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WED. UPDATE: WWE statement on Brock Lesnar car door throwing, UFC contender retires, and more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.com

TV notes for tonight:

NXT airs at 8:00 p.m. on WWE Network with Sasha Banks and a MYSTERY PARTNER vs. Dana Brooke and Emma, Solomon Crowe vs. Marcus Louis, Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillains for a tag title shot, Jason Jordan & Chad Gable vs. Elias Sampson & Steve Cutler, and Samoa Joe vs. Axel Tischer

Lucha Underground airs at 8:00 p.m. on El Rey with The Mack vs. Cage, Son of Havoc vs. Mil Muertes,  Alberto El Patron, AeroStar, Sexy Star & Drago vs. Johnny Mundo, Jack Evans, Super Fly & Hernandez in a relevos atomicos.

ROH airs at 8:00 p.m. on Destination America with Watanabe vs. Dalton Castle and ReDragon & Michael Elgin vs. The Kingdom & Adam Cole.

The last UFC Tonight before UFC 189 airs at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Impact Wrestling airs at 9:00 p.m. on Destination America has Dixie Carter returning and her beloved nephew, Ethan Carter III, defending the TNA Heavyweight Championship for the first time.

The season finale of The Ultimate Fighter airs at 10:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. Remember that the "TUF Talk" segment opens Fox Sports Live at 11:00 if you're DVRing the show.

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The story behind UFC losing perhaps its biggest fight of the year with Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor, update on WrestleMania and the match that isn't in the plans right now, the TNA-GFW situation and how it happened, and how many expect big changes in UFC very soon, multiple WWE related lawsuits, Tough Enough and the WWE & TNA monthly business rundowns are the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

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--Official UFC 187 numbers
 
--Update on C.M. Punk training
 
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Wednesday Daily Update

-- There's been a lot of mainstream coverage of Aaron Zalewski, the husband of UFC Octagon Girl Brittany Palmer, being charged with her attempted murder after a domestic abuse incident. Even though it happened in Los Angeles and TMZ is the first to report on it (they're searching through local court records all day, every day), it took nearly a month for this to come out.

-- The New York Daily News picked up the story about how the gimmicked car door Brock Lesnar threw hit a fan during Raw on Monday, and WWE issued this statement:

WWE immediately responded to the incident during last night's show. The fan was unharmed and declined any medical attention.

-- The surgery to remove a benign tumor from Kurt Angle's neck was successfully completed yesterday by his long-tim neurosurgeon, Dr. Hae-Dong Jho. He posted a photo on Instagram with the surgical team where he thanked them.

--You've probably heard about this already, but a set of old WWE announcer notes got uploaded to an Imgur gallery and linked on Reddit, which led to it being picked up by a ton of sites, with Deadspin likely being the biggest. Dave first reported on the various announcing rules years ago, but I believe this is the first time a scan of the several years' worth of notes showed up with the rationale behind them. Your mileage may vary, but something like the ban on "title changes hands" makes more sense when you understand that the goal is to emphasize that titles are important prizes that are won are lost, as opposed to meaningless trinkets that change hands.

-- If you didn't see Total Divas last night, the preview for the rest of the season included Tyson Kidd's neck injury and Daniel Bryan telling Brie that he wasn't cleared to wrestle for the foreseeable future. Being that WWE hasn't officially acknowledged the nature of either injury and Bryan has kept quiet of the nature of his injury, it'll be interesting to see how both are handled.

-- UFC middleweight Costas Philippou has retired very quietly. The first sign of anything unusual was that he was removed from the UFC's rankings between cards, which is usually reserved for fighters who are suspended or cut. Then he set his Twitter account to protected and changed his avatar to a message that the account is now inactive and everyone should unfollow him. Per a tweet from UFC's Dave Sholler, Philippou told the promotion that he's retired and that was that.

A boxer turned MMA fighter and a Cyrprian expat turned New Yorker, he had an exciting style and had been a staple of the UFC rankings since a somewhat controversial stoppage win over Tim Boetsch, which was his fifth win in a row.  Between that win and his next fight, fellow Serra/Longo Fight Team member Chris Weidman won the middleweight title. Philippou left the team, it was publicly framed as him needing to leave to advance his career, and he three of his last four fights. Here's to hoping he does well away from fighting.

-- Mexico news from our friend Kris Zellner in The Lucha Report:

Erick Casas aka Heavy Metal announced today that he had a very serious accident happen to him in his home yesterday where he was smelling gas so he went to his heater and when he went to turn it on it exploded in his face. Metal said that he wasn't thinking about the amount of time the gas had already leaked and built up so when it was turned on the explosion was bigger than normal. Metal said that he suffered first and second degree burns on his face near his eyes and couldn't open his eyes all night last night. Metal said that he is now doing better and said that he won't miss any of his upcoming bookings and also hopes now to repair the gas leak so he can get a new heater. Metal also made sure to tell everyone that they need to be careful with any electrical devices in their homes because accidents can happen.

 

There was a press conference held today by the Distrito Federal Box y Lucha Commission to talk about the situation with Miss Janeth and the end of her hair match with Yuka last Sunday at the Leyendas Inmortales show. Janeth lost the match after taking a Martinete by Yuka and didn't get her head shaved in the ring only some of her hair cut and it was announced by Dr. Gustavo Zavaleta & El Fantasma that they decided not to shave her head because of the trauma she suffered from the Martinete. Dr. Zavaleta went on to say that he doesn't want Janeth to do anything strenous for the rest of the week but to answer the big hair question he did give the okay for her to have her head shaved but even then not all the way bald just a buzzcut. This was a point of controversy after the show on social media where fans were very upset over the stipulation not being honored so the commission had this press conference to clear up those doubts. Janeth said that this was the first time she lost her hair  and in Lucha Libre anything goes so she thanked her fans for their concern for her health.

 

EMLL announced tonight that next Monday's show at Arena Puebla would be streamed live on cmll.com

 

Hijo del Fantasma stated recently that he wanted to face Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin in a match which was tongue in cheek but it actually got picked up by various news services even the Washington Free Beacon.

 

IWS is bringing in Drago & Fenix to work their show in Montreal on 9/5.

 

-- Scott Fishman talks to Daria about her Tough Enough elimination in an article for Channel Guide Magazine