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        We're looking for reports from tonight's Raw show in Oklahoma City, with dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else not evident to the live television show.
 
        We're also looking for reports on Sunday's Raw house show in Colorado Springs, Saturday's Raw show in Loveland, CO and Smackdown in Beaumont, TX, and Sunday's TNA show in Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

        Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Dallas.  They have announced a DX reunion for the show, so Shawn Michaels is expected to be there plugging the Hart vs. Michaels DVD.  They have also announced a 41 man Raw vs. Smackdown Battle Royal.
 
        After TV, both Raw and Smackdown crews are headed to Mexico.  As things stand based on two shows on the same night, next week's Raw and Smackdown will be singular brand shows.  The tour starts on  Wednesday with a Raw brand show at Arena Monterrey.  Smackdown will run on Thursday at Arena Monterrey.  Raw will be taped Saturday night at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, while Smackdown will be taped on Sunday.

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        We look at the hard business numbers and tends for PPV early, and what lessons can be learned from the show. 
 
        We also look at WWE's big angle with HHH at the end of Raw, including the television audience reaction, did fans tune in or out as the segment was going on, and more about the angle.  We look at the follow-up to the Hell in a Cell closing angle as well, how plans for the PPV changed the week of the show, booking Mark Henry, the frivolous lawsuit angle and where it came from, as well as the who John Laurinaitis is texting angle.  We look at what aspect of the type of writers WWE employs led to the ending of Raw and how a wrestling person would have likely done it different than a Hollywood person and why.
 
        We also have full coverage of the PPV, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results from the show.
 
        We also have a feature looking back at the history of Kurt Angle's negotiations with several different MMA promotions over the years.  We've got details of his UFC talks from Dana White, as well as Angle's response, as well as response from those close to angle.  We look at the time that White thought he had an agreement with Angle for an exclusive contract including what pro wrestler White had called to be Angle's first PPV opponent.  We look at why that fell apart.  We look at the real story behind Angle as a participant in the 2009 season of Ultimate Fighter.  We look at the pitch Angle made to White to try to get into UFC as well as how talks with other groups fell apart over the years including what fights were on the table.  We look at Angle doing a 180 based on what he had said in the past and more.
 
        We've also got coverage of the final UFC event on Versus, including what a UFC championship match on TV for the first time in four years on free TV meant to ratings.  We also have full coverage of the event, with match-by-match coverage, as well as poll results for the show.
 
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        We also look at what could have been in impetus of the WWE lawsuit angle, and more notes on Devon Nicholson's lawsuit filed against WWE in Ottawa.  We look at his claims.
 
        We also look at HHH's way of thinking when it comes to stars, in an interesting look at the mind set of the future of WWE and looking at what makes sense and doesn't make sense in his line of thinking.
 
        We also have a look at one of the more underrated major names of the 50s and 60s, Handsome Johnny Barend, a New York native who headlined Madison Square Garden, Japan, and all points in between, and was one of the four biggest stars in the history of the Hawaiian pro wrestling scene.  We look at his glory days in a number of territories, his standing in wrestling and much more about a headliner around the world for more than two decades.  We look in particular at the scene in Hawaii and his being linked with legends like Peter Maivia, Dory Funk Jr., Mad Dog Vachon, Fred Blassie, The Sheik, Jimmy Snuka and many others.
 
        We also look at basic WWE plans for television through the end of October, the next two three-hour Raws and a story barely covered that is chipping away slowly and significantly each month at the audience that watches WWE, TNA and UFC.  We also look at Shawn Michaels and The Rock returning to WWE television over the next two months, plus more joint branded television shows.
 
        We've got background on the new Vice President of Talent Relations, Jane Geddes, who was actually a more significant sports star than almost anyone on the active roster.
 
        We look at Vince McMahon's latest fetish about the product.  We've also got an update on Rey Mysterio, the DUI arrest of Jimmy Uso and how it was mocked in storyline.  We also look at more WWE expansion plans, how Tivo is affecting WWE viewership, a former WWE performer who has signed on to a reality show, a new announcer hired, as well as what WWE stars have the most social media followers.  We look at a model who will be getting a tryout next month, a rock band who wrote a song about a famous 1980s wrestling angle that ended up running afoul of WWE legal, Steve Austin's next movie, Austin talking about a champion in WWE who he doesn't believe is ready to be on top, the status of John Morrison, one of the all-time great wrestlers becomes a grandfather, WWE stars working in FCW, plus the weekend business and house show report.
 
