Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson Headline UFC 165 Fight Bonuses

UFC 165 took place tonight at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event featured Jon Jones defeating Alexander Gustafsson in what a lot of people are calling fight of the year to retain the UFC light heavyweight title. In the co-main event, Renan Barao beat Eddie Wineland by knockout to retain the UFC interim bantamweight title.

During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced the fight night bonuses. White announced that Fight of the Night went to Jones and Gustafsson, Knockout of the Night went to Barao and Submission of the Night went to Mitch Gagnon. Each fighter got a $50,000 bonus.

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UFC 165 Results: Jon Jones Defeats Alexander Gustafsson To Retain The UFC Light Heavyweight Title

The UFC hyped the Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson main event of UFC 165 as “Greatness Within Reach”, in regards to each man’s reach. Well it lived up to that hype as Jon Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson by unanimous decision (48-47×2, 49-46) in a very close fight to retain the UFC light heavyweight championship. BetweenTheRopes.com had the fight scored the fight 48-47 for Gustafsson.

The opening round of the fight saw Gustafsson control the fight on the feet with Jones trying to the challenger down, but Gustafsson was able to secure a takedown on the champion in the final minute of the round. Jones gets up and in the final moments of the round, accidentally pokes Gustafsson in the eye. Referee John McCarthy warns both fighters to watch their fingers.

The second round starts with Jones throwing a leg kick and Gustafsson sweeps the leg of the champion. Jones tries again for a tajedown, but gets stuffed by the man from Sweden. The champion then starts connecting with his kicks including a spinning back kick. Gustafsson though was sticking to his game and using his range to land punches on Jones. In the final minuteof the round Gustafsson kicks the body and Jones does the same. Jones throws a stiff jab, with another high kick. Gustafsson with a right hand to end the round.

Third round began with Gustafsson throwing the jab. Jones kicks the leg, but Gustafsson peppers him with punches inside. Low kicks traded. Jones still chopping at the lead leg. Gustafsson does start to open up with the hands again Lands two straight punches. Jones holds the center of the octagon. He kicks the body. Gustafsson stunned a bit. He’s still strong, but the bodywork adding up. Gustafsson shoots in, but Jones stands him up. Gustafsson catches a low kick but misses the sweep. He comes back and kicks the body. Jones just misses a spinning elbow. Gustafsson tries to take him down to no avail. Jones lands a jab to end the round.

The fourth round opens with Jones throwing a left hand that connects and then a right hand lands for Jones. Gustafsson has a leg but can’t finish the takedown. Gustafsson connects with a right hand, but Jones comes right back with a jab. Gustafsson presses forward and lands his own. Left hand for Gustafsson. He kicks the body and lands a left, then a right. Those score well, and Jones’ left eye is bloodied up. Gustafsson starting to feel good lands a right hand. Jones trying to hold him away, but Gustafsson won’t have it. Another right scores. Jones can’t get the takedown. He does land a high kick. Short elbow for Jones. He misses a second one. Jones takes a look at the clock. He lands an elbow and several knees. Gustafsson in trouble. Jones giving chase. Elbows inside for Jones to end the round.

The fifth and final round starts and the crowd is on their feet to start the final round. Jones kicks the body. Jones pushes in, but Gustafsson peppers him with short punches inside. Jones with more elbows to the chin. Gustafsson drives in a leg but can’t get the takedown. Gustafsson goes to the body,and Jones answers right back. Jones drops low for a takedown, but Gustafsson stuffs the takedown, but Jones ends up getting the takedown. Gustafsson scoots to the fence and gets back up. High kick lands for Jones. Gustafsson stands right there. Gustafsson looks down and starting to run out of gas. Another high kick for Jones. Gustafsson defends a takedown and then Gustafsson scores with a spinning elbow. Gustafsson with a flurry inside. Jones hits a left hand. He looks up at the clock. Gustafsson wants a takedown but can’t get it. High kick from Jones with a short elbow, followed by a flying knee to end the round and the fight.

