Antonio Nogueira def. Randy Couture via Judge's Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Thiago Silva def. Keith Jardine via TKO (punches) @ 1:35 of round 1
Jake Rosholt def. Chris Leben via submission (left arm triangle) @ 1:30 of Round 3
Brandon "The Truth" Vera def. Krzysztof Soszynski via Judge's Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nate "The Great" Marquardt def. Demian Maia via TKO (punch) @ 0:21 in the first round
Preliminary Card -
Lightweight bout: Marcus Aurelio vs. Evan Dunham
Dunham defeated Aurelio via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).
Middleweight bout: Nick Catone vs. Mark Muñoz
Muñoz defeated Catone via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).
Heavyweight bout: Tim Hague vs. Todd Duffee
Duffee defeated Hague via KO (punches) at 0:07 of round 1. Duffee sets the new record for the UFC's fastest knockout beating Don Frye and James Irvin who were tied at 8 seconds.
Heavyweight bout: Justin McCully vs. Mike Russow
Russow defeated McCully via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-27).
Heavyweight bout: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Gonzaga defeated Tuchscherer via TKO (punches) at 2:27 of round 1.
Middleweight bout: Ed Herman vs. Aaron Simpson
Simpson defeated Herman via TKO (injury) at 0:17 of round 2
According to F4WOnline.com, Rey Mysterio spoke about his WWE suspension in an interview with the Record newspaper in Mexico.
The report says that Mysterio blamed the Wellness Policy test failure on a drug he was using for his arm and knee. Mysterio confirmed that he did have a prescription for the drug and said the test failure was "handled very badly".
Nonetheless, because Mysterio was on the road for a vacation and for Summerslam promotion, he did not learn about the test failure until Wednesday. Required to provide proof of prescription by Thursday, he was unable to meet the deadline, and his thirty day punishment was ordered.
Mysterio is scheduled to begin serving his suspension next Wednesday.
Lords of Pain.net reports: In an interview with the Dragon Gate USA website promoting his debut for the company against CIMA on September 6th, former WWE wrestler Brian Kendrick comments on his release from his previous employer for the first time.
Kendrick said he's happy to not to be in WWE anymore as a comedy heel designed to "make old men laugh." While he plans on incorporating some of what he learned in WWE into his wrestling style on the indy circuit, he will ultimately wrestle in a style that pleases himself. Kendrick summed up his time in WWE by saying neither side was compatible. "I had some fun in WWE," Kendrick said. "I learned a lot, made some friends. It's a corporation, I am a human. This human didn't fit into the corporation's plans, and that corporation didn't fit with my human side. I had some laughs, but I am awfully happy the ride is over, and I don't want back on."
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- Heavyweight bout: Randy Couture vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
- Light Heavyweight bout: Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva
- Middleweight bout: Nate Marquardt vs. Demian Maia
- Light Heavyweight bout: Brandon Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
- Middleweight bout: Chris Leben vs. Jake Rosholt
- Middleweight bout: Ed Herman vs. Aaron Simpson
- Heavyweight bout: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer
- Heavyweight bout: Justin McCully vs. Mike Russow
- Heavyweight bout: Tim Hague vs. Todd Duffee
- Middleweight bout: Nick Catone vs. Mark Muñoz
- Lightweight bout: Marcus Aurelio vs. Evan Dunham
WWE.com made the following announcement this evening:
Rey Mysterio suspended for 30 days
Written: August 27, 2009
In accordance with WWE's Wellness Program, effective Wednesday, September 2, Oscar Gutierrez (Rey Mysterio) is suspended for 30 days for a violation of the company’s policy.
UPDATE: WWE.com has updated its announcement regarding Mysterio's suspension, stating that it will begin next Wednesday, September 2nd. It appears Mysterio will work Tuesday's Smackdown taping in order to drop the WWE Intercontinental championship and will then begin serving his 30 days. He is expected to be pulled from this weekend's house shows and will not be wrestling against Dolph Ziggler at WWE Breaking Point on 9/13 as advertised.
Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports writes:
UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s second title defense will be Nov. 21 in Las Vegas against fellow powerhouse wrestler Shane Carwin.
Carwin, 11-0, has beaten everyone put in front of him, six by knockout or TKO and five by submission. His longest fight is 2 minutes and 11 seconds.
