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        Impact tonight on Spike:
*Rob Van Dam vs. Gunner in the Bound for Glory series
*Crimson vs. Bully Ray in the Bound for Glory series
*Tara vs. Winter
*Bryan Kendrick vs. Abyss in an Ultimate X match for the X title
*Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson in a cage match with Fortune as lumberjacks around the cage (don't ask)
        Never fear, Hogan's also here.
        Superstar tonight:
*Michael McGillicutty & David Otunga vs. Chris Masters & Santino Marella (the match Marella gets the broken nose in)
*Alex Riley vs. Jack Swagger
*Trent Barreta vs. Heath Slater 
        An update on C.M. Punk, SummerSlam, and the direction, if there is such a thing, of WWE going forward is the lead article on the newest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  The lead story talks about the past and present plans for SummerSlam, changes, the return of Jim Ross, behind the scenes regarding the returns of Punk and Ross, ratings, early indications on Money in the Bank on PPV, people second guessing the return, why Punk fans should be happy with how the angle played out, as well as what people knew what.  We also look at the period that could have doomed his career in WWE.
        We also look back on the Jim Ross run in WWE, the attempts at replacing him and what happened each time that has led him back to the main chair. 

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        We also look at the value of the UFC championships, and a predictor of what will be a big PPV before the year is out.  We also look at an ominous sign regarding boxing, and what pro wrestling legend is gigantic on a worldwide basis that most wouldn't think of.

        We also look at the return to wrestling of Kenta Kobashi this past week, the scene in Osaka, the booking of the return, and a look back at Kobashi's previous returns.

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--One of the top heels in the world inside the ring that you may not have heard of

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--Update on Nate Marquardt and Marquardt says why he thinks his testosterone is low

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--Notes on MMA judging including stats so far regarding testing with a new system

