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        We're looking for reports on yesterday's WWE show in Lyon, France, which is the second Smackdown show in the city and the final event of the WWE's European tour, as well as Friday's show in Lievan, France and Thursday's show in Strasbourg, France and Bucharest, Romania at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        We're also looking for live reports from Raleigh with any dark matches, Superstars matches or anything else not evident from the live show for tonight's Raw.  As noted, everyone from both Raw and Smackdown is required to be at the show.
 
        Tuesday is Smackdown and NXT tapings at the Greensboro Coliseum.
 
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--Hall of Fame candidate who recovered from a stroke talks coming out of retirement
 
--Update on Perro Aguayo Jr.
 
--Notes on the upcoming Dragon Gate singles tournament
 
--Dragon Gate's planned biggest show of the year, canceled due to earthquake, takes place on a much smaller scale
 
--One of the best wrestlers in the world will be sidelined for a long time due to neck issues
 
--A look at the next major show by Pro Wrestling NOAH including champ Sugiura defends against another outsider
 
--A look at the annual NOAH tag tournament which includes the Kings of Wrestling
 
--The Best of the Super Junior tournament for 2011, more wrestlers than ever, and on paper looks like some of the best matches of the year may be taking place
 
--Major New Japan matches from the past week
 
--Kickboxing legend may make pro wrestling debut
 
--One of the biggest feuds of the late 80s reprised on a major show at the end of the month
 
--Details of the King of Trios weekend, business, top matches and fallout
 
--News that freaked out many indie wrestlers in the Ohio area
 
--This week's pro wrestling award for stupidity in social media
 
--Lots of new ROH matches
 
--Lots of strange Matt hardy stuff
 
--Updates on TNA status of guys who have been off television
 
--TNA fan cruise
 
--Hulk Hogan to appear on major MMA TV show
 
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--Update on Royce Gracie in UFC
 
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--UFC network partner makes a major signing and how the money earmarked there affects UFC and WWE
 
--More on the future of Chael Sonnen
 
--Nick Diaz plays boxing card
 
--Realities of Diaz as a boxer
 
--How an FBI raid affects the MMA industry
 
--Jon Jones makes claims about Rashad Evans
 
--Junior Dos Santos talks what he can do to Brock Lesnar
 
--Update on UFC ticket sales including how the Lesnar vs. Dos Santos fight is doing
 
--More on the Toronto numbers
 
--Why the first proposed opponent for Gina Carano fell through and an update on someone talked about
 
--Human interest story regarding a headliner at the Toronto show
 
--Lots more UFC fights added this past week
 
--Payoffs from the last Strikeforce show
 
--MMA star looks to defect from their country to represent the U.S. at the Olympics
 
--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
 
--How the last boxing PPV show did
 
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--There is a lot of internal speculation regarding after the draft that the annual spring cleaning would be taking place with roster cuts.  A lot of people on the bubble said to be nervous.
 
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--Bret Hart appears on Tough Enough tonight.
 
--Jesus Luna  aka Charly Manson was arrested yesterday morning on charges of assaulting two police officers who were trying to arrest him and underage friend Adrian Lopez for being drunk in public.  The wrestler, his friend and the police ended up in a heated argument which ended up the two officers sent to the hospital, one with head injuries, and Lopez being shot in the leg. (thanks to Kris Zellner)  
 
--Chris Jericho is on Dancing with the Stars tonight at 8 p.m.  Jericho has not been doing well in fan voting, so he needs a top three performance in the dancing tonight to be on the safe side when it comes to eliminations.  Jericho noted that the band members from Fozzy will be at tonight's performance.
 
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--Anderson Silva was on Opie & Anthony today.  It'll be repeated at 8 p.m. on Sirius 197 and XM 202, talking about the documentary about his life that is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.
 
--UFC will unveil a country wide community initiative in Canada with an announcement tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre in Toronto with UFC's head of Canadian Operations Tom Wright, and fighter Sam Stout.
 
--Gail Kim and Awesome Kong are going back-and-forth on twitter, trying to build up interest to get both going in a WWE feud and reprise the TNA feud.
 
--The Marin Independent Journal has a story on A.J. Kirsch of Tough Enough at http://www.marinij.com/sports/ci_17920391 talking about his background and the show.
 
--Best TV show of last week
Tough Enough 28.5%
Raw 16.4%
Prime Time:  St. Pierre vs Shields 14.5%
Impact 12.7%
Smackdown 12.7%
CMLL 4.2%
Ultimate Fighter 3.6%
Inside MMA 3.0%
Bellator 2.4%
AAA 1.2%
MMA Live 0.6%
 
--Poll on Bellator
Excellent 18.8%
Good 43.8%
Average 31.3%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 6.3%
        68.9% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Who do you think won the Bellator main event?
Richard Hale 43.2%
D.J. Linderman 20.5%
A draw 36.4%
 
--Best of this group on promos
Jerry Lawler 52.3%
Superstar Billy Graham 31.3%
Ernie Ladd 4.6%
Baron Von Raschke 4.3%
Dick Murdoch 3.6%
Archie Gouldie 2.1%
Blackjack Mulligan 1.5%
Tor Kamata 0.3%
 
 
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--KTVU Ch. 2's Ken Wayne talks with Jake Shields at http://www.ktvu.com/video/27651171/index.html  They were pushing him as trying to become the first San Francisco resident to win a UFC championship.  It didn't mention that Bay Area residents Cain Velasquez and Frank Shamrock have held UFC titles.  
 
