MON. UPDATE: 3 hours live tonght; Savage Early Days; White annoucement; MMA in New York; Rock movie



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--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
 
--Mexico ratings
 
--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
 
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--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
 
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--Dana White talks pension plans for fighters
 
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--Crazy reaction to Fedor vs. Henderson
 
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--TV notes for the 6/18 show in Dallas
 
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--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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--Regarding the two Tough Enough finalists, a story with background on Andy Leavine is at http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/05/2253046/school-of-hard-knocks-prepares.html and story on Luke Robinson is at http;//www.sunjournal.com/city/story/1040827
 
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--You knew this was coming.  The Las Vegas Review Journal has a column suggesting UFC fire Joe Rogan as an announcer for his comments regarding Yahoo's Maggie Hendricks at http://www.lvrj.com/news/ufc-don-t-tolerate-vile-rogan-remarks-123212728.html 
 
--Dwayne Johnson is in talks to play the role of Roadblock in the Paramount movie "G.I. Joe:  Cobra Strikes" according to the Deadline Hollywood web site.
 
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling announced they would be having a Roddy Piper vs. Terry Funk main event at the 2011 version of the Gathering of the Juggalos, which takes place on 8/11 to 8/14 at Cave-in-Rock, IL.  It would only be the second time these two Hall of Famers would have met in a singles match, the first being in Toronto in 1983.
 
--Best TV show of the past week
Ultimate Fighter finals 29.4%
Tough Enough 24.5%
Raw 15.4%
Impact 12.6%
Smackdown 9.8%
Ultimate Fighter 2.8%
Dream Fight for Japan 2.1%
CMLL 1.4%
Inside MMA 1.4%
AAA 0.7%
 
--Who came out of Saturday's UFC show as the biggest star?
Clay Guida 70.3%
Chris Cope 8.7%
Tony Ferguson 8.0%
Anthony Pettis 4.3%
Kyle Kingsbury 2.2%
Scott Jorgensen 2.2%
George Roop 2.2%
Ed Herman 1.4%
 
--Who should get the next lightweight title shot after Gray Maynard?
Clay Guida 55.0%
Jim Miller 22.5%
Gilbert Melendez 22.5%  
 
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--Bruno Sammartino had said that his final autograph session outside the Pittsburgh area would be at this past WrestleMania, but he's agreed to do one more next year in April 13-15 for Sal Corrente's WrestleReunion in Toronto.  Roddy Piper will also be there.  Sammartino expressed interest in going to Toronto because that's the city where he got over as a star and a headliner first.  It was his success in Toronto that led Vince McMahon's father to put the WWWF title on him in 1963. 
 
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--One of Danny Hodge's NCAA title wins is on silent movie at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYdiJxH78oo&feature=feedf 
 
--SCW from Saturday night in Bremerton, WA:  Outpatient b True Buddah, Diafullah Dobashi b Larkin the Decimator in a flag match, Dean da Drifta & Juventud 777 b Caliente & Vagabundo, Dash Ventura b Christopher Ryseck, Mike Jones DDQ Mike Santiago, Mike Jones & Mike Santiago b Alex Hawk & Josh Blaze, Randy Taylor b The Chef, Randy Taylor b Timmy Reed, Black Velvet and Shantelle won pillow fight Battle Royal, Ron Sutherland b Calibur X (thanks to Charles Short)
 
--AFO on 6/17 in Mansfield, MA is headlined by former NFL player Tyler King, who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers, facing Randy Smith for the AFO heavyweight title.  I don't know if this is the case, but they are billing it as the first former NFL player to fight for an MMA championship.
 
--Shark Fights 16 on 6/25 in Odessa, TX is headlined by Josh Neer vs. Jesse Juarez.  This show is being taped for Fuel TV,which will air it in mid-July.  
 
--NWS on Saturday night in Stirling, NJ:  Nigerian Nightmare La-Fu won three-way over J.D. Smoothie and Joey Janela, Jack Spade b Ricky Roxx, Mike Dennis & Tina San Antonio b Nicky Oceans & Manuel Manny Moore, Jeff Guerrero b Rampage Rogers-DQ,  Nikolai Volkoff b Danny Demanto, Jim Neidhart & Jimmy Storm b Corey Havoc & Chief Draven.
 
--World Wrestling Coalition on 6/17 in Aberdeen, OH at the Municipal Building
 
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--NWA MSW TV taping on Friday night in Summersville, WV and a Saturday night house show in Hinton, WV at the Summers County Memorial Building.
 
--NCW Femmes Fatales from Saturday night in Montreal:  Missy b Xandra Bale, Anna Minoushka b Sweet Cherrie, Sherbrooke Connexion b Anastasia Ivy & Angie Sky, Britney Savage b Cherry Bomb, LuFisto b Perfect Caroline, Mistress Belmont b Mary Lee Rose-DQ, Madison Eagles b Courtney Rush, Mercedes Martinez & Cheerleader Melissa b Portia Perez & Kalamity.  Next show is 10/8 with Martinez, Melissa and Tomoka Nakagawa (thanks to Pat Laparde)
 
--The movie "12-24" which stars Rob "Stro" Kellum, a former WCW wrestler, won Best Feature award over the weekend at the Pittsburgh Horror Film Festival in Monroeville, PA.   
 
--Shaun Tempers vs. Ace Rockwell headlines the finals of the NWA North American title tournament on 6/25 in Cornelia, GA.
 
--IHWE from last night in Fort Worth for its 13th anniversary show:  Mike Foxx b Scot Summers, Texas Red b Chris Richter, JdKerry b Air-Non, Sebastian Envy & Mono Omega b Jacob Kilgore & Galan Ramirez, Andy Dalton & Danny Matthews & Scott McKenzie b J.T. LaMotta & Wally Darkman & James Johnson, Khris Wolfe b Darren Shire, Franco D'Angelo b Rodney Mack-DQ, Spoiler 2000 & Scot Summers & James Johnson & Franco D'Angelo b Mike Foxx & Rodney Mack & Rudy Boy Gonzalez & Seth Shai & David Fuller
 
--GOUGE on 6/25 in Apex, NC at the Iron Horse Bar.
 
--Wrestling's Long Treasures iPPV on www.gfl.tv featuring old matches with Eddy Guerrero, Bryan Danielson, C.M. Punk, Rey Misterio Jr., Amazing Red, Sid Vicious, Kevin Steen and El Generico debuts tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
 
--If you are in the Los Angeles area, and train or work in the MMA or sports industry, there is a screening of the movie "Warrior," an MMA movie that Kurt Angle has a role in, on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Lionsgate Screening Room in Santa Monica.  For more info you can contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 

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