WED. UPDATE: Kharma, Lots of UFC, Ratings, Orton, Bones Jones, Morrison tries to improve while off

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        Lots of UFC on television today.  UFC Unleashed runs 6-8 p.m., followed by Ultimate Fighter, and then at 10 p.m. is a special called Rampage Jackson in the moment, followed by a 30 minute UFC 130 preview show.  At midnight on Versus will be a tape of the Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki WEC show from November.  UFC In the Moment with Rampage replays at 12:30 a.m.
        The life and times of one of the biggest stars in pro wrestling history, Randy Savage, is the focus of the new double-issue of the Observer.  This is one of the biggest bios we've ever done, with comments from many of the biggest stars in history, looking at Savage from his days as a child playing baseball, through his years as a skinny enhancement guy, to becoming the most talented wrestler on the outlaw circuit, and how he became one of the most recognizable names in pro wrestling history.
        The issue also has complete coverage of another of the year's biggest news stories, the sale of Ring of Honor, with details, future direction and thoughts on where the company is going.  We also have full coverage of the Over the Limit PPV, the Chael Sonnen suspension hearing, and the story of a fighter who battled through and back to overcome one of the worst hands possible being dealt in a look at Bellator's Bryan Baker.
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        We look at the death of Savage, the media response, his career title record and major awards, the poem by Jay Lethal who imitated him, comments from a number of the biggest stars in wrestling, as well as a look back at his most famous storylines, how they happened, and even more important, how much luck was involved because all of them could very well have not happened.
        We go back to the famous WrestleManias, the first SummerSlam, Saturday Night's Main Event against Bret Hart, the uniting and breakup of The Megapowers.  We look back at his matches with Hogan and his feud with Ricky Steamboat, as well as his retirement match with Ultimate Warrior, his talks with WCW, why his relationship with Hulk Hogan has been so rocky, as well as a look back at the life and times of Elizabeth.
        Ricky Steamboat looks back at his most famous match and his thoughts about it 24 years later, as well as his WCW days, Dusty Rhodes talks about his baseball days as well as his final match in TNA when Rhodes was booking. 
        We look at his childhood love for baseball, growing up in a wrestling household, baseball in high school and the minor leagues, how pro wrestling played a part in his original tryout, notes from baseball teammates, his second wife, his beginnings in pro wrestling while still playing baseball.
        Bret Hart talks about Savage's departure from WWF in the 90s, how Savage got into WWF in the first place and McMahon and Howard Finkel calling people for background on him and Elizabeth, as well as the portrayal of Elizabeth and how it was not the original direction for her.  We also look at how the popularity of female valets got started, Savage's first Madison Square Garden match and the story behind that.  We look at the problems with Savage and Elizabeth, her life between wrestling gigs and Savage and Elizabeth in WCW.
        We look at how Elizabeth got in WCW, what she did after WCW and her slow downfall leading to her demise.
        We also look at his formative years in the business, where he got the name Randy Savage as well as the Macho Man name, and working himself up the ranks in smaller promotions.  We look at his run in Georgia, Tennessee and in Canada as well as a look back at International Championship Wrestling, one of the most talked about outlaw promotions in history.
        We look at Savage as ICW champion, what they would do on television, the threats of violence, grandstand angles, his near altercations and real altercations.  We look at his feud in the ring with his brother, his lawsuit against the establishment promotions and why it fell apart.  We also look at the angle for Savage in Mid South Wrestling with someone who went on to become one of the biggest stars in the business, and why it stared but never played out.
        We also look at how the biggest enemy of the Jarrett promotions for more than a year became one of their biggest stars.  We look back at the program with Jerry Lawler, his face turn against Rick Rude, his heel turn, what all-time legend he was planning to drop the ICW title to when that star no-showed a major event.
        We look at how Savage first got the call to join WWF and how he did business on the way out.
        We also look at his professionalism and other wrestlers talk about the respect they had for him, as well as his erratic behavior.  We look at how he made Diamond Dallas Page, the Team Madness era, what happened in WCW and his post-WrestleMania feud with Hulk Hogan.  We also look at his time as a recluse, and what death led to two of today's biggest names seeing him one last time.  We also look at his talks that led to his appearing on video doing a promo last summer.
