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        Tonight is also the Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley boxing match, which is likely to be the biggest PPV of 2011, starting at 9 p.m.  We will have live coverage of the main event on the site starting at around midnight. 

        Bellator weigh-in for tonight from Newkirk, OK airing at 9 p.m. on MTV 2

Vince Lucero (263.6) vs. Ron Sparks (255.2)

Chase Beebe (136) vs. Jose Vega (135.8)

Bryan Baker (184) vs. Joe Riggs (184.6)

Rick Hawn (170.8) vs. Jay Hieron (170.8) in the finals of this season's welterweight tournament

        We're also looking for reports from tonight's ROH show at the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto with Eddie Edwards vs. Chris Hero for the ROH title, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin defend the tag team titles against Mark & Jay Briscoe, Christopher Daniels vs. El Generico, Davey Richards vs. Kenny King, Colt Cabana vs. Delirious in a match in memory of Larry Sweeney, Steve Corino vs. Mike Bennett, Kyle O'Reilly vs. Claudio Castagnoli and Rhett Titus vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin vs. Grizzly Redwood vs. Andy Ridge.

        Sunday has Raw in Greenville, SC and Smackdown in Tupelo, MS.

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--All Japan junior heavyweight tournament notes and where that division goes next
--Pro Wrestling NOAH annual tag team tournament final results and what matches that sets up next, including how the Kings of Wrestling did
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--Notes on ROH's probable next iPPV main event and this coming weekend's shows
--Update on Ric Flair's shoulder injury
--A look at the TNA Sacrifice PPV card
--What match was changed
--Hulk Hogan's latest legal action
--Notes on Jeff Hardy in TNA
--TNA sets a ratings record
--Details on TNA taking a big step backwards in one of its major international markets
--The real story behind Mick Foley to Raw for Rock's birthday show
--Kurt Angle once again talks getting back to real sports and few believe him
--TNA house show rundowns
--What is scheduled for the next few weeks of TNA Impact
--UFC in Philadelphia updated show
--Update on Fedor vs. Dan Henderson
--Update on health of B.J. Penn and Kid Yamamoto
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--Notes on the next three Strikeforce shows
--Crazy period for shows by Zuffa
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--Update on Paul Orndorff
--A look at Lance Storm's reality show
--Lou Thesz Hall of Fame inductees for 2012 and notes about the ceremony and who will be there
--Wrestler now facing 11 counts and a potential of 120 years in prison
--Note about the town hit by the hurricane and how it ties in with pro wrestling
--A look at Don Kernodle as he goes in for major surgery
--Mike Graham admits to something on video which led to one of the biggest jumps of personnel of the last 15 years
--CHIKARA honoring Larry Sweeney
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--More on Strikeforce sale to UFC
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--Update on why Cris Cyborg hasn't been fighting
--UFC fighter doing a smaller show
--Strikeforce fighter competes and wins national tournament in another sport and talks Olympics
--Krzysztof Soszynski talks about how Badnews Allen got him interested in MMA
--Update on Bellator
--Promoter of top MMA indie is now out of the picture
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--Here are some updates on Shane Helms, who along with his girlfriend were in a serious motorcycle accident on Thursday night.  Helms suffered a broken ankle, a broken jaw and a broken nose as well as other fractures, and needed 200 stitches.  His girlfriend, who was in a lot worse shape than he was, particularly on Thursday night, has turned the corner.  She suffered a broken neck, but apparently no spinal cord damage.  Both were still hospitalized in Raleigh.  Best luck to a quick recovery for both.
--The top three matches for the 5/21 Over the Limit PPV are to be announced at TVs this week.
--Strikeforce fighter Shane Del Rosario's career is said to be in jeopardy after a serious auto accident that took place last week..  Del Rosario, 11-0, was to face Daniel Cormier on 6/18 in Dallas on the Strikeforce show as the main alternates match in the heavyweight tournament, which would have been the biggest match of his career.  His trainer, Colin Oyama, told that they wouldn't know for six months whether or not Del Rosario, who was in his car at a complete stop and was hit by a drunk driver, would be able to fight again.  Kimberly Essayian, the driver who hit Del Rosario, was booked on a DUI charge.    
--Georges St. Pierre has noted the official medical condition of his left eye is called Hypherma.  He said that as of right now, his vision in the eye is still blurry and his eye is sensitive.  His retina has no damage and the blood that was in his eye has dissipated.    
--Tickets go on sale to the public today for UFC 132 on 7/2 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, featuring Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight title, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben, Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman, Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader and Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim.
