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--Talk of stripping a championship
--A look at the next major CMLL show and why everyone is scrambling when it comes to damage control for the main event
--CMLL Super lightweight title tournament
--Forging an Idol winner
--New promotion starting using a number of former WWE stars
--Perros Del Mal vs. Psycho Circus cage match hair vs. mask
--A look at the new El Hijo de Rey Misterio and what happened to the old one
--Former WWE wrestler trying to get into AAA for the TNA angle
--Brothers of current WWE star being put together in AAA and famous brother talks about giving them the rub
--Update on Dragon Gate USA weekend shows
--K-1 world champion headlines All Japan show at Sumo Hall plus complete lineup
--Next GHC title challenger
--Two of the world's best tag teams breaking up
--Update on the Best of the Super Junior tournament
--ESPN considering a feature on famous 90s pro wrestlers
--Death of famous Canadian wrestling announcer Milt Avruskin
--Chyna and porn
--Sean Waltman upset at Brian Knobs over his reactions to Randy Savage's death
--Former WWF main event gets knocked out and injured
--A look at the PWG All-Star weekend featuring many of the top indie and TNA wrestlers
--U.S. stars go to Holland
--An iPPV fiasco
--Japanese woman wrestling legend headed to the U.S.
--Story on former wrestling announcer
--TV feature on former promoter and AWA champion
--Main Event of ROH's next iPPV show
--Kurt Angle's Olympic dream
--Sting doing a TNA tour
--Slammiversary lineup updated
--More on the TNA vs AAA program
--Eric Bischoff talks
--Mick Foley gets management upset
--TNA does a secret party
--What wrestler expected to be in major TNA plans gets all the plans dropped and why
--TNA's ratings in the U.K.
--Next few weeks of TNA television
--UFC vs. WWE revenue comparisons
--How UFC benefits by not being a mainstream sport
--Dana White talks pension plans for fighters
--White talks Maynard vs. Edgar
--Crazy reaction to Fedor vs. Henderson
--Fedor vs. Henderson payoffs
--Gina Carano's next fight update as well as long-term plans for her by the promotion
--TV notes for the 6/18 show in Dallas
--Dana White addresses TV future
--Major star looking to get into UFC
--Where MMA stands in the U.S. sports scene and comparisons to WWE in the sports scene
--New network being started, says it will focus as much as it can around a UFC star
--Future of Jon Jones
--A look at a major movie being shot with a UFC theme
--UFC fighter announces sabbatical, hints at retirement
--A look at gambling on UFC fights
--Lots of new UFC fights
--K-1 announces a new show
--End of Bellator season
--Titan Fighting Championships notes
--Dan Severn goes for a milestone
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--ROH announced earlier today a new match for the 6/26 iPPV show from New York, a four-way for the tag titles with champs Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin defending against The All Night Express, The Briscoe Brothers and The Kings of Wrestling.
--UFC Undisputed 3 has been announced for a January release with more focus on toe-to-eoe combat and visual presentation, including the introduction of fighting in Pride mode (knees and soccer kicks legal, in a ring instead of cage--we have not heard of anything to make it more fully realistic by having back acne on the fighters from increased steroid use as more evident) or more obvious official favoritism of the more popular fighters and the occasional worked match with a pro wrestler thrown in. Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros have been added to the game to do the commentary in Pride mode.
--Patricia Gottesman has been named to the WWE Board of Directors. She's the President and CEO of Crimson Hexagon, a social media monitoring and analysis company.
--There will be a tribute to Randy Couture at the 7/1 Tuff N Uff show the night before UFC 132 in Las Vegas, at the Cox Pavilion.
--A six-part original series "Bruce Lee Lives" debuts on Fuel TV on 7/13 at 10 p.m.
--Today is the 53rd birthday of both Lanny Poffo and Dan Severn; the 35th birthday of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the 33rd birthday of A.J. Styles, as well as the 13th anniversary of the death of Junkyard Dog and 8th anniversary of the death of Fred Blassie (thanks to Matt Schreiner)
--UFC officially announced a show on 8/14 in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center with Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle as the main event, plus Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson (why that isn't the main event is a question although I guess the feeling is Hardy and Lytle are more famous), Stephan Bonnar vs Karlos Vemola and Amir Sadollah vs. Duane Ludwig. The show will air live on Versus. This will be the UFC's debut in Wisconsin. Tickets go on sale to Fight Club members on 6/9, newsletter subscribes on 6/10 and to the public on 6/11 priced from $250 down to $50.
--The Michael Bisping vs. Mayhem Miller fight will headlined a 12/3 Spike show, most likely from Las Vegas although the city is not official. That will also be the finals of season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter.
--Kia "Kharma" Stevens on her web site defended Jim Ross, saying if Ross hadn't been honest with her, she'd have never made it in wrestling, as his comments were her impetus to go to Japan and also noted Ross was the one who pushed her to WWE after she had quit TNA. "You never have to worry about where you stand with JR. He'll give you constructive criticism when you need it and praise you when you've earned it. He's no sycophant and that is something to be celebrated."
