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TV/show notes for tonight:
Tough Enough airs on USA Network at 8:00 p.m. ET with John Cena’s first post-nose breaking appearance.
Total Divas airs on E! at 9;00 p.m. ET with Nattie inviting her sister to move in with her and T.J. for some reason, only for shenanigans to ensue, plus Daniel Bryan injury drama and Trinity/Naomi “embracing her inner bad girl.”
NJPW G1 Climax Day 16 airs live at 5:30 a.m. ET tonight/tomorrow morning on NJPW World:
Tiger Mask IV, David Finlay Jr. & Jay White vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka
Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga
Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Togi Makabe & KUSHIDA vs. Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi & Mascara Dorada
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Katsuyori Shibata & Captain New Japan vs. AJ Styles, Doc Gallows & Cody Hall
G1 Climax B Block League Matches
Karl Anderson vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Hirooki Goto vs. Michael Elgin
Satoshi Kojima vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Kazuchika Okada vs. Yuji Nagata
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma
SmackDown is taped tonight in Portland, OR, so if you’re attending and are interested in writing up a spoiler report, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new issue of Figure Four Weekly is now up for subscribers (subscribe to th site here and get access to Figure Four, the Observer, tons of audio, and more) featuring a chat with Konnan about the state of AAA heading into TripleMania XXIII. We discuss the company’s improvements in production, advantages over WWE and differences in philosophy, how to listen to fans, and much more. Plus, as always, we have all of the usual reviews and international news, including Dr. Lucha’s TripleMania preview.
Last week’s FREE Figure Four Weekly is still up with a look at the crazy story of why Gawker thinks the FBI may have helped Hulk Hogan cover up his racist and homophobic comments. A judge has ordered the FBI to turn over the records of their investigation, and what Gawker is saying in court about what has and hasn’t been turned over paints a very interesting picture.
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Tuesday Daily Update
— Last night’s Raw averaged 3.838 million viewers, up over 130,000 from last week.
— Ronda Rousey yesterday in her Reddit Ask Me Anything session when asked if she’d be returning to WWE: “Definitely. I loved being in Wrestlemania and will find a way to get back in the squared circle I just have no clue when. And any real wrestling fan would want to be surprised anyway.”
— The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the full drug testing results (PDF) for UFC 189, which includes (on pages 32-35) a statement from Ben Mosier of Drug Free Sport about the Jose Aldo specimen that had to be discarded when he was still booked in the main event. The story had been that when Mosier went to Brazil to collect the sample, he had the wrong visa, but it turns on that was not true and any potenital immigration issues wer resolved quickly. It looks like a Brazillian federal policeman who happens to train at the gym as a pro MMA fighter basically got Mosier detained for no good reason. Even a week later, Andre Pederneiras, Aldo’s coach and manager, was claiming that Mosier had the wrong visa. Aldo, Pederneiras, and his Nova Uniao gym all come off terribly here.
— Nick Diaz’s Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing was delayed. Again. Remember, this is for a post-fight drug test from January.
— Rick Story is injured, so Neil Magny is stepping in as a late replacement against rick Silva in the semi-main event of next Sunday’s UFC Fight Night card in Sasaktoon that airs opposite SummerSlam.
— Scott Coker told Bloody Elbow that he thinks the Ali Act should be expanded to protect MMA fighters. One f many potential consequences would be major changes to World Series of Fighting, RFA, and a number of other smaller promoters, as the Ali Act bars managers from acting as promoters and matchmakers. WSOF has Ali Abdelaziz as its matchmaker(though president Ray Sefo is listed as such on their Nevada State Athletic Commission paperwork), while RFA is promoted by Ed Soares, both of whom are high profile MMA managers.
— Men’s Journal has a behind the scenes tour of the WWE Performance Center. Interesting stuff. Seeing Enzo Amore out of character is…strange. Sasha Banks is mostly in character, talking about defending her title. Most notably, there’s some wellness insight: In addition to showing off the phsyical therapy room and new wrestlers learning how to bump with helmets and pads, Matt Bloom went into detail on drug testing. “At last once a month, sometimes twice a month, we have random drug testing here. […] We test about 25 people each time…” Men’s Journal also has a listicle of WWE’s 18 fittest stars.
— Volume 3 of WWE’s Best of WCW Monday Nitro series is out today on DVD and Blu-Ray.
— Dave’s “Fortunes Changed for Five” postmortem for Saturday’s UFC card is up at MMAFighting.com.