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The ROH show starts at 4 p.m. Eastern and is available on iPhone iPad, Android and Roku.

Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards for ROH title

Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Kings of Wrestling vs. All Night Express vs. Briscoes in an elimination match for ROH tag titles

Christopher Daniels vs. El Generico for TV title

Steve Corino vs. Michael Elgin

Mike Bennett vs. Jay Lethal

Homicide vs. Rhino in a street fight

Colt Cabana vs. Tommaso Ciampa

Generation Me vs. Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly (not airing on the PPV show)  

        UFC tonight:

Facebook fights at 6 p.m.

Edward Faaloloto (155.4) vs. Michael Johnson (155.2)

Matt Grice (145.2) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145.4)

Nik Lentz (155.6) vs. Charles Oliveira (153.8)

Rich Attonito (170) vs. Daniel Roberts (170.6)

Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Curt Warburton (155.6)

Joe Stevenson (146) vs. Javier Vazquez (145.8)

Manvel Gamburyan (145.8) vs. Tyson Griffin (145.8)

Live on Versus at 9 p.m.

Matt Mitrione (261.1) vs. Christian Morecraft (261.4)

Matt Brown (170) vs. John Howard (170.2)

Charlie Brenneman (170.6) vs. Rick Story (170.4)

Pat Barry (243) vs. Cheick Kongo (234.4)     

        Urban Wrestling Federation PPV tonight

Homicide vs. Eddie Kingston

Facade vs. Bestia

Murder One vs. Lowlife Louie Ramos

Dirty Rotten Scoundrelz vs. Ghetto Mafia & Grim Reefer  


        Monday is the live Raw from Las Vegas, with the Raw Roulette gimmick. The only match announced so far is Sin Cara vs. Evan Bourne. TNA also runs Monday night tapings in Orlando with A.J. Styles vs. Gunner and Samoa Joe vs. Devon in the Bound for Glory tournament, plus Mickie James & Tara & Miss Tessmacher vs. Madison Rayne & Winter & Velvet Sky.

        Tuesday is Smackdown and NXT tapings from Phoenix while TNA has a second night of tapings from Orlando.

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--One of the world's most respected and famous referees is now a free agent

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--Update on Desmond Wolfe

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--As much Internet chatter as there has been on Nate Marquardt, in checking Google trends a few times in the last 24 hours, Marquardt's name never made the top 20.

--In last night's HBO boxing main event with Devon Alexander vs. Lucas Matthyse, one of the judges was Carlos Colon, the father of Carlito, the wrestling legend.  He came under fire because he scored 96-93 for Alexander, who got the split decision.  I didn't see the fight, but his score was the only one that wasn't close in a fight that I'm told could have gone either way.  They did a very nice touching video tribute to Nick Charles, the CNN sportscaster who passed away, on the show (thanks to Gregory Lane)

--CZW Tournament of Death from yesterday in Townsend, DE:  Masada b Dysfunction in Fans bring the weapons match, Matt Tremont b Necro Butcher in a Get Hit with Shit match, Jaki Numazawa b Danny Havoc in a light tubes match, Masashi Takeda b Scotty Vortekdz in a barbed wire board thumbtack kick pad match), Masada b Matt Tremont in a ton of weapons match, Masashi Takeda b Jaki Numazawa in a barbed wire boards and light tubes and thumbtacks match, Sami Callihan b Greg Excellent, Philly's Most Wanted b Devon Moore & Little Mondo, Masada b Masashi Takeda in a barbed wire ropes, light tubes and panes of glass match.  Next show is 7/9 at the Arena in Philadelphia with Devon Moore vs. Joker and Necro Butcher vs. Sami Callihan.

--Stan Hansen's new autobiography, called "The Last Outlaw" will be available for the first time at the NWA Legends Convention in Atlanta from 8/4 to 8/7.  Hansen will also be doing a Q&A.  The book is said to be the definitive word about the American who probably knows as much about the heyday of Japanese wrestling, since he was in the middle of several of them.  For more info go to

--Poll on Friday night's TV

Smackdown was better 16.3%

Strikeforce was better 3.5%

Didn't watch Smackdown 5.7%

Didn't watch Strikeforce 25.5%

Didn't watch either show 48.9%

--Poll on Strikeforce

Excellent 0.0%

Good 24.0%

Average 32.0%

Fair 24.0%

Poor 24.0%

        72.8% of those responding didn't see the show

--Poll on Smackdown

Excellent 9.3%

Good 50.7%

Average 20.0%

Fair 8.0%

Poor 12.0%

        40.0% of those responding didn't see the show

--The Urban Wrestling Federation took out commercials last night during Sports Center and during Bellator for today's show that airs on all the regular PPV channels that usually carry wrestling and MMA events priced at $14.95 

--Adam Pearce did announce he was returning to wrestling at last night's NWA Hollywood TV show at

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--Skull Wrestling Federation from last night in Troy, NY:  Viper b Randy Walker, Bert Williams b Sgt Fury, Kyller Jones b Ash Vaingar, Jenna Minor b Dee Licious, Redneck Express b Easy Riders, Timmy Weight b Schoolboy C, Sidusky b Retro Reed, Ron Falco b Mark Krieger, Capital Punishment b Savage Wolves, J.P. Black b Shane Arlen (thanks to Jacob Gilbert) 

--Suquamish Championship Wrestling from last night in Poulsbo, WA: Randy Taylor b True Buddha, Randy Taylor b Timmy Reed, Ron Sutherland & Dash Venture b  Grappler & Diafillah Dobashi, Hoss Tull over Kellen Raeth, Christopher Ryseck and The Hoff, Psycsho Shah b Calibur X, Mike Jones & Josh Blaze & Alex Hawk b Jason X & Keith Atkins & Outpatient, Dean da Drifta & Toro El Diablo b Young I Am & Demarcus James, Exile b Mike Santiago, Hoss Tull b Mike Santiago (thanks to Charles Short)

--Mike Mooneyham talks about Friday night wrestling in the old days in Charleston, SC at

--Musician Cee-Lo Green played at the Glastonbury Festival this weekend dressed up like one of the Road Warriors from the WWF Legion of Doom era with the red spiked shoulder pads.  You can hear him and his music at (thanks to Jonathan D'Antoni)

--GOUGE from last night in Apex, NC:  Frank Stalletto b Tavare Hill, Foxx over Redman, Kid Williams and Vector, Lou Marconi b Rob McBride, Seymour Snott b Gleteus Maximus, Sean Alexander DCOR Jimmy Jack Funk Jr., Damien Wayne b Vordell Walker in a falls count anywhere match

--Coastal Championship Wrestling from last night in Coral Springs, FL before 400 fans:  J.B. Cool b Maxwell Chicago, Johnny Vandal b Wayne Van Dyke, Sally Boy b Tommy Diablo, Chaz b Dirty White Boy-DQ, Shane McLane b Spirit Kid & Danny Embry, Red Devil Fight Team b Blackheart & Brian Brody, Kahagas b Bobby Sanford, Sabu & Pablo Marquez b Assassins (thanks to Al Haft)

--Future Stars of Wrestling TV show with Austin Aries at

--Dory Funk's BANG from last night in Ocala, FL:  Dory Funk Jr. & Leo Cristiani & Cory Weston b Fushicho Masauku & Mad Dog Madeztke & Luke Spencer, Claudia Reiff & Barbara Garcia b Ms. Looki Atmi & iCandy, Jayson Falcone b Bobby Adams an dDamien Steel, Alma Maskarada & Diablo Negro b Luke Spencer & Mad Dog Madetzke          

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