Daily Update: Sonnen to Bellator, T-Wood vs. Wonderboy at MSG, ROH Reloaded

THE ROUND-UP

The Latest from the F4W Staff

Second annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic set for NXT – Just in time to move some tag teams up to the main roster. 

UFC Fight Night 94 DFS Playbook: Who to target & who to avoid – Check out what RFred, Gramps Fontaine, and Peach plan to do with their winnings.

Chael Sonnen signs multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA – The bad guy is back and he wants to fight Wanderlei Silva.

WWE Main Event results: Jason Jordan vs. Aiden English; Kane vs. Fandango – As always, Kevin Timothy makes reading about Kane matches awesome!

B&V: Cruiserweight Classic Finale, Lucha Underground, Raw, Granny Wrestling Report, more! 9/16 – The one and only granny returns to break down the CWC with Bryan and Vinny. 

NXT TV taping spoilers: Sanity debuts; Samoa Joe wreaks havoc – Find out what the Samoan submission machine has planned to get back his title.

WOL: Cruiserweight Classic, Dave Meltzer talks CM Punk, tons more! 9/15 – Dave Meltzer is on the show to discuss the CWC finale and the dismantling of CM Punk.

TNA Impact Wrestling results: Senor Benjamin, Aron Rex, empty arena match – Total Non-stop Action returns with more craziness.


WEEKEND SHOWS & TELEVISION SCHEDULE
FRIDAY

BELLATOR 1616 TONIGHT FROM THE H-E-B CENTER IN AUSTIN, TX LIVE ON SPIKE AT 9 P.M. EASTERN

Anastasia Yankova (131) vs. Veta Arteaga (130.4)
Derek Campos (155.1) vs. Djamil Chan (156)
Joe Warren (135.4) vs. Sirwan Kakai (135.8)
Cheick Kongo (237.5) vs. Tony Johnson (264)

CMLL FROM ARENA MEXICO WITH THE NIGHT OF LEGENDS AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN

Estrellita & Marcela & Sanely vs. Amapola & Jarochita & Metalica
Mano Negra & Solar & Super Astro vs. Blue Panther & Kahoz & Negro Navarro
Atlantis & Fantasma & Mascara Sagrada vs. Fuerza Guerrera & Negro Casas & El Satanico
Mascara Dorada vs. Cavernario
Euforia & Matt Taven & Ultimo Guerrero vs. Pierroth & Rush & Rey Escorpion
Dos Caras & Canek & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs. Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000

NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING RETURNS AT 9 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT ON AXS TV

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto & Michael Elgin & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Kazushi Sakuraba & Yoshi-Hashi
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs Tetsuya Naito & Evil in the finals for the 2015 tag team tournament

LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT 10 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT FROM THE ARENA THEATER IN HOUSTON ON AXS TV

Chad Cook (10-10, 203.7) vs. Danny Orr (3-1, 200.6)
Randy McCullough (3-0, 135.8) vs. Mike Trinh (4-3, 134.5)
Colin Wrght (5-2, 135.2) vs. Adrian Yanez (4-1, 134.7)
Chris Pham (5-5, 135.1) vs. Domingo Pilarte (5-1, 135.6)
Justin Reiswerg (10-6, 154.8) vs. Jason Langellier (4-0, 155.8)
Trevin Giles (7-0, 183.8) vs. Ike Villaneueva (12-7, 184.5)

NEW JAPAN DESTRUCTION IN TOKYO AT THE OTA WARD GYM LIVE ON NJPW WORLD AT 5 A.M. EASTERN TIME

Henare & David Finlay vs. Rocky Romero & Baretta
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Captain New Japan & Yoshitatsu
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Tiger Mask vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Liger
Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa & Chase Owens
Juice Robinson vs. Kyle O’Reilly
Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada & Evil
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Bobby Fish for the Never Open weight title
Kushida vs. Bushi for the IWGP jr. title

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WWE Cruiserweight Classic
New Japan Destruction in Tokyo

