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TUES. UPDATE: Too many deaths, Jon Jones arrest update, Daniel Bryan pulled from live event ads, and more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.comFollow @davidbix

TV tonight:

The semifinals and finals of King of the Ring air live on WWE Network at 8 p.m. ET. The semis consist of Bad News Battett vs. R-Truth and Sheamus vs. Neville, and the winners facing off in the finals.

Fox Sports 1 continues their special programming week with a new UFC Tonight at midnight ET and the third episode of the Irish-produced "The Notorious" Conor McGregor documentary miniseries at 12:30 a.m. ET. The first two episodes of "The Notorious" are being re-aired earlier in the night at 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 pm. ET.

NJPW Wrestling HINOKUNI at 4:00 a.m. on NJPW World:

Jay White, Yohei Komatsu and Sho Tanaka vs. Gedo, Beretta and Rocky Romero
Captain New Japan and Satoshi Kojima vs. Cody Hall and Yujiro Takahashi
KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi and Manabu Nakanishi vs. Mascara Dorada, Tiger Mask and Yuji Nagata
NWA Jr Heavyweight Title: Steve Anthony (c) vs. Jushin Liger
NWA Title: Hiroyoshi Tenzan (c) vs. Big Daddy Yum Yum
Katsuyori Shibata, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Hirooki Goto vs. Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano and Shinsuke Nakamura
YOSHI-HASHI and Kazuchika Okada vs. Tama Tonga and Bad Luck Fale
Alex Shelley, Tomoaki Honma and Tetsuya Naito vs. Kenny Omega, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson
NEVER Title: Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs. Togi Makabe

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--Wrestler runs for the senate in Japan this week

--Update on Champion Carnival tournament

--Update on NOAH tag team tournament

--Notes on next New Japan big show

--Notes on New Japan newcomer

--Notes on current New Japan tour

--One of the major companies from the 90s returns and its history

--Promoter announces that a current UFC star will come in and challenge for their pro wrestling world title

--Biggest woman's star ever and best drawing barbed wire match wrestler ever team up

--Lance Russell tribute in Evansville with Jerry Lawler

--Oldest living wresting personalities

--Sad update on former UFC & New Japan star Brian Johnston

--Dreamer gets TV deal

--Bill Apter writes autobiography

--New book coming on history of women's wrestling

--Promotion folding

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--Another wrestling history book on the way

--Who is the only guy to be in Broken Skull Challenge, Tough Enough and Ultimate Fighter

--Nearly two hour match on Mexico show

--New Japan and ROH tour and lineups

--Notes on Taz leaving TNA

--Notes on Sanada laving TNA

--More on people's pay being behind in TNA

--Funny story about TNA television in Canada

--Latest on TNA television

--More litigation involving Wanderlei Silva and the Nevada commission and how the ruling could hurt regulation of he sport

--More on the UFC July schedule

--Notes on the new season of Ultimate Fighter

--Background of the Dan Lambert-Glenn Robinson feud

--Two major MMA shows this weekend

--Dana White blasts AKA Gym and AKA responds

--Bill in Nevada to increase tax on live boxing and MMA

--Anderson Silva issues challenge for fight

--New UFC fights

--New Bellator fights

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Tuesday Daily Update

-- We're looking for reports/spoilers/etc. from tonight's SmackDown/Main Event/King of the Ring taping in Molin, IL. If you're going and write something up, please send it to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

-- Best wishes to all of our readers in Baltimore. Please do your best to stay safe.

-- Elsewhere on the site:

- As far as Jon Jones goes, we've got our original post (which was updated a few times) with details on his arrest as well as notes on his release.

- Dave has posts on the deaths of slam dunk hall of famer Verne Gagne and '80s Japanese star Ashura Hara.

-- Verne Gagne's death has gotten a lot of mainstream media coverage, both locally in the Twin Cities and nationally via an AP story. WCCO in Minneapolis did several Gagne tribute segments today which you can download together here. It includes interviews with Greg Gagne, Larry Hennig, Gene Okerlund, and Jim Brunzell. Dave was on in a separate segment that should be available later. Dave was on later in a separate segment which you can download here (seek forward to about 20:40). Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson at Slam Wrestling have, as always, the best of the early obituaries.

