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TUES. UPDATE: Jon Jones police video, TNA Twitter gaffes, WWE commission issues, more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.com

TV-wise, Fox Sports 2 is running the last four episodes of The Ultimate Fighter starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. 

We're looking for SmackDown/Main Event spoilers tonight, so if you're attending the taping, please send a report to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

As always, much more down the page after we pay the bills... 

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The breakdown of the ROH deal on Destination America, how this affects TNA, the time frame of both company's deals with the station and why this went down is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also look at Daniel Cormier winning the world championship and questions arising, full coverage of UFC 187, Full coverage of Samoa Joe to NXT and the last special, the AAA World Cup coverage, Bischoff sues TNA and the UFC hall of Fame.

The new issue is up on the site at June 1, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: ROH to Destination America, Bischoff sues TNA, UFC Hall of Fame

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We look at TNA's actions over the past week since the original Observer story broke, the expansion in coverage of ROH, why the ROH deal got done, how Dixie Carter handled the situation, the conference call with TNA talent and how it went, the lineup for the first month of ROH on Destination America and the key show to watch, what to expect from the ratings, the ROH PPV schedule and the Samoa Joe situation with ROH.

We also look at Daniel Cormier winning the UFC light heavyweight title, the Jon Jones situation, the situation with Ryan Bader, the shadow over the Cormier win, Vitor Belfort physically, the Arlovski vs. Browne fight, all the business notes from the show including a top ten of all time, and match-by-match coverage.

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We look at the Bischoff-Hervey lawsuit against TNA.

We also have a full breakdown on the UFC Hall of Fame and its new members.  We look at their histories, why they are in and more.

We've got first word on the Extreme Rules PPV business.

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--TNA changes up television tapings and why

--Dixie Carter reality show

--Christy Hemme leaves company

--History of TNA sale talks

--Samoa Joe on why he left TNA

--Dana White talks UFC 189

--Where ticket sales for the show are coming from

--Dana White talks the PPV numbers

--Update on UFC in New York and where it stands

--Sara McMann thinking of legal action on the Reebok deal

--This week's UFC show

--Tons of new UFC fights

--Lawsuit settlement results in apologies

--Suspended fighter thinks about going to Olympics

--Hector Lombard talks Josh Barnett

--Ronda Rousey at the  Wall Street Journal cafe brunch

--Fighter who had announced retirement now coming back

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Tuesday Daily Update

-- MMA Digest procured and released police lapel camera videos of the search of Jon Jones' car after his hit and run incident partially accompanied by 911 call audio. Nothing shocking at this point, but not good for Jones' image either.

-- Yesterday, Jeremy Borash decided to tweet a photoshop of the Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair cover with Ethan Carther III's face superimposed as "revenge" for EC3 shaving his head on Impact several months ago. It didn't go well with his follwers. Borash proceeded to block anyne who tweeted even the most mild criticism of what he did at him, and his only defense (written in the third person; it's not clear if it was him or someone else running his account) was that he got the idea from The Howard Stern Show, which he's been doing voice work for as of late. EC3 made a point of tweeting (in character) that he didn't approve that message. Borash eventually deleted his tweets, but not after theyhad been up pretty much the entire second half of Monday.

Later, Madison Rayne tweeted using their #ShowYourImpact hashtag, saying that "Caitlyn Jenner did it today, I'll do it Wed." She was apologetic about comparing the two events, which was just a little misguided more than anything else.

It later came out that TNA had a conference call yesterday that included a lot of talk about focusing more on social media...

-- Insider Louisville has an article about WWE's troubles wth the athletic commission in Kentucky. As commission issues go it's not that bad: WWE is still running house shows in the state, but they refuse to run a TV taping or pay-per-view event there because the commission reserves the right to stop a match in the event of bleeding. So it's more about the potential disruption of a TV broadcast than anything else. That said, even though it's a perfectly defensible position, “WWE’s spokeswoman declined to comment for this story.”

-- Rhode Island Monthly has an article about Maria Kanellis going to school locally at Johnson and Wales University. She's majoring in Sports Entertainment and Event Management, telling author Joshua Aromin that “I already know what’s going through the minds of the person putting on the event. I already know the concerns that would go through my mind from events I’ve been to.” 

-- Uproxx's Danielle Matheson tries and fails to make sense out of the unauthorized Arabic WWE cartoons that have popped up on YouTube recently. Looks like we've got some potential short form content for WWE Network.

-- Submission Radio talked to UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk this week. Must-listen just to hear her talk about her sneaker collection, but here's a quote about her now being the most famous Polish MMA fighter on a worldwide basis:

“For me the more important thing is fighting. You know, training, fighting. The sports side. I didn’t choose my media life. You know what I mean? I’ve got some offers from KSW and I could fight for KSW, be on open TV. So I could become more famous in Poland, but I don’t care about [fame]. For me, the sport side was more important two years ago and I was waiting for the UFC. And I knew that I was going to be a champion, and I had this feeling. I've got talent from my gut and I did my job to show to everyone that I’m simply the best. And I’m very happy that I did the biggest success from the Polish MMA fighters.”

