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FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: Looking at Neville's potential post-WWE life 

While Neville's situation with WWE remains unresolved a week after news broke that he wanted out of the company, his potential entrance into the global pro wrestling landscape would provide the most interesting test case yet of how successful someone could be outside of WWE in this era. Neville being unhappy isn't an isolated incident.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: October 16, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE Hell in a Cell review, Tokyo Dome main event, more

A look at the WWE booking coming out of Hell in a Cell is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Look at the business of the show, update on Neville, other changes on Raw this week, a look at the upcoming shows, as well as a look at match-by-match coverage of Hell in a Cell with business notes, star ratings and poll results.

Read about New Japan coming out of King of Pro Wrestling, the next shows on New Japan World, the direction it looks like things are going as well as match-by-match coverage of King of Pro Wrestling with star ratings, interest levels and poll results.

This issue contains updates on the Brock Lesnar contract situation, the Ric Flair 30 for 30 special and how there are two specials that night on wrestlers from the 80s and 90s, more on what happened with Jimmy Jacobs, update on Dwayne Johnson, the Vince McMahon movie, Conor McGregor and WWE, Ronda Rousey and WWE, Miz hosting a TV show, Nikki Bella Dancing with the Stars notes, weird coincidence of tragedies, Bret Hart talks Eric Bischoff, new WWE Network series, and UK ratings.

Coverage of UFC 216, the plight of Demetrious Johnson, the business notes on the show, some very surprising numbers, the direction things are going, plus poll results and match-by-match coverage, as well as pay for each of the fighters on the card, in this issue.

Read about the Santino Marella/Jim Cornette story, how it got started and everything thathappened this weekend between the two of them.

Have a look at summer business comparisons to see how WWE, ROH and Impact are doing as compared with the previous year in various categories.

Look at details on the ratings for all the national shows over the past week, including breakdown of who was watching all of the WWE shows.

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WON BACK ISSUE: September 25, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWF moving to Viacom, WCW Fall Brawl reviewed, more

The Delaware Supreme Court on 9/18 ruled 3-0 not to overturn the Chancery Court ruling that the WWF would be able to accept the Viacom deal, and thus ending its 17-year relationship with the USA Network. The decision was more than one month in the making, which left much of the entire pro wrestling industry, and both networks, paralyzed to an extent, certainly as it pertained to wrestling programming.

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  • Tonight’s episode of NXT on the WWE Network has The Undisputed Era vs. SAnitY in a six-man tag match, Ruby Riot vs. Ember Moon vs. Daria Berenato for a spot in the fatal four-way Women’s title match at TakeOver: War Games, Aleister Black vs. Raul Mendoza, Kassius Ohno vs. Cezar Bononi, and a Drew McIntyre interview about the state of the NXT Championship.
  • After rumors that Nia Jax walked out of Raw started going around the internet yesterday, Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Jax has been granted a leave of absence by WWE due to personal reasons. There's truth to the story despite WWE denying it. Dave Meltzer will have more on it in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
  • Chris Jericho spoke to Metal Injection about Jimmy Jacobs’ firing from WWE. He had praised Jacobs for his ideas in the past and continued to do so in the interview. Jericho said that he would’ve tried to help Jacobs out if he was on the road with WWE when Jacobs was fired, but taking a picture with the Bullet Club during their invasion of Raw like Jacobs did is something that you can’t do. Jericho theorized that the picture was the final straw that led to Jacobs’ firing.
  • Sports Illustrated has an article about Neville’s situation with WWE, with it noting that Neville has been "miserable" since January and that he was unhappy when his match with Austin Aries at WrestleMania was moved to the pre-show and kept off the DVD of the event. Neville was still in the video intro for 205 Live as of last night.
  • Daniel Bryan again teased a return to the ring on Twitter by replying to a joke about Sami Zayn saying that Bryan isn’t an in-ring performer anymore. Bryan’s daughter also watched her father’s appearance on SmackDown last night.
  • Reby Hardy went at it with WWE costume designer Julie Youngberg on Twitter after Youngberg wrote that she’d rather see “dead Matt” than “Broken Matt” in WWE. Youngberg was apparently formerly married to Shannon Moore.
  • RealSport101 interviewed Tyler Breeze and Fandango about their team and how the Fashion Files was created.
  • In an interview to promote WWE 2K18, Sting spoke about wanting a match with The Undertaker before he had to retire in 2015. “We’ve had a brief conversation, and I just told him, I said, man, I just always wanted to have that match,” Sting said. "It wasn’t necessarily reciprocated so I’m not sure where he stands or if he had any interest at all, to be quite honest. But I did. I don’t mind saying.”

Pro Wrestling

  • With the future of the show still uncertain, Lucha Underground wraps up its third season tonight with the finale of Ultima Lucha Tres airing on the El Rey Network at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The episode will feature Johnny Mundo vs. Prince Puma with Mundo’s LU title and Puma’s career on the line, Cage vs. Jeremiah Crane vs. Mil Muertes for the Gauntlet of the Gods, and Dragon Azteca Jr. vs. Matanza in a cage match.
  • Jimmy Jacobs will return to Beyond Wrestling for their show in Somerville, Massachusetts on November 12th.
  • Vice ran a story on the Bullet Club and the selfie they took with Jacobs.
  • Travis Banks announced that he won’t be making his scheduled appearances for PWG this weekend because he’s in the process of renewing his visa and had to send his passport away.
  • The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has a profile on Britt Baker and how she juggles life as a dental student and pro wrestler.


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