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        Turning Point lineup for tonight:
*Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan for the TNA title
*Motor City Machine Guns vs. Team 3-D for the tag titles in supposedly 3-D's last match
*Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Jarrett
*EV 2 (Sabu & Rhino & Stevie Richards &  Raven) vs. Fortune (A.J. Styles & Kazarian & Beer Money)
*Rob Van Dam vs. Tommy Dreamer
*Jay Lethal vs. Robbie E for the X Division title
*Pope vs. Abyss with fans as lumberjacks
        On paper this show doesn't stand out.  You take Kurt Angle out and put Styles in an eight-man and put Matt Morgan in a main event against anyone not named Angle and you're taking your chances.
        We'll have live coverage of the show on the site starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  
        Raw will be taped a few hours ahead of time on Monday at the Manchester Evening News Arena.  Smackdown, which has announced Dolph Ziggler vs. MVP for the IC title, will be taped on Tuesday in the same location.
        There is also a Smackdown show on Monday in Newcastle, England, and a Raw house show on Tuesday in London, England.
        TNA is taping TV's on Monday and Tuesday also in Orlando.
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--There was an MMA show in Victoria, BC last night with Robert Drysdale fighting and Frank Mir was there in his corner.  They did an interview with Mir at the show and they asked him about fighting Brock Lesnar next.  He said something to the effect of, we'll see how Lesnar's career pans out now after he got his ass absolutely smashed by Cain.  It got quite the big pop.  For old-time fans, the description of Mir from his behavior is that he's the modern day version of Mil Mascaras.  And no, I don't mean he was walking around on his tip toes and sucking in his stomach while wearing a mask.  More he's a guy with all the answers no matter what the question.  (thanks to Greg Hill)
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--Edge finished filming the episode of "Sanctuary" and I believe will be starting on the Smackdown European tour, thus changing some of the card around, with the show tomorrow. 
--Shawn Michaels was among the participants in a deer and waterfowl hunt in Maddock, SD last night.  It was for the Outdoor Adventure Foundation, a nonprofit group that aims to provide hunting and fishing opportunities for youths under the age of 25 with life-threatening illnesses and disables veterans who have lost a limb while serving on active duty.  Michaels came after being invited by Keith Mark of the TV show "MacMillan River Adventures" that he's been on.  Story is at (thanks to Carl Dantes)
--There is a story about Brian Pillman Jr. at  What's heartbreaking to me is Brian Jr., who is 17, has absolutely no memories of his father. 
--Poll on Smackdown for this week
Excellent 17.1%
Good 57.3%
Average 18.3%
Fair 3.7%
Poor 18.3%
        36.4% of those responding didn't see the show.
--What do you consider tonight's real main event?
Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan 42.1%
Team 3-D vs. Machine Guns 34.2%
Jeff Jarrett  vs. Samoa Joe 13.8%
EV 2 vs. Fortune 9.9%
--Who do you consider the best wrestler of these Hall of Famers?
Jumbo Tsuruta 36.0%
Genichiro Tenryu 23.2%
Kazushi Sakuraba 19.7%
Dos Caras Sr. 5.9%
Negro Casas 5.9%
Nobuhiko Takada 4.9%
Canek 3.4%
Perro Aguayo 1.0%
        History not being kind to the awesomeness that was pro wrestler Takada.
--Eric Bischoff on facebook was asked his thoughts of Nexus.  His response:  "Boring as hell."  Well, maybe it was an Otunga promo he saw instead of a Barrett promo.  Then he wrote, "Paint drying > Nexus."
--Matt Hardy was announced by Northeast Wrestling for a show on 1/15 in Poughkeepsie at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.  That's the first show he's been officially announced on.
--One of the best action events of the year takes place tomorrow at Tokyo Sumo Hall with the K-1 World Max Grand Prix.  This show is not airing live unfortunately, but will air on 11/19 on HDNet:
*Fabiano Da Silva vs. Jan Kaszuka
*Shunsuke Oishi vs. Makoto Nishiyama
*Hinata vs. Andre Dida (who was actually just shot recently)
*Satoshi Ishii (2008 judo gold medalist vs. Katsuyori Shibata (former New Japan star) under MMA rules
Tournament quarterfinals
Michael Zambidis vs. Yuichiro Nagashima
Albert Kraus vs. Giorgio Petrosyan (Petrosyan, the defending champion, is the heavy favorite to the point unless he's injured people can't even see him being challenged)
Drago vs. Mohamed Khamal
Michal Giogowski vs. Yoshihiro Sato
The semifinals and finals take place the same night
Hiroya vs. Yuta Kubo
Yuya Yamamoto vs. Seichi Ikemoto 
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--AAA is doing a TV taping tonight at the Convention Center in Tlalnepantla with Cibernetico & Mesias & La Parka vs. Chessman & Hernandez & Zorro plus Joe Lider & Nicho & Dark Ozz vs. Halloween & Damian 666 & Dorian Roldan.
