TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Thursday September 19, 2013

TNA taped their Impact Wrestling for next week following last night’s live show. Here are results of the show that will air next Thursday.

- Jeff Hardy defeated X Division Champion Manik in a non-title match. Chris Sabin attacked Manik after the match.

- ODB defeated Mickie James to win the TNA Knockouts Title.

- Eric Young beat Robbie E.

- Joseph Park defeated Robbie E.

- Gunner defeated Hernandez.

- Bobby Roode, Kazarian, and Christopher Daniels defeated Samoa Joe, Magnus, and Sting in a six-man tag match.

AJ Styles ranted on Dixie Carter about how she brought in big name talent and replaced good wrestlers. He also spoke about not having a contract. Dixie came out and basically told AJ that if it weren’t for her, he wouldn’t be where he is today.

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Between The Ropes – WWE Night of Champions 2013 Video Preview

Here’s a first!  The first ever Between The Ropes video chat as Brian Fritz and Michael Wiseman preview this Sunday’s WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view and give their predictions on who will win between WWE Champion Randy Orton against Daniel Bryan, CM Punk going against Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio against Rob Van Dam and all of the other matches.  Plus, they talk about Jim Ross retiring from the WWE and the reason behind it happening now.

You can also listen to the audio on the Between The Ropes podcast.

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Jim Ross Makes First Comments Since Retirement From WWE

BetweenTheRopes.com reported yesterday that Jim Ross had retired from the WWE to focus on “personal business endeavors.”

The wrestling world was showing their support for Ross.

Ross hadn’t made a statement until late last night on his website jrsbarbq.com. Here is what Ross said on the website.

It’s been quite a day. September 11, 2013 was my last day in WWE.

Its hard to believe that It was over 20 years ago when i debuted in WWE at WM9 & my first ever WWE assignment was doing play by play w/ the great, Bobby Heenan and the unpredictable Macho Man Randy Savage.

Time flies when one is enjoying one ‘s dream job. Heck, it only took me 19 years ti make it to the NFL of sports entertainment. Overnight sensation, right?

So, at the age if 61 it’s time to close this chapter of my life and begin exploring new, adventures while my health is great.

I wouldn’t have changed a thing in WWE except I wish that I’d been able to avoid some health issues along the way. That was the hand that I was dealt and I simply refused to fold it.

Other that health issues my ‘run’ in WWE has exceeded my wildest dreams.

I was fortunate enough to have a key role in arguably one of the most interesting and compelling eras in our business’s history.

Hmmmm….perhaps a book is in order some day. Time will tell. Now I actually have the time to write the autobiography many have asked about over the years.

For the record, I’m not purchasing a rocking chair so I’m not “going away.” I have many interests & I plan on exploring them all.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll continue to support my family’s online shopping efforts at http://www.wweshop.com and in UK at http://www.americansoda.co.uk.

Follow the next chapters in my life, that are yet to be written, on Twitter @JRsBBQ.

You guys are the best….thanks!

Boomer Sooner!

JR

@JRsBBQ

Gives us your thoughts on Ross’ statement and if he should have said more.

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 18: Team Rousey vs Team Tate Episode 2 Recap

The episode opens up with a recap of the last week’s premiere and showing which fighters ended up with each coach.

Then the fighters pull up to the house and the females run to get the rooms upstairs, figuring out where to put stuff in their rooms and wondering how five women are going to share one bathroom.

Some of the women then go into the hot tub and Team Tate Fighter Chris Holdsworth looks at the women and wonders if sexual relationships can occur and Julianna Pena from Team Tate says she’s here to win and not to find a boyfriend.

A group of competitors discussing how training sessions will play out when members of the opposite sex spar and grapple with one another.

The discussion heats up with the women insisting they would be insulted if the men take it easy on them. Team Tate’s Tim Gorman is the most vocal of the male fighters, saying that regardless of circumstances he will not go 100 percent in training.

Then we go to the TUF gym in where Team Tate trains first and the team has a recovery day with light training since the elimination bouts had taken place the previous day.

Miesha Tate notices that Tim Gorman hasn’t been moving well and Gorman admits that he has a hamstring injury. Gorman shows off the bruise on the back of his leg and describes that his ankle is swollen as well.

As Team Tate is finishing up their training session when Ronda Rousey storms into the gym and says that their time is up and to leave the gym immediately.

Rousey talks her team and discusses cutting corners and the importance of minor details.

