By Dave Meltzer
We’re looking for reports on tomorrow’s WWE shows in Sydney, Australia (Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton vs. King Barrett) and in Victoria, BC (Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt), as well on last night’s NXT show in Starke, FL, tonight’s NXT show in Orlando and tomorrow’s NXT show in Largo, FL at Dave Meltzerdave@wrestlingobserver.com”>
For this weekend, our polls will be on the AAA PPV show and the Saturday & Sunday G-1 Climax shows.
New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV tonight at 8 p.m. ET for a special two hour season finale from last year’s Seibu Dome show
Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. A.J. Styles
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazuchika Okada for the G-1 Climax finals
There is also a Resurrection Fighting Alliance show at 10 p.m. tonight on AXS
FIP Heatstroke 2015 iPPV tonight at 9 p.m. from the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL at www.wwnlive.com
Earl Cooter vs. Bolt Brady
Zane Riley vs. Gary Jay
Jason Cade & Aaron Solow vs. Chase Brown & Peter Kaasa
Deimos vs. Josh Hess
Blake Edwards Belakus vs. Martin Stone
Rhett Giddins vs. Monster Tarver
Maxwell Chicago vs. Johny Vandal
Eddie Graves & Teddy Stigma vs. Devin & Mason Cutter for tag titles
Caleb Konley vs. Trevor Lee for FIP title
New Japan G-1 Climax tournament on New Japan World at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning Eastern time from the Yokohama Bunka Gym
Satoshi Kojima & Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi & Yohei Komatsu vs. Yuji Nagata & Kushida & Mascara Dorada & David Finlay
Michael Elgin & Jay White vs. Karl Anderson & Cody Hall
Hirooki Goto & Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi
Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga
Kota Ibushi vs. Bad Luck Fale
Tetsuya Naito vs. Toru Yano
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. A.J. Styles
Togi Makabe vs. Doc Gallows
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata
UFC tomorrow from Nashville
Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time
Anthony Christodoulou vs. Scott Holtzman
Roman Salazar vs. Marlon Vera
Jonathan Wilson vs. Chris Dempsey
FS 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern time
Sirwan Kakai vs. Frankie Saenz
Willie Gates vs. Dustin Ortiz
Chris Camozzi vs. Tom Kong Watson
Oluwale Bamghose vs. Uriah Hall
FS 1 at 10 p.m.
Ray Borg vs. Geane Herrera
Sara McMann vs. Amanda Nunes
Timothy Johnson vs. Jared Rosholt
Sam Alvey vs. Derek Brunson
Beneil Dariush vs. Michael Johnson
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Glover Teixiera
New Japan G-1 Climax tournament on New Japan World at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning Eastern time from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
David Finlay & Jay White vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga
Kota Ibushi & Mascara Dorada vs. Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi
Tetsuya Naito & Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan vs. A.J. Styles & Doc Gallows & Cody Hall
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Kushida vs. Togi Makabe & Katsuyori Shibata & Tiger Mask
Michael Elgin vs. Karl Anderson
Satoshi Kojima vs. Yuji Nagata
Kazuchika Okada vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tomoaki Honma
Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii
WWE has a house show on Sunday in Vancouver, BC (Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt)
AAA TripleMania 25 from Arena Ciudad in Mexico City on regular PPV at 7 p.m. Eastern
Drago & Goya Kong & Dinastia & Pimpinela Escarlata vs. Daga & Sexy Star & Mini Psycho Clown & Mamba
Cibernetico & Chessman & Averno defend the trios titles against Jack Evans & Fenix & Angelico and El Hijo del Fantasma & El Texano Jr. & Pentagon Jr.
Blue Demon Jr. & La Parka vs. Mesias & Electroshock
Los Villanos III & IV & V vs. The Psycho Circus
Alberto El Patron vs. Brian Cage hair vs.. hair
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Myzteziz
There will also be a Hall of Fame induction ceremony for both Perro Aguayo Jr. and Hector Garza.
Raw will be Monday night in Everett, WA. Stephen Amell of the TV show Arrow will be a guest doing an angle with Stardust. No Brock Lesnar or Paul Heyman advertised this week, nor John Cena.
Smackdown will be Tuesday night in Portland, OR.
The life and times of Roddy Piper is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We also have coverage of WWE financials and why the stock is going through the roof, the rise of Ronda Rousey and UFC 190 numbers, the G-1 Climax tournament update and the full story behind the 2002 pitch made to WWE about a gay asskicking wrestler.
The latest Wrestling Observer: August 10, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Roddy Piper passes away, WWE Q2 results & analysis
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FRIDAY’S NEWS UPDATE
For Wednesday night, here were the ratings:
UFC Tonight at 8 p.m. 111,000 viewers
TNA at 9 p.m. 327,000 viewers
ROH at 11 p.m. 151,000 viewers
TNA replay at midnight 42,000 viewers
UFC is higher than usual, TNA first show was normal and second was lowest yet. ROH was down from the prior week.
