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        We're also looking for reports on today's WWE house show in Stockton.
 
        Tonight's TNA lineup
*Sting vs. Kurt Angle for the TNA championship
*Beer Money vs. Mexican America for tag team titles
*Brian Kendrick vs. Austin Aries vs. Alex Shelley for X division title
*Mr. Anderson vs. Bully Ray
*A.J. Styles & Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. Abyss & Gunner & Scott Steiner
*Mickie James vs. Winter for Knockouts title
*Tara & Miss Tessmacher vs. Rosita & Sarita for Knockouts tag title
*RVD vs. Crimson in the Bound for Glory tournament
*Pope vs. Devon in the Bound For Glory tournament 
        This looks like a mixed bag.  Sting vs. Angle will probably be good, because Angle on PPV is almost always good.  As far as where they go with it, the build makes you expect a title change but it really doesn't matter either way.  Beer Money also usually have good matches on PPV. The X Division three-way has a shot at stealing the show.  Anderson vs. Ray should be good based on the feud dynamic but it's way too early for this one.  Trios match should be fine.  Bottom half of the show isn't as promising.  The Knockouts tag title match was added likely when it came to timing the show and feeling they needed an extra bout.  To me, for this show to do well it means the Angle vs. Sting match clicked because nothing else is going to make a difference.  As far as a show, on paper it looks like a mixed bag.
 
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        Monday is the live go-home for SummerSlam Raw from San Jose, as well as the first night of Impact tapings in Orlando.
 
        Tuesday is Smackdown and NXT from Sacramento.  Several Raw wrestlers are scheduled for this show including Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio.  Sin Cara also returns on this show.  

        The big question about the long-term future of Strikeforce and why UFC is now going to have to address the issue very shortly is one of the lead stories in one of two issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter out this week.

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--They are working on a new open for Raw which would take C.M. Punk, David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty out of the Nexus gear and remove Melina, Vladimir Kozlov and Gail Kim.
 
--The WSU show yesterday in Union City, NJ a DVD taping, is claiming a world record for the longest women's match in history as Mercedes Martinez went 73 minutes with Lexus.  They went to a 60:00 draw for the WSU title held by Martinez.  The two agreed to do a sudden death overtime with Martinez finally winning with a fisherman buster at the 73:00 mark.  The claim was it broke the previous record set on June 6, 2009, with Martinez beating Angel Orsini in 70 minutes.
 
--Dana White sure seemed to indicate Dennis Hallman would be cut for his choice of attire last night, wearing posing trunks in his match with Brian Ebersole.  He said he was unhappy with Hallman's corner for not talking him out of it and with his own employees who monitor this stuff for not stopping Hallman for wearing those trunks before the bout started and would never allow something like that on his show again.  Apparently the trunks in a sport like that weren't enough to keep his deal in his pants as there was a wardrobe malfunction.  White gave Brian Ebersole $70,000 as a bonus last night for beating Hallman quickly so it got him off the air.


--Chad Mendes may have suffered a broken hand last night in his win over Rani Yahya.
 
--John Cena and The Miz will be on FOX tonight for the Teen Choice awards.    
 
--Bryan and I will be back late tonight with TNA Hardcore Justice coverage as well as the latest news.  If you've got questions for the show on pro wrestling or MMA you can send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 
--Does anyone have DVD's of the G-1 Climax tournament matches yet?
 
--The 8/12 (starting at 11:59 p.m. Central time) legends show on iPPV has added Austin Idol.  Idol will be in a six-way match featuring stars from the Memphis territory, facing Koko B. Ware, Kamala, Jerry Lawler, Dutch Mantel and Brickhouse Brown.  We'll have more on that show from Rock-in-Cave, IL as part of the gathering of the Juggalos as the week goes on.  You can check out the commercial for the show at http://youtu.be/XAeThVbYDIo 
 
--Joey Ryan has been released from his job as senior producer for NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.  Ryan wrote that this happened on Thursday and was due to conflicts between himself and the company.  He was also told he would no longer be used as talent on the television show.
 
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--Hunico from FCW is not the only wrestler who has been discussed for the role of the guy under the mask as Sin Cara.
 
--Tito Ortiz was the No. 13 search last night on Google, although today there was no mention of UFC 133 anywhere.  The traffic for sites that covered the show was higher than would have been expected, for whatever that is worth.
 
--Lance Storm has more to say about testosterone replacement therapy and the feedback from his column a few days ago at http://www.stormwrestling.com/080711.html 
 
--In conjunction with the weekend NWA Legends Fan fest in Atlanta, there was a shot last night in Carrollton, GA before 500 fans:  Mike Jackson (at age 62) b Caleb Konley, Zach Salvation b Tony Kozina, Kyle O'Reilly b Cedric Alexander, John Skyler b Reid Flair, Jimmy Rave DCOR Kyle Matthews, Dark City Fight Club b Steven Walters & Derrick Driver, Zach Salvation won three-way over John Skyler and Kyle O'Reilly to win the NWA Future Legends tournament, Davey Richards b Colt Cabana to retain the ROH title, Adam Pearce b Gunner Phill Shatter-DQ to retain NWA title.  Tully Blanchard and Gunner presented Salvation with the Cup.  Gunner won it last year as Phill Shatter. Blanchard, Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk did commentary for the DVD.  Among those in attendance at the show were NWA Executive Director Bob Trobich, Tony Atlas, Bill Dromo, Steven "Da Truth" Prazak.  Apparently there was a big verbal debate at the hotel between Ole Anderson and Mr. Wrestling II.
 