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Watch The First Four Fights Of UFC 165 on BetweenTheRopes.com Starting At 6:15 P.M. ET

Before you watch UFC 165 on Fox Sports 1 and pay-per-view, you watch four fights free streaming live on betweentheropes.com starting at 6:15 p.m. ET. Here are the four fights that you will be able to see that kick off UFC 165:

-John Makdessi vs. Renee Forte
-Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
-Roland Delorme vs. Alex Caceres
-Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

You watch the live stream above.

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Watch The Whole Episode Of “Countdown To UFC 165″

UFC 165 takes place tonight from the Air Canada Centre from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The card has two titles with the main event being Jon Jones defending his UFC light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson. The co-main event will be Renan Barao defending his interim UFC interim bantamweight championship against Eddie Wineland.

The UFC aired their show preview show, “Countdown to UFC 165″, featuring the Jones vs Gustafsson, Barao vs Wineland and Brendan Schaub vs Matt Mitrione heavyweight tilt.

Here is the preview of the main event of Jones vs Gustafsson:

Here is the preview for the co-main event of Barao vs Wineland:

Here is the preview for Schaub vs Mitrione:

Make sure you stay tuned tonight for our coverage of UFC 165.

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UFC 165 Weigh-In Results: Jones, Gustaffson Make Weight

UFC 165 weigh-ins just took place at the Maple Leaf Square outside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. All 26 fighters made weight including main event fighters Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

Here are the weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 165:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Champ Jon Jones (204.5) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (204.5)
- Champ Renan Barao (135) vs. Eddie Wineland (135.25)
- Matt Mitrione (260.5) vs. Brendan Schaub (237)
- Francis Carmont (186) vs. Constantinos Philippou (186)
- Pat Healy (155.75) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Myles Jury (156) vs. Mike Ricci (155.5)
- Ivan Menjivar (137)* vs. Wilson Reis (135)
- Chris Clements (169.5) vs. Stephen Thompson (170.5)
- Mitch Gagnon (136) vs. Dustin Kimura (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
- Renee Forte (155.5) vs. John Makdessi (155)
- Michel Prazeres (155) vs. Jesse Ronson (155.5)
- Alex Caceres (136) vs. Roland Delorme (136)
- Nandor Guelmino (230) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (245.5)

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

WWE Friday Night Smackdown tapings took place on Tuesday night from Cincinnati, Ohio. We released the spoilers on Tuesday night. If you didn’t see the spoilers, here is what took place on the show that airs tonight on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET.

- Vickie Guerrero Promo
- AJ Lee vs Naomi
- Jack Swagger vs Santino Marella
- Ryback vs Jobber
- Randy Orton Promo
- The Shield in a gauntlet match
- R-Truth vs Alberto Del rio
- The Shield vs Daniel Bryan and The Usos

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WWE Summerslam Preliminary Buyrate Down From Last Year

The WWE announced in their monthly business report that this year’s WWE Summerslam preliminary buyrate has done 298,000 buys. That number is down 17% from when the show did 358,000 buys.

This year’s Summerslam was headlined by John Cena defending the WWE title against Daniel Bryan, while last year’s card was headlined by Brock Lesnar battling Triple H.

The preliminary buyrate breaks down to 186,000 buys in North America and 112,000 buys internationally.

The official numbers for Summerslam will be announced when the WWE releases their third quarter earnings later on in the year.

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Watch UFC 165 Weigh-In Video Starting At 4 P.M. ET

UFC 165 takes place tomorrow night from the Air Canada Centre from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event will feature UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his title against Alexander Gustafsson, with the co-feature of UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao defending against Eddie Wineland.

Before that though, all 26 fighters will hit the scale today at the Maple Leaf Square outside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The first fighter will tip the scale at 4 p.m. ET

You can catch the video stream above right here at betweentheropes.com.

