UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia Results for 8/1/2015 – Ronda Rousey Defends Against Bethe Correia, More

As noted in today’s Ring Rap Audio, we are posting results and occasional thoughts regarding tonight’s UFC 190 pay per view event.  The event is taking place live at the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janiero, Brazil.  The headlining bout is Ronda Rousey defending her Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Bethe Correia.  Refresh the page periodically for more results (I am sitting in a local bar watching the event, and may not be able to update quickly based on bar traffic and their seemingly unsteady wi-fi).

UFC 190, Live from the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janiero, Brazil

UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Bouts:

Bout #1 –  Guido Cannetti def. Hugo Viania by unanimous decision.

Bout #2 – Vitor Miranda def. Clint Hester by TKO, 2:39 of the 2nd Round

Miranda was really dominant in this one.  Hester shot in and Miranda caught him with a knee then drove him to the mat and unleashed punches til the fight was stopped.

FoxSports 1 Preliminary Bouts:

Bout #1 – Iuri Alcantara def. Leandro Issa by unanimous decision

Alcantara spent a lot of time getting caught up in a grappling game, but his striking was superior especially in rounds 2 and 3.  He finished strong, and could have put Issa away.

Bout #2 – Warlley Alves def. Nordine Taleb by submission (guillotine choke), 4:10 of the 2nd round.

Alves is fun, very athletic, and seems like he has a good balance in his striking and grappling. Good submission win.

Bout #3 – Patrick Cummins def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante by TKO, 0:43 of the 3rd Round.

This was bloody.  Cavalcante landed big strikes early but he burned out in the third.  Both men looked like hell after this match was over.

Bout #4 – Demian Maia def. Neil Magny by submission (rear naked choke), 2:50 of the 2nd Round.

Magny rode a 7-fight win streak into this bout, but Maia has put an end to that.  He really controlled this from start to finish, and really worked an effective ground game throughout.

Pay Per View Main Card:

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WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper Dead at 61

According to reports on TMZ.com, WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has passed away at age 61.

Piper, who was born Roderick George Toombs, passed from cardiac arrest at  his home in Holllywood, CA around noon Friday.  The report cites that Piper likely had the heart attack in his sleep  on Thursday night and was found Friday.  Piper does have a medical history, having dealt with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006.  Last November, however, Piper claimed that he was cancer free.

Piper was a legendary figure in professional wrestling and arguably one of its biggest stars through the 1980’s.  Piper was a part of the very first Wrestlemania in 1985, squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.  Piper had a stint in WCW from 1996 until 2001, where he had a short run as the United States Champion and as a figurehead authority figure as well.

He returned to WWE television in 2003, working occasional matches until 2008.  He still made appearances to conduct his famous “Piper’s Pit” interview segment up until 2014.  He was considered one of WWE’s top 50 villains, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.

Piper leaves behind his wife Kitty and four children, three daughters and a son.

Our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Roddy Piper in this time of loss.


Wentz’s Quick Poll – Who Wins the Main Event of UFC 190 Between Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia?

UFC 190 goes down tomorrow night live on pay per view from the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janerio, Brazil.  The card will be headlined by the Women’s Bantamweight Championship, with champion Ronda Rousey defending her title against Bethe Correia.  This has become a heated matchup between the ladies, and it’s on Bethe’s home turf.  So to you the readers, I put four simple responses to the very simple question:  Who wins?  Tell us below!


WWE Reveals Latest Subscriber Count for WWE Network, Additional Second Quarter Financial Information

WWE has issued second quarter financial results this morning.  In a report published on 4-traders.com, the company reported a net income of $5.1 million.  This is a stark contrast to the same quarter of 2014, where WWE reported a net loss of $14.5 million.  In a press release, Vince McMahon gave the following statement:

“The performance of WWE Network demonstrates our ability to transform our legacy pay-per-view business into a global subscription business with high growth potential.  We have made meaningful progress executing our key strategic initiatives, including the achievement of significant international growth and increased engagement across our digital and social media platforms.”

WWE also reported the latest subscriber count for WWE Network.  As of March 31, 2015, the Network has reached 1.156 million paid subscribers.  Throughout the second quarter of 2015, the Network averaged 1.216 million paid subscribers.  WWE senior management, including Vince McMahon, will be discussing these results and more in a conference call at 11AM EST.  If anything of note comes out of that call, we will pass it along.

The network subscriber count is down from Wrestlemania, where it was at 1.327 million.  Not really shocking, given it was Wrestlemania and many may have canceled after the big event.  They didn’t focus on the exact subscriber count in the press release, but instead hyped the 75% growth from last year at this time.  It will be interesting to see how Wall Street reacts to these numbers.


WWE Diva Layla Has Retired

In an interview posted up on WWE.com, Layla has announced her retirement from WWE.  She steps away after nearly a ten year run in the Divas division.

Layla was the winner of the 2006 WWE Diva Search, coming to professional wrestling after a stint as a dancer with the NBA’s Miami Heat.  She held the Women’s Championship and Divas Championship one time each, and picked up a Slammy Award for “Knucklehead Moment of the Year” while teamed with Michelle McCool.

