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Today's WWE Smackdown house show in Austin, TX.
 
        TNA Sacrifice tonight:
*Sting vs. RVD for TNA title - It will be interesting because Sting's matches due to his limitations are tough to end the show with, particularly following Kurt Angle matches
*Kurt Angle & Chyna vs. Jeff & Karen Jarrett - They are doing an angle on the Internet where Karen is claiming an ankle injury.  The Chyna vs. Karen stuff will be limited and Kurt and Jeff have tremendous chemistry together so will probably have a good match
*Beer Money vs. Matt Hardy & Chris Harris for the tag team titles - The anticipation is building for what kind of shape will Chris Harris be in and how will he look. 
*A.J. Styles vs. Tommy Dreamer - Have no clue why you shoot all these angles with Bully Ray, then put Dreamer in a match that nobody really cares that much to see.
*Mickie James vs. Madison Rayne for the Knockouts title, if James wins, Tara is set free.  They'll get to do the match that they couldn't do at Lockdown.
*Kazarian vs. Max Buck for the X title - No build up for this whatsoever.  Wrestling should be good.
*Abyss vs. Crimson - A struggle
*Matt Morgan vs. Scott Steiner - Originally this was for the No. 1 contendership, but Mr. Anderson won the No. 1 contendership in a Battle Royal on TV.  Speaking of which, when does Bobby Lashley get his title shot for winning that tournament?
*Ink Inc vs. Mexican America - Should be decent enough
*Brian Kendrick vs. Robbie E - Should be decent enough
        This doesn't look on paper like one of TNA's stronger offerings.  Nothing jumps out but nothing should be all that bad either.  The problem with TNA is that the key characters right now are Hulk Hogan and Mick Foley and neither are going to be wrestling any time soon.
 
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--NOAH's European tour shows
 
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--Fast Five is No. 3 for the weekend in the U.S. with what is estimated will be a $19.5 million take for the weekend, and putting its U.S. gross in the $169 million range.  This was a 40% drop, which is healthier than last week.  The movie remains No. 1 in Australia for the fourth straight week and has done $22 million in that country. 
 
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--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 15.2%
Good 52.0%
Average 20.0%
Fair 4.8%
Poor 8.0%
        41.3% of those responding didn't see the show 

--What did you watch last night?
Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham on Showtime 12.0%
Bellator on MTV 2   23.6%
Both 3.9%
Neither 60.5%
 
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Ric Flair 79.9%
Jerry Lawler 20.1%
 
--What match tonight are you most interested in?
Beer Money vs. Matt Hardy & Chris Harris 35.2%
Jarretts vs. Kurt Angle & Chyna 29.7%
Sting vs. RVD 13.2%
Scott Steiner vs. Matt Morgan 9.5%
A.J. Styles vs. Tommy Dreamer 6.6%
Madison Rayne vs. Mickie James 5.9%
 
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--Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance from last night in St. Louis:  LaMarcus Clinton b Webmaster Stevie K, Wayne Mitchell b The Mauler, Gary Jackson DCOR Mark Sterling, Dave Vaughn d Brandon Espinosa, Jaysin Static b Max Archer, Big Texan & Tony Raze b Abe & Gabe, Dave Osborne b Ace Hawkins (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer) 
 
 
 
--The next CZW show will be 6/11 at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia.  The annual Tournament of Death will be on 6/25 in Townsend, DE at 179 Ebenezer Church Rd.
 
--Either Abyss or Scott Steiner will be joining Jeff Jarrett as TNA wrestlers on Wednesday's AAA TV tapings in San Luis Potosi as they start their AAA vs. TNA feud.
 
 

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