WWE changes the Submission Sorority name due to it being the same name as a porn series produced by BangBros. The new name for the group is PCB for Paige, Charlotte and Banks. Unfortunately, there is also a porn site that has PCB videos. Maybe PCL, because if you Google that, the worst you’re getting is knee ligament tears.
Hirooki Goto vs. Michael Elgin has be added to the 8/22 ROH show at MCU Park in Brooklyn.
The Godfather Charles Wright headlines an 8/14 show for River City Wrestling on 8/14 in San Antonio at Retama Park. Hernandez also appears on the show.
WWE stock closed up five cents per share at $21.97 to end the week at its highest end of the week in more than one year.
Kevin Dunn sold 40,000 shares of his stock at $22.74 to come up with $909,600.
CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara: Evola & Furia Roja b Metatron & Neutron, Flyer & Magnus & Magnus b Artillero & Super Comando & Jocker, Canelo Casas & Metalico & Virus b Omar Bruentti & Esfinge & Stigma, Atlantis & Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Kraneo & Olimpico & Ripper-DQ, Negro Casas & Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero b Brazo de Plata & Marco Corleone & Maximo (thanks to Kris Zellner)
Antonio Tarver vs. Steve Cunningham will headline the 8/14 PBC show on Spike.
Dark Water Productions announced that a film with Roddy Piper called “The Reconciler” will be out in November. Piper plays a detective in the movie. There was also a movie he filmed called “the Masked Saint,” that is set for a January release from the Ridgerock Entertainment Group.
Spike is filming a documentary for the 9/19 Bellator show that will be built around the history of MMA in San Jose at the SAP Center and all the different famous fights in that building. Some of the greatest fights, including Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua, Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le, Clay Guida vs. Gilbert Melendez, Melendez vs. Josh Thomson and historical matches like Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum and Gina Carano vs Cris Cyborg were in that building.
The Fight Network in Canada will be airing the UFC prelims from 8-10 p.m. tomorrow night, as well as a pregame show at 7 p.m. The main card in Canada airs on TSN 2. They also air tonights’ RFA show headlined by Andrew Sanchez vs. John Poppie.
ECWA announced a free show on 8/27 in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center.
Smash Wrestling on 10/4 in North Bay, ONT at the Best Western North Bay Hotel & Conference Center with all proceeds going to the Special Olympics.
Dan Spivey returns to the ring shortly for BANG Wrestling in Ocala, FL: and will team with Dory Funk Jr.
The Floyd Mayweather Jr/Ronda Rousey storyline going nowhere continued with Mayweather saying: “You know, a while back I never knew who Ronda Rousey was. So I’m pretty sure she got upset. I want to say congratulations to Ronda Rousey and the UFC. You guys have done a tremendous job and I’ve probably won six or seven ESPY’s for fighter of the year. I truly believe she deserves it. Congratulations. She deserves it. “I just say that I’ve yet to see any MMA fighter or other boxer make over $300 million in 36 minutes. When she can do that, call me.”
The 16 team lineup for the King of Trios tournament on 9/4 to 9/6 in Easton, PA for CHIKARA Pro
A.J. Styles & Young Bucks
Drago & Fenix & Aero Star
MK McKinnna & Trent & Tyler Bate
A team from the U.K.
Stevie Richards & Nova (Mike Bucci) & Blue Meanie bringing back the BWO
Blaster McMassive & Flex Rumblecrunch & Max Smashmaster
Dasher Hatfield & Icarus & Mr. Touchdown
Eddie Kingston & Ophidian & Shynron
Juan Francisco & Mr. Azerbaijan & Boar of Moldova
Chuck Taylor & Drew Gulak & Swamp Monster
Jakob Hammermeier & Soldier Ant & Nokken
Amasis & Fire Ant & Worker Ant
Frightmare & Silver Ant & Hallowicked
Oleg the Usurper & The Batri
Kimber Lee & Los Ice Creams
Kevin Kondron& Missile Assault & Lucas Calhoun
For UFC’s next PPV show on 9/5 from Las Vegas, the four matches pushed are Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson for the flyweight title, Andrei Arlovski vs. Frank Mir, Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa and Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers.
ROH has announced shows on 10/23 in Kalamazoo, MI at the wings Event Center Annex, which will be a TV taping, and 10/24 in Dayton at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.
Last night in Houston, thieves smashed the window of Lane Huffman’s (Stevie Ray, the older brother of Booker T) Cadillac Escalade and stole both his gym bag and his Wildkat Wrestling championship belt. He had just cut interviews and was at a local restaurant on his way home and the window was smashed while he was inside. If anyone has leads they are asked to contact WildkatSports@gmail.com
A story on Babe Ruth in pro wrestling
A story on Ken Shamrock returning to where he used to live and reconnecting with the mother who adopted him
A story on Road Warrior Animal
A story on Ashley Fliehr (Charlotte) in Playboy