At the house, there’s more discussion about potential relationships between cast members, but the women continue to say they are taking the competition and nothing will interfere with that.

Then at the next Team Tate training session, UFC President Dana White goes into Team Tate’s locker room and says he needs to see Miesha Tate and Gorman. The UFC doctor is in the room with White, Tate and Gorman. The doctor tells them that Gorman has a torn hamstring and shouldn’t be in the competition anymore.

Gorman is devastated by the news, but wanted to continue. White told them that he is no longer in the competition. White told Tate that he already had a replacement in Louis Fisette, who was submitted by Holdsworth in the elimination round .

Shayna Baszler and Pena then weigh-in to make the fight official.

Members of both teams discuss the matchup, saying Baszler should have her way with Pena.

Baszler talks about her path as one of the most experienced female fighters in the sport. The 33-year-old is highly confident going into the quarterfinal matchup, calling Pena an unworthy opponent who doesn’t deserve to be in the same cage as her.

The fight then starts with Pena coming forward early with a big flurry of punches and clinches Baszler against the cage. Baszler works her way out of the position and secures a takedown. Pena quickly gets back to her feet, but is taken down again, this time into side control. Baszler takes the back and works for a rear-naked choke to no avail. Pena brings it back to guard and Baszler throws big punches and elbows from top position. Pena eventually escapes to a standing position and goes for a takedown of her own. Several scrambles ensue on the ground and both fighters exchange turns in top position, but neither is able to inflict any significant damage. The round ends with Baszler in Pena’s half-guard throwing strikes.

Second round then gets underway as Pena appears to be the fresher of the two fighters and opens the round by connecting with a straight right hand. A firefight breaks out on the feet with heavy strikes going both ways. Baszler repeatedly clinches in an attempt to get a takedown, but Pena shrugs it off and presses forward with strikes. Pena clinches Baszler against the cage where she remains active with knees and punches. Pena completes a takedown and continues to hit a now bloodied Baszler, who is quickly losing the little steam she has left. Baszler gives up her back and Pena capitalizes by locking in a rear-naked choke, flattening Baszler out on her stomach and forcing the tap-out.

Julianna Pena def. Shayna Baszler via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2.

The gym reacts to the major upset and Pena reflects on her stunning victory, saying she shouldn’t be underestimated due to her good looks and she has just as realistic a chance of winning the entire competition as anyone else.

A moment backstage shows Rousey comforting Baszler. Rousey reminds Baszler that while she may have lost her opportunity to win the six-figure UFC contract, many TUF cast members have gone on to do big things in the UFC and the experience of being on the show is still significant.

In confessional, Rousey talks about her failure to coach Baszler to a win and voices her displeasure with how opposing coach Tate reacted to Pena’s win, saying, “When I looked across and saw Shayna hurting like that, then I looked over and saw Miesha just smiling at her pain, she’s going to pay for every fucking smile she smirks today.”

It’s time for the next fight announcement, and with Baszler’s loss, control switches over to Team Tate, who must now pick the first matchup between male fighters.

After Rousey went after Tate’s top female pick in week one, Tate decides to flip the script by selecting the champion’s top pick. The matchup will see Team Tate’s No. 2 pick Holdsworth go up against Team Rousey’s top selection Chris Beal, who earlier in the episode had complained about an injured hand.

Tate explains the reasoning behind her selection, saying, “We wanted Chris Beal quickly because we noticed he had a hand injury and at this point any kind of advantages like that you want to take advantage of. So I know he’s a pretty heavy-handed fighter and it kind of takes away 50 percent of his game.”

An enraged Rousey reacts, saying, “She specifically picked Chris because they know he has a hurt hand. It’s some pussy ass bullshit. Chris is going to beat him with one fucking hand, I know it.”

The episode closes with both teams leaving the gym and as Rousey walks by Tate, she angrily whispers, “Just so you know, you smiling at my girl’s pain today is one more reason I’m going to fucking destroy you again.”

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B.J.Penn Drops Down To 145, Will Fight And Coach TUF 19 Opposite Frankie Edgar

The MMA world thought we had seen the last of B.J.Penn after losing soundly to Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5 last December. We were all mistaken as the UFC announced that the former two division champion will be returning to the UFC, but this time as a featherweight as he will coach the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter alongside former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Penn and Edgar will then fight for third time at an event that wasn’t announced at this time.

