UFC 201 – A King is Crowned

It was a thunderous punch that ended the reign of Robbie Lawler. As Tyron Woodley came to the ring last night, his entrance song blared, “…A king without a crown.” Nobody believed that, except for T-Wood. Hardly anyone gave “The Chosen One” a chance in his first title shot in the UFC. The odds were long on a T-Wood victory. However, in this year of dethronement, another king was defeated. Tyron Woodley is your new UFC 170 lb Welterweight Champion, and it only took him 2 minutes and 12 seconds, making it the fastest finish in UFC Welterweight Championship history.

The crowd stayed until the end. In the building, Robbie Lawler was a tremendous babyface, but by the show’s closing, everyone was cheering for Woodley. The Philips Arena was maybe 70% full at its peak, but nobody left early. I doubt there would have been much of a difference in total attendance had the scheduled Demetrius Johnson bout taken place as the main event of this show, but for certain, the people came to see Lawler vs. Woodley.

UFC 201 was action packed. It seemed to alternate between a close decision, and a fast knock out. In total there were five knock outs, including the fastest in UFC heavyweight history, one submission, and five decisions, including a majority draw. 

Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Rose Namajunas won fight of the night, while Jake Ellenberer and Tyron Woodley each won a performance bonus. All four fighters added 50,000 dollars to their purse. 

[Dan Velten]

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WWE in Tallahassee, FL (Roman Reigns vs. A.J. Styles vs Seth Rollins, Neville vs. Kevin Owens, New Day vs. Wyatt Family for tag titles, Charlotte vs. Alicia Fox, Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus and Jey Uso & Zack Ryder vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson)
NXT in Robston, TX
NXT in Orlando, FL
WWE in Savannah, GA (Roman  Reigns vs. A.J. Styles vs. Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, New Day vs Wyatt Family for tag titles, Charlotte vs. Alicia Fox, Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus and Jey Uso & Zack Ryder vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson)
WWE in Knoxville, TN (Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho for WWE title in a street fight, Kane & Neville vs. Vaudevillains, Cesaro vs. Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin, Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs. Summer Rae & Dana Brooke, Enzo & Cass vs. Dudleys)
NXT in Houston, TX
NXT in Jacksonville, FL
Northeast Wrestling in Pomona, NY at the Palisades Credit Union Park with Ric Flair and Booker T appearing, plus Jeff Hardy vs. Brian Anthony, Matt Hardy vs. Vinny Marseglia, Jerry Lawler vs. Dan De Man, Sami Callihan vs. TK O’Ryan and Cam Zagami & Mandy Leon vs. Deonna Purrazzo & Damian Adams w/ Velvet Sky referee.
WWE in Augusta, GA (Roman Reigns vs. A.J. Styles vs. Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, New Day vs. Wyatt Family for tag titles, Charlotte vs. Alicia fox, Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus and Jey Uso & Zack Ryder vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson)
WWE in Asheville, NC (Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho, Kane & Neville vs. Vaudevillains, Cesaro vs. Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin, Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs. Summer Rae & Dana Brooke, Enzo & Cass vs. Dudleys)

Raw is Monday night in Atlanta at the Phillips Arena. John Cena and A.J. Styles are both booked on the Raw show, but will likely not appear on television. Brock Lesnar returns on the show as well.

Smackdown is Tuesday night in Nashville.

NEW JAPAN G-1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT IN KAGOSHIMA AT THE ARENA WEDNESDAY AT 5:30 A.M. EASTERN TIME ON NEW JAPAN WORLD

Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & David Finlay
Yuji Nagata & Michael Elgin & Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima & Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi & Gedo
Katsuyori Shibata & Captain New Japan vs. Kenny Omega & Yujiro Takahashi
Tomoaki Honma & Kushida & Juice Robinson vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Bushi
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Bad Luck Fale
Hirooki Goto vs. Tama Tonga
Naomichi Marufuji vs. Seiya Sanada
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi Makabe