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Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez Sets All Time PPV Revenue Record, Estimated 2.2 Million Buys

A lot of hype was surrounding the Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez fight this past Saturday in terms of breaking the records for most pay-per-view buys, the most money made ever on PPV, biggest gate ever. We knew the last one was the record and now we have confirmation that at least one of those other records was broken.

Showtime announced that the Mayweather and Alvarez set the all time PPV revenue record exceeding $150 million with an early projection of 2.2 million buys. The previous record was $136 million from when Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

The Mayweather and De La Hoya fight was initially announced at 2.15 million buys and then amended a couple of months later when more of the numbers were tallied up to 2.48 million buys.

Showtime replays the fight with the junior welterweight championship fight co-feature between Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse, on Saturday night (9 ET/PT).

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Five Reasons To Watch UFC 165

UFC 165 takes place this Saturday night from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event will feature Jon Jones defending his UFC light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson, with the co-main featuring UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao defending his title against Eddie Wineland.

Before every UFC pay-per-view we will give you five reasons to watch that show and this is a good way to start with the pound for pound king in Jones.

1) Jon Jones: Every time Jon Jones fights, it is something special. Jones is quite arguably the best fighter in the world and gets to showcase his skills once again in the fight with Gustafsson. The New York native hasn’t fought since April when he defeated Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 when he won by first round TKO. The UFC has been building the fight using each fighters’ reach as Jones has an 84.5 reach and Gustaffson has an 81.5 reach. A lot of people resent Jones for how he comes off, but you cannot deny how great he is right now.

2) Renan Barao: The UFC interim bantamweight champion will defend his interim title for a second time against Wineland. Barao is 29-0-1 in his last 30 fights including winning 20 straight. The Brazilian last competed in February when he defeated Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel 7 by fourth round submission. Barao has won 20 fights by stoppage and this is the biggest card he has ever fought on. A stoppage over Wineland with a lot of eyeballs on him could setup a unification bout with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in early 2014.

3) Next Challenger For UFC Lightweight Title: The UFC announced on Monday and we reported on Tuesday that UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will make his first title defense against Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 9 in December. T.J. Grant was supposed to face Pettis, but Grant was still suffering symptoms from a concussion he suffered in June. People thought, including myself that maybe the UFC would wait until this weekend’s fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Pat Healy to decide Pettis’ next opponent. That fight kicks off the main card of UFC 165 with Nurmagomedov has 20 straight fights and Healy is 6-0-1 in his last seven. The winner of this fight should be next in line for a title against the Pettis/Thomson winner in December.

4) Two Title Fights: Who doesn’t like title fights? The UFC very rarely puts two title fights on one show, with the last event being UFC 112 in April of 2010 when Frankie Edgar defeated BJ Penn to win the lightweight title and Anderson Silva retained the middleweight title when he defeated Demain Maia. On UFC 165, we get Jones/Gustafsson and Barao/Wineland. Enjoy ladies and gentleman as this is a rarity.

5) History: The UFC has been around for about 20 years now and on Saturday night we could see more history being made. With a victory over Alexander Gustafsson, Jon Jones would make his sixth title defense, breaking the record of Tito Ortiz. Jones can also move into a tie with Chuck Liddell for most victories in the light heavyweight division with 13. Alexander Gustafsson with a win over Jones would be the first Swedish born fighter to win a UFC title. With a victory over Eddie Wineland, Renan Barao would be the first fighter in UFC history to make two defenses of an interim title. Barao and Nurmagomedov can also have the longest winning streaks in MMA at 21.

Here is the full card for UFC 165:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson – for light-heavyweight title
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland – for interim bantamweight title
Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub
Francis Carmont vs. Constantinos Philippou
Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci
Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
Renee Forte vs. John Makdessi
Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
Alex Caceres vs. Roland Delorme
Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

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Jon Jones Agrees To A Deal With Gatorade

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones keeps on breaking barriers in terms in sponsorship deals. Jones’ management team, First Round Management announced in a press release that Jones has agreed to deal with the most popular sports drink in the world, Gatorade.

