WED. UPDATE: New Japan U.S. tour ads hot matches, WWE injury, UFC surprise injury, Edge Syfy gig

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--All Japan junior heavyweight tournament notes and where that division goes next
--Pro Wrestling NOAH annual tag team tournament final results and what matches that sets up next, including how the Kings of Wrestling did
--Complete rundown of the New Japan PPV show this past week involving interpromotional matches and a number of title matches including an ROH star, the company's biggest feud and something of a dream match
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--Update on Ric Flair's shoulder injury
--A look at the TNA Sacrifice PPV card
--What match was changed
--Hulk Hogan's latest legal action
--Notes on Jeff Hardy in TNA
--TNA sets a ratings record
--Details on TNA taking a big step backwards in one of its major international markets
--The real story behind Mick Foley to Raw for Rock's birthday show
--Kurt Angle once again talks getting back to real sports and few believe him
--TNA house show rundowns
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--UFC in Philadelphia updated show
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--A look at Lance Storm's reality show
--Lou Thesz Hall of Fame inductees for 2012 and notes about the ceremony and who will be there
--Wrestler now facing 11 counts and a potential of 120 years in prison
--Note about the town hit by the hurricane and how it ties in with pro wrestling
--A look at Don Kernodle as he goes in for major surgery
--Mike Graham admits to something on video which led to one of the biggest jumps of personnel of the last 15 years
--CHIKARA honoring Larry Sweeney
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--Usage of social media as a promotional tool
--More on Strikeforce sale to UFC
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--Lots of notes on Dana White
--Update on why Cris Cyborg hasn't been fighting
--UFC fighter doing a smaller show
--Strikeforce fighter competes and wins national tournament in another sport and talks Olympics
--Krzysztof Soszynski talks about how Badnews Allen got him interested in MMA
--Update on Bellator
--Promoter of top MMA indie is now out of the picture
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--TNA is now going to be called Impact Wrestling starting on 5/12 with an angle that was taped last night in Orlando.
--Tickets for UFC 132 on 7/2 in Las Vegas go on sale to Fight Club members at 10 a.m. tomorrow at  The Internet pre sale for newsletter subscribers is Friday and tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday.  The main card fights are Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight title, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben, Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman, Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader and Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim.  
--Update on the New Japan East Coast tour with Jersey All Pro Wrestling.  Some really strong stuff here:
5/13 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center
Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson & Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Gedo & Jado & Davey Richards
Satoshi Kojima vs. Kenny Omega
First round of IWGP Intercontinental title tournament
MVP vs. Kazuchika Okada (TNA)
Dan Maff vs. Toru Yano
Tama Tonga vs. Tetsuya Naito
Hideo Saito (Mitsuhide Hirasawa) vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Rhino & Charlie Haas
Homicide & Low Ki vs. Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask
5/14 in New York at Basketball City
Semifinals of IC title tournament
Devitt vs. Low Ki for IWGP jr. title
Tanahashi vs. Haas for IWGP heavyweight title
5/15 in Philadelphia at the Arena
IC tournament final
Devitt & Taguchi vs. Low Ki & Homicide
Liger vs. Kenny Omega for JAPW light heavyweight title
Makabe vs. Rhino street fight
Tanahashi vs. Richards
--In the top 100 show on Pay TV in Australia, the only wrestling show is Raw at No. 60 on Fox 8 doing 30,000 viewers.
--Alicia Fox suffered a shoulder injury, believed to be from taking a clothesline last night in a run in by Kharma at the tapings in Orlando.
--TSN in Canada reported a unique addition to the injured list from UFC 129.  Ring announcer Bruce Buffer was limping, thinking he may have hyper extended his knee when doing his twisting ring introduction for Georges St. Pierre.
--Edge will be appearing on the cast of "Haven" on Syfy during the current season that debuts in mid-July.
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling has an iPPV called the St. Andrews Brawl tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern time from Detroit at a price of $5 at  Top matches are 2 Tuff Tony & Rhino vs. Sabu & Rob Conway, plus Weedman vs. Officer Colt Cabana, The Ring Ryders defending the tag team titles against The Haters, U-Gene Dinsmore vs. Sexy Slim Goodie, Kawabata vs. Bill Martel and Bumpin Uglies vs. Mad Man Pondo & Necro Butcher.  For those in the area, admission is free and there will also be a free autograph session starting at 5:30 p.m.
