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        Smackdown and NXT are taped Tuesday night in Des Monies.  Impact's go-home show for Slammiversary will be taped in Orlando on Tuesday.
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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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--Most of the post-UFC news is up on the Observer radio show we cut last night.  Key info includes that Jason Miller vs. Michael Bisping in the battle of TUF coaches will be on Spike TV on the live finale in December as opposed to on PPV; and Dana White at one point saying Rampage Jackson would get the next show at Jon Jones, and later not being quite as definitive.  Jackson suffered a fractured hand in training.  Lots of injuries last night included Frank Mir with a broken jaw and Michael McDonald with a broken hand. 
--The Stefan Struve knockout at the hands of Travis Browne made ESPN's plays of the night.
--As of tonight's nothing off the show was trending on Google, although this late that isn't unusual.
--A few days ago on the Jay Leno show, when he was making of fun of different news stories, he brought up the Ed Graziano hiring an undercover officer to make a hit on wife Debbie, noting that besides cash, he was offering a pizza gift card.  Leno didn't appear to know the connection between the Grazianos and Hulk Hogan and never mentioned anything about it being John Graziano's parents. (thanks to Jeff Gagliardo)
--TNA is doing get togethers before TVs this week.  Tomorrow at 3 p.m. there will be an A.J. Styles meet-and-greet.  When that's over, there will be a Kurt Angle meet and greet.  There will be a post-show meet-and-greet with Crimson and Amazing Red.  Hopefully they can tell stories of growing up together as brothers in Queens.  There will also be a post-show meet and greet on Tuesday night with Mr. Anderson.
--Fast & Furious was down to No. 6 this past weekend with an estimate of $6.6 million.  It's right now at $196 million domestic.
--You can use your imagination as to what he means, C.M. Punk on twitter:  "Ugh.  Sick of wrestling shows starting out with the same exact in ring interview!  Change it up!"
--Poll on Ultimate Fighter from Wednesday
Excellent 43.5%
Good 39.1%
Average 4.3%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 13.0%
        44.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--Best on Interviews
Ric Flair 70.1%
Roddy Piper 29.9%
--What did you think of Countdown to UFC 130?
Excellent 20.5%
Good 35.9%
Average 20.5%
Fair 10.3%
Poor 12.8%
        59.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on Impact
Excellent 16.8%
Good 22.8%
Average 16.8%
Fair 12.4%
Poor 31.2%
        40.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--Which of these was the best on interviews?
Bobby Heenan 53.1%
The Rock 46.9%
How many buys do you expect UFC 130 to get?
Under 200,000 11.5%
201-250,000 12.1%
251-300,000 23.3%
301-350,000 28.9%
351-400,000 14.2%
401-450,000 7.4%
451-500,000 5.5%
501,000 or more 7.1%
--Bob Orton appeared on the sports report for a lengthy interview on KPLR-TV in St. Louis, the longtime flagship station of wrestling in the city.  They talked about Wrestling at the Chase, the importance of St. Louis wrestling, Randy Orton and the death of Randy Savage.
--Cliff Compton, who wrestled as Domino in WWE, spearheaded on OVW show to raise money for he family of Trey Zwicker, a 14-year-old homicide victim found a few weeks ago.  Zwicker was an OVW fan who knew Compton.  Friends of Zwicker and his family attended and at the end of the show, Compton presented them with a Check for $2,000.  Story is at
--Bubba the Love Sponge was burying Kharma on the air on Friday, playing some of the insulting stuff he did in the best on Awesome Kong, and then said she would be off TV for a while because she's pregnant. (thanks to Woody Carlson)
--The Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA is advertising these two main events for 6/17 for a supershow, headlined by John Cena & Big Show & Alex Riley vs. R-Truth & Alberto Del Rio & C.M. Punk, plus Randy Orton vs. Christian for the world title.  Yes, they are slotting Riley as a main event face.
--Last night at Petaluma Speedway, they played Pomp & Circumstance and announcer Ron Lingron said it was a tribute to Randy Savage.  The fans gave it a rousing ovation.  It was played just before the main event race of the show.
--ONE HD in Australia is showing last night's UFC prelims at 12:05 a.m. today (thanks to Tim Forge)
--An interview with Johnny Gargano talking about CHIKARA, favorite matches and pop culture at
--Taichi Palace Fights on 8/5 in Lemoore, CA is headlined by Darrell Montague (9-1) vs. Ian McCall (10-2).  Joe Soto, a former Bellator star is on the show, as well as former UFC star David Louiseau faces Giva Santana (the armbar specialist) and Andre Galvao faces Jorge Lopez.
--IWHE's 13th anniversary show is 6/5 in Fort Worth at The Horseman Club headlined by Rodney Mack vs. Franco D'Angelo.   
