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Facebook fights starting at about 6:30 p.m.
Reuben Duran (136) vs. Francisco Rivera (136)
Scott Jorgensen (135) vs. Ken Stone (136)
Justin Edwards (170) vs. Clay Harvison (171)
Shamar Bailey (171) vs. Ryan McGillvray (169)
Josh Grispi (145) vs. George Roop (146)
Danny Downes (155) vs. Jeremy Stephens (156)
Live fights on Spike starting at 9 p.m.
Chris Cope (170) vs. Chuck O'Neil (170)
Kyle Kingsbury (206) vs. Fabio Maldonado (203)
Tim Credeur (185) vs. Ed Herman (186)
Clay Guida (155) vs. Anthony Pettis (155)
Tony Ferguson (169) vs. Ramsey Nijem (170) for TUF championship
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        Dragon Gate PPV taping tonight in Deer Park (show won't be airing until August)
Tony Nese vs. Brodie Lee
Akira Tozawa vs. AR Fox
Austin Aries vs. Susumu Yokosuka
Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Arik Cannon
Caleb Konley vs. Flip Kendrick vs. Jon Davis vs. Louis Lyndon vs. Pinkie Sanchez vs Rich Swann vs. Sami Callihan vs. Scott Reed
Yamato vs. Cima vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Masato Yoshino
Pac vs. Chuck Taylor vs. Ricochet
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--Poll on Impact
Excellent 12.9%
Good 12.9%
Average 16.8%
Fair 6.9%
Poor 50.5%
        38.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--Harley Race is doing his 11th annual wrestling camp for outsiders from 10/17 to 10/21.  The key to the camp is that reps from both WWE and Pro Wrestling NOAH will be there to scout talent.  For more info you can call 573-392-4100 and ask for Harley Race or Jason Jones.  The cost of the camp is $500.  Or you can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Regarding Daniel Tosh talking about Randy Savage on Tuesday night, it was not a tribute, but it was meant as a joke as they showed a clip in the background of a car crossing over a bridge and crashing into two cameramen when talking about his death. (thanks to Mike Matthews)
--Kyoko Inoue's schedule when she comes to the Northeast:
1) An autograph session on 6/10 at 6 PM. at Don's Sandwich Shop in Boonton, NJ on 606 Main St., with proceeds going to the Japan Red Cross Relief Fund.
2) An autograph session at AnimeNEXT 2011at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ on 6/11 at 1 p.m. also with proceeds going to the Japan Red Cross Relief Fund.
3) Wrestling on the Combat Zone Wrestling show in Philadelphia on 6/11 at the Asylum Arena against Sumie Sakai
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        Inoue was one of the best woman wrestlers of all-time.
--The final event of any kind at Cobo Arena, a former pro wrestling hotbed in the days of The Sheik, will be a Detroit Derby Girls doubleheader tonight. (thanks to Lou Peters)
--Chris Jericho was on Cybulski & Company on TSN radio on Thursday talking about Dancing with the Stars, The NHL coming back to Winnipeg, him coming back to WWE, Randy Savage, Fozzy and more at (thanks to Bob Gray)  
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--If you want to see the screwed up beginning of Raw, what will likely be a cleaned up version will air at 7 p.m. tonight on Universal HD (thanks to Michael Langan II) 
--Tow  From St-Eustache, Quebec last night before 850 fans:  Jake Matthews & Genesis b Booglie & Big Bryan Kevin, Green Phantom b Thomas Dubois, Kevin Steen won four-way over Leon Saver, Mike Bailey and Surfer Mitch, Amazing Red b Handsome JF, Rhino b Darkko, Dru Onyx & Carl LeDuc b Sex Factor & The Flatliners to win tag titles, Franky the Mobster b Sylvan Grenier to become the first ToW champion.  No-shows included Brutus Beefcake (knee surgery yesterday) and Scott Steiner (who told promoters he was denied entry to Canada).  Pat Patterson was at the show (thanks to Pat Laprade)
--Metro Pro Wrestling on 6/17 in Kansas City at the Turner Rec Center has a TV taping for Time Warner Cable's Metro Sports featuring Trevor Murdoch.
--A match, without sound, found on youtube is the only match Jack Brisco ever lost as a college wrestler to Harry Houska in the 1964 NCAA tournament championship match at  The match is at the 70 minute mark.  The tape also includes Yojiro Uetake, one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time, known as the Japanese Danny Hodge.
--Showtime All-Star Wrestling has a TV taping on 6/11 in Gallatin, TN at the Civic Center featuring Tammy Sytch, Crimson, Kid Kash, Chase Stevens ad David Young.
--On last night Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royal game on FSN North, they had ads for UFC 131 still listing Brock Lesnar in the main event.
--Randy Savage and Averno are subjects for discussion at
--In Tijuana at the Auditorio on 6/17 has Mesias & La Parka vs. L.A. Park & Cibernetico
--USWO from last night in Nashville before 89 fans:  Tim Renesto b Psycho Medic, Nick Iggy & Josh Crow b Damien Payne & Mike Jones, Brian Casey b White Tiger, Mike Cobbs b Saint, L.T. Talk b Jocephus-DQ, Jason Xavier b Panther, Chris Michaels b Mitch Ryder (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--The Miz will be playing on 6/22 in a Pro-Am Gold tournament at the TPC River Highlands in Hartford.  He's listed as a reality TV star and wrestling star.  Some major names playing include Michael Bolton, Joe Pesci, Jim Calhoun, Luke Wilson and Chris Berman.
--USWO tonight in Nashville at The Stadium Inn
--Bull Buchanan vs. Luke Gallows headlines for Rampage Pro Wrestling on Sunday in Warner-Robins, GA at Johnny G's Fun Center
--Platinum Championship Wrestling from Thursday night in Atlanta:  Brandon Kage b Mason-COR, Zach Daniels & Chad Silva b Sylvar Cross & Josh Coulter, Seth Delay b Zach Daniels, Chad Silva b Zachary Blaine, Chip Day b Vandal, Nemesis over Eric Walker, Jamie Holes and Master Jae, Thomas Johnson b Tommy Daniels, Aisha Sunshine & Jon & Trey Williams & Kyle Matthews b Pandora & Dany Only & Stryknyn & Andrew Pendleton in an elimination match, Shane Marx b Grotesque-DQ
--Empire Wrestling Federation has shows on 6/10 in Covina, CA at the Knights of Columbus Hall and 6/11 in San Bernardino for a 2 p.m. free show at the Court Street Square

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