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WWE Raw in Louisville (all the main stars of the brand headlined by Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Rusev, New Day, Gallows & Anderson, Sami Zayn, Charlotte and Bayley)
NXT in Des Moines (headlined by Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and Asuka)
NXT in Cocoa Beach, FL (headlined by Andrade Cien Almas, Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake)
ROH in Pittsburgh (Adam Cole & Young Bucks vs. Jay Lethal & Colt Cabana & Dalton Castle, Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser vs. Kenny King & Rhett Titus vs. War Machine, Christopher Daniels vs. Jay White, Frankie Kazarian vs. Chris Sabin, Kamaitachi vs. Alex Shelley, Kelly Klein & Britt Baker & Veda Scott vs. Faye Jackson & Mandy Leon & Crazy Mary Dobson, ACH vs. Will Ferrara, Lio Rush vs. Caprice Coleman, Jonathan Gresham vs. Delirious)
House of Hardcore in St. James, NY at the Sports Arena (Rhino vs. Tommy Dreamer, Matt Hardy vs. Aaron Stevens, Tony Nese vs. Ricochet, Torito vs. Swoggle, Pat Buck vs. Brian Myers, plus appearances of Terry Funk, Sami Callihan, Matt Striker and Bull James)
SATURDAY

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: POIRIER VS. JOHNSON, FROM HIDALGO, TX

Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern time

Maximo Blanco (12-7-1) vs. Chas Skelly (15-2)
Randy Brown (7-0) vs. Erick Montano (7-3)

FS 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern

Joey Gomez (6-1) vs. Jose Alberto Quinonez (4-2)
Evan Dunham (17-6) vs. Rick Glenn (18-3-1)
Antonio Carlos Jr. (5-2) vs. Leonardo Guimares (11-2)
Augusto Montano (15-2) vs. Belal Muhammad (9-1)
Gabriel Benitez (18-5) vs Sam Sicilia (15-6)
Islam Mackhachev (12-1) vs. Chris Wade (11-2)
Roan Carneiro (20-10) vs. Kenny Robertson (15-4)
Albert Morales (6-0) vs. Alejandro Perez (17-6)
Derek Brunson (15-3) vs.  Uriah Hall (12-6)
Michael Johnson (16-10) vs. Dustin Poirier (20-4)

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WWE Raw in Evansville (all the main stars of the brand headlined by Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Rusev, New Day, Gallows & Anderson, Sami Zayn, Charlotte and Bayley)
WWE Smackdown in Springfield, MO (all the main stars of the brand but no John Cena, with A.J. Styles, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, The Miz, Becky Lynch, Natalya, and Dean Ambrose as headliners)
NXT in Omaha (headlined by Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and Asuka)
NXT in Tampa (headlined by Andrade Cien Almas, Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake)
ROH in Lockport, NY (Honor Rumble, winner gets a title shot on 10/22 in Lakeland, FL, plus Colt Cabana & Dalton Castle vs.  Mark & Jay Briscoe, Christopher Daniels vs. Chris Sabin vs. Matt Jackson, Frankie Kazarian vs. Alex Shelly vs. Nick Jackson, Kenny King & Rhett Titus & Caprice Coleman vs. ACH & Jay White & Lio Rush, Kamaitachi vs. Jonathan Gresham, Deonna Purrazzo & Mandy Leon vs. Taeler Hendrix & Jessicka Havok)
House of Hardcore in Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena (Tommy Dreamer with Terry Funk in his corner vs. Matt Hardy with Senor Benjamin in his corner, Ricochet vs. Sami Callihan, Chris Hero vs. Tony Nese plus Brian Myers and more).
SUNDAY

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WWE Raw in Huntsville, AL (all the main stars of the brand headlined by Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Rusev, New Day, Gallows & Anderson, Sami Zayn, Charlotte and Bayley)
WWE Smackdown in North Little Rock, AR (headlined by A.J. Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, The Miz, Becky Lynch and Natalya)
NXT in Minneapolis (headlined by Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and Asuka)
MONDAY

Raw will be Monday night in Memphis. It will be the go-home show for Clash of Champions. Chris Jericho is added to the roster with the other stars on the tour. Cesaro vs Sheamus in match number six of their best-of-seven series will be on the show.

Smackdown will have a Monday night house show in Tupelo, MS, with A.J. Styles, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, The Miz, Becky Lynch and Natalya.

TUESDAY

Smackdown and Main Event will be on Tuesday night from Birmingham, AL. John Cena is scheduled for his only show of the week on Tuesday.


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Wrestling Observer Newsletter, September 19, 2016: CM Punk loses UFC debut, TJ Perkins wins Cruiserweight Classic, Backlash review, tons more – The two-year odyssey, odd being the key part of the word, of C.M. Punk to the UFC octagon saw the door shut and the clock strike midnight, not Eastern time, but Cinderella time.

In the end it was simple reality. Starting out at 36 with very limited training past some Jiu Jitsu classes from Rener Gracie, no great athletic gifts and a body beaten up by 15 years of pro wrestling was not going to be able to train for two years and be able to compete in the UFC.

