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        The WWE tour continues with shows tomorrow in Lievin, France and Doha, Qatar.
 
        TNA Impact tonight on Spike:
*Beer Money vs. Murphy & Rob Terry in a cage match for tag titles
*Sarita & Rosita vs. Madison Rayne & Tara for the knockouts tag titles
*Rob Van Dam vs. Abyss
*Sting vs. Matt Hardy for TNA title
               
        Part two of St. Pierre vs.  Shields "Prime Time" airs on Spike immediately after Impact.  On Versus at 1 a.m. Eastern and 10 p.m. Pacific tonight they are airing the WEC show headlined by Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki.  
 
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--Notes from Ultimate Fighter
 
--A financially strapped company announces a new major show
 
--A look at Joe Warren's attempt to go after several different goals
 
--A look at the last Bellator show
 
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--A few notes from last night's Cauliflower Alley Banquet in Las Vegas.  It was a fun night.  A lot has changed since the last time I went, with a different generation of wrestlers.  Because of age, a lot of the 70s regulars like Red Bastien, Don Leo Jonathan, Danny Hodge, Verne Gagne and Mad Dog Vachon weren't there.  No colorful stories about any old-time wrestlers getting drunk or making scenes.  A lot of nice speeches.  Among those honored last night were Rick Martel, who looked great and talked great and was put over by Nick Bockwinkel, Sgt. Slaughter, who Roddy Piper gave a long speech about calling him "Uncle Bob," his nickname for him; Rockin Robin Smith, Awesome Kong (talking about her career and how she was told she'd never make it in wrestling because she's not a skinny bitch), Honky Tonk Man (who sang his song) and Pat Barrett.  Pat Barrett & Domenic DeNucci, who were WWWF tag champs in the 70s got together for the first time in who knows how long.  I also saw Ricky Steamboat for the first time since his health issues.  He said he was doing well, and was about 80% recovered but it was a devastating blow.  Good to see WWE have a presence with Steamboat, Slaughter, Gerald Brisco, Tammy Sytch, Ted DiBiase Sr. and Jim Ross (who flew from London on Tuesday to Las Vegas).  I noticed lots of photographers shooting posed shots of Steamboat with Mil Mascaras, who worse several different masks.  Some other names there included Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer, Melissa Anderson (Raisha Saeed), Brian Blair, J.J. Dillon, Terry Funk, Ross & Smith Hart, Ken "Lord Zoltan" Jugan, Brian Blair, Darling Dagmar, Mando Guerrero, Judo Gene LeBell, Jake Roberts, Tommy & Doug Gilbert, Paul Butcher Vachon, Bruce Swayze, Jack Armstrong, Riki Ataki, Bill Anderson, Dan Kroffat and numerous others.  Also want to thank everyone who we got to meet last night and especially Billy Corgan and Dan Reilly for the nice response.
 
--Mick Foley was honored on Tuesday night because TNA called him and needed him last night.
 
--Herschel Walker will be making his first UFC appearance as part of the Fan Expo in Toronto doing a Q&A at 2 p.m. on 4/30.  The Q&A schedule is 4/29:  Bruce Buffer at 10 a.m.; Dana White at 12:30 p.m.; Joe Rogan & Mike Goldberg at 2 p.m. and Chuck Liddell at 4:30 p.m.  For 4/30 it's Herb Dean at 11 a.m., Tom Wright at 12:30 p.m. and Walker at 2 p.m.
 
--The entire UFC show will be available on 4/30 with this schedule.
Facebook fights starting at 6 p.m.
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Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen
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Claude Patrick vs  Daniel Roberts
 
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GSP vs. Jake Shields for welterweight title    
 
--Jonathan Coachman contacted Dwayne Johnson and said that he may come to Miami for Raw next Monday
 
--Some West Coast TV tapings are two Raws being taped on 6/27 in Las Vegas, and a Smackdown on 6/28 in Phoenix and another Smackdown taped on 6/29 in Tucson.
 
--Due to an injury to Brad Pickett, Miguel Torres will now face Mighty Mouse, Demetrious Johnson on 5/28 in Las Vegas. 
 
--UFC Prime Time:  GSP vs. Jake Shields, besides Spike, will be airing on ION, Fuel TV, ESPN 2 and Versus.
 
--Tito Ortiz will be guest host on Inside MMA tomorrow night, with Bas Rutten doing a movie shoot with Kevin James.  Randy Couture, Carlos Condit and Travis Browne are guests.
 
--For those in this area, Dan Hardy will be appearing tomorrow at 2 p.m. a the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 
 
--Poll on Raw from Monday
Excellent 6.6%
Good 23.3%
Average 25.8%
Fair 15.9%
Poor 28.4%
        14.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Poll on Tough Enough
Excellent 31.0%
Good 50.7%
Average 9.1%
Fair 3.3%
Poor 5.8%
        25.9% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Thoughts on the Raw main event at Extreme Rules
R-Truth should be added and made into a four-way 29.9%
R-Truth should have been turned heel but Morrison shouldn't have replaced him in the match 23.4%
R-Truth should have been replaced by Morrison because match with Truth in it would have bombed 19.9%
R-Truth should have been kept him and stayed face 14.8%
Morrison should have replaced R-Truth because it makes it a better match 12.0%
 
--Who should have been cut from Tough Enough?
Michael 56.4%
Rima 35.1%
Ryan 8.5%  
 
--ROH has announced Colt Cabana vs. Christopher Daniels for 5/6 in Dearborn, MI and Daniels vs. El Generico for 5/7 in Toronto.
 
