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Daily Update: Barrett gives WWE notice?; Rousey on Ellen; Rampage back to Bellator

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Ryan Satin is reporting at his ProWrestlingSheet.com site that Wade Barrett has given notice to WWE. His contract is up in June and obviously he has legitimate reasons for not being happy.

Ronda Rousey was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today and discussed having suicidal thoughts in the cage after the loss to Holly Holm, only to snap out of it when she saw her boyfriend at ringside.

Bellator and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson finally settled their lawsuit today, with Jackson returning to Bellator and the promotion issuing this statement: “Following an amicable agreement to settle the litigation between the two parties, the always entertaining and exciting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is returning to Bellator. Bellator MMA is thrilled to have “Rampage,” one of the most recognizable fighters in the history of the sport, joining a very competitive light heavyweight division featuring champion Liam McGeary, Phil Davis, King Mo, Tito Ortiz, Emanuel Newton, Linton Vassell among others.”

Lesnar will make his first appearance on Smackdown since 2004 at the Tuesday tapings in Ontario, CA.


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The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: February 15, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Daniel Bryan retires 

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TUESDAY UPDATE

WWE / Pro Wrestling

  • Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella were on Good Morning America this morning, talking about his concussion issues and her impending retirement. At least officially, they were saying that her retirement will be sometime this Summer.
  • WWE has a 100 Greatest Matches coffee table book coming out on May 24th from DK Publishing, which is available for pre-order now.
  • During the Golddust and R Truth segment last night on Raw, one of the extras used was indie wrestler Tatevik the Gamer.
  • Time Warner is looking to buy a 25% stake in Hulu, which it seems they see as a means to the end of getting current seasons off the service.
  • SmackDown tickets for the April 12th taping in San Diego go on sale this Friday.
  • Rob Van Dam will be working both shows for House of Hardcore on April 15th in Queens, NY and April 16th at the ECW Arena. Van Dam will also be at the Icons of Pro Wrestling convention during the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..
  • This week on the Between the Sheets podcast, Kris Zellner and David Bixenspan cover February 9-15, 1993, including the departure of Bill Watts as WCW’s Vice President of Wrestling operations and the entire controversy surrounding that including the role of the newsletters. Also: Ric Flair coming back to WCW, Big Van Vader signing with UWFi, just how hot Japan was at this time, AAA vs. EMLL war raging on, Lex Luger showing up in Memphis, Hulk Hogan returning to the WWF, & Dr. D David Shultz shenanigans, and much more.

UFC / MMA

ON THIS DAY IN WORLD PRO WRESTLING HISTORY: Bret Hart wins the WWF World Title