The press release also stated that Jones will have the Gatorade logo on his shorts this Saturday when he defends his light heavyweight championship at UFC 165 against Alexander Gustafsson.

“It’s great that a company like Gatorade sees the value that their products bring to MMA athletes,” Jones stated. “They’re one of the biggest brands in sports worldwide, and I am honored to have their support moving forward. It does not get any better than Gatorade when it comes to fueling your body, during training and competition.”

Jones signed another monumental deal last year when he became the first MMA fighter to land worldwide deal with Nike. Jones’ manager Malki Kawa stated in the press release that the Gatorade deal is another landmark deal for MMA fighters.

“This is a historic day for UFC competitors,” Kawa stated. “Gatorade is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Jon has earned this relationship through hard work, determination and pure dominance inside the octagon.”

Gatorade first came out in the 1960′s and started to become the leader in sports drink in the 1980′s due to the deal the company signed with basketball legend Michael Jordan. In the United States, Gatorade accounts for a reported 75 percent of the sports drink market.

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Demetrious Johnson vs Joseph Benavidez II At TUF 18 Finale

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson competed at UFC on Fox 8 and you would have though with having a baby as well that he would take the rest of the year off. It was announced on “UFC Tonight”, that Johnson will defend his flyweight championship against Joseph Benavidez in the main event at The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale.

Johnson and Benavidez battled last year at UFC 152 when Johnson won the inaugural flyweight championship by split decision. Since that time, Johnson defeated John Dodson at UFC on Fox 6 in January and beat John Moraga at UFC on Fox 8 in July.

Benavidez since then has defeated Ian McCall, Darren Uyenoyama and Jussier Formaga. The California native stated after his win over Formiga that he wasn’t calling for a title shot, but he will be getting this shit at Johnson.

The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale will take place on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card will also feature Nate Diaz battling Grey Maynard and the men’s and women’s finale of The Ultimate Fighter 18.

Here is the updated card for The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale:

- Demetrious Johnson (C) vs. Joseph Benavidez – for flyweight title
- TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18″ men’s tournament final
- TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18″ women’s tournament final
- Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard

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Between The Ropes | Adam Pearce – September 18, 2013

pearceFormer NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce talks about the #7LevelsofHate series with Colt Cabana, the DVD on the series which includes all of the matches as well as a documentary about how it came about and the politics that being involved and altered the series, if any explanation has been given from the NWA ownership about changes made involving him, Cabana and the series, his relationship now with the NWA, the process of putting together the DVD, if he was happy with the series itself, the TNA gut check experience, the #August1Warning spoofs, TNA as a company right now, selling Scrap Daddy booty shorts(!) and more.

You can purchase the Seven Levels of Hate DVD at its official website.

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“Rowdy” Roddy Piper Talks Klondike Bars, Wrestling Bears and Being Hated

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Ever wonder what you would do for a Klondike Bar?  How about what a celebrity would do for one?

That”s the question posed in the Klondike Celebrity Challenge where fan could decide what three different celebs would do to get their hands on that delicious ice cream wrapped in creamy chocolate.  All summer long, fans have given their ideas for the celebrities.

Take of example Alfonso Ribeiro, aka Carlton on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and him showing off some sweet dancing moves to get his hands on one.  Or even for teen pop-star Tiffany singing to strangers in the mall.  Sure, why not?

But then one fan decided how about facing WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper?  Easier said than done, even if for a yummy Klondike bar.

Fans have been able to take part on the Klondike Celebrity Challenge on its Facebook Page and this Sunday, September 22, Joel McHale will be hosting the Klondys which will announce the winner.

BetweenTheRopes.com caught up with the “Hot Rod” to talk about the challenge, wrestling bears and being hated over a wrestling career that has now spanned more than four decades.

