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Wrestling News Update – April 8th, 2019

From Batista confirming retirement to Ronda Rousey rumoured not being a RAW, Matt Booker rounds up the days biggest stories in the Wrestling News Update.

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BATISTA ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT

Multi-time world champion Dave Batista has officially announced his retirement from wrestling.

He began his WWE run in 2003 as an enforcer for the Reverend D’Von character. He was moved to the new Evolution stable with Ric Flair, Triple H, and Randy Orton and his career took off from there. Multiple world heavyweight and WWE title reigns later, Batista first left in 2010 before a brief return in 2013 and then again this year.

BROCK AND RONDA NOT ADVERTISED FOR SHOWS AFTER THIS WEEK

Former Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, isn’t scheduled to appear again at present. Former RAW Women’s Champion, Ronda Rousey isn’t advertised to appear after this evening’s RAW. Both lost their respective titles at last night’s WrestleMania.

It is believed that Brock’s WWE deal expired this morning and that he is now in talks with the UFC. Ronda signed a multi-year deal last year, but it’s been known that she was planning to take a break after this year’s Mania.

BRET HART’S ATTACKER EXPLAINS REASON FOR ATTACK

Zachary Madsen attacked Bret Hart during the annual Hall of Fame ceremony in a shocking display on Saturday night. During his court appearance, Madsen reportedly told police that “it was the right moment” to attack Hart. Similar words were also submitted by the prosecutors in court. Bail was set at $1,500 with the judge also issuing orders of protection barring Madsen from approaching Hart and WWE security guard, Thaddeus Jones.

MICHAEL COLE SETS WRESTLEMANIA RECORD

Last night saw Michael Cole call play-by-play commentary at WrestleMania for his record-breaking 17th consecutive time and 18th overall. WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry Lawler has commentated on the most WrestleMania’s, totaling 23 so far. Cole’s first WrestleMania was WrestleMania 19 in 2003.

NEW JERSEY BLAMES WWE FOR TRAFFIC ISSUES

A number of fans spoke of their frustration regarding transportation issues leaving WrestleMania. Whereas driving didn’t appear to be too bad by big event standards, people who had to get the train were outside for hours in pouring rain due to the extreme congestion.

For fans trying to catch an Uber, Lyft or taxi also had issues. The Uber surge pricing was very high (between $100-$200), and many fans were waiting for long periods for an Uber, only for it to get cancelled.

A NJ Transit spokesperson blamed WWE’s decision to extend the event to 12:30 a.m. for the problems. WrestleMania 35 clocked in at 7.5 hours overall, making it the longest WrestleMania in history.

Jim Smith, a NJ Transit spokesman said:

“The primary factor contributing to the post-event delays was the WWE’s decision to extend the event to 12:30 a.m., which had significant operational impacts on the evening, NJ TRANSIT was not informed of this decision until late last night.”

WWE spokesman Matthew Altman said that they don’t advertise their end times “just like other sports and entertainment events” and that they were not fined.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said that he believed the NJ Transit stating that the show went longer than they were told that it was going to be.

Governor Murphy said:

“At the end of the day folks are frustrated, they ought to be. It’s completely, utterly dog-ate-my-homework unacceptable.”

MLW ANNOUNCES UK AND IRELAND TELEVISION DEAL

MLW announced today that they have secured a television deal to bring Major League Wrestling to the UK and Ireland.

In a press statement, they said:

Major League Wrestling, announced today it has entered into an agreement to broadcast its flagship weekly hour-long program MLW Fusion and Special Events nationally across the UK and Ireland on FreeSports, the most widely available Sports Channel in the country.

The partnership will commence with a 2-hour special special this Tuesday evening featuring the 2019 Battle Riot at 10pm.

Starting next week, FUSION will air every Monday at 10pm on FreeSports.

FreeSports is available on Freeview HD channel 64, Sky channel 422, Virgin 553, FreeSat 252, TalkTalk 64 and BT Vision channel 64. FreeSports is available in Ireland on Sky channel 429.

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