SAT. UPDATE: UFC preview, old Tweets could spoil WWE tryout, and more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.com | Follow @davidbix

TV and major show notes:

UFC has Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson live from New Orleans, Louisiana:

Main Card at 10:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1:
Tim Boetsch (185.5) vs. Dan Henderson (186) in the five round main event
Ben Rothwell (265) vs. Matt Mitrione (255)
Dustin Poirier (156) vs. Yancy Medeiros (159.5)
Thiago Tavares (146) vs. Brian Ortega (146)
Joe Soto (136) vs. Anthony Birchak (136)
Francisco Rivera (136) vs. Alex Caceres (136)
 
Prelims on Fox Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET:
Shawn Jordan (263.5) vs. Derrick Lewis (264.5)
Brian Ebersole (170.5) vs. Omari Akhmedov (171)
Chris Wade (155.5) vs. Cristos Giagos (155.5)
Joe Proctor (156) vs. Justin Edwards (156)
 
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass at 7:00 p.m. ET:
Ricardo Abreu (183) vs. Jake Collier (185.5)
Jose Quinonez (135) vs. Leonardo Morales (137)
 
Not much in the way of major star power, but by all rights, this shuld be an entertaining main card, plus Jordan-Lewis should be fun heavyweight mayhem. Poirier-Medeiros is the one to watch, as it’s pretty much guaranteed to be an exciting fight from the way they match up.
 

New Japan World has the Best of the Super Junior finals live from Tokyo Yoyogi Gym tonight/tomorrow morning at 4 a.m. Eastern time with Kushida vs. Kyle O’Reilly for the trophy in the main event.
 
Tonight we’re looking for reports from:
 

* WWE in Baton Rouge (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Ryback, King Barrett).
* WWE in Salt Lake City (Roman Reigns, Kane, Dean Ambrose, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus)
* ROH in Nashville at the Fairgrounds Arena (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Raymond Rowe & Hanson vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe non-title, Michael Elgin vs. Matt Sydal, Roderick Strong vs. Dalton Castle, Moose vs. B.J. Whitmer vs. Cheeseburger vs. Silas Young, Adam Page vs. Will Ferrara)
 
NXT in Largo, FL
 
Tomorrow night we’re looking for reports from:
 
* WWE in Lake Charles, LA (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Ryback, King Barrett)
* WWE in Pensacola, FL (Roman Reigns, Big Show, Dean Ambrose, Kane, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus)
 
Raw is Monday in New Orleans two night after UFC runs the same building, while Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday in Lafayette, LA.

Also on Tuesday night,  the special “We are Suzuki Gun” show will be held at Korakuen Hall, with a video on demand version uploaded Wednesday morning at 5:00 a.m. ET. The lineup is:

1. Naomichi Marufuji vs. Yuji Nagata
2. Genba Hirayangi & Hitoshi Kumano vs. John Webb & Jack Gamble
3. Gedo & Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Captain New Japan & Captain NOAH
4. Jushin Thunder Liger & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Taichi & El Desperado
5. Takashi Sugiura & Daisuke Harada vs. Shelton Benjamin & TAKA Michinoku
6. NWA World Tag Team Title: Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. (c) vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
7. Special Tag Match: Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & MAYBACH Taniguchi

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* The company’s perfectionist streak compared to other indies.

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The breakdown of the ROH deal on Destination America, how this affects TNA, the time frame of both company’s deals with the station and why this went down is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also look at Daniel Cormier winning the world championship and questions arising, full coverage of UFC 187, Full coverage of Samoa Joe to NXT and the last special, the AAA World Cup coverage, Bischoff sues TNA and the UFC hall of Fame.

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–Dana White talks UFC 189

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–Update on UFC in New York and where it stands

–Sara McMann thinking of legal action on the Reebok deal

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–Tons of new UFC fights

–Lawsuit settlement results in apologies

–Suspended fighter thinks about going to Olympics

–Hector Lombard talks Josh Barnett

–Ronda Rousey at the  Wall Street Journal cafe brunch

–Fighter who had announced retirement now coming back

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Saturday Daily Update

— With Jessica Havok at the WWE tryout camp going on right now at the Performance Center, some fans started pointing out various tweets she wrote a few years ago that used racial and homophobic slurs. She started deleting those tweets, which didn’t help, as screen grabs had been taken and she didn’t realize that she had written literally dozens of other tweets using similar language. Obviously, in 2015, that makes WWE a lot less likely to hire her, so she tweeted this apology out in several parts:

“I want to apologize whole heartedly for the OLD tweets that are being brought up right now. Legit, It was years ago and i don’t even rem.tweeting over half of this stuff. The stuff i do remember was jokes that were in bad taste. I was young and very new to social media promo and i was very immature and just said things to make my friends laugh at the time. Inside jokes between us. I don’t really feel or believe any of the things i DID actually tweet. I am a loving, compassionate person and i LOVE everyone. No mater who! I would die for any wrestling fan and i care so much about wrestling and everything in it. I would not be here without any of you. I was young, stupid & immature. I am not too proud to admit some of it was me being bitter for all the wrong reasons, but I’ve learned and grown from this .. i hope this can be forgiven. I love you guys.”

She also told David Gilbert of TalkTNAPodcast.com that she also had an ex that “used to play on her phone.” For whatever it’s worth, in the past, she used the song “Third Reich from the Sun” by Hanzel und Gretyl as entrance music. There seems to be disagreement as to whether or not they’re a “white power” band, a satirical take on “white power” bands, or a band that claims to have no official political ideology but uses some Nazi imagery.

