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TUES. UPDATE: ROH releasing action figure of WWE contracted talent, notes on WWE's last Nassau Coliseum show, and more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.com

There's a new episode of WWE Unfilteredwith Renee Young tonight at 9:00 p.m. on WWE Network where she interviews Bad News/King Barrett. Per the schedule, it's six minutes long. That doesn't sound very unfiltered.

We're looking for results/spoiler reports from tonight's SmackDown/Main Event tapings in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Send those to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

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The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is up on the site for subscribers (subscribe here) with a detailed look at the history of popular music being used in pro wrestling, including:

* Who actually did the first pro wrestling music video?

* The role of popular songs gtting major acts over.

* What made the use of music in ECW so special.

* How "real" songs make wrestlers stand out in a sea of in-house productions.

And much more. Plus, as always, we have  all of the usual reviews and international news.

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Tuesday Daily Update

-- Last night, WWE announced the end of their second screen experience in the WWE App, instead transitioning all of the included content to their traditional social media channels like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Periscope. That's probably for the best at this point. 

-- As noted late last night, ROH sent out a press release announcing that the June 20th TV taping (this part is important) at Terminal 5 in New York City will be headlined by Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles taking on tag team champions The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) in a non-title match. All hail Samoa Joe: Amrican Freelancer.

-- ROH and Figures Toy Company have also announced the names and revealed the prototype head sculpts of the wrestlers in the first series of ROH action figures. Series 1 has Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Adam Cole, and a "Throwback" star in the form of Kevin Steen. Brilliant move on their part if they have the rights, since WWE action figure collectors will likely be all over that.

-- Newsday, Long Island's newspaper of record, talked to fans before last night's Raw (the last WWE card ever at the Nassau Coliseum, at least in its current form) and put together a video feature about the event.

-- Newsday also has a photo gallery from the show.

-- Before Raw went on the air, Vince McMahon addressed the crowd to commemerate the event, as well.

-- Last night on Raw, even though WWE always makes it very clear that the Nassau Coliseum isn't in New York City. they used a NYPD vehicle for all of the arrest-related skits. Raw now officially exists in a different universe from our own. (Thanks to Marcus Kyle Fabian for sending that in)

-- Mike Mooneyham's column this week is a really nice, detailed article on Jim Ross emceeing a "Mid-Atlantic Memories" documentary screening at this year's FanFest in Charlotte.

-- Tickets go on sale this Friday for World Series of Fighting's biggest card in a while, WSOF 22 on August 1st, the same night as UFC 190, the Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia card. The card features three title fights: Rousimar Palhares (c) vs. Jake Shields for the welterweight title, Marlon Moraes (c) vs. Sheymon Moraes for the bantamweight title, Magomed Bibulatov vs. Donavon Frelow to determine the first flyweight champion, and Tyrone Spong vs. Mike Kyle in what’s easily Spong’s toughest test so far in MMA.

-- The Korea Times has an article about the retirement of Lee Wang-pyo last night in Seoul as well as an interview with him. A trainee of Kintaro Oki/Kim Il, he started wrestling in 1975. There's a great photo of him wrestling Bob Sapp in the article.

-- Dave's "Fortunes changed for six" UFC 187 postmortem is up at MMAFighting.com.