Smackdown! Spoilers – February 26th

As most well know, Smackdown! is taped on a Tuesday night and aired on Thursdays in the USA, Fridays in the UK & Ireland.

We’ve got spoilers for this week’s show, so if you don’t want the show to be ruined, look away now!

Results

  • Daniel Bryan kicked off the show. He talked about Wrestlemania, then out came Wade Barrett to deliver some Bad News. Dean Ambrose followed and the good guys sent him running.
  • Dean Ambrose pinned The Miz. BNB came through the crowd to get his Intercontinental Championship back and he was successful.
  • Natalya beat Naomi.
  • Lana and Rusev cut a promo on John Cena.
  • Rusev defeated Swagger (again).
  • Daniel Bryan beat Bad News Barrett with the running knee. The IC title was not on the line. R-Truth was at ringside, but this time HE ended up stealing BNB’s belt.
  • R-Truth met Ambrose backstage and handed him the IC title.
  • Fandango picked up a win over Curtis Axel.
  • Bray Wyatt cut another promo on Undertaker.
  • Goldust defeated Adam Rose. Stardust was dressed as a rose-bud and attacked Goldy after the match.
  • Ryback, Erick Rowan and Ziggler defeated  The Authority (Rollins, Kane and Big Show). Ryback scored the pin fall over Seth Rollins.

Provisional Wrestlemania Card

Following last night’s Monday Night Raw, Wrestlemania 31 is starting to take shape.

The below looks to be what will make up the bulk of the card.

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

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

There also looks to be some kind of multi-man match for the Intercontinental title, including the champion Bad News Barrett, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth.

McGregor -V- Aldo – Ticket Details

Ticket details have been released for UFC 189: Aldo vs McGregor on July 11th in the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

UFC Fight Club members will have access to ticket sales on Wednesday 25th March at 6PM (Irish time). UFC Fight Club costs $75 yearly to gain early access to tickets. Members can purchase usually purchase 6 tickets at a time.

Subscribers to the UFC Newsletter will have access on Thursday 26th March at 6PM (Irish time).

Tickets will be on general sale on Friday March 27th at 6PM (Irish time).

Deck.ie will be attending the event live and will be covering the build up, crowd interactions, previews and post-fight analysis.

Mendes would love to “beat the crap” out of Conor McGregor

Chad Mendes, the #3 ranked Featherweight in the world, recently sat down with Inside MMA alongside fellow Team Alpha Male Urijah Faber. It was no surprise that Conor McGregor came up in conversation, given that the Irishman is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment. Mendes explains the bad blood between McGregor – or as “Money” calls him: “Conrad McGillicutty” (If you haven’t seen Ricardo Lamas’ video of this, you can check it out here). Chad also states that he would to love show McGregor what it is like to fight a “top-level wrestler.”

Mendes is slated to face #4 Featherweight Ricardo Lamas on April 4th. A win for both him and McGregor could see them face off before the end of the year.

 

Fight Night Porto Alegre: Official Weigh-In Video

The UFC is back this Sunday live from Porto Alegre in Brazil. The main event is a heavyweight clash between former champion Frank Mir and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. This is a crucial fight for Mir who is on a 4 fight losing streak. One more loss could spell the end of his time in the UFC. Silva is looking to bounce back from a loss to Andrei Arlovski back in September.

The co-main event features lightweight contenders Michael Johnson and Edson Barbosa

Main Card

Antonio Silva (264) vs. Frank Mir (261)
Edson Barboza (156) vs. Michael Johnson (155)
Cezar Ferreira (185) vs. Sam Alvey (186)
Rustam Khabilov (156) vs. Adriano Martins (156)
Iuri Alcantara (136) vs. Frankie Saenz (136)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (171) vs. Sean Strickland (171)

Preliminary Card

Jessica Andrade (135) vs. Marion Reneau (134)
William Macario (168) vs. Matt Dwyer (170)
Tiago dos Santos (146) vs. Mike de la Torre (146)
Wendell Oliveira () vs. T.J. Waldburger () – Cancelled

Preliminary Card

Douglas Silva (135) vs. Cody Gibson (135) – Now on Fox Sports 1 broadcast
Ivan Jorge (155) vs. Josh Shockley (155)

Fight Night Porto Alegre can be viewed live on BT Sport on Sunday night. Pre-lims start at 11pm Irish time with the main card starting at 1am

CM Punk V WWE Feud – Far From Over

As the song goes – “it’s only just begun”.

