SUN. UPDATE: Late notes on Destination X, Longest champ loses belt, UFC biggest problem

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        We're also looking for reports on the WWE Smackdown house show today and last night, both in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as Friday night's ROH show in Richmond.
        Tonight's PPV lineup
*A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels
*Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn
*Abyss vs. Brian Kendrick for the X title
*Samoa Joe vs. Kazarian
*Robbie E vs. Shannon Moore vs. Alex Shelley vs. Amazing Red in an Ultimate X match to determine the next X title contender
*Jack Evans vs. Austin Aries vs. Low Ki vs. Zema Ion (Shiima Xion) with the winner getting a TNA contract
*Douglas Williams vs. ?
        We'll have live coverage of the show starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  Some late notes on the show.  Joe vs  Kazarian will open.  Williams' opponent would be someone making their U.S. big show debut, not someone from WWE or formerly from TNA.
        Raw will be Monday in Boston, with, at least as of a few days ago, plans included a C.M. Punk/Vince McMahon television confrontation.  Impact will also be taped Monday in Orlando with Mr. Anderson vs. Sting for the TNA title, Samoa Joe vs. The Pope vs. Bobby Roode in a three-way, Hernandez & Anarquia vs. Magnus & Douglas Williams, and Tara vs. Madison Rayne.  This is a TV show they've been building for weeks so they are hopeful of an above average number.  The WWE number is also interesting since it's the first test of whether or not Punk's promo made a tangible difference with the big audience or not, since the July 4th rating really shouldn't be judged.
        Smackdown and NXT will be taped Tuesday at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.  Impact will also be taped on Tuesday.
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        This issue also has our 2011 WWE roster directory.  We go through the entire roster with real names, ages, years pro as well as sports and entertainment backgrounds of all the roster members prior to joining WWE.
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        We also have more on the death of Randy Savage with the autopsy report.  We also look at the arrest and firing of Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers.
        We also look at John Cena's comments about The Rock in Australia, more on the future of SummerSlam and attempts to turn it into a second WrestleMania.  We have more on the deal involving Brock Lesnar that would involve WWE, UFC approval, and a non-wrestling aspect. 
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        Our lead story talks about the Cena vs. Punk match that took place this week, what was notable about the match, and how this leads to the PPV.  We talk about different ideas regarding the finish and where things go from there.  We also talk about the GLAAD controversy with Punk's remarks to hecklers in Australia, Punk's apology, and what WWE told GLAAD about Punk's future.  We look at how WWE has viewed comments of this type, as well as interesting comments by Punk from the past that show his viewpoint.
        We look at how Money in the Bank did last year, the promos on July 4th by John Cena and Vince McMahon as the next step of the angle, the role Punk could play that WWE needs, his return, as well as tons of comments by Colt Cabana regarding why he was unhappy, and thoughts on the entire WWE at this point. 
        We also look at the aftermath of UFC 132.  We look at the fight, stats on the fight, the judging of the fight, crowd reactions and future bantamweight fights.  We also look at the win by Tito Ortiz and loss by Wanderlei Silva.  We look at the early show, what happened next , as well as the Matt Wiman vs. Dennis Siver judging. 
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        We also look back at years ago when July 4th was considered a terrible day in the wrestling industry and the tragedies associated with that day.
        We have full details on the police report of what happened with Brett Rogers and his wife and the reaction by Zuffa to it.
