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        We're also looking for reports on Saturday's WWE show in Melbourne, Australia, today's WWE show in Perth, Western Australia and last night's TNA house show in Asbury Park, NJ.
        The WWE crew continues 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 Smackdown crew is off this weekend, but they start in South Africa on Wednesday in a tour that includes Bret Hart.

        A note that there are no TV tapings for WWE or TNA this week.  Raw for tomorrow night was taped last week in Las Vegas.  Smackdown was taped last week in Tucson.

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>         We look at the promo, including a word-for-word breakdown, where the angle goes, what is the status of Punk right now according to what people in WWE are being told, and the pluses and minuses of this when it comes to timing.  We look at the mentioning of different names in the promo and what they all mean, as well as a look at Money in the Bank, and the reaction to the promo.

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> --Wrestler raises nearly $45,000 for Earthquake victims

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> --Major UFC signing

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> --Update on the complete lineup for the next Strikeforce major show including new matches

> --UFC files lawsuit against a night club

> --UFC fighters up for Espy awards

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--A few more notes on last night's show.  It was one of the best UFC events in a long time live, particularly once television started.  This has been a great last seven days for both pro wrestling and MMA with last week's UFC, the ROH Best in the World show which was off the charts, the Raw on Monday, even Impact on Thursday was one of the better episodes of this year and UFC last night.  We've got our rundown on the radio show we did this morning and we will be back tomorrow night.
--This is why MMA and stats don't work out well.  CompuStrike stats from Faber vs. Cruz last night had Cruz landing 99 punches to 74 by Faber, however Faber landed 45 power shots to 38 by Cruz. had Cruz landing 97 punches and Faber landing 58, but in power shots gave Cruz a 90-50 edge. 
--Justin Honeycutt, who wrestles as Ryze Woo on the Florida independent scene, died yesterday while working at his regular job at Magic Midway amusement park in Orlando.  Honeycutt, 30, was working on the Star Flyers ride, which is closed down for repairs.  He was about 90 feet in the air when he fell about six feet.  He was suspended in the air by safety harnesses.  Firefighters used harnesses and cables to climb up and lower him down.  There was no explanation about why he fell. 
--The WWE Raw house shows in Sydney and Melbourne over the weekend both did more than  $1 million live gates.
--At the WWE show in Perth earlier today, some fans booing John Cena were heckling him about how The Rock makes more money than him.  Cena then said that he hoped somebody was filming this because he wanted to say something, and that is he doesn't care Rock makes more money than him, because Rock is an actor while he is a professional wrestler.  Glad he thinks so since he's not supposed to say that.  He said that they take their Rock shirts, because Rock will never ever be a full-time pro wrestler.
--C.M. Punk is putting over Rey Mysterio in the openers on the tour. 
--Colt Cabana talks C.M. Punk to Mike Mooneyham at unk/
--In Melbourne, Zack Ryder was introduced as the Internet champion, wearing one of those toy replicas of a WWE IC title belt.  He retained it pinning Primo.
--Ric Flair did appear last night at the TNA house show in Asbury Park, NJ, and did an interview, where everyone cheered him and he told people that he's supposed to be the bad guy. 
--I don't believe Brian Bowles ended up with a broken hand.  He thought he had broken his hand during the fight but afterwards the reaction when I asked was he believed he had at first, but hadn't.
--This is like the greatest thing ever at  It starts out as a wedding video but at the 1:50 mark becomes something you just have to see, particularly if you were a fan of the old Pride Fighting Championships.  
--As far as Google searches go, both last night and earlier today I checked and nothing from the show made the top 20.  Usually the big buy rate shows will have several things making it.  The David Haye vs. Klitschko fight did crack the top 20 searches.
--I was told that fight was a snoozefest and that Haye, who did a great job building the fight, didn't even come out and fight.  It was a one-sided Klitschko decision.
--Today's Sydney Morning Herald in Australia has a story on Kofi Kingston, who talks about how he was bullied at school and his work in WWE's anti-bullying campaign.  Story is at (thanks to James Stanios)
--A story on Luke Robinson is at 864861.txt  If you didn't listen to Robinson on our show on Wednesday, he was a very interesting guest talking about Tough Enough as his own future.
--Mick Foley appears on 7/9 in Williamsport, PA at the Williamsport Crosscutters minor league game against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.  He will do an interview before the game, autographs and throw at the first pitch.  In exchange, the Crosscuters are donating $500 to RAINN.
--Monday's issue of The Sporting News has a story on fathers and sons who were pro athletes, and mentions Joe (Road Warrior Animal) and James Laurinaitis.  They have Joe dressed up like his son in a Rams outfit and James dressed up in a Road Warrior outfit.  It's on pages 46 and 47. (thanks to Andrew Thurston)

--NWA Pro Wrestling Fusion on 7/9 in Panama City, FL with double world champion (Zero-One & NWA) The Sheik facing hometown hero Colby Godwin for the NWA title plus Dark City Fight Club defends the NWA tag titles against The Hate Junkies, and jr. champion Craig Classic faces Vordell Walker.
--Someone doing a wrestling book is looking for fan reaction for their favorite, most memorable and most hated gimmick style wrestling match to @wrestlingbook   
--WWE returns to The Pit at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque on 9/25 for a 5 p.m. show (thanks to Devin Cutting)
--Main Event Wrestling presents The California Cup on 7/15 in Fresno at the Fairgrounds.
--A long magazine feature type story on 60s star Dick Steinborn, who in his day was one of the great workers, is at mode=print
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville before 113 fans:  Bully Douglas & Ox Harfley b Panther & Toby Farley, Seven b Drew Delight, Jamey Farrari & Bryan Casey b Nick Iggy & Micah Hughes, Bushwhacker Luke Williams b Damien Payne, L.T. Falk b Jocephus-DQ, Gary Valiant & L.T. Falk b Tim Renesto & Jocephus, Chrisjen Hayme b Drew Haskins (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald had an article on Australian wrestlers who work for the PWA promotion in the country talking about their day jobs, which include being a carpenter, a civil servant and a bartender (thanks to James Stanios)
--Team 3-D's wrestling school which has produced a number of TNA wrestlers will start running a promotion called QWEST Wrestling on 7/23 in Orlando at the Downtown Rec Center. 
--Dan Lennard and Mark Williamson talk the WWE tour of Australia and Bruce Hart's book at 14-they-call-me-bruce-hart
--Bubba the Love Sponge drove the pace car at Daytona last night.
--United States Championship Wrestling from last night in Macclenny, FL before 300 fans:  Blain Rage won three-way over Spirit Kid and Gabriel Xavier, Mikey b John Carino, Jon Davis b Jake Slater, Santana b Gorgeous Gary, Nuyoricanz b Los Ben Dejos, Slyck Sleezy b Jason Hexx (thanks to Al Haft)
--All Pro Wrestling Gym Wars at
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on 7/28 in Atlanta at The Masquerade.
--A blog by Scott Wallask regarding the Sgt. Slaughter-Iron Sheik boot camp match from 1984 is at
--HPW from yesterday in Columbus, IN before 218 fans:  Ricky Ruckus b Fuji Brown, Camron Starr won three-way over Jessie Belle Smothers and Mickie Knuckles, Ryan Howe (Tough Enough) b Troy Van Zant, Damien Cole & Stompin Steve b Cooter & Sabotage Styles, Cruel Intentions b T.J. Powers & Kevin Frost, Donny Idol b Joey Venom, Diceman Ronnie Vegas b Pastor Pain.  Next show is 7/15 featuring Dutch Mantel. (thanks to Jerry Wilson) 

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