SUN. UPDATE: UFC 189, McGregor vs. Aldo dates, New Japan star hurt
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Dan Miller vs. Trevor Smith
Caio Magalhaes vs. Josh Samman
Willie Gates vs. Darrell Montague
Russell Doane vs. Jarrod Sanders
Angela Magana vs. Michelle Waterson
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SUNDAY’S NEWS UPDATE
–Want to say thanks to everyone we got to meet, both convention related and UFC related over the weekend, from all over the world. It was a wild scene last night, and felt like a UFC version of WrestleMania as far as the show aspect was concerned. Bryan and I have a ton of comments regarding the show, the weekend, the Hall of Fame and everything else in last night’s audio show.
–Conor McGregor at the press conference was running down Jose Aldo, and said that he had more severe injuries than Aldo did. McGregor suffered a knee injury when they were doing the world tour. He was really on Aldo for not showing up, talking like his belt is the real belt and talked about facing somebody else for it rather than Aldo. The scary thing is, if they did McGregor vs. anyone and not Aldo, and Aldo headlined defending the real belt vs. Edgar, the interim belt kills it be leaps and bounds.
–Interesting note that McGregor had issued a bet of $3.5 million to Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White that he’d knock Mendes out within two rounds. The bet was never agreed to, but he came in just under the wire.
–Regarding ratings in Ireland and the U.K., the show last night only aired on BT Sports which is a subscription channel with limited penetration, although a lot of sports fans have it because of soccer coverage. It will air on regular TV in Ireland on 3e at 9 P.M. Monday night. (thanks to Sean Herbert)
–Regarding Dana White saying there are more Irish in the U.K than in Ireland, that depends on what you call Irish. In 2011, there were 403,000 born in Ireland living in the U.K., while the population of Ireland is 4.6 million. But if you take Irish to mean someone living in the U.K. with at least one Irish grandparent, that could be true due to the migration from Irish into the UK in the 30s and 40s. McGregor vs. Mendes wasn’t that big in the U.K., but it was huge in Ireland. I was told that if you lived in the U.K. and weren’t a UFC fan, you probably didn’t know an Irish fighter was challenging for the UFC title. There still was more U.K. coverage as the BBC had reps at the show and it made the BBC’s digital text service which is the first time that’s ever happened for UFC. (thanks to Matthew Singh=Dosanjh and Keith Harris)
–Lorenzo Fertitta told ESPN.com that Aldo vs. McGregor could take place on January 2 at the MGM Grand, and also talked about possibly December 5. Because they can charge the highest prices and get the most tourists from Ireland, the decision has been made that if the match happens, it will be in Las Vegas.
–Chad Mendes didn’t protest the stoppage, saying if Herb Dean thought he was done, then it’s is decision. Referees are not supposed to consider time when making stoppage decisions, such as, well there’s only a few seconds left so I’ll let it go. Timing is part of everything. Mendes was done with three seconds left in the round. Robbie Lawler may have been a few seconds from done and was saved at the end of three, and came back to win in five.
–In Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald, that is going to get a lot of consideration for fight of the year. Both were hospitalized, and in fact, took a photo together from the hospital. MacDonald suffered both a broken nose (and badly at that) and a broken foot.
–MacDonald was up 39-37 on all three scorecards going into the fifth round. Had he not been finished, MacDonald would have won the decision.
–UFC 189 had 1,000,000 searches on Google, which is the level of a major PPV show. It’s not necessarily a million buys nor does that indicate any kind of a record, but it’s big numbers. Robbie Lawler had 50,000. Keith Thurman had 20,000.
–As far as Twitter numbers at press time, UFC’s show was 387,000, Cathal Pendred vs. John Howard was 4,719 and Brock Lesnar’s birthday (38) was 1,464.
–UFC ran a promotion that if you bought last night’s show and UFC 190 with Ronda Rousey on 8/1, you would get the 9/5 PPV for free.
–Katsuyori Shibata was injured on Friday night. No word yet on what that means as far as G-1, which starts on 7/20.
–According to WWE, Roddy Piper has not been released from his legends deal.
–Steve Yohe has a book on the life of Ed “Strangler” Lewis, one of the biggest stars in wrestling history (probably top 20 of all-time in importance) that will be coming out very soon. Will update on it.
–Last night’s All Elite show in Queretaro didn’t happen, which is never a good sign. Octagon then went on Facebook and said promoter Javier Montes was a fraud. Mistico said Montes wouldn’t pay the wrestlers.
