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--USA won the cable ratings race last week with a 2.3 prime time average to a 1.7 for Disney.  Syfy was No. 18 at 0.8 and Versus hit the top 25 for the first time ever with the NHL playoffs at 0.8.  Spike did not make the top 25.  The two hours of Raw last week were No. 9 and No. 11 for the week behind Pawn Stars (5.2 and 4.8) the iCarly movie American Pickers, Sprint Cup Racing, the show Covert Affairs on USA (3.5 rating) and Spongebob among others things.  Raw as No. 3 and No. 5 in 18-49. 
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 6.5%
Good 27.6%
Average 23.6%
Fair 14.3%
Poor 28.0%
        14.4% of those responding didn't see the show.
--What do you consider the real main event on Sunday
Randy Orton vs. Christian 51.4%
John Cena vs. R-Truth 39.3%
Miz vs. Alex Riley 7.0%
Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio 2.4%
--What do you expect the rating to be for Saturday's Strikeforce show
Less than 1.0 29.7%
1.1 to 1.4 38.4%
1.5 to 1.8 20.3%
1.9 to 2.2 7.0%
More than 2.2 4.7%
--Which of these wrestlers will be the biggest star 12 months from now?
Alberto Del Rio 49.4%
The Miz 21.3%
R-Truth 11.0%
Alex Riley 9.3%
John Morrison 5.5%
Dolph Ziggler 3.7%
--Shawn Michaels' new TV show "Shawn Michaels' MacMillan River Adventure" premiers 6/28 on The Outdoor Channel (thanks to Carl Dantes) 
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--Due to the NBA Playoffs, ABC had its best summer week in 10 years.  The four highest rated programs on TV last week were NBA related.
--Travis Browne, coming off his highlight reel KO of Stefan Struve, will return on the 9/24 UFC show in Denver to face Rob Broughton of England.
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--Mid Georgia Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Stockbridge, GA before nearly 400 fans:  Tim Dixon & Blackjack Miller b Chris Ganz & Chris Lightning, Tyson Dean over Shane Marx, Stitch, Black Baron and Chris Ganz in a ladder match, King David b Radical Jack-DQ, Mr. Hughes b Tommy Rich, Mr. X b Lamar Phillips, Andy Anderson & Axl Anderson & Billy Gunn & Road Dogg b Vic Rose & Vordell Walker & Simon Sermon & Stephen Platinum in a 2 ring War Games cage match (thanks to Dave Wills)
--Butch Reed has been added to the 2011 NWA Wrestling Legends Fanfest weekend in Atlanta.  Reed will be part of a reunion of Doom with Teddy Long and Ron Simmons.  The event takes place 8/4 to 8/7 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel.  For more info you can go to
--The Toronto Star on Monday had a columnist compare LeBron James with Rick Rude.  He's also been compared this week with Ric Flair.
--Future Stars of Wrestling on 6/24 in the FSW Arena in Las Vegas.
--CWE will be at the Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg for a free show at the park at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday headlined both shows by Honky Tonk Man.  They also run 6/19 in Winnipeg at 4Play Sports Bar with Carlito, Rhino and Honky Tonk Man, 6/20 in Dauphin, Manitoba at the Rotary Arena with Carlito, 6/21 in Swan Rivera, Manitoba at the War Veterans Community Hall with Carlito, 6/22 in Flin Flon, Manitoba at the Community Hall with Carlito, 6/23 in Thompson, Manitoba at the Royal Canadian Legion with Carlito, and 6/24 in Gillam, Manitoba at the Rec Center with Carlito.
--IWC Super Indy X on Saturday night in Elizabeth, NJ at the  Court Time Sports Center.
--In Your Face Wrestling on 6/25 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center features an eight man Coronation Cup tournament.
--Raw was No. 91 in last week's Pay TV ratings in Australia with 23,000 viewers.  
--A story on former TNA P.R. rep Ross Forman marathon running training is at
--New York Wrestling Connection on 6/18 in Deer Park, NY at the NYWC Sportatorium.
--ECWA on 7/16 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club. 
--A story on 50s and 60s star Fred Atkins, a noted trainer and tough guy of his era is at
--The autobiography of Gary Hart has been re-released at
--CHIKARA on 6/24 in Chicago at the Logan Square Auditorium features 12 Large tournament matches with Sara Del Rey vs. Icarus and Ultramantis Black vs. Fire Ant, plus Claudio Castagnoli, Eddie Kingston, Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano and Colt Cabana. 
--Go Fight Live this weekend has events on Friday night at 8:30 p.m., Ring of Combat 36 from the Tropicana in Atlantic City with former UFC fighter Pete Sell; Quest For Glory from Vancouver with 15 MMA fights at 9:30 PM., Hard Knocks Fighting Championship at 10 p.m. from the Century Casino in Calgary with a 15 fight show; Ultimate Cage Fighting from Kalamazoo on Saturday night from Wayside West at 6 p.m.; Absolute Action from Florence, KY at 7 p.m. with 19 fights; AFC Conviction from Colwood, BC at the Bear Mountain Arena featuring Kalib Starnes vs. John Salter, plus Robert Drysdale and Mike Nickels at 10 p.m.
--An interview with Jesse Ventura is at talking WWE and Vince McMahon
--BWO has its first TV tapings on Saturday night in Elmwood Park, NJ at the American Legion at 7 p.m. 
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--Sean Waltman has a video interview on Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart, Wrestling Society X, getting wasted and more at

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