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        Lineup for TNA's Biggest Show of the Year, Bound for Glory, from Daytona Beach.  This is the latest lineup:
*Eric Young & Orlando Jordan vs. Shannon Moore & Jesse Neal
*Angelina Love vs. Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rayne vs. Tara for the Knockouts title with Mickie James as referee
*Douglas Williams vs. Jay Lethal for the X title
*Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. Generation Me for the tag titles.  This match is scheduled to open the show.
*Sting & Kevin Nash & The Pope vs. Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe in a handicap match
*Fortune of Beer Money & A.J. Styles & Kazarian & Matt Morgan vs. EV 2 of Tommy Dreamer & Rhino & Raven & Stevie Richards & Sabu in a Lethal Lockdown match.
*Rob Van Dam vs. Abyss in a Monster's Ball match
*Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson for the TNA title
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--Tonight could be Kevin Nash's final match in TNA, based on what he's written on twitter.  His contract expires on Tuesday and as of the weekend he had not signed a new deal.  He has not posted anything since late Friday night.  On Saturday morning in TNA, the belief was his posting was part of a last minute tactic to get a boost in pay given he was in a key storyline.
--Chris Jericho said that he won't wrestle for anyone but WWE in an interview with The Sun at  He once again gave no answers of if or when he'd come back to WWE, nor will he until he shows up on TV.  
--Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal aired on ABC News' "This Week."  Linda said if she wins, she will serve two terms at most (she would be 73 at the end of two terms).  Blumenthal said the race got close because of Linda's "$50 million negative attack machine."
--Last night after the show, Nick Diaz and Jason Miller were talking past each other in the hallway while the press conference was taking place, and I guess Diaz was on the way to it.  The two exchanged words and Diaz allegedly threw a water bottle at Miller.  Both went to fight but it was quickly broken up. 
--An interesting story about WWE hiring APCO World Wide to come up with ways to make their promotion more acceptable to the media and politicians, which lead to Smackdown Your Vote, the WWE Reading initiatives and such, and Tribute to the Troops is at
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--Impact aired last night in the U.K., and unlike in the U.S., where we get Reaction, they went off the air in the middle of the Battle Royal.  Previously, TNA had edited things off Impact so when the main event went into Reaction, like is now policy, the U.K. fans could see the finish (thanks to James Ryder)
--We're looking for someone in the U.K. who can provide live updates on UFC 120 this coming Saturday night.
--The City Pages in the Twin Cities, which is one of the best papers of its kind in the country, has a great story on Dale Gagne at  Greg's story about a promoter wanting Verne to be a Martian hardly makes sense given Verne got a push from day one in wrestling based on his real life wrestling credentials.  Makes a good story. 
--Jim Ross talks Hodge vs. Bruno, Strikeforce last night and says he doesn't think Undertaker will retire at WrestleMania at
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 19.3%
Good 40.4%
Average 17.5%
Fair 7.0%
Poor 15.8%
        43.6% of those responding didn't see the show
--Who do you expect to win this fight
Anderson Silva 83.4%
Vitor Belfort 16.6%
--Best wrestler from this group
Mick Foley 53.3%
El Santo 21.3%
Sabu 12.7%
Kevin Nash 5.8%
Perro Aguayo Sr. 3.2%
Ray Mendoza 2.6%
El Solitario 1.1%
--Slam Championship Wrestling in Gloucester, NJ as part of Gloucester City Day:  Breaker Morant b Bull, Twiggy Ramirez b Bull, Mike Goldstein b Miquel Jeffers, Breaker Morant b JoJo (thanks to Paul Verlander)
