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Continued Daniel Bryan retirement news

DON'T FORGET: Daniel Bryan, aka Bryan Danielson, will be on ESPN’s SportsCenter with Jonathan Coachman tonight at 9 EST. It will be his first interview since his incredible retirement speech Monday night to close out RAW.

Just a bit ago we posted Daniel Bryan's appearance from 2007 on Figure Four Daily with Bryan Alvarez.

MLW has uploaded the Bryan Danielson vs. Teddy Hart match from one of their last shows to YouTube, while WWN Live put up Danielson vs. Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose) on the EVOLVE channel.

Mick Foley talked about Bryan’s retirement on his Facebook page.

On the heels of the retirement, a new study is all over the place today, claiming that concussions “may also be associated with an increase in the long term risk of suicide.” For anyone in combat/collision sports, this is a terrifying time, indeed.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Portland, OR. Chris Jericho vs. A.J. Styles is on the show.

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  • WWE RAW Ratings got a bump from Daniel Bryan retirement speech
  • After Raw last night, WWE FastLane has Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose for a shot at the WWE Title at WrestleMania, Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio for the US Title, Charlotte vs. Brie Bella (interesting timing) for the Diva's Title, and Becky & Sasha vs. Naomi & Tamina.  Looks like probably a Big Show & Kane & Ryback vs. Wyatts match as well.
  • For those who have been following Bryan and Vinny on Retro Raw and Retro Nitro, the plan tonight is Nitro and Thursday Raw Thursday, which is the show where Shawn Michaels lost his smile.  Bryan on Observer Live today noted how amazing it was to watch that right after watching Daniel Bryan's retirement speech.  Thursday Raw Thursday is not available on the WWE Network but it can be found online.
  • In case you hadn’t heard, WWE talent will be flying with you on American Airlines for the month of February as the official in-flight periodical of the airline, American Way, will feature a cover photo of both Bellas, Mark Henry, and John Cena of course. Give it a look the next time you use the seat back to stuff empty peanut bags and napkins in.
  • Speaking of Cena, he voices the Hulk in Marvel’s Avengers Academy mobile game. Here’s a look. Also, his coffee table book is now available for pre-order at Amazon. It’s out on March 15th.
  • The WWE Best of Raw & Smackdown 2015 DVD set is out today.


  • Saturday’s UFC, headlined by Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson knocking out Johny Hendricks, did an average of 1,317,000 viewers for the 3 hour broadcast on FS 1. Even more impressive were the two hour prelims, which did 1,093,000 viewers for the 2 hours preceding the main card, also airing on FS 1. Both numbers are well above 2015 averages, which were also way up from the previous year.
  • With the dominant win, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson jumped up 5 spots from 8 to 3 in the welterweight rankings, while Hendricks fell to 4.
  • Mickey Gall, who submitted Mike Jackson in 45 seconds Saturday night to set up a fight this summer with CM Punk, opened as a -300 favorite for the fight against the former WWE Champion according to
  • Dave has a postmortem on Saturday’s UFC card at MMAFighting.
  • Jason “Mayhem” Miller is back! Sort of.....The former UFC, EliteXC and Dream fighter will face former UFC Middleweight Luke Barnatt in May for a promotion in Italy. Bellator is running in Italy as well this year so hopefully he doesn’t show up on their radar.
  • UFC has Anderson Silva-Stephan Bonnar from UFC 153 up a free fight in preparation for Silva’s return to the Octagon on Feb 27. I prefer the commercial leading up to that show, which was far more entertaining than the fight.
  • New fight announced for UFC 197 is a couple of Middleweights with 3 and 4 fight winning streaks respectively. Robert Whitaker (15-4) takes on Rafael Natal (21-6-1) on the show headlined by Daniel Cormier’s Light Heavyweight title defence against the returning Jon Jones.


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