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        We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE Smackdown show in Turin, Italy.  Smackdown also runs tomorrow night in Florence, Italy, Saturday night in Barcelona, Spain and Sunday in Madrid, Spain.  The top guys like Randy Orton and Sin Cara have to wrestle Sunday in Madrid and then be at the Nassau Coliseum on Monday for Raw.   
        Tonight's Impact lineup:
Mickie James & Tara vs. Winter & Angelina Love
James Storm & Alex Shelley vs. Hernandez & Anarquia
Rob Van Dam vs. Bully Ray
Velvet Sky vs. ODB
Sting & Eric Young vs. Mr. Anderson & Gunner
        It's the go-home show for Slammiversary.
        Superstars tonight on the web site
Chris Masters vs. JTG
Gail Kim & Eve Torres vs. Melina & Maryse
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyson Kidd
        Countdown to UFC 131:  Carwin vs. Dos Santos, replays at 7 p.m. tonight (4 p.m. Pacific) on Versus.  It also airs at midnight tonight on Spike.    
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--UFC has a press conference this afternoon and I'm sure the subject of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal stories about UFC attempting to buy a majority interest (60%) in the G-4 TV Channel will be brought up.  When asked if there was any truth to the story, White texted us, "No, I can't believe major news sources run with that shit."  Reps for all involved wouldn't comment, but it should be noted that White has denied in the past stories regarding major deals the company was in the process of making.  The Times story had completely ridiculous figures listed for what UFC was getting out of the Spike deal, claiming it was getting $170 million per year from Spike.  At the time the three year deal was signed, it was reported for being $100 million total for three years.  However, stories that Spike is looking at life after UFC, and going with the idea UFC will be leaving at the end of this year have substance to them and we've reported that going back several weeks.  Reports indicate Bellator would replace UFC on Spike if UFC leaves, and there's been talk in that direction for months, ever since Joe Warren appeared on TNA Impact.
--UFC tickets for 8/3 in Philadelphia are on sale today at 10 a.m. with the password AUGUST and for 8/14 Milwaukee, today is the day Fight Club members can get tickets.  You can get tickets for Milwaukee starting at 10 a.m. Central time tomorrow with the password ULTIMATE
--Mark Hominick will be appearing at the Rogers Arena North Plaza at 3 p.m. as part of a UFC Octagon Nation tour that includes a Stanley Cup viewing party.
--The Price is Right is doing a promotion with WWE where Kelly Kelly and the Bella Twins will appear on the show on 6/14 to five away a VIP experience to SummerSlam.  WWE sends people to be special guests on the show.  TNA sends people to be contestants.  Kelly and the Twins appear Monday on Boomer & Carton.  The show they appear on was taped on 5/15. (thanks to Bradley Grover)
--ABC's 20/20 did a special called "Reality Rule$:  When TV Gets Real" last night.  One of the producers who worked on several VH-1 reality shows talked about how people are really uncomfortable at first with cameras and microphones in their faces all the time, but after filming is done, many cast members go into deep depression when they are no longer in the spotlight.  He said it was like postpartum depression.  He said the worst case he had ever seen of this was the Hogan family after Hogan Knows Best ended and said everyone (except Brooke, who still had her own show) had a really hard time no longer being in the spotlight.  I promise, I can certainly see this about Linda. (thanks to Brendan Donohue)
--The date for TNA Hard Justice this year is 8/7. (thanks to Devin Cutting)
--There are conflicting stories regarding Edge's appearance on Sanctuary on Syfy.  It'll either be on the 6/13 or the 6/20 episode of the show, most likely 6/20.  The WWE listed it as 6/13 but the Sanctuary web site has it as 6/20. (thanks to Terri Bey).
--Chyna talks about doing porn at  She a few days ago told TMZ how TNA made her an ultimatum that if her tape is released, she is never welcome back.   She had a very different answer in this interview, saying she had never even talked with TNA about the subject.
--WWE stock now has fallen below $10 per share, closing today at $9.66.
--Poll on Ultimate Warrior after watching his Hogan segment, do you think he is:
Batshit crazy 56.1%
Sane but living in another era 30.4%
Working with Hogan to do an angle for TNA 8.5%
In his own way trying to work an angle but Hogan doesn't know about it, not realizing Hogan is crippled 5.1%  
--FoxNews at ran a story about how Rima Fakih's partying got her into trouble as Miss USA, with her reign ending at the end of next week.  The story said there was no evidence of substance abuse, but it said from the day she won, there were red flags, but she never broke the moral code and was never stripped of her title.  I wonder if they have a 30 day rule?
