**Tonight on The LAW Jason Agnew and myself will be reviewing a busy weekend taking your phone calls at 1-855-591-6876 and locally in Toronto at 416-870-1050. We have found Perry Saturn and tonight he chats about his disappearance, his issues with drugs and the problems it led to, re-connecting with his peers and reaction to Chris Benoit. Plus we will chat with Dave Meltzer of the ‘Wrestling Observer Newsletter’, discuss our trip to Atlantic City for UFC on FX 4 and Title Bout Trivia. Tune in tonight at 11pm EST on TSN 1050 Toronto and you can listen online right here on the website via TSN.ca/radio.
**This weekend marks the 5-year anniversary of the Chris Benoit murder / suicide case, which was the biggest story in the history of the industry and marked one of the darkest periods in wrestling history that stretched over the entire summer of 2007. Benoit was booked that weekend for a house show on the Saturday night in Beaumont, Texas and called in saying he would not make the show (and Benoit never missed shows) citing a family problem and that Nancy and Daniel had come down with food poisoning. Benoit then missed the ‘Night of Champions’ pay-per-view the following night where he was booked to defeat CM Punk to win the vacant ECW Title. It was on the Monday afternoon that authorities were contacted to check on the Benoit home after numerous text messages were sent out from Benoit’s phone to various colleagues on the roster including Chavo Guerrero giving his home address and instructions to enter the home. When authorities got to their home the three bodies of Chris, Nancy and Daniel were discovered with the timeline from the investigation revealing that Nancy had been killed first and then Daniel before Chris hung himself in a violent manner on a weight lifting machine. The WWE was scheduled for a three-hour ‘Raw’ that evening (eerily enough with a funeral scheduled for the show for Vince McMahon). The show was cancelled and they went on with a Chris Benoit tribute show (the timeline has always been a source of contention because not only did the east coast feed of Raw feature the tribute show but so did the west coast feed, when it was pretty clear at that point that something was awry and select company officials were alerted). What followed was a summer of horrible press for the WWE as they constantly battled the media, sent out talent to defend the company Wellness Policy and were later popped themselves at the end of the summer on the Signature Pharmacy list and was a horrible time for the company but not one that crippled their business and life went on for the company after the summer. It was a horrible event and the people you feel most saddened for are the families of Chris and Nancy, who are left with too many questions to answer and to this day the name ‘Chris Benoit’ remains a taboo topic and a weekend surrounded by uncertainty as the only people who know what happened in that home that weekend didn’t survive that weekend.
I will say that in all the years I have worked for The LAW / Fight Network I have never had as surreal a week as that one where everything just seems like a blur. It was late in the afternoon on that Monday we got the news and the following day after doing a bunch of interviews across Canada I had to host Fight Network Radio along with Mauro Ranallo and was probably the most difficult thing I have ever had to do in talking about this subject for an entire program but is certainly a show I look back on and am proud we did it along with The LAW that following weekend where we spoke to a number of doctors and psychologists to get a better handle of the situation and was one of our toughest but most important shows we have done.
**We have two podcasts up on the site this weekend with a special Road Trip Edition with Jason Agnew and I reviewing the UFC on FX 4 card and our trip to Atlantic City as well as our UFC 147 post show from last night featuring a rundown of the event and a post fight chat I conducted with Cub Swanson and we are joined by Fight Network analyst Robin Black.
**Ring of Honor returns to iPPV today at 5pm EST from the Manhattan Center in New York. I wasn’t sure at the time of ‘Border Wars’ what effect the technical problems would be but with just a few hours until the show I think it’s a real concern for most fans and this show could take a hit from the lack of confidence in their technology. Regardless I will be attempting to watch the show and we will discuss it tonight on The LAW. Here is the line up for today’s show:
*Kevin Steen Vs Davey Richards for the ROH Title (Richards only gets one shot at the title and Steen’s package piledriver is legal)
*Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team Vs The All Night Express for the Tag Titles
*Roderick Strong Vs Tomasso Ciampa Vs Jay Lethal for the Television Title
*Fit Finlay Vs Michael Elgin
*Homicide Vs Eddie Edwards
*Kyle O’Reilly Vs Adam Cole in a ‘Hybrid Rules Match’
*The Briscoe Brothers Vs The Guardians of Truth (a mystery team being brought in by Truth Martini)
**The ‘Raw’ tapings are in Fort Wayne, Indiana tomorrow night featuring the return of Chris Jericho as well as Vickie Guerrero serving as the guest General Manager for the week.
**The TNA crew finished up their weekend set of shows with a card in Hamilton, Ontario tonight at 6pm EST and then are off until this Thursday for television.
**At Saturday night’s TNA house show in Oshawa, Ontario there were two Bound for Glory Series matches with Samoa Joe defeating Robbie E by submission for ten points and Christopher Daniels defeating Kurt Angle by count out
**The WWE is advertising Randy Orton for dates in August and is expected back as soon as his sixty-day suspension is up at the end of July despite key people being furious at Orton over the suspension. The depth is so low right now that it sounded insane they would entertain the idea of cutting Orton as a statement about the policy and the teeth attached to the policy.
**Scott Hall did not show up for a scheduled appearance this weekend for an Industry, California autograph signing billed as a reunion of the New World Order including Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman, Konnan, Buff Bagwell, Lex Luger and Scott Steiner. Nash apologized to those that attended and said he convinced the promoters to bring in Hall and thought he would be up for the appearance but claimed he missed his flight and then never got on a plane.
LAW MMA UPDATE
**Here are the results from the UFC 147 card held Saturday night in Belo Horizonte, Brazil:
*Felipe Arantes and Milton Viera fought to a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
*Marcos Vinicius over Wagner Campos by TKO at 1:04 of Round 3
*Thiago Perpetuo over Leonarda Mafra by TKO at 0:41 of Round 3
*Hugo Viana over John Teixeira by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
*Francisco Drinaldo over Delson Heleno by TKO at 4:21 of Round 1
*Rodrigo Damm over Anistavio Medeiros by rear-naked choke at 2:12 of Round 1
*Hacran Dias over Yuri Alcantara by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
*Fabricio Werdum over Michael Russow by TKO at 2:28 of Round 1
*Rony ‘Jason’ Mariano over Godofredo ‘Pepey’ de Oliveira by unanimous decision (29-28 all) to win the TUF Brazil Featherweight tournament
*Cezar Ferreira over Sergio Moraes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) to win the TUF Brazil Middleweight tournament
*Rich Franklin over Wanderlei Silva by unanimous decision (49-46 all)
**YouTube had major streaming problems last night for the UFC 147 card (which you can purchase to watch live). There was an issue with the stream constantly freezing and needing to be manually refreshed and YouTube was refunding orders without any problems to those that contacted them with the problem.
**Here are the recipients of the $65,000 bonuses handed out after the show:
*Fight of the Night – Rich Franklin Vs Wanderlei Silva
*Knockout of the Night – Marcos Vinicius
*Submission of the Night – Rodrigo Damm
**UFC President Dana White spoke to Karyn Bryant on FUEL TV after the card and voiced his displeasure in the judging of the opening fight with one judge awarding a 10-8 round (was no way any of those rounds constituted a 10-8) and not one judge gave Wanderlei Silva a 10-8 round in the second (my score card has Silva winning the second round 10-8 and I also gave him the edge in Round 5 and actually had it a draw in the main event). White was also not impressed with Rony ‘Jason’ Mariano’s performance and he acted like he was already a big UFC fighter before the fight. As well he has changed his stance regarding the Junior Dos Santos Vs Cain Velasquez fight stating that it will happen but is no longer targeted for Toronto in September for UFC 152.
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