At 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, with a stellar collegiate wrestling background, he would pose the toughest power and style challenge of Lesnar’s short mixed martial arts career.
Carwin was scheduled to face Cain Velasquez (6-0) on Oct. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in what UFC president Dana White had billed as a match to determine Lesnar’s next challenger. Instead, Lesnar vs. Carwin will headline a show that would include the return of Tito Ortiz, facing UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman.
“Brock is ready to go now and wants to fight,” said White. “Carwin makes the most sense. He’s 11-0, and he’s been kicking the [expletive] out of everybody. [Gabriel] Gonzaga destroyed [Mirko] Cro Cop and he [Carwin] totally destroyed Gonzaga. Plus, he hates Brock Lesnar.”
Sources outside the UFC confirmed Velasquez was told on Thursday that the fight was off because Carwin was being moved to face Lesnar. Velasquez was told he would be given a new opponent for Oct. 24.
Carwin has been the most vocal of the UFC heavyweight contenders in criticizing Lesnar (4-1). After retaining his title over Frank Mir in the biggest MMA event in U.S. history at UFC 100 on July 11, Lesnar got in Mir’s face, causing officials to jump between them. He then flipped off the audience that booed him heavily the entire fight, insulted UFC’s main sponsor, Bud Light, and did a pro wrestling-style interview.
“The flipping off of the fans that just lined your pocket with millions of dollars is just lame,” Carwin said in the week after UFC 100. “He may be a champion, but he has a long ways to go before he earns the respect of a champion. The fans are why we do this, Brock. This sport is not about fat paychecks and drama. It is about hard work and sacrifice for a shot to do what you did [that] night. It doesn’t matter how much money you make if you can’t earn your peers’ respect and the respect and love of the greatest sporting fans in the world.”
Carwin also played the pro wrestling card – the profession Lesnar garnered celebrity status in between 2002-2004 – which seemed to get under Lesnar’s skin when played in prior matches by Heath Herring and Mir.
“We have no scripts in this sport, no predetermined earning amount and no predetermined outcomes,” Carwin wrote. “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it matters how you win or lose.”
“He hates Brock Lesnar,” said White. “It’s going to be two huge guys going at it. He’s got the power to knock anybody out and he’s got great wrestling too. He’s one of the guys that has the size to match up with Brock, too. This is one of those fights that could be wild. Someone’s going to get their head knocked off.”
Carwin, 34, is probably the closest athletic equivalent to Lesnar in MMA.
Both are huge men with strong backgrounds in wrestling as well as heavy powerlifting. Lesnar was Division I national wrestling champion at the University of Minnesota in 2000. Carwin competed at the Division II level for Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., where he was 1999 national champion, and was twice a Division II All-America linebacker in football.
Simply through his background, Carwin would pose the toughest style threat to Lesnar to date. If his wrestling is good enough to stop Lesnar from taking him down, Carwin would appear to have an advantage and pack the harder punch, even though neither are great technical strikers. More likely in a standing battle with guys of that power, it would come down to who landed first.
From a credentials standpoint, Division I wrestling is a level above Division II, but that is also a decade ago. In their UFC 96 match in March, Gonzaga took Carwin down, and Lesnar is bigger, stronger and a better wrestler than Gonzaga. Carwin is untested on his back and also completely untested in terms of conditioning for a long match.
Nate Marquardt, who has trained with Carwin, noted the Carwin trains in high altitude in Colorado, and doesn’t think cardio would be an issue. Lesnar’s cardio for a long fight is also untested for someone who is near his size and has wrestling ability, although he did go the full 15 minutes in a 2008 win over Heath Hering.
Carwin’s wrestling ability is such that even if he is taken down, he wouldn’t likely be controlled and dominated without being able to get up through sheer power, like Lesnar was able to do in his fights with Herring and the second fight with Mir.
Carwin is most dangerous for a strong right hand, which felled Gonzaga, Christian Wellisch and Neil Wain in his three UFC outings. His record for quick wins is impressive, but it also has included only one top level heavyweight, Gonzaga. He showed both good and bad signs in that fight. He was taken down immediately, and had his nose broken from a punch, which required surgery that kept him out of action for several months. But seconds later, when he connected on Gonzaga standing, the match was over in just 1:09.