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--Without giving away the spoiler in this report (it is available elsewhere on the site in the Smackdown review), there is a ton of negative feedback directed to WWE on the decision, to the point it has shocked those in the company the vehemence of it.
--There will be two eliminations on Monday's Tough Enough show.
--During last nights Nashville Predators vs. Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup game airing on SportSouth, they ran an ad for next Tuesday's Smackdown tapings in Nashville.  The advertised main event was Edge (shown with the world title belt) & Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes & Alberto Del Rio.  There is a good chance two, if not three of those four won't even be on the show.
--Masato Yoshino vs. Ricochet has been signed for the 2nd anniversary celebration of Dragon Gate on 6/5 at BB King Blues Club in Manhattan.  All ticket holders are invited to say at BB King's after the show for a birthday Karaoke party.  Pac vs. Chuck Taylor vs. Ricochet has been added to the 6/4 show in Long Island.
--Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards that air on 6/10 is having a vote for Most Dangerous Man at between Manny Pacquiao and Jon Jones.   
--Former WWF referee Dusty Feldbaumer passed away at the age of 89 from heart failure on Sunday.  He was a fixture in the Philadelphia area and at the television tapings during the 70s and 80s.
--Mike Sawyer, who does Tough Talk with Oliver Copp on this web site has started his own web site at for blogging and podcasting.  Tough Talk itself will remain exclusive to this site.
--A note from Monday regarding Chris Jericho guest hosting Nikki Sixx's radio show today.  The part about Jericho being a big Motley Crue fan is apparently not the case. 
--In the cable ratings for last week, USA was No. 1, even with the NBA playoffs going on.  USA averaged a 2.2 prime time rating, slightly head of a similar 2.2 by TNT and ESPN averaged a 1.6.  Syfy was No. 17 at 0.8 and Spike failed to crack the top 25.  Raw was No. 10 and No. 12 for the draft show, finishing No. 8 and No. 9 in 18-49.  
--ROH announced that the winner of Saturday night's Eddie Edwards vs. Chris Hero ROH title match will defend the title on 5/21 in Chicago at the Supercard of Honor against former champion Roderick Strong.  The winner of that match will likely defend on the iPPV on 6/26 from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
--Maxim came out with its hot 100 women of the year today.  Gina Carano dropped off the list but names include Rachelle Leah at No. 85, Kelly Kelly at No. 81, Stacy Keibler at No. 72 and Arianny Celeste at No. 70.
--HD Net will be airing the Superior Challenge MMA show taped last week from Stockholm, Sweden at 10 p.m. on Friday night.  Main matches are Jeremy Horn vs. Thales Leites to create the group's first middleweight champion, Raza Madadi of Sweden vs. Rich Clementi and Daniel Acacio vs. Diego Gonzalez for the welterweight title.
--Poll on Tough Enough from Monday
Excellent 26.8%
Good 55.5%
Average 9.5%
Fair 2.7%
Poor 5.5%
        23.1% of those responding didn't see the show
--Who should have been cut from Tough Enough?
Ryan 42.4%
Christina 42.0%
Luke 15.5%
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 20.4%
Good 33.6%
Average 15.9%
Fair 10.7%
Poor 17.6%
        11.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Best of these guys on interviews
Steve Austin 59.8%
Chris Jericho 25.8%
Brian Pillman 4.6%
William Regal 3.1%
Taz 2.1%
DDP 1.9%
HHH 1.4%
Jim Duggan 1.4%     
--Fight Card Entertainment on 6/18 in Waukegan, IL at The Sundance Saloon featuring 6-foot-7 Maurice Green vs. Sammie Sabbah for the interim heavyweight title.
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 5/20 and 5/21 has a 24 man TPI tournament with the winner getting a shot at the AIW title that they can use at any time.  The shows are in Lakewood, OH at St. Gregory's Byzantine Hall and the participants are Mad Man Pondo, Tim Donst, Sonjay Dutt, Sugar Dunkerton, Bobby Beverly, Marion Fontaine, Shiima Xion, Dave Crist, Gregory Iron, Jimmy Jacobs, Facade, Jonathan Gresham, John Kermon, Flip Kendrick, The Duke, Louis Lyndon, SJK, Izeah Bonds, Jake Crist, Rich Swann, Aero, Ricky Shane, B.J. Whitmer and Paul London.  Also on 5/20 has Johnny Gargano vs. Akira Tozawa and on 5/21 has Gargano vs. Samuray Del Sol.
