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Strikeforce Weigh-Ins LIVE

August 14, 2009

Hello all, this is Ring Psych coming to you LIVE from the Marriott in beautiful downtown San Jose. The weigh-ins are about to start for tommorow night’s Strikeforce event, which is headlined by Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg in the most heavily anticipated women’s MMA fight in history. Stay updated with us after the jump!

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UFC Signs Phil Baroni

August 14, 2009

Phil Baroni, recently released by Strikeforce, has signed with UFC in a somewhat bizarre move. A guy who couldn’t hack it in a company with lower-caliber competitors is now moving on to the biggest game in town. Good luck, Phil!

The State of CHIKARA for August

August 12, 2009

chikaraWe here at Ring Psychology understand that it may have been some time since you’ve followed wrestling regularly. Perhaps you’re looking to jump back into it, but you’re concerned you won’t understand what’s going on. “Oh no,” you may be thinking, “I don’t want to look like a fool in front of my wrestling friends if I can’t tell The Miz from The Morrison!” Don’t worry, we’re here to help! “The State of…” will provide key storyline info and identify the main players of all the major television shows…and ROH, too!

Moving on to the independent scene, next up we’ll take a look at the Philadelphia-based CHIKARA.  This promotion has been steadily gaining popularity over the past couple of years, and the roster is made up primarily of graduates from The Wrestle Factory, run by head trainers Mike Quackenbush and Claudio Castagnoli.

CHIKARA takes several novel approaches to professional wrestling, and is very unlike most independent promotions you’re liable to come across.  The wrestlers are mostly masked, and wrestle a hybrid American indie and traditional lucha style.  The promotion focuses on multi-man matches and tournaments, such as the King of Trios tag team tournament.  In fact, the main title, and only “championship belt” in the promotion is the Campeonatos de Parejas, their version of a tag team championship.  The other major title is the Young Lions Cup, an annual tournament for wrestlers under the age of 25 (ahem).  Once the tournament has crowned a winner, the Cup can be challenged for during the year until the next Lion’s Cup tournament, where a new champion is crowned.  Another major element of CHIKARA is its storytelling, with each year starting a new “season” of CHIKARA, similar to a television show.  In each “season” there is a main, overarching storyline that is very carefully crafted and resolved at season’s end.

Let’s take a look at the major players and storylines of CHIKARA!

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Dana White’s Clash of the Champions

August 12, 2009

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As we reported a bit earlier, UFC is now personally invested in being Strikeforce’s direct competition, in a move that will almost assuredly work out in the UFC’s favor.  Dana White seems to be taking this whole “Fedor Emelianenko” thing pretty seriously, so now he’s set the wheels in motion for head-to-head programming.  The first thing that came to my mind when I heard about this was remembering the actions of another bombastic promoter encountering something similar in the late 1980s: one Vince McMahon.

While the then-WWF and their rivals the NWA always were involved in indirect competition, something changed in 1987 when a scheduling war erupted.

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Full PWI 500 for 2009

August 11, 2009

The great big annual list of arbitrarily ranking professional wrestlers has been released.  Great big long list after the jump.  Spoiler: you’ve never heard of most of these guys before certainly, considered #500 is someone or something named “Shockwave the Robot”

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ROH Video Wire 8/10/09

August 11, 2009

The new ROH Video Wire features Delirious performing JUDO~, Sonjay Dutt wearing a Johnny Cupcakes shirt, Chris Hero looking like a superstar and cutting a great promo on KENTA, Davey Richards taking the “wolf” thing too far, Kenny Omega wearing a banana hammock and inventing the word “tomfoolerishly”, and more judo.

Happy Birthday, Hulkster!

August 11, 2009

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“The Immortal” Hulk Hogan turns 56 today!  Happy birthday, brother!  Please wish the Hulkster well in our comments section.

Nick Diaz May Fight After All

August 10, 2009

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Earlier this week, it was reported that Nick Diaz no-showed a drug test requested by the California State Athletic Commission, and that his fight with Jay Hieron was off.  Now, the Observer is reporting that there may still be hope:

The California State Athletic Commission specified that if Nick Diaz doesn’t make an appointment for testing by Noon Pacific time that the fight with Jay Hieron on Saturday’s Strikeforce show is out.

Scott Coker has said that a few potential back-up opponents have been contacted.  He said that he would continue to work with Diaz even if he doesn’t show up for the test, but that the two would have a talking to.

Coker said that he had sent plane tickets for Diaz to fly to Los Angeles for the test today and that there was no miscommunication between himself, the commission and Diaz.

Obviously Strikeforce wants Diaz to fight, because Diaz is unarguably amazing and one of the few drawing cards Strikeforce has at this point outside of the just-signed Fedor.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

WEC Show Ends With Spectacular Main Event

August 10, 2009

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Following a lackluster undercard, tonight’s WEC event on Versus delivered in the main event with what was possibly the fight of the weekend.  Full results after the jump.

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New Match Added to Summerslam

August 7, 2009

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The Wrestling Observer reports that a new match has been added to Summerslam!  What could it be????

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