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We're also looking for reports on tonight's Evolve iPPV show from St. Petersburg at www.WWNLive.com
*Johnny Gargano vs Chuck Taylor for the Open the Freedom Gate title
*El Generico vs. Samuray del Sol
*AR Fox vs. Jon Davis
*Bobby Fish vs. Tommy Taylor
*Colt Cabana vs. Cheech
*Alex Reynolds vs. John Silva vs. Jake Manning vs. Lince Dorado vs. Caleb Konley vs. Scott Reed
Saturday night features a WWE joint show in Lafayette, LA, which should be the same crew as tonight's show, plus ROH in Belle Vernon, PA at the Rostraver Ice Garden (Bruno Sammartino appears; Kevin Steen vs. Roderick Strong for ROH title; Briscoes vs. Michael Elgin & Rhino, B.J. Whitmer vs. Jimmy Jacobs, Charlie Haas vs. Rhett Titus, Eddie Edwards vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Kenny King vs. Mike Bennett vs. Mike Mondo vs. Mike Sydal, Jay Lethal vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Adam Cole vs. Pepper Parks), Extreme Rising in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory (Jerry Lynn vs. Homicide, Gangstas vs. BLK OUT, Stevie Richards vs. Luke Hawx, FBI vs. Dramatics, and Sabu and others), and Evolve has another iPPV from Jacksonville.
Sunday has a WWE joint brand house show in Hidalgo, TX, which is the company's best small market city, where they almost always sell out with a huge Hispanic audience.
Raw on Monday is from Laredo, where WWE has rarely done television from in the past, but is traditionally one of its best responding house show markets, again with a heavy Hispanic audience. Teddy Long will be guest General Manager on both Raw and Smackdown this week.
Smackdown will be billed as The Great American Bash, and air live on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Syfy, from Corpus Christi. There will be four more Money in the Bank qualifying matches.
-- The Undertaker of all people will be the special guest at the FCW show at the Dallas Bull in Tampa, FL, on Wednesday, August 1st, doing a pre-show meet and greet for those who buy $50 golden circle tickets.
-- As noted on the front page, Maxine quit WWE this week, unhappy with the lack of upward mobility. It's really something to see so many women depart the division of their own volition over the past year or so.
-- This Tuesday's Super Smackdown will air live on the Score in Canada.
-- Rashad Cameron, who beat the artist formerly known as Jigsaw on Impact last night (Rubix, who probably won't be the last Chikara star working TNA), is Jeez from Combat Zone and Urban Wrestling fame. And yes, he was on Smackdown a week ago being destroyed in a two-on-one squash by Ryback. Interesting how both companies chose to utilize him. He's working Extreme Reunion this weekend. Mason Andrews works as Scorpio Sky.
-- Beginning with the July 20th show, Bellator returns to MUN2.
-- Besides Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman, also signed for the August 18th Strikeforce show in San Diego are Jacare Souza vs. Derek Brunson and Roger Bowling vs. Tarec Saffiedine.
-- An early look at Rock in his new film, Empire State.
-- John Morrison will be a judge for TOURNAMENT OF NERDS, which is airing on The Nerdist Channel on Youtube Sunday. The Nerdist Channel. Speaking of, here's Morrison on Cut That Promo 2.
-- There is a video here of Rener Gracie sparring with a purple belt with both hands tied together.
-- As noted on the front page, FUEL TV airs “UFC Primetime: Silva vs. Sonnen” on Saturday, June 30 (7:00 PM ET).
-- Otis sent this in. I don't have the show recorded so can anyone confirm? If you listen closely on TNA tonight, when Taz introduces the show before the first match, I swear he welcomes everyone to Smackdown, but the production booth was able to cut off the "Down" of Smackdown. I suspect they might fix it for the west coast broadcast. Or not.
-- New Mistico update from Kris Zellner: Mistico II will be making his debut on 8/3 at Arena Mexico and said that he would be bringing his own style to the gimmick and won't rely on the old Mistico's famous moves to succeed. He will incorporate his moves from when he was Dragon Lee and said that he wouldn't use La Mistica as a finisher. He also wants to form a formidable tag team with his brother Rush which should fuel the flames of their detractors. Mistico II has been doing a media tour doing various interviews in print and television as the push for his debut has begun.
