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        Monday has Raw in Hampton, VA, featuring Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz in the finals of the WWE title tournament.  The show is being built around the theme of HHH's first day in charge.  There is also a Monday Impact taping in Orlando.
 
        Tuesday has Smackdown and NXT being taped in Philadelphia, while a second night of Impact tapings will be in Orlando. 

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--A major head-to-head confrontation coming at the end of the month

--Surprise results regarding WWE talent outside WWE

--Major star looks to be in jail for eight months to a year taking him right out of a major show this month

--A look at the lineup for AAA's Verano de Escandalo featuring several names from TNA

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--Dragon Gate USA star headed to Japan for an extended tour

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--80s star has a retirement match this past week

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--Notes on a new pro wrestling book about the history of wrestling in one of its most tradition based cities

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--More on the arrest of Branko Busich, the son of a former WWE performer

--Son of one of the 90s biggest stars now training for pro wrestling

--Contract updates

--Jeff Hardy update

--TNA makes major deal

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--A look at the shows this weekend

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--Talk of reviving K-1

--Bobby Lashley's next fight

--More on a former pro wrestling star vs. boxing star mixed match and strange rules

--A look back at the last time these type of rules were in play

--Pro wrestling move from the 20s now works in MMA

--Return of Kimbo

    
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--Tim Frankenfield, who was the lead manager for Pennsylvania Championship  Wrestling as Judd the Stud, passed away at 2 a.m. late last night at Temple University hospital.  He had prostate surgery a few weeks ago and since the surgery, his internal organs such as his kidney and liver began failing.  In the 90s, he managed a group called Generation X, before DX, which included Sexton Hardcastle (who later became Edge), Christian Cage, Reckless Youth and Lance Diamond.  He was also close friends with Paul Orndorff. (thanks to Blaine Desantis)
 
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--What upcoming main event are you most interested in?
GSP vs. Nick Diaz 34.1%
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos 19.2%
Jon Jones vs. Rampage Jackson 14.0%
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson 12.2%
Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans 8.7%
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 6.6%
Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami 4.4%
Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson 0.4%
Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Kenny Florian 0.4%
 
--Who should be the next person inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame?
Frank Shamrock 26.5%
Don Frye 25.1%
Tito Ortiz 22.7%
Anderson Silva 10.4%
Tank Abbott 9.0%
Oleg Taktarov 3.8%
Maurice Smith 2.4%
        Somehow I don't see this one as very likely to happen.
 
--Who would you like to see get the next lightweight title shot?
Clay Guida 41.0%
Gilbert Melendez 19.0%
Jim Miller 15.9%
Melvin Guillard 12.3%
Antony Pettis 3.1%
Donald Cerrone 2.6%
Ben Henderson 2.1%
Dennis Silver 1.5%
Sam Stout 1.0%
Raphael Dos Anjos 1.0%
Jeremy Stephens 0.5%
 
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 16.2%
Good 38.1%
Average 31.4%
Fair 4.8%
Poor 9.5%
        32.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Poll on Friday night's Strikeforce show
Excellent 14.8%
Good 48.1%
Average 14.8%
Fair 7.4%
Poor 14.8%
        78.7% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Shiima Xion, who worked on the Destination X PPV, has reportedly signed with TNA and will be back using the name Zema Ion.
 
--HHH was at the recent wedding of Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who is a huge wrestling fan, as noted by his appearances in the past on Raw. (thanks to Terri Bey)
 
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--Butterbean has a reality show on Investigation Discovery called "Big Law, Deputy Butterbean" where he becomes a police officer in his home town of Jasper, AL, similar to the deal that Trish Stratus and Erik Estrada did on a short-lived reality show.  The show debuts on 8/9 at 10 p.m. (thanks to John Patton)
 
--Tulalip Championship Wrestling from last night in Marysville, WA:  Ray Brooks b Christopher Ryseck, Mike Santiago b Azul Angel, Dash Venture b Cole Bishop-DQ, Dash Ventura & Aaron Bolo b Cole Bishop & Jonas Albert Robinson, C.J. Edwards b Home Boy Quiz, Draven Vargas & Lylah Lodge b Nate Andrews & Black Velvet, Kellen Raeth b Damon Jones (thanks to Charles Short)      
 
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--Pro Wrestling World 1 on 7/31 in Jackson, NJ at the Knights of Columbus. 
 
--Steve Corino works for Acclaim Pro Wrestling on 7/30 in Gatineau, Quebec at the Gatineau Legion.
 
--Newsday rips on the degeneration of the Strikeforce Grand Prix tournament at http://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/mark-la-monica/strikeforce-heavy weight-grand-prix-is-light-fare-1.3047182
 
--Georgia Championship Wrestling from last night in Macon, GA before 500 fans:  Pain b Chris Nelms, Nigel Sherrod b Danny Horne, Convict Blade b Antonio Garza, Zac Edwards b Congolese Nightmare (managed by Abdullah the Butcher), Vordell Walker b Vic Roze, Tony Atlas & Tommy Rich b Billy Black & Steve Lawler-DQ, Jon & Trey Williams b Simon Sermon & Tommy Too Much, Jake Slater b Micah Taylor.  They are bringing in Diamond Dallas Page for two shows on 8/19 in Athens and Augusta. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
 
--A story on T.J. Cook, who TKO's Lionel Lanham on Friday night in a Strikeforce prelim, noting he turned down the fight at first since he was asked only five days before, but accepted when offered a four-fight deal is at http://www.ocala.com/article/20110722/SPORTS/110729945/1001/news01?Title= Cook-fights-in-Vegas-after-whirlwind-week
 
--Southern All-Star Wrestling from Friday night in Millersville, TN:  Mike Jablonski & Anthony Wayne & David Matthews b LBK & Lex Victory & Shabba Shabbaz, Matt Boyce b Shane Morton, Jason Xavier & Josh Crow b Bad Boy Dixon & Saint, Arrick Andrews NC Shane Eden, Kevin Weatherby b Cody Weatherby, Derek Neal b Hammerjack (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)  

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