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        TNA Impact tonight on Spike for the go-home show:
Mickie James & Miss Tessmacher vs.  Tara & Madison Rayne
Sangriento vs. Suicide
Crimson vs. Samoa Joe vs. Abyss
25 man Battle Royal for the No. 1 contender for the title
        A lot of stuff on the show including Kurt Angle's mystery partner against Jeff & Karen for Sunday; the identity of "The Network" the identity of Matt Hardy's tag team partner who isn't Jeff Hardy and more.  Sangriento vs. Suicide II was said to be the best match at the taping.
 
        There will be an episode of UFC Unleashed after Impact tonight.
 
        Superstars:
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Chris Masters vs. Drew McIntyre
Trent Baretta vs. Tyson Kidd
        The big news is Michael Hayes debuts as the manager of Tyson Kidd. 
 
        Big weekend coming up including New Japan in the Northeast and Pro Wrestling NOAH in the U.K., plus WWE in Mexico going head-to-head with CMLL tomorrow night in Mexico City. 
 
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--A video regarding the Anaheim Angels breaking the Lucha Libre Guinness Book of World Records for most masks in a public place record at http://angels.ocregister.com/2011/05/11/masked-angels-fans-smackdown-world-record-video/80519/ (thanks to Jonathan Kharmis) 
 
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--Ric Flair did an endorsemet for the Tampa Orthopedic and Pain Clinic with this quote:  "I broke my back in a plane crash, wrestled 100,000 matches and been world heavyweight champion 16 times.  Thanks Tampa Orthopedic & Pain for keeping The Nature Boy Stylling and Profiling, Whooo!!!"
100,000 matches?  If he wrestled every single day, that would take him roughly 274 years.   
 
--The New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame and Fan Fest takes place on 5/21 in East Providence at the Holy Ghost Charity Hall.  There will be a meet and greet from 9-10 a.m., a Q&A from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. and a Hall of Fame ceremony at 4:30 p.m. hosted by Howard Finkel, and will include Rick Martel, Tito Santana, Armando Estrada, Samu, Chief Jay Strongbow, the Heart Throbs and Jameson.   Also appearing are Iron Sheik, Jay Lethal, Shane Douglas and Tammy Sytch.  For more info you can go to http://nepwhof.weebly.com/index.html
 
--The American Fighting Organization has postponed its 5/20 show in Billerica, MA and moved it to 7/29 in Revere, MA due to concerns about Massachusetts sanctioning Muay Thai matches.
 
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Briscoes vs. All Night Express in a street fight
Shelton Benjamin vs. Claudio Castagnoli
Davey Richards vs. Charlie Haas
Chris Hero vs. El Generico
Steve Corino vs. Mike Bennett with Brutal Bob banned from the building
Homicide vs. Michael Elgin\
 
--Best of this group on interviews
C.M. Punk 70.9%
William Regal 14.9%
Zack Ryder 5.8%
Randy Orton 2.9%
Bobby Roode 2.6%
Shark Boy 1.7%
Cody Rhodes  0.9%
Eric Young 0.3%
 
--Which of these fights are you most interested in
Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson 78.4%
Matt Hamill vs. Rampage Jackson 21.6%
 
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UFC 130 53.5%
WWE Over the Limit 30.6%
TNA Sacrifice 11.%
Bellator 5-21 2.5%
Bellator 5-14 1.9%
 
--TNA is running Friday and Saturday this week in Monroe, LA and Jackson, MS with Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett, Beer Money vs. Ink Inc., Tara vs. Miss Tessmacher and Matt Morgan vs. Matt Hardy. 
 
--CWE will have an unofficial WWE after party on 5/27 in Winnipeg at 4Play Sports Bar across the street from the WWE house show that night at the MTS Center.  They also run a show on 7/19 in Winnipeg at Rockbar headlined by Carlito, Rhino and Honky Tonk Man.
 
--Tama Tonga will be off the New Japan shows this weekend in New England due to an injury.  Tama Tonga is the son of Haku, who started his career in All Japan as Tama Tonga.
 
--CZW on Saturday night in Philadelphia at the Asylum Arena at 7:30 p.m. with The Briscoes, plus Devon Moore vs. Robert Anthony for the CZW title, Danny Havoc vs. Ryan Slater for the Ultraviolent Underground title, Adam Cole vs. AR Fox for the jr. title and Scotty Vortekz vs. Drake Younger in a dog collar match.
 
--Old School Championship Wrestling on Sunday in Hanahan, SC at the Recreational Gym with Reid Flair vs. Jake Manning and John Skyler vs. Bob Keller in a hair vs. career I Quit match.
 
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--Masaaki Mochizuki and Susumu Yokosuka will be doing a seminar on 6/4 in Long Island.  Go to http://www.DGUSA.tv for more info.
 
--NWA Main Event tonight at the NWA Arena in Nashville
 
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