Daily Update: Hogan Trial, Rizin fights, Paul Heyman Yahoo deal

Hulk Hogan v Gawker Update

Two big developments in the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker case today, one of which has little to do with the ongoing trial. When the lunch break ended, Hogan, his legal team, and Judge Pamela Campbell all looked shellshocked. Why? An appellate court overturned Campbell’s ruling keeping a large number of documents filed in the case sealed. This includes a number of pleadings and exhibits, but most significantly everything having to do with the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and grand jury investigations into Hogan being extorted with the sex videos.

There’s been a lot of speculation as to what’s in there that Hogan doesn’t want out, as all of the damaging information on the sex tapes themselves have gone public. Obviously, the most damaging thing would be proof that Hogan knew he was being recorded, but otherwise it’s really hard to put your finger on what he’s hiding.

It continued to be a bad day for Hogan when Gawker played the video of Heather Cole’s deposition. While she did lie either here or to the Tampa Police about if she knew she was being recorded (something not brought up at trial as of yet), she came off completely devastated by whatever happened in her marriage to Bubba Clem and the whole sex tape ordeal. It reflected badly on both Bubba and Hogan in a number of ways, to the point she may have been Gawker’s best testimony so far, but she also still maintained Hogan didn’t know he was being filmed.


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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE & Pro Wrestling

In case you missed it, Paul Heyman’s Heyman Hustle has signed a digital distribution deal with Yahoo’s Turnstile blog/site that kicks off March 28th. Yahoo Studios is also going to produce a feature on Heyman’s role with Brock Lesnar in WWE in contrast with his work for the Looking For Larry agency.
The Ring of Honor television episode that airs tonight at midnight eastern on Comet TV is also available to watch free online via the Comet livestream.
Ex-WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski was on Prime Time Sports, the highest rated sports show in Canada, talking CTE and concussions.
Capital City Championship Combat runs this Saturday at the Vanier Columbus Club in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with 2 Cold Scorpio and more.
Mick Foley will be doing an appearance at Wrestling Night in Collingwood 5 at the Collingwood Curling Club in Collingwood, Ontario on May 14th. The show is a benefit for the local Special Olympics.
As a promo for the Nine Legends movie, here’s a retrospective on the Dynamite Kid who is featured in the film.
John Cena Sr.’s BostonWrestling.com has a limited amount of tickets to the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony available in quantities of two and four that come with a free t-shirt and autographed Godfather photo. The promotion also is selling a Wrestlemania I shoot interview with Iron Shiek, Paul Orndorff, and Bob Orton hosted by Cena Sr.
In case you missed it, Shawn Michaels is the latest feature in Paul Fontaine’s top 10 Wrestlemania performer series, calculated by a points system.
Correction on the date for the Bret Hart appearance: Bret Hart will make his first post-cancer surgery appearance for Dreamwave Wrestling on April 9th in LaSalle, IL. Johnny Gargano, DJ Zema Ion, Heidi Lovelace, and more will be on the show.
Our Alan Boon’s look back at a raucous week in British wrestling is up here.
The latest episode of the Fire Pro Podcast runs down the New Japan Cup tournament and previews Invasion Attack 2016 here.
Did you know NXT head trainer Matt Bloom is starring in a movie called “The Dog Wedding”? The indie film is holding its own, even in limited release. Here’s the trailer in case you haven’t seen it yet. They are looking to extend their footprint at theatres in New York as well as Beverly Hills, CA.
2015 Tough Enough contestant Chelsea Green talked with VocNation about playing Megan Miller with Daniel Bryan, being trained by Sir Lance Storm, TNA, Japan, and more.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune referenced wrestling when talking about the NFL’s Vikings.

UFC & MMA

After opening on Bovada as a 10-1 shot to win Dancing With the Stars, UFC strawweight Paige VanZant’s odds dropped to 5-1 by Tuesday afternoon and as of this morning, she was the favorite at 2-1. NFL vets Antonio Brown (4-1) and Von Miller (7-1) are the next biggest favorites on the cast.
Holly Holm’s striking coach still thinks the outcome of her fighting Ronda Rousey would be the same.
Rizin announced two new fights for its April show in Nagoya. Former Pride and K-1 star Kazuyuki Fujita returns to MMA at 45 to fight Jiri Prochazka, who finished runner-up in the Grand Prix tournament on New Year’s Eve. DEEP flyweight champion Allen Nascimento goes up against Yuki Motoya in the other fight announced today.
The Kickboxer:Vengeance reboot is scheduled for release in theatres and on-demand later this year with a new U.S. rightsholder: RLJ Entertainment. If you remember, the movie will feature Jean Claude Van Damme, Dave Bautista, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, and former Strikeforce women’s champion Gina Carano. Release date is still TBD.
WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje’s indefinite suspension, announced yesterday by the Colorado State Boxing Commission, was rescinded today. The announced suspension was meant as a more severe warning for violating the same rule about jumping the cage post-fight that he had previously received a written warning for, according to commission director Josef Mason.
Here’s the latest on the health situation for former UFC fighter Mikey Burnett, shot during an armed robbery attempt

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