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        Impact tonight on Spike:
Jay Lethal vs. Abyss
Madison Rayne & Sarita vs. Mickie James & Velvet Sky
Douglas Williams vs. Rob Terry
Motor City Machine Guns vs. A.J. Styles & Kazarian
RVD vs. Jeff Jarrett
        Superstars tonight on WGN America:
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Zack Ryder
Daniel Bryan & Mark Henry vs. Ted DiBiase & Tyson Kidd
JTG vs. Tyler Reks
Chris Masters vs. Curt Hawkins
        Here's the weekend schedule:  Tomorrow night will be both Strikeforce Challengers Series from Nashville (Tyron Woodley vs. Tarec Saffiedine, Daniel Cormier vs. Devin Cole, Abongo Humphrey vs. Ovince St. Preux, Dr. Rhadi Ferguson vs. John Richard and Julia Budd vs. Amanda Nunes) and the debut of the latest Dragon Gate USA PPV show (Masato Yoshino vs. Yamato, Cima vs. Shingo, BxB Hulk & Homicide vs. Jon Moxley & Akira Tozawa, Austin Aries & Genki Horiguchi & Ricochet vs. Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann and Jimmy Jacobs & Arik Cannon).  Key things on the Strikeforce show is that Cormier will become an alternate in the heavyweight tournament with a win.  Budd is being groomed for a title shot at Cris Cyborg if she wins.
        There will also be a Raw house show Friday night in Augusta, GA and a TNA house show is Westbury, Long Island (Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan for TNA title, Lethal vs. Kazarian for X title, Rayne vs. James for knockouts title) .
        Saturday will be a Raw house show in Montgomery, AL and a Smackdown house show in Lexington. 
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Matt Morgan vs. Mr. Anderson for the No. 1 contendership for the TNA title
Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett in an exhibition match
Brother Ray vs. Brother Devon
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Douglas Williams vs. A.J. Styles for TV title, belt vs. Styles leaving Fortune
Jay Lethal vs. Kazarian for X title
RVD vs. mystery opponent
Samoa Joe vs. Pope
Madison Rayne vs. Mickie James for knockouts title
        WWE also has a Sunday night Raw house show in Memphis and a Smackdown house show in Knoxville.
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        And if you haven't seen Henderson vs. Pettis, the 12/16 show airs at 9 p.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. Pacific on Versus. 
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--Brandon Vera, Antonio McKee and Marcus Davis were all cut following their losses on Saturday night's UFC 124 PPV.
--Due to all the bowl games, ESPN averaged a 5.3 rating in prime time last week, which would be the highest rating I can recall any cable network has averaged in prime time in years if ever over a full week.  USA was No. 2 at 2.0.  Syfy Was No. 18 at 0.8 and Spike was not top 25.  As it turns out, the second hour of Raw was actually No. 24 for the week, not No. 22 as the first listing we were given had. 
--Not a wrestling story, but it involves Raw every fall, as ESPN and the NFL are negotiating a huge increase in rights fees for Monday Night Football for a new deal priced at $1.8 billion to $1.9 billion per year.  The money figure has been worked out, as well as the length, but it may take weeks to finish the contract.  Sports Business Daily reported today it would be either a nine year or a ten year deal.
--ESPN and several other MMA sources have reported Nate Marquardt as the replacement for Chael Sonnen against Yoshihiro Akiyama on the UFC's 3/19 show in Newark.  
--The Toronto Star today reported that people are selling bogus tickets to the UFC show at Rogers Centre in Toronto on web sites.  It should be noted that tickets have not even gone on sale for the show.  Tickets for the fan expo in Toronto are on sale.  I don't know if they are saying this to be conservative or they really are going to limit seating, but UFC officials have been saying the full 60,000+ seats won't be open and they are looking at around 30,000 for the show.
--Weigh-ins for Strikeforce are at 4:30 p.m. today at the Doubletree Hotel in Nashville
--UFC Fight Club pre sale for the 3/19 show in Newark headlined by Shogun Rua vs. Rashad Evans for the middleweight title and Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland will start on Tuesday.  Tickets for the 3/3 show in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center headlined by Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann go on sale to Fight Club members on 1/12.  Tickets to the public go on sale for both shows on Thursday and Friday of next wee, respectively.