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling iPPV from last night in Southgate, MI:  Jimmy Jacobs b Sam the Man of 1,000 gimmicks to Sal has to leave JCW, Bull Pain & Isabella Smothers b Zach Gowen & U-Gene, Rhino b Sexy Slim Goodie, Sabu NC 2 Tuff Tony, Colt Cabana b weedman, Ryder Red & Ryda Blue b Mad Man Pondo & Necro Butcher to win tag tiles, Butler Geeves won three-way over Corporal Robinson and Beyer Wellington to win JCW title.  Next show is 5/4 from St. Andrews Hall in Detroit with Cabana vs. Weedman and Rhino & 2 Tuff Tony vs. Rob Conway & Sabu.
 
--Superstars will be airing today at wwe.com
 
--Kevin Nash has a long talk about Scott Hall at http://kevinnash.tumblr.com/
 
--Abyss is expected to need dental surgery after his front teeth in the bottom were knocked out early in the match with Rob Van Dam that airs on tonight's Impact show. 
 
--Last night's Evolve show is on iPPV at http://www.WWNLive.com
 
--Alex Marvez talks NFL players possibly beating concussion tests by using Ritalin at http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/NFL-players-could-try-to-beat-concussion-tets-042111
 
--Alex Marvez talks with Paul Ellering at http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/61110
 
--Why Dwayne Johnson was the worst thing for Vin Diesel's career at http://www.thefilmyap.com/2011/04/21/cinema-smackdown-the-rock-vs-vin-diesel  
 
--Lance Storm looks back at his friendship with Chris Jericho and believes if it wasn't for Jericho, he probably never would have made it in wrestling, and how Jericho expressed similar thoughts at http://www.stormwrestling.com/042011.html
 
--More fun with Zack Ryder at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBstw8dz-Ok  
 
--An interview with B.J. Whitmer is at http://www.mikeandtompresent.com
 
--Today's Sydney Morning Herald gave Fast and Furious Five a ***1/2 rating.  A friend of mine who saw the preview said Dwayne Johnson stole the move.  Well, if that's the case, I hope he gives it back. (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--On the Fox News Channel show "Red Eye", they noted the controversy over R-Truth smoking on Raw.  WWE defended it saying people smoke on other PG shows. (thanks to Dave Hall)
 
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 5/7 in Columbus, IN at the HPW Arena
 
--Chris Nowinski will appear on Dr. Drew tonight at 9 p.m. on CNN Headline News
 
--NWA Main Event tonight in Nashville at the NWA Arena.
 
--All-Star Wrestling of Florida on Friday night in Tampa at Stokes Billiards.
 
--A teaser for a reality show about indie wrestling called Slammed, which did a taping on 4/17 in Sacramento, is at facebook.com/slammedfan.
 
--The TNA tweet and greet we mentioned yesterday will take place on Saturday in Nottingham, England free at The Entertainer toy store in Victoria Centre from 2 p.m.  Jeremy Borash will be there with Magnus signing autographs and promoting TNA merchandise.  For more info you can go to http://www.thetoyshop.com/stores/nottingham
 
--Monday night CMLL in Puebla:  Centauro de Fuego & Siki Osama Jr. b Lestat & Stigma-COR, Bam Bam & Mini Fantasy & Ultimo Dragoncito b Nitrito & Pequeno Olimpico & Pierrothito, Fuego b Angel de Plata, Polvora b Magnus, Rush & Sagrado & Valiente b Okumura & Virus & Nobuo Yoshihashi, Blue Panther & Maximo & Strongman b Hector Garza & Hirooki Goto & Ultimo Guerrero-DQ (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--Next show in  Tijuana at Auditorio Municipal is 4/29 headlined by Dr. Wagner Jr. & Mesias & La Parka vs. Chessman & Cibernetico & Zorro  
 
--A group working to get MMA legalized in New York at http://www.mmafacts.com/contactyourlegislator
 
--Go Fight Live schedule has Friday at 9 p.m. Combat USA Fighting Championships from Green Bay and 11 p.m. has Ultimate Reno Combat; Saturday at 8 p.m. has Knock Out Night from Marion, IL featuring Hermes Franca and Matt Veach.  Saturday at 9 p.m. has Trilogy Fighting Championships from Phoenix with Edwin Dewees. 
 
--NAFC on 5/6 in Milwaukee headlined by Danny Downes at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Expo Center.  Sean Salmon vs. Joe Cason is the No. 2 fight.
 
--Paul Bearer talks at http://bit.ly/hbYVyx
 
--A look at the SoCal Pro show from the weekend featuring So Cal Crazy vs. Johnny Paradise hair vs. mask  is at http://youtu.be/V1WPt-y-q00 
 
--Neo Spirit Pro on 4/23 at Fight Club Canada in Niagara Falls, ONT
 
--AAW on 5/13 in Merrionette Park, IL at 115 Bourbon Street features Sabu, Blue Meanie, Stevie Richards, Jimmy Jacobs, Irish Airborne, Arik Cannon, MsChif, Keith Walker, Michael Elgin and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.  
 
 

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