--Joe Doering, recently cut by WWE, started back earlier today with All Japan as a late replacement for Charlie Haas, who is headed to France with American Rampage Wrestling in a few days.  
--The Score in Canada will be airing the three hour Old School Raw on 11/15 live. 
--The next Tijuana shows at the Auditorio are 11/20 with Axel & Porky & Super Astro vs. Angel Blanco Jr. & Pirata Morgan & Super Kendo and 11/25 with Mistico & Porky vs. Averno & Mr. Niebla.
--Real Championship Wrestling from last night in Baltimore before 300 fans:  Nui Tofiga b Matt Wylde, Bruce Maxwell b Skull, Shiima Xion b Pinkie Sanchez, Daizee Haze b Mia Yim, NI4NI b Hit Squad, Delirious over Jigsaw and Ryan McBride, Shiima Xion b Bruce Maxwell, Christian York b Ruckus, Osirian Portal b Mark & Jay Briscoe (great match going 20:00).  Next show is 12/4 (thanks to Joe Burrows)
--Primal Conflict Wrestling from last night in Shenandoah Junction, WV:  Jimmy Jannetty & Holy Rollers b Gillberg & Amazing Sanchez & Hijunk, Julio Dinero b C.A. Elliott, Kevin Thorne b Memphis Mofo, John Kermon & Joseph Brooks b Bobby Shields & Logan Hodge, Tayler Steele b Leslie Leatherman, Jimmy Cicero won DOA Memorial Rumble.  Next show is tonight in Kingwood, WV.
--IPW from last night in Lynfield, New Zealand:  Fire Mountain won three-way over Flagboy & Antagonist and Rocketman & Astro, Harley b Alfred Valentine, Britnenay b Megan-Kate Deluxeo, Reuben de Jong b Liger, Mischa Ivankoff b Kazuki, Jon E. King b Ninja Fury, Kiwi Express b Saint Chaos, Dal Knox b Alexander (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling from last night in Columbus, IN before 275 fans:  Troy Van Zant & Bobby Black b Dylan Bostic & Damien Cole, T.J. Kemp b Gary Cherry, Ricky Ruckus b Cousin Cooter, Ox Harley b Michael Myers, J.D. Maronni b Donny Idol, Shawn Cook b 2 Tuff Tony, Doug Gilbert & Flash Flanagan b High Rollers.  Next show is 12/4 headlined by Kevin Thorn (thanks to Jerry Wilson)
--NAWA  Wrestling from last night in Waxahachie, TX:  Max Muscles over Clayton Brooks and Rudy Boy Gonzalez, Fair Kitty b Helga the Hun, Cowboy Adam & Tim Storm b Russian Crusher & Russian Destroyer, Doberman b Pablo Chuco-DQ.  Killer Tim Brooks promotes this group.  Next show is 12/4 (thanks to Rob Moore)   
--In Your Face Wrestling on 12/11 in Saratoga Springs, NY at the Rec Center features Tito Santana and Bobby Fish.
--The movie "Canvasman" about the life of wrestler Rob Elowitch (Robbie Ellis) will be shown as part of a fund raiser on 12/12 at the Maine Holocaust Museum in Augusta, ME, and will be appearing in film festivals in Tucson, AZ and Lewiston ME.
--The next Shimmer  shows are 3/26 and 3/27 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club with DVD tapings.
--Madison Eagles, Shimmer's current champion, is headed to Japan  for shows with NEO Ladies and S Ovation.   
--Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance from last night in St. Louis:  Gary Jackson won Battle Royal, Brandon Espinosa b Wayne Mitchell, Ace Hawkins b Tony Raze, Espinosa won Battle Royal, Gary Jackson b Brandon Espinosa, The Mauler b Max Archer, Donovan Ruddick b Dave Vaughn, Lumberjacks b Gary Jackson & Wayne Mitchell (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


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