THE ROUND-UP

UFC 201 Observer Panel Picks: Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley
UFC 201 Atlanta live results: Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley 
WWE Superstars results: Swagger & O’Neil vs. The Dudley Boyz
WWE Main Event results: Hype Bros make their main roster debut
NXT Corpus Christi, TX, live results: Balor & Itami vs. The Revival 

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READ IT HERE: Figure Four Weekly 7/25/2016: More concussion legality! – Just moments after last week’s issue was put to bed, news broke that WWE had been hit by yet another lawsuit from Massachusetts lawyer Konstantine Kyros against WWE. Before, there were of a small handful of wrestlers with no prospects of dealing with WWE again suing strictly over nebulously worded concussion-related claims. This time, there are over 50 plaintiffs, including a lot of surprises, and the counts have been expanded to include variations on misclassifying them as independent contractors as part of an alleged racketeering scheme. 

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Wrestling Observer Newsletter

READ IT HERE: August 1, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Brand split week one, Brock Lesnar and the WWE Wellness Policy – The entire story of Brock Lesnar, UFC drug testing, WWE drug testing and its history leads the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. There is also full coverage of week one of the brand extension, what has been good and what hasn’t, as well as coverage of Battleground, the G-1 Climax tournament, and the deaths of well known personalities on a regional basis like announcer Bill Cardille and Oregon advertising icon Tom Peterson.

The lead story explains in detail why Lesnar was not suspended, the changes in the policy where he can’t be suspended, who else has those loopholes, where they came from, why PED usage is more of a competitive advantage in WWE than in most real sports and why people who claim wrestling isn’t competition miss the entire point. There is also a look back to 2007 when a large percentage of the roster was suspended at the same time without test failures and why, including how office people have been treated different from talent on the subject. Take a look into specifics of the case of Randy Orton, performance vs. cosmetic in wrestling and how it has changed, how WWE differs from the other major promotions, when steroid testing started in WWF, when it was dropped and when it was restarted, a look back at the key component of the 1994 indictment of Vince McMahon and subsequent trial, and what happened and why WWF dropped drug testing.

A look back at the cases involving Eddy Guerrero and Chris Benoit, the success of the program all inside.

In this issue, take a look at Lesnar’s schedule, the situation with Paul Heyman, what the next steps for UFC and athletic commissions regarding the Lesnar test failures and the reaction to all this from Mark Hunt. This issue also looks at Hunt’s argument regarding how Lesnar gained financially from cheating and how Lesnar was not treated differently than anyone else when it came to drug testing in the UFC.

Finally, examine week one of the brand split, the changes in the SummerSlam show, Roman Reigns booking, the ascension of Dolph Ziggler and Finn Balor, as well as business notes and a match-by-match rundown of Battleground with star ratings.

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Wrestling Observer Newsletter BACK ISSUE

READ IT HERE: June 21, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Hart family files lawsuit against WWF, WCW Great American Bash review, more – The expected lawsuit filed by the Hart family against a number of defendants, the main one being the World Wrestling Federation, was announced at a press conference on 6/15 in Kansas City.


Balor Says ‘Good-Bye’ to NXT

(Photo: Finn Balor looks out at the crowd during his NXT farewell last night in Houston)

Saturday night at the NXT house show in Houston, Finn Balor and others bid farewell to NXT as they are set to start full-time on the main roster. After the main event tag team match ended, Bayley came out to address the audience and one-by-one brought out everywhere headed up to the main roster. Besides Balor, she called out Mojo Rawley, Nia Jax and Carmela. They each got one more moment to shine in NXT. Here are results from the show and also a column on the artistry on display as it unfolded.