The pairing was announced earlier this evening on “UFC Tonight”. UFC President Dana White said this was a fight that Penn wanted really bad.

“B.J.Penn is moving down to 145 lbs. to coach The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar,” said UFC President Dana White. “BJ really hates the fact that he lost to Frankie Edgar. It’s something that’s been burning deep inside of him for three years now. So he’s moving down to 145 lbs. to not only avenge those defeats, but to try and become the first fighter in UFC history to win titles in three different weight classes.

“When B.J.Penn gets fired up about something, he goes, crazy, you know what I mean?” UFC president Dana White said. “The kid’s fired up, he’s got me fired up about this, he believes he can beat Frankie Edgar, he can compete at 145 pounds. It’s tough to say no to B.J.”

Penn (16-9-2 in MMA) is one of only two men to win UFC world titles in two separate divisions. The former welterweight and lightweight champion has defeated a Who’s Who of MMA, including UFC champions Matt Hughes, Matt Serra and Sean Sherk. His reign over the UFC’s 155lbs. division was ended in 2010’s Upset of the Year, when he was outpointed by Frankie Edgar. “The Prodigy” not only returns to the UFC but also The Ultimate Fighter, after coaching season five back in 2007.

After defeating Penn in two fights, Edgar (15-4-1) established a reputation for lightweight excellence. “The Answer” defended the lightweight championship in a pair of all-time classic battles with Gray Maynard before losing the title on a controversial decision to Benson Henderson. Edgar then dropped to featherweight where he lost to featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 156 in February and rebounded with an unanimous decision over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 in July. Many believe he will join Penn as a two-division world champion.

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Breaking News: Jim Ross Retires From WWE

jrWWE.com is reporting that Jim Ross has announced his retirement.  After a 20 year career with the WWE, he has decided to focus more on his “personal business endeavors.”

‘Good Ol JR’ got his start in the business as a referee, working for NWA.  From there, he became a play-by-play announcer for Mid-South territory, rejoined with NWA in the same role, and stayed in the company until it became WCW.  His tenure with WCW, and thus Eric Bischoff, was tumultuous to say the least. Ross demanded his release in 1993. [Read more...]

WWE Main Event Spoilers For Wednesday September 11, 2013

The WWE taped Main Event last night in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada prior to the Smackdown tapings. The show will air tonight on ION Television starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the results from last night’s tapings of the show.

Kofi Kingston vs. Antonio Cesaro is up first. Cesaro did a 36 second giant swing. Kofi wins with the SOS.

Darren Young and Titus O’Neil defeated Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal when Titus pinned Jinder. The crowd was really into the Prime Time Players. Tensai and Brodus Clay were out on commentary.

Big E Langston defeated R-Truth with the Big Ending.

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Spoilers For Friday September 13, 2013

The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The show will air on Friday Night on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the results of the tapings fom last night.

Smackdown opens up with a Big Show promo where he is formed to apologize to the fans for letting them down on Monday as he didn’t do the right thing. Triple H comes out and reminds everyone Show is broke, then suspends him without pay for a night. The Shield then attacks and lays out Show with the triple powerbomb.

Alicia Fox, Layla and Aksana vs. Naomi, Natalya and Brie Bella is up next. Natalya gets a nice pop but AJ Lee comes out to a better pop. AJ is on commentary. AJ does a run-in as Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter. Somehow it’s a DQ win for Layla, Aksana and Fox. All of the Divas fight after the match.

R-Truth vs. Fandango in a dance-off. Miz and Great Khali join in. Miz wins. Fandango is disgusted, but is tossed out of the ring.

The Divas come back out and they had a brawl. It appears there was a DQ when AJ interfered and then the babyfaces laid her out.

They do a segment where Ryback bullies a skinny man for saying he wanted to get in the ring with Ryback. Ryback said his dream is to bully people like him.

Vickie Guerrero announces that Ricardo will not be at Night of Champions because she feels for his safety, but then announces he will wrestle Alberto Del Rio tonight.

Santino Marella beat Damien Sandow with the Cobra.

Michael Cole interviewed Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman. Axel says that he won’t let Heyman down because Punk has to go through him and Punk can’t beat him. Heyman claimed he was a peace loving man and asked the audience to boycott the handicap match. He said that if we order the PPV, we will let CM Punk get his hands on Paul Heyman and that will be the end of him. He says he will always love Punk and tonight will be the last time you see Paul Heyman because once Punk gets him, it’s over.

