**Tonight Impact Wrestling is live from the Impact Zone with two-weeks left until Bound for Glory to get that card set. TNA has announced on their website that the Television Title that Devon held is now vacant and they have announced that two of the following: Mr. Anderson, Garret Bischoff, Samoa Joe and Magnus will face off for the vacant title. Tonight will also feature the Gut Check judging segment with Evan Markopoulos.
**The early estimate for the SummerSlam pay-per-view number is coming in at approximately 350,000 buys worldwide with about 260,000 of those buys being domestic buys. The show was headlined by Triple H Vs Brock Lesnar and was up dramatically in domestic buys from last year’s show featuring John Cena Vs CM Punk following their big Money in the Bank match. Both of Lesnar’s pay-per-view matches this year have seen a noticeable increase year over year on the domestic front and outside of The Rock is the biggest draw for the company on PPV.
**The Raw rating for Monday night was the second lowest rating for the show on a non-holiday Monday dating back to 1997 and the least amount of viewers for a Raw on a non-holiday since 1997. The NFL is going is always going to take a bite out of numbers but you’re also wearing out your audience this year with a third hour and a lot of tune out in that final hour, which is going to hurt the viewership this year more than prior years.
**The WWE and ION Television sent out a press release promoting the debut of “Main Event” for next Wednesday at 8pm EST. In the release it stated matches and content would be taped for the show the night prior at the Smackdown tapings.
**Ring of Honor sent out an alert today that ROH footage will be featured on the CBS show “Elementary” tonight at 10pm EST.
**Dragon Gate USA has announced shows for November 2nd in Everett, Massachusetts, November 3rd in Voorhees, New Jersey and November 4th in Deer Park, New York.
**It was on this date in 1999 that the “This is your Life” segment involving The Rock and Mick Foley took place in Greensboro and generating a 8.4 quarter-hour rating. Despite being repeated numerous times it was not the highest quarter-hour in Raw history and in fact wasn’t even the highest of the year as a main event between The Undertaker and Steve Austin from June 28th of that year did a higher quarter featuring a title change when Raw was at its television peak. The segment is both remembered for good and bad as other talent has cited this segment being one of the key reasons the company went into a heavy scripting mode for promos and segments to avoid segments going too long such as this one.
LAW MMA UPDATE
**The latest edition of “The MMA Report” is up online at http://lawradio.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=shows&action=display&thread=1675 featuring my chats with Strikeforce Lightweight Josh “The Punk” Thomson, Round 5 MMA’s Damon Lau and MMA Junkie Lead Reporter John Morgan as well as my picks for this weekend’s UFC on FUEL 5 card. You can also subscribe to the show on iTunes and listen on the free Stitcher app for smart phone users.
**The UFC held a press conference today in Montreal to announce UFC 154 for November 17th at the Bell Centre. Georges St-Pierre, Carlos Condit and Tom Wright were on hand for the press conference. Wright stated that they considered running Olympic Stadium (which holds 66,000 people) but the Montreal Alouettes have a hold on the stadium in case they make it to the Eastern Finals of the CFL playoffs and that logistically it presents a lot of problems because it’s a 40-year old stadium. St-Pierre and Condit confirmed that Greg Jackson would not be working with either man in preparation for the fight and St-Pierre stated he is approaching the fight as if he is the challenger because he hasn’t fought in so long and Condit is the rightful champion now. The card will feature welterweights Johny Hendricks and Martin Kampmann in the co-feature and a number of Canadians on the card including Nick Ring, Mark Hominick, Sam Stout, Mark Bocek, Francis Carmont, Patrick Cote and John Makdessi. Tickets are on sale now for Fight Club members and are available to UFC newsletter subscribers tomorrow and the general public at 10am Saturday morning and will likely move very fast.
**Wright also stated during the press conference that they expect to make Montreal an annual stop every March while Toronto would be on the bill for an annual show in September each year.
**UFC President Dana White is in Nottingham for the fights on Saturday and following a press conference spoke to the media and downplayed the severity of the injury to the right arm of Jon Jones following Saturday’s card. White stated that Jones was going to see a family doctor and then be flown out to Las Vegas to see a UFC doctor for a diagnosis.
**MMA Weekly has learned that Shane Carwin has suffered a minor knee injury in training and forced him to cancel an overseas autograph signing in the U.K. this weekend. Carwin’s manager Jason Genet tells MMA Weekly that it’s not a serious knee injury and will not impact the December 15th finale fight against Roy Nelson at the end of the current season of TUF.
**The UFC 152 preliminary fights averaged 955,000 viewers on Saturday night for the two-hour timeslot on FX leading into the pay-per-view.
**Kendall Grove has signed with Aggression Fighting Championships out of British Columbia.
**Tyson Nam has signed with the upstart World Series of Fighting promotion with Bellator stating they will not match the offer from the promotion. Nam was cut by Bellator earlier this year and then defeated Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas on a Brazilian card in August with Bellator then trying to bring him back as per their contract.
THE MMA REPORT – Sept. 27th 2012
(John Pollock chats with Josh Thomson, Damon Lau of Round 5 MMA and John Morgan from MMA Junkie / USA Today)
REVIEW-A-WAI – WCW Fall Brawl 1997
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the September 1997 event featuring War Games)
JAPANESE AUDIO WRESTLING – Episode #3
(Chris Charlton and WH Park chat WWE/AJPW partnership, New Japan PPV and sumo)
REVIEW-A-RAW – Sept. 24th 2012
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review Raw from Monday in Albany, New York)
THE LAW – Sept. 23rd 2012
(Dan Lovranski and Jason Agnew welcome ROH TV Champ Adam Cole, Dave Meltzer, your calls and more)