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        Impact tonight on Spike in the first episode of the show where wrestling matters:
Mickie James & Miss Tessmacher & Tara vs. Madison Rayne & Sarita & Rosita
Kazarian vs. Abyss for the X Division title
Samoa Joe vs. Amazing Red
Generation Me vs. Matt Hardy & Eric Bischoff
Velvet Sky vs. Winter & Angelina Love in a handicap match
        You know, because, Sky has been too much for both of them as singles
 
        Superstars tonight on your computer:
Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
Evan Bourne vs. Drew McIntyre
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyson Kidd
 
        Spike airs an episode of Unleashed tonight after Impact.
 
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--More on UFC 129 PPV numbers
 
--Comparing GSP's biggest fights
 
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--Lots of new matches
 
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--Behind the Matt Mitrione/Tito Ortiz issues
 
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--Update on Rashad Evans/Jon Jones feud
 
--Bellator coverage
 
--Longest unbeaten streak among major champions
 
--For Olympic bronze medalist signs with Bellator for next tournament
 
--Former UFC fighter arrested
 
--New promotion debuts on TV
 
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--The big news in sports today is that Dick Ebersol is setting down as the head of NBC Universal Sports and as Olympic chairman.  How this affects UFC negotiations with NBC Universal for a television deal in 2012 is not known. 
 
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--Regarding Ring of Honor, there will be an announcement made by the promotion on Saturday at 3 p.m. (that's Central time so you can probably click in here at 4:05 p.m. Eastern or so) to all the wrestlers before the Supercard of Honor show in Chicago.  My impression is the announcement will be a business deal. 
 
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--Due to the NBA playoffs, TNT was No. 1 in the cable ratings with a 3.2 prime time average to 2.2 for USA.  Syfy was No. 17 at 0.7 and Spike was No. 25 at 0.6.  The two hours of Raw last week were No. 11 and No. 14.  With the exception of two episodes of Pawn Stars (4.4 and 4.1 ratings), everything that beat Raw was NBA playoffs on TNT or ESPN.  The Heat-Bulls game did a 7.2 rating for the highest rated show on cable in a long time.  Due to the playoffs, Raw was also not top 10 in 18-49.
 
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--Former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez was arrested over the weekend in Phoenix and charged with assault and resisting arrest.  Rodriguez, who held the UFC heavyweight title when he beat Randy Couture in 2002, is accused of hailing a cab on Sunday to take him to a bar called The Garage.  When he was told the fare was $70, he refused to pay more than $20 and he and the cab driver argued until the driver called 911.  The police report says Rodriguez threw the cab driver down and before being arrested, threw an officer into a wall..  He was also charged with refusing too be handcuffed.  Story is at http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/ 
 
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He did steroids and lied under oath, no sympathy, got what he deserved 60.8%
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Jim Cornette 93.2%
Ole Anderson 6.8%  
 
--A Sports Entertainment Summit was announced for 7/14 in Los Angeles talking about how technology is changing sports entertainment, usage of social media, transitioning content to mobile and on-demand, understanding demands of sponsors and working with regional sports channels and niche sports.  Interestingly, nobody from WWE is represented which includes Peter Gruber of Mandalay Entertainment and the Golden State Warriors, John Skipper of ESPN, Dana White, Christina Miller of Turner Sports, John Ward of DirecTV and John Collins of the NHL.
 
--Jon Fitch, Mark Munoz and Daniel Cormier will be guests on Inside MMA tomorrow night at 9 p.m. on HDNet.  Rashad Evans will be guest host of the show.  It kicks off a four-hour block that also includes a one hour Michael Schiavello interview with Hulk Hogan at 10 p.m. and It's Showtime kickboxing from France at 11 p.m. featuring Badr Hari and Giorgio Petrosyan.
 
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--A story on a movie explosion in a Steve Austin movie in the Vancouver area is at http://www.bclocalnews.com/fraser_valley/theprogress/news/122061988.html
 
 
--The Huffington Post named Foley the Greatest Person of the Day for his work with RAINN and his money raising efforts at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/19/mick-foley-sexual-assault_n_864123.html
 
--Another Foley interview about TNA is at http://tv.ign.com/articles/116/1169062p1.html
 
--Dory Funk Jr.'s return to St. Louis on Saturday was plugged on page one of today's Belleville News Democrat at http://www.bnd.com/2011/05/19/1713960/have-you-ever-seen-a-70-year-old.html  The story noted Funk will host a meet and greet tomorrow night at the East Carondelet Community Center at 8 p.m. and wrestle on Saturday night in the same building.  If you purchase a ticket to the meet and greet, you get a ticket to Saturday's show.  Funk Jr. said his goal is to last as long as Lou Thesz, whose final career match was at 74.  The story noted that as world champion from 1969 to 1973, Funk Jr. made 24 title defenses and averaged 10,703 paid per main event.  Keep in mind that Kiel Auditorium held about 10,700 (there were a few matches like with Jack Brisco moved to the Arena).
 
