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LIVE AUDIO WRESTLING: FRIDAY UPDATE

*A full slate of house shows this weekend for the WWE with the “Raw” crew is Johnstown, Pennsylvania tomorrow night and then into Charleston, West Virginia Sunday. The “Smackdown” crew starts tomorrow in Binghamton, New York and then into Newark, Delaware Sunday. The ECW crew is in Elmira, New York on Saturday and then into their old stomping grounds of White Plains, New York on Sunday.

*Here are the matches on “Smackdown” tonight at 8pm EST:
*Funaki Vs Chuck Palumbo
*Gregory Helms Vs Tatanka
*Paul London & Brian Kendrick Vs Idol Stevens & K.C James
*Rye Mysterio Vs Ken Kennedy
*Sylvan Vs Vito
*Sylvester Terkay Vs ???
*Finlay & William Regal Vs Bobby Lashley & Batista

*Here are the matches on ECW tonight on Global in Canada at midnight EST:
*Tommy Dreamer Vs Mike Knox
*Mike Knox & Test Vs The Sandman
*Al Snow Vs Kevin Thorne
*Kurt Angle Vs Sabu

*Tomorrow night is the K-1 “Battle at the Bellagio” show in Las Vegas with the following fights:
*Duane Ludwig Vs Fernando Calleros
*Ray Sefo Vs Azem Maksutaj
*Ruslan Karaev Vs Dewey Cooper
TOURNAMENT
*Gary Goodridge Vs Carter Williams
*Stefan Leko Vs Scott Lighty
*Michael McDonald Vs Ariel Mastov
*Alexey Ignashov Vs Imani Lee

*Dana White ha stated that the proposed Chuck Liddell Vs Wanderlei Silva fight looks to be off due to problems dealing with Pride. White, in an interview with the Canadian Press stated that they are now looking at Chuck Liddell Vs Tito Ortiz as a possible main event for the November 18th UFC 65 show in Las Vegas as a substitute. This is the second time a proposed fight with Silva in the UFC has not panned out. In August of 2004, Silva and Randy Couture did a stare down inside the Octagon after Couture’s title defense against Vitor Belfot that night but that fight never came to fruition.

*The Canadian numbers are in and the move from TSN to the Score looks to be a drastic one for “Raw”. After routinely topping 350,000 on TSN, only 188,000 watched the 10pm EST airing of “Raw” this past Monday on The Score. The replay at midnight did 40,000 viewers. The numbers for tonight’s “Smackdown” should be very telling to see the damage of Friday’s versus Thursday. The Score needed to change it to Friday’s due to the NBA package they have this fall that would cause WWE to be pre-empted on Thursday’s. As you can see from the audience disappearance in the U.S from the Friday night move, it’s going to hit hard. Expect a ratings breakdown for both “Smackdown” and ECW on Global in Monday’s update.

*The Undertaker Vs Great Khali “Last Man Standing” match is expected to be taped for “Smackdown” next week rather than have the two do a match at “SummerSlam”. Internally they are worried about putting Khali out there for a real match that doesn’t have the benefit of editing. That speaks volumes of his work at this stage when they won’t put him on live. I’m sure ‘Taker is thrilled about wrestling on free TV and forfeiting a payoff from the #2 show of the year.

*Brock Lesnar is in Las Vegas and will be attening the K-1 “Battle at the Bellagio” show and will make an announcement concerning his future in MMA at the show. Lesnar has been training with Sean Sherk and the Miletich camp.

*Pride announced today that Fedor Emelianenko, Phil Baroni, Kevin Randleman and Mark Coleman would be part of the October 21st card in Las Vegas. The Coleman announcement is very surprising because many in the industry were expecting an upcoming announcement that Coleman would be returning to the UFC where he would finish up his career in the Heavyweight division. Baroni is currently scheduled to fight on the November 18th UFC card (this was not a deal worked out by Pride and UFC, but rather UFC had scooped him for that show). Emelianenko has not fought since December 31st 2005 (though that was a squash with Zuluzinho) after suffering a hand injury in his fight with Mirko Cro Cop last August.

*Anthony Carelli was officially signed to a developmental deal by the WWE today. Carelli has been working in Ohio Valley Wrestling for the last year. He was recently doing the Boris Alexiev shooter gimmick, that Paul Heyman was very strong on when he was still booking. Carelli is the same student that Jim Cornette slapped last year and served as the stray that broke the camel’s back and led to Cornette being let go by the company.

*Randy Couture, Rich Franklin and Rachelle Leah of the UFC are currently visiting U.S troops in Iraq.

*Here are the UWF / TNA house show results from last night in Charleston, South Carolina:
*The Naturals over Chris Sabin & Jay Lethal
*Eric Young and Brother Runt fought to a no contest
*The James Gang over Elix Skipper & David Young
*Bobby Roode over Ron Killings
*Christopher Daniels & A.J Styles over Samoa Joe & Petey Williams to keep the Tag Titles

By: John Pollock
LIVE AUDIO WRESTLING

POSTED -- 08/11/06