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Daily Update: More money for Hogan; Paige Van Zant debuts on DWTS

Hulk Hogan

It must be nice to be the Hulk today, something you probably would not have been saying anytime in the last few years. In case you missed it, Hulk Hogan was awarded another $25 million in punitive damages in the Gawker case. We’ve got a lot more details in the new Figure Four Weekly for subscribers. Plus here’s more Hogan stuff from Playboy and the Hollywood Reporter. That puts the sum total of money awarded to Terry Bollea at 140 million dollars. Many are speculating that because of further litigation, and the many pay outs to different parties such as the lawyers, Hogan will receive approximately half or 70 million. 

Gawker founder Nick Denton (who was a co-defendant along with the company and former editor A.J. Daulerio) has a blog post at Gawker about the verdict. Here he writes, "The decision by a Florida jury to grant $140 million in damages for a story on Gawker.com about a Hulk Hogan sex tape was extraordinary. The number is far larger than even the plaintiff himself had asked for in relief. It’s a huge pay-day for an indiscretion that would have been quickly forgotten, one among many in the professional wrestler’s personal life." I don't think this young man is doing himself or his business any favors by arguing that because this is probably just one of many stupid things Hogan did, he should be allowed to air his sex tape. At this point, Gawker is still threatening to appeal but that is expected to cost them at least another 50 million.  


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Figure Four Weekly 3/21/2016: Hulk Hogan awarded $115 million by jury (Sort of)

Hulk Hogan is awarded $115 million by jury over the Gawker sex tape lawsuit. Will he collect?



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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.
 
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What happened in the Chris Jericho vs. Neville match including the ironies of the WWE officiating.  WWE's most underutilized talent is right now, full coverage of Roadblock.

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

WWE & Pro Wrestling

  • If you just have to know down to the second how long it is until WrestleMania 32, here is a countdown clock.
  • This could be interesting viewing. Tonight’s Total Divas preview from the E network: "No Retreat: Paige gets cold feet after agreeing to help a fan tell his family he's gay; Brie feels torn between her friends and Bryan when she takes them on a meditation retreat; and Eva is tasked with forming a tag team with rookie Mandy Rose."
  • Eric Young talked to Busted Open about why he left TNA, his plans for what’s next and whether WWE/NXT is a possibility.
  • Floor seats for WrestleMania 32 are still available, so if you’ve got an extra $6000 laying around, get on ticketmaster ASAP. However, there are plenty of Standing Room Only tickets available for about $15 on secondary markets, as well as plenty of Axxess tickets. I’d suggest going to one Axxess event in your life. It’s pretty cool to see the historical stuff and at this point it’s the closest thing to a physical WWE Hall of Fame.
  • Kevin Owens is doing some press for WrestleMania which he wants to make “KO Mania”.
  • In case you missed it, Vader will induct Stan Hansen into the WWE HOF.
  • Behind the scenes of the Andre the Giant Sport Illustrated story
  • Former WWE Divas champion and BJJ ace Eve Torres has been cast as ‘Maxima’ in CBS’ ‘Supergirl’. Her debut airs April 11th.
  • This week on Between the Sheets with Kris Zellner and David Bixenspan, they’re joined by Spike TV producer and former WWE writer Kevin Marshall to talk about what happened 21 years ago this week back in 1995. Topics include the first WCW Uncensored and how much the newsletters hated the show, AAA divesting itself from Televisa, Lawrence Taylor getting fired from his TNT job during the WrestleMania XI build, and much more.
  • Here’s a case for Jim Breaks as a future Observer Hall of Famer.
  • Garret Bischoff talks TNA, his dad, Aces & Eights, etc.
  • Observer columnist Zach Dominello reviewed ‘The Wrestler’ on his wrestling movies podcast.
  • Here’s some updates on “Precious” Paul Ellering.

UFC & MMA

  • As mentioned on last night’s Observer Radio, Paige Van Zant debuted last night on Dancing with the Stars. She was given three scores of 7 out of 10 in her first dance, the Foxtrot. That puts her in a multi team tie for fourth. The judges were impressed as returning judge Len Goodman remarked, “I thought you did a fantastic job.”
  • Frank Mir and his team personally thanked referee Marc Goddard for stopping his fight against Mark Hunt on Saturday (Sunday in Australia) when he did.
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov has accepted an apology from EA Sports for giving him a win celebration where he crosses himself in the new EA Sports UFC 2 video game. Nurmagomedov is a Dagestani Muslim, and the error will be fixed in the game’s next patch/content update.
  • Meanwhile, the physical copy version of the game is discounted to $39.99 right now at Amazon. Saturday’s UFC show from Brisbane averaged 1,149,000 viewers for the 3 hour broadcast on FS 1 headlined by Mark Hunt knocking out Frank Mir. The prelims were down a bit from recent shows, doing 766,000 viewers, but that was going against heavy competition from NCAA basketball. The main card number is very impressive, especially given the lack of starpower outside the main event.
  • Neil Magny moved up two spots to #7 in the welterweight division in Monday’s official UFC rankings release. On Saturday in Australia, he landed a UFC record 100 ground strikes en route to a third round TKO of Hector Lombard. Magny earned himself a $50,000 performance bonus.
  • WSOF named former UFC assistant general counsel Michael Mersch as their new COO and General Counsel.
  • Suspended former WSOF welterweight Champion Rousimar Palhares has signed with Venator FC in Italy. This is the same group that has booked a fight featuring Mayhem Miller in the main event of a show scheduled on May 21st. WSOF has vowed to prohibit Palhares from fighting
  • A flyweight fight between Sergio Pettis (13-2) and Chris Kaledes (9-2) has been added to the prelims of UFC 197 next month in Las Vegas. Pettis’ older brother, former lightweight champion Anthony, is fighting on the main card against Edson Barboza.
  • Gabi Garcia, last seen knocking out Lei’D Tapa in December, will be back on Rizin’s sophomore show next month. She’ll face 1-0 Russian Anna Malykova in Nagoya on the show headlined by a tag team grappling match featuring Wanderlei Silva and Sakuraba on opposing teams.

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