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WED. UPDATE: Wednesday Night War, UFC drug testing notes & lawsuit update,, and more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.comFollow @davidbix

TV notes for tonight, the night that takes Wednesday from the most crowded night of the week to even more crowded:

* ROH debuts on Destination America at 8:00 p.m. ET (and re-airing at 11:00 p.m. ET) with The Briscoes vs. The House of Truth, KUSHIDA vs. Will Ferrara, Watanabe vs. Silas Young, and Moose vs. B.J. Whittier.

* Lucha Underground on El Rey at 8:00 p.m. ET has Argenis vs. Jack Evans in an Aztec Medallion match, Son of Havoc, Angelicio, & Ivelisse vs. Big Ryck and two mystery partners for the Trios Championship, and Sexy Star vs. Pentagon Jr. in a submission match.

* NXT on WWE Network at 8:00 p.m. ET features Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss, Finn Balor vs. Rhyno, and a contination of the Kevin Owens-Samoa Joe drama.

* Impact Wrestling on Destination America at 9:00 p.m. ET (and 12:00 a.m. ET) has Rockstar Spud’s decision about whether or not he’ll vacate the X Division Title to get a World Title shot, The Wolves vs. The Dirty Heels in match 3 of their best of 5 series, Brooke Tessmacher vs. Jade, The Beat Down Clan vs. The Rising, and the return of Pope D’Angelo Dinero (Elijah Burke).

* UFC on Fox Sports 1 is the usual arrangement we’ve seen the last few weeks: UFC Tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET, last week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter at 9:00 p.m. ET, a new episode of The Ultimate Fighter, "Eyes on the Prize," airs at 10:00 p.m. ET, and then the first 20 minutes or so of Fox Sports Live at 11:00 p.m. ET consists of the “TUF Talk” wrap-up show.

As always, more after we pay the bills... 

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The breakdown of the ROH deal on Destination America, how this affects TNA, the time frame of both company's deals with the station and why this went down is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also look at Daniel Cormier winning the world championship and questions arising, full coverage of UFC 187, Full coverage of Samoa Joe to NXT and the last special, the AAA World Cup coverage, Bischoff sues TNA and the UFC hall of Fame.

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Wednesday Daily Update

-- UFC officially announced its plans for enhanced drug testing today. The press release is on the front page and Shaun Al-Shatti has a good breakdown at MMAFighting.com. The keys points are:

* The entire roster will be subject to year-round, unannounced testing "with the possibility of a collection occurring any place, any time, with no notice." One key is how true that actually is since human growth hormone is normally taken by athletes at bedtime with the idea that you'll be clear by morning and testers will only come during somthing approximating the regular nine to five work day.

* Suspnsions for positive tests for "non-specified substances" (effectively banned performance enhancing drugs from anabolics to growth hormones to peptides to blood doping) will be two years for the first offense (four years for "aggravating circumstances"), followed by double the punishment of the previous suspension for the second and third suspension.

* Suspensions for "specified substances" (marijuana, stimulants, and glucocorticosteroids, only tested for in-competition) will be will be one year for the first offense (two years for "aggravating circumstances"), followed by double the punishment of the previous suspension for the second and third suspension.

There's no indication yet as to whether or not athletic commissions would recognize the suspensions if UFC suspended and cut a fighter.

-- The class action antitrust lawsuit against the UFC has been moved to Nevada, primarily because judge Edward Davila determined that the lawsuit is an action to interpret the fighters' contracts, which have clauses about the jurisdiction of any related lawsuits. Paul Gift has much more detail on the decision at Bloody Elbow.

-- Eric Fisher at Sports Business Journal is reporting that Major League Baseball is moving quickly at spinning off MLB Advance Media (the subsidiery that handles the technological end of WWE Network as well as other services like HBO Now) into its own company.

-- Sky Italia announced today that they renewed their deal to carry WWE programming in Italy through June 2020.

-- Tyrus tweeted yesterday that he will not be working for Global Force Wrestling as previously announced "due to contractual obligations."

-- It wasn't officially confirmed until last night when MMAFighting heard back from the UFC, but the promotion has cut Shayna Baszler, Tim Elliott, Dylan Andrews, Alptekin Ozkilic, Vik Grujic, Shane Howell, Rocky Lee, Tateki Matsuda and Alexander Torres. The releases were initially reported by @UFCFightersInfo, a Twitter bot that tracks changes to the UFC roster and rankings pages. there are exceptions, but a deleted profile does usually mean a fighter has been cut.

