TUES UPDATE: HBK Appreciation ceremony, more from Raw, why JTG was so upset, UFC show debuts tonight, FOX ratings, Gail Kim marriage on TV but not on Impact, tons more

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We're looking for your thoughts on Saturday night's UFC on FOX, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We're also looking for reports on these shows from the weekend:

*WWE Raw on Friday night in Jacksonville

*TNA on Friday night in Enid, OK

*WWE Raw on Saturday night in Albany, GA

*TNA on Saturday night in Oklahoma City

*WWE Raw from last night in Dothan

*TNA from last night in Tulsa

Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Houston.

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--The last TV taping before TripleMania and what famous angle did they reprise
--A look at TripleMania
--Notes on the annual Lucha Libre fan fest and who isn't going to be involved this year
--A look at the Dragon Gate USA weekend shows
--All Japan plans its next big show and what decision is being made right now regarding the Triple Crown
--A look at the finals of the All Japan annual junior heavyweight tournament and standings
--All Japan opening up a new market
--More on TNA stars in Japan
--New Japan enters iPPV business and lineup
--What Olympian is already getting looks from a major pro wrestling company and why
--A look at the star power of wrestlers in Japan
--Hall of Famer undergoes back surgery
--A look at the life of a pivotal figure in the history of women's pro wrestling as well as country music
--Lots more on the situation with Davey Richards, Kyle O'Reilly and Tony Kozina
--Questions ROH has to ask about Richards
--ROH tag team tournament notes
--Notes on TNA contracts
--More on the Aces and 8s identities
--Current TV taping schedule for TNA
--Update on Hardcore Justice PPV card
--Notes on who is Sam Shaw and thoughts on TNA Gut Check
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--A look at the FOX UFC card
--Dana White's talk about the next light heavyweight title contender and evaluating all the leading candidates
--A look at UFC booking between now and the end of the year with the big fights expected
--How Kurt Angle's name came up in UFC this past week
--Tons of new UFC matches
--Thoughts on Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz
--Who got pulled from a TV slot because of a prior offense
--Bellator's future
--An arrest of a former world champion after a brawl at a rave
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- For last night, the Olympics did a 17.5 rating in the top 55 metered market ratings.

-- Countdown to UFC 150 debuts tonight on FUEL. The show takes place Saturday from the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO:

Main card:
Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar for the UFC Lightweight Title
Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard
Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman
Yushin Okami vs. Buddy Roberts
Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway

Prelims on FX:
Dennis Bermudez vs. Tom Hayden
Jared Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper
Ken Stone vs. Erik Perez
Nik Lentz vs. Eiji Mitsuoka

Facebook fights:
Dustin Pague vs. Chico Camus

-- I highly doubt this will be online for long, but the Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night ceremony that took place after Raw is here. It's about thirteen minutes long. Hopefully they add this to a future Shawn Michaels DVD as it was really cool.

-- Whether he gets slaughtered on the go-home show next week or not, and Brock Lesnar certainly teased that was going to happen, HBK is scheduled to be in Hunter's corner at SummerSlam.

-- Shawn on Twitter last night: Thoroughly enjoyed play'in "the big deal" last nite in front of my hometown & my #MRA buddies but now it's back to the familia, ranch, work!

-- UFC on FOX last Saturday finished with a 1.4 rating and 2.4 million viewers going head-to-head with the Olympics. The prelims also did 194,000 viewers on FUEL, an all-time record for a non-main card show on that network.

-- Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva on October 5th at the Target Center for UFC on FX 5 will be five rounds/

-- New Japan's IWGP Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura will defend the title at a country fair.

-- The ROH Best in the World DVD with an awesome Kyle O'Reilly vs. Adam Cole match is available on their website today.

-- As talked about on last night's Wrestling Observer show, JTG's Twitter rant last night read: "The camels back just BROKE ! I had enought of this ... As a pro athlete,Im tired of me and my lockerroom brothers being taken advantage of . Fans have no idea what we go through.#itsanillusion ... Yea I said it ... Nobody wants to speak up, everybodys afraid of losing their job or getting taken off TV."

