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We're also looking for reports on tonight's lineup of live events. 
WWE has Raw in Wildwood, NJ, Smackdown in Bethlehem, PA and a mixed brand tent show in Cohasset, MA.  ROH is running Charlotte (Four-way tag title match, Tyler Black vs. Davey Richards non-title, Roderick Strong vs. Kevin Steen) and there is also a Lucha Libre USA TV taping in Charlotte featuring David & Reid Flair, as well as Marco Corleone and the regular Lucha crew.
We're also looking for reports on last night's WWE show in Hampton Beach, NH as well as last night's ROH show in Richmond, VA.
Tonight's lineup with weigh-in weights
Prelims
Mike Pierce (171) vs. Amilcar Alves (171)
Nick Osipczak (171) vs. Greg Soto (170)
Dan Miller (185) vs. John Salter (185)
Live on Spike at 9 p.m.
Andre Winner (154) vs. Nik Lentz (155)
Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Gabe Ruediger (155)
  
PPV live matches
Demian Maia (184) vs. Mario Miranda (185)
Nate Diaz (171) vs. Marcus Davis (170)
Kenny Florian (156) vs. Gray Maynard (156) for the next lightweight title shot
James Toney (237) vs. Randy Couture (220)
Frankie Edgar (154) vs. B.J. Penn (154) for the lightweight title  
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--Regarding Luna Vachon's death yesterday morning at the age of 48, a preliminary autopsy should be completed today.
--Vitor Belfort vs. Yushin Okami will be the main event of UFC 122 on 11/13 in Oberhausen, Germany.  This will be a Spike show in the U.S.  The winner will likely face the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen winner for the middleweight title sometimie next year. 
--Not a lot of notes from last night's weigh-ins.  We have a show talking about the weigh-ins, previewing tonight's show as well as talk about Luna Vachon, Tough Tony Borne and other pro wrestling news up on the site right now with Ariel Helwani as our guest.  Helwani has become one of our most popular guests after only two appearances as he talks a lot of background on tonight's fights.
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--Penn looked in very good shape and seemed hungry.  Fans at the weigh-ins booed Edgar, although not heavily.  Couture-Toney got the best reaction with everyone hating Toney.  Kenny Florian was very popular, although not close to the level of Couture, fighting for the first time in his home city of Boston.  Joe Lauzon, also from the area, was popular.  Gabe Ruediger, in his first UFC appearance since being booted off TUF with the idea he'd never be back, was more unpopular than expected.  It seemed like people remembered him from the show.
--As for James Toney, he did the match no favors showing up at 237.  His last boxing match, less than a year ago, saw him weigh 217.  Plus, when he took his pants off for the weigh-in, his underwear went down and it wasn't like people were laughing hilariously, but he did come off like a comedy figure which is not what you'd want.  ESPN is giving the match coverage with the same brief clips while not touching the main event.  To me, when I think of an average person watching ESPN and seeing it, and they see the ages (47 and 42) it comes off like two old guys and not the big boxer vs. MMA fighter big star vs. big star confrontation UFC wants it to be.  Toney didn't train that hard for this given his weight, nor was he at a major MMA gym.  In that sense, he wasn't even as dedicated as people like Herschel Walker and David Bautista who are at least training with top fighters.
--Don't have a lot of details, but this was the first WWE weekend show from Hampton Beach, NH (technically not a tent show even though everyone refers to the C shows this weekend at the tent show tour):  Goldust b Luke Gallows when Hornswoggle distracted him.  Hornswoggle was close enough to be in Boston so it is possible he was masquerading yesterday as Wanderlei Silva.  Michael McGillicutty b Kaval.  I guess who cares but given Kaval should win NXT, that's curious.  JTG b Primo.  Jack Swagger b Chris Masters, who was billed as being from New Hampshire.  Gail Kim & The Bella Twins b Rosa Mendes & Maryse & Jillian Hall.  R-Truth b Dashing Cody Rhodes.  Main event saw Dolph Ziggler keep the IC title in a four-way over Matt Hardy, Drew McIntyre and Kofi Kingston in a match played up a lot for comedy.
--For the Lucha Libre Masked Warriors, they announced a "season finale," which never sounds good on a pro wrestling show.  However, they are scheduled to do some changes for a second season.  The plan is to do all the taping from a single location, similar to TNA, but also tour the country with house shows.  However, we don't know the location, but they do have tapings scheduled in a few weeks in Texas.  That group doing house show tours doesn't sound like the wisest of ideas.
--Kurt Angle has endorsed Linda McMahon for the U.S. Senate for the state of Connecticut.    
--TNA Impact did a 1.1 rating, up from last week, while Reaction did an 0.7, which is still very good for that time slot.
--WWE canceled a 10/16 dual brand show in Vancouver.
--The first major MMA show in Wisconsin will be a Bellator event on 9/16.
--HHH & Stephanie had their daughter either the same day or the day after Vince's 65th birthday.  I've heard both.  Vince's birthday was Tuesday.
--Jim Ross at http://www.jrsbarbq.com talks about his dealings with Luna Vachon including when he and Steve Austin saw her at the Cauliflower Alley banquet.
--If you thought the most criminal thing in MMA was the work of the Texas commission and referees last Saturday (and Texas giving a rubber stamp to Antonio Margarito before California cleared him smelled real bad from here), Dream on 9/25 has announced Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Mayhem Miller.  For those wondering whatever happened to Gegard Mousasi, who a few months back people were talking of as one of the guys who would dominate the sport for the next decade (before King Mo beat him in Nashville), he's facing Tatsuya Mizuno on the same show to create a Dream light heavyweight title.            

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