SUN. UPDATE: More from UFC 131; Legend out of retirement goes to worlds; Shawn update; JR surgery



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        TNA Slammiversary in Orlando:
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*A.J. Styles vs. Bully Ray last man standing
*Abyss vs. Kazarian vs. Brian Kendrick for X title
*Mickie James vs. Angelina Love for Knockouts title
*Crimson vs. Samoa Joe
*Matt Morgan vs. Scott Steiner
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--Not a lot of major news coming out of last night's UFC.  Dana White at the press conference really went off on the judging, particularly in the Michihiro Omigawa vs. Darren Elkins opener.  He said no matter what the judges said, that Omigawa won the fight, he was paying Omigawa his win bonus, and they were booking going forward with the idea Omigawa was the winner.  I didn't see enough of the fight (the Internet feed went down during much of the first and second rounds) but there was some really crazy individual round scores, including Dave Hagan saying Omigawa won the third (Omigawa dominated the round and it was almost a 10-8).  Omigawa was the only guy who legitimately got robbed and really the only decision that went the wrong way, but some very strange round judging throughout the night.  Where White was frustrated is that they had monitors for the judges to look at, that were supposed to help, and also there were several former fighters judging, which some thought was the answer, and neither was the answer.  Only one judge, former UFC fighter Bill Mahood, gave Dos Santos a 10-8 first round over Carwin, yet it appears almost every thought it was a 10-8 round.   
 
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--On the Google most searched, there was nothing last night or this morning regarding the UFC show.  Usually if a show is doing a big number, they dominate the searches that night and the next morning.  But I didn't expect this show to do much given how interest past the hardcores died once Brock Lesnar was off the show.
 
--Ultimate Warrior on his twitter account explains why he's going after Hulk Hogan.  And no, it's not because he feels he's a jilted lover.
 
--How many buys do you think UFC 131 will do?
Under 250,000 12.0%
251-300,000 7.5%
301-350,000 14.6%
351-400,000 15.9%
401-450,000 16.9%
451-500,000 9.7%
501-550,000 10.7%
551-600,000 3.6%
601-650,000 2.3%
More than 651,000 6.8%
 
Poll on Impact?
Excellent 11.2%
Good 13.2%
Average 14.5%
Fair 8.6%
Poor 52.6%
        47.6% of those responding didn't see the show
 
Biggest news story of January
Chael Sonnen pleads guilty to money laundering 17.5%
Cain Velasquez needs shoulder surgery, out most of the year 15.1%
Shawn Michaels leads Hall of Fame class 11.9%
Alberto Del Rio wins Royal Rumble 10.9%
TNA's "They" angle falls apart as Kevin Nash gets released to go to WWE 10.5%
Brock Lesnar agrees to coach Ultimate Fighter 8.8%
Strikeforce announces heavyweight Grand Prix 8.4%
HDNet cancels ROH 6.1%
Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar draw puts lightweight title bouts on hold 5.3%
Royal Rumble increased to 40 men 2.3%
Ric Flair's problems in Europe with TNA 1.8%
New Japan Tokyo Dome show 1.6%         
 
--Tony DeNucci, who wrestled in prelims for both the AWA and WWF years back, announced last night at a show in Forest Lake, MN, that he was retiring after 23 years. (thanks to Jeff Farrell)
 
--EWF on 6/21 in Marion, IN at the Grant County 4-H Fairgrounds Grandstand featuring Ryan Howe (Skidmark) of Tough Enough and Zack Gowen.
 
--Last night's CZW results from Philadelphia at the Arena:  Robert Anthony b Kit Osborne (this led to an angle where Anthony and Philly's Most Wanted threw Devon Moore over the balcony through two tables on the floor), Alex Colon & Ruckus b Joe Gacy & Ryan Slater, Ryan McBride won over Akuma, Ty Hagen, Ricky Reyes, VSK and Ryan Eagles to become top contender for the TV title, Sami Callihan b Jake Crist, D.J. Hyde b Little Mondo, Matt Tremont b Pinkie Sanchez, Danny Havoc b Thurteen, Adam Cole b Jon Gresham, Kyoko Inoue b Sumie Sakai, A.R. Fox b Drew Gulak to win TV title, Philly's Most Wanted b Azrieal & Bandido to keep tag titles, Scotty Vortekz b Drake Younger in a TLC match to quality for the tournament of death.  Next show is the annual tournament of death on 6/25 in Townsend, DE at 179 Ebenezer Church Rd., and they return to Philadelphia on 7/10 for Acid Fest 2, with a $10 donation being collected at the door for the family of Trent Acid to help may for his funeral costs.
 
--Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance from last night in St. Louis:  Chase King b Mauler, Johnny Courageous b David Osborne, Big Texan b Max Archer, Brandon Espinosa b Dave Vaughn, Stacy O'Brien b Lucy Mendez, Gary Jackson b Sean Vincent, Tony Raze b Ace Hawkins, Mark Sterling b Dave Vaughn.  Rhino and Dave Hebner made guest appearances signing autographs at the show (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
 
--OVW Saturday night special from last night in Louisville before 100 fans:  Chris Silvio b Shiloh Jones, Ted McNaler b Lennox Norris, Randy Terrez b Tony Gunn, Michael Hayes (not the Freebird, but this is a war hero who lost a leg in combat and wrestles here) & Elvis Pridemore b Kharn Alexander & Hogwild, Trailer Park Trash & Mr. Black and Asher Knight & Jimbo Onno, Lady JoJo b Trina Thompson, Johnny Spade b Raphael Constantine, Jason Wayne & Al Snow & Cliff Compton & Danny Davis b James Thomas & Rocco Bellagio & Raul Lamotta & Adam Revolver.  Announcer Dean Hill was the ringside enforcer.  Mo Green, who worked briefly in WWE a few years ago, was the heel manager along with Kenny Bolin's son, who works as Prince Bolin (thanks to Trent Vandrisse)  
 
--A story on former UFC fighter Pete Sell, who faces Elijah Harshbarger on Friday night in Atlantic City at Ring of Combat 36, was in today's Newsday at http://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/mark-la-monica/sell-hopes-comeback-has-different-ending-1.2949997  It noted that Sell still trains and teaches at Matt Serra's gym on Long Island and trains with Chris Weidman, who looked good last night in Vancouver.
 
--The paper also had an article on Kofi Kingston and Kelly Kelly meeting with Kids for a story.  It's not posted on the web site.  Kelly said the best thing about stardom is that they get brought to the front of the line for rides at amusement parks. 
 
--Dave Musgrave has been writing about the career of Leo Burke, who was one of the most underrated wrestlers of his generation at http://wrestlingculture.blogspot.com/2011/06/leo-burke-chronicles-1966-1969.html   You can also get part two and part three by subbing the years with 1970-1974 and 1975-1979.
 
--Wrestling Past Present Future from last night in East Moline, IL:  Jason ? b Andy Anderson, Michael Mack b Cameron Jacobs, Willie Da Bomb Richardson b K.C. Jackson, Markus Crane over Bucky Collins & Tyler Priegl, Original Deadly Syn b Gunner Franks, Silas Young & Valerie Malone b Mason Beck & Becky Collins (Bucky Collins dressed as a woman).  Valerie Malone was not played by Tiffany Thiessen. (thanks to Joel Kolsrud)
 
--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando:  James Boys b John Allen & Jack LeDuc, Jason Hanley b Johnny Alava, J.D. Amazing b Michael Patrick, Santana b Christina Von Eeerie, Lince Dorado b Chris Jones, Johnny Vandal & Brandon Scherer & Aiden Altair & Mikal the Archangel in a six-way, Q.T. Marshall & Mike Reed b Wayne Van Dyke & Carl Allen, Craig Classic b Jerrelle Clark to keep NWA jr. title, Ray Beez b Ryze Woo to keep Florida title.  Scott Hall managed Santana while Jesse Neal of TNA managed Christina Von Eerie, who is his girlfriend. (thanks to Al Haft).
 
--Kenny Florian, off his win last night, is doing an appearance in North Vancouver, BC today at Popeye's from 2-4 p.m. (thanks to Ed Ludwig). 

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