Balor thanked the fans, the wrestlers and he put over Matt Bloom in his farewell speech. He tweeted later that night, “’IF’ that was the last one.. It has been a beautiful 2 years. #NXTHouston #ThankYouNXT”.​


SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Today is one year since the sudden death of Roddy Piper at the age of 61. Piper was one of the greatest wrestling characters of all-time and while he absolutely got his due at the time, historically in rewriters of history never got his fair due for the expansion of WWE in 1984-85 and the first WrestleMania show.

Today is also the 20th anniversary of Kurt Angle winning the Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling at 220 pounds in Atlanta in a very close match that could have gone either way. Angle had suffered a broken neck only a few months earlier so it was one of the more remarkable gold medal wins in wrestling history. 

UFC 201 was the third most searched term on Google in the U.S. this past weekend with more than 500,000 searches. That would indicate the show didn’t bomb as badly as some had expected. Beating it were Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book and Powerball. The biggest sub searches were Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, UFC 201 results and Lawler vs. Woodley.

Judge Pamela Campbell ruled that Hulk Hogan could start seizing the assets of Gawker founder Nick Denton, claiming that he misled the court about the value of his company. Denton couldn’t raise the $50 million bond that was required to appeal the $140 million verdict awarded to Hogan, so he put up his stock in Gawker as collateral, telling the court it was worth $81 million. Campbell agreed to the terms until finding out the stock was worth $27 million. When Denton said the stock was worth $81 million, he was already preparing a bankruptcy filing and was selling the company for $90 million, and Denton owned one-third of the company. She ruled his stock value is not adequate for the bond and ruled if he can’t appeal, then Hogan could start collecting. Denton is looking for an emergency stay of the court order.

PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING
WWE has a video on Nikki Bella training for her return to the ring.
John Cena will host the Teen Choice Awards at 8 p.m. on FOX tonight. Cena is also scheduled to appear this Wednesday night (Aug 3rd) on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
Jimmy Uso has a minor undisclosed injury which is why Zack Ryder has been on the road teaming with Jey Uso against Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows. They were hopeful he would get cleared in time for television on Tuesday.
The “New Era” of WWE is underway. Will it make a difference?
Booker T tweeted that as of yesterday, his Spinaroonie is officially retired.
WWE’s William Regal made an appearance in front of the crowd at today’s PROGRESS Wrestling show.
Catch up with former WCW star Devon “Crobar” Storm and his life after wrestling in this article.
Fox Sports also has a story reflecting on Angle’s win. 
Prior to their match on August 12th, Will Ospreay and Vader will meet fans and participate in a questions and answers session on August 11th for Revolution Pro Wrestling.
Despite missing a show on Saturday with a possible shoulder injury, Ospreay returned to action at today for PROGRESS Wrestling in a match against Mark Haskins.
Here is a story on the autobiography of Pat Patterson that Dave Meltzer just started reading.
Another story on the Patterson book is here.

More Hall of Fame weekend videos:

JJ Dillon’s Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame induction speech is here.   
Tully Blanchard and JJ Dillon discuss “Horsemen Membership” as part of the HOF weekend Horsemen pannel. 
Bob Backlund discusses Billy Graham, his World Title Matches vs other World Champions, Donald Trump, Hulk Hogan as a role and more.
St. Louis Promoter for 41 years Herb Simmons talks what Bruiser Brody was like to work with as a talent here.

Final 2 IPW Hall of Fame weekend matches:

Steel Cage Match: Jeff Jefferies w/JJ Dillon battles Sparrow.
Gerald’s Brisco’s son, former TNA Star who has worked for New Japan Wes Brisco takes on Jake Dirden.
UFC / MMA
The new UFC owners were at last night’s show in Atlanta.
The UFC heads back to Brazil on September 24 for a fight night card at Ginasio Nislon Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil.
UFC debuted the promo video for UFC 202 and the Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor main event.
Dana White revealed that the UFC had decided to cut Jake Ellenberger earlier this year, but Ellenberger talked his way into being given one more chance. Ellenberger capitalized on that opportunity and defeated Matt Brown at UFC 201 last night. I’ll bet gamblers wish they knew that interesting tidbit before they picked this fight. Speaking of picking poorly…

