[VIDEO] Finn Balor v THE Brian Kendrick

It’s no secret that NXT is great. As I mentioned in my first article for Deck.ie, it’s what’s gotten me watching professional wrestling again. And it’s why I kept my WWE Network even after “Free February” finished.

One of my favourite things about NXT is Finn Balor, AKA Fergal Devitt from Bray. He took on THE Brian Kendrick on NXT this week, and the highlights (and spoilers) are below. Don’t click on the video above if you don’t want spoilers

Besides some terrible commentary from Kevin Owens, it was a decent match. It was the kind of match whereby you knew Balor wasn’t going to lose – they have to keep his momentum going ahead of his bout with Owens after all. Interesting to see the likes of Kendrick and Rhyno in NXT. NXT hinted at a potential Rhyno v Balor match last week…

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… which to me anyway would suggest that Balor will lose to Owens and go into a programme with Rhyno. It’ll be interesting to see how that develops.

You can watch the full match between Balor and Kendrick on the WWE Network HERE

Gracie Breakdown – Rousey v Zingano

If you blinked you probably missed it – Ronda Rousey’s armbar on Cat Zingano was a thing of absolute beauty.

And of course, it gets the Gracie Breakdown treatment from Rener and Ryron – the guys break it down in detail. So if you want to know EXACTLY how “Rowdy” did it, and add the move to your jitz arsenal, click play above.

And just in case you haven’t seen it yet, the fight in all its 12.83 second glory

UFC 184 Payouts & Bonuses

UFC 184 took place last Saturday night with Ronda Rousey beating Cat Zingano in the main event to retain her Bantamweight title. Rousey picked up $130,000 – which isnt bad for 14 seconds worth of work! Zingano took home $100,000 for her part in the loss. Although Rousey’s pay seems unusually low, she will receive an undisclosed amount from PPV sales as well as an extra $50,000 for performance of the night.

The others to receive the bonus were Jake Ellenberger, who choked out veteran Josh Koscheck; Tim Means, who scored a first round TKO victory over Dhiego Lima; and Tony Ferguson, who submitted Gleison Tibau.

Each received $50,000.

A complete list of the UFC 184 salaries, according to the CSAC, can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as sponsorship money, pay-per-view income, and discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.

Main Card (Pay-per-view)
Ronda Rousey ($65,000 to show + $65,000 for the win = $130,000) def. Cat Zingano ($100,000)
Holly Holm ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Raquel Pennington ($10,000)
Jake Ellenberger ($68,000 + $68,000 = $136,000) def. Josh Koscheck ($78,000)
Alan Jouban ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Richard Walsh ($8,000)
Tony Ferguson ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Gleison Tibau ($50,000)

Preliminary Card
Roan Carneiro ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Mark Munoz ($47,000)
Roman Salazar ($8,000) vs. Norifumi Yamamoto ($15,000) ruled a no contest
Tim Means ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Dhiego Lima ($10,000)
Derrick Lewis ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Ruan Potts ($10,000)

Preliminary Card
Valmir Lazaro ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. James Krause ($15,000)
Masio Fullen ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Alexander Torres ($8,000

Rousey Finishes Zingano in 12.83 Seconds [VIDEO]

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey needed only 12.83 seconds to submit “Alpha” Cat Zingano at UFC 184 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Rousey (now 11-0) picked up yet another victory via modified arm-bar/arm-lock, bringing her submission finish total to 9. It .was Zingano’s first ever professional defeat

The result of this fight is sure to set up a long-awaited superfight between “Rowdy” and Invicta Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg. Cyborg will have a difficult time cutting weight to 135 lbs as Ronda has clearly stated in the past that she is unwilling to move up in weight to make the fight happen.

Joe Rogan spoke to Ronda and Cat in the Octagon after the fight.

Lesnar Attends UFC 184

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar stopped by UFC 184 in Los Angeles.

Brock, seen chatting to UFC president Dana White (pic: @Sholler_UFC) has certainly added more fuel to the fire with speculation rife lately regarding where he will end up next April. We covered Brock’s potential future in detail earlier this week.

Lesnar has pulled this stunt before. Back at UFC 164 in December 2013, it was leaked that Brock would be attending to discuss a potential UFC return. Lesnar wasn’t seen on screen, but shortly after it was revealed that Brock signed a new deal with the WWE and he went on to end the Undertaker’s infamous Wrestlemania streak 4 months later.

In all likelihood, the Beast will extend his WWE deal. It’s far too comfortable for him; with minimal travelling, minimal work and plenty of cash.

Brock Lesnar is playing “The Game”. In more ways than one.

Anderson Silva will admit to using PED’s to heal broken leg

While UFC 184 was taking place, a report was published that states that Anderson Silva will admit to have taken PED’s to help heal his broken leg. Silva tested positive for drostanolone and androstane after defeating Nick Diaz at UFC 183. The Spider has always denied taking PED’s but the UFC have today reported that:

The Nevada State Athletic Commission disciplinary hearing for former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva does not have a set date in March, but according to a story published by Brazilian website UOL on Saturday, the MMA icon and his team are preparing his defense, with Silva reportedly planning to admit to using several banned substances.

The report makes clear that Silva will insist that his use of performance enhancing drugs wasn’t to gain an advantage on his opponent, but rather as an aid in his recovery from the broken leg suffered in his December 2013 loss to Chris Weidman. Lawyers will also argue that the amount of the substances found in his system were minimal, thus giving him no advantage over his January 31 opponent, Nick Diaz.

This is truly a sad ending to one of MMA’s most glittering careers. The return of the Spider at UFC 183 was supposed to be one of the more positive stories of the year but everything in the aftermath of the fight has been anything but that. It’s highly doubtful that we’ll ever see Silva in the Octagon again – which is an incredibly sad thought for this writer.

Watch UFC 184’s Weigh-In Live

Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano, live Friday, February 2. The main event will see reigning Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defend her title against Cat Zingano.

The co-main event sees Holly Holm make her début versus TUF veteran Raquel Pennington

The full card is below:

Main card
Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano
Raquel Pennington vs. Holly Holm
Jake Ellenberger vs. Josh Koscheck
Alan Jouban vs. Richard walsh
Tony Ferguson vs. Gleison Tibau

Undercard
Mark Munoz vs. Roan Carneiro
Roman Salazar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto
Dhiego Lima vs. Tim Means
Derrick Lewis vs. Ruan Potts

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass)
James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro
Masio Fullen vs. Alexander Torres

You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night

Ladder Match Added to Wrestlemania

WWE confirmed earlier today that Bad News Barrett would defend his Intercontinental title in a ladder match at the Showcase of the Immortals.

So far there have been no participants announced to take part other than the champ himself.

It’s expected that this will be a multi-man ladder match featuring Dean Ambrose, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler and perhaps even Daniel Bryan.

So far, the card is looking like this:

Brock Lesnar (c) -V- Roman Reigns – WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Rusev (c) V Cena – US Championship

Triple H V Sting

Bray Wyatt V Undertaker

Randy Orton V Seth Rollins

Bad News Barrett V ????? – Ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship

2nd Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
(Confirmed participants: Ryback, Curtis Axel, The Miz)