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--New ROH matches
--What is going on with Ric Flair in TNA
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--Hogan tries to sell the mansion
--Character in TNA seemingly dropped
--TNA ratings in the U.K. and what is notable about their PPVs in that country
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--Notes on TNA television
--Update Bound for Glory series points standing
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--Announcer signs network deal to host a prime time show
--Injury to Strikeforce Grand Prix member may delay next round
--Result of match overturned by commission
--More on the Nate Marquardt situation
--Updates on Cris Cyborg and Chael Sonnen
--Dana White talks Spike using UFC tapes to counter-program UFC
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--Update on Edgar vs. Maynard match
--Fighter expected to be fined for TV rule infraction
--Lots of new fights either talked about or signed
--Notes on the Bellator bantamweight tournament which people are saying is the best tournament the company has done
--Title fight off
--Kimbo Slice returns to the ring in a new venue
--Interesting trivia regarding the biggest boxing PPV events of all-time
--Five-year TV contract signed
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--Takashi Sugiura's reign as the longest running major promotion champion, as Pro Wrestling NOAH's GHC champion since December 2009, ended today as he was pinned by Go Shiozaki in a show at the Tokyo Ariake Coliseum.
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--What is the biggest problem facing UFC right now:
Too many shows 30.4%
Too many injuries 21.8%
Bad judging 16.8%
Novelty of UFC shows are gone, it's not the in thing anymore 11.6%
No big matches that I want to see 10.2%
Fights aren't entertaining enough 3.3%
Performance enhancing drugs are too prevalent 2.3%
Lack of serious competition to UFC 2.0%
Don't like the matchmaking 1.3%
Bad refereeing 0.3%
--If Bellator gets on Spike in 2012, what are your thoughts?
I already watch Bellator on MTV 2, will continue to watch it 21.3%
I never watch it on MTV 2, will try it out on Spike 20.7%
Have no interest in non-UFC MMA 17.0%
Am not an MMA fan 14.4%
I would watch if they have stars I'm familiar with, that's why I don't watch it now 11.2%
Rarely watch on MTV 2, will watch more often on Spike 10.6%
Never watched on MTV 2, will watch regularly on Spike 4.8%
Watch it now, will stop watching 0.0%
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 13.8%
Good 40.0%
Average 21.5%
Fair 10.8%
Poor 13.8%
        46.3% of those responding didn't see the show.  For whatever reason, the last few weeks, there has been a noticeable decline on the site in Smackdown viewership and not sure why that would be.
--Kim Couture (Randy's ex-wife) lost to a 1920s pro wrestling hold, the old Joe Stecher head scissors, which put her out cold in a  match with Sheila Bird in Calgary last night.  The bad thing is that Couture went limp in the hold and it was nine seconds, way too long, before the ref recognized it and stopped the match. 
--Some enterprising promoter should set up a match with Kim Couture, Karen Jarrett, Linda Bollea, Beth Flair, Sarah Undertaker, Debra Marshall and perhaps Jenna Jameson and Kim Page in the ex-wife Battle Royal.  I'm only kidding.
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling, which probably would be up for something like this, is proclaiming its 8/12 show at Cave-in-Rock, IL as part of their annual Gathering of the Juggalos (which includes Charlie Sheen as MC)_ as the biggest legends wrestling show of all-time.  Announced so far is Roddy Piper vs. Terry Funk in an I Quit match with Danny Davis (80s WWF heel ref, not OVW trainer) as referee, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson vs. Head Bangers, Greg Valentine vs. Tito Santana in a cage match and Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera in a rematch of the match of the year in Madison Square Garden 31 years ago.  Also appearing are Jerry Lawler, Sean Waltman, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Vampiro, Tank Abbott, Rhino, Koko Ware, Tony Atlas, Sabu, Honky Tonk Man, Al Snow, Carlito, Jimmy Snuka, Jim Duggan, Big Daddy V, Dutch Mantel, Chyna, Rikishi, Zach Gowen, Raven, Warlord, Barbarian, Rob Conway, Kamala, Bob Orton Jr., Tracy Smothers, U-Gene, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, Ronnie Garvin and Tommy Rich.
--We got several emails regarding last night's Brandon Rios vs. Urban Antillon main event on Showtime boxing last night.  I didn't see it, but came home to people telling me to watch the West Coast replay.  Unfortunately, coming back from the movies, I turned on Showtime, and the West Coast replay had just ended.