In the interview linked above, Layla cited that she “got tired of the travel” and that “sometimes it’s just time to start the next chapter of your life” as her reasons for retiring from WWE.  She said that she is proud that she did make it in the ring and felt she could walk away saying, “I’m a good wrestler.”

The British-born Diva has her eyes on possibly doing television work or getting back into dance along with starting a family with her fiance, Richard (former WWE talent Ricky Ortiz).

Certainly, best wishes to Layla in all of her future endeavors.


Interview Highlights: Eric Bischoff Speaks Out on Hulk Hogan Controversy, Says WWE “Handled it the Only Way They Could”

Eric Bischoff, a long time friend and business partner with Hulk Hogan, recently made an appearance on the “Under the Mat” podcast, which can be found on the Title Match Wrestling YouTube page.  They covered a number of topics regarding his time in WCW, personalities like Bill Goldberg, Chris Jericho, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and the Ultimate Warrior, and more but they also touched base on the controversy surrounding Hulk Hogan and his racist remarks.

Bischoff was quick to note that WWE handled it the only way they could. He said:

“In the entertainment business, especially when you’re a publicly held company, you have to be sensitive not only to your audience, but you have to be sensitive to your advertisers. You have to be sensitive to your business partners.”

“You have to be sensitive and respectful of so many different people within the business of the entertainment business that you have to be responsible and you have to take responsible action, and I think that’s exactly what WWE did. I don’t see how they possibly could have kept Hulk in the position that Hulk was in as a quote-unquote ambassador of their company with the kind of horrible publicity that is surrounding him now and will like surround him for quite awhile given everything that is going on.”

If Bischoff has been this open about how WWE has handled this, then perhaps the small number of those critical of WWE “going Benoit” about the situation will start to see it was the right move.  Also in the interview, Bischoff addresses WWE pulling Hogan from the WWE Network as well.


Around the Ring w/Ring Rap 07/28/2015: Roderick Strong, Ring of Honor and Destination America, Summerslam at 4 Hours, John Cena, WWE Raw, and more!

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Editor in Chief Drew Koscelek is back again for another Tuesday edition of Around the Ring.  This show takes a look at:

  • Roderick Strong Re-signing with Ring of Honor.
  • ROH getting bumped from their primetime slot with Destination America.
  • Summerslam going 4 hours.
  • John Cena’s broken nose.
  • WWE Raw thoughts
  • …plus more!

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Hulk Hogan Also Used Homophobic Slurs During Sex Tape Rant

Lately it seems like every day a new piece of the Hulk Hogan rant comes out, painting him in a negative light.  This time it’s a homophobic slur, from the same tape.

In the conversation, Hogan talks about returning to his childhood home as part of VH1’s Hogan Knows Best to find a homosexual living in the home.

“VH1 wanted me to do a big thing and go back to the house I grew up in,” Hogan said  “So we knock on the door, and a big f– lives there now. This half-gay was enamored with Linda (Hogan’s now ex-wife).”

In the story, it details that the man invited Hogan into his home and gave him a toy that he found in garden when he bought the home.  More details available at RadarOnline.com.


Ring of Honor Re-Signs “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong

This morning, Ring of Honor issued a press release to announce a key talent re-signing.  Roderick Strong, coming off a fantastic time limit draw ROH Championship match against Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor, has signed another long term deal.  Strong has had one of his better years in the ring, and has become a much better talker than he has been in the past, so this is a good signing for the company.  There were some minor overtures from WWE as Strong attended a developmental tryout camp, but WWE passed on him.

The press release is as follows:

Ring of Honor announced Tuesday that Roderick Strong, aka Mr. ROH, has re-signed with the company. The “Triple Crown Champion” was most recently featured as a challenger for the Ring of Honor World Championship against Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor XIII in Baltimore. The spectacular match ended in a draw as the wrestlers battled through the 60-minutes of regulation time allotted for World Championship matches.

“I’ve set the bar really high for myself and anyone who comes after me,” Strong said. “I’ve got unfinished business in Ring of Honor and winning that ROH World Championship for a second time is of the utmost importance!”

Strong will once again find himself battling with champions as he takes on IWGP Champion “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada at Field of Honor in Brooklyn, NY on August 22nd.

September 30, 2015 will begin Strong’s 13th year with Ring of Honor, as he continues to exemplify Ring of Honor’s pride for having the best wrestling on the planet. More information about Roderick Strong, including upcoming appearances and featured products, can be found on http://www.rohwrestling.com.


Not a Work: John Cena Indeed Broke His Nose on Raw

We noted in our live Raw coverage last night during the main event that Seth Rollins landed a knee shot that bloodied John Cena’s nose.  It was revealed after the show that the shot did actually break Cena’s nose.  Joey Styles sent this tweet out last night after Raw, and you can see the displacement in the photo.

WWE’s doctor, Dr. Steve Daquino, gave the following statement to WWE.com:

“As you can see on television tonight, John suffered from a nasal fraction. He’s got quite a bit of displacement, so we sent him over to the local emergency room so he can be evaluated by the ears, nose and throat doctor who’s on call tonight and see what can be done to properly repair it.”

Looks like the Champ might be wearing a face mask for a bit, depending on the results of his hospital visit last night.