-- As far as Jon Jones updates go, the local media coverage from KOAT TV and KOB TV includes comments from Jones’s attorney, Vincent Ward. He told KOB that “I think what’s telling is the complaint itself: There aren’t any allegations with respect to any alcohol or drug use.” Keep in mind that Jones immediately fled the scene and as a result obviously hadn't been drug tested when the arrest warrant was issued.

Ward told KOAT that “He wants to get down to training for the big fight that he has. I know obviously he wouldn’t want to be dealing with this right now, but Jon is a great guy, I know he’s taking this all very seriously.” While Ward is a fairly decorated lawyer, he does not list criminal defense as a practice area on his website. The KOB article also includes a photo of Jones' rental car that shows just how badly it was damaged.

-- Nothing in the way of new details on the death of Ashura Hara. Because he abruptly left AJPW pretty early in his run on top (due to very public gambling debts), he's really underrated historically, both for his team with Genichiro Tenryu and as a singles wrestler. He was similar to Tenryu in terms of his reliance on stiff strikes, but also had his partner's aptitude for fast-paced tag team matches. It's completely forgotten now, but he actually got his first big break as the star junior heavyweight in IWE, the number three promotion in Japan in the '70s and very early '80s, where he was Dynamite Kid's first Japanese rival.

-- As Dave noted yesterday, Rudy Reyna, one of the original exoticos in Mexico, also passed away Monday at 69 years old. Alfredo Esparza has an excellent obituary over at LuchaWorld.com that's well worth reading. Reyna was in one the best (if not the best) lucha libre trios matches I've ever seen, a 1984 bout from El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos where he teamed with Bello Greco and Sergio El Hermoso against Los Cadetes de Espacio (Super Astro, Solar I, and Ultraman). It surfaced via a camcorder recording several years ago and it's just a brilliantly worked, perfectly executed example of how lucha libre at its best is the best of all pro wrestling styles. It's on DailyMotion, so go watch it already.

-- Daniel Bryan has been pulled from the WWE.com live event ads until June 28th, when he's listed again.

-- If today wasn't already depressing enough, it's also the 10th anniversary of Chris Candido's death at just 33 years old in 2005, believed to be from surgical complications after he broke his leg in a freak accident days earlier at TNA's first Lockdown PPV. After being on the outside for years due to drug addiction, he had not only gotten sober, but had become a mentor figure on the indie scene, was a regular in TNA as both a wrestler and the manager of The Naturals, and was likely going to get a look from WWE at the first ECW One Night Stand PPV, which TNA was giving him permission to work. Even 10 years later, it still feels unusually unfair and tragic.

That said, if you want to watch Chris Candido do his thing and put a smile on your face, check out:

His SMW match vs. The Dark Secret in an effort to make it that he doesn't have to wear a baby bonnet anymore.

The TNA match vs. A.J. Styles that led to him coming in as a regular after he was so impressive.

-- The PC version of WWE 2K15, the first WWE game to get a PC release in over a decade, is out today. It's been noted in a few places that thanks to little more than an oversight, Paige is not in the PC version of the game. On consoles, she was offered as a bonus to those who bought the downloadable content (DLC) season pass. The PC version includes all of the regular DLC that made up the season pass, so with there being no season pass, Paige wasn't included.

-- Dave's MMAFighting.com piece about UFC 186 is up now, focusing on Demetrious Johnson's issues with connecting with some of the fanbase.

-- Bellator featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan, who had earned a title shot against Patricio Pitbull, has torn his ACL. Replacing him against Pitbull in their fight on the undercard of the Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice card in June is Daniel Welchel.