He was far from the only undercard wrestler who was upset about their WrestleMania payoff, which was said to be just a few thousand dollars.

Former partner Shad Gaspard today tweeted: "Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid, but still fighting for what's right. I Stand With @Jtg1284 . How about You? RT if U do"

-- Highlights from the most recent Extreme Rising show are up here.

-- Signed for Impact this Thursday: James Storm vs. Bully Ray, AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle, and Rob Van Dam vs. The Pope.

-- Gail Kim's wedding to celebrity chef Robert Irvine is going to air on August 18th at 10 PM on the Food Network during a special called, of all things, WEDDING IMPOSSIBLE. It's a take-off of their other IMPOSSIBLE series', but man, what a title.

-- An updated on the WXW weekend shows: Johnny Moss, who would have been in the "post-show/unregulated" main-event of the 8/11 wXw Fan Appreciation Night 1 against Jon Ryan and potentially in a world title match on Night 2 (8/12), had to have surgery for a bad staph infection on his right arm last Saturday. He has to go to the hospital for regular check-ups and cleaning of the wound and won't be able to train/work for another 4-6 weeks, so sadly he is out of this weekend's wXw shows as well as wXw's AMBITION 3 (UWF/UWF-I/RINGS-style worked-shoot card) on 9/14. As there are scheduling conflicts with Moss and Ryan after that, the big "I Quit, You're Better Than Me" blow-off match to their feud will now probably take place at the 12th Anniversary show on 12/8. Jon Ryan will still be in the No. 1. contender tournament on Night 1 and will face Karsten Beck instead (with the other matches being Davey Richards/Axeman and Bad Bones/Big van Walter, as well as El Generico (c)/Tommy End for the title, with the winners facing off in a four way on Night 2).

-- “UFC Ultimate Insider” on FUEL tonight takes a fight-by-fight look into the sensational success of Benson Henderson, as the lightweight champion reveals the fight that changed his career, and how he looks to defeat Edgar again. Then, Michael Bisping is wired for sound at UFC 148 and gives his surprising and candid reaction to the dramatic finish of the epic fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. Finally, Strikeforce Champion Ronda Rousey joins “UFC Ultimate Insider” host Jon Anik in studio to discuss her amazing rise as a fighter, the potential of her upcoming “super fight,” and the future of women’s MMA.

-- Check out this sweet PDF about George Hackenschmidt and his ideas on strength and fitness. Thanks to Niall.

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-- Latest TCW television show is up, featuring Bushwhacker Luke. Expect some TV news from this promotion in the next week or so.

--ExtremePrinter.com has signed on as the official sponsor of WWNLive.com, including Dragon Gate USA, EVOLVE and SHINE Wrestling.

-- Andy writes: "In today's Portland Press Herald, there is a story about yesterday's Jets training camp brawl claiming that Tebowmania had turned into Wrestlemania. Somehow I don't see Tebow challenging The Rock or even Yoshi Tatsu. Thought you'd be interested."

Which of these men most deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Arn Anderson 25.9%
Jake Roberts 17.6%
Steiner Brothers 14.1%
Ultimate Warrior 13.7%
Iron Sheik 7.5%
Junkyard Dog 7.0%
Paul Orndorff 5.2%
Don Muraco 3.3%
Greg Valentine 3.1%
Tully Blanchard 2.7%

What did you think of Saturday's ROH TV show?
Excellent 22.5%
Good 40.0%
Average 17.5%
Fair 2.5%
Poor 17.5%
***65.8% of those responding didn't see the show

What was the biggest news story of July?
1,000th Raw 47.1%
Silva vs. Sonnen build up and match 25.6%
Raw goes to three hours 11.7%
Punk starts heel turn 5.1%
DirecTV/Viacom issues 4.7%
UFC sets record medium market gate but crowd turns on show 3.0%
Death of Dara Singh 1.9%
TNA goes to three hours, canceled after first week 0.5%
Cena fails to cash in Money in the Bank 0.5%

-- Here's a Chris Jericho interview talking his band and more.

-- Here's a Grantland interview with Kevin Nash.

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?