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Yamato vs. Pac for the Open the Freedom Gate title
Cima & Austin Aries & Brodie Lee vs. Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann
Masato Yoshino vs. Ricochet
Masaaki Mochizuki & Susumu Yokosuka vs. Arik Cannon & Sami Callihan
AR Fox vs. Pinkie Sanchez
The Fray with Caleb Konley, Facade, Flip Kendrick, Jon Davis, Louis Lyndon, Sugar Dunkerton, Tony Nese and others.  Two wrestlers enter and a new wrestler enters every minute.  Eliminations by pin, submission or DQ.  Basically a Royal Rumble but pins and submission instead of over the top rope eliminations.    
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--Talk of stripping a championship
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--Brothers of current WWE star being put together in AAA and famous brother talks about giving them the rub
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--Next GHC title challenger
--Two of the world's best tag teams breaking up
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--ESPN considering a feature on famous 90s pro wrestlers
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--Manabu Nakanishi, a top star with New Japan (who worked regularly in the 90s with WCW), was hospitalized with numbness in his hands and is out of action indefinitely after taking a German suplex from Wataru Inoue in yesterday's sow in Kyoto.  We don't know anything other than there was vertebrae damage.
--Our weekend Wrestling Observer radio show is already up.  We cover last night's show as well as Mick Foley's departure from TNA, Impact from Thursday and the Rampage Jackson/Joe Rogan situation. 
--All we've got from the Dragon Gate PPV tapings in Deer Park, NY are these results:
NYWC pre show:  John Silver b Alex Reynolds, Apollyon & Stockade b Dmitrious Papadon & Ryan Rush
PPV tapings:  Sami Callihan won over Caleb Konley, Flip Kendrick, Jon Davis, Louis Lyndon, Pinkie Sanchez, Rich Swann and Scott Reed, Brodie Lee b Tony Nese, Susumu Yokosuka b Austin Aries, Cima won four-way over Yamato, Johnny Gargano and Masato Yoshino; Alex Reynolds b Papadon, Masaaki Mochizuki b Arik Cannon, Akira Tozawa b AR Fox, Ricochet won three-way over Rich Swann and Pac
--Jim Ross at noted he will be going to Connecticut next week to tape two Legends Roundtables.  He said the panel would be himself, Kevin Nash, J.J. Dillon and Michael Hayes, with Gene Okerlund as the moderator.  It will be the first thing Nash has taped for TV in WWE since the Royal Rumble.
--Melina on John Morrison:  "John is doing great.  It's going to be a while till he can wrestle again.  Strength in his arm is the same since the day of surgery.  He went back to the doctor this week.  He's on his way to recovering.  We just have to be patient.  I'm just happy he's not in pain and that he is getting better."
--The opening segment from Raw did air as it was supposed to as opposed to how it did on Monday on the replay last night on Universal HD.  It also aired fine in Europe.  However, they didn't edit Lawler and Cole so they were talking about all the technical problems, where on the replay and international showings, there weren't any (thanks to Michael Langan II).
--The guy Clay Guida referenced last night about having passed away, was Lindsey Durlacher, a Chicago area wrestler, who had died yesterday morning at the age of 36.  Durlacher never made the Olympic team like Guida said, but he did place third in the 2006 world championships and fifth in 2007 at 121 pounds in Greco-Roman wrestling.  He'd have been the local amateur wrestling superstar when Guida was growing up and competing as a high school and college wrestler and into his MMA career.  No details have been released regarding his death. (thanks to Matt Schreiner)
--Added to the 7/30 Strikeforce show in Chicago is Roger Gracie vs. King Mo, which was already reported on in the Observer a few weeks back but it's now official, plus the long-awaited Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate women's welterweight title match.
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 19.3%
Good 45.5%
Average 20.5%
Fair 5.7%
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        29.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--One of the great promo guys of all-time, Austin Idol, talks at 
--Chyna told that she's approached Vivid Entertainment's Steve Hirsch about doing a multi-tape porn deal.  "I would definitely like to do more.  It gives me great motivation again.  I want to be better and happier than ever...that's the point, right?" 
--Scott Hall made his first public appearance since his latest death scare last night for Southern Championship Wrestling in Sanford, FL.  He talked about the deal in Fall River, MA and accompanied Santana to the ring as she faced Chasyn Rance under a mask at D.T. W. Ninja.  Hall took a superkick.  It's at  Results:  J.D. Amazing & Brandon Scherer b David Duperon & Wayne Van Dyke, Santana b The DTW Ninja, London Vice b Jason Hexx, Sultan Ali Khan b Jason Hanley, Kip James b Jack Hurley, Ryze Woo b Ray Beez (thanks to Al Haft).         
--Future Stars of Wrestling has its second anniversary show on 6/12 at the FSW Arena in Las Vegas headlined by Franco D'Angelo defending the title against Alkatrazz in a ho holds barred match.  Also on the show are Sinn Bodhi and Michael Modest.  Latest TV show is at
--The Miz appearing in the celebrity golf tournament we mentioned was the celebrity pro-am for the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, CT, which is actually a good distance South of Hartford, even though the Travelers Championship was formerly known as the Greater Hartford Open.  The tournament takes place in three weeks. (thanks to Kevin Lagasse)
--Lance Storm in his series on going through and reviewing WrestleManias one by one is up to Mania 19, a show he was on teaming with Sean Morley (Val Venis) against Kane & Rob Van Dam.  This is the Seattle Safeco Field show with Vince McMahon vs. Hulk Hogan, Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho.  Story is at http://www.stormwrestling.com060411.html
--A story on Randy Orton previewing the Tuesday Smackdown tapings in Roanoke is at  The story talked about how insistent the P.R. staff is in saying that it's not wrestling, it's sports entertainment.
