SAT. UPDATE: Strikeforce announcement, Fighter being critical loses spot on show, Money in Bank



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        We're also looking for reports on tonight's WWE Raw show in Youngstown, OH with John Cena & Randy Orton vs. Sheamus & Edge, and Smackdown show in Portland, ME, with Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger vs. Big Show.
 
        WWE continues tomorrow night with Raw in Wheeling and Smackdown in Worcester.
 
        Raw will be Monday night in Philadelphia with Rob Zombie as guest host.  There is also a rare Monday night Smackdown house show from Syracuse.
 
        Tuesday will have the Smackdown and NXT tapings from Wilkes-Barre, PA.
 
        TNA is also taping Impact on Monday and Tuesday night in Orlando at the Impact Zone.
 
        Tonight's lineup:
Dark matches
Bobby Stack (6-1, 154.25) vs. Derrick Burnsed (5-0, 156)
Yancy Medeiros (8-0, 183.75) vs. Gareth Joseph (4-2, 185.25)
Brett Bergmark (5-1-1, 168.75) vs. Vagner Rocha (5-0, 171)
Ron Keslar (5-1, 173.75) vs. Chris Cope (3-1, 175)
Live matches
Josh Thomson (16-3, 1 no contest, 155.25) vs. Pat Healy (23-15, 155.25)
Cris Cyborg (9-1, 144.5) vs. Jan Finney (8-7, 143.25) for the Strikeforce women's middleweight title
Scott Smith (18-6, 1 no contest, 184.75) vs. Cung Le (6-1, 184.75)
Fedor Emelianenko (32-1, 1 no contest, 229) vs. Fabricio Werdum (13-4-1, 238.5)
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--Poll on Impact
Excellent 19.7%
Good 35.5%
Average 15.8%
Fair 6.6%
Poor 22.4%
        39.0% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Poll on Superstars
Excellent 19.2%
Good 13.5%
Average 23.1%
Fair 5.8%
Poor 38.5%
        65.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Who would you predict in this fight?
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Fedor Emelianenko 41.3%
 
 
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--M-1 Global has a show tonight at Bally's Casino Hotel in Atlantic City with 12 fights
 
--Courtney Marshall at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is looking for DVDs of Championship Wrestling from Georgia taped at Ch. 13 in Macon; Mid Atlantic Wrestling in 1984 with Spanish commentary, Texas Championship Wrestling when World Class took over, Leroy McGuirk's Tri-States Wrestling and WWA Wrestling from 1986.
 
--Dawn Marie has been announced as coming to Wrestling Reunion on 9/11 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more info you can go to www.wrestlingreunion.com  Others appearing include Tatsumi Fujinami, Dos Caras Sr., Alicia Webb aka Ryan Shamrock, Candice Michelle, Judy Martin, Tully Blanchard, Magnum T.A., Carlos Colon, Abdullah the Butcher, Baron Von Raschke, Tommy Rich, Mil Mascaras, The Destroyer, Sgt. Slaughter, Iron Sheik, Angelo Mosca, X-Pac, Danny Davis, Jimmy Hart and Kevin Nash.
 
--USWO from last night in Nashville before 69 fans:  Crusher Eric Hodge b Dyron Flynn, Mike Cobbs b Convict, Saint b James Duncan, Psycho Medic & Shabba Shabbazz b Jonny Demento & Tiny Bear, L.T. Falk b Bad Boy Dixon, Chrisjen Hayme b Jareck Tyler, Damien b Josh Crow, Jeff Daniels b Gary Valiant in a lights out match (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)   
 
--IWF tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the IWF Centre in West Paterson, NJ featuring the finals of a tag team tournament started last night.
 
--Results from last night in West Paterson, NJ:  Frank Scoleri & Kraig Stagg b Hush Holiday & Uncle Pat, Franciz & Dr. Hurtz b Chachi & Eddy Latham, Damian Adams & Aaron Stride b Kevin Knight & Dangerous Danny E, Marc Corino & Austin Williams b Justin Corino & Travis Blake, Fady the Arabian Bull b Chris Steeler
 
--Add Marti Funk (Dory's wife) to the list of wrestling people auditioning for a talk show on Oprah Winfrey's new OWN network
 
--WWA from last night in Melbourne, FL:  Santana b Zoe, Bruce Santee b Ricky Young (Ricky Ortiz), Chasyn Rance b Jerrelle Clark, Jim Neidhart & Ryze Woo b Larry Zbyszko & Frankie Capone
 
--Michael Carpenter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is looking for tapes of the 6/18 and 6/25 Smackdown shows
 
--A new wrestling school called the Santino Brothers Wrestling Academy is scheduled to open next month in Bell Gardens, CA.  They will teach pro wrestling, Lucha libre, catch wrestling, submissions and Hardcore.  For more info you can write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 
--Comcast has some Brock Lesnar WWE matches OnDemand for $1.99 per month (thanks to Jonathan Sarpolis)

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