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TUESDAY UPDATE: Notes on Jimmy Snuka murder charges, Bram released from jail, Nogueira retires, & more

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by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.comFollow @davidbix

Tonight:

Total Divas airs on E! at 9:00 p.m. ET with “Clash of the Divas." Paige gets in trouble again, Nattie plays matchmaker with her sister and Big E, and Bryan doesn’t like Brie wearing overly revealing clothing.

SmackDown and Main Event will be taped in Miami. If you're attending the taping, please send reports/results to to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com:

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Figure Four Weekly:

The new issue of Figure Four Weekly is now up for subscribers (subscribe to the site here and get access to Figure Four, the Observer, tons of audio, and more) featuring a hands-on look at WWE 2K16 from the 2K/WWE media event last week. There are also notes on WWE's lawsuit against their Thai TV partner, including how this type of litigation is familiar territory for WWE and one past suit is exceptionally bizaree. On top of that, we have all the usual stuff like Vinny's reviews and international news from Dr. Lucha Steve Sims and and Alan"4L" Counihan.

Last week's FREE Figure Four Weekly is still up with a look at the crazy story of why Gawker thinks the FBI may have helped Hulk Hogan cover up his racist and homophobic comments. A judge has ordered the FBI to turn over the records of their investigation, and what Gawker is saying in court about what has and hasn't been turned over paints a very interesting picture.

Also, now available for the first time on Kindle (meaning Kindle devices and anything with the Kindle app) is Fall Guys, the seminal 1937 book that has been described as being like the 1930s version of the Wrestling Observer. It was surprisingly not on Kindle already, so we put together a nice version with a full table of contents w/ chapter marks, proper formatting on everything, etc. Right now it's available from the American, Canadian, and Australian Amazon/Kindle stores OR you can also buy it from anywhere in the world on PayHip, who will provide you with both Kindle and ePub (every other e-reader) format files, and you can either sideload them to your device or have them email it to your Kindle.

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Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

A complete rundown of the WWE's weekend in Brooklyn, with all the business notes, surprises and what is known about the future direction is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also cover the decision to have Holly Holm replace Miesha Tate as Ronda Rousey's opponent next, a UFC business year-in-review story, ROH big weekend, New Japan next tour, 2017 Mania and Daniel Bryan future note.

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Tuesday Daily Update

-- Here's the recommended reading to catch up on Jimmy Snuka being charged with the 1983 murder of girlfriend Nancy Argentino:

* The Allentown Morning Call's 2013 article that led to the grand jury investigation.

* Justice Denied, the ebook that Irv Muchnick wrote with Nancy Argentino's family. All proceeds go to battered women's charities.

* The docket for the case.

* Irv Muchnick's site has the press release and grand jury presentment (w/ evidence) as PDFs

* The Allentown Morning Call's story on the charges and another from LehighValleyLive.com.

* Sarah Cassi of LehighValleyLive.cm has done an excellent job providing up to date information on her Twitter account.

* TMZ was first to obtain the grand jury record and apparently, Snuka's changing story, including the differences between his police statement and the account in his book, is what swayed the grand jury.

* The Morning Call talked to Irv Muchnick.

-- WWE issued this statement: “WWE expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss. Ultimately this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system.”

-- To clear up some confusion from what the Morning Call initially reported, Snuka was not arrested at home in New Jersey. He surrended into custody in Pennsylvania. They've since edited their article.

-- There's a ton to go over, but from skimming the presentment and reading the mainstream articles so far, it looks like Snuka's conflicting statements and history of domestic abuse were deciding factors on top of the forensic evidence. Snuka's then-wife and Buddy Rogers' widow are among the witnesses who testified.

Also, Irv Muchnick deserves a credit for staying on top of this story the way he did for so long. While it was known to MSG ringside regulars and some newsletter readers in the '80s, it didn't blow up until his article (written for the Village Voice, who never ran it) got attention in the late '90s via his website.

-- Statement from The Gulfport Police Department about the arrest of Thomas "Bram" Latimer (he's since been released): Professional Wrestler Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

Gulfport, FL—On 8/30 at approximately 6:00 AM, officers responded to a call about a disturbance in an apartment at 3205 58th Street South. There they encountered Thomas R. Latimer and a woman who identified herself as his girlfriend. The officers observed evidence indicative of a physical altercation, and their investigation revealed that, after the couple had been arguing, the woman felt threatened and sought refuge in her bedroom. Latimer followed her into the bedroom, closed the door, and refused to allow her to leave. He then pushed the woman onto the bed and was holding her down by her neck. Latimer, who is a wrestler with TNA Impact Wrestling, was charged with domestic battery by strangulation and false imprisonment. Both are felony charges, and he is currently being held in the Pinellas County Jail.

-- UFC officially announced the retirement of Antoinio Rodrigo "Minotauro/Big Nog" Nogueira today. He's getting a company ambassador job with the UFC.

-- Jim Ross has two articles about Scott Hall at FoxSports.com:
* On Razor Ramon
* On addiction and Recovery.

-- Paige VanZant talks about PEDs and women's WMMA at MMAFighting.

-- From Allan Blackstock: Preston City Wrestling (PCW) ran a show outside of the Preston City limits for the first time in their 4 year history on Saturday (8/29/15). This was a bought show by Blackpool Council and was free to attend. I estimated there were approx 1,200 in the ballroom at any one time. This is the same venue that NXT will be running on December 13th. The venue has a capacity of 3,000, Viper & Mr Anderson def. So Scandalous (Ryan Smile & Damian Dunne), Mickie James def. Toni Storm, The Wolves def. Martin Kirby & Joey Hayes, Dave Mastiff def. Nick “Magnus” Aldis, Lionheart def. Sha Samuels by disqualification, Noam Dar def. Ashton Smith by submission, Dave Rayne def. Gilligan Gordon, Mr Anderson & Too Cool def. Bubblegum, Rampage Brown & Iestyn Rees It was a family show with all the faces going over. Match of the day was the Wolves over Kirby/Hayes in a ***1/4 match.

-- Pro Wrestling Eclipse Rocktoberfest has ben postponed until Oct 4th.

-- No new WWE DVDs this week, but Monday Night War vol. 2 comes out a week from today on DVD and Blu-Ray.

-- NWA Classics added a Midnight Express vs. Fantastics match today.

-- Kris Zellner and myself were joined by Les Moore on the latest Between the Sheets podcast, covering August 25-31, 1991. Topics include SummerSlam '91/Ultimate Warrior being suspended by the WWF,  Randy Savage threatening to quit, Ric Flair threatening to sue a newsletter writer, and much more.