Aug. 28 News Update: Shinsuke Nakamura Reveals UFC Offer from 2005



**First off, we want to send our thoughts to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The NPR site has a list of various outlets that are providing assistance and different means by which you can help those affected with whatever you can spare.

**Sunday’s edition of The LAW with Jason Agnew & Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski is up on the site for download at and on iTunes with the following on the show:
-Jim Ross joining the show live to chat the Mae Young Classic
-Dave Meltzer, Editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter to discuss Mayweather vs. McGregor, the Sexy Star-Rosemary incident from TripleMania and more
-John Pollock chats the fallout from Mayweather vs. McGregor and the Jon Jones drug test failure
-Discussion on the Asuka title reign ending, Bobby Roode joining SmackDown, this past week’s Impact & more

Below is Dave Meltzer’s segment from The LAW on Sunday night:

**Review-A-Raw returns tonight with Wai Ting and I reviewing tonight’s episode of Raw from Memphis and we will also go over the weekend’s news and take your questions and feedback from The LAW Message Board.

**I did a pair of interview this morning chatting about the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight and other topics coming out of Saturday:
TSN 1050 Toronto with Dave Naylor & Steve Simmons
TSN 1410 Vancouver with Dave Pratt 

**Brian Mann & Nate Milton return with Keep it 2000 this Friday with special guest Jay Hunter of OSW Review to chat the May 8th 2000 episode of WCW Monday Nitro (the night after Slamboree that year).


**Tonight’s episode of Raw takes place from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee and will feature Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss in a rematch for the Raw women’s title. Both Brock Lesnar and John Cena are advertised for tonight’s show as well.

**The SmackDown crew has a live event in Texarkana, Arkansas tonight with Jinder Mahal, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens and A.J. Styles all advertised for the show. The television tapings are in North Little Rock, Arkansas on Tuesday night.

**Shinsuke Nakamura spoke to the Hindustan Times and revealed that he received an offer to fight for the UFC in 2005 but opted to stay with New Japan Pro Wrestling and professional wrestling at the time. He was asked a follow up question regarding doing another fight and basically said there was no way he would opt to fight again at his age and is happy in the WWE. Nakamura was one of the few New Japan wrestlers during that era that wasn’t damaged by venturing into mixed martial arts. Nakamura was submitted by Daniel Gracie on the Inoki New Year’s Eve card in 2002 (four-months after his pro wrestling debut). He gained respect in defeat and was viewed as being competitive with a Gracie. His last fight was with Alexey Ignashov in May 2004.

**The first four episodes of the Mae Young Classic are up on the WWE Network with the remaining four coming out next Monday.

**Following the TripleMania incident with Rosemary, the WrestleCade group out of North Carolina has announced they are no longer booking Sexy Star for this year’s WrestleCade events over the weekend of November 24-26th in Winston-Salem. The group issued a statement and stated that there was “no place for this in professional wrestling” and are offering refunds for anyone that had ordered tickets for the meet-and-greet with Sexy Star that weekend.

**If you missed it, Rosemary issued a public statement on Sunday night regarding the incident with Sexy Star. Rosemary shot down any rumors of it being a work and said the only reason she didn’t retaliate was fear of being arrested in Mexico.

**Big Cass (William Morrissey) underwent surgery on his left knee this past Thursday with Dr. Jeffrey Dugas performing the surgery. Cass was initially estimated to be out for nine-month but that depends on how well the rehab goes. Cass tore the ACL in his left knee last Monday night on Raw while executing a running boot into the ropes and crashing down to the floor.

**It was officially announced on this past weekend’s Ring of Honor episode that Cody will defend the ROH title against Minoru Suzuki in the main event of ROH’s Death before Dishonor pay-per-view on Friday September 22nd in Las Vegas. Suzuki is the current NEVER Openweight champion and will be defending that title on September 10th against Michael Elgin at the Destruction card in Fukushima.

**That September 22-24 weekend is going to be a very busy one with the Ring of Honor pay-per-view on the Friday night, the UFC has a card from Japan on Saturday and Bellator has a big show in San Jose that same day and then Sunday has both the New Japan Destruction card in Kobe and the WWE No Mercy event as well. Welcome to 2017.

**Chris Jericho’s latest book, “No is a Four Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life” will be released on Tuesday. The foreword of the book was written by Paul Stanley of Kiss.

**FOX 5 in Atlanta covered a visit from members of the Ring of Honor roster to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston Children’s Hospital.


