SUN. UPDATE: Savage autopsy, Over the Limit preview, GSP, Austin, Savage tributes,WWE changes host



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        Tonight's lineup from the Key Arena in Seattle:
*John Cena vs. The Miz for the WWE title in an I Quit match - This has to be creative and violent given Cena has only one submission move over and Miz has zero.  But you know they'll work hard.  I don't see Miz winning, because doing so would lead to another Cena vs. Miz match and really, tonight's match feels already like one too many.
*Randy Orton vs. Christian for the world title.  Coming off a great television title change match, this should be the show stealer.  Christian, if he has more than 14:00, usually does a pretty similar match but it's always good to excellent unless with a stiff.  With Orton, hardly a stiff, it should be even better than usual.
*Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole.  To learn from WrestleMania, this really needs to be 6-7 minutes. 
*Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth.  This is a big one for R-Truth.  When you are getting your biggest run, you don't want the guys holding the knives that they stick in your back pointing to the fact you got put in a PPV match against one of the best workers in the company and didn't deliver.  Anything under *** will likely be held against him.  As far as going forward, this show is more important to Ron Killings than anyone.
*Big Show & Kane vs. C.M. Punk & Mason Ryan for the tag titles.  Probably won't be much of a match.  Should be kept short.  What to look out for is if Punk & Ryan win, that probably means Punk isn't leaving any time soon.  If Punk gets pinned, let the speculation begin. 
*Wade Barrett vs. Ezekiel Jackson for the IC title.  This also doesn't look like much of a match.  The key here is more that if people accept Jackson on his own as a player.  I don't think not having a good match will hurt him like Killings, because nobody expects that out of him going in.  But if people are cold for the match, he'll be the one who gets the "credit."
*Sin Cara vs. Chavo Guerrero.  Obviously a Sin Cara clean win.  This isn't about doing a **** match or even a *** match.  It's about doing a short showcase of moves, similar to the Sin Cara vs. Tyson Kidd match from Smackdown but longer.  Chavo's role is to make him look not good, but special good.
       
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--Diamond Dallas Page told me that he's got a tribute to Randy Savage up on his web site today that he spent some time putting together.  Savage was a big deal in moving Page from a mid-carder to a main eventer, which is a difficult jump.  Savage did it by agreeing not just to allow Page to work a program with him, get his hand raised on PPV, but he dictated the finish of a diamond cutter in the middle which for someone at Savage's star level was something he hardly had to do.
 
--More Randy Savage media
 
--Sean Wheelock and Jimmy Smith mentioned the death of Randy Savage on Bellator last night, with Smith saying that he hopes to see some flying elbow drops on the show.  Wheelock said Savage's feud with George Steele was one of the greatest in history.  To each his own, I guess.
 
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--Who do you expect to win the UFC 130 main event?
Quinton Jackson 71.8%
Matt Hamill 28.2%
        Randy Couture is picking Hamill.  Couture has been better than most when it comes to picking upsets.  If Jackson isn't motivated he could lose, and he says he's motivated (well, what do you expect him to say?), but he's got a lot more tools to win.  Hamill has a kick coming out of nowhere (which he did do to Mark Munoz), a lucky punch, or Jackson having no counter to Hamill's wrestling and Jackson being out of shape.  Other than that, it's Jackson's fight.
 
--Poll on Impact
Excellent 14.8%
Good 27.1%
Average 18.7%
Fair 10.1%
Poor 29.3%
        38.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--What was Randy Savage's most famous match?
vs. Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III 62.1%
vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania V 19.9%
vs. Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VII 8.8%
 
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--Former UFC star Karo Parisyan, on the comeback trail, got TKO'd in a Thursday night fight against Ryan Ford in Ontario.  Ford now faces Nick Hinchliffe on 6/10 in Edmonton at the Shaw Conference Center for Aggression MMA.
 
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Thursday night in Atlanta at The Masquerade.
 
--Maryland Championship Wrestling from Thursday night in Baltimore before 125 fans:  Napalm Bomb b Spoiler II, Sami Callihan b Alexander James, Black Wallstreet b Fed Up, Aida Marie b Arlene, Bruiser & Ronnie Zukko b Ryan McBride & Nui Tofiga, Oliver Grimsley b Zachary Shane, Country Strong b Holy Rollers, Cobian b Tyler Hilton.  Next show is 7/30, the annual Shane Shamrock Memorial show.    
 
