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Bret Hart well-wishes

by Tony Leder

The wrestling world learned of Bret Hart’s battle with prostate cancer yesterday.  The people and organizations wishing him well came flooding in.   Tons over social media including Madison Square Garden sending well-wishes to Bret Hart on both their iconic marquee screen and social media.   So did many within WWE and the rest of wrestling in HHH,  Jerry Lawler, Bret’s nephew Davey Jr, and tons more.   ESPN released an article on the news as did NBC.   Steve Austin on an appearance on the Opie Radio Show: “I wish him all the best. I love that guy. I got so much respect for him. He truly is one of the best ever.  An absolute artist in the ring.  I hold him in very high regard, and he’s a very dear friend.”

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WWE/Pro Wrestling

Total Divas did 840,000 viewers last night, down  99,000 viewers since last week.
Tye Dillinger thanks fans for get well soon messages and promises to be back before long.
Donald Wood of Ring Rust Radio talked to Bret Hart, one of the first interviews after he revealed he has prostate cancer. He said he hopes to be on the “better side of things” in six months or so.
Billy Gunn discusses his release from WWE as a trainer with Sports Illustrated.  He was released in November 2015 when news broke that he had failed a PED test for a July 25, 2015 powerlifting competition.
The WWE Network has added a new listing called “Collections” where you can find The Best of Stone Cold, Best of WWE Network, Celebrating Black History Month, Lesnar: Road to Undisputed Title, TLC Tag Teams and Greatest Matches Ever.
Pat Patterson’s long-anticipated book is now earmarked for an August 9th release and is available to pre-order now.
CNN used Ric Flair to describe Trump’s chances


Episode 2 of the Dana White YouTube series “Looking for a Fight” is up now. Previous episodes of the show have introduced us to Sage Northcutt, Randy Brown and Mickey Gall. Gall, of course, makes his UFC debut this weekend against Mike Jackson on UFC Fight Pass.
Dave has two articles about this past Saturday’s UFC on Fox card at MMAFighting: A postmortem for the card itself and an article about the ratings/viewership.
Former UFC Flyweight Championship challenger Chris Cariaso announced his retirement from MMA today. He was submitted by Demetrious Johnson in the 2nd round of a title fight at UFC 178 in September 2014. He also lost his next two fights to top contenders Sergio Pettis and Henry Cejudo. The 34 year old retires with a 17-8 record, including 7-6 in UFC. He had previously fought in WEC and Strikeforce.
Former Strikeforce, Pride and Dream Heavyweight fighter Sergei Kharitonov has signed with Bellator MMA. Kharitonov last fought in the US during the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix where he beat Andrei Arlovski in the opening round before losing to Josh Barnett in the semifinal. He’s been fighting in Europe and Asia since then.


For those wondering when Fujin and Rajin (Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka from NJPW) will debut in CMLL, they are scheduled to be on today’s CMLL Informa program at 5 pm CT. They aren’t scheduled to be on any streaming shows in the near future, but will start very soon on CMLL’s Tuesday and Sunday shows, which are not streamed anywhere.

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