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        The Raw crew ends their tour today while the Smackdown crew ends the tour in Lyon, France on Sunday.
        Bellator tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on MTV 2:
Richard Hale (205.2) vs. D.J. Hinderman (205) in a light heavyweight tournament semifinal
Luiz Nogueira (133.2) vs. Jerod Spoon (135.8)
Josh Arocho (147.4) vs. Ronnie Mann (145.6)
Tim Carpenter (205) vs. Christian M'Pumbu (201.4) in a light heavyweight tournament semifinal
        Because Monday is the draft and it wasn't planned at all ahead of time, the Smackdown crew doesn't even get a travel day before having to be at Raw on Monday in Raleigh.  Smackdown tapings are Tuesday in Greensboro.
        GSP vs. Jake Shields prime time episode #2 airs tonight at 11 p.m.on Fuel TV. 
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--Scott Hall is apparently in rough shape with ex-wife Dana on twitter talking like Scott is going to drink himself to death.   
--Dwayne Johnson's movie "Fast Five" opened on Thursday in Australia and was a smash hit there.  For last night, Fast Five had a 35% market share, which basically means one out of every three people who went to the movies in the country of Australia were going to see that specific movie, and totaled $2.4 million just on the night in that country.     
--Johnson sent an in character birthday message to John Cena, who turned 34 yesterday.  "Happy Birthday John Cena.  I'm 5 years older than you which means I will always be your daddy bitch!" (thanks to Cohen Morrison and others)
--Jason "Mayhem" Miller makes his UFC debut on the 7/2 show in Las Vegas against Aaron Simpson.
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--Gray Maynard will be on "Tough Talk" tomorrow with Oliver Copp and Mike Sawyer.
--Which of these wrestlers was the best on interviews?
Fred Blassie 66.7%
The Crusher 11.9%
Bruno Sammartino 6.6%
Gene Kiniski 4.3%
The Destroyer 4.0%
Dick the Bruiser 3.6%
Fritz Von Erich 1.7%
Verne Gagne 1.3%  
--Poll on Impact
Excellent 16.3%
Good 16.3%
Average 17.3%
Fair 12.2%
Poor 37.8%
        45.3% of those responding didn't see the show
--Which show will do more U.S. PPV buys
WrestleMania 35.2%
UFC 129 64.8%
--What do you attribute the poor ratings for TUF to?
Nothing to do with Lesnar & Dos Santos, the show is old and no Koscheck or GSP level characters to keep it interesting 38.7%
This is not the Brock Lesnar people want to see 25.5%
Lesnar and Dos Santos aren't interesting on camera 15.7%
Dos Santos isn't a star and this show isn't making him one 11.0%
The fighters don't have personalities 5.3%
Bad fights the first two weeks 1.9%
New time slot 1.9%     
--Three NWA titles will be defended at the NWA Wrestling Legends Fanfest Weekend from 8/4 to 8/7 in Atlanta.  Colt Cabana defends the NWA title against Adam Pearce, Craig Classic defends the jr. title against Mike Jackson (one of the most underrated workers ever although he's now in his 60s) and the Dark City Fight Club will defend the tag titles against New Wave.  For more info go to
--Notes on the movie "Almighty Thor" which airs on Syfy on 5/7 and features Kevin Nash in one of the lead roles is at  The name of the web site tells you about the review of the movie.
--A replay of the 2010 documentary "Bret Hart:  Survival of the Hitman" airs at 6 p.m. tomorrow on The Fight Network.  This talks about Hart's WWF departure in 1997 and his return last year and features comments from Bret, Keith, Ross & Bruce Hart, as well as Lance Storm, Carl DeMarco, Gord Kirke, Dwayne Johnson and others.  The Fight Network is dong a free preview this month for most of Canadian cable homes.
--Chuck Liddell will be appearing at the Extreme Fighting show tonight in Winnie, TX.
--Jim Ross talks the Cauliflower Alley Club week at  He noted that he is scheduled for Raw on Monday in Raleigh.
--Amateur MMA has gotten professional sports status in Sweden, meaning the Swedish MMA board will hold a tournament to crown national champions, which is a big step for the sport in that country.  Because a 60 Minutes style show in Sweden had a segment on MMA and portrayed it badly, most of the people still think it's a gladiator sport with no rules.  (thanks to Daniel Carlsson) 
--Today would have been the 88th birthday of the late Argentina Rocca, who was one of the ten biggest drawing cards in the history of pro wrestling.  Today would have also been the 50th birthday of Terry Gordy (thanks to Matt Schreiner)
--Lance Storm talks about his ECW Odd Couple tag team and personal interaction with the late Chris Candito at 
--Former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer, who passed away this week, was featured on the King of the Ring in Baltimore in 1994.  Jerry Lawler, who worked with Roddy Piper in the main event on that show, called him Governor Budweiser (thanks to Mark Coale)
--An article on the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony is at 
--Rima Fakih was on The Soup on E! last night talking Tough Enough.
--U.S. Championship Wrestling from Thursday night in Orange Park, FL:  Blain Rage b Jake Slater, Santana b The DTW Ninja, Eddie Graves b Mikey, Spirit Kid b J.D. Amazing, Santana b Gorgeous Gary, Buck Chyld b Mike Starling (thanks to Al Haft)
--DOA Pro Wrestling tonight in Willamina, OR at 7 pm.. at the VFW Hall
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Wednesday night in Atlanta at The Masquerade
--2CW from last night in Watertown, NY before 900 fans:  Superbeast & Pete D. Order b Tim Ruff, Portia Perez b Sara Del Rey, Muscle Marcos b Isys Ephex in an "MMA match," Zachary Springate III & Punisher  & Steve Graham b Killer Stevens & Loca Vida in a tables match, Eddie Edwards b Jimmy Olsen, Road Dogg b Colin Olsen, Slyk Wagner Brown b Brodie Lee, Honky Tonk Man b Cheech, Jason Axe b Jay Freddie in a cage match (thanks to David Rude)     
--Wreck MMA on 5/6 in Gatineau, Quebec at Casino Lac-Leamy headlined by John Fraser vs. Eric Wilson for the bantamweight title.
--GXW on 5/1 in Petersburg, VA with Civic Slam Sunday.

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