Daily Update: Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, AJ Styles


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Additional notes by Joseph Currier

TMZ reported that Ashley Massaro’s death was the result of an apparent suicide by hanging. Massaro was found unconscious in her home last Thursday and was transported to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
SmackDown tonight is at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The New Day will reunite as there will be a Welcome Back Celebration for Big E, who is back from meniscus surgery. Roman Reigns will also face Elias in a rematch from Money in the Bank. Other matches include Kofi Kingston vs. Sami Zayn in a non-title match, Becky Lynch and Bayley (who will also be interviewed) vs. Charlotte and Lacey Evans and Mandy Rose vs. Carmella.
Tonight’s 205 Live main event is Ariya Daivari vs. Mike Kanellis vs. Oney Lorcan vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Akira Tozawa.
Starrcast has begun the refund process for the events Ric Flair was supposed to take part in this weekend. Conrad Thompson spoke to Sports Illustrated about the situation: “We exhausted all options and mutually decided that it would be best to postpone ‘The Roast of Ric Flair’ for a later date yet to be determined. Everyone who purchased a meet-and-greet with Ric will be refunded via EventBrite. We will work to make sure those are completed by the end of the week. The rest of the Horsemen and Ricky Steamboat, who had meet-and-greets with Ric, are still scheduled to appear. We will allow fans the chance to have their photo made against what looks like old TBS backdrop wearing an authentic Ric Flair robe, holding the original Big Gold Belt, and posing with the Horsemen.”
SCWPro tweeted that they’ve been told Flair’s appearance at their debut show in East Moline, Illinois on May 31 is still on: “We’ve been in constant contact w/ representatives for @RicFlairNatrBoy & we’re happy to announce that we’ve been told his appearance at our debut event at the Rust Belt on May 31st is STILL ON!”
AJ Styles told Newsweek about the contract that he recently signed with WWE: “I can tell you that this contract that I’ve signed is my last. This is the perfect place for me to be. It’s family-oriented, I have no problem taking my family to the shows. It’s a PG product, which I enjoy. I’m in the best place I can be for my career.”
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A trailer for The Wrestlers, a documentary series from Vice Canada that will start airing this Wednesday on Viceland.
Beth Phoenix, Bruno Sammartino, Thunderbolt Patterson, Sgt. Slaughter, Brian Shields and Daniel Cormier will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, which will be held on July 25-27.
Riki Choshu’s retirement show, which will air live on Samurai TV and theaters in Japan on 6/26, has the following card:
Riki Choshu, Shiro Koshinaka and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tatsumi Fujinami, Keiji Mutoh and Togi Makabe
Kaito Kiyomiya and Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Katsuhiko Nakajimia and Hitoshi Kumano
Minoru Tanaka and Hiroyoshi Kotsubo vs. Yoshitatsu and Yuki Ueno
NOSAWA, MAZADA and FUJITA vs. Dick Togo, Kaz Hayashi and MEN’S Teioh
Daisuke Sekimoto and Daichi Hashimoto vs. Masa Kitamiya and Yoshiki Inamura
Takashi Sasaki, Toyu Sugiura and Ayato Yoshida vs. Jun Kasai, Shu Asakawa and Tomoya Hirata

Joey Janela’s Spring Break 4 will take place on April 3, 2020 at 8 p.m. Eastern time. That’s the Friday of WrestleMania week.
This week’s MLW Fusion episode is now available on YouTube. It features Rich Swann vs. Brian Pillman Jr. in the National Openweight Championship tournament semifinals, Minoru Tanaka vs. Daga, and Mance Warner & Sami Callihan vs. El Hijo de LA Park & Ricky Martinez.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell II has been set for a UFC Fight Night card in San Antonio on July 20. The two last met at Affliction: Banned in 2008 with Arlovski knocking out Rothwell.
UFC announced they will return to Mexico on September 21.
Justin Gaethje suggested to ESPN that Conor McGregor should be removed from UFC’s rankings if he doesn’t fight.
Gian Villante is slated to face Mike Rodriguez at UFC Sacramento on July 13.
Aurora Cannabis and UFC are joining together to advance CBD research, education and product development.

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F4W Empire Convention Info:

Ed in San Antonio presents PODER~! at the FSW arena on Friday 5/24 – Showtime is at noon – Main event: Bryan Alvarez vs. Logan Stunt
Empire dinner on Friday 5/24 at 8:30 p.m. at Texas de Brazil – Price is $82 – All you can eat meat and salad, sodas, tea, and coffee, plus dessert included
Empire suite party on Friday 5/24 for those who were not able to get the Q&A package – Price is $25

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Arn Anderson and Sting both have panels at Starrcast on May 24th. Tony Schiavone will taking questions from fans watching at home on FITE for the Q&A portion of the show.  

The Young Bucks and Joey Janela will be guests for Colt Cabana’s live Art of Wrestling show on May 24th.  

Bret Hart and Tom Magee will discuss their now infamous match from 1986 with Sean Mooney on Saturday, May 25th in Las Vegas.

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