(You can go to the bottom of the podcast to hear the entire interview.)

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Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton For The Vacant WWE Title At Battleground PPV

It was announced by the WWE last night at the Smackdown tapings that Daniel Bryan will battle Randy Orton for the vacant WWE title at the new WWE pay-per-view, Battleground. The event takes place on Sunday, October 6 in Buffalo, New York.

The Bryan and Orton feud started at Summerslam last month when Bryan defeated John Cena to capture the WWE title. Orton who had won the Money in the Bank briefcase in July came down to the ring and WWE COO Triple H attacked Bryan and gave him the pedigree. “The Viper” then came into the ring and pinned Bryan to win the title.

The two combatants have been feuding since with Orton getting the upper hand the majority of the time. Bryan and Orton battled at Night of Champions with the WWE title on the line. Triple H said at the beginning of the event saying their would be no interference by any superstar.

Bryan pinned Orton in a good match to win the title.

On Monday Night Raw two days ago, Bryan came out to celebrate his victory and then Triple H came out to confront Bryan. Triple H told referee Scott Armstrong to come out to the ring. The COO compared a count from earlier in the match to the fast count that won the title for Bryan.

Armstrong admitted he made a mistake and told Bryan, “the gig is up” in reference to them being together and screwing Orton out of the title. Triple H then told Bryan they are holding the title up, which leads to the announcement last night.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday September 20, 2013

The WWE held their Smackdown tapings tonight from Cincinnati, Ohio. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at tonight’s tapings.

- A recap from Night of Champions and RAW is shown first. Vickie Guerrero is in the ring to open SmackDown. Loud boos when she says “Excuse Me!” She welcomes us to SmackDown. As the General Manager, she needs to make this show the most thrilling, best ever. She’s here to introduce to someone. She repeats the WWE Championship title holder streaks. She introduced Daniel Bryan. Bryan says he would much rather be champion for 1 day then be a corporate suck up. Vickie says she is his boss & giving him an opportunity to come clean. Daniel says they both know he did nothing wrong. Vickie questions it & said he needs to come forward & tell the truth. Daniel asked if she wants the truth, and gave her it & said he kneed Orton in the face & the ref could have counted to 20 because Orton was knocked out. He said he should still be WWE Champion. Vickie says she could have fired Daniel & hopes he never becomes the face of WWE. Daniel said everyone here should be happy Vickie has no power. Vickie said Daniel deserved to be beat up by The Shield. She shows us photos of all the superstars who helped Bryan on RAW Monday. She said we will have all 10 superstars plus Bryan in an 11 on 3 gauntlet match. One man will face all 3 members of The Shield at once until that person is defeated. She said she’s saving Daniel for last & laughs victoriously. She leaves & the crowd chants asshole.

- WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. Naomi is up next. Cameron is at ringside and Natalya is on commentary. AJ gets the win by submission.

- Jack Swagger vs. Santino Marella is up next. Zeb Colter cuts a promo before the match and says Swagger’s opponent is an immigrant. Santino ends up winning with a roll up.

- Ryback comes out with Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel. His opponent is some local guy named Nick from Cincinnati. Paul Heyman speaks and says that we know the big news – He’s the best in the world. He would like to give credit to CM Punk for giving him all he could handle at Night of Champions. He says our hero at Night of Champions wasn’t CM Punk and the winner of the match was Paul Heyman. He could not have done it without his hero. Ryback says Paul is gracious and doesn’t need to be picked on by Punk. Ryback said he hates bullies. Ryback says Nick tried to intimidate little kids and wants him to intimidate Ryback. Ryback squashes the guy & picks up the victory in less than two minutes.

