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Adam Rose

Adam Rose Arrested

WWE’s Adam Rose aka Ray Leppan, is doing himself no favors, as he was arrested last night at 1:30 a.m. EST in Lutz, Fla. He was charged with tampering with a witness and domestic battery. Rose / Leppan had been in hot water lately for his second Wellness Policy violation, and was currently serving a 60 day suspension. Leppan had recently refuted the Wellness Policy violation by posting a handwritten doctor’s note on Twitter stating that he had a medical reason to be taking the prescribed medication (Adderall) for which he tested positive. He had since taken down the tweet, then reposted it later, and had stated that he was unsure of what would happen as it pertained to his WWE future.


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Figure Four Weekly 5/9/2016: Hogan and Gawker fight over verdict - Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker a second time, this time for leaking the contents of sealed documents to the tabloids. Now we have the verdict. Find out all the details in this weeks issue of Figure Four Weekly.

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READ IT HERE: May 9, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE Payback review, Hulk Hogan suing Gawker, tons more 

The claimed new era with Shane and Stephanie McMahon on Raw, fallout of Payback, lineup for Extreme Rules and current WWE situation is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. There is also a detailed story on Hulk Hogan's latest lawsuit and his claims of how the sex tape went from Bubba the Love Sponge to the National Enquirer, including details of Hogan being blackmailed by people with the tape and the FBI sting operation regarding the tape and why it didn't end there.  

Next there is a detailed look at Ryback's situation with WWE, New Japan's Dontaku show and the Super Juniors tournament, the economic value of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor to a show, and plans for a new PPV show next month.
The lead story updates the status of Shane McMahon, the story behind Payback and how it leads to Extreme rules, the injury to Enzo Amore, the booking that gets almost nobody over and the match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
As it regards the Hogan story, this issue examines all the players involved, his latest lawsuit and more details on the FBI sting operation regarding the sex tape.
Ryback's complaints about WWE, how things went down in his meeting with Vince McMahon, notes about WWE contracts, how wrestlers are paid in WWE and why that isn't the case anywhere else, his philosophy about everyone being paid the same and more, all in the latest Observer issue.
Finally, more on the Adam Rose situation, changes to the WWE Network, notes on a WWE network survey, notes on Camp WWE, how the show changed and why, notes on some WWE firings this past week, as well as new hirings, update on WrestleMania 2018, Paul Heyman reality show update, Bruno Sammartino honored, notes on contract situation with different talent, DVD plans for the next 18 months, injury updates and returns, fallout of Ric Flair TMZ as well as notes regarding his podcast and other future Flair projects, notes on the next Takeover lineup, update on Bryan Danielson, More on the cruiserweight tournament, lots of WWE business updates and a former giant Olympian talks about his WWE offer and plans of eventually going there. All this and much more in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter.


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Dana White was making the media rounds today discussing both Saturday's UFC 198 and the news that broke Tuesday night from ESPN's Darren Rovell that the promotion might be for sale. White said that Rovell didn’t have all the facts and that the UFC was not for sale. Today, he kept up that angle by telling Dan Patrick that they're not for sale but that "if someone shows up with $4 billion, we can talk!" When Patrick asked about whether a portion of the company was for sale, he didn't say no.

Anderson Silva is out of UFC 198 citing a potential stomach situation that could require gall bladder surgery. The condition is rumoured to be acute cholecystitis, which occurs when bile becomes trapped in the gallbladder. This often happens because a gallstone blocks the cystic duct, the tube through which bile travels into and out of the gallbladder.

Uriah Hall has been pulled from the UFC card this coming Saturday after his original opponent, Anderson Silva, pulled out. Originally it had been speculated that a replacement fight might be named but UFC today confirmed that Hall is off the card.

WWE Raw ratings dipped again as the second week of the “new era” saw rating nearly “pre attitude era” level. The Monday, May 9th edition of the show did 3.23 million viewers, down six percent from last week. It was the second lowest rating for a show outside of football season since 1997.

Konnan has been unusually quiet since his departure from AAA and Lucha Underground, and not anyone but Konnan himself knows why… until now. Konnan breaks his silence on his departure from AAA and Lucha Underground on the new MLW Radio with Dave Meltzer and Court Bauer. Listen on iTunes here.