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--An update on the conditions, both physically and legally of both Matt and Jeff Hardy
 
--More on the last ROH iPPV show
 
--What those numbers say about iPPV shows
 
--Current plans for ROH Final Battle in December
 
--A look at the ROH TV tapings held this past week as well as why certain people weren't on the show
 
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--Update on the TNA schedule
 
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--Update on Gilbert Melendez to UFC
 
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--Update on Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans
 
--More on this season's Ultimate Fighter show
 
--Boxer challenges Brock Lesnar
 
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--A look at the big picture of pro wrestling in Mexico today
 
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--Details of the weekend Bellator show and this week's matches
 
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--Raw is planned on featuring protest marches with disgruntled wrestlers, a long HHH interview, and since they are in Oklahoma City, somebody may be ruining Jim Ross' latest suit.
 
--Chael Sonnen isn't the only fighter doing pro wrestling stips.  Jeff Curran, who faces Scott Jorgenson on the 10/29 show in Las Vegas said that if he loses, he will retire.
 
--Matt Mitrione, in talking about his upcoming fight with Cheick Kongo, said, "I might even try and get Kongo pregnant."  I think that would be biologically impossible. (thanks to Tim Forge)

--Kenny Florian said after his loss to Jose Aldo Jr. that he wants to take time off to rest, spend time with his family and friends and evaluate what he'll be doing next.
 
--Fred Rosser aka Darren Young apologized on twitter for failing a drug test and getting suspended for 30 days.  "I take full responsibility for my actions ad this will never occur again.  I love the WWE and the worst thing you can do to me is keep me off that stage where I own it in that ring.  I accept this setback as a normal part of living, making a mental note of it as a lesson learned." 
 
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--We're looking for reports this week at the Wrestling Revolution Project tapings at Jim Henson Studios which will be for a 13-week web series.  There are names like MVP, Luke Gallows, Amazing Red, Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson and Colt Cabana along with some wrestlers who have very little experience but athletic potential among the crew.
 
--Anderson Silva's camp has noted that Chael Sonnen does not have the authority to announce a date for a match, and said that Silva will not be fighting until he heals his shoulder problem and then has time for a ten week camp.  The shoulder is not healed now.  On Saturday night, Sonnen talked about doing the fight on Super Bowl Saturday (2/4) in Las Vegas. 
 
--WWE has asked fans to vote for the name of the first announced TV show on the new WWE Network.  The show will be a documentary show on every WrestleMania, one at a time.  The choices are WrestleMania Revisited, WrestleMania Rewind, WrestleMania Flashback and WrestleMania review.
 
--Lots of issues with Saturday night's Hulk Hogan & Friends show in Allentown, PA at the Ag Hall.  The main one is that Hogan didn't stay to sign autographs after and when he would pose for photos, he would not autograph them, and that was for meet & greet ticket holders who paid in excess of $100. 
 
--Kevin Nash, Booker T, Demolition and Arn Anderson have been added as characters for the WWE 12 video game.  An announcement for another character will be made everywhere tomorrow.
 
--Who should get the next featherweight title shot?
Chad Mendes 51.7%
Tyson Griffin 19.3%
Hatsu Hioki 11.7%
Mark Hominick 9.0%
Kenny Florian 4.8%
Erik Koch 2.8%
Robert Peralta 0.7%
 
--Poll on Saturday night's Bellator TV show
Excellent 33.3%
Good 50.0%
Average 0.0%
Fair 11.1%
Poor 5.6%
        79.5% of those responding didn't see the show.
 
--Best TV show of the past week
ROH 27.0%
Impact 19.0%
Raw 13.8%
UFC 136 the prelims 10.6%
Ultimate Fighter 10.1%
Smackdown 6.9%
Countdown to UFC 136 5.8%
CMLL 2.6%
Bellator 2.1%
Maximum Fighting Championships 1.6%
MMA live 0.5%
 
 
--Abyss from TNA teamed with Chessman to beat Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger to win the AAA tag team titles last night at Arena Monterrey.
 
--Dragon Gate USA announced Masato Yoshino vs. Akira Tozawa for 11/11 in Revere, MA and BxB Hulk vs. Johnny Gargano for 11/12 in Philadelphia as part of a Dragon Gate USA and CZW doubleheader at the Arena with Dragon Gate at 5:30 p.m., as well as Tozawa vs Rich Swann in Philadelphia and Sabu & AR Fox and a mystery partner vs. Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon & Pinkie Sanchez for 11/13 at BB Kings in New York.
 
--CHIKARA announced an iPPV on 11/13 from Philadelphia with Eddie Kingston vs. Mike Quackenbush to determine the CHIKARA championship.
 
--W-1 Reloaded at the BankUnited Center in Miami on Saturday night in an iPPV on Gofightlive.tv has Marcus Davis vs. Chuck O'Neil, Luis Palomino vs. Edson Berto (Andre's brother) and Kim Couture vs. Suzie Montero.
 
