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We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in Ottunwa, IA as well as last night's show in Spencer, IA. at the Clay County Regional Events Center featuring A.J. Styles vs. Rob Van Dam in the Bound for Glory series.

Tonight's Showtime card:

At 8 p.m. Eastern on Sho Extreme
*Bobby Green (155) vs. Matt Ricehouse (155)
*Germaine de Randamie (144) vs. Hiroko Yamanaka (145(
*Adlan Amagov (186) vs. Keith Berry (186)
*Miesha Tate (136) vs. Julie Kedzie (135)
At 10 p.m. on Showtime
*T.J. Cook (203) vs. Ovince St. Preux (205.5)
*Anthony Smith (186) vs. Lumumba Sayres (185)
*Roger Bowling (170) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (169.5)
*Jacare Souza (186) vs. Derek Brunson (186)
*Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sarah Kaufman (134) for the women's bantamweight title
        The Souza vs. Brunson winner is expected to get a shot at Luke Rockhold's title.  Talk about no support for a main event.   

        ROH TV tonight:
*Sara Del Rey vs. Mia Yim
*Kevin Steen vs. Homicide for ROH title 
        Sunday is SummerSlam from the Staples Center in Los Angeles
*Santino Marella vs Antonio Cesaro for U.S. title at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook/You Tube
*Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Titus O'Neil & Darren Young for tag titles
*The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio for IC title
*Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler
*Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
*Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for world title
*C.M. Punk vs. John Cena vs. Big Show for WWE title
*HHH vs. Brock Lesnar
        Monday will be Raw from the Save Mart Center in Fresno.
        Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Bakersfield, CA.    
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Saturday's news update
--Jon Jones has openly said that he doesn't want to fight Lyoto Machida, and not only that, he's being honest about it.  He said fighting Machida is a major risk with no reward.  He noted that he made less money against Machida than he did against either Shogun or Rampage, and thus doesn't want to take the risk against someone who wouldn't be a big draw.

--U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood dismissed two counts in UFC's lawsuit against the state of New York.  There are still five counts remaining.  UFC has sued the state claiming it is unconstitutional that they are not allowed to run shows there.  Wood threw out the Due Process claim and the Equal Protection claim, saying that the law banning MMA in New York in 1996 had a rational basis when it was passed and even today there is still a rational basis for the law.  She also said she believes this is a matter more suited for the state legislature than the courts. 
--Among those at the WWE's party on Thursday night were Jennifer Hudson, David Beckham, Ryan Lochte, Tyler Clary, Joe Buck, David Arquette and Maria Menounous.  Among others attending included HHH, Sheamus, C.M. Punk, Brodus Clay, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler, Santino Marella, The Miz and most if not all of the Divas.       
--Something is going on with Claire Lynch.  They are wrapping up the storyline, probably next week with the paternity test segment, and she may already be gone from the promotion.  We're waiting for confirmation on exactly what the situation with the actress playing the role, Julia Reilly.
--Gail Kim's wedding airs at 8 p.m. tonight on  The Food Network.  It's also replayed at 1 a.m.
--Tonight on Fuel will be the Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem fight at 9 p.m. and UFC 140 (Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida) at 10 p.m.  The Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz II fight, still one of the biggest in UFC history, will be replayed at 1 a.m. tonight.
--A Ronda Rousey interview which also has an interview with Gene LeBell is at
--Two more WWE developmental signings are Mercedes KV, a female wrestler, and Max Bauer, both from New England. Both have worked for Chaotic Wrestling and New England Championship Wrestling and other area promotions.  They were part of a June tryout camp.   
--There is a story on the death of his granddaughter at  The story is really tragic.  Amelia Keown was 16, had just got her drivers license, and was driving home after school to get her pom poms for dance practice when a car police were pursuing for speeding driven by John C Perkins, 44, hit Keown's car and both were killed.  The police reported that Keown was wearing her seat belt and going at the speed limit.  Classmates at her school, William Blunt High School in Maryville, TN, all were pink on Wednesday in honor of her since it was her favorite color.
--CHIKARA results from last night in Milwaukee at the Miramar Theater:  The Batiri b Fire Ant & Green Ant & assailANT, Mysterious & Handsome Stranger b Tim Donst, Mr. Touchdown b Anthony Stone, Bravado Brothers won elimination match over Arik Cannon & Darin Corbin, Special Envoy and 3.0, Eddie Kingston b Shard in a non-title match, Jigsaw b 17-DQ, ACH b Jakob Hammermeier, FIST & Sugar Dunkerton b The Swarn & The Shard, Mike Quackenbush b Colt Cabana 
Predict the rating for tonight's Strikeforce show
0.7 or less 21.5%
0.8 5.8%
0.9 14.0%
1.0 13.2%
1.1 5.8%
1.2 7.4%
1.3 5.0%
1.4 5.8%
1.5 5.8%
1.6 4.1%
1.7 0.8%
1.8 or more 10.7%
        Quite the variety here
Poll on Impact
Excellent 16.3%
Good 47.1%
Average 17.6%
Fair 5.9%
Poor 13.1%
        28.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--An interview with Booker T plugging his book "From Prisons to Promise" at at
--A story on T.J. Cook, who fights tonight on Showtime, talking about him not having a real training camp since he was in North Dakota working in an oil rig and his training would be 12-to-14 hour shifts followed by a run in the mountains, and some grappling with guys working on the oil rigs with him.  Story is at