--A review of the Randy Savage action figure is at
--KHON in Honolulu does a feature on Matt Morgan, who played basketball at Chaminade in Hawaii at
--A correct link for the Matt Hardy piece in the Poughkeepsie Journal is at
--Daniel Bryan talks WWE at st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }
--Brock Lesnar talks about his book release at
--Chuck Liddell will be appearing on this coming Wednesday's episode of Blue Mountain State on Spike, playing the role of Chuck Liddell (thanks to Steve Voeller)  
--On last night's episode, Radon, the quarterback of the fictitious college football team, was wearing a TNA T-shirt for almost the entire episode.  I guess that confirms it as fictitious.
--Edge & Rey Mysterio vs. Kane & Alberto Del Rio was announced as the dark match main event for the 1/25 Smackdown taping in Cincinnati (thanks to Brian Henke)
--The business web site has a story about WWE stock.  It talks about how every quarter its profits are lower than the dividend paid and how that's not good in the long run.  Well, the deal is they have a lot of cash on hand and are giving it to shareholders in dividend form.  Unless business picks way up, the current dividend is not sustainable.
--Fozzy with Chris Jericho play on 1/13 at 6:30 p.m. at Whisky a Go Go in the Los Angeles area.
--As of at least first thing this morning, a decision was not made regarding whether Alistair Overeem's fight with Fabricio Werdum will be a three round non-title fight or five round title fight in the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament.  The basic gist is they don't want different rules for different matches, but they do want the title in play as part of the tournament, so they are working on a consistent solution if that's possible.
--Odds for first round matches
Fedor Emelianenko -500
Antonio Silva +300
Sergei Kharitonov -100
Andrei Arlovski -130
Alistair Overeem -270
Fabricio Werdum +210
Josh Barnett -300
Brett Rogers +240    
--Tickets for the Strikeforce 2/12 show in East Rutherford,. NJ go on sale to the public on 1/14, with a pre sale to Strikeforce newsletter subscribers on 1/12.  
--Scott Coker will be on Inside MMA on ESPN 2 tomorrow night talking about the tournament.
--Poll on Raw from Monday
Excellent 23.8%
Good 46.7%
Average 13.6%
Fair 5.6%
Poor 10.3%
        10.5% of those responding didn't see the show  
--Poll on ROH TV from Monday
Excellent 54.0%
Good 32.0%
Average 4.0%
Fair 6.0%
Poor 4.0%
        63.5% of those responding didn't see the show
--What was the biggest news story of July?
UFC 116 Lesnar vs. Carwin 54.6%
Paul Heyman doesn't go to TNA 15.1%
Ricky Steamboat badly injured, career finished, due to bleeding on the brain 14.3%
Miz wins Money in the Bank 8.0%
TNA sets domestic house show attendance record in Brooklyn 2.6%
DDT draws 9,000 at Sumo Hall 2.2%
Michael Kirkham passes away from MMA ring injuries 2.2%
Lucha Libre Masked Warriors debuts on MTV 2 0.6%
Toni Adams passes away 0.4%
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling on 1/19 in Southgate, MI at the Modern Exchange with Corporal Robinson vs. Bull Pain in a barbed wire match and Sabu vs. Kongo Kong, plus Jimmy Jacobs, Necro Butcher and more. 
--Evolve announced its fan awards for 2010.  Best card was Evolve 5 headlined by Bryan Danielson vs. Munenori Sawa.  Match of the Year was Danielson vs. Sawa.  MVP was Chuck Taylor.  Breakout star was Chuck Taylor.  Breakout match was Sawa vs. TJP.
--New Era Wrestling on 1/22 in Shelbyville, IN at the Boys Club
--Dustin Diamond, Screech from Saved by the Bell, who was on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Wrestling and has done a few indie shows including TNA over the years, is now taking wrestling bookings at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Sabu wrestles for Dory Funk Jr.'s BANG promotion on 1/29 in Ocala.
--Jim Ross talks WWE Hall of Fame, Dory Funk Jr. vs. Gene Kiniski, Paul Orndorff and Marcus Dupree at http:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
--Chris Kanyon's 2006 appearance on the Howard Stern show where he debated Ric Flair is currently on Howard Stern on Demand (thanks to Chris Callan).
--Daniel Bobish's Ultimate Cage Battles on 1/15 in Parma, OH at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex headlined by former UFC fighter Forest Petz against former NFL star Whisper Goodman.     
--Premier Championship Wrestling tonight in Winnipeg at Dylans on Pembina with Adam Knight and national grappling champion Donny Dicaprio.
--Lance Storm talks about his regrets about his wrestling career at  

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