--Dutch Pro Wrestling in Poeldijk, Holland on Saturday night before 700 fans:  Joey Fields b Bad Bones, Emil Sitoci b Trouble Maker, Ma Damon b El Generico, Mark Kodiac b Al Snow, Santos b Tengkawa, Rob Van Dam b Kenzo Richards (thanks to Sjoerd Zegers)
 
--Jon Harder has an interview with Jay Lethal about NA at http://jonharder.xanga.com
 
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia notes that the most famous resident of Hebron, Maryland, which has a population of less than 1,000, is former pro wrestler Mark Ty Hildreth, who was in WCW in the 90s as Heavy Metal Van Hammer.  Hildreth now lives in Florida working as a salesman for hurricane impact windows.  He believes he never made it big in pro wrestling because he didn't have a strong enough passion for the business.
 
--NWA Anarchy from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA:  Donnie Steamboat b J.C. Walker, C.B. Gibson & Tommy Daniels b Texas Tornados, Adrian Hawkins b Johnny Dangerous, Mike Posey & Corey Hollis b Steven Walters & Seth Delay, Slim J b Andrew Pendleton III, Anthony Henry & Jacob Ashworth b Shaun Tempers & Bo Newsome, Skirra Corvus over Gil Quest and John Skyler, Billy Buck b Bobby Moore, Hate Junkies & Azraiel NC Kimo & Shadow & Nemesis.  Next show is 10/22. (thanks to Bill Behrens)
 
--Showtime All-Star Wrestling from Saturday night in Old Hickory, TN, before 225 fans:  Chris Michaels b Jesse Emerson, Drew Haskins b Chris Cline, John Michael Worthington b Robbie Page, Derek Neal DCOR Jeremiah Plunkett, Chase Stevens b Bodie Williams, Johnny Bandana & Cody Melton b David Young & Jesse Emerson, Drew Haskins b Derrick King, Derek Neal b Chris Cline, Crimson (TNA) b Chase Stevens in a last man standing match, Reno Riggins b Kid Kash to win the SAW title.  A female fan hit Kash with a chair after the match.  She didn't hurt him, but he didn't see the chair coming.  Next show is 11/12.
 
--Big Time Wrestling on Friday night in Newark, CA at the Pavilion with Chavo Guerrero and Harry Smith.  They also run 10/22 in Richmond, CA at the Memorial Auditorium headlined by Honky Tonk Man.
 
--IWA East Coast on 11/8 in Nitro, WV at Kings Way is headlined by Dan Severn vs. Sami Callihan and Mad Man Pondo and Adam Cole also appearing.
 
--FEW on 10/9 in Fort Wayne:  Ryan Epic over Adam Buller annd Jun  Hado, Benjamin Boone b Frankie the Face, Max Morrison b Louis Lyndon, Justin Dillinger b Remi Wilkins, Seele b Badd Blood Barron, Mr. Main Event & Mangler b Jacob & Donatello Hallows-COR, Chris Cruise b Bam Hanson in a street fight, Jack Verville b Jimmy Shalwin in a lumberjack match.    
 
--St. Louis Anarchy from Fairview Hieghts, IL:  Darin Childs won four-way over Shorty Biggs, Aiden Young and Brandon McGregor, Dan Walsh & Bolt Brady b Evan Gelistico & Pierre Abernathy, Devin & Mason Cutter & Jordan Lacey b Alexandre Rudolph & Khris Wolfe & Ricky Romida, Athena & Gunner Franks b Matt Cage & Alex Castle, ACH b Arik Cannon, Dingo d Christian Rose, Alex Shelley over Gerald James and Mat Fitchett, Rachel Summerlyn b Darin Corbin, Darin Childs b Davey Vega in a no rope barbed wire match (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)  
 
--Kevin Douglas won the NWA jr. title on 10/8 in Charlotte in a one-night tournament:  Kevin Douglas b Alex Payne, Caleb Konley b Chris Taylor, Chase Owen b Steven Walters, Scorpio Sky b Mike Posey, Chase Owens b Scorpio Sky, Kevin Douglas b Caleb Konley, Kevin Douglas b Chase Owens to win tournament, Ryan Mitchell b Corey Hollis, Dark City Fight Club b Bunkhouse Boys to keep NWA tag titles, Chance Prophet b Damien Wayne in no DQ street fight to keep the National title.
 
--Next year's NWA Wrestling Legends Fanfest weekend will be 8/2 to 8/5 in Charlotte at the Hilton University Place Hotel with Bob Caudle as the host.
 
--Besides C.M. Punk, they are advertising FCW regulars Ricardo Rodriguez, Mason Ryan, Jinder Mahal and Kaitlyn for the FCW show on 10/21 in Kissimmee, FL.

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