--Smackdown tickets must not be moving well for a house show on 6/14 in Providence as you can still get 4th row tickets.  When tickets were first put on sale months ago, the first three rows sold out immediately, which tells you that in months, nothing in the floor has moved. (thanks to Craig Staunton)
--Jesse Ventura will be the guest on the syndicated radio show "Coast to Coast AM with George Noory" on Monday at 10 p.m. (thanks to Devin Cutting)
--Independent Hardcore Wrestling at the VFW Hall in Waterloo, IA:  Billy McNeil b Ace Hawkins, K.C. Karrington b Brandon Espinosa, Jordan McEntyre b Neil Cutter, Great Malaki b David Osborne, Devin & Mason Cutter & Ace Roberts b Chaz Wesson & Justin Wade & Dash Rando, Evan Money b Steven Kennedy, Cameron Cage b Tony Kozina, Billy McNeil won four-way over Great Malaki, K.C. Karrington and Jordan McEntyre 
--Real Championship Wrestling from last night in Baltimore before 300 fans:  Runaways over 4Saken, Violent Intentions & Skull and Tjay Sykes under Lucha rules, Mia Yim b Kimber Lee, Mark Briscoe b Rhett Titus, J.T. Roberts & Niles Young b Greg Excellent & Milo Shizo, Jay Briscoe b Ophidian, Shiima Xion b Adam Cole, Sabian & Robbie Mireno b Adam Flash & Ryan McBride, Christian York b Azrieal-DQ, Derek Frazier b Ruckus in a last man standing match (thanks to Joe Burrows)
--wXw from last night in Oberhausen, Germany in a benefit for the Red Cross in Japan where they raised $3,600 Euros and all the wrestlers worked for free before 394 fans:  Mark Haskins b Freddy Stahl, Jason Hendrix b Kurupt, Bad Bones & Jay Skillet & @Face NC Tommy End & Aaron Insane & Chris Rush, Anthony Zeus b Sean South, Marty Scurll b Karsten Beck, Absolute Andy b Emil Sitoci, Hunter Brothers b MC McKinnan & Trent Seven, Adam Polak b Rico Bushido, Jon Ryan b Michael Kovac, Big Van Walter b Zack Sabre Jr. to retain the wXw title.  Bad Bones tore a muscle and will be out for several months.  Hunter Brothers vs. MC McKinnan and Trent Seven came from Fight Club PRO from England.  European legend Klaus Kauroff worked as a manager.  Kim Ray and Bernd Foehr were sent to Japan where they will train at the Big Japan dojo under Daisuke Sekimoto.  Main event of Walter vs. Sabre said to be an amazing match with great near falls (thanks to Timo Knopf)
--WrestleZone in Aberdeen, Scotland from last night before a sellout 203 fans:  Sterling Oil & Damien b Bryan Tucker, Shawn Johnson and Davey Annan; Johnny Lions b Cysto 2, Crusher Craib b Zach Dynamite & Fraser McLeod in a handicap match, Scotty Swift b Mr. Malice, Bryan Tucker won 18 man Rumble. (thanks to Bryan McKellar)
--HPW from last night in Columbus, IN before 165 fans:  Tom Van Zant b Troy Van Zant, T.J. Kemp b T.J. Powers, Sabotage Styles b Stompin Steve, Osyriss & Cameron Star b J.D. Marconi & Trash Woman, Cooter & Ricky Rucks b Gary Cherry & Damien Cole, Donny Idol b Bobby Black-DQ in a loser leaves town for 60 days match, Dylan Bostic & Flash Flanagan b Shawn Cook & Todd Morton, Diceman Ronnie Vegas b Pastor Pain so Pain has to wear a dress at the next show on 7/2 at JD Byriers (thanks to Jerry Wilson)
--CHIKARA makes its debut in Lakewood, OH at St. Gregory's Byzantine Hall on 6/26 featuring Brodie Lee vs. Eddie Kingston in the 12 Large tournament plus The Colon & Mike Quackenbush vs. FIST & Vin Gerard.  It's part of a weekend that includes 6/24 in Chicago at the Logan Square Auditorium and 6/25 in Taylor, MI at the Taylortown Trade Center.
--Ted DiBiase Sr. is working with the Miami Dolphins on a fund raising weekend for the Miami Dolphins Foundation with several events including golf and fishing tournaments.  DiBiase Sr. will auction off a suite at the stadium that holds 14 people for WrestleMania along with a title belt signed by John Cena, HHH, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Miz, Sheamus, Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase Jr.
--NAWA from last night in Waxahachie, TX:  Barrett Brown vs. Chris Cross vs. Dr. Nemo Luv vs. Jason Silver was ruled a no contest, Franco D'Angelo DDQ American Mad Dog, Max Muscles b Doberman, Cowboy Adam & Tim Storm b Li Fang & Keith Lee (thanks to Rob Moore)  

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