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LAW Sept. 4 Update - WWE Suspends Jimmy Snuka's Legends Deal

John Pollock / September 4, 2015 - 5:09pm

**The WWE has taken references to Jimmy Snuka off of the website, including removing his name from the list of those in the WWE Hall of Fame and also suspending his legend’s contract with the company. There has been lots of coverage on the charges being laid on Jimmy Snuka for third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the 1983 death of Nancy Argentino. Below are some helpful guides to following the story and the history of this cold case, dating back to 1983:
-Grand Jury Presentment in Lehigh County
-The Morning Call: Snuka charged for 1983 death
-Lead story in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter by Dave Meltzer
-The Morning Call’s 2013 story on the 30th anniversary of Nancy Argentino’s passing, which included the autopsy report and notes from the coroner
-Justice Denied – The eBook written by Irv Muchnick on the entire case, with proceeds going to a shelter for battered women. The book is available for $2.29
-Irv Muchnick audio interview from TSN 1050 Toronto on the case
-Snuka speaks about the death of Nancy Argentino in radio interviews when his book was released:





**This week’s edition of whtsNXT is up on the site with Jason Agnew going solo and discussing the start of the Dusty Rhodes Classic tag tournament, his thoughts on the brackets and your feedback at http://fightnetwork.com/news/59269:sept.-3-edition-of-whtsnxt-with-jason-agnew/.

**A new Review-An-Impact will be up later tonight with Brian Mann and Nate Milton and feedback can be posted on The LAW Message Board.

**The WWE has a show in Hampton, Virginia tonight with John Cena headlining the show along with Sheamus, Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler being advertised for that show. The crews are in Charlottesville, Virginia and Wildwood, New Jersey on Saturday. The Raw tapings are Monday night in Baltimore, Maryland.

**Here are the matches for New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV tonight at 9pm ET:
*Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito
*Ryusuke Taguchi vs. El Desperado

**Shine has an iPPV event tonight at 9pm ET in Ybor City, Florida and airing at WWNLive.com and will be headlined by Santana Garrett vs. Allysin Kay for the Shine championship, Vanessa Kraven takes on Athena, Jessicka Havok vs. LuFisto as well as Mia Yim, Blue Pants, Cherry Bomb, Leah Von Dutch and more on the show.

**Below are the full brackets for the Dusty Rhodes Classic tag tournament, which began on this week’s television episode:
*Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Sawyer Fulton & Angelo Dawkins
*Elias Samson & Tucker Knight vs. Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder
*The Vaudevillains vs. Blake & Murphy
*Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder vs. Marcus Louis & Alexander Wolfe
*Jason Jordan & Chad Gable vs. Solomon Crowe & Neville  - Jordan & Gabel has already advanced
*The Ascension vs. Rhyno & Baron Corbin – Rhyno & Corbin won on this week’s episode
*Tyler Breeze & Bull Dempsey vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano

**They have announced a singles match between Finn Balor and Tyler Breeze for the NXT event on Thursday September 17th in Houston, Texas.

**Chris Jericho noted on his podcast today that Lance Storm, Don Callis and Dr. Luther will be attending the WWE’s Madison Square Garden show on October 3rd to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jericho’s debut. This is the show that will be airing live on the WWE Network.

**The same October 3rd card in New York will feature Brock Lesnar taking on Big Show, with the opponent for Lesnar announced earlier this week. This will be Lesnar’s first match at Madison Square Garden since the match with Bill Goldberg at WrestleMania 20 in March 2004.

**TNA announcer Josh Mathews noted on his podcast this week that he married TNA’s Madison Rayne last month.

**Kathy Colace (the mother of Nikki and Brie Bella) and John Laurinaitis announced this week that the two are engaged.

**House of Hardcore has announced shows for November with a card in Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena on November 13th and a show the next night in Queen at the Elmcor Center on November 14th.

**The WWE stock closed at $18.83 on Friday after it opened at $19.15 this morning.

**The first episode of WCW Monday Nitro aired on this date in 1995 from the Mall of America in Minneapolis. The show featured Brian Pillman taking on Jushin Thunder Liger in the first televised match and was headlined by Hulk Hogan taking on Big Bubba Rogers and the return of Lex Luger to WCW after his run with the WWF. The show went unopposed that night due to the U.S. Open Tennis tournament to pre-empt Raw and the first head-to-head night was September 11th.

