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Tonight's UFC lineup
Prelims starting at 6 p.m. on the UFC facebook page
Pablo Garza (145) vs. Yves Jabouin (146)
Kyle Watson (155) vs. John Makdessi (155.5)
Ryan Jensen (185) vs. Jason MacDonald (185)
Charlie Valencia (135) vs. Ivan Menjivar (136)
Daniel Roberts (170) vs. Claude Patrick (169.5)
Spike Tv at 8 p.m.
Sean Pierson (170) vs. Jake Ellenberger (170)
Rory MacDonald (170.5) vs. Nate Diaz (171)
Live fights starting at 9 p.m. (remember one hour earlier if you haven't heard that 100 times in the last few weeks)
Ben Henderson (156) vs. Mark Bocek (155)
Jason Brilz (204.5) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (205.5)
Lyoto Machida (204.5) vs. Randy Couture (203.5)
Jose Aldo Jr. (145) vs. Mark Hominick (145 as officially recorded although his weigh-in weight was 145.25) for the UFC featherweight title
Georges St. Pierre (169.5) vs. Jake Shields (169) for the UFC welterweight title
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We'll have live coverage of the show up on the site starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time and we'll have a full rundown of the show up on the site very late tonight after the press conference.
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Tomorrow is the WWE Extreme Rules PPV from Tampa.  We'll have a preview in the news section. 
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Monday is The Rock's Birthday Party episode of Raw from the American Airlines Arena in Miami.  Surprisingly, the show was not sold out, at least as of two days ago.  Monday night is also a TNA Impact taping in Orlando.
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Tuesday has the Smackdown and NXT tapings in Orlando as well as the TNA Impact tapings in Orlando going head-to-head.
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--Some notes on tomorrow's show:
The Miz vs. John Cena vs. John Morrison in a cage match for the WWE title - This will probably be a good match even given the WWE limitations of a cage match, because you've got Morrison's athleticism to work into the match.  One would expect R-Truth to get involved in the finish in some form since it would appear he and Morrison are going into a program.
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Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian for the World title in a ladder match - Christian is the master of the ladder match so should be entertaining.  Logic says that Christian should win since a win by Del Rio would mean both major champions are on the same brand.  However, this is the modern WWE, and that would mean there is just as good a chance of Del Rio going over, surprising everyone, and then having him lose to Christian later, or even more the other title somehow on TV within a week or two. 
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Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler vs. Jack Swagger & Michael Cole in a country whipping match.  Hopefully most of this match will have Lawler vs. Swagger. 
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Randy Orton vs. C.M. Punk in a last man standing match.  WWE last man standing matches are usually long and also very good, because you can use finishers left and right and get up before the ten count.  In theory, this is the blow-off with Orton going to Smackdown and Punk staying on Raw.
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Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes in a falls count anywhere match.  Again, a match that on paper should be good.  It's a big one for Rhodes because he's the one whose potential as a top guy will be judged based on this match.
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Layla vs. Michelle McCool in a loser leaves WWE match.  The expectation is Layla will win because McCool is the one taking time off.
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There are also rumors of a U.S. title match with Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus.  This would allow Raw to get a secondary title since both the U.S. title (Sheamus) and IC title (Wade Barrett) are on the same brand.
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I don't expect this show to do well.  It'll get killed in Canada because tonight's UFC show is huge there.  It won't get killed as bad because of UFC in the U.S. because I don't sense tonight's show has hit that big in the U.S.  It's still a weak show as far as having main events that people want to see.  Traditionally, unless there is something really special and this show doesn't have that, the show after Mania doesn't do well.  However, if you look at the matches on paper, it has no reason to be anytihng but a good show.  Layla vs. McCool at least has importance and hopefully the announcers match will be carefully booked to hide that Ross and Cole can't wrestle.  But there is no reason every other match on the show shouldn't be good.
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--Early estimates had "Fast Five" starring Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel doing $33.23 million last night alone.  That is way above projections.  The studio was hoping for a $70 million weekend and with these numbers it should hit $80 million.
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--The movie "Dylan Dog Dead of Night" was No. 17 in the early estiamtes from last night doing $270,000.  Kurt Angle is in the movie playing a Werewolf.
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--At yesterday's Q&A, Dana White said he does not believe tonight will be Randy Couture's last match.  I guess that's why they aren't pushing it so hard.
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--No estimates on "That's What I Am."  Probably will be no estimates because it's in so few theaters.  It has been by far the best reviewed of the WWE movies to date.
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--Matt Hughes wrote in a post about his match with Diego Sanchez what it would be on 9/24, possibly from the Pepsi Center in Denver.
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--An interesting note regarding tonight's record gate.  Because the Canadian dollar has gone up since February, when the tickets were first put on sale, whatever the real gate number was is now going to end up being slightly higher because Ticketmaster pays the promoter at the time of the show, not the time the tickets are sold.  On a gate like this, that's an increase of several hundred thousand dollars, so it is not insignificant.
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--It'll be interesting how the sound comes across on television.  We've been told it will be very loud because they've got 80 speakers in the arena, but UFC's production does not amplify the sound and thus it usually doesn't come off as well on television as live.
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--Jeff Jarrett got himself some pub in the Daily Star in the U.K. by insulting William & Kate and saying that he and Karen want to face them in a mixed tag team match.  He also noted that his wife at least has a job.  
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--Is there anyone who takes Kurt Angle seriously when he says he wants to compete in the Olympics?  Joe Warren, who was  world champion in 2006 and is injury free and has remained competitive without a break is having a hell of time.
     

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