Observer Panel picks results from last night’s show:

3-2: Mike Sawyer

2-3: Steve Juon, David Bixenspan, Front Row Brian, Paul Fontaine

1-4: Mike Sempervive, Josh Nason, Ryan Frederick, John Pollock, Dave Meltzer

WSOF results from last night on NBC Sports Network: Marlon Moraes retained the bantamweight title with a 2nd round KO over Josh Hill; Lance Palmer won the featherweight title for the 2nd time with a 5 round decision win over Alexandre de Almeida; Caros Fodor won a 3 rd decision over his adopted brother Ben Fodor a.k.a Phoenix Jones; Louis Taylor scored a 2nd round submission over Phil Hawes
WSOF announced yesterday that their live special airing New Year’s Eve on the NBC main network will take place in New York City at the theatre in Madison Square Garden.
VARIETY
Some other TV involving wrestlers includes Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson on HBO at 10 p.m. and WAGS featuring Barbie Blank at 10 p.m. on E!
Some corrections on the CHIKARA notes from last weekend. Hype Rockwell & Race Jaxon were the tag team champions and lost a non-title match to Mustache Mountain. Los Ice Creams hit the ring to cash in their shot and pinned Jaxson to apparently win the title. However, since the title matches have to be 2 out of 3 falls, the ruling was it was not a title change and the titles are now held up. They claimed it was an error by the official. Also Kodama & Obariyon lost to Worker Ant & Silver Ant. (thanks to Michael Langan)
Jessie Godderz was at the Pop TV officers on Thursday night to host the Big Brother After Dark and The Orwell Games.
BANG has shows 8/3 to 8/5 at the BANG Sound Stage in Ocala, FL featuring Dory Funk Jr.
UWC on 9/10 in Wrightstown, NJ at Kelly’s Banquet Hall for back to school night.
Northland Wrestling hosts The Miller Memorial Cup is 10/1 in North Bay, ONT to honor Adam “Wheels’ Miller. Wrestlers from all over Ontario are scheduled to come in. It will be a benefit show for the Special Olympics of North Bay.
RESULTS: Women’s Wrestling Revolution from last night in Providence, RI: Veda Scott b Santana Garrett, Mistress Belmont & Miranda Vioniette b Solo Darling & Candice LaRae, Taeler Hendrix b Sonya Strong, Mia Yim (Jade) b Jordynne Grace, Alexxis b LuFisto, Deonna Purrazzo b Kimber Lee.
RESULTS: Lucha Xtreme TV from last night on Fresno TV: Skitzo b Shadow James, Homicide b Donny Suaerz, Big Dogg b Brandon Groom-DQ. Next tapings are 8/21 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium with Manny Fernandez and Homicide. (thanks to Jon Southerland)