- Randy Orton comes out. He says at Night of Champions, Daniel Bryan & Scott Armstrong conspired to steal the WWE Title from him. He takes all the blame and says the last two years he went deep down and thought we and the company wanted him to be like John Cena. He said he locked the way the viper because he thought that’s what everyone wanted. He said he want back to the viper that he was 3 years ago and made an example out of The Miz so we’d know who he really and truly is. The recap from RAW is shown and Orton said let that stand to a warning to anyone who thinks they will get in his path. He said after Battleground he will be champion and he is going to end the war between himself & Daniel Bryan. He promises to be our, no, not ours, once again promises to be his WWE Champion. The Shield comes out for their Gauntlet Match.

- The Shield’s first opponent is Darren Young and they destroy him. Titus O’Neil is out next and he fights them off but eventually they beat him down and pin him.

Dolph Ziggler is out next but he also gets overpowered. He finally fights back and takes them out one by one but gets counted out and loses after a spear from Roman Reigns.

Kofi Kingston is out next. Reigns tries to attack him on the ramp but Kofi dodges him. Kofi takes out Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose with dropkicks. Reigns takes Trouble In Paradise but the pin is broken. The Shield take back control and pin Kofi after Dean Ambrose hits his finisher.

Rob Van Dam is out next while Reigns is still down. RVD takes on Rollins and Ambrose. RVD hits a double Rolling Thunder and goes up for the Five Star Frogsplash but Triple H’s music hits and out he comes, calling the match off. Triple H argues with Vickie at ringside as the fans chant “this is bulls–t!” Triple H sends everyone to the back and it appears the match is over.

- Backstage segment with Triple H yelling at Vickie backstage. Vickie says she thought the Gauntlet Match was best for business. Triple H tells her to make a six-man match – Daniel Bryan and The Usos vs. The Shield.

- Triple H is backstage with Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel. He says they are talented. They want some competition. Triple H sends them to the ring and says he will find them some competition. Out comes Luke Harper and Erick Rowan with Bray Wyatt. Rowan and Harper win the match. Bray attacks Ryder after the match and says he will continue to take people out for Abigail.

- Rob Van Dam is backstage. Triple H walks in and apologizes for Vickie putting him in the gauntlet match. Triple H gives RVD a rematch against Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title. Del Rio runs in and attacks RVD.

- R-Truth vs. Alberto Del Rio is up next. Del Rio gets the win by submission.

- The Shield are out first for the match followed by The Usos and Daniel Bryan. The Shield dominate most of the match on both of the Usos. The Uso in the ring is finally able to tag in Daniel Bryan & Bryan cleans house. The Usos take out Roman Reigns & Rollins jumps on them. The other Uso then jumps on all four of them and it’s down to Bryan & Ambrose. Bryan locks in the Yes Lock but Ambrose gets to the ropes. Bryan hits him with the knees for the win. In what may have been part of the post-show, Randy Orton came down and attacked Bryan but Bryan got the upperhand and sent Orton to the back.

Thank you to WrestlingInc.com for the results.

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Wednesday September 18. 2013

Before the Smackdown tapings take, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tomorrow night starting at 8 p.m. ET. Tonight’s tapings took place in Cincinnati. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.

- Dolph Ziggler vs. Curtis Axel is up first. Paul Heyman and Ryback are at ringside. Dolph hit Ryback but Axel knocked him to the floor. Axel distracted the referee while Ryback took Ziggler out on the floor. Axel brought Ziggler back in the ring and hit his finisher for the win.

- Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton for the WWE championship is announced for Battleground.

- Kofi Kingston vs. Fandango is up next. Kofi mocks Fandango by dancing. He gets the win after Trouble In Paradise.

- Damien Sandow beat Justin Gabriel after countering the 450 Splash.

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WWE News: Raw Rating Up After Night of Champions

WWE Raw always does better the night after Pay-Per-Views, and this year’s Night of Champions was no exception.

Against Week 2 of NFL Monday Night Football, WWE’s flagship show saw a slight gain over last week.  It averaged 4.103 million viewers for the night.  This is up from last week’s 3.885 million viewers, and also higher than the 3.94 million from two weeks ago. [Read more...]