Elliott was considered something of a surprise because while he's on a three fight losing streak, he only lost to top 10 contenders, is an action fighter, and could have at least gotten one fight against an unranked opponnt to see where he stood. One would think that World Series of Fighting should have some interest in him and the flyweights that were cut now that they're trying to build that division.

-- Max Landis has a new wrestling-themed video where he explains why John Cena is booed. This one is just him talking to a camera for a few minutes, not a big production like Wrestling Isn't Wrestling was.

-- On June 27th, Tuff-N-Uff is running “Pack the Mack,” a MMA card at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas  which is serving as a memorial for founder Barry Meyer and a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They're hoping to break the attendance record for amateur MMA, which they set last year. Tickets are available at UNLVTickets.com

-- Bill Goldberg talked to AM New York as part of his publicity tour for the Legends of Wrestling event this Saturday at Citi Field.

-- A Vine of a high school graduation featuring a Stone Cold Stunner may or may not be going viral at the moment.

-- ONE Championship announced a card for June 20th at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China with featherweights Timofey Nastyukhin and Yusuke Kawanago battle ine th main event.

-- Per John Finnegan of the North American Wrestling Rankings blog, this past Monday, Raw was the host of Sheamus's 300th televised WWE match. 

-- Arianny Celeste, the UFC’s most famous Octagon Girl, is the host at the Marquee nightclub in Sydney, Australia this Friday night.

TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE (thanks to Bert Duckwall)

12:00 AM ET
CULTURE SHOCK WITH COREY GRAVES Corey Graves jumps into horse racing, gambling, the legendary infield, and much more at The Preakness on this episode of Culture Shock!

12:10 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Eva's sexy bachelorette in Curacao gets heated when TJ destroy's Nattie's hopes of rekindling their marriage.

1:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nikki is devastated when she discovers John's kept a secret from her. Rosa's unaware she's competing in her pursuits of an NFL player.

2:00 AM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING A look inside the life and career of CM Punk from his early success in ECW to the top of the WWE.

4:00 AM ET
RAW FLASHBACK Following Stone Cold Steve Austin's controversial Royal Rumble victory, Bret Hart lashes out and bids farewell to WWE.

5:00 AM ET
RAW FLASHBACK Before Shawn Michaels can celebrate his reign as the new WWE Champion, he is greeted by the four men who want to take the title from him.

6:00 AM ET
PRIME TIME WRESTLING Join Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan for Prime Time Wrestling featuring Harley Race, Junkyard Dog, and many more!

8:00 AM ET
WRESTLEMANIA 12 Shawn Michaels and Bret 'Hit Man' Hart battle in an Iron Man Match for the WWE Title. Diesel faces The Undertaker. Roddy Piper vs. Goldust.

11:00 AM ET
SMACKDOWN FLASHBACK Edge and Christian and the Hardyz battle for Terri's services. The Rock serves as the People's Referee. HHH defends his title.

12:15 PM ET
CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS Clash of the Champions XXIV; Davey Boy Smith challenges Vader for the World Heavyweight Title. A 'shocking' edition of Flair for the Gold.

2:00 PM ET
OLD SCHOOL Old School WWE card from the Maple Leaf Gardens features Hulk Hogan defending the WWE Title against Paul Orndorff. Ricky Steamboat and more.

3:00 PM ET
WCW MONDAY NITRO On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro Hulk Hogan meets Sting in a huge main event match up.

4:00 PM ET
RAW FLASHBACK The 1-2-3 Kid's new alliance pays dividends. Shawn Michaels gives his all in a match that proves there is more than one way to spell heart.

5:00 PM ET
WCW STARRCADE 1994 Hulk Hogan defends the WCW World Title against The Butcher. Sting battles Avalanche. The Nasty Boys face Harlem Heat. Jim Duggan vs. Vader.

8:00 PM ET
WCW MONDAY NITRO On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro Hulk Hogan meets Sting in a huge main event match up.

9:00 PM ET
RAW FLASHBACK The 1-2-3 Kid's new alliance pays dividends. Shawn Michaels gives his all in a match that proves there is more than one way to spell heart.

10:00 PM ET
STONE COLD PODCAST WWE Hall of Famer and Icon Stone Cold Steve Austin will have a no holds barred LIVE interview with Paul Heyman!

11:00 PM ET
WCW MONDAY NITRO On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro Hulk Hogan meets Sting in a huge main event match up.