LAW MMA UPDATE


**This week’s edition of The MMA Report is up as I go through all of the news from the past week. Our guest this week include Andrei Arlovski and Paige VanZant as they chat about their fights this weekend at UFC 191 in Las Vegas and we are also joined by Sam Stout to discuss his decision to retire at the age of 31. The show is up at http://fightnetwork.com/news/59267:sept.-4-the-mma-report-feat.-arlovski-vanzant-sam-stout/ and also on iTunes, Stitcher and the free Fight Network app.

**The UFC held a huge press conference today in Las Vegas to launch their “Go Big” campaign and promote all the major fights coming up from September 26th – December 19th. The following fights were promoted during the press conference, with the fighters on hand in Las Vegas:
*September 26th – Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson – Barnett was delayed because of his flight
*October 3rd – Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson for the light heavyweight title
*October 24th – Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy – White notes that tickets for the Dublin show sold out in 60 seconds today
*November 7th – Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
*November 15th – Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm for the bantamweight title; Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau for the strawweight title
*November 21st – Matt Brown vs. Kelvin Gastelum
*November 28th – Benson Henderson vs. Thiago Alves; Mirko Cro Cop vs. Anthony Hamilton (they were in South Korea promoting the card)
*December 11th – Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes
*December 12th – Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor for the featherweight title; Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold for the middleweight title (Weidman was not in attendance as his wife was about to give birth)
*December 19th – Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone for the lightweight title

**Dana White had nothing to say regarding Fedor Emelianenko.  

**UFC 200 is official for Saturday July 9th next year and will take place at the new Las Vegas Arena, which opens next April.

**It was announced at the press conference that they will be holding three straight cards from December 10th – 12th in Las Vegas. The December 10th and 11th shows will be at the Cosmopolitan and then the UFC 194 card will be at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. No fights were officially announced for the December 10th card, which they are still putting together. Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes is scheduled to headline the December 11th show.

**It is now official that Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau will be the co-feature of UFC 193 on November 15th in Melbourne, underneath the Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm bantamweight title fight. At first it was thought Letourneau wouldn’t be ready to fight by that date following her win over Maryna Moroz. They stated that Claudia Gadelha’s hand has not healed yet and couldn’t take the fight.

**The UFC 194 card continues to grow for December 12th with the addition of a featherweight fight between Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens, as well as a welterweight fight between Gunnar Nelson and Demian Maia. The promotion has also added a bantamweight fight to that card with Urijah Faber meeting Frankie Saenz. Faber will be returning to bantamweight for this fight, following his loss to Frankie Edgar in his last fight at featherweight.  

**The Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit welterweight title fight has been moved to the headline position for the UFC 195 card on January 2nd in Las Vegas. Lawler suffered a thumb injury and took him off the UFC 193 card in November in Melbourne, Australia. As a result, Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm was moved up seven weeks from the January 2nd to headline in Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

**Below are Episodes 3 and 4 of this week’s Embedded series, going into UFC 191 tomorrow night:





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THE MMA REPORT – September 4th
(John Pollock speaks to Andrei Arlovski and Paige VanZant ahead of their fights at UFC 191 this weekend and Sam Stout discusses his decision to retire)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59267.mp3
*****
whtsNXT – September 3rd
(Jason Agnew is solo to review this week’s episode, the start of the Dusty Rhodes Classic tournament, breakdown of brackets, your feedback and more)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59269.mp3
*****
BAUER & POLLOCK – September 2nd
(John Pollock and Court Bauer discuss Jimmy Snuka’s 1983 case re-opened and being charged, shooting outside Performance Center, Bram arrested, Hogan on GMA, Dudleys and Sting return, Palmer Cannon and more)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59261.mp3
*****
REVIEW-A-WAI – WCW Monday Nitro (Oct. 21st, 1996)
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the Nitro heading into Halloween Havoc, Savage questions life, Hogan caught on tape, ROAD BLOCK, Jimmy Grafiti and lots more)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59260.mp3
*****
REVIEW-A-RAW: “Dolph’s Diggler”
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review Raw from Tampa, chat a crazy day of news, Bret Hart comments on The Kliq, your feedback and more)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59251.mp3
*****
THE LAW: LIVE AUDIO WRESTLING – August 30th
(Jason Agnew and Dan Lovranski welcome Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Dave Meltzer chats all the news from the past week, your calls and Chris Charlton speaks with Mikiko Sasaki about the forthcoming Great Sasuke documentary)
http://datav3.fightnetwork.com/blog/59229.mp3
*****

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