–Combat Zone Wrestling at its show last night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia announced a deal where CZW will be doing live PPV shows in the U.S and Canada working with Stonecutter Productions, which helped put ECW on PPV and has been doing taped shows. They announced full U.S. coverage with DirecTV, all the major cable systems and The Dish Network. They indicated the first show will likely be announced this week. There have been rumors the first show would be the annual Cage of Death show.
–Hornswoggle was at the GFW show on Thursday night in Appleton, WI. We were told that there’s nothing to read into this. He’s not talking to GFW but was there because he lives 15 minutes from the stadium and there were several ex-WWE guys and crew members working the show, plus he’s friends with a lot of ACW guys and a lot of their wrestlers and fans came to the show because Joey Avalon worked it (Eric Young beat him up).
–Glory will be running a show on 8/7 in Las Vegas.
–CZW results from last night: Shane Strickland (Lucha Underground Killshot) b David Starr Devon Moore & Lucky 13 b Buxx Belmar & Jonathan Gresham, Pepper Parks over Joey Janela and Rich Swann, Chrissy Rivera & Greg Excellent b Neiko Sozio b The Front, Speedball Mike Bailey b AR Fox (best match), Tim Donst b Joe Gacy to win the Wired TV title, Matt Tremont b Blk Jeez-DQ (Jeez retained the CZW world title), Nick Gage b Drew Gulak, Bill Carr & Dan Barry (Team Tremendous) won CZW tag titles in four-way over champs Dave & Jake Crist, Young Bucks and Alex Reynolds & John Silver. Just was told they drew a good crowd (thanks to Bob Magee)
–I’ve already had several people rave to me about Friday night’s Roderick Strong vs. Zack Sabre Jr. match on the Evolve show. I have their PWG match, which in clips looked phenomenal, cued up for as soon as I have free time, which isn’t going to be for a few days.
–CM Punk was really popular at the Fan Expo, so the idea that UFC fans won’t like him because he’s a fake wrestler, well, there are some vocal about it but the rank and file fans seemed to see him like a top guy.
–TNA is looking for a Senior Manager of Digital Content & Engagement.
–The New York Post story on John Cena at
–Jadat Sports LLC and Jerry Jarrett have reached a deal to release DVDs of old Memphis wrestling. Right now the plan is four DVD releases that will total 35 hours of classic Memphis Wrestling.
–John Finnegan has been keeping track of WWE TV and PPV matches starting in November 2006, and Sheamus’ win over Roman Reigns on Raw this past week was his 200th TV win during that period. Nobody else has won as many TV matches. Randy Orton right now has 197 in that period and John Cena has 188.
–Congrats to Premier promoter and sometimes web site contributor John LaRocca, on the birth of his baby girl Khloe Elizabeth LaRocca on Friday at 4:25 a.m. Congrats to John and Katrina, as well as to grandpa Joe, who I’ve known since grade school.
–Wrestlemerica, which is Luke Gallows’ promotion in Barnesville, GA, had a TV taping on Friday night: Shane Marx won three-way over Chip Day and AJ Steele, Iceberg b Pain-DQ, Murder One & Tommy Too Much b Razor & Rowdy, Mickie James b Pandora with Amber Galllows as referee, Sal Rinauro b Kevin Cage, Jimmy Rave b Mike Posey, Andy Anderson & Tyson Dean b Gunner & Iceberg to win the Southern tag team titles due to help from Pain & Tommy Too Much. They announced an 8/15 show at the Academy Gym in Barnesville with Matt Hardy vs. Tyson Dean. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
–Dynamo Pro Wrestling from last night in Glen Carbon, IL Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby b CJ Perry & Snitch, Lucy Mendez b Rachael Freeman, Michael Magnusson & Dave DeLorean b Rocket Mapache & Jackal, Brandon Aarons b Adrian Surge, Mike Outlaw b Jayden Fenix, Ricky Cruz b Evan Morris, Jack Gamble & Jon Webb won four-way over Shorty Biggs & Outtkast, Elvis Aliaga & Jay Howard and Justin D-Air & Keon Option, Jake Dirden b Billy McNeil (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
–Anarchy Wrestling TV tapings from last night in Cornelia, GA: Tommy Penirelli b Strykyn, Kevin Park b Marco Polo, Trever Aeon b Stitch Osiris, Todd Sexton b Raphael King, Mikael Judas b Jeff Lewis Neal, Slim J & Fred Yehi b Geter & Blaze, Azrael & Supernatural and Billy Buck & Bobby More, Kevin Blue b Jeremy Foster, Lars Manderson & BJ Hancock & Tommy Penirelli b Logan Creed & Shadow & Ashworth. Next TV taping is 7/25 (thanks to Bill Behrens)
–Premier Championship Wrestling from last night in Winnipeg: Jackie Lee b Zack Mercury, Chad Tatum over Jacob Creed and Alexander Prime, Antonio Scorpio b Shao Ming, Kenny Omega d Mentallo, Jackie Lee b Chad Tatum, London Dynasty b Kenny Omega & Chris Stevens & Mike McSugar & Michael Clarke, Antonio Scorpio b Jackie Lee in match one of a best of three. Next show is 8/29 with Omega vs. Mentallo in a rematch (thanks to Andrew Shallcross)
–Pure Wrestling Association on 8/16 in Bradford, ONT at the Old Bradford Arena with a tag team tournament including teams like Tommy Dreamer & Rhino, Tyson Dux & Tornado, Steve Corino & Reggie Marley, Johnny Devine & Ruffy Silverstein and several others. There will be an 11:30 a.m. show which is free and a 6:30 p.m. show with $5 tickets.
