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        Smackdown TV tonight:
*Kofi Kingston vs. Ezekiel Jackson
*Rey Mysterio vs. Drew McIntyre
*Kelly Kelly vs. Layla
*Battle Royal 
 
        Saturday has Bellator from Yuma, AZ live on MTV 2 at 9 p.m.  TV matches are:
*Joe Warren vs. Marcos Galvao in a non-title match
*Zach Makovsky vs. Chad Robicheaux in a non-title match
*Kenny Foster vs. Daniel Straus in a featherweight tournament semifinal
*Patricio Pitbull Freire vs. Wilson Reis in a featherweight tournament semifinal 
 
        WWE's European tour continues with Raw in Birmingham, England and Smackdown in Kiel, Germany. 
 
        Sunday is the TNA Lockdown PPV with Sting vs. Mr. Anderson vs. RVD for the TNA title, Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett 2/3 falls (first fall submission rules, second fall pinfall rules, third fall escape the cage rules), Beer Money & Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. Ric Flair & Matt Hardy & Abyss & Bully Ray in Lethal Lockdown, Madison Rayne puts up the Knockouts title against the hair of Mickie James, Hernandez vs. Matt Morgan, Pope vs. Samoa Joe, an X Division Escape the cage match and Orlando Jordan & Eric Young vs. Shannon Moore & Jesse Neal vs. Scott Steiner & Crimson vs. Douglas Williams & Magnus in a four-way match.  Every match on the show is in a cage.  There is also a Devon vs. Anarquia match free on the PPV channel at 7:30 p.m.
 
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Lawler & Ross vs. Cole & Swagger 15.6%
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Too many better people on the ballot, not considered right now 7.1%
He's not a Hall of Fame candidate 2.3%
 
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Nick Diaz vs. GSP 43.2%
Cain Velasquez vs. Alistair Overeem 34.2%
Gilbert Melendez vs. Frankie Edgar 12.4%
Dan Henderson vs. Jon Jones 8.5%
Anderson Silva vs. Jacare Souza 1.7%
 
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--Alex Marvez talks with Sting at http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/60973
 
--70s and 80s star Austin Idol has signed a deal to be the national spokesperson for Ankle Armour, a product designed to hold car keys, hotel keys, credit cards for people doing exercise or outdoor activity.  For more info go to http://www.ankle-armour.com  They said they contacted Idol because he's so good at communicating with the public.  Idol was one of the best promo guys of his time.  A funny story from years back when Dwayne Johnson was on location in Europe doing a movie and he brought a ton of 70s and 80s videotapes to watch and study and he had never seen Idol before and was blown away by the guy's promos.
 
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--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 5/20 and 5/21 in Lakewood, OH at St. Gregory's Byzantine Hall.  The 24 man tournament has Mad Man Pondo, Tim Donst, Sonjay Dutt, Sugar Dunkerton, Bobby Beverly, Marion Fontaine, Shiima Xion, Dave Crist, Gregory Iron, Jimmy Jacobs, Facade, Jon Gresham, John Kermon, Flip Kendrick, The Duke, Louis Lyndon, SJK, Izeah Bonds,  Jake Crist, Rich Swann, Aero, Ricky Shane, B.J. Whitmer and Paul London.  The first night also includes a non-tourney match with Johnny Gargano vs. Akira Tozawa.
 
--A story about the movie "Win, Win," which is said to be the best movie about wrestling since "Vision Quest" (how could they have forgotten that Cena movie from last year?) is at http://newsok.com/article/3558088
 
--Marvel Comics is advertising new UFC action figures of Diego Sanchez, Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin and Andrei Arlovski. (thanks to Mark Coale)
 
--Eastern Wrestling alliance on Saturday night in Chicopee, MA at the Christ's Community Church.
 
--VH-1 Classic will be replaying the Saturday Night's Main Event at The Rock hosted when he was still wrestling for WWE, where Vince McMahon, Mick Foley and Big Show also appeared, on 4/20 at 9 p.m. (thanks to Michael Carpenter)
 
--Northeast Wrestling tonight in Newburgh, NY at the Free Academy features appearances by Bret Hart and Tammy Sytch, plus Matt Hardy vs. Mike Bennett, an ROH title match with Eddie Edwards vs. Adam Cole, and also appearing include Sabu and Robbie E.
 
--Texas All-Star Wrestling tomorrow night in Houston at the Kingdom Arena in the Olde Oaks Shopping Center.
 
--Zack Sabre Jr. is doing a seminar for Pro Wrestling Phoenix on 4/30 in Council Bluffs, IA for $40.  For more info you can write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Vintage Wrestling on Saturday night in Sanford, FL at the Salvation Army Gym.
 
--Last night in Naucalpan:  Centurion & Saruman b Carta Brava Jr. & Pollo Asesino, Dinamic Black & Dragon Fly & Golden Magic b Alan Extreme & Eterno & El Hijo del Fresero, Los Oficiales b Avisman & Bombero Infernal & El Hijo Del Diablo, Negro Navarro & Las Traumas I & II b Pirata Morgan & Barba Rojo & El Hijo del Pirata Morgan.  (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--Tonight in Tijuana at Auditorio Municipal has Psycho Circus vs. Damian 666 & Halloween & L.A. Park, plus Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger & Super Astro & Angel Metalico vs. Bestia 666 & Tony Casanova & TJ Boy & X-Fly.   
 
--A story on Travis Bligh, a pro wrestler from New Zealand who is also a sumo wrestler and is trying to raise money to train under Lance Storm is at http://www.stuff.co/nz/
 
--WSU on 6/25 at the Ace Arena in Union City, NJ featuring Jillian Hall's return to wrestling.  Mercedes Martinez vs. Brittney Savage headlines.
 
--GOUGE from last night in Raleigh:  Lou Marconi b Rob McBride, Seymour Snott b Mickey Gambino, Otto Schwanz DDQ Jimmy Jack Funk Jr., Seymour Snott & Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. b Otto Schwanz & Mickey Gambino, Rob McBride b Admir Al Akbar & Count Grog in a handicap match
 
--Sugar Dunkerton talks King of Trios, working with Jerry Lawler, what he'd do if he was in charge of TNA and more at http://angrymarks.com/?ArticleID=13696 
 
--CZW is doing a TV taping on 5/1 at the Arena in Philadelphia.  Tickets are free but they are asking for a $5 donation to Autism Speaks
 
--ECWA on 5/7 in Newark, DE at the Boys & Girls Club featuring a tournament for the tag team titles plus Stacy Carter appears.
 
--UWC TV show is at http://www.youtube.com/UWCWrestlingVideos


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