--TMZ.com has a report from Dave Bautista saying his MMA talks are dead with UFC buying Strikeforce.  
 
--The WWE Divas were sent home from the Raw tour early because the laws of the Middle East would not allow them to perform in their costumes.
 
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--Fuel TV announced a six-part original series called "Bruce Lee Lives!" which debuts on 7/17 at 10 p.m.  There will be six 30 minute shows talking about people influenced by Lee including Ryan Phillippe, Carlos Santana, Jesse Ventura, Chuck Liddell, Criss Angel, Zach Snyder, Steve Aoki, Omar Epss, Herschel Walker, Cain Velasquez and Kenny Florian.
 
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--The 5/5 U.S. vs. Russia Freestyle wrestling dual meet at Duffy Square in Times Square in New York at 6 p.m. has announced this lineup:
121 - Henry Cejudo (2008 Greco-Roman gold medalist) vs. Nariman Israpilov
132 - Shawn Bunch vs. Rasul Murtazaliev
145 - Brent Metcalf (two-time NCAA champion, Hodge Trophy winner) vs. Magomedmurad Gadzhiev
163 - Jordan Burroughs (two-time NCAA champion, most recent Hodge Trophy winner) vs. Aniuar Geduev
185 - Jake Herbert (two-time NCAA champion, Hodge Trophy winner) vs. Andrey Valiev
211 - Jake Varner vs. Shamil Akmedov
265 - Tervel Dlagnev (2011 national champion, 2009 3rd place world championships) vs. Barsag Kesaev
 
--We were told New England wrestler John Ferraro (wrestling name Gino Martino) set a Guinness World Record in Milan, Italy by having 45 concrete slabs broken over his head by a 16 pound bowling ball in three minutes.  The old record was 18.  Don't try that one at home.
 
--New Midwest Wrestling has held a show called Capital Punishment every year, but since WWE trade marked Capitol Punishment, they've been told they can no longer use the name.  So on 5/28 in Springfield, IL at Lanphier High School, they are running a show called Sportsentertainmentmania.
 
--Northern Wrestling Federation from Saturday night in Fairfield, OH:  Tim Lucarelli b Horatio Sanchez, T-Money b Roger Ruffen, In-Ge b Brian Dweey, Nasty Russ b Miguel Sanchez, Kyron b Jim Hutchinson, Anthony Bryan & K.Y. Jordan & Kirk Sheppard b Matt Stephens & Danny Todd, Stewart Olvier Backlund over Virus, Samson, Jesse Hyde, Jeremy Hyde, Dustin Lillard, Warlock, Pompano Joe and Coach Lotus.  Next show is 4/30 in West Harrison, IN at the Harrison Heath & Fitness Center.
 
--Florida Underground Wrestling tomorrow night in Largo, FL at the Gasoline Alley Cafe headlined by Bruce Santee vs. Fidel Sierra in a taped fist match.  They also run 5/6 in Palmetto, FL at The Hall with Sean Waltman as the headliner.
 
--EWF on 5/14 in Converse, IN at Borderman Gym 
 
--Honky Tonk Man pushing WWE All-Stars video game at http://blog.al.com/techcetera/2011/04/honky_tonk_man_wrestles_for_ne.html 
 
--MWF Night of Champions on 6/4 in Bridgeport, CT headlined by Shelton Benjamin vs. Slyck Wagner Brown, plus Paul Bearer, Jay Lethal and John Cena Sr.  It's a fund raiser for the Gary Briane Tuttle Life Fund.
 
--Magnum Pro on 4/29 in Council Bluffs, IA at the Eagles Club with Arik Cannon, Akira Tozawa, Zack Sabre. Jr. and more. 
 
--A CHIKARA Pro Wrestling game will be released at the 6/24 CHIKARA show in Chicago at the Logan Square Auditorium.  Tom Filsinger of Filsinger games will be special guest at the event.  The game will be shipped on 7/13 if you aren't at the show.  For more info you can go to http://www.filsingergames.com  The next CHIKARA show is 5/14 in Burlington, NC at the Mid Atlantic Sportatorium and 5/21 in Easton, PA at the Palmer Center.
 
--The M-1 Global show from St. Petersburg, Russia airs at 11 a.m. Eastern time on 4/28 on the M-1 Global web site. 
 
--A GSP action figure will be debuting at the Fan Expo on Friday in Toronto from Round 5.
 
--UWC Championship Wrestling at http://www.youtube.com/UWCWrestlingVideos

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