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        UFC programming tonight on Spike starts at 7 p.m. with two hours of Unleashed, followed by Ultimate Fighter at 9 p.m. and repeated at 10 p.m. 
 
        We have more on future plans of WWE as well as a current business rundown as the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  The issue also runs down the UFC's offering insurance to fighters, the injuries that canceled the Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar main event and a look at the lightweight division going forward, the annual survey on the popularity of pro wrestling and where it has gone up and where it has gone down over the past 12 months, an update on the plight of Chael Sonnen, Nick Diaz as a boxer and the retirement of a Lucha legend.        
 
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        Our lead story covers both the WWE's annual shareholders meeting and the quarterly investors conference running down the company's financials.  It includes Vince McMahon talking about new business ventures the company is looking at getting into, an example of the type of businesses that fit their goals, how the company's financials are doing compared to the same period last year, updates on how the movie division is doing, exactly how much money WrestleMania was worth last year, how much money Dwayne Johnson added to this year's Mania, details of Johnson's deal for Mania and the single most important thing regarding the company's future.
 
        We also look at the difference between Tough Enough viewers and Raw viewers, why Vince McMahon believes the company needs to target women, more on UFC hurting WWE's PPV numbers, building up stars through wins, UFC vs. boxing and wrestling, why WWE will never admit UFC is competition, Vince talks about the move of Smackdown to Syfy, plans for the WWE Network, more on WWE staying PG, the future of blood in the company, a look at doing themed PPV shows and the company dividend change and if the quarter met the dividend.
 
        We also look at where WWE's revenue come from this year as compared to last year, as well as a look at revenue from house shows, PPV, our quarterly PPV chart looking at both worldwide numbers and domestic numbers, how important the U.K. is to WWE PPV numbers, television rights fees, WWE Classics on demand, WWE home video, toys, video games, magazine and merchandise as well as a look at categories where Rock made a substantial difference that didn't include WrestleMania.  We also look at the film division, and how much cash on hand the company feels it would be healthy to have around.
       
        In the look at UFC providing insurance for all contracted fighters, we look at how they went about it, how much insurance there is and what it does and doesn't cover.
 
        We also go into the injuries to Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard and look at the cancellation of the title mach and how that impacts the division.  We look at what could be the future plan for the fight and other future key matches in the division.
 
        We also look at the popularity of pro wrestling and how it has increased or decreased over the past year in several different age categories, educational categories, income categories and ethnic categories as well as overall.  We look at the sad message the latest surveys show about the wrestling audience as it pertains to the market desirability of the audience.
 
        We also look at Chael Sonnen being suspended again and the story behind it.
 
        We also have an update on John Morrison's neck issues, who it puts pressure on and who many benefit from a push.  We also look at Morrison's durability, updated numbers for Fast Five, updated Over the Limit lineup, Chris Jericho talks return, new WWE movies, what popular wrestling role is WWE talking about reviving, why the same angles appear with different people on Raw and Smackdown, rushing talent up too quickly, future of Batista, DVR viewership of WWE shows, notes on FCW, Kevin Dunn's income, C.M. Punk booking, Survivor Series note, Tough Enough note, WWE business notes from the past week as well as highlights from all the weekend house shows.      
 
        We also look at Nick Diaz going into boxing, the legend of Tinieblas as well as Pro Wrestling NOAH's last major show.
 
        We've got ratings of all the national shows including how every segment on Raw and Impact did and what viewers came and left.  We also look at all the national shows, as well as the CBS coverage of the Pacquiao vs. Mosley build.  
 
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--Talk of creation of a new Mistico and a new Rey Misterio Jr.
 
--Update on Perro Aguayo Jr. and his cancer
 
--AAA vs. TNA in-ring feud that starts this week, who will be there and future direction
 
--How Charly Manson gave the police officers such a bad beating
 
--How Manson was treated while in prison and how he got out
 
--Dragon Gate's big singles tournament of the year
 
--NOAH's European tour shows
 
--New Japan's Best of the Super Junior early Tokyo lineups for what could be the best wrestling action of 2011
 
--Psycho fan threatens to kill wrestler
 
--Return of two of 1982-83's biggest and most lucrative feuds nearly 30 years later
 
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--Unique tournament idea and how it worked
 
--A look at the ROH shows in Dearborn and Toronto
 
--TNA Sacrifice complete lineup
 
--Changes in programs in TNA and why
 
--Mick Foley fund raising
 
--Why Chyna got called to come in
 
--Bound for Glory potential main event
 
--Kurt Angle contract update
 
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--UFC 129 numbers
 
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--Update on Georges St. Pierre's eye issue
 