--What is the opposite of Words of Wisdom? Eric Bischoff's twitter? "Seems like 90% of the audience loves what the loudest 10% hates. So who really matters? The 10%ers can't get over the fact that they are irrelevant. Ratings don't lie. Research doesn't lie. IWC smarks need to get over it." Actually he is right as a general rule in the sense people who complain the loudest on message boards don't represent the audience you need to market to, but since he was saying it in relation to TNA, in the specific, it's true that numbers don't lie, but those at TNA should hardly take the important numbers, as in people who actually care about the product, as anything but embarrassing.
--Andre the Giant and The Shire Brothers were mentioned last night during the NHL Stanley Cup finals. When 6-9 Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins was holding off two smaller members of the Vancouver Canucks, announcer Mike Emrick said it reminded him of watching Andre the Giant vs. The Shire Brothers. Andre and the Shires were actually from different eras, as Andre's big run was 1973 until his death in 1993. The Shire Brothers, both in the Hall of Fame, were world tag team champions in the late 50s, who were not brothers. The team was Roy Shopshire, who became Roy Shire, one of the great wrestling promoters and bookers of all-time. Ray Shire was much better known as Ray Stevens, one of the best workers of his era in the 60s. (thanks to Jim Robidoux, Andrew Reid, Ira Lawson and many others)
--Poll on Monday's Raw
14.9% of those responding didn't see the show.
--Dragon Gate USA is doing iPPVs on Friday night and on Sunday at http://www.WWNLive.com
Friday night's show in Revere, MA will feature a Top Rope Promotions show at 7 p.m. before the Dragon Gate USA show. On Saturday night, before a PPV taping in Deer Park, NY at the NYWC Sportatorium, there will be a NYWC one hour show starting at 7 p.m.
--An Internet pre sale for the WWE Smackdown house show on 7/30 in Louisville at the KFC Yum Center starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Ticketmaster using the code WWEYUM. Tickets go on sale Saturday to the public.
--Daniel Tosh on Tosh.0 on Comedy Central on Tuesday night quickly said, "We'll miss you Macho Man" during a monologue. (thanks to Harry Simon)
--There were no technical difficulties for the international Raw feed that aired on Wednesday in the U.K. and the R-Truth opening promo was said to be amusing (thanks to David Pender)
--Matt Phinney, a former Northeast boxer, makes his MMA debut on 6/18 at the World Championship Fighting show on 6/11 in Wilmington, MA. Phinney is the trainer of Jorge Rivera who is well known for doing the Michael Bisping imitations on those videos before their fight in Australia. He'll face mike Mason on the show headlined by Dan Lauzon vs. Noah Weisman.
--Go Fight Live events this weekend include Absolute Action MMA from Rupp Arena in Lexington headlined by Sarah Cook vs. Ewa Johnson on Saturday night at 7 p.m.; American MMA Fight League from Newtown, PA on Saturday night at 7 p.m. headlined by Kevin Roddy vs. Aguileno Brandao; and Rumble in the Cage on Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. from Taber, Alberta headlined by Jordan Knippelberg vs. Spencer Rohovie.
--Awesome Wrestling Entertainment on 10/15 in Fisherville, VA at the August Expoland has announced Terry Funk, DDP, Tully Blanchard, Jim Duggan, Fit Finlay, Eugene, Bobby Eaton, Baby Doll and Gorgeous George. Finlay will wrestle Alex Silva on the show.
--Brandan Kaplan, who wrestles as Spyral for the National Wrestling Superstars group out of New Jersey, was hospitalized and underwent surgery for a severe neck injury suffered in training on Monday night.
--TNA announced a date for 8/25 in Huntsville, AL at the Von Braun Civic Center, the location of the very first ever TNA show in 2002.
--Bay Bombers Roller Derby announced 8/27 at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco and 9/10 in Santa Rosa at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds as its next two dates. They will also have games televised on KOFY Ch. 20 in San Francisco on 8/20 on 9/10 at 11 a.m. Saturday morning.
--There is a charity wrestling show on 6/3 in Ryde, Australia at Holy Cross College featuring Mario Milano, one of the most famous wrestlers of all-time in that country, appearing as commissioner. He will also be doing an autograph signing on Saturday morning at the Top Ryde Shopping Centre.
--CWE on 6/11 in Winnipeg at the Buhler Recreation Park with free admission to wrestling but a $2 admission to the park for adults, under 17 are free, with a Battle Royal.
--Vendetta Pro Wrestling on 6/4 in San Luis Obispo at The Graduate headlined by Jason Watts (Eric Watts from Tough Enough) and Gangrel in a 5 p.m show.
--Platinum Championship Wrestling tomorrow night in Avondale Estates GA at the Academy Theater.
--The new UWC Championship Wrestling TV show is at http://www.youtube.com/UWCWrestlingVideos
They also have a show on Saturday night in Browns Mills, NJ at the Fire House with a Rumble with the winner getting to challenge for any title they want any time they want.
--Central Pennsylvania Warrior Challenge 12 takes place tomorrow night in Lancaster, PA at the Lancaster County Convention Center. Jordan Morales vs. Rome Dingle, both 4-0, headline the 16-fight show.
--Fight Card Entertainment on 6/18 in Waukegan, IL at The Sundance Saloon headlined by Samie Sabbah vs. Maurice Green in an MMA show.