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LAW Sept. 2 Update - Jericho vs. Owens Set for MSG Special

John Pollock / September 2, 2015 - 4:35pm

**This week on Review-A-Wai, Wai Ting and I are looking back at the October 21st, 1996 episode of WCW Monday Nitro on the “go home” show before Halloween Havoc that year. The show centers around whether or not Randy Savage will show up at the building after being subjected to a heart-felt apology from Miss Elizabeth the prior week and culminating in a segment where Hulk Hogan is caught on video with his knowledge (seriously). You are also subjected to such characters as ROAD BLOCK, Jimmy Grafiti and Mr. J.L, while the Braves and Yankees are playing in the World Series (Atlanta vs. New York as Eric Bischoff would make note of). The entire show is up at http://fightnetwork.com/news/59260:review-a-wai-wcw-monday-nitro-oct.-21-1996/ and available on iTunes, Stitcher and the free Fight Network app.

**We have this week’s edition of Bauer & Pollock up on the site with a discussion on Jimmy Snuka being charged for the 1983 death of Nancy Argentino, the shooting outside the Performance Center, Bram arrested, Hulk Hogan’s appearance on Good Morning America, a look at the various states of numerous promotions in North America and lots more to discuss at http://fightnetwork.com/news/59261:sept.-2-edition-of-bauer-pollock/.

**The Allentown Morning Call has more news on the Jimmy Snuka case. The paper reports that when Snuka turned himself in on Tuesday, that he was in a wheelchair and attached to a feeding tube. His lawyer, William E. Moore, stated that Snuka is suffering from partial dementia due to years of head injuries. Moore states he isn't sure if Snuka would be able to stand a trial and simply cannot remember the actions from 1983, which why Moore states that Snuka pleaded the fifth amendment during the grand jury hearing this past July.

**Here are the matches for tonight’s episode of NXT at 8pm ET on the WWE Network and features the start of the Dusty Rhodes tag tournament:
*The Ascension vs. Rhyno & Baron Corbin
*Alexa Bliss vs. Blue Pants
*Apollo Crews vs. Martin Stone
*Eva Marie vs. Billie Kay
*Neville & Solomon Crowe vs. Jason Jordan & Chad Gable

**Below are the matches for tonight’s episode of Impact Wrestling at 9pm ET on Destination America and Fight Network in Canada:
*PJ Black vs. Bobby Roode for the King of the Mountain title
*EC3 vs. Matt Hardy for the TNA title

**Tonight’s Ring of Honor show at 11pm ET on Destination America:
*Jay Briscoe vs. Adam Page
*Cedric Alexander vs. Caprice Coleman
*Cheeseburger vs. Brutal Bob Evans
*Jay Lethal vs. Hanson for the ROH title – there is a great promo from Lethal earlier in the show to plug the match

**Monday’s Raw number was delayed until Wednesday, with the three-hour edition of Raw averaging 3,890,000 viewers and was up from last week’s show. The show did hours of 3,870,000, 3,990,000 and the final hour did 3,830,000 viewers. It is not a drastic increase but I feel the practice of promoting certain events ahead of time and laying out matches at the very start of the show is a good practice and one the WWE should continue with.

**Chris Jericho will be facing Kevin Owens at the WWE’s return to Madison Square Garden on October 3rd and will be airing on the WWE Network. The match will take place on the 25th anniversary of Jericho’s wrestling debut and be promoted as such. The special from MSG will also feature Brock Lesnar working his first match at the Garden since WrestleMania 20 in 2004.

**Scott Hall speaks to Jim Ross at FOX Sports about his battle to stay sober and the hardships he had gone through.

**The WWE introduced the World title on this date in 2002 during an episode of Raw from Milwaukee. Eric Bischoff presented the title (the old WCW title) to Triple H and declared him the champion for Raw, as Brock Lesnar left for Smackdown as the WWE champion. This would result in two world titles in the WWE for the next 11-years with the idea of having world champions on both Raw and Smackdown during the brand split. This was a much debated topic as the initial idea during the brand split’s infancy was to have one undisputed champion, who could appear on both shows and be presented as the top guy of the entire company.

**Below is a trailer for the new documentary / DVD set on The Young Bucks, which is available through Highspots:



**The WWE stock closed at $18.86 on Wednesday.

LAW MMA UPDATE

**This Friday on The MMA Report I will be joined by Andrei Arlovski as well as Paige VanZant, who will both be fighting at UFC 191 this Saturday night in Las Vegas.

**Scott Harris at Bleacher Report has an interesting look at the extreme effects of weight cutting in the sport with comments from a variety of fighters.

**Marc Raimondi at MMA Fighting reports on the unique rules for the four-man light heavyweight tournament that Bellator will be holding on September 19th at the Dynamite event. The promotion has announced Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton and Linton Vassell vs. Muhammad Lawal, along with a reserve bout between Francis Carmont and Philipe Lins. If one of the semi-final winners is injured, it will be the fighter he defeated and not the winner of the reserve fight, who will be placed into the finals in their place. If either semi-final ends in a draw, the judges will vote on who won the entirety of the fight. The other major note is that the semi-finals will be two-rounds fights as California will only allow a fighter to fight a maximum of five rounds in one night and the finals will be contested over three rounds.

**UFC strawweight Tecia Torres noted she was randomly drug tested, ahead of her fight with Michelle Waterson at UFC 194 on December 12th.

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BAUER & POLLOCK – September 2nd
(John Pollock and Court Bauer discuss Jimmy Snuka’s 1983 case re-opened and being charged, shooting outside Performance Center, Bram arrested, Hogan on GMA, Dudleys and Sting return, Palmer Cannon and more)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59261.mp3
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REVIEW-A-WAI – WCW Monday Nitro (Oct. 21st, 1996)
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the Nitro heading into Halloween Havoc, Savage questions life, Hogan caught on tape, ROAD BLOCK, Jimmy Grafiti and lots more)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59260.mp3
*****
REVIEW-A-RAW: “Dolph’s Diggler”
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review Raw from Tampa, chat a crazy day of news, Bret Hart comments on The Kliq, your feedback and more)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59251.mp3
*****
THE LAW: LIVE AUDIO WRESTLING – August 30th
(Jason Agnew and Dan Lovranski welcome Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Dave Meltzer chats all the news from the past week, your calls and Chris Charlton speaks with Mikiko Sasaki about the forthcoming Great Sasuke documentary)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59229.mp3
*****
REVIEW-AN-IMPACT – August 29th
(Brian Mann and Nate Milton review this week’s Impact, Eric Young wins Chris Melendez’s leg, they discuss their future and take your feedback)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59208.mp3
*****
THE MMA REPORT – August 28th
(John Pollock discusses the Rousey vs. Holm fight, all the week’s news and welcomes Bellator president Scott Coker to the show)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59177.mp3
*****
whtsNXT – August 27th
(Jason Agnew and Braden Herrington review the 90 minute special from Brooklyn, Takeover thoughts, Sasha Banks vs. Bayley, your feedback and comments)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59167.mp3
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