--Maryland Championship Wrestling from last night in Joppatowne, MD before 300 fans even with a number of former WWE names:  Holy Rollers b Ronnie Zukko, Cobian b A.C. Sabotage, Alexander James b Matt Wylde, Fed Up b Hell Cats, Mickie James won three-way over Melissa Coates and Mia Yim, Hurricane Helms & Nui Tofiga b Hit Squad, Ryan McBride b Teddy Stigma-DQ, Ryan McBride & Cobian & Christian York & Carlito b Holy Rollers & Teddy Stigma & Tyler Hilton (thanks to Joe Burrows)
--Nick and Hulk Hogan were interviewed this past week on Entertainment Tonight, which was replayed last night.  Nick said some days it's hard to get out of bad.  The Graziano family had a negative portrayal of  Nick and said the foundation Nick talked about starting to raise money for John, that they have never heard anything from Nick nor received any money from his fund raising efforts (thanks to Paul Begley)
--Thursday night in Naucalpan for IWRG:  Keshin Black b Guizmo, Alan Extreme & Nemesis b Dinamic Black & Golondrina, Carta Brava Jr. & Comando Negro & Magia Negra b Aeroman & Brazo Metalico & Freelance, Angel & Chico Che & Micke Segura b Avisman & Bombero Infernal & El Hijo del Diablo, Hernandez & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. & Ultimo Gladiador b Christian & Trauma I & Veneno
--The 55th anniversary of pro wrestling at Arena Coliseo in Monterrey takes place today.  They are also honoring Humberto Garza (with sons Humberto Jr. & Hector both headlining), Ruben Juarez (an early 70s California headliner who drew sellouts against Ernie Ladd) and Mario Segura. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--CZW from last night in Philadelphia:  Tarek the Legend b American Kickboxer, Alex Colon b Jonathan Gresham (wonder where he got that name), Ruckus b Tyler Veritas, Nick Gage b Greg Excellent, Rich Swannn over Amasis, Sabian and Ryan Slater, Devon Moore NC Danny Havoc, Adam Cole b AR Fox, Jon Moxley b Robert Anthony (formerly Egotistico Fantasico) to keep CZW title, Homicide b Sami Callihan.  They announced someone from Big Japan would be coming to the 12/11 show to face Nick Gage in the cage of death.  Frank Iadevia of Jersey All Pro Wrestling appeared on tape and said the two groups wouldn't go head-to-head on 12/11 like they often do, but JAPW would do a 4 p.m. show at the Arena in Philadelphia before the CZW Cage of Death show that night.  The afternoon show would be headlined by Jushin Liger vs. Mike Quackenbush plus Teddy Hart returns.
--Newsday in New York at has a story on Dan Hardy
--Great Canadian Wrestling from last night in Oshawa, ONT:  Alex Vega NC Rip Impact, Concusto b Amigo, Aguila Azteca b Los Italiano Loco, Tyler Tirva b Josh Alexander-DQ, Slizya Sparks b Anthony Darko-DQ, Xtremo NC Shawn Spears, Ashley Sixx & Michael Elgin b Shawn Spears & Xtremo, Concusto b Aguila Azteca, R.J. City won four-way over Hayden Avery, Cody Deaner and Tiberious King (thanks to Steven Ashe)    
--CWA steel cage showdown from last night in Kingsport, TN:  Chase Owens d Jason Kincaid, Keith Knox b Cody Ices, Sigmon & Kole Layton King b Tony Givens & Nick Hammonds, Steve Barry & Jeff Connelly b Lukas Angel & Jeff Baker in a cage match, Keith Knox won an escape Battle Royal, Chris Richards b Alyx Winters.  Next show is Thanksgiving night in Gray,TN at the Appalachian Fairgrounds.
--OVW from last night in Louisville before 70 fans:  Cliff Compton (Domino in WWE) b Ryan Nemeth (Dolph's brother), Adam Revolver & Ted McNaler b Dre Blitz & Tilo Samoa, Chris Michaels b James Thomas-DQ, Lady JoJo (Sojourner Bolt) b Holly Blossom, Mohammed Ali Vaez b Kushida, Paredyse b Rudy Switchblade, Christopher Silvia & Raphael Constantine b Scott Sexton & Lincoln Mosely, Matt Barela b Mike Mondo to keep OVW title (thanks to Trent Van Drisse)
--In Your Face Wrestling on 10/16 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center

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