--DMV Championship Wrestling from Friday night in Baltimore before 100 fans:  Latin Hit Squad b 4saken, Skull b Chuck Lennox, Doyle Day b Suge Daniels, Arlene b Aida Marie, Hellcats b Pretty Ugly, Kindred b Louis Rich, Zulu & Napalm Bomb b Prodigy & Christian York. (thanks to Joe Burrows)
 
--USWO from Friday night in Atlanta before 87 fans:  Psycho Medic b Jason Nesmith, Jamey Farrari & Nick Iggy b Damien Payne & Mike Jones, Panther won three-way over Saint and Mike Cobbs, Jason Xavier b Tim Renesto, Bryan Casey b Redneck Danny Copass, Gary Valiant b Drew Haskins, L.T. Falk & Chris Michaels b Wolfie D & Jocephus (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
 
--Southern All-Star Wrestling from Friday night in Millersville, TN:  Lee Cross b Anthony Wayne, LBK b Shane Smalls, Chris Comb b Derek Neal, Krull b David Matthews, Wildboys b Weatherbys, Shane Eden b Hammerjack (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
 
--Wrestling Past, Present Future from last night in East Moline, IL:  Cameron Jacobs b ?, Markus Crane b ?, Jonathan Napier & Josh Powers b Joel Thomasson & Tyler Priegel, Kurtis J. Weedman b Donald Franks-DQ, Silas Young & Val Maleon b Mason Beck & Mia Martinez.  Next show is 6/11.  Tyler Priegel does a gimmick where he throws a dodge ball at his opponents (thanks to Joel Kolsrud)  
 
--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling from last night in Kingsport, TN:  Bulldozer b Jeff Connelly, Ray Idol b Scott Sterling, Skylar Kruze & Gavin Darring b Cody Ices & Richard Wellington, Keith Knox b Kole Layton King, Tony Givens & Robbie Cassidy & Beau James b Chris Richards & Lukas Angel & Jeff Baker.
 
--NWA DAWG from last night in Vineland, NJ:  Nathan Avery b Ed House, Joe Gacy d Dan Murdoch, Damien Wayne b Julio Dinero, Sam Shields & Chris Rockwell b Sebastian Cruz & Raven Blaze, Monster Ahtu b Purple bomber, Damien Wayne b Johnny Calzone, L.J. Cruz b Alexander James Atkinson, Craig Classic b Joey Spades.  Next show is 7/23 featuring Matt Cross from Tough Enough against Damien Wayne.
 
--St. Louis Anarchy from last night in O'Fallon, MO:  Akira Tozawa b Mat Fitchett, K.C. Karrington b Christian Rose, Aiden Young b Adam Raw, Dan Walsh b Dorian Victor, Davey Vega b Dingo, Even Gelistico b Shane Hollister, Mat Fitchett b Darin Corbin, Summerlyn & Jessica James over Matt Cage & Alex Castle and Super Electro & Jack O'Lantern, Gerald James won four-way over Arik Cannon, Akira Tozawa and ACH (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
 
--GOUGE from last night in Butner, NC:  Otto Schwanz b Foxx, Ricky Martinez b Scrapyard Dog, Trailer Park Heat b Wrecker Rollins, Frank Stalletto b Seymour Snott, Sean Alexander b Boogie Woogie Man Rob McBride.  Next show is 6/25 in Spex, NC at the Iron Horse bar.
 
--NYWC from last night in Deer Park, NY:  Braydon Knight b Tony Nese-DQ, Rex Lawless won Battle Royal, Pat Buck & John Silver b Francis Kipland Stevens III & Kierin Mansfield, Apollyon b Tony Burma, Stockade b K-Murda, Dickie Rodz b Mikey Whipwreck, Britanny Savage NC Nickie 6, Stockade b Pat Buck and John Silver, Ryan Rush b Tony Nese, Dan Eckos & Kenny Royal b Alex Reynolds & King Mega, Stockade over Dimitrios Papadon and Syther (thanks to Ken Lippe)
 
--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando:  Chris Jones b Brandon Scherer, Pablo Marquez & Cameron Mathews & Alby Gonzalez b Jason Hanley & Dave Duperon & Joe Sway, Ryze b Wayne Van Dyke, Santana b Jessicka Haze, J.D. Amazing b Q.T. Marshall, Danny Demanto b Mike Reed, James Boys b Jerrelle Clark & Lince Dorado, Ray Beez b Francisco Ciatso (thanks to Al Haft)
 
 
 
 

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