FRI. UPDATE: WWE in Australia, anniversary of legendary bout, Austin, Dr. talks Marquardt,

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        We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in Brooklyn, NY at Cyclone Field at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Ric Flair returns tonight for the live show, along with Kurt Angle, RVD, Jeff Jarrett (only in Mexico on television I guess), Mr. Anderson, A.J. Styles, Bully Ray, Mickie James, Eric Young, Orlando Jordan, Robbie E, Devon, Angelina Love Winter, Crimson, Douglas Williams, Magnus and Amazing Red.  There will also be a fireworks show.  Last year's combination live show and fireworks show drew 5,500 fans at Cyclone Field.
        The same crew is in Asbury Park, NJ tomorrow night including Flair.

        WWE is overseas this week with no television tapings coming up.  The Raw crew runs tomorrow in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday in Perth, Australia, Monday in Adelaide, Australia and Tuesday is Brisbane, Australia before finishing Wednesday in Auckland, New Zealand.  We're looking for reports on all of these shows.
        The biggest weekend show is UFC 132 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The prelims start on facebook at about 6:15 p.m. Eastern
Jeff Hougland vs. Donny Walker
Anthony Njokuani vs. Andre Winner
Aaron Simpson vs. Brad Tavares
Brian Bowles vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Live on Spike at 8 p.m.
Rafael dos Anjos vs. George Sotiropolous
Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller
Live on PPV at 9 p.m.
Matt Wiman vs. Dennis Siver
Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader
Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight title
        The Smackdown crew is off this weekend, but they start in South Africa on Wednesday in a tour that includes Bret Hart.
        Smackdown tonight:
*Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry in a non-title match
*Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase
*Sin Cara vs. Christian
*Ezekiel Jackson vs. Cody Rhodes in a non-title match
*Kane vs. Wade Barrett
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--WWE guys have been doing extensive media in Australia this week in conjunction with the tour that started earlier today in Sydney.  The Miz appeared on "Sports Tonight,"  Kofi Kingston and Kelly Kelly were on the National Rugby League Footy show.  Both came off well although when asked what your and when the first WrestleMania was, neither knew.  Kelly admitted having no idea.  Kingston thought it was in 1981, but when told he was wrong, did say 1985 as his second guess, but he didn't know where it took place, until one of the hosts started humming "New York, New York," (thanks to Tim Forge).  Today's Sydney Morning Herald had a story on R-Truth. (thanks to James Stanios and Tim  Forge)
--Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of what was at the time the biggest pro wrestling match of the decade, when Buddy Rogers beat Pat O'Connor at Comiskey Park in Chicago to win the NWA world heavyweight title.  The listed attendance was 38,622, which may or may not have been a U.S. record, but would have been the largest since the mid-30s for sure and it was a number that wasn't legitimately topped in the U.S. until Hulk Hogan wrestled Andre the Giant at the Pontiac Silverdome.
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with a special episode of Observer radio covering all kinds of fun stuff, including UFC 132, Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, Impact and more.  This will also be our first chance to do questions in a while so if you've got any questions on MMA or pro wrestling you can send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   We'll also be doing shows on Saturday night after UFC and Monday night after the taped Raw. 

--There is a training and evaluation class that will feature WWE developmental talent scout Gerald Brisco as well as Jim Ross on 7/22 in Waterloo, IA at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in conjunction with the Lou Thesz/George Tragos Hall of Fame ceremony.   This is for experienced wrestlers only.  At 2 p.m. wrestlers will be on hand to perform matches in front of Ross and Brisco, and they will give individual evaluations.   For more info go to  or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Yeah, two WWE guys are working a show called Impact Pro Wrestling.  The cost to appear is $125 and if you have someone you would like to work with, you can sign up together and do your match.  Otherwise, an opponent will be chosen for you.  Only five spots are left.  There will also be a wrestling show that night.