WWE & Professional Wrestling

  • Former WWE Superstar and Former 2x Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella stopped by Under the Mat Radio to discuss his feelings on life after WWE.
  • It didn't take Hornswoggle long to get get bookings. He'll be part of the AIW JT Lightning Invitational Weekend on 5/27 and 5/28 in Cleveland, OH. He's going by Dylan "Swoggle" Postl. Some of the matches for the tournament are starting to roll out like Colt Cabana vs. Homicide, Dan Severn vs. Colin Delaney, Cedric Alexander vs. Veda Scott, and more.
  • EC3 talks the Evolve angle with the Busted Open radio guys in a kayfabe style.
  • Ian Hamilton has an article comparing the TNA Knockout’s Tournament to the rumoured WWE’s Women’s tournament, as well as another article taking a look back at Zack Ryder's 2011 push and subsequent fall into the abyss.
  • Les Thatcher was on the Creative Control podcast.
  • Tommy Dreamer tells John Pollock that chairshots to the head should be done away with.
  • Fight Network announced AAA Lucha Libre Worldwide -- the 90-minute weekly English language series -- will keep running on their airwaves every Thursday at 10 PM after officially debuting last week.
  • Bull Dempsey is going to do a shoot interview at the MWF Studios on May 20th in front of a live studio audience. Here's some additional info.
  • Great North Wrestling has posted a shoot interview with former WWE and WCW Star Flash Funk aka 2 Cold Scorpio.
  • Ring Rust Radio had WWE Hall of Famer BOB BACKLUND on the show this week.
  • Former WWE General Manager Teddy Long was the latest guest on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show.


  • Sergei Kharitonov is out of Bellator 154 this coming weekend due to illness. No replacement has been named as of yet. He set to make his Bellator debut against Josh Appelt.
  • UFC will be implementing new guidelines for weight cutting sometime in the near future. There is also a stipulation that all fighters, beginning the week of UFC 200, must be within 8 percent of their target weight when they check in for fight week, which generally occurs on a Tuesday before a Saturday fight. “The only hard and fast rule in there, and I think it’s probably the most important thing in terms of the guidelines, is that 8 percent number,” said Jeff Novitzky, the UFC vice president of athlete health and performance. “If they’re not (within 8 percent of their target weight), it’s not in the rules the fight won’t happen, but we sure are going to pay very close attention to them, including taking daily weight, daily vitals, and as it progresses, if they show signs of being dehydrated, they will be pulled from the fight.” I'm sure we will have much more on this story as we move closer to UFC 200. 


  • 5/11 ROH will be taping television at the show in Toronto, which features Kenny Omega.
  • 5/12 PWP runs their 11th anniversary show tomorrow night at The Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha, NE with Colt Cabana headlining.
  • 5/14 Grand Slam Wrestling in Moosic, PA at the Youth Center.
  • 5/20 The Millennium Wrestling Federation and Boston Wrestling Sports cordially invite you to an interactive experience with Bull "Dempsey" James of the industry's hottest brand NXT, at MWF Studios in Melrose, MA.
  • 5/21 New England Championship Wrestling returns to live action at the Abington High School, 201 Gliniewicz Way, Abington, MA with a 7 PM bell time.
  • 5/21 Ric Flair will appear in Williamsport, PA at the Liberty Arena for Billtown Championship Wrestling.
  • 5/22 PWEclipse "Unbreakable Spirit,” Oshawa Legion br. 43, Oshawa, Ontario
  • 5/27 - 5/28 AIW presents the J.T. Lighting Invitational tournament 2016, a 24 person tournament in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mount Carmel with Homicide, Dan Severn, Tim Donst, Raymond Rowe, Louis Lyndon, Tyson Dux, Tracy Williams, DJ Zema Ion, Colin Delaney, Cheech, Big Damo from Europe and Laredo Kid from Mexico. Just added Dylan "SWOGGLE" Postl (Hornswoggle).
  • 6/4 in Smiths Falls, ONT at the Smith Falls Memorial Centre with Al Snow who will also be doing a seminar on 6/4 at 2 p.m. at the Smiths Falls Memorial Centre.  
  • 6/11 Smash Wrestling in Oshawa, ONT at the Harmony Creek Community and Events Centre.
  • 6/25 in Pembroke, ONT at the Memorial Centre with Nikolai Volkoff

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