Lesnar (4-1), the sport’s ultimate villain, has replaced the retired Oscar De La Hoya as the biggest pay-per-view draw in combat sports, putting up big numbers in all four of his UFC fights.
From a business standpoint, the match makes sense on several levels. Had the Carwin vs. Velasquez winner gotten the next shot, as White had talked about, Lesnar wouldn’t be available to fight until Super Bowl weekend at the earliest. Carwin vs. Velasquez would also eliminate the loser from possible contention.
The heavyweight division, in terms of depth, is the strongest in the history of the company, even after the failure to sign standout Fedor Emelianenko.
Besides Velasquez, in the wings as title contenders in early 2010 would include winners of the Aug. 29 fight in Portland, Ore., with former champions Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, as well as the winner of a Sept. 19 fight in Dallas between Cro Cop and Junior Dos Santos.
After 26 years of screen fighting, Donnie Yen, 46, is finally being recognized as the world’s number one Chinese action star, inheriting the mantle previously carried by Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. Bolstered by award-winning, blockbuster hits IP MAN and PAINTED SKIN in 2008 and with upcoming films 14 BLADES, BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS and IP MAN 2 gaining momentum, the Boston native has become the hottest fighting star in Asia with offers pouring in from producers. Despite this enviable position, Yen admits that his time as an action star is running out in a new interview with the New York Times.
With age, it’s taking Yen longer to recuperate from shooting action scenes and although not mentioned in the NYT article, the action star has been troubled of late by injuries.
“I’ve actually given myself a retiring deadline for acting of 50,” said Yen. “I want to push myself to the limit, but I don’t want to be hanging around.”
Before anyone thinks Yen is quitting the movie biz in four years, he offers assurance that he plans to keep working in some capacity.
“I know I can still have some influence in the action directing department and raise the bar,” he said. “I still have a lot of ideas.”
To speculate, Yen will transition towards action choreography and possibly more dramatic roles, although it’s less likely. I have a feeling he’s not going to pretend he can turn himself into another Anthony Wong or Simon Yam. In the interview, Yen admits to only taking his acting serious since last year with AN EMPRESS AND THE WARRIORS.
While Jet Li has decided to focus more on his charity work outside of the industry, Jackie Chan has struggled for years to re-brand himself as a dramatic actor, most recently by starring in SHINJUKU INCIDENT. Yen appears more pragmatic about his situation.
“I don’t think you’re going to see me in a film without action because I don’t think investors are going to put their money in such a film,” said Yen. “That’s not what the audience wants to see me in.”
The potential for Yen to excel in action directing appears more promising. In coming years, China is gradually going to lose top action directing talents such as Sammo Hung, Ching Siu-tung, Yuen Woo-ping and Corey Yuen as they retire. While there are younger understudies or protégés in the industry, none of them have Yen’s name recognition or experience in front of the camera. Yen has amassed experience in action directing over the years, some of his most recent work being in SPL and FLASH POINT. He has a unique style and an insatiable drive to evolve and challenge himself, not unlike his original mentor Yuen Woo-ping.
As genre fans, we all have to face the same sorry reality that our favorite action stars do, their bodies gradually break down and they can’t perform on the same level. Jackie Chan’s last great physical performance was in 1994 in DRUNKEN MASTER 2, 15 years ago which blows my mind when I think about it. But as we have learned with Sammo Hung, Philip Kwok and other former martial arts stars who have remained active in the industry, that doesn’t mean they don’t have something to contribute.
Seeing Donnie Yen muse about the end is still bittersweet. I was just beginning to get used to the idea of seeing him as the reigning Chinese action star. On top of that, he has yet to break into the international market the way that his predecessors have. My hope is that within the next four years, Yen will have one crossover hit that gives him the worldwide recognition that he’s already getting in China.
Source: New York Times
ROH announced the following earlier tonight:
Bryan Danielson has agreed in principle to a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment.
Bryan has been an exemplary talent and a wonderful member of the Ring of Honor locker room and family since the inception of the company. We couldn’t be happier for Bryan and all of his successes, many of which Ring of Honor has been proud to witness first hand.