--Championship International Wrestling from Saturday night in Edon, OH:  Kevin Thorn (managed by Paul Bearer) b Krimson, Brian Castle b Andy Chene, Dick Foley b Dave Duponte, War Machines b Chris Corvis & Aaron Orion, Rosey & Amish Assassin b Christopher Saint & Mark James Zach Gowen b N8 Mattson (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--Bushwhacker Luke appears on 5/7 for IWF in Woodland Park, NJ at the IWF Centre in a six-man main event teaming with Austin Williams & Marc Corino vs. Aaron Stride & Jarrett Foster & Travis Blake.
--NWA MSW on Saturday night in Hinton, WV at he Summers County Memorial Building  
--Devon Moore vs. Robert Anthony for the CZW title plus Drake Younger vs. Scotty Vortekz in a dog collar match headlines the CZW show on 5/14 at the Arena in Philadelphia.
--Results from the annual Deaf Wrestlefest held at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh on Sunday:  Lou Marconi d Dennis Gregory, J-Ru b Johnny Mercury, Seymour Snott b Jimmy Jack Funk  Jr., Kris Kash & Justin Sane b Shawn Blanchard & Lou Martin, Dash Bennett b Trailer Park Heat, Zach Gowen b Jason Gory, Tony Atlas & Shane Douglas & Dynamite Dean (managed by Domenic DeNucci) b Sean Alexander & Bill Collier & Bobby Shields, Frank Staletto b Patrick Hayes, Damien Wayne b Scott Prodigy, Jimi the High Flying Hippie b Brittany Force, Jon Burton b Crusher Hansen, Doink the Clown b Nick Crane
--Texas All-Star Wrestling Rage in the Cage on 5/20 in Houston at the Kingdom Arena with all matches in a cage.
--The next Maximum Fighting Championship show on HDNet will air live on 6/10 in Edmonton from the Mayfield Conference Centre headlined by Drew Fickett vs. Hermes Franca and Shelton Wescott vs. Wildman Thomas Denny.
--GXW on 5/14 in Richmond, VA
--Freakshow Wrestling 2 on 5/26 in Las Vegas at the FSW Arena headline by Sinn Bohdi.  And there will be an Invisible wrestler on the show.
--Bob Calhoun tries to tie the news of the week into pro wrestling at  
--CMLL from Sunday in Guadalajara:  Leo b Titanio, Metalik & Drago (not AAA guy) b Magnum & Black Metal, Tigre Blanco & Astro Boy b Mortiz & Semental, Princesa Sugei & Estrellita & Tiffany b Marcela & Luna Magica & Lluvia, Rey Bucanero & El Terrible & El Texano Jr. b Maximo & Valiente & Toscano  
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla:  Black Tiger & Blue Center & Silver b Aguila Guerrera & Ares & Centauro de Fuego, Angel Azteca Jr. & Angel de Plata & Millennium & Sensei b Akron & El Hijo del Signo & Hooligan & Puma King, El Terrible & El Texan Jr. & Okumura b El Hijo del Fantasma & Maximo & Metro, Valiente b Virus to retain the Mexican national welterweight title, Rush & Strongman & Toscano b Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims
--WWE Classics on Demand has 90s month, which includes Clash of Champions 20 and SuperBrawl 6, matches from Smoky Mountain Wrestling and five Steve Austin matches.  What is interesting is they have an Austin vs. Bill Dundee match from 1990 on it. (thanks to Stephen Gray)
--APW Gym Wars on 5/6 at the APW Garage in Hayward headlined by Rik Luxury vs. Matt Carlos in a ladder match for the APW Internet title.
--Seth Delay debuts for Platinum Championship Wrestling on Friday night at the Academy Theater in Avondale Estates, GA.
--Dream Wave Wrestling on 5/7 in LaSalle, IL at the Knights of Columbus features Acid & Hammett vs. Austin Roberts & Mason Beck, plus a live appearance by Lex Luger.
--The Score Fighting Series will have the first MMA show ever in Mississauaga, ONT at the Hershey Centre on 6/10, headlined by former UFC fighters Joe Doerksen and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.  Tickets go on sale Monday.  
--Ed, Cutrer and Craig talk wrestling weddings with David Lagana at  
--East Coast Wrestling Association on 5/7 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club

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