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TUES UPDATE: UFC Champion Jumps To New Team, Bayley, and much more

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Tuesday has Smackdown/Main Event tapings in Philadelphia.  No John Cena here, with Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns being the biggest stars.

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NXT TAKEOVER WEDNESDAY FROM FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY IN WINTER PARK, FL at 8 p.m. on the WWE network

Bayley vs. Sasha Banks for the NXT title in a 30 minute Iron Woman match

Dusty Rhodes tag team tournament semifinals & finals

JJ Jordan & Chad Gable vs. Rhyno & Baron Corbin

Samoa Joe & Finn Balor vs. Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson

Apollo Crews vs. Tyler Breeze

Asuka vs. Dana Brooke

Figure Four Weekly:

Figure Four Weekly (10/5/15): Latest on Hulk Hogan Lawsuit Against Gawker

Details on all facets of Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker, including a better understanding of Gawker's defense, what else the judge has sealed to protect Hogan, and more.

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Tuesday Daily Update

  • Notes on Triple H's NXT conference call
  • WWE Raw live results 10-5: Brock Lesnar and Undertaker build to Hell in a Cell
  • Today in history
  • Unfortunate news from Beau James: Bill Bowman aka Bill Sky of The Sky Brothers and Interns with Joe Turner passed early this morning in Pensacola. Mike Norris is working on a bio now. Bill was a big star in Gulf Coast, Tennessee, Georgia, and Mid Atlantic. 
  • Bayley talks to Rolling Stone. Who was her "Bayley" when she was a kid? "Lita made me realize it was possible to just be myself and be able to achieve my dreams. I would watch every interview with her, read every interview, I had her DVD – or back then, it was VHS – but I remember she would say that fans would come up to her at autograph sessions and be like, 'Man, I feel like we would be friends if you weren't on TV.' And that always stuck with me. Lita was the one who made me realize that I didn't have to change who I was to be where I wanted."
  • The big MMA story of the day is T.J. Dillashaw leaving Team Alpha Male for Elevation Fight Team, which Dillashaw confirmed to Ariel Helwani after an initial report by Globo. This comes on the heels of Faber airing grievances about former Alpha Male coach Duane Ludwig (who transformed Dillashaw's style and has a gym near the gyms Elevation uses) on The MMA Hour, which he said was because Conor McGregor made comments about the team drama on The Ultimate Fighter.
  • Helwani is also reporting that Fedor Emelianenko's opponent on New Year's Eve is expected to be a kickboxer turned 1-0 MMA fighter by the name of Jaideep Singh. Looks like Pride really is back.
  • Figures Toy Company released a photo of the head sculpt of their upcoming A.J. Styles action figure.
  • Bellator MMA announced that Chidi Njokuani (Anthony's brother) will make his promotional debut on Nov. 20 Against Ricky Rainey. That's on the undercard of th event headlined by Hisaki Kato vs. Melvin Manhoef.
  • Devon Nicholson released a new interview that he did with Harley Race.
  • Masked Republic has a new line of officially licensed Perros de Mal merchandise at LuchaShop.com. Coupon code BIX will get you 10% off your order.
  • AAW returns this Friday to the Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 W. 26th St. Berwyn, IL). Doors:  7:00pm   Belltime: 7:45pm. Tickets Available http://aawrestling.com/tickets/ - Ethan Page vs. Johnny Gargano in a 2/3 falls match headlines.
  • Ricky Steamboat will corner Ricky Morton against Kid Kash at Enter The Dragon on Saturday, October 17, which takes place at Elizabethton High School (907 Jason Witten Way) in Elizabethton, TN (37643). 8:00 PM Bell Time.
  • If you missed it, Bill Apter's book was released earky and is now available on Kindle as well as in paperback. The Kindle price, which was a bit high a few days ago, is now a much more reasonable $8.49. Highly recommended from what I've read so far.
  • WWE's next home video release is Sting: Into the Light on DVD and Blu-Ray, which comes out a week from today and is available for pre-order.
  • On the newest edition of the Between the Sheets podcast, Kris Zellner and I are joined by Mike Rogalewski to talk September 29th to October 5th, 1996. WWF in turmoil in New York City, comings and goings in Japan, Konnan vs. Antonio Pena at a tipping point, ECW getting red hot, and the early days of the nWo aren’t as great as we remember.