CM Punk announced that he had signed for the UFC back in December 2014 and we all thought that was the end of his beef with WWE and any chance he would be returning to the pro-wrestling promotion.

Prior to the announcement, CM Punk appeared on his good friend Colt Cabana’s podcast and made some derogatory remarks regarding his former employer, and more specifically, their head physician Chris Amann (skip to the 1hr 16min mark on the video below).

Rumour has it that the doctor in question has filed a lawsuit against CM Punk and Colt Cabana in the amount of $1 million.

WWE responded yesterday (2 months later) with the below statement:

In light of CM Punk’s allegations regarding WWE’s medical staff and the subsequent defamation lawsuit filed by Dr. Amann against CM Punk, WWE continues to have the utmost confidence in the ability and expertise of our world-class team of physicians, including Dr. Amann.

CM Punk claimed this past November that during the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event on January 26, 2014, he performed with a baseball-sized, purple lump on his back located near the waistband of his tights.

WWE’s investigation has shown the following:

  • CM Punk did not discuss this alleged condition with WWE’s team of physicians and trainers, nor did he discuss it with anyone in our Talent Relations department.
  • Subsequently, WWE has no medical records documenting this alleged condition.
  • The first time WWE was made aware of this alleged condition was when we received a letter from CM Punk’s attorney on August 22, 2014, after WWE terminated his contract.
  • There is clear video evidence from the 2014 Royal Rumble, which allows all to decide whether there is any appearance of a baseball-sized growth on CM Punk’s back.

Watch the video and decide for yourself

CM Punk is currently training with Roufusport Gym for his MMA debut for later in the year with so this will be a distraction for sure. His wife, current WWE Diva AJ Lee has been off WWE TV since December.

Mayweather V Pacquiao – It’s Official

It’s official – Floyd Mayweather Jr will face Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is sure to be one of the – if not THE biggest fights of all time.

Mayweather confirmed the bout via his Shots page … saying, “What the world has been waiting for has arrived.”

He went on to say, “Mayweather vs. Pacuiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal. I promised the fans we would get this done and we did.”

Pacquiao (57-5-2) has lost two of his last five fights, while Mayweather remains undefeated with a perfect 47-0 record.

“I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years,” said Pacquiao, who signed the contract for the bout Thursday. “They have waited long enough and they deserve it. It is an honor to be part of this historic event. I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world.”

The fight will be fought at 147 lbs. There is no rematch clause and the pot will be split 60-40 in favour of Floyd.

Who you pickin’?

Anderson Silva: “I always played clean, I was never a cheater”

Anderson Silva, who failed an out of competition drug test before he faced Nick Diaz at UFC 183, has today reiterated that he is not guilty of taking performance enhancing drugs (PED).

Silva failed a pre-fight a test for steroids drostanolone and androstane on January 9th but the results were not received by the NAC until after the fight. He passed a second pre-fight test before failing the fight night post-fight test for oxazepam, which is medication for anxiety and depression, and temazepam, an insomnia medication. The latter two substances are not on the banned list but were reported because Silva was required to disclose any medications he was taking to the commission.

 

Anderson Silva Instagram

Silva took to Instagram to send a message to his fans:

“I will not say anything about who I am or what I went through to get here.
What matters to me now is the respect from Those Who have Followed my career.
I bled, and struggled Fought because I love it and because I always wanted to honor the flag of the country I love so much.
I do not know what to apologize for, because I am still waiting for the results and analysis from the specialists que are working to reveal the truth.
Everything I que redbourn since my injury are being Analyzed. I look for the truth the much the All Those who were surprised with the results. I always played clean, I was never a cheater.
In eighteen years of my career, I never had a problem with exams.
In and out of the Octagon I never slipped in compliance with the principles que always guided me. With much honor and dignity I Defended my country where ever I Fought.
I never used any substances to better my performance in my fights.
I love what I do and I would never risk what I redbourn so long to build.
I think the que hurry some people have to condemn me is unfair.
The time it takes to destroy the reputation is infinitely less than that is taken to build it.
I am the one who is most eager to settle this situation.
I want Those who have always supported me to I know que am still fighting for all the sad happenings of this situation to be cleared”

The use of PED’s in MMA is a major talking point at the moment due to Silva and Welterweight star Hector Lombard failing drug tests. Jon Jones also failed an out of competition test when he tested positive for cocaine metabolites prior to his successful defense of his Light-Heavyweight championship in January.

The UFC have promised to implement a new stringent drug testing policy to come into effect from July 1st which will see more out of competition testing and also harsher penalties for athletes that are caught taking banned substances.