SAT. UPDATE: Heyman in UFC?, TNA change, new promotional campaign, Morrison injury, Huge night



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        We're looking for reports on last night's TNA house show in Monroe, LA, tonight's Raw show in Monterrey, Mexico, Smackdown's house show run starts in Lake Charles, LA (Randy Orton vs. Sheamus vs. Christian for World title, Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes), the independent show in Brantford, ONT with Hulk Hogan doing a rare indie appearance plus Scott Steiner vs. Kevin Nash, Brutus Beefcake, Tatanka, Virgil and Nasty Boys), TNA in Jackson, MS (Angle vs. Jarrett, Beer Money vs. Ink Inc., Matt Hardy vs. Matt Morgan) Pro Wrestling NOAH in Wolverhampton, UK (battle of champions with GHC heavyweight champion Takashi Sugiura vs. jr. champion Kotaro Suzuki), CZW at the Arena in Philadelphia and New Japan in New York at Basketball City (Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Charlie Haas for IWGP title, Prince Devitt vs. Low Ki for IWGP jr. title, Toru Yano vs. MVP in a semifinal of the IC title tournament, Yujiro Takahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito in the other semifinal f the IC title tournament, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi & Kazuchika Okada vs. Rhino & Homicide & Davey Richards, Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hideo Saito, Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Dan Maff vs. Gedo & Jado & Shinsuke Nakamura) and Kenny Omega vs. Josh Daniels).
 
        Bellator tonight at 9 p.m. on MTV 2
Brett Cooper (185.5) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186) to quality for the next middleweight tournament
Michael Chandler (156) vs. Patricky Pitbull Freire (155) for the lightweight tournament finals
Hector Lombard (185) vs. Falaniko Vitale (185.5) - Lombard is middleweight champion but this a non-title match
        The Bryan Goldsby vs. Anthony Morrison bantamweight tournament qualifier fight is out.  Goldsby is now in the tournament.  Morrison weighed in at 146 pounds, only 10 pounds over the limit and the New Jersey commission nixed the fight.  Missing weight by ten pounds???   
 
        There is also Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham on Showtime boxing tonight as part of the Super 6 tournament. 
 
        Sunday is headlined by the TNA Sacrifice PPV, Smackdown has a house show in Austin, TX, New Japan in Philadelphia at the Arena (Tanahashi vs. Richards, Rhino vs. Makabe in a street fight, Liger vs. Omega, Devitt & Taguchi defend IWGP jr. titles against Low Ki & Homicide and the IC tournament finals) and NOAH runs in Oberhausen, Germany  (KENTA vs. Hero, Castagnoli vs. Sugiura, Shiozaki vs. Bad Bones, Nakajima vs. Marvin, Ishimori vs. Sabre Jr.).
 
        Monday is the live Raw from San Antonio.  Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Corpus Christi.  There will be an NXT elimination which I know should excite everyone beyond belief.
 
        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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        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.
 
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*Sting vs. RVD for TNA title
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*Kazarian vs. Max Buck for X title
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--For what this matters, in publicity material we get from TNA, the logo has changed to Impact Wrestling, but it's still called TNA Wrestling, a TNA PPV and they plug TNAondemand.com and the company address is TNA Wrestling.  There are those in the company who want to remove TNA completely, and others that don't, so the final decision is still up in the air.
 
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Excellent 21.0%
Good 28.3%
Average 13.0%
Fair 9.4%
Poor 28.3%
        37.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Who do you expect to win this fight
Junior Dos Santos 69.2%
Shane Carwin 30.8%
 
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Terry Funk 71.9%
Fred Blassie 28.1%
 
--Lance Storm has posted a ton of new stuff in the past few days.  Mostly reprinting old stuff at http://www.stormwrestling.com/111903.html talking about traveling in bad weather, why he hates Southwest Airlines at http://www.stormwrestling.com/082101.html as well as stories from his days working as a bouncer with Chris Jericho at a  Calgary night club at http://www.stormwrestling.com/120302.html and http:///www.stormwrestling.com/121502.html  
 
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--Nikki Sixx talks about the first time he met Chris Jericho at http://www.sixxsense.com/pages/podcast/uri=channels%2F444211%2F1335011  He said it was in April.  Yeah, I know Jericho said he had never met Nikki Sixx. 
 
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--USWO from last night in Nashville:  Jason Xavier b Panther, Jamey Farrari & Nick Iggy b Saint & Tim Renesto, Bryan Casey b Psycho Medic, Drew Haskins b Matt Dillenger, Damien Payne b Derrick Neal, C.J. Davis b Derrick King, L.T. Falk & Chris Michaels b Jocephus & Wolfie D-DQ (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)


Long-term, what are your thoughts on Lucha Underground?

 

What did you think of Wednesday's Ultimate Fighter TV show?

 

What did you think of TNA Impact?

 

What did you think of Lucha Underground last night?