--Weigh-ins for UFC are at 7 p.m.
--Who do you expect to take this fight?
Ryan Bader 87.2%
Tito Ortiz 12.8%
--In North America, how will UFC 132 vs. Money in the Bank stack up
UFC gets more buys but not double 32.3%
UFC gets more than double, not triple 30.6%
UFC gets more than triple, not quadruple 11.5%
UFC gets more than four times as many buys 13.9%
Money in the Bank gets more buys 11.8%
        My gut on this says easily double, possibly triple but not a guarantee of triple.
--What did you think of Countdown to UFC 132
Excellent 41.3%
Good 42.9%
Average 6.3%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 9.5%
        47.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--Matt Mitrione, Maximum Fighting Championships president Mark Pavelich and Dr. Nickolas Tomasic (an expert on testosterone use) are guests tonight on Inside MMA at 9 p.m. on HDNet.  Mitrione will talk about his altercation at the fighters summit with Tito Ortiz.  They also preview tomorrow night's UFC show.  A preview is up at ch-more-on-inside-mma/
--HDNet also has It's Showtime kickboxing from Poland at 10 p.m. tonight.--Dana White yesterday at the press conference talked about UFC going to Japan for a live event before the end of the year.  He didn't say the date or venue, although it's expected to be at the end of the year.  There hasn't been a live UFC in Japan in more than ten years.
--I've got stories on both Urijah Faber and Ryan Bader up today at in the UFC section of the sports.
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling from last night in Pontiac, MI:  Kawabata the Magic Ninja b Jimmy Jacobs, Corporal Robinson b Sexy Slim Goodie, Bull Pain & Tracy Smothers b Madman Pondo & Necro Butcher, Haters b Zach Gowen & U-Gene, Bill Martel b Weedman, Rhino NC Kongo Kong, 2 Tuff Tony b Butler Geeves to become JCW champion.  You can watch this show on replay for $5 at  Next iPPV is 7/14. (thanks to Andy Pellegrini)
--Paul Lazenby talks with Steve Austin at when he was in Texas for Strikeforce and drove down to the Broken Skull Ranch.  Lazenby has worked as a stunt double for Austin in some of his movies filmed in Vancouver. 
--Chris Hero will be appearing for ROH on 7/8 and 7/9 in Richmond and Charlotte.  Claudio Castagnoli will not be on the shows that weekend.
--Christopher Daniels is featured in the premiere issue of New York Smash, a new magazine available in the Hamptons.  It talks about his diet and fitness routine.  The story is not available on-line.
--Urijah Faber appears on the TNT series "Leverage" in an episode scheduled to air in a few weeks.  He'll have a fight scene with Christian Kane on the show.  That's an actor, and not an indie wrestler copying WWE.  Kane plays Elliot Spencer on the show.
--Fit Finlay is taking bookings for indie shows and public appearances through Bill Behrens at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
--Cage Fighting Championship 18 takes place 8/26 in Sydney, Australia at Luna Park with Jesse Juarez vs. Manuel Rodriguez as the main event (thanks to James Stanios)
--K&S and Highspots are working together for an autograph show on 8/27 at the Philadelphia Airport Ramada with Torrie Wilson, Terri Runnels, Wendi Richter, Debra Marshall (McMichael/Williams), Sojourner Bolt, Madusa, Heidi Lee Morgan, Shelly Martinez, Asya, Cherry, Rockin Robin, Mike McGuirk, Stacy Carter, Chyna, Fit Finlay, Isys the Amazon and more. For more info you can call This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   
--Crossfire Entertainment on 8/20 at the Fairgrounds in Nashville headlined by Bill Dundee vs. Dutch Mantel in a cage match, plus Rikishi, Maria, Raven, Kid Kash, Jerry Lynn, David Young, Road Dogg, Wolfie D, Brian Christopher, Cassidy Riley and more.
--IWA  East Coast on 7/12 in Nitro, WV at the Community Center features Low Ki vs. Necro Butcher and Chris Hero vs. Sami Callihan, plus Madman Pondo, 2 Tuff Tony, Mickie Knuckles and Irish Airborne.
--Josh Nason interviews Carlos Condit at condit/  The show airs on Thursday nights on ESPN radio in New Hampshire.
--World Wrestling Coalition on 7/9 in Aberdeen, OH at the Municipal Building
--PWF Northeast Pro Wrestling on 9/24 has an all day benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at Maironis Park in Shrewsbury, MA.  Among those appearing are Luke Gallows, Kenny Doane, Antonio Thomas, Gillberg and UFC fighter John Howard.  The main event will be Sara Del Rey vs. Mercedes Martinez.
--Ed Loredo talks the C.M. Punk promo at
--Kevin Eck does a parody of the promo at xtra_episode_19.html
--Premier Championship Wrestling has the Great Canadian Bash tonight on West St. Paul, Manitoba at the Sunova Centre.  Admission is free.
--Lucky Strike Lanes in Denver is having a party tomorrow night including airing UFC 132.  There will be area fighters at the party at Denver Pavilions.
--MMA Live's Jon Anik talks tomorrow night's UFC 132 at N_Screaming_UFC

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