the reputation of a storied football program and the university itself. Riccaboni is upset the Penn State athletic department plans to honor Paterno in a pre-game ceremony before a football game this season.
- Good news for the One Man Gang: the GoFundMe flood relief fund has raised nearly $12,000 of the $20,000 goal. If you’re not familiar, here’s the story.
- Bill Goldberg was promoting WWE 2K17 at Toronto’s FanExpo this weekend, but got in a workout with GLORY kickboxing middleweight champion Simon Marcus at Santino Marella’s BattleArts gym this morning. Here’s a pic, another pic, and another.
- Hulk Hogan praises Kevin Owens in an article from ESPN.
- Toronto Sun has an article plugging a weekend of WWE shows in November with three straight nights running in Toronto including Takeover, Survivor Series, and Raw.
- WWE Network put together one of their “Collections” of Mr. Fuji, available now.
- Did you know Gorgeous George had a turkey ranch?
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- In the two-hour debut, #1 seed Alexandre Pantoja (Cejudo) downed #16 Brandon Moreno (Benavidez) while #9 Kai Kara-France (Cejudo) defeated #8 Terrence Mitchell (Benavidez) in impressive fashion. #5 faces #12 next week.
QUICK RESULTS: UFC FROM HAMBURG, GERMANY
- Rustam Khabilov vs. Leandro Silva
- Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson
- Jarjis Danho vs. Christian Colombo - MAJORITY DRAW
- Taylor Lapilus vs. Leandro Silva
- Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Veronica Macedo
- Peter Sobotta vs. Nicolas Dalby
- Jessin Ayari vs. Jim Wallhead
- Nick Hein vs. Tae Hyun Bang
- Ryan Bader vs. Ilif Latifi
- Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
- Kyle O’Reilly talks about the crossover between MMA and pro wrestling in an interview with MMA Weekly.
- ROH is currently having a VOD Labor Day sale. All VOD’s are 25% off, and 50% off if you are a ringside member. The sale applies to all the latest ROH PPV’s like Death Before Dishonor, Best in the World, and Women of Honor.
- This piece from Chris Featherstone is on the problem with scripted promos in the WWE, and a few wrestlers who have expressed their dissatisfaction.
- Total Combat Wrestling is having an event to help aid the earthquake victims. On September 17th at Rapallo, Genova there is a benefic event call "Cuore Ribelle" for help the victims of the earthquake in center Italy. The tickets are 5 euros.
- RESULTS: MOONSHINE BRANDED WRESTLING, September 2nd, 2016 - Alpha-1 Zero Gravity Champion Alessandro Del Bruno pinned El Bigote, Jonathan Rukin pinned Jesse Bieber, Steel City Tag Team Champions Mattick and Taylor Kay Deen defeated Holden Albright and Nick Watts, El Hijo Del Bamboo pinned Deeno Benjamin, Evil Uno pinned Rip Impact, The Lab Rats (Scotty O'Shea and Jim Nye The Science Guy) defeated CJ Felony and Catalyst, Rex Atkins pinned Ethan Page to become the Moonshine Branded Number One Contender. Steve Brown defeated Moonshine Branded Wrestling Champion Marc Hauss by DQ (Hauss keeps the championship)
- RESULTS: Canadian Wrestling's Elite - The returning "First All Star" Brian Rich was victorious against the debut "Modern Throwback" Logan Lynch, "The Rebel" Bobby Collins w/"The Mastermind" Kevin Cannon scored a win over Tyler James, A bloodied "Hotshot" Danny Duggan got the "W" in a very hard hitting contest with Wisconsin's TW3, "Outlaw" Adam Knight put the big man "Killa" Kaz Karter down with a lariat, Midwest wrestling legend "The Dream Assassin" Darkchild was victorious in his debut against DRAGNEEL, "Jiggity" Jeremy Joseph danced himself to a victory over the 2016 Super Jobber "Tasty" Travis Cole. Wildman Firpo scored a major upset over "The Mastermind" Kevin Cannon w/Bobby Collins, Tyler Colton was unable to appear as advertised so Kevy Chevy issued an open challenge which was shockingly answered by Shadow Xtreme! The battled an extremely close contest before Shadow was put away by Chevy with the Chevy Impala running piledriver. CWE returns to Rookie's Sports Bar on Friday, October 28th and the show will be headlined by WWE Legends Demolition!