-- WWE's "ECW Unreleased Vol. 3" is out today on DVD and Blu-Ray. Hosted by Joey Styles, Stevie Richards, and Blue Meanie. Matches of note inc include Public Enemy vs. Sabu and Taz from January 1995 (I recall this match, which was on an early Florida tour, being a really wild brawl that was the best match of their feud), Eddy Guerrero and Taz vs. Dean Malenko and 2 Cold Scorpio (the match from Florida where Taz broke his neck that was marred by fan heckling and featured not just each wrestler flipping off the crowd, but Paul Heyman cutting a promo on them), Sabu vs. Cactus Jack in an "Olympic Rules" match that's considered one of the best and wildest of their many ECW and indie bouts, and Raven's return from 1999, 

-- For those interested in the 7/18 House of Hardcore show in Toronto, tickets are now on sale.

-- The United Wrestling Coalition returns to the New Egypt Elks Lodge, 105 Lakewood Road, New Egypt, New Jersey 08533 on Saturday evening, May 9 with a 7:00 p.m. belltime. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and all tickets are available for $10.

TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE

12:00 AM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG In the premier of Unfiltered, Renee Young hangs out with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins for a fun and revealing conversation!

12:10 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR WCW signs international superstars to bring an innovative, high-flying brand of excitement to Monday Nitro.

1:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting Down the Top Ten Most Imposing Superstars ever in WWE history.

2:00 AM ET
TUESDAY NIGHT TITANS Vince McMahon hosts Tuesday Night Titans with Lord Alfred Hayes. Guests include Cowboy Bob Orton, Mr. Fuji and the Magnificent Muraco.

3:00 AM ET
TUESDAY NIGHT TITANS Vince McMahon hosts Tuesday Night Titans with Lord Alfred Hayes. Guests include Jesse 'The Body' Ventura and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan.

4:00 AM ET
PRIME TIME WRESTLING Join Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan for Prime Time Wrestling featuring The British Bulldogs, Kamala, and many more in action!

6:00 AM ET
EXCUSE ME! - A COUGAR COUNTDOWN EXCUSE ME! A Cougar's Countdown takes us through the top ten most memorable Vickie Guerrero Moments.

7:00 AM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG In the premier of Unfiltered, Renee Young hangs out with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins for a fun and revealing conversation!

7:10 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR WCW signs international superstars to bring an innovative, high-flying brand of excitement to Monday Nitro.

8:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting Down the Top Ten Most Imposing Superstars ever in WWE history.

9:00 AM ET
WWE NETWORK EXCLUSIVE To be announced, live WWE action and entertainment featuring top WWE stars.

10:00 AM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG In the premier of Unfiltered, Renee Young hangs out with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins for a fun and revealing conversation!

10:10 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR WCW signs international superstars to bring an innovative, high-flying brand of excitement to Monday Nitro.

11:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting Down the Top Ten Most Imposing Superstars ever in WWE history.

12:00 PM ET
WWE NETWORK EXCLUSIVE To be announced, live WWE action and entertainment featuring top WWE stars.

1:00 PM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG In the premier of Unfiltered, Renee Young hangs out with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins for a fun and revealing conversation!

1:10 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR WCW signs international superstars to bring an innovative, high-flying brand of excitement to Monday Nitro.

2:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting Down the Top Ten Most Imposing Superstars ever in WWE history.

3:00 PM ET
EXCUSE ME! - A COUGAR COUNTDOWN EXCUSE ME! A Cougar's Countdown takes us through the top ten most memorable Vickie Guerrero Moments.

4:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nikki plans a future without boyfriend John Cena. Eva's life is turned upside down when she must decide between family and her husband.

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TOTAL DIVAS Brie regrets quarreling with her husband when he delivers devastating news. Nikki's secret has John fearing the end of their relationship.

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WWE BEYOND THE RING The story of WCW, from Ted Turner's entry into the world of wrestling, through the Monday Night War, and the company's eventual collapse.

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WWE NXT The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow - this is NXT!

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MICK FOLEY HAVE A NICE NIGHT Renee Young and Byron Saxton host this entertaining assemblage of Mick Foley's most memorable and entertaining moments. 

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MICK FOLEY: CHEAP POPS Join Mick Foley as he shares humorous tales full of wit and wisdom from the WWE hall of Famer's storied career.

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WWE NXT The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow - this is NXT!