--Who do you think was the second biggest star ever in Mexico?
Mil Mascaras 52.2%
Blue Demon19.0%
El Hijo del Santo 17.9%
Gori Guerrero 5.0%
Perro Aguayo 4.2%
El Solitario 0.6%
Ray Mendoza 0.6%
Tarzan Lopez 0.6%
 
--Who do you consider the top star in Japanese pro wrestling?
Hiroshi Tanahashi 45.3%
Go Shiozaki 24.8%
Shinsuke Nakamura 11.2%
Yamato 11.2%
Takashi Sugiura 5.4%
Suwama 1.9%
 
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 9.6%
Good 48.0%
Average 23.2%
Fair 8.0%
Poor 11.2%
        38.1% of those responding didn't see the show
 
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--Former ROH and current Dragon Gate USA booker Gabe Sapolsky attended his first live MMA event last night at the UFC show in Philadelphia.
 
--EWF on 8/13 in Converse, IN at the Borderman Gym
 
--A story on former Canadian wrestling star Leo Burke, who Bret Hart once called one of the most underrated wrestlers of all-time, is at http://www.leaderpost.com/Burke+proud+wrestler/5209146/story.html
 
--Brian Fritz talks with Alex Shelley about tonight's PPV at http://betweentheropes.com/217/alex-shelley-talks-tna-hardcore-justice-x- division/
 
--More Chuck Langerman trivia for today.  Gary Michael Cappetta, the longtime ring announcer for WWF and later WCW, is now a Spanish teacher at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NJ.  One of his former students was John Crotty, who played 11 seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Utah Jazz.  Crotty grew up in Spring Lake, NJ, a small town on the shore which also produced Chris Candido, Balls Mahoney and Knigh Dheigh, the actor who played heel Wo Fat on the original Hawaii Five-O. 
 
--More trivia, but from John Pollock.  Last night was UFC 133.  Tito Ortiz was in the main event of both UFC 33 and 133.  Vitor Belfort was supposed to main event UFC 33, but pulled out over an injury.  Dennis Hallman fought on both UFC 33 and 133, losing on each show.  He lost a decision to Jens Pulver for the lightweight title at 33.
 
--An interview with Edge talking about his acting career is at http://www.thedeadbolt.com/news/1000798/wwe_to_haven_mystery_with_edge.ph p (thanks to Terri Bey)  
 
--Former WWF announcer Todd Pettingill is on a gossip show called "Dish Nation."  He now has blonde hair (thanks to Robb Block)
 
--Daizee Haze did an injury angle with Claudio Castagnoli last week and will be taking an indefinite hiatus from CHIKARA Pro. (thanks to Gary Shafer)
 
--Real Championship Wrestling from last night in Baltimore before 300 fans:  Mark & Jay Briscoe b Christian York & Azrieal, Azrieal b Christian York to win RCW title, Runaways b Harm City Fight Club, Skull b Alex Payne and T-Jay Sykes, Adam Flash b Robbie Mireno, Core b Greg Excellent, Sabian b Ryan McBride-DQ,l Adam Cole b Shiima Xion 2/3 falls (thanks to Joe Burrows)
 
--NAWA Big Time Wrestling from last night in Waxahachie, TX:  Li Fang b Dr. Nemo Luv, Cowboy Adam b Keith Lee, Doberman b Mad Dog, Max Muscles b Union Jack (thanks to Rob Moore)
 
--Wreck MMA on 10/28 at Casino Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec headlined by Nabil Khatib of Ottawa against Nathan Gunn for the welterweight title.
 
--MPW/DCW last night in Newhall, CA:  Tito Escondido b Freddy Bravo, Hell Kid b Crayz, Thunderkitty b Chloe, Omar Duncan & Whiskey Fits McIntosh b Anchors Away, Shaun Ricker & Vic Vine & Allison Danger b Los Luchas & Nikki the New York Knockout, Spectre b Hobo Fern Owens b Gunner Tobias Ulrich and Tommy Misfit, Logan X b Chris Kadillak, Famous b Ty Tan, Bo Cooper b Mario Banks i an I quit match.  Next show is 10/15 in Newhall, CA. (thanks to Scott Walton)
 
--Power Trip Wrestling from 8/13 in Kettering, Northants at the Corn Market Hall
 
--CWF Mid Atlantic from last night in Burlington, NC before 200 fans:  Nick Richards & Donnie Dollars b Cecil Scott & Mecha Mercenary, Arrick Andrews b Mikael Yamaha, Ray Kandrack won four way, Arik Royal b Roy Wilkins, Walter Eaton b Devin Dalton, Jason Miller & VA Bombers b Xsiris & Trevor Lee & Ben Tyler, Ric Converse b Kamikazi Kid.  Next show is 8/20 with a guest appearance from J.J. Dillon. (thanks to Brad Stutts)  
 
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling from last night in Columbus, IN before 160 fans: Tom Van Zant b Bobby Black, Damien Cole & Stompin Steve b Sabotage Styles & Aaron Abrams, Cruel Intentions b J.D. Marioni & Troy Van Zant, Cooter Clampett b Ricky Ruckus, Donny Idol b Fuji Brown, Flash Flanagan & J.D. Marioni b Shawn Cook & Nick Cutler, Diceman Ronnie Vegas b T.J. Powers in a bull rope match.  Next show is 9/3. (thanks to Jerry Wilson)

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