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Wednesday Update: Reigns' nose, McGregor vs. Diaz, Nakajima vs. Suzuki

Roman Reigns post "surgery"

By: PeachMachine

Roman Reigns' "surgery" a success

Roman Reigns underwent "surgery" yesterday according to WWE.com. Yesterday in Tampa, Reigns had a procedure to repair a broken nose that was suffered during the brawl with HHH at the end of Raw. It's suspicious to say the least especially given the photo tweeted out by Reigns (see above). Having suffered quite a few broken noses myself, I can say with certainty, this is not a post surgery photo. Note the "filter" on the photo. If he were really trying to show the graphic nature of the surgery, he would not have blurred the image. Also, I can't imagine a doctor or nurse just simply cramming gauze up his nose and doing a rather shoddy tape job. Note his eyes looking relatively normal. Most people would come out of this surgery with two massive black eyes. This is not to say that Reigns did not suffer some type of injury, and that perhaps this "surgery" was merely a ringside physician attempting to quickly reduce the injury. I showed this photo to a few doctors and they agreed that it was sketchy looking. But hey, it's pro wrestling. 

 

Trash Talk vs. Trash Talk

The match we dreamed about but never thought we'd see, Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz is set for the main event of UFC 196, on March 5. Stemming from an injury to current lightweight champion Raphael Dos Anjos, Diaz stepped up to take the main event slot. In an attempt to goad McGregor into the match, Diaz went on a profanity filled rant live on FOX after he beat Johnson, calling McGregor a plethora of bad things. The only bad part about this match up occurring so quickly is that the build up will be limited. Hopefully Dana can get these two together for a press conference ASAP. According to BJPenn.com, the McGregor fight was offered first to Jose Aldo, who said he was not ready yet. Big surprise. It seems like the Brazilian Kryptonite is the Irish. 


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The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Feb 22, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE 2015 Financial Report, Kevin Randleman passes

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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

In what was easily the biggest win of his career, Katsuhiko Nakajima defeated Minoru Suzuki in the main event of NOAH’s Korakuen Hall show today. Nakajima, who was a 16-year old phenom in 2005 and was destined for great things all the way through into his early 20s, really fell away in recent years due to the closure of his home promotion Diamond Ring and NOAH’s refusal to book him in any meaningful way. He had become incredibly stagnant. However, he recently declared himself to be a full time NOAH wrestler and that has spurred on the company to get behind him in what seems to be a meaningful way. Suzuki singles losses are an exceedingly rare occurrence. Nakajima will likely challenge Takashi Sugiura for the GHC Heavyweight Title in the near future.

The other key result on the show was the junior title switching hands as veteran Yoshinobu Kanemaru ended the short reign of the immensely talented Taiji Ishimori. Kanemaru, now a member of the heel Suzuki-gun unit, used the “Touch Out” spinning brainbuster to win the match.

WWE

UFC/MMA

  • The UFC’s Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz press conference will be starting as we finish this update. It had well over 13,000 viewers before it even started and was consistently climbing. UPDATE: 170,000+ early in the presser.
  • Tickets for what should be an awesome Fox show on April 16th in Tampa, FL, go on sale this Friday. The main card features Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rashad Evans vs. Shogun Rua, and Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida 2. Let's hope it goes a little better than last time, as that first match was won my Machida in less than spectacular fashion, via split decision. 

  • Rampage Jackson will be back in Bellator. More on this story here.
  • UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor opened up as a huge favorite over Lightweight Nate Diaz in their welterweight matchup at UFC 196. Leading oddsmaker Bovada has McGregor currently listed as at -350. It’s interesting to note that McGregor has never competed in this weight class while Diaz fought four times in the UFC at 170 or higher in 2010 and 2011, going 2-2. His two losses were both by decision to current top 10 Welterweights Rory McDonald and Dong Hyun Kim.

  • Two fights were added to Fight Night 87 from Rotterdam, Netherlands on May 8. Light Heavyweights Francimar Barraso and Nikita Krylov will do battle in one fight and Lightweights Yan Cabral and Reza Madadi are in the other. 

  • Another new fight announced is former Flyweight title challenger John Dodson returning to Bantamweight at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa on April 16th. He’ll take on veteran Manny Gamburyan there. Dodson actually won TUF 14 at 135 lbs, knocking out former Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw in the finals of that tournament, before dropping to 125. 

MISC

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