--The Smackdown crew ends its tour in Johannesburg, South Africa today, and will be making the 27 or so hour flight back home today for television on Tuesday at the Mohegan Sun Casino.
--Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash will be announcing tonight's TNA Destination X show as Taz has the day off for a family function.  Taz will be back for the tapings tomorrow night.   
--Colt Cabana said on his podcast that he will be at the 7/17 Money in the Bank show in Chicago.  Well, given his best friend is in the main event, that may or may not be significant.
--In addition to the Tom Kong Watson vs. Frank Trigg main event for the middleweight title for BAMMA on 10/9 in Birmingham, England, they also have a lightweight title match with Rob Sinclair vs. Leonardo Santos, which will be a dark match.  Joey Villasenor vs. Che Mills with Watson vs. Trigg will be the double main event (thanks to Matt Singh)
--NWA Anarchy TV tapings from last night in Cornelia, GA before 110 fans:  Azrael b Skirra Corvus, Jacoby Boykins & Chris Mayen b C.B. Gibson & Tommy Daniels, Jacob Ashworth b Ty Tyson to keep the Young Lions title, Mikal Judas (Murphy in TNA) & Billy Buck b Andrew Pendleton III & Bryan Cassanova, Jeff Lewis b Brodie Chase to win the TV title, Skirra Corvus won a Rumble, Shaun Tempers b Steven Walters to keep the NWA North American title.  (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--New Era Wrestling from last night in Shelbyville, IN:  Joey Venom b Troy Van Zant, Donny Idol b Joey Owens, Camron Starr b Dizzy D, Hillbilly Jedd b Ricky Ruckus, Tom Van Zant b Jon Wall, Dylan Bostic b Bobby Black, Damien Cole DCOR Baron Von Kane, Shawn Cook b Flash Flanagan
--Combat Zone Wrestling from last night in Philadelphia before about 300-325 fans:  VSK over Alex Reynolds, Alexander James and Lance Steel, Azrieal & Bandido Jr. b Joe Gacy & Ryan Slater, Ruckus & Alex Colon b J-Sinn & Lance Lude, Ricky Reyes b Ty Hagen, Matt Tremont b Little Mondo, Jake Crist b A.R. Fox to win the CZW TV title, Sami Callihan b Necro Butcher, Devon Moore b Joker to keep the CZW title, Masada b Danny Havoc to win the CZW Ultraviolent Underground title.  Main event was a sick bloodbath, said to be maybe too sick.  They announced Moore vs. BLK JEEZ for the title on the 8/13 show in a lumberjack strap match.  B.J Whitmer also faces Callihan on that show.  Also announced is Havoc facing Big Japan's death match champion Ryuji Ito on 9/10.  Crist vs. Fox and Tremont vs. Mondo were good matches and Callihan was over big. (thanks to Steve Bread)
--SLA from last night in O'Fallon, MO:  Christian Rose won four-way over Marion Fontaine, Dorian Victor and Aiden Young, Gerald James b ACH in a TLC match, Darin Childs & Khris Wolfe won four-way over Devon & Mason Cutter, Matt Cage & Alex Castle and K.C. Karrington and Alexandre Rudolphk Athena b Rachel Summerlyn, Davey Vega b Johnny Gargano, Dingo b Mat Fitchett in a last man standing match, Jordan Lacey b Darin Corbin in a bullrope match, Arik Cannon b Chuck Taylor, Evan Gelistico b Dan Walsh in a submission match (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
--Ring Wars Carolinas on 7/16 in Hope Mills, NC at the Rec Center.
--Results from Dan Bobish's Ultimate Cage Battles show in Parma, OH from last night.  Next show will be 9/24 also in Parma:  Justin Steave b Chase Piatt with a choke at 3:31 of the second round, John Tyler b Andrew Carrillo with an arm triangle at 3:09 of the third round, Marcus Reynolds b Brandon Ezzo via KO in 4:10 of the first round and in the main event, Matt Masterson b Marcus Finch via unanimous decision.

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