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        We've also got the full lineup for the next TripleMania, the 19th edition, and what wrestler says he is putting up his career.
        We also have a feature on Bryan Baker, and his big night a few weeks back, as well as his period of fighting while undergoing treatment for leukemia.
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--Kharma is expected to do an interview on Raw on Monday to explain her leave of absence. 
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--In the ratings for last week on cable, TNT due to NBA coverage took first at a 2.4 in prime time to 2.0 for USA and 2.0 for ESPN.  Sy Fy was No. 21 at 0.7 and Spike didn't crack the top 25.  Raw was No. 7 and No. 11 last week.  Bulls vs Heat playoff games did 7.4 and 7.1 ratings for the top two spots.  The 7.4 was against Over the Limit, which isn't good news for that show.  Raw was No. 9 and No. 10 in 18-49, trailing 5 NBA games, two episodes of Inside the NBA Playoffs and Tosh.O.
--Randy Orton somehow, in flying home from Spokane to St. Louis, got on a flight to Fayetteville.  Luckily, he didn't sit down and fall asleep, as before the plane took off, he realized he had gotten on the wrong plane, and he was allowed to de board and go to the correct plane.
--Jon Jones was on a Syracuse radio show today and said he expects to fight again in October, and mentioned either Lyoto Machida or Rampage Jackson (if he beats Matt Hamill) as his next opponent.  When asked about that at today's UFC press conference, Dana White said that was premature.   
--Dragon Gate USA on 6/3 in Revere, MA final lineup has
Pac & Masato Yoshino vs. Yamato & Akira Tozawa for the tag titles
Austin Aries vs. Johnny Gargano
Cima & Brodie Lee vs. Chuck Taylor & Rich Swann
Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Sami Callihan
Ricochet vs Susumu Yokosuka
AR Fox vs. Arik Cannon vs. Scott Reed vs. Tony Nese
6/4 in Deer Park, NY at the NYWC Sportatorium which is a PPV taping for August
Pac vs Ricochet vs. Chuck Taylor
Yamato vs. Cima vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Masato Yoshino
Caleb Konley vs. Flip Kendrick vs. Jon Davis vs. Louis Lyndon vs. Pinkie Sanchez vs. Rich Swann vs. Sami Callihan vs. Scott Reed
Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Arik Cannon
Austin Aries vs. Susumu Yokosuka
Akira Tozawa vs. AR Fox
Brodie Lee vs. Tony Nese
--A story on teaching John Morrison how to overcome his weakness on interviews that is holding him back from being a headliner is at  Basically Morrison is attending public speaking classes.  You have to hand it to guys like Morrison and Miz who go out of the box to improve their marketable skills for this business.
--WWE house show on 8/29 in Topeka has been canceled.
--Smackdown will be taped on 8/9 in Sacramento at the Power Balance Pavilion.
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--Joseph Benavidez vs. Eddie Wineland and Alex Caceres (Bruce Leroy) faces Leonard Garcia on the 8/14 UFC show from Milwaukee that airs on Versus.  Benavidez vs. Wineland is a good fight on paper. 
--An M-1 Global show will air live on the web site at 11 a.m. Eastern and 8  a.m. Pacific on 6/4 from the National Circus Arena in Kiev, Russia.  Rafal Moks faces Yasubey Enomoto in the main event.
--There was an interesting weekend note in boxing.  In the U.K., new WBO champion Nathan Cleverly's first title defense scheduled for last Saturday night against Tony Bellew was canceled because Bellew failed the British Board of Control's checkweight system.  For all championship matches in the U.K., fighters are weighed three days before the fight and if they are more than 3% over their contracted championship weight, the fight is off.  The idea of this is to prevent fighters from crash weight loss the night before. (thanks to Will Cooling)    
--Kaiju Big Battel takes place on 6/3 at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
--Howard Stern today briefly mentioned the article on the number of deaths from the 1991 WrestleMania show. (thanks to Robert Miqueli)
--Steve Austin talks the music he likes and the first concert he went to at
--Jake and Jared Rosholt, both former Oklahoma State All-American wrestlers, have been added to Friday night's Titan Fighting Championship show in Kansas City on HDNet.  The late addition came after Rory Markham and Drew McFedries both pulled out of the show.  McFedries has an infection and Markham got a film role that would have him leaving the country this week.  Jake faces local favorite John Ott, who had a super hot match with Bobby Lashley.  Jared (2-0), faces Kirk Grinlinton (2-2).  Main event is Jens Pulver vs Brian Davidson (6-3).
