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WED. UPDATE: WWE Stock, MMA suspensions, interesting Hulk Hogan tidbit, & more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.com

Tonight:

* NXT at 8:00 p.m. ET on WWE Network is headlined by Samoa Joe vs. Rhyno. 

* Lucha Underground at 8:00 p.m. ET on El Rey has part two of Ultima Lucha headlined by Prince Puma vs. Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground Championship.With Vampiro wrestling Pentagon Jr. on the show, Michael Schiavello joins Matt Striker at the announcers' table.

* UFC Tonight returns to Fox Sports 1 8:00 p.m. ET.

* Impact Wrestling at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Destination America is the No Surrender "free PPV" with Ethan Carter III vs. Matt Hardy in a Full Metal Mayhem match.

*ROH at 11:00 p.m. ET on Destination America (no more 8:00 p.m. ET showing for now) features Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly. 

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Wednesday Daily Update

  • Reminder: The new Figure Four Weekly is FREE for everyone this week with a huge, detailed cover feature on the crazy story of why Gawker thinks the FBI has tried to help Hulk hogan cover up the racist and homophoic comments he made that ended up being leaked a week ago. This is some weird, fascinating stuff.
  • WWE stock is still rising today, closed at $23.01 (+0.78) per share, though it looks to be going down a bit in after-hours trading. CNN Money covered the surge yesterday. Dave's analysis of the quarterly report should be in the news Observer available for subscribers to the site today.
  • Adam Hill reported in the Las Vegas Review Journal that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has temporarily suspended both Rousimar Palhares (for repeatedly raking/gouging Jake Shields' eyes and then cranking a Kimura too long after the referee intervened) and Jake Shields (for punching Palhares in th face when Palhares let go) stemming from the WSOF card on Saturday night. Probably the right thing to do in both cases, though it feels hard t blame Shields morally, and it's questionable that referee Steve Mazzagatti really should be dealt with for not handling the eye gouging properly. If you didn't see the fight, Shields could be heard yelling at Mazzagatti repeatedly.
  • The UFC officially announced that the man event of the November 21st card in Monterrey, Mexico will be Matt Brown vs. Kelvin Gastelum in a five round welterweight fight. Yes, after all of that bluster from Dana White, Gastelum only had to take one middleweight fight before moving back down. The co-main event will be Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez is Sanchez's featherweight debut. His last fight was the infamous robbery on June 7, 2014, where he got a decision robbery of a decision over Ross Pearson. Why he thinks that he would do better a weight class down after what's realstically a giant losing streak where he's looked slow, innacurate, and shopworn is anyone's guess.
  • The National Enquirer is clearly trying to drag out the Hulk Hogan story at this point. They have two articles up today, most of which don't contain new information. "Hulk Hogan In New Anti-Gay Storm" doesn't feature any new anti-gay comments or even any new reactions to the comments, just the ones they already posted a week ago. They reference the racist comments to his son from the jailhouse visiting area, and maybe that's the first time the Enquirer has run those, but that's not a "new anti-gay storm." 
  • That said, there are a few new details in "Racist Hulk Hogan’s FBI Cover-Up." Near the end of the article, they quote Nik Richie of TheDirty.com (apparently the first person in the media to see/hear the tapes) as saying that “The sellers’ play was to force Hogan into signing a deal that they all could make money from and sell the tape.” The bulk of th rest of the article is recycled from past posts, listing off Hogan's racist comments, plus a few comments about the FBI stuff taken from court transcripts. Of course, as noted above, for a much more detailed look at why Gawker thinks there's a FBI cover-up, check out this week's FREE edition of Figure Four Weekly.
  • Steve Austin cut a promo on Arnold Schwarzenegger to promote WWE 2K16. It's amusing.
  • Mexico news from Kris Zellner in today's Lucha Report (make sure to check out the complete, illustrated version w/ photos, posters, results, etc.):
    • Blue Demon Jr. told Estadio Deportes yesterday that he didn't find out about his Triplemania match this Sunday until AAA posted it on Twitter. Demon said that no one from the company let him know anything about it beforehand but he appreciated being booked on the show to honor his 30th anniversary in Lucha Libre.
    • EMLL officially announced last night during the Arena Puebla show on YouTube that the 82nd Anniversario Show will take place on September 4th which is the earliest show since September 3rd, 2010.
    • La Sombra who has been absent lately from Mexico City EMLL cards after the Guadalajara incident from last Tuesday was the guest host on the Turibus tonight which is sponsored by EMLL and they book the guest hosts every show.
  • Beau Dure talks UFC uniforms (and compares the situation to Rollerball!) at The Guardian.
  • A former indie wrestler had rocks thrown at his truck because it has a Confederate Flag themed mural on it. Kids, don't throw rocks at people even if you have the best of intentions
  • NJPW G1 Climax Tournament 8-5 report: Ibushi vs. Naito, Styles vs. Makabe
  • An article on the New UFC PED policy
  • UFC: Why I Don't Understand Nick & Nate Diaz