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        We're also looking for reports on tonight's WWE Raw show in Youngstown, OH with John Cena & Randy Orton vs. Sheamus & Edge, and Smackdown show in Portland, ME, with Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger vs. Big Show.
        WWE continues tomorrow night with Raw in Wheeling and Smackdown in Worcester.
        Raw will be Monday night in Philadelphia with Rob Zombie as guest host.  There is also a rare Monday night Smackdown house show from Syracuse.
        Tuesday will have the Smackdown and NXT tapings from Wilkes-Barre, PA.
        TNA is also taping Impact on Monday and Tuesday night in Orlando at the Impact Zone.
        Tonight's lineup:
Dark matches
Bobby Stack (6-1, 154.25) vs. Derrick Burnsed (5-0, 156)
Yancy Medeiros (8-0, 183.75) vs. Gareth Joseph (4-2, 185.25)
Brett Bergmark (5-1-1, 168.75) vs. Vagner Rocha (5-0, 171)
Ron Keslar (5-1, 173.75) vs. Chris Cope (3-1, 175)
Live matches
Josh Thomson (16-3, 1 no contest, 155.25) vs. Pat Healy (23-15, 155.25)
Cris Cyborg (9-1, 144.5) vs. Jan Finney (8-7, 143.25) for the Strikeforce women's middleweight title
Scott Smith (18-6, 1 no contest, 184.75) vs. Cung Le (6-1, 184.75)
Fedor Emelianenko (32-1, 1 no contest, 229) vs. Fabricio Werdum (13-4-1, 238.5)
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--Gus Johnson on Dan Lebatard's radio show said that Frank Shamrock would be announcing his retirement at tonight's Strikeforce show.
--For next Saturday's UFC 116 show, on the Spike prelims, the Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic fight has been moved earlier in the show and Seth Petruzelli vs. Ricardo Romero will appear on Spike.  Grove did an interview, which he has since apologized for, saying that Spike only cared about ratings and "getting as much drama and stupidity out of us."  Grove came back a few days later, apologized to Spike, Dana White and Joe Silva and thanked Spike for getting him his spot in UFC.
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--Apparently the twitter war going on between John Cena and William Regal is a fraud since Regal doesn't post on twitter and the phony Regal has been reported to WWE.  Apparently a lot of people have picked up on this feud as a story.
--For what this is worth, at 6 a.m., everything not on the floor on he lower tier and not in the upper deck you can still purchase a block of 20 tickets together for tonight's Strikeforce show.  You can get 10 seats together in the $400 ringside range.  You can only get four together in the $200 range.   
--Spike is airing a replay of UFC 113 tonight at 10 p.m. head-to-head with Strikeforce.  That's the show with Lyoto Machida vs. Shogun Rua for the light heavyweight title, Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens, Matt Mitrione vs. Kimbo Slice and Alan Belcher vs. Patrick Cote.  
--On tonight's Strikeforce show, there will be an Internet PPV where you can be your own director and choose from five different camera angles, with full pause and rewind capabilities, including using the camera on the referee.  The price is $24.95 at   Purchase price includes access to the replays through 7/1.  Photos from the show will also be uploaded as the show goes on.
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--The funeral of pro wrestler/promoter Andre Baker took place yesterday in Ashford, Kent, UK.  Prince Devitt flew in from Japan to attend, also attending were Gary Steele and British wrestlers like Johnny Moss, Jon Ryan, Alex Shane, Zack Sabre Jr., Justin Richards, Dean Ayass and Mike White.
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--There is an interview with Mr. Wrestling II, as well as others from that era of Georgia wrestling at
--Steve Blackman is promoting an MMA show tonight called the Pennsylvania Fighting Championships III tonight in Harrisburg, PA at The Zembo.  A story on the show is at ermudez_a.html  The show will also be available on through this web site for $9.99 starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time for the 14 fight show.
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--The WWE house show scheduled for 7/10 in Chattanooga has been moved to a Jan. 14 Raw date.  Not sure why the date would be changed. (thanks to Ben Zani)
--A story on former wrestling announcer Mike Adamle battling epilepsy from lesions on his brain likely from his football career is at,CST-NWS-rick27.article\
--"Wrong Side of Town," the movie RVD and Batista starred in, got a horrible review at  RVD's acting got skewered joking his nickname of The Whole Damn Show is soon to be known as Can't Act Worth a Dam.  "You could have more fun sitting in a waiting room before you get a vasectomy."  
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--Poll on Impact
Excellent 19.7%
Good 35.5%
Average 15.8%
Fair 6.6%
Poor 22.4%
        39.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on Superstars
Excellent 19.2%
Good 13.5%
Average 23.1%
Fair 5.8%
Poor 38.5%
        65.3% of those responding didn't see the show
--Who would you predict in this fight?
Brock Lesnar 58.7%
Fedor Emelianenko 41.3%
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--Dawn Marie has been announced as coming to Wrestling Reunion on 9/11 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more info you can go to  Others appearing include Tatsumi Fujinami, Dos Caras Sr., Alicia Webb aka Ryan Shamrock, Candice Michelle, Judy Martin, Tully Blanchard, Magnum T.A., Carlos Colon, Abdullah the Butcher, Baron Von Raschke, Tommy Rich, Mil Mascaras, The Destroyer, Sgt. Slaughter, Iron Sheik, Angelo Mosca, X-Pac, Danny Davis, Jimmy Hart and Kevin Nash.
--USWO from last night in Nashville before 69 fans:  Crusher Eric Hodge b Dyron Flynn, Mike Cobbs b Convict, Saint b James Duncan, Psycho Medic & Shabba Shabbazz b Jonny Demento & Tiny Bear, L.T. Falk b Bad Boy Dixon, Chrisjen Hayme b Jareck Tyler, Damien b Josh Crow, Jeff Daniels b Gary Valiant in a lights out match (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)   
--IWF tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the IWF Centre in West Paterson, NJ featuring the finals of a tag team tournament started last night.
--Results from last night in West Paterson, NJ:  Frank Scoleri & Kraig Stagg b Hush Holiday & Uncle Pat, Franciz & Dr. Hurtz b Chachi & Eddy Latham, Damian Adams & Aaron Stride b Kevin Knight & Dangerous Danny E, Marc Corino & Austin Williams b Justin Corino & Travis Blake, Fady the Arabian Bull b Chris Steeler
--Add Marti Funk (Dory's wife) to the list of wrestling people auditioning for a talk show on Oprah Winfrey's new OWN network
--WWA from last night in Melbourne, FL:  Santana b Zoe, Bruce Santee b Ricky Young (Ricky Ortiz), Chasyn Rance b Jerrelle Clark, Jim Neidhart & Ryze Woo b Larry Zbyszko & Frankie Capone
--Michael Carpenter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is looking for tapes of the 6/18 and 6/25 Smackdown shows
--A new wrestling school called the Santino Brothers Wrestling Academy is scheduled to open next month in Bell Gardens, CA.  They will teach pro wrestling, Lucha libre, catch wrestling, submissions and Hardcore.  For more info you can write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
--Comcast has some Brock Lesnar WWE matches OnDemand for $1.99 per month (thanks to Jonathan Sarpolis)

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