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Daily Update: Total Bellas, Smackdown from London

Total Bellas

A new show from the E! Network called Total Bellas is coming. The show will feature not only Nikki and Brie and their romantic interests, John Cena and Bryan Danielson respectively, but also the Bellas' mother who is married to former WWE talent "Big" John Laurinitis, as well as their brother and his wife. Not to worry, Total Divas isn't going anywhere as they are currently filming the sixth season of the show, and the Bellas will in fact be a part of both shows. 

Today is Smackdown from the O2 Arena in London. There will be a half crew for Smackdown because there is also a house show in Manchester, England, with Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Rusev, Kane, Dudleys, New Day, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. Here's the results if you want 'em.

Wednesday has WWE house shows in Newcastle, England and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

THE ROUNDUP

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Figure Four Weekly 4/18/2016: The media's involvement in the Hulk Hogan/Gawker lawsuit verdict - All the inside information you would ever want to know about how NOT to release a sex tape.



Wrestling Observer Newsletter

READ IT HERE: April 11, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: A look at a historic Wrestlemania weekend, NXT Takeover 

During the 70s and 80s, Blackjack Mulligan was one of the legendary characters in pro wrestling, a man whose life and career had major ups and just as legendary downs.

Robert Deroy Windham played the character and later became the patriarch of one of the most significant modern wrestling families. He went from being a John Wayne-like figure as one of the most memorable characters in the heyday of Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling, to a wrestler known for no-shows and walking out on promotions, and later spent two years in prison for counterfeiting.

He returned to wrestling after being in prison, but he was a guy who was quick to throw down, and quick to leave when he was unhappy. The business was changing where there weren’t the options to go somewhere and always have a job like in his heyday.

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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

Sometimes friends, sometimes foes Paige and Charlotte did an interview where they are asked to explain pro wrestling, the death of the term Divas, etc. One of the best quotes came from Paige: "I was a little bit sad about it, just because when you grow up and you wanna be a wrestler, you think of Diva, you think of WWE and that's exactly where I wanted to be.”

WWE & Professional Wrestling

  • Here’s a non-WWE feature on Shane McMahon, a partial owner in the Indian Larry Motorcycle Shop.
  • Michael Elgin works for PWE on 5/22 on Oshawa, Canada.
  • A New York based female journalist is heading back into the ring even though she blacked out in her first match.
  • Rene Dupree vs. Ethan Page will be part of CWF’s Wrestlelusion VI on 6/18 in St. Catharine’s, Ontario.
  • Here’s yet another hot take tying in Donald Trump and pro wrestling.
  • X-Pac teams with Chase Owens to take on Jordan Kage and Chris Richards as part of NWA Smoky Mountain’s Collision Course on May 7th in Kingsport, TN.
  • Here’s a feature on second generation wrestler Rachael Ellering.
  • Shawn Michaels, X-Pac, and Billy Gunn appear for Maryland Wrestling this Saturday in Joppa, MD. Pac and Gunn are wrestling on the show while Michaels is doing a pre-show appearance.

UFC & Mixed Martial Arts

Events Calendar

  • 4/23 ECWA Super 8 tournament in Woodbury Heights, NJ
  • 4/23 Maryland Championship Wrestling
  • 4/30 Pro Wrestling in Santa Cruz, CA at the VFW Hall on 7th ave. This show is 21+ and will have 7 matches. For tickets go to ComedySuplex.com.
  • Legacy Wrestling on 4/30 in Manheim, PA, with Johnny Gargano, Koko B. Ware, Dave Crist, Candice LeRae, and more.
  • 5/6 Evolve in Baltimore
  • 5/6 AAW in Merrionette Park, IL, featuring Sami Callihan vs. Ciampa, Pentagon Jr. vs. Fenix, Michael Elgin vs. Matt Cage, Moose, Silas Young, AR Fox, Donovan Dijak, Kimber Lee, and tons more.
  • 5/6 Dem Great North Wrestling in Ottawa, Canada
  • 5/7 Evolve in Queens at La Boom
  • 5/8 Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling present Global Wars, live on PPV, Sat Frontier Fieldhouse, 9807 Sayre Ave, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
  • 5/9 Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling present War of the Worlds Tour, at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126

Today in professional wrestling history: Daily pro wrestling history (04/19): Randy Savage wins WCW World Title; Ric Flairs wins NWA US Title