-- EVOLVE returns to iPPV tonight with EVOLVE 15: Gargano vs. Taylor. Florida Underground Wrestling Presents Legends Of The Bayfront Friday, June 29th The Wildwood Recreation Center 1000 28th Street South St. Petersburg, FL 33712. Doors: 7pm. FUW Belltime: 7:30pm. EVOLVE Will Follow FUW Show (Approximately 8:45-9:00pm). Tickets will be available at the door. EVOLVE Lineup: Open The Freedom Gate Title Match with Johnny Gargano defends vs. Chuck Taylor, El Generico (2-2) vs. Samuray Del Sol (0-3) in a rematch from the night before, Style Battle Tournament Match with AR Fox (4-2) vs. Jon Davis (2-3), Style Battle Tournament Match with Bobby Fish (4-4) vs. Tommy Taylor (0-1), Cheech (1-0) vs. Colt Cabana (0-1), Alex Reynolds (3-1) vs. John Silver (2-1) vs. Jake Manning (1-2) vs. Lince Dorado (0-1) vs. Caleb Konley (2-1) vs. Scott Reed (0-1), and Tony Nese (1-3) vs. Mike Cruz (0-2).
-- Since people were asking, my speculation about Metallica playing HHH's theme at SummerSlam instead of Brock Lesnar's (Enter Sandman was Brock's UFC theme and Motorhead plays Hunter's current theme), the reason I brought it up was because A) it's more likely they'd play the theme of the babyface, and B) they have played his entrance before, including at WrestleMania 27.
It's really all speculation on my part and the only thing confirmed is the company is trying to get Metallica to perform at SummerSlam.
-- Tommy Dreamer's new wrestling promotion, House of Hardcore, debuts this fall in the New York market.
-- The San Diego Comic-Con description of the Mattel/WWE display: 1:30-12:30 Mattel and WWE: Get in the Ring!— If you want to talk about Mattel's WWE action figures with some of the top WWE superstars, don't miss a minute of this exciting panel! Be the first to get a sneak peek at upcoming products and hear exciting announcements about the 2013 line. Join your favorite WWE superstars, along with Mattel toy designers Bill Miekina and Derek Handy, and Mattel's director of marketing Enrique Ruvalcaba for an action-packed Q&A. Room 24ABC.
Daniel, who is down there, notes: Randy Couture will once again participate in the Expendables panel. Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews are also returning. They will be joined by Jean Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
-- TV episode 39 of Oregon's DOA Pro Wrestling promotion is now online.
-- East Coast Wrestling Association War Games on 7/14 at the Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club in Newark, DE. I love the street address: NUMBER ONE POSITIVE PLACE.
-- Ed and his crew will be talking Chris Benoit tonight.
Who was pro wrestling's best world heavyweight champion?
Ric Flair 39.9%
Bruno Sammartino 14.9%
Hulk Hogan 11.5%
Lou Thesz 11.4%
Steve Austin 9.9%
Bret Hart 5.6%
John Cena 4.1%
Harley Race 1.1%
Antonio Inoki 0.7%
Frank Gotch 0.5%
Dory Funk Jr, 0.3%
Strangler Lewis 0.1%
Who was the greatest champion in MMA history?
Anderson Silva 37.2%
Fedor Emelianenko 19.2%
Georges St. Pierre 15.8%
Randy Couture 14.3%
Tito Ortiz 5.9%
Frank Shamrock 4.5%
Matt Hughes 3.0%
Do you believe Anderson Silva is a clean fighter?
Should fighters who test positive for steroids not be allowed in an MMA Hall of Fame?
What was the biggest WrestleMania main event?
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant I 50.9%
Steve Austin vs. The Rock II 17.5%
Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior 7.5%
Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock 6.1%
Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage 5.7%
Rock vs. John Cena 4.8%
Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff 3.8%
Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels 3.4%
HHH vs. Batista 0.3%