SUN. UPDATE: Another Hall meltdown, Post-draft house shows, Helms, Rock movie, in-cage proposal

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        We're looking for reports on Friday night's Raw show in Dothan, AL, Friday night's ROH show in Dearborn, MI, Saturday night's Raw show in Macon, GA, Saturday night's Smackdown show in Pensacola, Saturday night's TNA show in Hot Springs, AR, and today's Raw show in Greenville, SC and Smackdown show in Tupelo, MS.

        The live Raw will be Monday night in Knoxville.  There is also a rare Monday night Smackdown house show in Birmingham.  Smackdown will be taped along with NXT on Tuesday night in Nashville, and there will be a Raw house show on Tuesday night in Highland Heights, KY.

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--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
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--Krzysztof Soszynski talks about how Badnews Allen got him interested in MMA
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--Promoter of top MMA indie is now out of the picture
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--Real sad Scott Hall story for the week as Dana Hall tried to get him help, thinking he may have needed it, and he spit at her and went into a rampage against the EMTs. Story is at 
--Ricky Steamboat was on the road with the Raw crew this weekend as a guest host.  The deal they did was Alberto Del Rio teased attacking him, bringing out Rey Mysterio, then C.M. Punk and then Kofi Kingston, building to a tag match which was the No. 2 match underneath John Cena vs. The Miz.  And yes, Alex Riley still travels on the Raw crew even though he's been drafted to Smackdown.  Kharma was there and attacked Eve Torres, so she's not just laying out heels.
--Shane Helms twittered a photo of himself after the motorcycle wreck at
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--Last night on the Bellator show, after Bryan Baker beat Joe Riggs, he proposed to his girlfriend.  She accepted.  No pressure
--Ezekiel Jackson was already working face on the road this week, teaming with Kane against Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel.     
--Fast Five was No. 2 this weekend doing an estimated $32.52 million, behind Thor which opened at $66 million.  It's a great number, but a drop of 62% week-to-week is pretty large.
--Fast and Furious 5 was No. 1 for the third straight weekend in Australia and has hit $19.7 million in that country. (thanks to James Stanios)
--Lance Storm has a Q&A up covering WWE travel expenses, can anyone be a credible main eventer or even a credible mid-carrder, MMA, Jim Cornette's temper and more at  
--Jim Ross talks going to the Legends of the Ring convention at  He kind of plugged Tammy Sytch as a manager.   
--Best MMA champion right now
Anderson Silva 40.4%
Georges St. Pierre 33.0%
Jon Jones 12.7%
Cain Velasquez 3.6%
Nick Diaz 3.3%
Alistair Overeem 2.3%
Jose Aldo Jr.  1.8%
Frankie Edgar 1.0%
Gilbert Melendez 0.8%
Jacare Souza 0.5%
Dan Henderson 0.3%
        GSP had always won these polls until this last fight.
--Who do you believe is best known worldwide
Wayne Gretzsky 57.1%
Bret Hart 28.1%
GSP 14.8%
--What is the biggest of all the reasons UFC hurts WWE on PPV
UFC promotes its big matches better 18.3%
UFC produces better shows on a consistent basis 14.5%
UFC is in, WWE is considered out and you can't get as many people together to watch WWE events 13.5%
UFC provides new match ups, WWE has the same matches too often 13.2%
WWE has too much free TV making PPV less important 10.2%
UFC is real 9.9%
UFC does a better job creating stars 8.4%
WWE gives away PPV main events on TV the next day too often 5.9%
UFC rotates talent better 46%
There is little crossover and the only difference is the PPV providers don't advertise WWE as much as UFC if they run the same week 1.5%
        Wow, what Vince McMahon claims is the only reason is agreed to by 1.5%
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--Shane Douglas has joined a group called Renegade Wrestling Alliance in West Newton, PA.
--SICW from last night in Belleville, IL before 638 fans:  LMC b Dave Osborne, Jayson Static b Max Archer, Big Texan & Waco b Dave Vaughn & Chas Wesson, Chris Harges b Tony Raze, Ace Hawkins b Brandon Espinosa, Gary Jackson DDQ Kevin X, Bob Orton & Danny Boy Hawkins b Ron Powers & Sean Vincent.  Next show is 5/21 in East Carondelet, IL headlined by Dory Funk Jr. & Danny Boy Hawkins & Gary Jackson vs. Ron Powers & Kevin X & Sean Vincent (thanks to Larry Matysik)
--MPW from last night in Simi Valley, CA: Fern Owens b Freddy Bravo, Nikki the New York Knockout b Lucky Pierre, Whiskey Fists MacIntosh b Hellkid, Under Pressure b Logan X-COR, Jeremy Jaeger b Peter Avalon, Chris Kadillak and Brandon Parker, Roger Ruiz b Omar Duncan, Bo Cooper b Mario Banks-DQ, Ryan Taylor b Akira Tozawa (heard this match was awesome, then again, you hear that about almost every Tozawa match).  Next show is 6/18 at Yankee Doodles in Simi Valley (thanks to Scott Walton)
--MPW paid tribute to the late Zoogz Rift, an independent manager who was also in the music business, at 
--HPW from last night in Columbus, IN before 250 fans:  Donny Idol b Tom Van Zant-DQ, Gary Cherry b T.J. Powers, J.D. Marioni b Dylan Bostic, Nik b Camron Star, Donny Idol & Cooter & Ricky Ruckus b Loose Cannons & Tom Van Zant, Flash Flanagan b Shawn Cook, Diceman Ronnie Vegas & TJ Kemp b Pastor Pain & TJ Powers.  Next show is 6/2 featuring Todd Morton (thanks to Jerry Wilson)
--NAWA Big Time Wrestling in Waxahachie, TX:  Li Fang b American Ninja, Keith Lee b American Mad Dog, Cowboy Adam & Tim Storm b Russian Crusher & Russian Destroyer-DQ, Max Muscles b Doberman in a loser eats dog food match.  Next show is 6/4 at the Killer-torum in Waxahachie (named after Killer Brooks, the promoter.  (thanks to Rob Moore)
--Britani Knight vs. Jenny Sjodin for the Pro Wrestling Eve title was added to the 6/4 XWA War on the Shore at The Carleton in Morecambe, Lancashire, UK.
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA at the Academy Theater.
--Florida Underground Wrestling on Tuesday night at Gasoline Alley in Largo, FL with Kennedy Kendrick & Dakota Darsow vs. Kahagas & Sideshow and 5/17 will be a Rumble for the FUV heavyweight title.
--SCW from Thursday night in Bremerton, WA:  Azul Angel & Juventud 775 b Gringo Loco & Nuevo de Lady GaGa, Vagabundo & Bio-Hazard b Dean de Drifta & Hoss Tull, Toro Diablo b J-Hottie, Tigre Blanco & Chef b Gringo Loco & Timmy Reid, Juventud 775 b Vagabundo (thanks to Charles Short)
--SCW from last night in Poulsbo, WA:  Every match in a cage:  Dash Venture & Ron Sutherland b Psyd-sho & Diafullah the Butcher, Vagabundo b Juventud 775, 151 Superstar won Battle Royal, Gauntlet:  Mike Jones b Keith Atkins, Mike Jones DCOR Kellen Raeth, Ethan HD b Damon James, Mike Santiago b HD, Mike Santiago b Hoss Tull, Mike Santiago b The Hoff, Dean da Drifta b J-Hottie, Diafullah the Butcher b Dean da Drfita, Randy Taylor & Chef b Bio-Hazard & Dale Houston & Roach Redding

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