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        Bound for Glory tonight from Philadelphia, which is the company's biggest show of the year.
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Hernandez & Anarquia vs. Shannon Moore & Jesse Neal for the tag titles
PPV matches
Winter vs. Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rayne for the Knockouts title - Four is more difficult to work than two.  They've been building up the idea of Sky wining the title for months, so that seems like the most likely ending.  Match will more than likely be a struggle.
Samoa Joe vs. Matt Morgan vs. Crimson - Joe has had mixed results in the ring with Morgan and generally disappointing results with Crimson.  Again, a three-way is tougher than a singles match.  Joe always loses on TV, so given modern booking, that makes him the favorite here.  The question is if Crimson doesn't win and isn't pinned, is he still unbeaten.  And more, if he is or isn't, does anyone care?
Austin Aries vs. Brian Kendrick for the X division title.  While Alex Shelley would have made for a better match, the last match these two had was good and there is no reason to expect this will be any different.  Just not the blow away match you'd like your X division title match on the biggest show of the year to be.   
RVD vs. Jerry Lynn in a Full Metal Mayhem match.  Basically TLC rules.  Probably a physical match with high risk stuff.  I don't know that it's possible at this stage of their careers for these two to replicate the kind of matches they had in the 90s, but no reason they shouldn't have a good match. 
A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels in an I Quit match.  The I Quit stip is too early and won't do the match any favors.  That said, at worst this will be a good match, and could be a great match.
Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson falls count anywhere.  It will be interesting to see who the crowd cheers given they are in Philadelphia.  Bully Ray will probably turn the crowd, but Mr. Anderson has been pretty dead since he did two turns within a few weeks.  I've seen Bully Ray light up the crowd in matches like this, so it has a shot at being good, but it's not worth betting the mortgage on that it will be.
Hulk Hogan vs. Sting.  This is not a wrestling match, but a fight.  Hopefully this is not as embarrassing as last night's PPV.  But when I think about those guys who are in better shape physically than Hogan, it is a concern.  The one thing is for his first PPV match in five years, the crowd will probably have a lot of sympathy toward Hogan.  Of course, he's the heel.  The stip is that if Sting wins, Dixie Carter gets the company back.  This stip should be gigantic, but it has been unbelievably poorly promoted. 
Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode for the TNA title.  To me, for this show to be considered good, these two have to deliver a **** match.  They are going on last, most expect a title change and a classic match so the pressure is on.  Angle missed an autograph session yesterday claiming a hamstring injury (or at least that was what was claimed by officials when he wasn't there).  But come game time, Angle is going to give you everything and then some.  Roode is in by far the biggest match of his career.  Plus, the build for this match has been very good. 
        On paper, the show looks like it'll be better than most of the recent TNA PPV shows.  It'll probably have the biggest audience at least since last year's Bound for Glory, if not since the days of Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe. 
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        The DVD looks back at the career of both men, with a heavy emphasis on one of the most famous matches in history, the 1997 Survivor Series match.  In our new issue, we look back at the careers of both men, their legacies in the sport, the events leading to the double-cross and looking back 14 years, perspective on how it went down and a key, perhaps the key person involved, in what ended up leading to Vince McMahon making the call that he did.
        We look at the DVD, comments from both men, historical accuracy, the Vince McMahon viewpoint, how Jim Ross directed traffic, the emotion from both men and why this DVD will be tough to top in future releases.
        We look at what has been said that makes sense and a key thing said that to this day still doesn't make sense.  We look at who knew, and the key phone call with Vince McMahon, Michaels and HHH, in Michaels own words about how it went south.
        We look at how much wrestling has changed and how something that was so big then looks so silly now.  We look at both men's career before WWE, what frustrated Shawn Michaels so much when his WWE career started and how something that was considered a positive for him in the ring in the AWA was such a negative in WWE.  We look at the unique perception of size in pro wrestling in those days, as well as the days of The Rockers and The original Hart Foundation in the 80s and early 90s.
        We talk about the night The Rockers won the tag team titles, only to have it erased from history, and the reason why given publicly as well as the real reason.  We look at Bret Hart talking about one of his worst matches ever in the company.
        We look at Hart winning the IC title, and why Hart thought it was a breakthrough, as did Jim Ross, and why Michaels did not, but what Michaels saw that Hart did that was a breakthrough for him.  We look at why the Hart Foundation and Rockers would often close shows while being considered mid-card acts.  We look at the reasons WWE on house shows used to put the main event in the middle of the show instead of at the end.
        We look at Hart talking about the main event scene before he headlined, and a person he said was a friend, and was also a friend of Michaels, who he said was not successful as champion and pointed to the specific match where he knew the man's reign was going down.
        Both men talk about their friendship when they were starting, and how it fell apart in the last two years they were together.  We also look at the brief period when Bill Watts came in as booker, and how this affected both men because of his opinions of them. 
