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        We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's TNA Final Resolution PPV as well as last night's UFC and Strikeforce shows, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with the 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 last night's WWE house show in Jackson, TN, and today's shows in Ontario, CA (Miz, Wade Barrett, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio as headliners) and Bowling Green, KY (Juan Cena vs. Kane main event).
 
        Tonight's Final Resolution lineup:
*Ink Inc vs. Beer Money - on paper a solid to perhaps even very good match
*Robbie E defends the X title against Jay Lethal with Cookie hung in a cage above the ring - They had a good match on the last PPV so no reason this should be different
*A.J. Styles vs. Douglas Williams for the TV title - On paper this should be a very good match
*Tara vs. Mickie James falls count anywhere - They are also coming back from the best women's PPV match in months.  They seem to work well together
*Motor City Machine Guns vs. Generation Me in a Full Metal Mayhem match, which is tables, ladders, chairs and other objects legal.  This could be the show stealer based on their prior matches
*RVD vs. Rhino in a first blood match
*Abyss vs. Pope in a casket match
*Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Jarrett in a submission match
*Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan for the TNA title with Mr. Anderson as referee
        This looks like a very good first two-thirds of the show and the last third has a shot at being good as well.  The main event was so-so last time and they still have the issue where fans are going to cheer Hardy, plus it's a hard dynamic with Morgan the face and being so big. 
 
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        Tuesday has Smackdown and NXT from Dayton while TNA tapes another episode of Impact in Orlando.     
 
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--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 6.5%
Good 34.8%
Average 28.3%
Fair 6.5%
Poor 23.9%
        42.9% of those responding didn't see the show.  This Kane-Edge feud on top is really taking the edge off what used to be the best wrestling TV show a lot of weeks.
 
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Alistair Overeem 6.8%
Junior Dos Santos 3.4%
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Shane Carwin 1.2%
Fabricio Werdum 0.5%
 
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--Results from the second night of the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup tournament in Crystal River, FL:  Quarterfinals:  Jon Moxley b Suger Dunkerton, Sami Callihan b Frightmare, Arik Cannon b Craig Classic, Rich Swann b Jigsaw, Semifinals:  Jon Moxley b Arik Cannon, Sami Callihan & Rich Swann, Jake Manning & Christopher Gray & Chris Dickinson & Scott Reed b Brad Allen & A.R. Fox & Grizzly Redwood & Lince Dorado, Sami Callihan b Jon Moxley to win the tournament.  Should set up Moxley, the FIP champion, defending against Callihan (thanks to Alan Wojcik)
 
--World Pro Wrestling from last night in Mount Pleasant, MI before 2,000 fans:  Brittany Force b Angel Dust, Short Sleeve Sampson b Pitbull Patterson, Johnny Dollar b Noah Lott, Jerry Grey & Heinrich Volkoff b Honky Tonk Man & Doink the Clown-DQ, Rick Steiner b Road Warrior (not Animal but a guy doing the gimmick), Dan Severn b Butterbean-DQ (thanks to Leonard Brand)   
 
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--Nemesis Fighting Global Invasion on 12/11 will be doing a taping for iPPV (which will air on 12/13) from the Dominican Republic in Punta Cana at the Barcelo Convention Center features Keith Jardine vs. Francisco France, Paul Buentello vs. Kerry Schall, Eliot Marshall vs. Chris Davis, Jeff Curran vs. Travis Marx, Marcus Hicks vs. Terry Martin and Dean Liter vs. Kyle Seals among others.  Former UFC ring girl Ali Sonoma will host. 
 
--New Era Wrestling on 12/11 in Shelbyville, IN at the Boys Club
 
--Real Championship Wrestling from last night in Baltimore before 300 fans:  Skull b Adam Cole, Greg Excellent b Hallowicked, Shiima Xion b Steve Diaz to win cruiserweight title, Mia Yim & Jamilla Craft b Daizee Haze & Sara Del Rey, Jay Briscoe d Sabian 20:00, Osirian Portal b Devon Moore & Adam Cole to win tag titles, Mark Briscoe DDQ Nick Sage, Derek Frazier b Christian York to win singles title.  Next show is 2/5 (thanks to Joe Burrows)
 
--Joey Styles tweeted today that if he was to announce again, it would only be for MMA.  He has no desire to do pro wrestling or anything in competition to WWE.  Styles has done MMA many years in the past. 
 
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling from last night in Columbus, IN before 160 fans:  Cousin Cooter b Damian Cole, Jimmy Fletcher b Brandon Styles, Loose Cannons b Pastor Pain & Gary Cherry, Donny Idol b J.D. Marioni, Ox Harley b Ricky Ruckus, High Rollers b T.J Kemp & Joey Owens.  HPW returns on 1/8 for a one night tournament to crown tag team champions (thanks to Jerry Wilson)
 
--CZW's Cage of Death show is 12/11 at the Arena in Philadelphia with Vortekz & Danny Havoc & Devon Moore & Dysfunction vs. Masada & Brain Damage & Thurteen & Drake Younger, plus Nick Gage vs. Yuko Miyamoto of Big Japan for the CZW Ultraviolent Underground title, Jon Moxley vs. Homicide for the CZW title, Sami Callihan vs. Robert Anthony, Joker & Blk Jeez vs. Orisirian Portal, Adam Cole vs. A.R. Fox for jr. title and Akuma vs. Ruckus vs. Rich Swann vs. Jonathan Gresham vs. Alex Colon vs. Ryan McBride.
 
--Dale Gagne is starting back Wrestling Superstars Live and looking for talent for 2011 and as well people to help with print media, web development, social; media and marketing at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it          
 
--The final WSU show of the year is Saturday night in Dunellen, NJ at the Dunellen Knights of Columbus with Alicia vs. Nikki Roxx (Roxxi in TNA), Krissy Vain vs. Niya, Angel Orsini vs. Athena and more. 
 
--Vandal Drummond and Fredo Esparza talk Kantaro Hoshino and his 1983 run-in with Ron Pope in Japan, Jerry Lawler vs. Miz, and recent wrestling deaths at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/slamminstan/2010/12/03/slammin-stan-44 
 
--SCW from last night in Paulsbo, WA:  Outpatient b Crimson Oni, Biohazard & Emperor Void b Chef & Native Assassin, Son of Buddha & Iron Buddha & Little Creepy b Hoss Tull & Daifullah the Butcher & Psy-Sho, Marion Gein won Rumble, Mike Santaigo b Marlon Gein, Butcher b Dash Venture, Squire Fear & Dale Houston b Josh Blaze & Alex Hawk, Dean da Drifta b Demarcus James (thanks to Charles Short)

Who had the best show?

 

Who won the night?