EVENTS CALENDAR: SEPTEMBER
- 3 - I Believe in Wrestling returns to the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando, FL.
- 3 - UIPW: Los Angels at the Clela Arena at 826 Clela Ave. in East Los Angeles with Teddy Hart & Coa Azul vs. Psicosis & Mariachi Loco
- 3 - ACE Collision Course: Morgan Jr. Arena, Wallington, NJ, MAIN EVENT: ACE Heavyweight Championship: TJ Marconi (c) vs Archadia
- 3 - Hoosier Pro Wrestling in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Arena
- 3 - CWF presents Live Pro Wrestling at the CWF Wrestling School on 20 Hartzel Rd in St Catharines, ON.
- 6 - SMASH-WRESTLING, Oshawa Music Hall, 39 King St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B2. Tickets.
- 9 - Chaotic Wrestling & The Lowell Spinners present “A Night of Grand Slams,”
- Edward A. LeLacheur Park, 450 Aiken St. – Lowell, MA
- 10 - CZW in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone with a doubleheader with a WSU Women's show at 4 p.m. that day and the men's show at 8 p.m.
- 10 - Pure Wrestling Association: COWEX – Duncan, British Columbia
- 10 - New England Fights 25: HEROES & VILLAINS; Lewiston, MA. Tickets.
- 10 - Barrie Wrestling: Back to School 3; 49 Ferris Lane, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
- 10 - UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem; Cleveland, Ohio
- 10 - Evolve in Deer Park, NY has Gargano vs. Sabre Jr., Galloway vs. Gulak, Dustin vs. Tracy Williams, Jigsaw vs. Fred Yehi, Riddle vs. Tony Nese, Perkins vs. Allin and Page vs. Dan Barry.
- 11 - Evolve in Woodside, NY at La Boom has Johnny Gargano & Cody Rhodes vs. Drew Galloway & Chris Hero in Gargano's last Evolve match, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Ricochet, Matt Riddle vs. TJ Perkins, Dustin vs. Drew Gulak, Tony Nese vs. Darby Allin and Ethan Page vs David Starr. Joey Styles will also be appearing.
- 15 - CCW Parkhill Fall Fair Pro Wrestling, 5:30pm doors, 6:30pm bell time. Cody Deaner vs. Jake O'Reilly for the CCW title.
- 16 - All Star Wrestling; Squamish, BC, Totem Hall, Stawamus Rd, Garibaldi Highlands, BC V0N 1T0, Canada, tickets.
- 16 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE, 7:30 pm. Tickets.
- 16 - AAW: 115 Bourbon Street (3359 w 115th Street Merrionette Park, IL). Tickets.
- 16 - Pure Wrestling Association: Lake Cowichan, British Columbia
- 16 - Smash vs Progress: Uncensored; Oshawa Music Hall, Oshawa, Ontario. Must be 19+ to attend.
- 16 - Pure Wrestling Association: Private Event in Ontario
- 16 - SuperKickd’d Pro Wrestling at 7:30 PM - 10 PM, The Great Hall Toronto, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
- 16 - All Pro Wrestling on 9/16 in Daly City, CA at the Bayshore Community Center features Sabu vs. The Almighty Sheik, Willie Mack & B-Boy vs Reno Scrum, plus Jody Kristofferson, JR Kratos, Marcus Lewis and Dylan Drake in a four way for the Universal title.
- 17 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Lockport (Buffalo), NY, 7:00 pm. Tickets.
- 17 - NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium
- 17 - Pure Wrestling Association: Alpine Club, Kitchener, Ontario
- 17 - Pure Wrestling Association: Courtenay, British Columbia
- 17 - UFC Fight Night, Poirier vs. Johnson: Hidalgo, Texas, State Farm Arena
- 17 & 18 - SMASH VS PROGRESS: Smash Wrestling welcomes our friends from Progress Wrestling. Mark Haskins and Jack Gallagher (Cruiserweight Classic), Zack Sabre Jr. Mark Andrews and more will be part of the Progress Wrestling team in a Smash vs. Progress Canada vs. UK show in Toronto at the Franklin Horner Community Center.