-- A presale for tickets to the August 4th SmackDown taping at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California starts tomorrow (Wednesday) at Ticketmaster with the code “2WWEFA”

-- Tickets for the August 1st WWE house show in Ontario, California go onside to the general public this Friday. There is a resale going on right now using the code WWEFAN

-- Tickets for UFC’s July 25th Fox card in Chicago with a main event of T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao II for the bantamweight title go on sale this Friday, June 5th at 10:00 a.m. CT. UFC Fight Club members will be able the opportunity to buy tickets tomorrow (Wednesday, June 3rd) at 10:00 a.m. CT while UFC newsletter subscribers will have their own presaleThursday (June 4th) starting at 10:00 a.m. CT.

-- World Series of Fighting announced the bout order for this Friday's card from Edmonton:

PRELIMINARY CARD (7:30 p.m. ET at WSOF.com)
Bout # 1, Bantamweight (135 pounds) : Michael Hay (1-1) vs. Louie Grover (1-2)
Bout # 2, Lightweight (155 pounds): Mike Scarcello (7-3-1) vs. Dan Lariviere (4-2)
Bout # 3, Middleweight (185 pounds): Marcus Hicks (20-24) vs. Matt Baker (12-7)
 
MAIN CARD (9:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network)
Bout # 4, Featherweight (145 pounds) Bout: Hakeem Dawodu (4-0) vs. Chuka Willis (4-0) 
Bout # 5, Welterweight (170 pounds) Swing Bout: Mark Drummond (7-2) vs. Michael Hill (7-3)
Bout # 6, World Heavyweight Championship Co-Main Event: (Champion) Smealinho Rama (9-1) vs. (Challenger) Blagoi Ivanov (11-1)
Bout # 7, World Featherweight Championship Main Event: (Champion) Lance Palmer (9-1) vs. (Challenger) Chris Horodecki (21-5-1)
 
POSTLIMINARY CARD (11:05 p.m. ET on WSOF.com; this is their version of “Bellator After Dark”)
Bout # 8, Lightweight: Roger Alves (2-1) vs. Danny Doig (2-2)
Bout # 9, Lightweight: Garrett Nybakken (7-7) vs. Nick Hrabec (3-1)
Bout # 10, Lightweight: Tim Smith (14-8) vs. Spencer Rohovie (9-7)
Bout # 11, Catchweight (165 pounds): Stephen Beaumont (7-2) vs. Jose Rodriguez (7-2)
 
-- New England Championship Wrestling runs Blazing Summer 2015 Kick Off this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Everett Rec Center in Everett, Massachusetts with Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Brad Hollister in the main event. More details at NECW.tv
 
-- Last night at Renegades Bar & Grill in West Palm Beach, FL, there was a pilot TV taping run by Dan Kowal (formerly of ECW and WEW). In the unadvertised pro wrestling matches, Santana Garrett beat Jayme Jameson and La Rosa Negra beat Su Yung. After the regular matches, which did get over, they put down a tarp and went to the advertised matches…which saw strippers and models competing in Jello, chocolate syrup, and so on.

TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE (thanks to  Bert Duckwall)

12:00 AM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG Renee Young hangs out with the cast of Entourage to discuss their behind-the-scenes experience of the movie in theaters June 3rd!

12:06 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR A controversial group of superstars set out to better sports entertainment and would rely on one another to do so.

1:04 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

2:00 AM ET
TUESDAY NIGHT TITANS Vince McMahon hosts Tuesday Night Titans with Lord Alfred Hayes. Guests include Mike Sharpe, Big John Studd, Salvatore Bellomo and more.

4:00 AM ET
PRIME TIME WRESTLING Join Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan for Prime Time Wrestling featuring Harley Race, Junkyard Dog, and many more!

6:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!

7:00 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR A controversial group of superstars set out to better sports entertainment and would rely on one another to do so.

8:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

9:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!

10:00 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR A controversial group of superstars set out to better sports entertainment and would rely on one another to do so.

11:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

12:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!

1:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR A controversial group of superstars set out to better sports entertainment and would rely on one another to do so.

2:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

3:00 PM ET
STONE COLD PODCAST WWE Hall of Famer and Icon Stone Cold Steve Austin will have a no holds barred LIVE interview with Paul Heyman!

4:00 PM ET
CULTURE SHOCK WITH COREY GRAVES Corey Graves jumps into horse racing, gambling, the legendary infield, and much more at The Preakness on this episode of Culture Shock!

4:10 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Eva's sexy bachelorette in Curacao gets heated when TJ destroy's Nattie's hopes of rekindling their marriage.

5:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nikki is devastated when she discovers John's kept a secret from her. Rosa's unaware she's competing in her pursuits of an NFL player.

6:00 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING Wrestling's Highest Flyers collects some of the greatest aerial displays in sports entertainment history!

8:00 PM ET
WWE NXT The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow -- this is NXT!

9:00 PM ET
CULTURE SHOCK WITH COREY GRAVES Corey Graves jumps into horse racing, gambling, the legendary infield, and much more at The Preakness on this episode of Culture Shock!

9:10 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Eva's sexy bachelorette in Curacao gets heated when TJ destroy's Nattie's hopes of rekindling their marriage.

10:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nikki is devastated when she discovers John's kept a secret from her. Rosa's unaware she's competing in her pursuits of an NFL player.

11:00 PM ET
WWE NXT The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow -- this is NXT!