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--UFC fighter retires
 
--Legal battle between former UFC stars
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Zuffa fighter talks steroids in MMA competition
 
--Brock Lesnar's drawing power and the next stadium show
 
--UFC star credits pro wrestling mentor for getting him in and teaching him his best hold
 
--Bellator coverage including plans for the rest of 2011
 
--NHL star making MMA debut
 
--Former UFC fighter arrested and another suspended
 
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--Spike announced that the "Frankie Edgar In the Moment" special that was scheduled for 5/25 at 10 p.m. will now be a 30 minute "Quinton Jackson In the Moment" special.
 
--Due to NBA playoffs, TNT unseated USA as No. 1 in cable.  TNA did a 2.9 prime time average to 2.0 for USA and 1.8 for Fox News.  Syfy was No. 20 at 0.7 while Spike didn't crack the top 25.  The two hours of Raw last week were No. 10 and No. 14.  The top eight spots were taken by NBA playoff games with an ESPN Lakers vs. Mavericks game peaking at a 5.4.  Raw was No. 9 and No. 10 in 18-49.
 
--The Anaheim Angles last night in their game with the White Sox did set a Guinness Book of World Records verified world record with 24,998 of the 40,000 fans wearing Lucha Libre style masks made for the Angels, breaking the old record of 250 people in Lucha masks at the same time in one setting. 
 
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--There is a story at http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/05/11/ufc-to-offer-bonuses-to-fighters-for-tweeting/ saying how Dana White yesterday told fighters that they will offering $5,000 bonuses each quarter for fighters who gain the most twitter followers, who increase their percentage of followers and who write the most creative tweets. 
 
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 4.5%
Good 25.3%
Average 32.9%
Fair 19.0%
Poor 18.3%
        18.8% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Which of these wrestlers was the best on interviews
Edge 33.2%
Christian 26.2%
Steve Corino 14.5%
Konnan 9.4%
Jeff Jarrett 9.1%
Daniel Bryan 4.0%
Tommy Dreamer 2.6%
Daivari 0.9%
 
--Poll on Tough Enough
Excellent 20.0%
Good 60.6%
Average 7.2%
Fair 5.6%
Poor 6.7%
        33.1% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Has the Michael Cole character played itself out?
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Yes, completely 41.3%
No, should stay in the position he's in 8.5%
 
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--Another change in the 6/11 show in Vancouver has Anthony Perosh out due to an injury, and Igor Pokrajac now faces Krzysztof Soszynski on that show.
 
--Jens Pulver will be dropping to 140 pounds for a 5/27 fight in Kansas City against Brian Davidson (6-3) of Lee's Summit, MO.  Davidson is a replacement for Mike Powell, who was pulled from the show for a contract violation by taking a 4/23 fight in North Dakota where he was knocked out and thus the Kansas commission would not approve him for the fight.  The show will air on HDNet.  
 
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--The wrestling ring where Killer Kowalski trained Paul Levesque (HHH) is on sale on ebay.
 
--The Macho Man horse that was in the Kentucky Derby was named after the song that Randy Savage named himself after, and not named after Randy Savage.
 
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--Besides Kelly Kelly, Rachelle Leah, Stacy Keibler and Arianny Celeste, Strikeforce ring girl Kelli Hutcherson is in the new Maxim hot 100.
 
--Dragon Gate USA on 6/3 in Revere, MA at the Wonderland Ballroom has Masato Yoshino & Pac vs. Yamato & Akira Tozawa for the Open the United Gate tag title, Austin Aries vs. Johnny Gargano and Susumu Yokosuka vs. Ricochet, plus Masaaki Mochizuki ,Cima, Chuck Taylor and Rich Swann appearing.
 
--Strikeforce Challengers lineup for 6/24 in Kent, WA has Caros Fodor vs. James Terry, Ryan Couture vs. Matt Ricehouse, Lorenz Larkin (who looked great in his debut) vs. Gian Villante, Antwain Britt vs. Danillo Villefort and Julia Budd vs. Germaine de Randmamie
 
--NWS on Saturday night in Kenilworth, NJ at the Veterans Center with Honky Tonk Man and Brother Devon
 
--NWS from Saturday night in North Middletown, NJ:  Nigerian Nightmares b Steve Monsta Mack & Tapu, Spyral d Johnny Knockout, Rampage Rogers b Shane O'Brien, Jersey Shore Jocks b J.D. Smoothie & Joey Janela-DQ, Corey Havoc b Judas Young to win Hardcore, title Richard Michaels & El Diablo b Michael Reigns & Shock, Carlito b Nicky Oceans. 
 