        We look at business, as well as Hart talking about one of his title reigns that in his heart he said felt like it meant nothing, and what famous title reign it can be compared with.  We look at Hart having one of the better matches in company history but it being one of the least purchased PPV shows.
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        We look at Hart and Michaels attempting to work everyone into believing they were shooting and ended up working themselves into ruining what could have been a major program.
        We look at why the 1997 WrestleMania was not headlined by the Michaels vs. Hart title match return as originally planned.  We look at Hart saying he believes Michaels was faking his knee injury that caused a brief retirement and Michaels response to that accusation.
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        We look at what caused the Survivor Series double-cross to take place, including a number of important matches where the finishes were changed that led to hostility and why the dynamic was what it was.
        We look at what Vince McMahon had said for years and was never said in this DVD.  We look at where Eric Bischoff fit into everything, whether Hart ever refused to drop the title, the buy rates of the big shows of that year and how telling they were, and what happened when Vince McMahon decided to have Bret Hart win in Montreal and why it didn't happen.
        We also look at the dynamic between Bret Hart and HHH in 1997, and where The Rock fit into the equation.  We also look at the one thing WWE feared most could have happened in the ring in Montreal.  We look at Michaels' reaction in hindsight on Montreal, as well as the original plans for a double-cross finish and why it didn't happen the way McMahon envisioned it.
        We also look at why Hart even came to Montreal and why he could have easily skipped it contractually.  We look at what Michaels regretted, and what he didn't regret, about what happened.  We also look at the fight with Bret Hart and Vince McMahon, the scene in Wrestling with Shadows with Julie Hart telling off HHH, and Michaels attempting to get closure from Hart, taking a first step, but then never taking the next step and why.
        It's one of the most talked about, perhaps the single most talked about controversy in pro wrestling and the first time the participants were together answering questions on it.
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--Smackdown tonight will be headlined by Sin Cara Negro vs. Sin Cara Azul in a mask vs. mask match.  Nothing like going to Mexico with a mask vs. mask match and not pushing it with more than a one day build.
--Negative reactions live from Mexico City to Raw.  The obvious complaint was too much talking (in English), and not enough wrestling.  Having Jim Ross and Michael Cole in the main event means nothing there because the commentary in that country is translated into Spanish, so they have no emotional connection to the announcers.  But they did get a John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio title match after Raw ended.  Show was described as an average Raw overall but bad show for the live market.
--Jim Ross on twitter claimed he was called Thursday night to get on a plane to Mexico City and didn't know about it ahead of time, saying he had to miss the Oklahoma vs. Kansas game on Saturday, but it is his job.  He wrote he was leaving Mexico today and won't be at the Smackdown tapings and said he doesn't know if his angle will continue from  here.  He also noted that play-by-play announcing in WWE s dead, they want storytelling, holds don't exist, and ripped on Michael Cole which should be taken as being in character.  I'm not a fan of mixing real and character together or doing real and then afterwards saying it's character (like Hogan did this week).  Just doesn't play well in the real world.  He said the announcers are being Funkhausered, and complained about John Laurinaitis (which is pushing the storyline).  We'll have a lot more on this later.
--Hulk Hogan responded to A.J. Styles's complaining about Hogan's comments on him saying it's frustrating when your own guys bury the company you've worked so hard for by now saying it was storyline (it clearly wasn't since he was in the same interview pushing James Storm and Jeff Hardy, the latter of who Immortal is feuding with, as the guys he thinks should be on top while saying Styles had his chance and didn't get over and he doesn't think Bobby Roode has it).  Hogan started retweeting people sticking up for him saying how important he is to TNA, acted like it was all storyline.  He was tweeting all night.  This reminds me of the Billy Kidman stuff more than a decade ago, which he later claimed was an angle, and let to a storyline that flopped miserably.   
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AWE 6.5%
None of the three 46.6%
        That number sounds promising for TNA.
What to you is the Bound for Glory main event:
Angle vs. Roode 75.1%
Hogan vs. Sting 24.9%
--Kimbo Slice scored a one punch knockout in a boxing match last night in Grand Island, NE, beating Tay Bledsoe.  Slice was 244 pounds,  heavier than in his UFC and Elite XC days and not looking in his best shape.  Bledsoe went down and out on an overhand right.  Let's just say between this and the Chad Dawson vs. Bernard Hopkins fight, last night wasn't a good one for boxing.
--Booker T is being advertised for all the Smackdown TV tapings starting in November.  Now, he will be there, but in the past, they haven't advertised the announcers and don't advertise Cole.  There was talk of bringing Booker back to do an angle a few weeks ago, but there was also a snag that was talked about that could get in the way.
