THURS. UPDATE: Ratings, Yokozuna Memorial, Biggest star, Orton in video game, Sting talks Hardy



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We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in Columbus, OH at the Dispatch Ice Haus as part of the Nationwide Arena complex, headlined by Mr. Anderson vs. Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett (who I guess is only moved to Mexico for television purposes) vs. A.J. Styles, Abyss vs. Kazarian and Beer Money vs. Pope & Devon. They also run tomorrow night in Fort Wayne, IN.

 

--Tonight's Impact lineup on Spike

Scott Steiner vs. Bully Ray in the Bound for Glory tournament

Velvet Sky & Miss Tessmacher vs. Jacqueline & ODB

Bobby Roode & James Storm vs. Crimson & Matt Morgan in the Bound for Glory tournament

Shiima Xion vs. Dakota Darsow vs. Federico Palacious for the Destination X tournament

Velvet Sky vs. Winter falls count anywhere

Abyss vs. Sting in a non-title match

--Superstars tonight on the Internet

Gail Kim vs. Melina

David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov for the tag titles

Natalya & A.J. & Kaitlyn vs. Tamina & Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes

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--In the ratings for last week, USA was No. 1 with a 2.1 rating for the week followed by Disney at 1.9 and TNT at 1.7. Syfy was No. 22 at 0.8 and Spike didn't crack the top 25. CNN was No. 25 at 0.7 and Spike is usually around 0.6. The three hours of Raw last week were No. 6, No. 7 and No. 18, with Pawn Stars in the top two spots at 5.1 and 4.9. Raw was No. 6 and No. 8 for the final two hours in 18-49.

 

--Sal Corrente, who does the WrestleReunion conventions, is joining with Highspots.com for Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior at one of their conventions to to a face-to-face interview with Bill Apter and sign autographs, offering $100,000 to split between the two of them. Don't see that one happening.

 

--WrestleReunion will be working with Dragon Gate USA to present live shows in conjunction with WrestleMania 28 weekend. The Dragon Gate shows next year will be 3/30 and 3/31 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami. The 3/31 show is Saturday night, Hall of Fame night. The Friday show often goes head-up with a ROH show.

 

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--There is a presale for the WWE Raw show on 7/24 in Upper Marlboro, MD with the password WWE724. Presale runs through 10 p.m. tomorrow night.

 

--Alex Marvez talks with Jay Lethal about Sunday's ROH iPPV show at http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/62432

 

--A fourth major MMA show this weekend is Shark Fights 16 on Saturday iight in Odessa, TX at the Ector County Coliseum healdined by Josh Neer vs. Jesse Juarez. The show is being taped for Fuel TV's new MMA show.

 

--Daniel Bryan is working with PETA2 on promoting the Vegan lifestyle. He joins a group that also includes UFC fighters Jake Shields and Mac Danzig.

 

--Hayato Sakurai vs. Mariusz Zaromskis has been added to the Dream show on 7/16 in Tokyo at the Ariake Coliseum.

 

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--Luke Robinson will be our guest this coming Wednesday on Wrestling Observer radio.

 

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--On last night's radio show, the term we were looking for that David Shults claimed Vince McMahon said to him before the John Stossel incident was "blast him."

 

--WWE Games Community Manager Marcus Stephen confirmed via twitter that Randy Orton will be a playable character as both a bearded Randy Orton, as well as non-bearded Randy Orton will be listed as alternative attire in the WWE '12 game.

 

--WWE was doing a Consumer Satisfaction Survey this past week, calling up people who ordered the WrestleMania 27 ticket package. They were trying to find out demographic information on people who travel to WrestleMania as well as spending habits when in the host city. Two interesting questions were would you be willing to travel for a second PPV each year that included a week-long series of events, and how interested would you be in a week long WrestleMania events that would include a WWE Themed Restaurant, a WWE themed hotel and a WWE Hall, of Fame museum. (thanks to Stephen Lyon)

 

Which show this weekend are you most interested in?

UFC on Versus Marquardt vs. Story 47.6%

ROH iPPV on Sunday 43.8%

Bellator on Saturday 5.2%

Strikeforce Challengers on Saturday 3.4%

 

--Who do you see as the biggest star right now among active wrestlers, boxers and MMA fighters?

