MON. UPDATE: TUF finals, Japanese wrestler suffers stroke, Big WWE announcement, Savage, Warrior



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        TNA tapes tonight in Orlando.
 
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        Smackdown and NXT are taped Tuesday night in Des Monies.  Randy Orton vs. Christian is being advertised for Des Moines.  Impact's go-home show for Slammiversary will be taped in Orlando on Tuesday.
 
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        The issue also has complete coverage of another of the year's biggest news stories, the sale of Ring of Honor, with details, future direction and thoughts on where the company is going.  We also have full coverage of the Over the Limit PPV, the Chael Sonnen suspension hearing, and the story of a fighter who battled through and back to overcome one of the worst hands possible being dealt in a look at Bellator's Bryan Baker.
 
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        We look at the death of Savage, the media response, his career title record and major awards, the poem by Jay Lethal who imitated him, comments from a number of the biggest stars in wrestling, as well as a look back at his most famous storylines, how they happened, and even more important, how much luck was involved because all of them could very well have not happened.
 
        We go back to the famous WrestleManias, the first SummerSlam, Saturday Night's Main Event against Bret Hart, the uniting and breakup of The Megapowers.  We look back at his matches with Hogan and his feud with Ricky Steamboat, as well as his retirement match with Ultimate Warrior, his talks with WCW, why his relationship with Hulk Hogan has been so rocky, as well as a look back at the life and times of Elizabeth.
 
        Ricky Steamboat looks back at his most famous match and his thoughts about it 24 years later, as well as his WCW days, Dusty Rhodes talks about his baseball days as well as his final match in TNA when Rhodes was booking. 
 
        We look at his childhood love for baseball, growing up in a wrestling household, baseball in high school and the minor leagues, how pro wrestling played a part in his original tryout, notes from baseball teammates, his second wife, his beginnings in pro wrestling while still playing baseball.
 
        Bret Hart talks about Savage's departure from WWF in the 90s, how Savage got into WWF in the first place and McMahon and Howard Finkel calling people for background on him and Elizabeth, as well as the portrayal of Elizabeth and how it was not the original direction for her.  We also look at how the popularity of female valets got started, Savage's first Madison Square Garden match and the story behind that.  We look at the problems with Savage and Elizabeth, her life between wrestling gigs and Savage and Elizabeth in WCW.
 
        We look at how Elizabeth got in WCW, what she did after WCW and her slow downfall leading to her demise.
 
        We also look at his formative years in the business, where he got the name Randy Savage as well as the Macho Man name, and working himself up the ranks in smaller promotions.  We look at his run in Georgia, Tennessee and in Canada as well as a look back at International Championship Wrestling, one of the most talked about outlaw promotions in history.
 
        We look at Savage as ICW champion, what they would do on television, the threats of violence, grandstand angles, his near altercations and real altercations.  We look at his feud in the ring with his brother, his lawsuit against the establishment promotions and why it fell apart.  We also look at the angle for Savage in Mid South Wrestling with someone who went on to become one of the biggest stars in the business, and why it stared but never played out.
 
        We also look at how the biggest enemy of the Jarrett promotions for more than a year became one of their biggest stars.  We look back at the program with Jerry Lawler, his face turn against Rick Rude, his heel turn, what all-time legend he was planning to drop the ICW title to when that star no-showed a major event.
 
        We look at how Savage first got the call to join WWF and how he did business on the way out.
       
        We also look at his professionalism and other wrestlers talk about the respect they had for him, as well as his erratic behavior.  We look at how he made Diamond Dallas Page, the Team Madness era, what happened in WCW and his post-WrestleMania feud with Hulk Hogan.  We also look at his time as a recluse, and what death led to two of today's biggest names seeing him one last time.  We also look at his talks that led to his appearing on video doing a promo last summer.
 
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--Nobukazu Hirai, a wrestler with All Japan who uses the ring name Super Hate, suffered a stroke after a match yesterday when he passed out after his match backstage.  He was rushed into surgery after the show, which doctors said was successful.  Hirai has appeared in TNA in the past.
 
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--Who do you want to see against Jon Jones?
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--MMA fighter Jessica Penne (8-1), who was in the recent Bellator tournament, is debuting in boxing at 109 pounds facing Cindy Amador on 6/2 at the Orange County Fair & Events Center for a combined MMA and boxing show.
 
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--Sean Waltman talks Randy Savage, Brian Knobs and Joanie Laurer on his facebook account.  Waltman is available for bookings at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    He's also at twitter at http://www.twitter.com/therealxpac and www.Facebook.com/therealxpac
 
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA:  Buck Albright b Jeff O'Chet, Sir Bradley Charles over Darren Russell, Zach Thompson and David Clark in a ladder match, Angelus Layne b Joey Daniels, Mad Dog McDowell b Jimmy Rockwell, Abu Colossus b Shawn Mautilis, Jaysin Strife NC Tony Cortez, Sean Cruz b Supafli, Zac James & Ryan Slade b Derek Cornell & Angelus Layne, Vic Victory b Brandon Juarez, Matt Star b Preston Maxwell.  Next show is 6/25 in Council Bluffs at the National Guard Armory.
 
--Yesterday's CMLL in Guadalajara:  Divino b Templario, Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Drago & Leon Blanco, Exterminator & Malefico b Pegasso & Rey Cometa, Gallo & Sagrado & Sangre Azteca b Ephesto & Misterioso Jr. & Virus, Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr. b Angel de Oro & El Hijo del Fantasma & Maximo
 
--Perros Del Mal third anniversary show from Mexico City: Drastick Boy & Keira b Dinastia & Sexy Polvora, Celestial & Cosmico b Mini Mr. Aguila & Mini Talisman, Angel & Golden Magic & Hagen & Skayde b Ek-Balam & Guerrero Negro & Madito Jr. & Samoth, Peligro & Pesadilla b Black Fire & Low Rider, Bestia 666 & Halloween & X-Fly b Tony Rivera & Turbo & Zumbi, Psycho Circus b Perro Aguayo Jr. & Damian 666 & Super Crazy in a cage match (Crazy was the last guy left in the cage and lost his hair).
 
--Promociones Mora from Friday night in Tijuana:  Viento d Asdrubal, Angel Metalico & Colibri & Extassis b Cinico & Mr. Maldito & Zarco, WWA welterweight title tournament:  Steve Pain b Great Pantera, El Hijo del Rey Misterio b Fabulous B, El Hijo del Rey Misterio b Steve Pain to win title, Angel Blanco Jr. & El Hijo del Solitario & Tommy Casanova b Dr. Wagner III & El Hijo del L.A. Park & Rayman, Blue Demon Jr. & Dr. Wagner Jr. b Carlito & L.A. Park (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--On last night's Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers game on Comcast Detroit, they were advertising UFC 131 and still had the Lesnar vs Dos Santos commercial playing.
 
--Ace Rockwell beat Kyle Matthews on Saturday night in Cornelia, GA to advance in the NWA North American title tournament.  Finals are 6/25 in Cornelia, GA with Rockwell vs. Shaun Tempers (thanks to Bill Behrens)
 
--Kurt Brown talks Randy Savage at http://www.luchaworld.com/?p=8696     
 
--Raw was No. 43 in Pay TV in Australia last week with 63,000 viewers.

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