--Strikeforce tickets for 6/24 in Kent, WA go on sale Wednesday to the public.  If you are a member of the UFC Fight Club, you can get tickets on Tuesday.
--Thursday night's U.S. vs. Russia results from Times Square in New York:
121 - Henry Cejudo (US) b Rasul Mashezov (2-0, 4-3)
132 - Rasul Martazaliev (Russia) b Shawn Bunch (3-0, 3-0)
148 - Brent Metcalf (US) b Magomedmurado Gadzhiev (1-0, 4-1, 1-0)
163 - Jordan Burroughs (US) b Aniuar Geduev (1-0, 2-1)
185 - Andrey Valiev (Russia) b Jake Herbert (3-1, 3-2)
212 - Jake Varner (US) b Shamil Akhmedov (5-1, 0-1, 4-0)
265 - Tervel Diagnev (US) b Barsag Kesaev (3-0, 3-1)  
        The U.S. won overall 5-2.  A number of celebrities were at the event including Ashton Kutcher, Rashad Evans , Kurt Angle and Rulon Gardner.
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--United States Championship Wrestling from Thursday night in Jacksonville, FL:  Blaine Rage b T-Bone Funk, Spirit Kid b Brandon Scherer, Teddy Stigma b Eddie Graves, Mikey b Jack Hurley, Leva b Santana-DQ, Slyck Sleezy b John Carimo (thanks to Al Haft)  
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--In Austria, on a radio station plugging the on sale for a November Smackdown brand house show, the hosts talked about Hulk Hogan and Undertaker and interviewed Carsten Schaefer, the WWE television announcer in Germany going back about 25 years.  All they talked about was Hogan who Schaefer, a WWE employee, put over huge.  Then it was announced that WWE would be in Vienna in November featuring Hulk Hogan, who isn't going to be there.  (thanks to Markus Gronemann)
--Lyman Good has pulled out of his 5/14 Atlantic City Bellator fight with Dan Hornbuckle due to an injury.
--Poll on Ultimate Fighter
Excellent 11.5%
Good 64.1%
Average 9.0%
Fair 5.1%
Poor 10.3%
        40.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Best of this group on interviews
Jim Cornette 76.4%
Michael Hayes 8.6%
Bas Rutten 5.9%
Austin Idol 4.0%
Frank Shamrock 1.6%
Jos LeDuc 1.3%
Magnum T.A. 1.3%
Buddy Landel 0.8%   
--Poll on Impact
Excellent 15.8%
Good 18.3%
Average 16.7%
Fair 11.7%
Poor 37.5%
        42.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Who was the best of this group on interviews?
Eddie Gilbert 34.2%
Gino Hernandez 18.1%
Bill Watts 14.4%
Buddy Rose 14.1%
David Shults 12.4%
Makhan Singh 4.0%
Don Manoukian 1.3%
Lou Thesz 1.3%
--Who do you expect to win this fight?
Roy Nelson 52.8%
Frank Mir 47.2%
--What was the best of these recent major shows?
UFC 129 30.7%
WWE Extreme Rules 25.8%
Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley 12.5%
ROH Honor Takes Center Stage #1 11.4%
WWE WrestleMania 10.6%
TNA Lockdown 6,.8%
ROH Honor Takes Center Stage #2 2.3% 
--Mick Foley's fund raising drive for RAINN is continuing through Sunday.  He's put together an auction site at  for some items with 100% of the revenue minus the ebay charges going to RAINN.
--Jeff Katz is attempting to raise funding for an Internet based wrestling promotion distributed on Justin.TV at  
--Taichi Palace Fight results from Lemoore, CA last night featuring a number of former UFC and Strikeforce fighters:  Alex Perez b Jesus Castro TKO 1:56, Kenny Ento b Jaems Chaney TKO 1:53 2nd round, Brad McDonald b Jesse Bowen split decision, Cody Gibson b Walei Watson TKO 4:09 2nd round, Chidi Njokuani (Anthony's brother) b Alan Jouban KO 1:27 third round, Farhad Sharipov b Tommy Vargas unanimous decision, Jorge Lopez b Waachiim Spiritwolf unanimous decision, Mamoru Yamaguchi b Kevin Dunsmoor KO 4:03 2nd round, Gerald Harris b Anthony Ruiz unanimous decision, Fabricio Comoes b Efrain Escudero unanimous decision, Isaac DeJesus b Russ Miura TKO 2:52, Ian McCall b Dustin Ortiz unanimous decision
--A candidate for election in the right-wing British National Party in Coventry yesterday is named Hunter Helmsley.  I guess he didn't marry the right person, because this Hunter Helmsley got creamed in the election.  (thanks to Mo Chatra)   
--New Jack is taking indie bookings through Bill Behrens at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   He would be flown out of Gainesville, FL.
--NWA Main Event from Thursday night in Nashville:  Anthony Wayne b Micah Hughes, Psycho Medic b Anthony Wayne, Ace Rockwell b Chrisjen Hayme, Derek Neal b Steve O, Good Ole Boys & Psycho Medic NC Team Beatdown & Richard Lowe (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
--USWO from last night in Nashville:  Jamey Farrari b Tim Renesto, Shabba Shabbazz b Drifter, LT. Falk & Psycho Medic & Mike Cobbs b Damien Payne & Mike Jones & Jason Nesmith, Saint b Redneck Danny Copass, Jason Xavier b Panther, Gary Valiant b Bryan Casey, Wolfie D b L.T. Falk (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Angel Blanco Jr. & Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. Blue Demon Jr. & L.A. Park headlines on 5/15 for FMLL in Cudahy, CA at the Clara Sports Complex.
--Former WWE & TNA ref Mike Posey is in the NWA North American title tournament and faces Kyle Matthews in a first round match on 5/13 in Piedmont, AL.
--HWA from last night in Hamilton, OH:  Gerome Phillips b Sami Callihan, Ron Mathis b Chris Hall, Brutally Handsome b Jon Murray & Clark Konnor, Dustin Rayz b Rich Swann, B.J. Whitmer b Jake Crist to keep the HWA title, Sid Fabulous b Jeremy Madrox, Matthew Taylor b Alex Colon, Dave Crist b Zack Sabre Jr.  Next show is 5/28 in Norwood, OH. (thanks to Adam Sanders)

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