World champ Alberto Del Rio easily pins Ricardo, then locks on the armbar. RVD makes the save and runs him off.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose ended in a DQ when the Shield hit the ring. The Usos evened up the sides. Vickie turned it into a six man which the Shield won.

Edge hosted The Cutting Edge. He sent a message to Christian to get the Shield for what they did to him when he comes back. Randy Orton comes out so I guess the idea is that this time, Edge has to interview who HHH wants. Orton tells Edge he’s upset that Orton is a 10 time champion while he’s relegated to being just a talk show host. Edge points out he is an 11 time champion. Daniel Bryan came out and said he doesn’t want to be the face of the WWE, but he’s going to be WWE champion and will beat Orton at the PPV. Orton nails Bryan but Bryan makes a comeback and locks him in the Yes Lock. Orton taps as they go off the air.

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WWE Raw Ratings Down Slightly Against Monday Night Football

goldustdepressedWWE Raw went up against the NFL powerhouse for the first time this season on Monday with a doubleheader of football action against it.  But the show was able to hold its viewership numbers well.

According to Zap2It.com, Raw averaged 3.885 million viewers, down from last week’s 3.94 million.

The doubleheader of Monday Night Football had an average of 13.737 million viewers on ESPN during prime time hours for ESPN.  The first game featuring the Philadelphia Eagles against the Washington Redskins drew 16.52 million viewers.  The second game between the Houston Texans and the San Diego Chargers had 10.95 million viewers.

Raw started out with an average of 3.801 million viewers.  The second hour increased to 3.903 million but was down from it’s usual average.  The final hour increased to 3.953 million.

The Raw viewership was expected to go down against the NFL but it was not a huge increase.  Still,

WWE RAW Reaction and Review – September 9th, 2013

For complete coverage of everything that happened, be sure to visit last night’s RAW Rundown. Also, check out the latest Between the Ropes podcast for thoughts from Brian and Steve!

raw christian daniel bryanShow opening last night was great wrestling television. Edge came out and gave the fans what they wanted. He put over Daniel Bryan, criticized Randy Orton, and gave Triple H even more heat. This is how you leverage a legend to create new stars. Plus, Edge was smart to bring up all the stars that Triple H has been wrong on in the past – I bet “smart marks” were eating that up. It’s also worth noting that Randy Orton and Triple H look fantastic side-by-side. They’re the kind of power-heel-duo that the WWE has been without for too long. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes WWE Raw Review Podcast – September 10, 2013

Brian and Steve are back to talk about WWE Raw from Monday night, Edge making his return, the back and forth real-life promo between him and Triple H, the Daniel Bryan build for his match against Randy Orton at this Sunday’s Night of Champions PPV and more about the show.  Plus, they talk about the latest on a physical WWE Hall of Fame, Sami Zayn possibly joining the main roster soon, TNA business and rumors of them possibly coming off the road and more.

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WWE Raw Rundown LIVE – 9/9/2013

Refresh this page throughout the night for LIVE ongoing results and analysis! Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET!

Tonight, RAW looks like a packed show.  Not only can we expect final hype for Night of Champions (2013),  a rare appearance by former superstar Edge is being advertised.  Also, over the weekend Brad Maddox announced that Goldust will face Randy Orton, the stipulation being that if Goldust picks up the victory, then Cody Rhodes will be reinstated. CM Punk and Paul Heyman should be on hand as well to hype their confrontation this coming Sunday.

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Breaking News: Wrestling Reinstated for 2020 Olympics

save olympic wrestlingESPN is reporting that Wrestling has been reinstated for the 2020 Olympics.

Wrestling was pulled out seven months ago in a surprising move.  But, today’s vote by the International Olympic Committee gave it the go-ahead to be allowed back in. [Read more...]

UFC Fight Night 28 Medical Suspensions With “Jacare” Souza Out Up To Six Months

UFC Fight Night 28 took place on Wednesday night at the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The main event featured Glover Teixeira defeating Ryan Bader by TKO in the first round and in the co-feature, “Jacare” Souza beat Yushin Okami by TKO in the first round as well.

BetweenTheRopes.com requested and received the medical suspension report from UFC Fight Night 28 on Wednesday night from the The Brazilian Athletic Commission of all 22 fighters who competed on the card.

The most notable suspension on the list was Souza, who needs an x-ray on his foot and is suspended for 180 days, requiring a doctor’s clearance if he wants to compete before then.

