MON. UPDATE: Legend may be on Raw; Another on Tough Enough; Fallout from last night; More Savage



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--Randy Couture is picking two upsets, as not just Matt Hamill over Rampage Jackson but also  Roy Nelson over Frank Mir.
 
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--Howard Stern had the Iron Sheik on today to talk about Randy Savage.  He was in character saying he was a great performer but then did one of his rants about him, saying the only thing they did together was smoke pot but Savage was cheap.
 
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--Poll on Smackdown from Friday
Excellent 11.4%
Good 34.3%
Average 28.9%
Fair 13.9%
Poor 11.4%
        35.4% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--For Saturday night's Bellator
Excellent 18.5%
Good 46.3%
Average 14.8%
Fair 5.6%
Poor 14.8%
        71.0% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Should Randy Savage be put in the WWE Hall of Fame next year
Yes 53.5%
Yet, but only if Rock is not because he shouldn't play second fiddle 28.8%
No, it will come off as an empty gesture 17.7%
 
--Who was best on interviews
Ric Flair 78.7%
Terry Funk 21.3%
 
--Best TV show of the past week
Tough Enough 28.8%
Impact 16.1%
Raw 11.9%
Smackdown 1.0%
Voice vs. Hulk 8.1%
Ultimate Fighter 6.8%
Bellator 4.7%
CMLL 4.7%
AAA 4.2%
It's Show time 1.7%
MMA Live 1.3%
Inside MMA 0.8%
 
 
 
 
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--UFC is partnering with The Boot Campaign for a fund raiser for the Lone Survivor Foundation at.  Fans who purchase "give back" combat boots on www.BootCampaign.com/UFC will get free admission to an after-party on Saturday night's UFC show at the XS Nightclub at the encore Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  they are offering public bidding on a number of things including the Octagon canvas from Toronto, one-on-one training with UFC stars, VIP tickets to UFC events and more.
 
--Mike Tyson will be on Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday.  Steve Austin will be on Jimmy Fallon on Friday and Tyson will be on Ellen DeGeneres on Friday. (thanks to Adam Lebow)
 
--Quinton Jackson will be on Craig Ferguson tonight.   
 
--Irv Muchnick looks at the rash of suicides in sports and includes Michael Benoit saying athletes in contact sports should use high-grade Omega 3 oils daily for brain protection at http://www.beyondchron.org/
 
--TNA has canceled its 7/23 house show in Concord, NC.
 
--A couple of Tijuana house show the next few weeks at Auditorio Municipal.  The 5/27 show features the debut of the new El Hijo del Rey Misterio, plus has Blue Demon Jr. & Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. L.A. Park & Carlito.  6/17 is headlined by El Hijo del Santo vs. Blue Demon Jr.
 
--Josh Barnett is doing a benefit concert on Thursday night at the House of Blues in Hollywood with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross Japanese relief effort.  Tickets are $15 and on sale at Ticketmaster.  A number of metal bands are performing on the stage headlined by All Shall Perish.
 
--Some Fight Network interviews (done before the death of Randy Savage) with Hulk Hogan (the one where he talked about why TNA PPV's aren't drawing well) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jScMYlvPtOE and Kevin Nash at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl9Ue9A-VYI talking about his role in WWE and Scott Steiner on TNA rebranding at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90Nwy9DMS-0 
 
--An article that ran today talked about former Chelsea soccer boss Jose Mourinho meeting Chris Benoit at http://www.sabotagetimes.com/football-sport/when-former-chelsea-boss-jose-mourinho-met-wrestling-legend-chris-benoit/  Not sure why this made the paper today. (thanks to Richard Luck)
 
--Today is the 12th anniversary of the death of Owen Hart in Kansas City on a live PPV show.  In many ways that was the darkest moment in modern wrestling history as far as something that took place during a show, although now you may have to call it a tie with the death of Mitsuharu Misawa.
 
--A show called Acid-Fest two, a tribute to the late Trent Acid, takes place on 6/10 at the Arena in Philadelphia as a 4 p.m. show.  All money is earmarked toward his family to help them finish paying funeral costs.  Homicide, Adam Flash, Amy Lee, Messiah, Devon Moore, Adam Cole, SATs, Ryan McBride, John McChesney, Eddie Kingston are among those donating their time and talents to the event.
 
--Future Stars of Wrestling on 6/12 at the SFW Arena in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. headlined by Franco D'Angelo vs. Al Katrzz plus Sinn Bodhi Stacy Carter, Michael Modest and Kenny King.  Their one hour TV show that airs on TV in Las Vegas is available at http://www.futurestarsofwrestling.com
 
--After the death of Randy Savage, Lance Storm has decided to pay tribute to people who have helped his career long before they pass away hopefully.  No. 1 is Jim Cornette at http://www.stormwrestling.com/052311.html
 
--In Your Face Wrestling on 6/25 in  Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling on 6/11 in Fort Smith, AR at the Events Center headlined by Matt Riviera vs. Prince Al Farat in a bull rope match plus an appearance of Bobby Eaton as a manager.
 
--There are Lucha Libre shows on Saturday night in Cudahy, CA at the Clara Sports Complex and Sunday in Salinas at Sherwood Hall promoted by FMLL with Angel Blanco Jr. & Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. Blue Demon Jr. & L.A. Park.
 
--Ring Wars Carolinas on 5/28 in Hoffman, NC at the Rec Center
 
--Hard Knocks is on itzon.tv on 5/25 at 5:35 p.m. as well as on Sky 219 in the U.K. tonight at 9:30 p.m.
 
--IWF from Saturday night in Woodland Park, NJ:  Marc Corino b Jarrett Foster, Joey Golden b Absolutely Edwin, Aaron Stride b Austin Williams, Chris Steeler b Kevin Knight, Donte Arcade & Karson Slade b Frank Scoleri & Kraig Stagg, Flex Freeman b Mastodon Francis with Tom Prichard as referee.
 
--Andrew Siciliano, who guest hosted for Dan Patrick today on his radio show, went on a tirade about wrestling fans at a wings joint that was packed for last night's show when he went there wanting to see the playoffs at http://danpatrick.directv.com.edgesuite.net/Podcast/DP-Hr1_05-23-2011_stream.mp3 (thanks to Jim Mills)
 
--New Experience Wrestling on Friday night in West Memphis, AR at the NEW Arena
 
--CHIKARA returns to Chicago on 6/24 at the Logan Square Auditorium.
 
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Friday night at the Academy Theater in Avondale Estates, GA
 
--OTTR talks the death of Randy Savage at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cutrer       
 
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate iPPV on Friday night at GFL.tv from Elmhurst, NY at the Elks Lodge in Queens featuring Mick Foley as commissioner plus Sami Callihan vs. Dan Maff in a Texas death match and Sid Vicious vs. Eddie Kingston, plus Velvet Sky will manage, and Sonjay Dutt and Rich Swann are wrestling. 
 
--Former WWE wrestler Candice Michelle was on NBC's National Heads Up Poker championships yesterday.  She was there because she still works for Go Daddy, which is a big sponsor of these shows.
 
--An interview with Sgt. Slaughter at http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/22/2229563/  Sarge still talks like there were terrorist threats and if not WrestleMania 7 would have drawn 104,000 people.
  
 
 

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