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--There is a very interesting Dana White interview at with Tim Marchman.  White talks about overtraining, overexposure, Strikeforce and more.
--Devon "Hannibal" Nicholson filed a $6.5 million lawsuit against Larry "Abdullah the Butcher" Shreeve in Superior Court of Ontario. The suit alleges that Nicholson contracted Hepatitis C, which has damaged his liver, due to a double juice match with Butcher where Butcher bladed him with the same blade he used on himself.  He claimed the disease caused WWE to lose interest in him and also caused TNA not to use him.
--Michael Tarver on twitter claimed that John Cena purposely fractured his arm with a chair shot and laughed at him about it.  He claimed Cena felt threatened by Tarver's promos and then got Tarver released.
--Jesse Neal and girlfriend Christina Von Eerie recently got engaged and are planning a Las Vegas wedding.  Best of luck to both of them.
--Rashad Evans will be appearing tomorrow night on Jimmy Fallon.
--The Miz was tremendous last night on George Lopez on TBS.  He came off like a major star, but a complete babyface.
--The current Pro Wrestling NOAH jr. heavyweight tag team tournament finals are Saturday night with KENTA & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki.
--There is a really good story on Colt Cabana in today's Chicago Reader at where Cabana talks about his frustration about being cut by WWE without being given a chance and C.M. Punk mentioning his name on Raw.
--The San Diego Union-Tribune ran a feature on Adam Pearce at r/
--Impact will air tonight in Australia because the show was preempted out of its regular time slot.
--The Trish Stratus cover of Revive Magazine is at
--Jimmy Hart will be appearing on ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition that will air in October.
--The "Hulk and Friends" show goes to Allentown, PA at the Agri-Plex (formerly the Ag Hall, where Hogan worked a lot in the late 70s) on 10/8.  Hogan gets to bring and hang out with his friends including The Nasty Boys, Greg Valentine, Koko B. Ware, Jim Duggan, Brutus Beefcake and Eric Bischoff.
--Double E Pictures has optioned the idea of doing a move called "American Fighter" based on the life of Rich Franklin, how a high school math teacher taught himself to fight and became a UFC champion.
--Anderson Silva has signed a sponsorship deal with Burger King in Brazil.
--What are your thoughts of Jim Ross being brought back to Raw?
Good move, but they should get rid of Michael Cole as he'll only detract from the presentation 84.9%
Good move, but keep Cole for a three man booth 9.7%
Bad move 5.4%
--Prediction for Saturday's Strikeforce rating
Under 1.0 30.8%
1.1 8.9%
1.2 15.1%
1.3 8.9%
1.4 6.2%
1.5 8.2%
1.6 4.1%
1.7 4.8%
1.8 4.8%
1.9 0.0%
2.0 0.7%
More than 2.0 7.5%
        Lots of people are going to be very surprised here.  Fedor's last two fights have done a 1.5 and 2.1 so this under a 1.0 is ridiculous when Challengers shows can do 0.7 or 0.8.
--Best masked man ever?
Jushin Liger 27.0%
Rey Mysterio 22.6%
Tiger Mask 11.8%
El Santo 11.6%
Vader 6.2%
Mil Mascaras 5.6%
The Destroyer 5.3%
Mr. Wrestling II 4.5%
Kane 3.2%
Blue Demon 1.4%
Mr. M 0.5%
Mr. Wrestling 0.3%
--Where was the best Flair-Steamboat match of 1989?
Chicago 46.4%
New Orleans 26.4%
Nashville 23.5%
Landover 3.7%
--Nick Hogan was on a magic show in the U.K. called "Dynamo  Magician Impossible" with Travis Barker of Blink 182.  Dynamo did a trick where Hogan easily lifted him, but the next time, Hogan couldn't lift the 110 pound Dynamo off the ground.  He also read Nick's mind.  Nick said he wanted to learn how to do the lifting trick so he could do it to his dad. (thanks to Gary Mehaffy) 
--Dragon Gate USA announced some new matches.  For 9/9 in Indianapolis, added is Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano vs. Yamato & Masato Yoshino.  9/11 in Milwaukee has Yamato & AR Fox vs. Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon.
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling has an iPPV tonight at 8 p.m. at Clutch Cargos which is free for all venue attendees.  It's $5 for a show with Colt Cabana vs. Corporal Robinson for the JCW title, U-Gene & Zach Gowen vs. Ring Rydas, plus 2 Tuff Tony, Amber O'Neal, Racy Smothers, Jimmy Jacobs and a tag match with Raven & Sabu vs. Mad Man Pondo & Necro Butcher.
--Judy Sowinski, a major star in the Roller Derby and Roller Games in the 60s and 70s, passed away last night at 10 p.m. from lung cancer.  She was 71.  Sowinski was a member of the Roller Derby Hall of Fame.  She hadn't been feeling well since the fall and was diagnosed with the cancer, and was told it was incurable and inoperable.  She was in a medically induced coma at the time of her death.  Sowinski started with the Bay Bombers, was a babyface No. 2 star in the 60s on the Los Angeles Thunderbirds and then turned heel and was the top woman on a variety of heel teams, most notably the New York Bombers, before replacing Judy Arnold as the top woman star for the Eastern Warriors out of Philadelphia.  She was also one of the few people who bridged into the modern version of Roller Derby as she coached teams in the Philadelphia area in recent years.  (thanks to Tom Wersderfer)
--Green Ant, doing a Flex Express gimmick, got words from Lex Luger at
--NWA at the Ohio State Fair on Sunday at 3 p.m. features Adam Pearce vs. Chance Prophet vs. Shaun Tempers for the vacant NWA title, plus Cliff Compton (Domino) vs. Mike Mondo, Jimmy Rave vs. Ace Rockwell and more. 
--Alex Marvez talks to Gregory Iron at
--TMZ reported that Jessie Godderz, who was on Big Brother a few years ago, has signed a developmental deal with TNA.  He's been training at the Team 3-D Wrestling School for some time.
--Lots of wrestling on Go Fight Live iPPVs this weekend.  Alpha 1 Wrestling from Hamilton, ONT is at 8 p.m tonight for a sow that includes Michael Elgin, Sonjay Dutt and Jimmy Jacobs.  IWL Lucha Libre takes place on Sunday from Tlalneplanta, Mexico at 6:30 p.m. with a show with Mad Man Pondo & Necro Butcher & Low Rider vs. Angel o Demonio & Leon Rojo & Ovett, plus Craig Classic & Oriental vs. Super Crazy & Heddi Karouli.  West Virginia Championship Wrestling is Sunday at 5 p.m. and there is a Death match tournament on Saturday at 7 p.m.with Necro Butcher vs. Masada and Corporal Robinson vs. Mad Man Pondo.
--The WWE 12 pre-order trailer is at (thanks to Cohen Morrison)
--Mike Sawyer talks Strikeforce this coming Saturday at
--Wild Bill's Fight Night on Saturday night at Wild Bill's in Duluth, GA.
--Tri-State Wrestling Entertainment presents the 44th anniversary of ECWA show on 9/24 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club
--Chyna canceled her 8/27 appearance at the K&S Wreslte Fet because she's now listed as appearing at EXXXOTICA that weekend in Los Angeles.

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