Here is the suspension list from UFC Fight Night 28:

Glover Teixeira: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Ryan Bader: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Ronaldo Souza: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor, needs x-ray on right foot
Yushin Okami: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Joseph Benavidez: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Jussier Da Silva: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor, needs x-ray on right foot
Piotr Hallmann: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Francisco Trinaldo: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Rafael Natal: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Tor Troeng: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Ali Bagautinov: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Marcos Vinicius: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Edimilson Souza: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor, needs surgery on right hand
Felipe Arantes: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Lucas Martins: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Ramiro Hernandez: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Elias Silverio: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Joao Zeferino: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Ivan Jorge: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Keith Wisniewski: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Sean Spencer: suspended 21 days with 14 days no contact
Yuri Villefort: suspended 21 days with 14 days no contact

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WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 6th, 2013

Randy Orton over Daniel BryanThe opening segment was a mixed bag. On the one hand, I thought Triple H was very entertaining, and liked the “town meeting” set-up for a televised wrestling show. It’s the exact kind of thing a narcissistic heel would do. Also, having Hunter describe himself as the COO of WWE and, therefore, “the WWE itself,” was a great way to draw heat. Unfortunately, some of the booking just didn’t make sense. [Read more...]

Donald Cerrone vs Evan Dunham Added To A Stacked UFC 167

If you thought the UFC wasn’t going to stack their 20th anniversary show at UFC 167, you were wrong as another fight was added. It was announced that by lasvegassun.com that Donald Cerrone will battling Evan Dunham in lightweight action.

Both fighters are looking to get back on track, as we just seen Cerrone in action as he lost to Rafeal Dos Anjos nine days ago at UFC Fight Night 27.

Dunham was last seen in the octagon when lost to Dos Anjos at UFC on FX 8 in May.

UFC 167 takes place on Saturday, November 16th from the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas headlined by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre facing Johny Hendricks, with the co-feature of Chael Sonnen squaring off with former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

Here is the updated card for UFC 167:

Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks
•Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
•Frank Mirvs. Alistair Overeem
•Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
•Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
• Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham

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

WWE Friday Night Smackdown tapings took place on Tuesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We released the full spoilers on Wednesday. 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.

- Triple H town meeting
- Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam in a non-title match
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Ryback
- Curtis Axel vs. Kofi Kingston in a non-title match
- Brie Bella vs Naomi
- The Real Americans vs The Uso’s
- Big Show vs 3MB
- Daniel Bryan vs Seth Rollins

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Joe Warren Not Allowed To Compete in Co-Feature Of Bellator 98

It was announced a short time ago by Bellator MMA that former featherweight champion Joe Warren wasn’t medically cleared to fight at Bellator 98 tomorrow night. The Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation deemed Warren unable to compete. Warren’s condition wasn’t revealed to us at this time.

The former champion was scheduled to fight Nick Kirk tomorrow night at Bellator 98. Kirk has been pulled from the card as well.

Warren was a coach on Bellator MMA’s reality show, “Fight Master” and no plans were announced by the organization as to if and when this fight will take place. Belltor MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney released a statement regarding Warren not being able to compete.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully reviewing Joe’s medical documents, everyone agreed to err on the side of caution with the goal of ensuring our fighters safety. It was determined Joe would be unable to compete this Saturday at Mohegan Sun. Joe’s been with us since the beginning and as is the case with every fighter here, it’s incumbent on me to ensure Joe is 100% healthy and medically cleared to fight before he steps into the Bellator cage.”

Bellator 98 takes place tomorrow night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn, with the main card airs on Spike TV following the prelims on Spike.com.

Here is the revised card of Bellator 98:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 8 p.m. ET)
•Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brett Cooper – for middleweight title
•Andreas Spang vs. Justin Torrey – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round
•Perry Filkins vs. Jeremy Kimball – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round
•Mikkel Parlo vs. Brian Rogers – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round
•Jason Butcher vs. Giva Santana – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round
•Derek Anderson vs. Patricky Freire

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 6 p.m. ET)
•Mike Mucitelli vs. Jeff Nader
•Brennan Ward vs. Dave Vitkay
•Andrew Calandrelli vs. Ryan Quinn
•Matt Bessette vs. Nick Piedmont
•Glenn Allaire vs. Rico DiSciullo
•Josh Diekmann vs. Parker Porter

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