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Daily Update: WWE prepares for WrestleMania week, Brie Bella to retire

WrestleMania 32

WWE preppin’ strong for WrestleMania Week

While sites likes ours are more critical of WWE for booking and creative, the mainstream media still loves them, especially during big weeks like WrestleMania Week. Here’s just a little of what they have on tap for next week:

  • WWE Chief Brand officer Stephanie McMahon will be featured in a special segment on the 3/27 edition of "CBS Sunday Morning" at 9 AM EST.

  • Sheamus on the March 28 episode of "Men in Blazers" on NBC Sports Network and NBCSports.com at 11 PM EST.

  • Eva Marie will be on Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" on March 28 at 10 AM EST.

  • John Cena will be a co-host of NBC’s Today show from Monday-Wednesday during the 9 AM EST hour.

  • Cena will be on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on Tuesday, 3/29.

  • WWE will be a heavy presence on ESPN with scheduled appearances by Stephanie McMahon, HHH, Shane McMahon, and Undertaker starting on Monday.


Kushida vs. Kyle O'Reilly in the finals of the 2015 Best of the Super Junior tournament


Aereo & Ultimo Dragoncito vs. Mercurio & Nitrito

Estrellita & Princesa Sugei & Skadi vs. Amapola & Dallys & Tiffany

Angel de Oro & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Stuka Jr. vs. Luciferno & Polvora & Rey Hechicero

Brazo de Plata & Caristico & Marco Corleone vs. Rush & Pierroth & La Mascara

Cibernetico vs. Ultimo Guerrero

Atlantis & Mascara Dorada & Volador Jr. vs. Barbaro Cavernario & Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla

WWE has shows on Saturday night in Trenton, NJ, Richmond, VA and NXT in Orlando. 


Kushida & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & David Finlay vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta

Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan & Juice Robinson vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi

Michael Elgin vs. Cody Hall

Jay White vs. Kenny Omega

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Tomoaki Honma vs. Bad Luck Fale

Togi Makabe vs. Tama Tonga

Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Tetsuya Naito & Bushi & Evil

WWE on Sunday has a in Washington, DC.

The last show before WrestleMania will be a combined Raw and Smackdown taping on Monday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The show is expected to be a sellout.

Countdown clock to WrestleMania 32 and F4W MANIA~! 

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

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

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

READ IT HERE: March 28, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Hogan wins Gawker lawsuit, MMA legalized in NY, Wrestlemania weekend preview, more  

Well before the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker Media trial began, it was not a secret that Gawker believed they would lose the case before a jury, but believed they would win it on appeal.

But in a trial that got worldwide attention, as much for the questions of what constitutes legitimate news versus invasion of privacy, as the fact Hogan was involved, Gawker never saw what was coming.

A St. Petersburg jury of six people awarded Hogan $140.1 million, even more than the $100 million he was asking for, with one juror making it clear the figure was because they wanted to send a message to the company.

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Brie Bella will most likely be retiring shortly after WrestleMania 32, partly because of the injuries sustained by her husband Bryan Danielson, also known as WWE's Daniel Bryan. At this point, her last appearance will be on the Raw after WrestleMania. Brie and Nikki will both remain part of the reality show Total Divas, as season six is set to begin filming soon. No word on the status of Nikki Bella who is still recovering from neck surgery with her boyfriend John Cena who is also still recovering from a surgery of his own. 

WWE & Professional Wrestling

  • In case you missed it, there will be two pre-show matches at WrestleMania.
  • The Andre the Giant Battle Royal will take place as already announced as part of a USA Network and WWE Network simulcast starting at 6 PM EST. On Smackdown, it was announced that the Dudleys vs. Usos would also air on the pregame show but since the WWE Network pregame show starts at 5 PM EST, it isn't clear whether the Dudleys match will or won’t air on USA.
  • There’s an article at Death and Taxes by our own David Bixenspan about how two intoxicated sailors tried blowing up Hulk Hogan’s car just days before Bubba Clem recorded the sex tape of Hogan and Heather Cole.
  • WWE Money In The Bank is heading to Las Vegas Sunday, June 19th per the T-Mobile Arena schedule.
  • The Dudley Boyz will induct Jacqueline into the WWE Hall of Fame this year.
  • Kevin Owens continues his pre-WrestleMania media tour, this time on the Chad Dukes show.
  • The jurors in the Hulk Hogan/Gawker trial are starting to make their media rounds this week.
  • Jim Ross was on the PWI Podcast talking about Shane McMahon’s upcoming WrestleMania match, what he’d say to talent who are complaining about it, and more.
  • Former WWE talent Renee Dupree was on a podcast this week.
  • WXW’s latest TV show on YouTube features a tag match from the 16 Carat weekend with Cerberus vs. David Starr and Shane Strickland.
  • The Young Bucks talked with Sports Illustrated about WWE, superkicking Vince McMahon, and the formation of the The Elite with Kenny Omega.
  • Ric Flair and WWE Divas Champion Charlotte were on Boomer & Carton’s radio/TV show Friday morning.
  • Speaking of “The Nature Boy,” he told TMZ that NBA star Lebron James said he was “the inventor of swag”.

UFC & Mixed Martial Arts

  • UFC announced Thursday that they will be bringing back “Fight for the Troops” later this year for the first time since 2013. This will be the fourth such show for UFC, after doing the same in 2006, 2011, and 2013. No date or location has been announced as of yet.
  • BRACE 38 runs tonight on UFC Fight Pass at 11 pm eastern. This will be the second show on the streaming service for the Australian promotion and is headlined by Women’s flyweight fight between Hera Tamata (5-3) and Jade Thomson, making her pro debut. The show features almost exclusively Australian fighters.
  • Legacy FC 52 is tonight’s AXS TV MMA show with a flyweight title fight between Matt Schnell (9-2) and Klayton Mai (8-1) as the headliner. Former UFC fighter Sean Soriano (9-3) is also on the show taking on Thomas Webb (9-3) in a featherweight fight.
  • Could you even imagine the NY Post’s Phil Muschnick hating MMA? You could? We get it. Hey Phil, life ain't so bad. Smile!
  • Kevin Ferguson Jr, son of Kimbo Slice, made his MMA debut a successful one, scoring a first round KO over Tom Brink


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