--A story on one of the best pro wrestlers in the world today, New Japan's Fergal "Prince" Devitt is at
--Prime Wrestling on iPPV at 3 p.m. Eastern tomorrow on has Jimmy Jacobs vs. Johnny Gargano, Zach Gowen vs. Gregory Iron, Rhino vs. Jason Bane, Petey Williams vs. Matt Cross, Michael Facade vs. Gory and more.
--Len Ironside was appearing at the WrestleZone Battle of Nations show in Aberdeen, Scotland today.  He was a top Scottish star in the 70s and ended up in politics in the 80s.  He also has a book called "When You're Ready Boys--Take Hold!  My Grappling Story" talking about his matches with the likes of Jackie Robinson, Jeff Kaye and Johnny Saint. 
--TNA has a new 10 year anniversary line of Tristar trading cards.
--Tom Prichard talks about a camp he coached at last weekend in Tennessee and North Carolina and ripped on some trainers and recommended trainers at
--A note on something we had up on Thursday before being corrected.  Kurt Angle's child would be his second with his current wife, not his first.  He had a daughter born last year.
--BCW presents Can-Am Rising on 8/24 in Windsor, ONT at the Croatian Center featuring Cody Deaner, Scotty Turner, Jamie D and a main event of Tyson Dux vs. Phil Atlas.
--TNA has a BaseBrawl event on 9/1 at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, MD with Bobby Roode, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Austin Aries, A.J. Styles, James Storm, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Kenny King, Zema Ion, Magnus, Mickie James and Gail Kim.
--This week's episode of Royal Pains on USA has an MMA storyline.  Part of the storyline is that the MMA fight is at the Nassau Coliseum (the show is set in Long Island) and is promoted as the first time MMA was allowed in New York State.  The show ends with the cast watching the fight on TV in the middle of the day, since the sun was shining bright. (thanks to Jeff Cohen)
--CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Divino & Virgo b Evola & Hippie, Disturbio & Inquisidor b Leo & Sky Kid, Smaker over Arkangel de la Muerte, Black Metal, Escandalo, Triton, Demonio Maya and Starman in a Cibernetico for a shot at the Occidental middleweight title, Psicosis & Rey Escorpion b El Hijo del Fantasma & Sagrado-DQ, Mr. Niebla b Maximo (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix tonight in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory.
--Josh Wilcox interviewed Pat Kenney at yesterday talking TNA, ECW and football.
--Premiere Championship Wrestling from Thursday night in Winnipeg:  Leo London & Mike Mission b Trent Nash & Cory Diamond, Moses Luke b Adam Knight, Scott Justice b Jay Walker, Antonio Scorpio Jr. b James Beaver, Mentallo & Tyler Colton b Mike Angels & Jackie Lee.  Next show is 9/20 with Honky Tonk Man and Kenny Omega appearing.
--Former K-1 Grand Prix champion Remy Bonjasky returns after three years out to faced the other Anderson Silva in a kickboxing match on 10/6 in Brussels, Belgium promoted by Glory Sports at the Vorst National Arena.  Gokhan Saki, Nieky Holzken, Filip Verlinden and Andy Ristie are also signed for the show.
--CZW on 9/8 in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone has Masada vs. El Generico for the CZW title, AR Fox vs. Dave Crist for the jr. title, Jake Crist & Sami Callihan vs. Super Smash Brothers and Rich Swann vs. Shane Strickland, as well as Devon Moore & Danny Hovoc defending the tag titles against Alexander James & Mr Tofiga.
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 9/1 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds headlined by Flash Flanagan vs. Zombie Rob Ramer with a strap on a pole.  
--There will be a Southern California Lucha Libre reunion show of the 1970s Hadco Plaza crew on 8/26 at Las Chivas Cafe at 2028 7th St. in Los Angeles at 5 p.m. on 8/26.  Some of the wrestlers will be wrestling and others will just be appearing.  Among those there will be the original Rey Misterio, Super Boy, Piloto Suicida, Gory Chavez, Al Murrieta, Los Chivos, Los Toritos, Pepe Ramirez, Rosa Salvaje, Halcon Blanco, Scarface, Mr. Averno (no relation to the current Averno), Capitan Oro, Principe Indu, Cosmos, Fisico Nuclear, Vandal Drummond, Gran Coloso, Piloto Nuclear, Apache, Jalisco I, Terror Chicano, Moctezuma, Franky Lima, Tornado Negro II, Corsario de Plata, Satan, Mr. Atomo, Dinamik, Loverboy and Chacal Rivera.
--SHIMMER is putting up a free match with Madison Eagles & Sara Del Rey & Daizee Haze & Tomoka Nakagawa vs. Cheerleader Melissa & Ayumi Kurihara & Ayako Hamada & Serena Deeb.
--Here's an interview with Adam Cole.
--Championship Wrestling International on 8/17 in Adrian, MI:  Legion b Almighty Sheik & Gran Akuma, Sebastian Rose b Apocalypse-DQ, Dave Duponte b Junkyard Dog Jr.-DQ, Andy Chene b Will Studd, Diamond Kouture b Kris Korvis (thanks to Leonard Brand)

What was the best match of the weekend in G-1?


Who was g-1 MVP


Whcih show are you most interested in?