- 18 - Pure Wrestling Association: Gold River, British Columbia
- 18 - Alpha-1 Wrestling presents #Matrats2
- 22 - NXT; Toronto, Ontario at the Mattamy Athletic Center (the former Maple Leaf Gardens)
- 22 - All-Star Wrestling: 7:30 PM, Abbotsford Arts Center, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 3M2, Canada, tickets.
- 22- Big Time Wrestling in Morganton, NC at the Collette Rec Center features a meet & greet at 6 p.m. before the live show. Appearing are Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Cody Rhodes, Magnum T.A. and Trevor Lee.
- 23 - Big Time Wrestling in Raleigh, NC at Dorton Arena features Flair and Steamboat together at Dorton Arena for the first time in 28 years, plus Jeff & Matt Hardy, Cody Rhodes, Nasty Boys, Sabu, Magnum T.A., Ivan Koloff, Jimmy Valiant, Gangrel and Shane Helms with the meet & greet at 6 and show at 8.
- 23 - Invicta FC: Live from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. Interim Flyweight Champion Jennifer Maia Defends Against Roxanne Modafferi
- 23 - NXT; St. Catherines, Ontario at The Meridian Centre
- 23 - Absolute Intense Wrestling: A Farewell to Johnny Gargano - 1355 West 70th St. Cleveland, OH - Tickets.
- 23 - Pure Wrestling Association: Parksville, British Columbia
- 23 - Pro Wrestling Eclipse takes a short trip to downtown Oshawa and visits the Oshawa Mason Temple. All tickets purchased on July 24 that list the venue as the Oshawa Legion will be honoured.
- 24 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Duluth (Atlanta), GA 7:00 pm, tickets.
- 24 - IWA Midsouth Wrestling presents the Hybrid Cup, at PRIDE Bar in New Albany, IN.
- 24 - Ignite Wrestling in Vero Beach, FL at the IG Center features Dave Crist.
- 24 - UCW, September 24th 7:30 PMBay City,MI UCW Champion Hakim Zane vs MVP, plus appearances by Ron Simmons and Fred Ottman
- 24 - Big Time Wrestling in Spartanburg, SC at the Memorial Auditorium with the meet and greet at 5:30 and show at 7:30 with Flair, Steamboat, Hardys, Rhodes, Nasty Boys, Sabu, Magnum T.A., Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Gangrel and Trevor Lee.
- 24 - MCW Legends Convention at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD at 10 a.m. featuring Bret Hart, Jimmy Hart, Howard Finkel, Honky Tonk Man, Hillbilly Jim, Paul Orndorff, Greg Valentine, Jim Ross, Bill Apter, Brutus Beefcake, Bob Orton, Tito Santana, Jim Neidhart, Tammy Sytch, Magnum T.A. and even Dennis Stamp.
- 24 - Rock Solid: Anarchy in Angus 14: A Nightmare on Mill Street, 7pm - 10pm, Angus Recreation Centre, 8527 County Rd. 10, Angus, Ontario. Tickets.
- 24 - Pure Wrestling Association: Campbell River, British Columbia
- 24 - NXT in Kitchener, Ontario at The Air
- 24 - Elite Canada Championship Wrestling: New Westminster, Sapperton Pensioners Hall
- 318 Keary St, New Westminster, BC, 7:30pm Bell Time, doors at 7pm. Tickets.
- 25 - Canadian Wrestling’s Elite: Nick "Magnus" Aldis defends the GFW title against Matt Hart of the Hart Family in Calgary.
- 25 - Rizin: Former K-1 kickboxer Minoru Kimura will make his MMA debut against former Pride fighter Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett (29-30-2)
- 25 - Pure Wrestling Association – TBA – British Columbia
- 30 - ROH: All-Star Extravaganza Weekend Day 1; Lowell (Boston), MA, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 9:00 pm (PPV)
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