--The Maximum Fighting Championship from Edmonton tomorrow night on HDNet has:
Drew Fickett (41-13) vs. Brian Cobb (18-6)
Marcus Davis (18-8) vs. Pete Spratt (22-19)
Sheldon Wescott (4-1-1) vs. Wildman Thomas Denny (27-18-1)
Dhiego Lima (6-0) vs. Jamie Toney (14-6)
Robert Washington (9-3) vs. Curtis Demarce (10-9)
Andreas Spang (5-1) vs. Cody Krahn (10-3)
--Archie "The Stomper" Gouldie is among the names listed now as appearing at this year's NWA Wrestling Legends Fanfest weekend in Atlanta from 8/4 to 8/7 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel.  It's said to be the first convention of its type that Gouldie has ever attended.  Current list of those appearing includes Austin Idol, Jimmy Snuka, J.J. Dillon, Ole Anderson, Jody "Assassin" Hamilton, Mr. Wrestling II, Steve O, Killer Karl Kox, Ted DiBiase, David Shults, Tony Atlas, Killer Tim Brooks, Masked Superstar Bill Eadie, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, Eddy Mansfield, Tommy Rich, Nick Bockwinkel, Harley Race, Joyce Grable, Judy Martin, Leilani Kai, Thunderbolt Patterson, Ron Simmons, Gypsy Joe, Stan Hansen, Teddy Long, Ronnie Garvin, Ron Bass, Buddy Colt, Scrappy McGowan, Moondog Rex, Tully Blanchard, Baby Doll, Greg Valentine, Lars Anderson and Ivan Koloff.  For more info you can go to
--Photos of UFC fighter Krzysztof Soszynski in his days as a pro wrestler at (thanks to Sammy Montanaro)
--Lucha Libre USA Masked Warfare takes place on 6/18 in Albuquerque at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  Marco Corleone, The Head Hunters, Oriental, R.J. Brewer Super Nova, Octagoncito, Lizmark Jr., Rocky Romero, Rebecca Reyes and more.  The show is a TV taping for MTV 2, although no word when these matches will air on MTV 2.
--Maryland Championship Wrestling TV tapings scheduled for this weekend have been moved to 6/17.  All tickets will be honored for that show.   
--AWF Summertime Bruise II on 7/17 in Whitby, ONT at the Class Act Dinner Theater.  
--New York Wrestling Connection on Saturday night at Port Jefferson Station, NY at the Elks BPOE Lodge 2138.
--MVW on Saturday night in Union City, NJ at the Ace Arena.
--OTTR includes an interview with Ryan "Skidmarks" Howe of Tough Enough at tonight at 7 p.m.
--This morning on Carton & Boomer on WFAN in New York, they were talking about LeBron James' performance in the fourth quarter and a caller said it reminded him of Hulk Hogan.  Boomer Esiason was perplexed in comparing James to Hogan (about as good as Mike Goldberg comparing Clay Guida to the Ultimate Warrior on Saturday).  The caller explained that James abandoned his team the same way Hogan abandoned his team when he joined the NWO.  And on Guida and Warrior, I guess it's because when Guida's matches start, he never stops moving and never gets tired, while when Warrior's matches started, he would already be gassed out from his ring entrance.  (thanks to Jeff Bradley)
--On Go Fight Live this weekend, tomorrow night as CFFC Beach Brawl from the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City featuring The Golden Greek John Cholish vs. Mikhail Malyutin for the lightweight title; plus Ultimate Reno  Combat from the Grand Sierra Resort headlined by a women's fight with Tay Stratford vs. Autumn Richardson.  Saturday has Gruesome MMA from Pikeville, KY headlined by former WEC champion Jamie Varner facing Jeremy Carper. 
--Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli are doing Q&As tonight on twitter.  Hero will be answering questions from 9-9:30 p.m. Eastern time, while Castagnoli from 9:30 to 10 p.m.  You can send questions to or
--Regarding yesterday's update about Conan Stevens, who wrestled as 7 Foot Thunder, he is said to be closer to 6-8.  Well, most pro wrestling 7 footers are. (thanks to James Stanios)  
--UWC Championship Wrestling this week is at    

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