--In Your Face Wrestling on 6/25 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center
 
--A meet and greet with Iron Sheik and Jay Lethal will be 5/21 at Holy Ghost Charity Hall in East Providence, RI
 
--MWF on 6/4 in Bridgeport, CT with Shelton Benjamin vs. Slyck Wagner Brown, plus Paul Bearer and Jay Lethal.  They also run 9/17 in Melrose, MA at the Memorial Hall with Carlito and Abyss.
 
--CMLL from Sunday in Guadalajara:  Drago won four-way over Rafaga, Malefico and Mr. Trueno, Demus 3:16 & Pequeno Violencia & Pierrothito b Electrico & Shockercito & Ultimo Dragoncito, Euforia & Polvora & Vangelis b Rey Cometa & Sagrado & Sangre Azteca, Atlantis & Dragon Rojo Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero b Mascara Dorada & La Sombra & Toscano
 
--An independent show in Cancun on Sunday:  Brujo 13 & Duende Maya & Lunatico b Aguila de Acero & Angel Supremo & Nemesis, Sex Simbol & Sexy Boy b Guerrero Fenix & Sex Machine, Cadete & Gran Tigre & Suicida Jr. b Deimos & Jungla Verde & Super Kid, Enigma b Black Terror, Bestia 666 & X-Fly NC Corsario Jr. & Invincible Jr., Perro Aguayo Jr. & Damian 666 & Halloween b Psycho Circus
 
--Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras (father of Alberto Del Rio) & Canek, Mexico's three big heavyweight stars of the 70s and 80s, team up against the Psycho Circus on Sunday in Naucalpan.  This would be like Ric Flair & Bruno Sammartino & Jack Brisco teaming up this week against Nexus before Nexus was downgraded so bad.
 
--Impact Pro Wrestling, a New Zealand promotion, has inked a TV deal with the Maori Television Network for 40 weeks in prime time.  It's a channel that focuses on sports like rugby league, basketball and boxing. (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
 
--ECWA from Saturday night in Newark, DE:  AHTU b Black Panther, Joe Gacy won ECWA Rumble, Cindy Rogers b Jamilla Caft, Papadon b Bazooka Joe-DQ, Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian b Jonathan Gresham, Chris Wylde b Joe Gacy, Matt Saigon & Damian Dragon b Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields.  Next show is 7/16.
 
--FEW on 5/2 in Fort Wayne, IN at Broadripple
 
--EWA on 6/25 in Feeding Hills, MA at the Springfield Turnverein
 
--World Wrestling Coalition on 5/14 in Aberdeen, OH at the Municipal Building
 
--One HD, an Australian sports channel, will air season ten of  Ultimate Fighter starting Thursday at 9:30 p.m. (thanks to Tim Forge)
 
--In the Australia pay TV ratings, Raw was No. 49 with 26,000 viewers and Smackdown was No. 89 with 21,000
 
--New York Wrestling Connection from Saturday night in Saint James, NY:  Kenny Royal & DJ Pat & Mikey Whipwreck b Alex Reynolds & King Mega & Chris Forza, Pat Buck b Tyler Shields, Stockade & Rex Lawless b Odie & Matias, Nickie 6 b Violet, Francis Kipland Stevens III b Kieran, JT Kasin & Braydon Knight b Victor Cruz & Manny Martinez, John Silver b K-Pusha, Apollyon & Dickie Rodz b Syther & Tony Burma, Tony Nese DCOR Ryan Rush.  Next show is 5/21 at the Sportatorium in Deer Park for a tag team tournament with all teams having members who hate each other.  Kind of like every Thursday night on Spike.
 
--GOUGE on 5/21 in Butner, NC at the National Guard Armory. 
 
--NWA MSW on Friday night in Falls View, WV at the Community Center building and Saturday night in Mullens, WV at the American Legion Hall.
 
--SWA on Saturday night in Loris, SC at the Kingston Business and Education Center
 
--Reality Fighting runs 5/21 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT
 
--Tapout Founders Punkass and Skyscrape appear at the MetroPCS score at 5 p.m. on Friday in Redlands, CA
 
--All Star Wrestling from Florida on Friday night at Strokers Billiards in Tampa

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