--The movie mentioned yesterday with Brian Stann is called "From Philadelphia to Fallujah," talking about the participants in the 2001 Army vs. Navy football game and what happened to them after the game, with many serving in the war.
--Bret Hart was at the Toronto Argonauts vs. Calgary Stampeders CFL game last night at Rogers Centre in Toronto as a special guest.  He put a good in the sharpshooter which got a big pop. 
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia concerns the former WWE tag team The Headbangers, Thrasher and Mosh.  Both were high school football stars in New Jersey prior to becoming pro wrestlers.  Glen Ruth (Thrasher), who was a hell of an athlete, played at Overbrook Regional High School in Pine Hill, NJ, the same school that produced such luminaries as Ron Dayne (1999 Heisman Trophy winner) and Kathy Fitzpatrick (well known behind the scenes fan and worker for ECW).  Charles Warrington (Mosh) was a star running back at Sterling High School in Somerdale, NJ.  Independent area promoter Gino Moore also went to that school.
--EWF from Friday night in  Converse, IN:  Osyris b Mark Vandy, Edwin Torres b Hank Calhoun, Andy Santo b Frank Stein, Roderick Street b Mike King, Jun Hado b Troy Miller, Jake Omen b Ryan Epic, Marc Houston won three-way over Hillbilly Jedd and Bobby Steele, Lamar Johnson & K.T. Williams b Road Dogg & Billy Gunn.  They did an MMA angle where Damien Deville, claiming to be an MMA champion, grabbed the mic and said he would prove MMA is better than pro wrestling.  So two guys who wrestle for the group both came out and were tapped, leading to Osyrirs coming out and Deville bailing.
--Coastal Championship Wrestling from last night in Coral Springs, FL before 360 fans:  Bobby Sanford b Beast, Anthony Michaels & Shane McLane b Chasyn Rance & Ace Slater, J.T. Flash b Maxwell Chicago, Kahagas b Johnny Vandal, J.B. Cool b Dirty White Boy, Pablo Marques won three-way over Chris Jones and Silver Phoenix, Sally Boy (TNA) & Blackhart b Headbangers and  Red Devil Fight Team in a ladder match (thanks to Al Haft)
--All Pro Wrestling Halloween Hell from last night in Hayward, CA:  Rik Luxury won four-way over Mikey Jay, Matt Carlos and Shane West to keep Internet title, Sheik Khan Abadi b Levi Shapiro, Boyce LeGrande (returning after about a decade) b Mr. Wrestling IV, A.J. Kirsch (Tough Enough) b Dave Dutra, Larry Blackwell b Corvus & Omega & Darkness in a handicap match, Jody Kristofferson & Dalton Frost b  Darevko Brothers in a bunkhouse match, Dylan Drake b Perry Von Vicious, Colt Cabana b Rik Luxury to win the Internet title, Jeckles b Gangrel to win the vacant Universal title (thanks to John LaRocca)
--The Rocky Marciano/BULLYING...We're Kickin It National Campaign has an event on 10/20 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square in New York.  Among those scheduled to attend are former pro wrestler Rocky Johnson, Mick Foley, Dan Severn, MMA TV host Mike Straka of HDNet, former TUF fighter Phillipe Nover as well as UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.  For more info you can go to
--NWA Fusion from King and Queen County, VA last night:  Shorty Smalls b Ryan Zane, Da New Bloodz b S-12 & Air Jamon, Alex Age b Ryan Nuzzi, Larry Horsely NC Sean Denny, Amazing Sanchez & Krotch b Executioner Gallow & Mikey Gambino, Pat Cusick & Stephon Smith & Larry McHale & Preston Quinn b Memphis Mofo & A1 & Victor Griff in an elimination match.  Next show is 11/15 in Newport News, VA and 11/12 in King and Queen, VA.
--Traditional Championship Wrestling from last night in Fort Smith, AR before 350 fans:  Galan Ramirez b Sigmon, Genetic Perfection b Richie Adams & Jon Michael Worthington, Jason Jones b Shawn Schutz, Matt Riviera b Dustin Heritage, Jeff Jett b Tim Storm-DQ, Killer Nikels b Worthington, Doink the Clown (Matt Borne as a heel) b Adams, Greg Anthony b Jay Lethal, Genetic Perfection b Natural State Connection.  next show is 11/19 in Pine Bluff, AR and the Convention Center with Tommy Rich wrestling, plus appearances by Jake Roberts, Stacy Carter and Bobby Eaton. 
--SICW from last night in East Carondelet, IL before 219 fans:  Chris Hargas b Aidan Young, Ricky Cruz b Makaze, Johnny Courageous b Chase King, Jeff Vernetti & LMC won a handicap match over Max Archer, Chaz Wesson b Mike Sydal, Gary Jackson b Mark Sterling, Ron Powers b Dave Vaughn-COR.  Wesson suffered a broken nose in his match.

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