Manny Pacquiao 32.1%

Brock Lesnar 19.5%

Georges St. Pierre 15.3%

John Cena 10.4%

Floyd Mayweather Jr. 9.9%

Hulk Hogan 8.4%

Jon Jones 1.3%

Randy Orton 1.2%

B.J. Penn 0.7%

Anderson Silva 0.7%

Cain Velasquez 0.5%

 

--Who do you expect to win the Strikeforce Grand Prix tournament

Josh Barnett 36.6%

Alistair Overeem 33.6%

Antonio Silva 24.8%

Sergei Kharitonov 5.0%

 

--The Chicago Sun Times yesterday had an interview with Mick Foley along with local horror movie host Rich "Svengoolie" Koz taped at the PCW Dream Night show last Saturday at http://www.suntimes.com/sports/quickhits/6092470/quick-hits-serena-williams-brooklyn-decker-dwayne-wade.html

 

--Cary Silkin talks Ring of Honor going forward at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gregdemarco

 

--Reporter Chuck Miller writes about why he stopped watching pro wrestling at http://blog.timesunion.com/chuckmiller/the-day-my-love-for-professional-wrestling-died/8593/

 

--CZW's annual Tounament of Death takes place on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Townsend, DE. There will be a bus trip from Queens and New York City, for $115 for round trip transportation and a ticket at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

--The first round matches at the tournament are Dysfunction vs. Masada in fans bring the weapons, Matt Tremont vs. Necro Butcher in a water jugs bats and anything else to hit your opponent with match, Danny Havoc vs. Jaki Numazawa in a light tube and Christmas bulbs match and Scotty Vortkez vs. Masashi Takeda in a thumb tacks kickpads and Taipei Glass match.

 

--A story on a Jim Duggan autograph session is at http://www.qchron.com/news/central/article_6d7ff970-d870-5ccb-bd60-3fd96e6345f7.html One of the fans quoted in the story is longtime reader Dominick Valenti.

 

--Mike Sawyer and Jeremy Botter preview UFC's show on Sunday at http://blog.toughtalkmma.com/

 

--NWS returns on 7/16 in Dunellen, NJ at the Knights of Columbus Hall with the 2011 Captain Lou Albano Memorial J Cup tag team tournament. Nikolai Volkoff appears at the show.

 

--Greg Oliver has a story on 70s star Hartford Love of the Love Brothers tag team at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2011/06/20/18306546.html

 

--The Anoa'i family is putting together a Rodney "Yokozuna" Anoa'i celebration on 10/1, which would have been his 45th birthday called Yokozuna Memorial II: Ten Years in the Making. The show will take place in the Philadelphia area but the venue is not yet locked down.

 

--IHWE on 7/24 in Fort Worth at The Horseman Club headlined by Franco D'Angelo defending the IHWE title against Maniac Matt Borne.

 

--CHIKARA Pro tomorrow night at the Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago with Claudio Castagnoli vs. Hallowicked, Sara Del Rey vs. Icarus, Ultramantis Black vs. Fire Ant, Colt Cabana vs. Eddie Kingston and more.

 

--UWC TV show is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrB9zDQOxSk

 

--On Go Fight Live this weekend:

Saturday at 7 p.m.: WSU Uncensored Rumble from Union City, NJ at the Ace Arena

Saturday at 7 p.m.: X Series Fighting Championships from Knoxville

Saturday at 10 p.m. U.S. Sumo Open from Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel & Casino

Sunday at 4 p.m.: ROH Best of 2011 from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York healdined by Eddie Edwards defending the ROH title against Davey Richards

Sunday at 8 p.m.: Death match tournament from Los Anglees at the Casa Del Mexico with Balls Mahoney vs. Necro Butcher, Supreme vs. Mad Man Pondo, Carnage vs. Youth Suicide, Corporal Robinson vs. B.C. Killer, Famous B vs. Pinkie Snachez vs. Shiima Xion vs. Lil Cholo and more.

 

--ECWA on 7/16 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club headlined by Papadon vs. Chris Wylde.

 

--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 8/20 in Ronkonkoma, NY at Center Island Sports. Appearing are Ted DiBiase Sr., Mick Foley, plus the main event is Carlito vs. Eddie Kingston.

 

--IWA East Coast on 7/12 in Nitro WV at the Community Center has Low Ki vs. Necro Butcher and Chris Hero vs. Sami Callihan plus Mad Man Pondo, 2 Tuff Tony, Mickie Knuckles and Irish Airborne.

 

--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla: Ares & Fuerza Chicana b Tiger Rojo & Tigre Rojo Jr., Bobby Zavala & Kid Tiger & Puma King b Metalico & Stigma & Trueno, Angel Azteca Jr. & Angel de Plata & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Arkangel de la Muerte & Escandalo & Loco Max, Histeria & Olimpico & Vangelis b El Hijo del Fantasma & Metro & Sagrado, Mr. Niebla & Averno & Mephisto b La Mascara & Rush & La Sombra (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims) Crowd was bigger than usual as people came to see Averno live without his mask that he had lost on Friday night to La Mascara.

 

--The first ever iPPV from Mexico takes place on 7/3 from Tlanepantla, on Go Fight Live, with wrestlers from Mexico and Mad Man Pondo as the U.S. star.

 

--Urban Wrestling Federation's First Blood PPV which airs on all regular PPV channels on Sunday at 8 p.m. TV commercial is at http://youtu.be/JlD28f5om4M Homicide vs. Eddie Kingston is the main event.

 

--New England Championship Wrestling Bar Wars on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Michael's Pub in Tyngsboro, MA.

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