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

Chael Sonnen and Scott Coker had a press conference today to announce Sonnen’s signing with Bellator. Sonnen said that he thought he had signed a three-year deal for six fights, and Coker said that was pretty close. He mentioned he would fight any weight class asked and brought up potential fights with Rory MacDonald at 185, Tito Ortiz and Liam McGeary at 205 and Fedor Emelianenko at heavyweight. He also brought up the idea of finally facing Wanderlei Silva. Sonnen said that he had figured he would return to UFC (he was released from his UFC contract a few years ago after a number of test violations) but that the idea of Bellator came to him and in three phone calls over the last few days they had a deal finalized. He will continue with both WSOF as a television announcer and ESPN covering MMA, and will be with Jonathan Coachman on ESPN for a segment very soon covering his signing. He claimed if he fails a drug test he would be fined 100 percent of his purse plus another $500,000 based on the contract he signed. Sonnen was pushing the idea that he’d be fighting first in California in November, which would in theory be the San Jose show that features Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson for the lightweight title. 

As of last night the plan was for Katsuyori Shibata to still face Bobby Fish tomorrow for the Never Open weight title at Destruction in Tokyo, even though he is still injured. Shibata missed two shows this week and at first the injury was thought to put him out for a while, but he is still planning on doing the match.

Tyron Woodley announced that he would be facing Stephen Wonderboy Thompson in a welterweight title defense on 11/12 in Madison Square Garden, today on the UFC weigh-in show. Woodley previously had turned down Thompson saying he’d rather fight Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz, because he’d make more money on those fights.  

For WWE this weekend, as noted from the lineups, there are separate Raw and Smackdown brand house shows for the first time since the split. Even though they are working injury angles on television, both Shinsuke Nakamura (NXT) and Chad Gable (Smackdown) are booked all weekend. Randy Orton is also booked to headline the Smackdown shows. John Cena is only working Tuesday night in Birmingham.

This story is about the plight of fighters today, specifically Joe Warren who is in the semi-main event of Bellator 161 tonight, and is a former two-time champion, but still couldn’t get any sponsors.

WWE

The movie “Killing Hasselhoff” will open the San Diego International Film Festival on 9/28. That’s a WWE Films release.
An interview with TJ Perkins after winning the cruiserweight title is here.
A story about Jack Gallagher heading to WWE is here. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
More on the death of Jonah Snyder, 20, who suffered an apparent heart attack while training at Seth Rollins’ wrestling school. (thanks to Joel Kolsrud)
VARIETY

TONIGHT – Ring of Honor: Reloaded Tour; Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE, 7:30 pm. Tickets.

A ton of big names will be at the Icons of Wrestling and Comic Book Collectors convention tomorrow starting at 9 a.m. at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia including Sting, Abdullah the Butcher, Bret Hart, Ted DiBiase, Terry Funk, Tommy Dreamer, Rick Steiner, the Nasty Boys, Matt Hardy, Raven, Perry Saturn, Ricochet, Ryback, Vickie Guerrero, Santino Marella, Cameron, Booker T, Stevie Ray, Tully Blanchard, Tatanka, Tod Gordon, Bill Alfonso, Kevin Sullivan, Shane Douglas, Joey Styles, Tammy Sytch, Raven, Justin Credible, Bobby Fulton, Charlie Haas, Nikolai Volkoff, Boris Zhukov, Blue Meanie, Sonjay Dutt, FBI and Bill Apter.
TMZ has reported that Brandi Runnels has signed with TNA. It’s known that Cody Rhodes & wife Brandi were looking to work in TNA against Mike Bennett & Maria Kanellis. 
Bleacher report sent out an unfortunate tweet in plugging that great story mentioned in yesterday’s update on Chyna, for which they have apologized to Sean Waltman. The story is a must read.
Linda McMahon will co-host a PBS seres called “Women in America.” It will be five 30 minute shows talking about women’s achievements and challenges  McMahon will co-host the show with Burt Wolf.
There is a live Lucha Libre show at 8 p.m. tonight in Watsonville, CA at the Appleton Grill.
Return to Chaos on 9/24 in Brampton, ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Absolute Intense Wrestling has the Johnny Gargano farewell on 9/23 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Cleveland with Gargano’s last indie appearance in his home city. Gargano vs. fiance Candice LaRae will headline the show, plus Tracy Smothers vs. Swoggle, Tracy Williams vs. Shigehiro Irie and more. 
A.J. McKee vs. Emanuel Sanchez has been announced for a Bellator show on 12/2 in Thackerville, OK
Daily Pro Wrestling History (09/16): Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle for the WWE title


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