— Kawasaki Motors Corp issued a press release today announcing that they’ve signed Steve Austin as a brand ambassador. He’ll be appearing in ads for their “MULE PRO” series.

— UFC announced a very interesting lightweight fight for the August 8th card in Nashville (Glover Texeira vs. Ovince St. Preux main event) in the form of Michael Johnson (#5 contender) vs. Beneil Dariush (#14 contender). For Johnson, who was trying to earn a title eliminator, this is a very high risk fight, as Dariush seems to have the stylistic edge. It’s not official yet, but it looks like it’ll be the co-main event or, at worst, third from the top.

— Dan Henderson talked to Ben Fowlkes at MMAJunkie about testosterone replacement therapy. Worth a read. He feels that TRT was scapegoated as part of the larger concern over PEDs and that maybe the TRT ban would’ve have happened if there were already widespread, unannounced, random tests.

— Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard has an article about Justin Roberts. Lots of stuff about how much disliked the company culture in WWE, though the stars themselves were great, with Hulk Hogan always telling him stories. One pretty salient point he makes is that the writers, not being at the house shows with their larger cross-section of fans, are not in touch with the fan base at large as they could be. He says that he’s in the process of writing a tell-all autobiography.

— IHWE has Old School Hustle Night 1 & 2 tonight and tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. local time at the Crowley Rec Center in Crowley, Texas with the 2015 Southern Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Tonight, Charlie Haas, Mike McGuirk, Max McGuirk, Lance Hoyt, Barbi Hayden, Marc Lowrance, Will all be on hand. Ray Rowe will be there tomorrow night plus Rodney Mack returns.
 
— Empire Wrestling Entertainment  is hosting a 16-man, first of it’s kind for a homegrown Southern indie, tournament on 8/7 and 8/8 at the Empire Arena in Rossville, Georgia (right over the state line from Chattanooga). The announced participants so far are Gunner, Gunner Miller (former UTC Football player and a guy with big time potential), KT Hamill (one of the best workers in the area), Moose and Kongo Kong. They are slow releasing names for the tournament, at a rate of one for every 40  likes of their Facebook page. Promoter Scott Hensley is looking to pack the venue for both shows, so check out their page here.
 
— Wrestlmerica results from last night at the Barnesville Academy Gym in Barnesville, Georgia drawing over 400 fans (taped for taped for Charter 181 Barnesville):
 
1. Andy Anderson beat Sal Rinauro
2. Iceberg defeated Twisted
3. Tracy Taylor beat Amber O’Neal Gallows using the trunks
4. Doc Gallows defeated Jake Davis and then was bloodied afterwards by Al Getz’s army of Davis, Andy Anderson, Pain, & Tyson Dean. Amber was being choked by Dean as this was going on and Getz called for the Bullet Club to come at them. The crowd was extremely hot for this.
5. Tyson Dean beat Fry Daddy
6. 3 Way Dance: Jimmy Rave defeated MVP & Micah Taylor with Rave pinning Taylor. MVP worked his ass off here.
7. Barnesville Street Fight: Southside Trash beat Trinity
 
Next show is on 7/10 with Magnus & Mickie James announced as coming in. (Thanks to Kris Zellner!)

— PCW results from last night in Preston, England in front of a sell out crowd of 850: Ashton Smith b Charlie Garrett, El Ligero, and Dean Allmark in a four-way match, Sha Samuels b Dave Mastiff, Joanna Rose b Dave Rayne, Team Single (T-Bone and Rampage Brown) b The UK Hooligans (Roy and Zak Knight) in a TLC match to retain the PCW tag titles, Noam Dar b Bubblegum, Kris Travis teased retirement before being insulted by Sha Samuels and it was announced he would make his return vs Samuels on the 7th August show, Joey Hayes and Martin Kirby b Ryan Smile and Damian Dunne, and AJ Styles b Lionheart with the Calf Killer. After the match Styles put over Lionheart on the mic and the two men shook hands.

TOMORROW’S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE (thanks to Bert Duckwall)

12:30 AM ET
STONE COLD PODCAST WWE Hall of Famer and Icon Stone Cold Steve Austin will have a no holds barred LIVE interview with Paul Heyman!

1:30 AM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and SmackDown with This Week in WWE.

2:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nikki is devastated when she discovers John’s kept a secret from her. Rosa’s unaware she’s competing in her pursuits of an NFL player.

3:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!

4:00 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR A controversial group of superstars set out to better sports entertainment and would rely on one another to do so.

5:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

6:00 AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS WWE Superstars features the best of the best, in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect, so expect everything.

7:00 AM ET
WWE NXT The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!

8:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!

9:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

10:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nikki is devastated when she discovers John’s kept a secret from her. Rosa’s unaware she’s competing in her pursuits of an NFL player.

11:00 AM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING Rey Mysterio: Life of a Masked Man features exclusive and candid comments from the Ultimate Underdog on his sports entertainment path!

12:30 PM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and SmackDown with This Week in WWE.

1:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!

2:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR A controversial group of superstars set out to better sports entertainment and would rely on one another to do so.

3:00 PM ET
WWE MONEY IN THE BANK 2013 Can John Cena overcome the brute strength of Mark Henry or will the world’s strongest man finally capture the WWE Championship?

6:00 PM ET
WWE QUICK HITS WWE Quick Hits 4 brings you some of the most unique, entertaining, and sometimes outrageous clips, unearthed from the depths of WWE Network!

6:30 PM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and SmackDown with This Week in WWE.

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