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Legendary St. Louis wrestling announcer Joe Garagiola sr. dies at age 90

In what surely was a big blow to St. Louis wrestling and baseball historians, world famous wrestling / baseball announcer Joe Garagiola passed away today at the age of 90. As the play-by-play voice of baseball for NBC for nearly 30 years, Garagiola was well known for his nine major league seasons, the first of which saw him win a World Series with his hometown St. Louis Cardinals. However, he was equally well known for being Yogi Berra's neighbor in an area of town known as the Hall of Fame because both men made it to the big leagues as catchers. Berra went on to have a longer and more successful career with the New York Yankees, but actually Garagiola was regarded as the better catcher of the two.

As a baseball announcer, Garagiola had some equally famous counter parts as he often teamed up with Vin Scully and Bob Costas on NBC's "Game of the Week." Garagiola was in the booth for the famous Kirk Gibson home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

In 1955, he got his break into wrestling when wrestling promoter and St. Louis' own Sam Muchnick, started the local "Wrestling at the Chase" television show, and hired Garagiola as his first announcer. We have a much more detailed look at Garagiola's career here.


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We've got a major history issue! The life of Hayabusa. The story behind one of the more noted sports owners, Eddie Einhorn, and his two major forays in pro wrestling. Our lead story goes into the records set at UFC 196, including why PPV numbers were so strong, lessons about the UFC audience, what the audience wants from big fights now, the value of stars and momentum and what comes next. Update on what may be the end of UFC's long struggle to get legalized in New York.
 
WrestleMania update, the entire lineup, ticket sales, compared previous company records, boxing attendance record, more people talked about for the WWE Hall of Fame this year, physical Hall of Fame location, WWE TV revenue compared to NASCAR, Foley talks Mania, Foley's new show, WrestleMania in Europe, NXT TV taping dates, WrestleMania 2017, William Regal's warning to wrestlers, Heyman signs a new distribution deal, AAA star gets tryout, interesting career and role John Cena's grandfather played in major league baseball and college baseball.  

What happened in the Chris Jericho vs. Neville match including the ironies of the WWE officiating.

NJPW struggles, major shows upcoming, the New Japan Cup finals, NJPW's current trajectory.

Major story on the life and career of Hayabusa, childhood, becoming a wrestling fan, start in the business, rise to stardom, career title history, the politics that hampered his career, injuries, big show matches, his career breaks, the heyday and fall of FMW, the various attempts restart it. The end of his career, how close he came to death, his thoughts while he was paralyzed. 
 
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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

The happy news of today is the ongoing celebration of the legalization of MMA in New York. This is still a huge story as the UFC plans on running Madison Square Garden in November and are even looking at running up state New York in an area like Albany or Buffalo. This is a huge deal for UFC, as MMA is now legal nationwide. This is good for the sport, obviously. Here is a much more detailed look at the ruling, from the Village Voice.

WWE & Pro Wrestling

  • Hulk Hogan has done a little bit of a post-Gawker trial media tour, first with a New York Post interview that came out yesterday, and then an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America that aired today. Hogan claimed that it was never about money (i.e. he was looking for a judgment, though he was asking for $100 million)
  • Netflix has added Triple H’s “The Chaperone” and John Cena’s “Legendary” back to their streaming service on Monday. (Thanks Daniel in Baltimore)
  • With the latest iOS changes, WWE made some updates to their mobile app which are designed to give fans a better WrestleMania experience, language support for future PPV events starting with WrestleMania, and more.
  • GQ did an interview with former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr.
  • Randy Orton is heading to Middle East ComicCon.
  • In case you missed it, Hulk Hogan was the latest wrestler featured in Paul Fontaine’s points-based scoring system. I don't think Hogan will be scoring any points this year.
  • Here’s a 60-minute shoot interview with Jake Roberts.
  • AIW is bringing in Booker T. for their April 8th show in Cleveland, OH. Front row tickets are getting scarce.

UFC & MMA

  • Amidst the ridiculousness of the debate on MMA in New York yesterday, this bit really takes the cake.
  • Lorenzo Fertitta basically confirmed that UFC is looking at running a PPV in New York in November and also said that they may do one other smaller show as well, listing Rochester and Buffalo as possible locations.
  • Frankie Edgar is opening a UFC branded gym in North Brunswick, NJ.
  • Diego Brandao failed a test for marijuana following his match with Brian Ortega at UFC 195 in Las Vegas. He has been temporarily suspended pending a hearing with the NAC.
  • Konstantin Erokhin, who lost a horrendous fight at the TUF 22 Finale to Gabriel Gonzaga in December, has been suspended for one year after failing a steroid test. He was also cut from UFC after the fight. Erokhin was not present at the NAC hearing where the suspension was announced but it is retroactive to Dec 11, the date of the fight.
  • Herb Dean will be the referee for the Light Heavyweight title at UFC 197 between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier next month in Vegas. 
  • A flyweight fight for UFC Rotterdam in May was announced today with former title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi (16-2) taking on Neil Seery (16-11). 

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