MON. UPDATE: Tough Enough, Helms accident update, Convention at UFC, Next Cena movie, Hogan family

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        We're looking for reports on tonight's Raw tapings in Knoxville, with Superstars results, dark match results, attendance and anything else not notable from watching the live show. 

        We're also looking for reports on Friday night's Raw show in Dothan, AL, Friday night's ROH show in Dearborn, MI, Saturday night's Raw show in Macon, GA, Saturday night's Smackdown show in Pensacola, Saturday night's TNA show in Hot Springs, AR, and yesterday's Raw show in Greenville, SC.

        The live Raw will be Monday night in Knoxville.  There is also a rare Monday night Smackdown house show in Birmingham.  Smackdown will be taped along with NXT on Tuesday night in Nashville, with Randy Orton & Christian vs. Wade Barrett & Sheamus as the advertised dark match.  There will be a Raw house show on Tuesday night in Highland Heights, KY.  The Raw crew then heads to Mexico for a four-night tour.

        Tough Enough also airs tonight at 8 p.m. on USA. There will be two eliminations on tonight's show, and John Morrison will be the special guest.

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        We also look at the big weekend with Dwayne Johnson, including the success of Fast Five, the success of this past WrestleMania with indications from WWE as to where the buys will end up and where it stands on the all-time company record books, about how much money WWE will make from PPV alone for Mania and a look at how much Johnson was likely worth to the company for just one night, and the few people historically who have had that kind of impact on a wrestling show.
        We also look at the 39th birthday Raw, and go in detail as to what happened with the ratings, including perhaps the most shocking ratings number in years as well as other Johnson business when it comes to doing new movies.  We also look at what Johnson did and didn't know about the ending of Raw.
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        We also look at WWE dropping its dividend and the leaders of the company talk about future goals.  We also note things about the Cena vs. Rock program, the Raw tour of Mexico including what Smackdown star is being brought on the tour, charity fund raising notes, John Cena's next movie role, Cena criticizes a WWE TV show at a live event in a joke.
        We also look at the critical reaction to "That's What I Am," the new WWE movie release.  We've also got notes on a funny twitter story involving a WWE star.  We look at Rima Fakih's reaction to being eliminated from Tough Enough, what she said happened that wasn't shown on television as to why it really happened, and who she blamed.  We also look at her getting national attention this past week in Canada and why.
        We also look at an update on Tough Enough, plans for upcoming house shows with the new lineups in place, notes on Jinder Mahal, the newcomer to Smackdown as well as a WWE diva gets engaged to a television star.
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--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
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--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
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--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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--The web site reported on the Shane Helms motorcycle accident over the weekend.  The police report noted that a witness told police Helms was riding home from a restaurant in Smithfield, NC at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday night when he went through a stop sign, lost control of the bike, and rove straight through a metal chain link fence.  Another witness told police that he saw Helms at the restaurant and was sure he had been drinking.  A blood sample was taken from Helms to check his blood alcohol level but it could take months to get the results back.  At this time, no charges have been filed.
--Velvet Sky, who at one point was Helms' girlfriend, is trying to raise money for medical bills for Helms.
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--The title of the next John Cena movie, originally called "Blood Brothers," is now "Family Reunion."  This is a film that was done several months back.
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--The Anaheim Angels attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing masks tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. when they have wrestling mask night for their game against the Chicago White Sox.  They are expecting 40,000 fans, and will be giving away an Angels wrestling mask to all fans and they ask everyone wear the mask for at least ten minutes and Guinness will then certify the new record and hold a ceremony to announce it later in the game.  Guinness lists the current record of people gathering wearing wrestling masks at 250.
--Hulk Hogan's son Nick that he is getting engaged to girlfriend of three years, Brena Tiesi.  He announced to that he was purchased the engagement ring and that he and his girlfriend have been talking about getting married for some time.  
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--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 5/27 in Elmhurst, NY at the Elks Lodge for an iPPV show featuring Mick Foley as commissioner, Dan Maff vs. Sami Callihan, Psycho Sid Vicious vs. Eddie Kingston, Sonjay Dutt vs. Kevin Matthews, Aaron Epic vs. Danny Demanto and more including Ox Baker appearing.  There is also a live autograph session at 7 p.m. with Sid, Foley, Velvet Sky, Dutt and Amazing Red.  Red will be appearing live but his match won't be on  iPPV.  The iPPV will also include a taped match of Teddy Hart vs. Jack Evans.
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Excellent 2.8%
Good 15.6%
Average 21.1%
Fair 22.0%
Poor 38.5%
        54.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on Bellator
Excellent 13.9%
Good 52.8%
Average 19.4%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 13.9%
        71.0% of those responding didn't see the show
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Tough Enough 23.6%
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Superior Fighting Challenge 2.1%
AAA 1.6%
Inside MMA 1.6%
Bellator 1.0%
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--TNA announced its next Gut check session, which is a tryout you pay for and clinic, will be 6/25 in Troy, OH.
--WWE has a Raw & Smackdown super show on 7/16 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
--CHIKARA Pro runs Saturday night in Burlington, NC at the Mid Atlantic Sportatorium.  The CHIKARA wrestling game through Filsinger Games will be released on 6/24 in Chicago at the Logan Square Auditorium with creator Tom Filsinger as special guest of the show and you can meet him if you purchase the game.
--World Championship Fighting on 6/18 at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA.
--Dave Branch (UFC, Bellator) vs. Jeremy May (Ultimate Fighter) was announced as the co-main event for the next Shark Fights show at the Santa Ana Star Center in New Mexico.  The main event was already announced as Chris Camozzi vs. Joey Villasenor.
--According to Mike Sawyer's new web site both Randy and ex-wife Kim Couture ended up at the same dentist this morning.  She was there for a root canal.  He was there to get a replacement of the tooth Lyoto Machida knocked out last week.

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