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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Backlash to WWE Saudi Arabia relationship picks up

WWE's deal with Saudi Arabia has always been a bet that the overwhelming financial rewards would outweigh the inevitable public relations damage that it brings. With it so overtly going against the women's evolution messaging that the company is promoting, WWE entered into the 10-year agreement with the knowledge that there would be backlash. But that was a controversy that would mostly exist inside the wrestling bubble. 


WON NEWSLETTER: October 15, 2018 Observer Newsletter: Highs and lows of UFC 229, plus tons of news

The biggest show in UFC history took place this past week. Look at the economics, the lessons, what it says about the fan base, the promotion and the regulators in how things escalated into the brawl that took place. Examine how Conor McGregor benefited from the brawl, likelihood of a rematch, as well as all the changes in upcoming cards and the making jokes out of the various championships.

There is also the regular coverage of UFC 229 with a look at the matches and poll results.

This issue addresses the next two major WWE shows, Evolution and Crown Jewel. Look at the issues facing WWE and Saudi Arabia, why the issues are so much deeper than women not being allowed to perform, and the return of Shawn Michaels.

Look at the unrest in New Japan and why morale has done a 180 since the G-1, the Tokyo Dome main event, the Power Struggle show, Chris Jericho in New Japan, and Tanahashi vs. Omega,

Read more on Rey Mysterio's return to WWE, Smackdown 1,000, who is coming to Smackdown 1,000, Kevin Owens injury update, why WWE stock declined so much this past week, notes on potential of ratings on FOX and how that compares to FOX's usual Friday numbers. 

This issue has more on the life and career of Hiroshi Wajima, a former All Japan headliner who was one of the greatest sumos of all-time. 


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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • TMZ interviewed Randy Orton and asked how he feels about WWE going to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel. His defense was similar to the one JBL gave on Fox Business. "I think we should go. I think the only way to help with change over there is to go and not to cancel the trip,” Orton said. "That's the goal is to make things better everywhere and I think us not going doesn't help. Going helps." Like JBL, Orton brought up WWE having a women’s match in Abu Dhabi. Orton said "100 percent" when he was asked if he thinks they’ll be able to have a women’s match in Saudi Arabia at some point.
  • NXT is taping television at Full Sail University tonight. MJ Jenkins posted a picture from the tapings that included Chelsea Green.
  • On the NXT episode that is airing on the WWE Network tonight, Nikki Cross faces Bianca Belair, War Raiders challenge for Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong’s Tag Team titles, Shayna Baszler takes on Britt Baker, and Oney Lorcan teams with Danny Burch against Tian Bing & Rocky.
  • The quarterfinals are airing on this week’s Mae Young Classic episode. The four matches for the show are: Mia Yim vs. Toni Storm, Tegan Nox vs. Rhea Ripley, Io Shirai vs. Deonna Purrazzo, and Meiko Satomura vs. Lacey Lane.
  • Though he wasn’t on the episode, James Ellsworth was at SmackDown 1000 and appeared in a post-show video where he said he should have been on the show but Paige told him he was fired.
  • Becky Lynch retained her title against Charlotte Flair in a dark match after last night’s Mixed Match Challenge.
  • Rey Mysterio challenging for Shinsuke Nakamura’s United States Championship is now listed for the Starrcade house show in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 24. Rusev was originally advertised as Nakamura’s opponent.
  • PWInsider reported that Ivory and Molly Holly are scheduled to be at WWE’s Evolution PPV.
  • Shane McMahon, who made an appearance on SmackDown 1000 last night, was the guest on the latest episode of the Opie Radio podcast.

Pro Wrestling

UFC/MMA

  • Dana White told TMZ that things between him and Khabib Nurmagomedov are good and that Nurmagomedov isn’t leaving the UFC: “We’re good. We’re good with Khabib. You guys are still posting that s**t, that was a week ago. A week ago! A lot happens in a week in this business. We’re good. We worked it out. We’re gonna get everything worked out. Obviously, he was a little upset, he was a little fired up. We’ll get it all worked out. Guys get very emotional, man. That was a very emotional fight for him, obviously. And at the end of the day, Khabib’s a great guy. We’ve always had a great relationship with him. So it’s all good, brother. This will all work out.”
  • Floyd Mayweather criticized Nurmagomedov for his actions at UFC 229.
  • Boxer Canelo Alvarez has signed a five-year, 11-fight contract with DAZN (which is the new home of Golden Boy Boxing) that’s worth a minimum of $365 million.
  • Ariel Helwani reported that Greg Hardy’s next fight will be for Island Fights in Pensacola, Florida on December 21. Helwani noted that he was told that if all goes well, Hardy’s next fight after that will be in the UFC.
  • NFL Films captured video of a conversation between Conor McGregor and Jerry Jones when McGregor attended the Cowboys’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. McGregor told Jones about the UFC having a show at AT&T Stadium in the future: “It is a spectacle, this place. That octagon has got to be in the center one day. I’m going to make that happen. Especially now after being here and seeing it. I know it was rumored many times. We never got there but now is the time.”
  • Artem Lobov vs. Michael Johnson is official for the UFC’s Fight Night show in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada on October 27. Lobov was originally supposed to face Zubaira Tukhugov before Tukhugov’s involvement in the UFC 229 melee.
  • Cat Zingano vs. Megan Anderson is also official for UFC 232 in Las Vegas on December 29.
  • Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis and Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman are featured on the poster for UFC 230.

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