We congratulate Bryan on the beginning of this next journey in his brilliant career, and wish him all the best as he progresses. Many Ring of Honor fans refer to Bryan as the “best in the world” and we look forward to looking on in earnest as he shows everyone watching the wrestling world’s biggest stage just why that is.
Bryan will appear as scheduled at all of the September Ring of Honor events. Please join us in Philadelphia, Dayton, Chicago, Boston, and New York as we say thank you and farewell to a truly one-of-a-kind talent.
UPDATE: Bryan Danielson will be on Dragon Gate USA 9/6 in Chicago in what will be an only-time-ever match vs. Naruki Doi.
- D-Generation X def. The Legacy
- CM Punk def. Jeff Hardy (New World Heavyweight Champion)
- WWE Champion Randy Orton def. John Cena
- Unified Tag Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show def. Cryme Tyme
- Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio def. Dolph Ziggler
- ECW Champion Christian def. William Regal
- Kane def. The Great Khali
- MVP def. Jack Swagger
WWE SummerSlam is one of the big ones. But is it worth your hard earned dollar? Let's take a look at the card.
Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena - Singles match for the WWE Championship
PREDICTION: Randy Orton has had the championship for quite awhile. I could easily see WWE giving the belt back to Cena. I do hope that this match is the culmination of this feud because, like many others, I feel we've seen Orton vs. Cena one too many times.
Chris Jericho and The Big Show (c) vs. Cryme Tyme - Tag Team match for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship
PREDICTION: Cryme Tyme has been groomed for a big win and I have no doubt that we will see that results with Cryme Time winning their first taste of gold within the WWE. Perhaps Jericho will turn on Show or vice versa? Only time will tell!
Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler - Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
PREDICTION: Rey Mysterio surprised most people by coming out the victor at Night of Champions when he defeated challenger Dolph Ziggler. Alas, Ziggler is a rising star and considering Rey Mysterio doesn't need the I.C. title (honestly, shouldn't he be going for the WWE Championship or World Heavyweight Championship?) Dolph will probably get the win over the masked icon.
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. CM Punk - Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship
PREDICTION: In what will probably steal the show and (rumor has it yet again) be Jeff Hardy's final WWE match for quite some time, Hardy will likely do the honors on his way out putting over CM Punk. It's a smart call by WWE because Punk is arguably on the top of his game. Also, a win over Hardy will cement him as a legitimate champion in many fans eyes.
D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs. The Legacy (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase) - Tag Team match
PREDICTION: I hope something big to happen here. We could either see the end of Legacy or perhaps a heel turn by Triple H. Wouldn't it be great of Michaels was the one to make the turn, super kicking The Game right in the kisser (though perhaps his nose would be an easier target!). But what I hope for and want are usually two different things. In any case, I'm going go with Legacy. If Legacy gets a win over D-Generation X it could lead to a long-term feud between the two teams.
The Great Khali vs. Kane - Singles match
PREDICTION: This can't bode well. Kane is an outstanding superstar but to stick him in the ring with Khali isn't even right. Khali is a sight to see but the fact is, he just CAN'T WRESTLE! Why WWE doesn't simply use him as an enforcer or in a tag team is beyond my understanding. Let's hope this match is early in the card and VERY quick.
Jack Swagger vs. Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) - Singles match
PREDICTION: Jack Swagger and MVP are nothing but money! This is going to be an outstanding technical contest featuring two of WWE's finest.
Christian (c) vs. William Regal - Singles match for the ECW Championship
PREDICTION: William Regal is always so under-utilized and I'd love to see him get the strap. Speaking of under-utilized... Christian deserves much more than the ECW title. In any case, I see this match opening the show and Christian holding on to his title.
WORTH THE MONEY: Many have claimed that the SummerSlam card is weak but if you really look at it close, we have some very high quality matches. D-Generation X vs. Legacy is bound to offer some drama. Jack Swagger vs. MVP should be a terrific match for fans of straight-up Pro Wrestling. Christian vs. William Regal will also offer a high quality but short match. Finally, the TLC match between CM Punk and Jeff Hardy will without a doubt deliver a magnificent spot-fest that will please everyone. So, is it worth the $40.00? In my opinion SummerSlam 2009 IS WORTH YOUR MONEY.