--Poll on Tough Enough from Monday
Excellent 35.9%
Good 48.0%
Average 7.5%
Fair 4.3%
Poor 4.3%
        19.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--Best of these on interviews
Bobby Heenan 52.0%
Steve Austin 48.0%
--Who should win Tough Enough?
Luke 44.1%
Jeremiah 36.0%
Andy 19.8%
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 7.8%
Good 31.5%
Average 24.8%
Fair 13.5%
Poor 22.4%
        10.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Two others brothers, Danillo (13-3) and Yuri Villefort, both debut in Strikeforce on the 6/24 show in Kent, WA.  Danillo faces Antwain Britt in a middleweight bout, while Yuri (6-0) faces Travis Bush (5-2-1).  Danillo's fight will air on Showtime.  Yuri's is not scheduled on Showtime.         
--A note on this week's issue.  At the Chael Sonnen hearing, when he was talking about getting paid for an interview, it was not for Inside MMA on HDNet.  The belief is that it was for a different television interview.  At the hearing there was a quote regarding Sonnen TV interviews saying that they are entertainment and that he charges for them.  Inside MMA does not pay for interviews. 
--Kyle Matthews vs. Ace Rockwell is the first second round match in the NWA North American title tournament.  It takes place on the 5/21 NWA Anarchy show in Cornelia, GA.
--Dory Funk's BANG on 5/28 in Ocala, FL at the Funking Conservatory Sound Stage is headlined by Dory Funk Jr. & Jose Salinas vs. Fuschicho Masuku & Arachnaman
--Jeff Katz talks about his attempt to do a wrestling fan funded promotion at  They have a concept of wrestling being done in 12 episode seasons with storylines starting and wrapping up, based on shows like Dexter or The Wire.  He said they have passed the $40,000 mark in donations to start.
--Adam Cole vs. Ryan McBride headlines Acid Fest II, a fund raiser to pay the funeral bills of the late Trent Acid, which takes place on 7/10 at The Arena in Philadelphia.
--SWA on Saturday night in Loris, SC at the Kingston Business and Education Center.
--World Championship Fighting on 6/18 in Wilmington, MA at the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium headlined by Dan Lauzon, a former UFC and Affliction fighter, facing Noah Weisman for their lightweight title.
--Classic Championship Wrestling announced a 6/4 show in Rutherford, PA at the Youth Center.
--Former WCW wrestler Rob "Stro" Kellum will be at the Pittsburgh Horror Film Festival on 6/3 and 6/4 at the Monroeville Expo Mart.
--IWC on 5/27 in Elizabeth, PA at the Court Time Sports Center features John McChesney vs. Shiima Xion vs. Super Hentai for the IWC title and Jason Gory & Facade vs. Jimmy Vegas & Dennis Gregory for the tag titles.  Adam Cole, Ricky Reyes and Michael Elgin are also on the how.  The 10th annual Super Indy tournament will be on 6/18 in the same building.
--CHIKARA on 6/26 in Lakewood, OH at St. Gregory's Byzantine Hall with The Colony & Mike Quackenbush vs. FIST & Vin Gerard and Brodie Lee vs. Eddie Kingston in the 12 Large tournament.
--CZW on 6/11 at the Arena in Philadelphia with Philly's Most Wanted defending the tag titles against Azrieal & Bandido 
--Wrestle Jam 7 on 7/16 in Hamden CT at the Elks Lodge headlined by Amazing Red vs. Gran Akuma vs. Frankie Arion and Bobby Fish vs. Tommaso Ciampa.

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