–Tessa Blanchard and Jessicka Havoc wrestle for Lucky Pro Wrestling on 11/15 in Hudson, MA.
–Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno: Kikyo b Luscious Lynn & Lisa Lace, Jesse Poole b Aki Sol, CB 3 b Kevin El Divino, Brandon Groom b Johnny Dynamo (thanks to Jon Southerland)
–GOUGE from last night in Raleigh, NC: No Direction b Waylon Maze & Johnny Fulls, Jennifer Blaze b Bill LaBeux, Otto Schwanz b Priest, Seymout Snott b Jakob Hammermeier-COR, Juan Jeremi b Jimmy Jack funk Jr. in a bullrope match. Next show is 7/18 in Fuquay Varina, NC at Draft Line Brewery.
–The seven new matches released on the NWA Classics 24/7 web site of old Houston Wrestling are Kerry Von Erich vs. Kamala, Gino Hernandez vs. Nick Kozak, Rocky Johnson vs Bruiser Brody, Hector Guerrero vs. Jose Lothario, Buddy Landel vs. Al Madril, The Fantastics vs. Dutch Mantell & Bill Dundee and Dusty Rhodes & Bad Leroy Brown vs. Gary Hart & Killer Karl Krupp.
–Showcase Pro Wrestling from Friday night in Woonsocket, RI before a sellout 140 fans: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt of Woonsocket gave promoter Chris Blackheart a citation. Nichols Night b GA West, Steve Lust & Steve Broad b Chris Matrix & Scott Le’deur, Benny Blanco & DJ AC b Albanian Assassins, Buck Nasty b Blackwolf, Rich Bass b Sgt. Muldoon, Shawn Candito b Cargill Vinton, Chris Matrix won Woonsocket Rumble (thanks to John Callahan)
–AIW Absolution X from Friday night in Cleveland: Gregory Iron & Iron Curtain b Joshua Singh & Kaplan & Frankie Flynn & Brian Carson, Athena b Veda Scott to keep women’s title, Davey Vega b BJ Whitmer to keep Intense title, Ethan Page b Eddie Kingston in an I Quit match, Colin Delaney & Cheech b Tyson Dux & Tracy Williams to keep tag titles, Louis Lyndon won six-way over Candice LaRae, ACH, Flip Kendrick, Cedric Alexander and Tyler Thomas, Tim Donst b Nick Gage, Josh Alexander b Ricky Shane Page to keep AIW title, Ricky Shane Page b Josh Alexander to win title, Young Bucks & Johnny Gargano & Alex Daniels & Josh Prohibition b Ethan Carter III & Matt Cross & DJ Zema Ion & Samoa Joe & Raymond Rowe (thanks to Chris GST)
–The Kickstarter and teaser trailer for “Nightwing: The Darkest Knight” has launched online here- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mattboxmedia/nightwing-the-darkest-knight
Nightwing stars Brady Roberts (star of World of Hurt Season 2 with Rowdy Roddy Piper as Brady Malibu, Lance Storm student). Tyson Kidd and Kofi Kingston have tweeted out the trailer already.
–Post match after Friday’s Timothy Thatcher win over Drew Galloway
–Shad Gaspard on the red carpet for Terminatortalking about my next films, WWE and more.
–Trailer for JTG’s first movie
–Conor McGregor’s elite level movement tested out in a lab
Fascinating.. this is the kind of force that sucked the wind out of Chad Mendes with those spinning kicks.