--Top matches for TripleMania on 6/18 in Mexico City are L.A. Park vs. Mesias hair vs. mask, Zorro vs. Jeff Jarrett for the AAA Mega heavyweight title, Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. RVD and Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger defend AAA tag titles against Mr. Anderson & Abyss.
 
--Funk Jr. will appear on KSDK Ch. 5, in St. Louis, the NBC affiliate news at 5 p.m. during the sportscast.  
 
 
--TNA announced that TNA Wrestling Impact is available on a number of mobile platforms including Apple Ios, Adroid, Java, Brew and RIM handsets. 
 
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling results from last night in Southgate, MI:  Corporal Robinson b Superstar Bill Martel, Jimmy Jacobs b Sonjay Dutt, Colt Cabana & Weedman b Zach Gowen & Eugene, Rhino b Rob Conway, Corporal Robinson b Breyer Wellington, Truth Martini and Butler Geeves, Butcher Geeves & Truth Martini & Breyer Wellington b 2 Tuff Tony when Colt Cabana arrested Tony for public intoxication, Kawabata b Breyer Wellington and Sexy Slim Goodie, Ring Ryders b Izabella Smothers & Bull Pain.  Next iPPV will be 6/1 with ICP performing and Butler Geeves vs. 2 Tuff Tony for the JCW title.
 
--Alex Marvez talks to 80s star Austin Idol at http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/61712  A trivia note is that the cupping of the ear and phrase Hulkamania was actually originated by Idol, who was another Superstar Graham knock off but an outstanding promo, who would cup his hears and talk about Idolmania running wild.
 
--Paul Heyman, Steve Austin and C.M Punk had fun on twitter with Heyman putting over that Punk was the most underutilized member of the WWE roster and the best heel in the business.  Austin wrote that he agreed and Punk responded.   
 
--Evolve tomorrow night at the Ace Arena in Union City, NJ and on iPPV at www.WWNLive.com with a one-night tournament with first round matches of Rich Swann vs. AR Fox, Tony Nese vs. Jon Davis, Brodie Lee vs. Sami Callihan and Bobby Fish vs. Austin Aries.  You can get two General Admission tickets for $29 until tonight by calling 267-519-9744 or going to http://www.EVOLVEwrestling.com  
 
--Ed Herman and Chris Leben will be at the Grand Opening of Trials MMA in For Collins, CO at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
 
--Cain Velasquez on Saturday at 11 a.m. will be at the Air Show at Andrews Air Force Base.
 
--This is an old story that someone sent me, but it's still very interesting to read if you were a fan of Texas wrestling in the 80s and the Von Erichs at http://www.texasmonthly.com/cms/printthis.php?file=feature6.php&issue=2005-10-01
 
--A story on former woman wrestler of the 50s and 60s, Judy Grable, who is being inducted into the Amsterdam Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday is at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2011/01/24/17019101.html
 
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 6/4 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds headlined by Diceman Ronnie Vegas vs. Pastor Pain in a loser wears a dress match.
 
--A look at indies in Maryland at http://justanotherreviewguy.blogspot.com/ 
 
--FIP on 5/21 in Newburgh, NY at the Ice Time Sports Arena with Austin Aries vs. AR Fox, Manu vs. Sami Callihan, Dark City Fight Club vs. SAT and Low Ki vs. Bobby Fish, plus Bill Eadie & Barry Darsow return as Demolition.
 
--CHIKARA Aniversario on 5/21 in Easton PA at the Palmer Center and 5/22 in Union City, NJ at the Ace Arena.  Union City is headliend by Amazing Red & Los Maximos vs. The Colony, Brodie Lee vs Vin Gerard, Eddie Kingston vs. Chuck Taylor plus Claudio Castagnoli and Kizarny appear.
 
--Balls Mahoney headlines Saturday night for the Bodyslam Wrestling Organization in Elmwood Park, NJ at 1 Legion Place.
 
--A bout scheduled for Saturday night's Bellator show with Derrick Lewis vs. Thiago Santos has been canceled due to injury according to mmajunkie.com 
 


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