**We are still awaiting official figures coming out of Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Conor McGregor. The two notable figures that will receive the most attention are the gate record and pay-per-view record. The current gate record is $72-million from the Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight in May 2015 and that fight also holds the pay-per-view record with 4.6-million buys.

**At the conclusion of Saturday’s fight, all three judges had the fight scored in favor of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Judge Dave Moretti had the fight 87-83 for Mayweather (McGregor winning the first three rounds and awarding a 10-8 for Mayweather in Round 9), Burt Clements had it 89-82 (only scoring Round 1 for McGregor) and Guido Cavalleri it 89-81 (he only scored Round 1 for McGregor and also had a 10-8 Round 9 for Mayweather).

**Residents in Oregon have already filed a class action lawsuit against Showtime regarding issues with Saturday’s pay-per-view. Zack Bartel is leading the suit and accusing Showtime of unlawful trade practices and unjust enrichment with Showtime not equipped to handle the volume of bandwidth necessary for Saturday’s night fight.

**After being off since August 5th, the UFC is back this weekend with a card from Rotterdam in the Netherlands and will have cards every Saturday throughout the month of September. This weekend’s card features heavyweight Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov in the main event and the return of former featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie to the bantamweight division against Marion Reneau.

**Bellator quietly had a show this past Friday night in Verona, New York and aired on Spike TV. Below are the main card results:
*A.J. McKee def. Blair Tugman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) – A convincing win by McKee, who may have a hand injury as he mentioned he heard a pop after the fight when speaking to Jimmy Smith.
*Bruna Ellen def. Veta Arteaga by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
*Fernando Gonzalez def. Brennan Ward by guillotine choke at 1:02 of Round 3 – Ward won the first two rounds and then was caught in a guillotine and tapped in the third round.
*Andrey Koreshkov def. Chidi Njokuani by TKO at 4:08 of Round 1 – Koreshkov got Njokuani down on his back and started unleashing strikes and referee John McCarthy had to step in and stop the fight. Koreshkov is one of the most underrated welterweights in the entire sport and is such a skilled fighter to watch. I would love to see Koreshkov fight Rory MacDonald at some point in the future, would be a very intriguing fight.

**Bellator returns on Saturday September 23rd with a return to the SAP Center in San Jose with Benson Henderson fighting Patricky “Pitbull” Freire in the main event. The card also features the Bellator debut of Roy Nelson against Javy Ayala (who is a tough heavyweight match up) and will also feature Lorenz Larkin taking on Paul Daley and the return of Aaron Pico.

**The UFC has added a lightweight bout between Clay Guida and Joe Lauzon to the Fight Night card on November 11th in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Jason Agnew & Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski welcome Jim Ross live to chat the Mae Young Classic, Dave Meltzer stops by from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, John Pollock chats Mayweather vs. McGregor and more)
(Martin Bushby chats with Benno and @Strigga on the recent Rev Pro Summer Sizzler chat and the recent ROH War of the Worlds U.K. tour)
BAUER & POLLOCK – Aug. 25th
(John Pollock & Court Bauer chat about Asuka vacating the title, the latest on CM Punk & Colt Cabana’s lawsuit, Enzo goes to 205 Live, GFW notes and a streaming service rumored, Lesnar vs. Strowman at No Mercy, update on Tyson Kidd and more)

REVIEW-A-WAI – “Pure Country Pure Heart”
(Braden Herrington & Bartender Dave fill in and review the new film that stars Willie Nelson and also features Shawn Michaels in a starring role)
THE MMA REPORT – Aug. 24th
(It is Mayweather vs. McGregor fight week and John Pollock is joined by Corey Erdman of Showtime Sports, Severe MMA’s Sean Sheehan, Fight Network’s Cody Saftic and a discussion on the Jon Jones drug test failure)
(John Pollock & Wai Ting review the final night in Brooklyn for the WWE with the debut of Bobby Roode, return of Shelton Benjamin and another A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Owens match along with a debate on beach balls)
REVIEW-A-RAW: “Balls-clays Center”
(John Pollock & Wai Ting review Raw from the Barclays Center with the return of John Cena to Raw and teaming with Roman Reigns, fallout from SummerSlam, injury to Big Cass and we take your feedback and questions)
(JoJo Remy & WH Park share their thoughts on the final three nights of the G-1, Tetsuya Naito’s win, directions for Wrestle Kingdom 12 and they conduct a fantasy draft for the 2018 G-1)

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