The Summer Slam Events Calendar

TODAY – BATTLEWAR 36; Les Foufounes Électriques, 87 Sainte-Catherine Street East, Montreal, QC
Aug 4-6 – !BANG! TV – Professional Wrestling Spectacular, 3 charity shows in 3 days. – More information.
Aug 5 – NEF Presents Dana White: Looking for a Fight. More info here.
Aug 6 – Smokey Mountain Wrestling: Fire on the Mountain – Jason Kincaid defends against Elliott Russell, Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Dr., Kingsport, TN
Aug 6 – Crossfire Wrestling return to Bissell’s Hideaway for Battle Of Bissells II. The price is $20 for all day pass at the park and the wrestling show.
Aug 6 – Upstate Professional Wrestling presents: Headlocks & Homeruns 5 at the Premier Sports Center in Webster, New York.
Aug 6 – UFC FIGHT NIGHT – Rodriguez vs. Caceres, from Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 6 – Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt Carmel with Crazy Mary Dobson, Allysin “Sienna” Kay, Veda Scott, Shayna Baszler, Annie Social, Kelly Klein, Heidi Lovelace, Lufisto, Nicole Savoy and more.
Aug 12 – BIG WEST WRESTLING presents BOWLING, BODYSLAMS & BBQ, Lake City Bowling & Billiards: Kelowna, BC
Aug 12 – Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Jeff Cobb has been added to the Revolution Pro show in London at York Hall in Bethnal Green.
Aug 13 – Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling: Civil War, Russian Community Centre, 2114 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC 7:30pm Bell Time
Aug 13 – Viva La Lucha: San Diego, CA, Montgomery High School – This show is a special fundraiser event in the 619 featuring Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, TJP, Nicho/Psychosis, Teddy Hart, Willie Mack, Vermin, Los Luchas and more.
Aug 13 – World Women’s Wrestling 2016 IRON MAIDEN Championship at the America Civic Center in Wakefield, MA
Aug 13 – wXw NOW – The End (Tommy End’s final show in Germany, booked by The Sumerian Death Squad)
Aug 13 – NWA Mid South Wrestling in Dyresburg, TN at the Herb Welch Wrestle Plex headlined by Matt Riviera vs. Jeremy Moore.
Aug 19 – We Watch Wrestling LIVE Podcast Recording – Copper Still 4485 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Aug 19 – Superkick’d Pro Wrestling Rock Show – Blazed The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
Aug 19 – The Hardys, Drew Galloway, Ethan Carter III and Mickie James appear for House of Glory Wrestling in Jamaica, NY.  That’s the Friday before SummerSlam.
Aug 20 – LIVE PRO WRESTLING! “FIGHTING BACK 6: WRESTLING WITH CANCER” – Vanier Columbus Club, 260 McArthur Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Aug 20 – Reality of Wrestling presents: SUMMER OF CHAMPIONS III – Featuring Kurt Angle, from the World Gym Arena in Texas City, TX. The event is preceded by a VIP Meet and Greet session to feature WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, Kurt Angle and the lovely Queen Sharmell. Tickets here. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sale will be going to the Booker T Fights For Kids Foundation.
Aug 20 – “Best In The West” in Fresno, CA from the VFW Hall #8900, located at 3585 N Blythe at 6pm. Featuring Jeff Cobb, Joey Ryan, and Mustufa Saed.
Aug 20 – UFC 202 – Diaz vs. McGregor 2, from Las Vegas, NV
Aug 21 – WWE Presents THE SummerSlam PPV event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be the twenty-ninth event under the SummerSlam chronology and the second consecutive SummerSlam to be hosted in the Barclays Center.
Aug 21 – Chavo Guerrero Jr. will appear for Smash Wrestling on in Pickering, Ontario at Super Showdown lV.
Aug 21 – Octagon & Tinieblas Jr. vs. Fuerza Guerrera & Pirata Morgan headlines in Houston at the Arena Theater.  
Aug 26 – All Star Wrestling – Cloverdale, BC at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds Alice McKay Building, it’s the semifinals and finals of the All Star Wrestling Tag Team Tournament.
Aug 26 – Absolute Intense Wrestling – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 1355 W. 70th St. Cleveland, OH
Aug 26 – CONFLICT Wrestling: “Black or White”
Aug 26 – Bellator 160 from the Pond in Anaheim and live on Spike TV. Benson Henderson vs Patricio Pitbull Freire
Aug 27 – Battlearts: Summer Heat – 4880 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1J8
Aug 27 – LuchaTO at the Benelife Wellness Centre, 68 Tycos Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 1V9
Aug 27 – UFC FIGHT NIGHT – Maia vs. Condit from Vancouver, BC.
AUG 28 – Steel City Pro Wrestling: End Game Aug 28th – 222 Queenston Rd, Hamilton, ON L8K 1G6, Canada
Aug 28 – Destiny wrestling proudly presents “SUMMER HEAT” at the Battlearts Wrestling Academy. Featuring MOOSE!

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