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville before 118 fans:  White Tiger b Mike Cobbs and Drifter, Psycho Medic b Tim Renesto, Josh Crow & Jamey Farrari & Nick Iggy b Damien Payne & Saint & Mike Jones, Seven b Danny Copass, Jason Xavier b Panther, L.T. Falk DCOR Jocephus, Gary Valiant b Bryan Casey-DQ, Chris Michaels b Wolfie D to win the USWO title (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Kissimmee Championship Wrestling on Friday night in Kissimmee, FL:  Spirit Kid & Alby Gonzalez & Aiden Altair b Mike Reed & Jason Hanely & Dave Duperson, Brandon Scherer b Milo Beasley, London Vince b Wayne Van Dyke, Jessika Haze b Santana, Lince Dorado b Ryze, Q.T. Marshall b Rob Wisley, Mike Cruz & Gus Money b Los Ben Dejos, J.D. Amazing & T-Funk b All Nighters, Lince Dorado won four-way over Q.T. Marshall, London Vince and Brandon Scherer (thanks to Al Haft)
--CWE's post-game show Friday night after the Raw house show across the street in Winnipeg before 150 fans:  Bobby Jay b Eugene, Darren Dalton won Battle Royal, Mentallo b Matt Fairline, A.J. Sanchez & Danny Duggan b Robby Royce & Anderson Tyson Moore-DQ, Zack Mercury & Eugene b Bobby Jay & J.J. Sanchez.  Next show in Winnipeg at 4-Play on 6/19 with Rhino, Carlito and Honky Tonk Man.
--Great Canadian Wrestling on 7/29 in Oshawa, ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall has Sabu and Rhino headlining.
--WWE Digital Downloads this past month are DVDs of Bobby Heenan, Big Show, Braggins Rights 2010, Chris Jericho, DX The Last Stand, Elimination Chamber 2011, Fatal Four Way, John Cena Experience, John Cena My Life, Hart Family Anthology, Money in the Bank 2010, Night of Champions 2010, Over the Limit 2010, Raw, Ricky Steamboat, Rise & Fall of WCW, The Rock, Royal Rumble 2011, Smackdown, SummerSlam 2010, Survivor Series 2010, TLC 2010, Hardy Boys, True Story of WrestleMania, Top 50 Superstars of All-time, WrestleMania 27.
--Jim Ross talks pre-UFC 130, Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels, the Strikeforce show in Dallas and Brock Lesnar's book at
--Walt Harris, the former National All-Star Wrestling announcer in the 60s and better known as the voice of the San Francisco Bay Bombers Roller Derby glory days had a story about him in today's Contra Costa Times.  Harris, who turned 90 last Saturday, lives in Danville, CA.  Story is at
--Ted DiBiase Sr. will appear on 6/18 at the Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling show in East Carondelet, IL headlined by Ron Powers vs. LMC and Kevin X vs. Gary Jackson.
--MWF Night of Champions on 6/4 in Bridgeport, PA at the Shehan Center headlined by Shelton Benjamin vs. Slyck Wagner Brown.  Also appearing are Paul Bearer, Jay Lethal and Eddie Edwards.  It's a fund raiser for the Gary Brianne Tuttle Life Fund.
--NAAFS MMA show at the Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland  
--Time Warner on Demand has Raven & Daffney vs. Abyss & Taylor Wylde from last year's Slammiversary in their Events Free Preview section.
--Future Stars of Wrestling TV show at  On the show include Raven, Rick Martel and Michael Modest.
--Tulalip Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Marysville, WA:  Kellen Raeth b Home Boy Quiz, Christopher Ryseck b Draven Vargas, C.J. Edwards b Nick Price, Dash Venture b Cole Bishop, Dr. Kliever & J-Sin Sullivan b Aaron Bolo & Azul Angel.  Next show is 6/18 with an outdoor show and a Rumble Battle Royal (thanks to Charles Short).
--Amber & Lexus beat Marti Belle & Tina San Antonio to win the WSU tag team titles last night in Queens, NY.  
--Dungeon Championship Wrestling from last night in Newhall, CA:  Mario Banks b Ryan Kidd, Thunder Kitty b Sassy Stephanie, Fern Owens b Duke, Nikki the New York Knockout b Allison Danger, Los Luchas b Nemesis & Ultimo Shamu, Famous B b Austin Morrison, Tyler Bateman, Kaos, Brian Cage, Shaun Ricker, Bo Cooper and Disco Machine in an elimination match for the first Dungeon heavyweight title (thanks to Dan Farren)
--Global Championship Wrestling from last night in Pell City, AL before 300-350 fans:  Theodore Tutwiler III won Battle Royal, Tracy Taylor b Pandora, Luke Gallows (using that name) b Orion Bishop, Inhuman Fly b Shane Williams, Mr. O'Hagan & Maniac O'Malley b Chase Stevens & Cassidy Riley, Micah Taylor b Carlito.  Next show is 6/25 (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--RCW on 6/4 in Baltimore at Da Burns Arena headlined by Shiima Xion vs. Adam Cole and Derek Frazier vs Ruckus, plus Mark Briscoe and Rhett Titus.

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