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        Tonight's TV lineup:
Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman
Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran
Mark Hominick vs. George Roop
Matt Mitrione vs. Tim Hague
Evan Dunham vs. Melvin Guillard
        The show starts at 9 p.m. Eastern, but 6 p.m. Pacific as it's going live nationally so those of you on the West Coast, it's a new starting time.
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--A look at the tour ending NOAH show
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--Strikeforce 2010 awards
--Daniel Cormier talks how MMA affects Olympic level wrestling
--Promoter of one of the major companies outright says they are out of money and if new funding doesn't come, the promotion will die and that restructuring is necessary
--Notes on the new Bellator season
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--Kurt Angle rushed back to Pittsburgh from the European tour last night when he got a phone call that his pregnant fiance, actress Giovanna Yannotti, had been rushed to the hospital with extremely high blood pressure and passed out.  The doctors felt it necessary to induce labor and she gave birth to Giuliana Marie Angle, a 5.5 pound 18 inch long baby.  The baby is said to be doing well, although she is about three weeks premature.  At last word, the mother was still in intensive care with doctors today attempting to get her blood pressure under control.  (thanks to Mike Aldren)
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--Ryusuke Taguchi beat Mascara Dorada earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo to win the CMLL welterweight title (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
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--There will be a WWE Day at the Franklin Square Library in Franklin Square, NY on 1/29 at 2 PM. with Brian Shields, who wrote the WWE Encyclopedia as well as other WWE books.
--A story on Sheamus being a former bodyguard for Bono was at on Friday.
--Bart Scott's pro wrestling style promo, inspired by watching Hulk Hogan as a kid, let to ESPN talking to Hogan at
--And Mean Gene Okerlund gets interviewed about the interview at  Mean Gene gave him an eight for his interview. 
--Bad review for "The Chaperone" starring HHH at (thanks to Jim Finch)
--What math are you most looking forward to tonight
Tim Hague vs. Matt Mitrione 26.7%
Melvin Guillard vs. Evan Dunham 25.8%
George Roop vs. Mark Hominick 20.8%
Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran 14.5%
Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman 12.2%
Why is pro wrestling declining on PPV
The way television is done makes it impossible to take any matches seriously 43.8%
Matches aren't promoted well 19.2%
Too many PPV shows 17.6%
Current stars don't have drawing power 10.3%
Competition from UFC 5.5%
The shows themselves aren't promoted well 3.7%
Which of these early 2001 stories was the biggest in hindsight?
WCW folding, WWE buying it as a fire sale 64.4%
Zuffa buying UFC from SEG 33.7%
ECW folding, WWE buying the scraps 1.9%
Poll on Impact from Thursday
Excellent 17.9%
Good 34.2%
Average 15.4%
Fair 6.0%
Poor 26.5%
        41.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on Superstars
Excellent 15.4%
Good 30.8%
Average 26.9%
Fair 7.7%
Poor 19.2%
        62.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--What was the best angle of the last two months
Miz vs. Lawler 22.4%
Steen vs. Generico 20.7%
Koscheck vs. GSP 19.5%
Cena vs. Punk 18.9%
Angle vs. Jarrett 5.4%
Kings of Wrestling vs. Briscoes & Papa Mike 4.4%
Immortal vs. Nebulous guys who can't get their actor together or don't yet exist 3.3%
Josh Barnett vs. CSAC 2.7%
John Cena vs. Nexus 1.9%
Miz vs. Randy Orton 0.8%
        And which of these angle headlines the No. 2 wrestling PPV of 2011? 
--Story on Mr. Anderson as TNA champion at 
--Story on Pope in Ireland at
--Miz talks about when he thought all the wrestlers wanted him fired but he came back to be a world champion at 
--Manchester Confidential did an interview with Madison Rayne at
--There is a memorial service for Georgiann Makropolous who passed away one year ago tomorrow at the St. Demetrious Church on 30th Dr. in Astoria, NY.  A lot of people really miss Georgiann and I can't believe it's been a year since she passed away. 
--Diamond Dallas Page on his twitter account hinted that he may be hosting an upcoming Best of Nitro DVD put out by WWE.
--TNA is doing a Gut Check on 2/26 in Richmond, VA with Jeff Jarrett and D-Lo Brown.  It's a combination seminar and tryout.  The cost is $250 and will be held before the show that night at the Landmark Theater.  You have to apply by 2/16 at  
--Thunder & Lightning, the longtime top tag team in WWC, jumps to IWA and will debut at the show tonight in Aguas Buenas it is believed (thanks to Manuel Gonzalez)
--FEW on 1/23 in Fort Wayne, IN at Broadripple
--Caged Fury MMA on 2/26 at Grays Armory in Cleveland features former UFC heavyweight Josh Hendricks vs. Dan Spohn and Big John Hawk, who is not a young blond version of John Bradshaw Layfield, facing Brandon Anderson   
--New Era Pro Wrestling on 2/25 in Clarksville, TN at the National Guard Armory

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