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Raw is from Providence, RI. There is also a Smackdown house show in White Plains, NY. Reports on these shows can be sent to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.


  • Volador Jr. & Soberano Jr. vs. Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles
  • Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Sho & Yoh

Tuesday has Smackdown, 205 Live and Mixed Match Challenge from Newark, NJ with MMC bout of Bobby Roode & Natalya vs. Finn Balor & Bayley and Jimmy Uso & Naomi vs. Miz & Asuka plus 205 Live bouts with Mike Kanellis vs. Lince Dorado and Hideo Itami vs. Mustafa Ali in a falls count anywhere match.


  • Robbie Eagles & Taiji Ishimori vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado
  • ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Chris Sabin & Kushida

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 22, 2018 Observer Newsletter: WWE Crown Jewel controversy, plus tons of news

A detailed look at how the problems with Saudi Arabia affect WWE's 11/2 show is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  
Read about the crowd reactions, John Layfield's television appearance, the different stages of reaction, the profit margin of the shows this year and next, and reaction of some senators.

Look at the issues with UFC and Khabib Nurmagomedov coming after UFC pulled Nurmagomedov's teammate off the company's next show, as well as where Nurmagomedov stands in popularity, and what is next for him.

Find out about the NXT U.K. television deal and how it went down, Kevin Owens injury update, ticket sales for Evolution, next PPV cards from WWE as well as major house show cards, and what FOX is looking for out of the wrestling product. 

Also look at the WrestleMania main event, what happen at Smackdown, WWE signs 7-foot-3 basketball player, WWE cuts three wrestlers, this week's schedule as well as a look at the most-watched shows on the WWE Network.

Find out about Eddie Alvarez signing with ONE and their financial information.

Look at the game changing team DAZN signed with Canelo Alvarez and how this changes the economics and culture of fight sports.

This issue has a huge feature on the life and times of Don Leo Jonathan, his legacy, his biggest matches, his title history around the world, his world titles, shoots, comparisons to modern wrestles, praise from other wrestlers and more. 

Read full coverage of both the good and the bad of Bound for Glory, with business and other thoughts on the show, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results. Also look at surprises for the show that fell through.

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Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio. We'll be talking Raw and all the latest news. You can send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.

Regarding all the other WWE news, WWE has not confirmed anything regarding injuries of people pulling out of the Saudi Arabia show. We can't confirm anyone pulling out but there is word going around that John Cena will be replaced in the World Cup, and if that's announced tonight, that would seem to be a confirmation of the story that he did pull out. There are conflicting reports about Roman Reigns but he is scheduled on the show tonight and is not believed to be injured. PW Insider reported Rey Mysterio wasn't injured and was pulled from the shows and would not be in White Plains tonight as advertised, but would be at TV tomorrow. Alexa Bliss was injured on Saturday night in Hartford and the report we got is that it is a concussion, but WWE did not confirm that.

As has been noted already, tickets for Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia were to go on sale Friday. They did not. The website in Saudi Arabia handling the tickets told people who asked that WWE has not confirmed to them that the show will go on. (thanks to Nawaf Zubari)

Shawn Michaels, HHH, Lita and Trish Stratus are all scheduled for tonight's show doing promos.

WrestleKingdom tickets for 1/4 at the Tokyo Dome go on sale to overseas fans on Thursday. Only certain groups of tickets are available.

Today's New Japan Super Junior tournament results from Shimane:

  • Bushi & Shingo Takagi beat Volador Jr. & Soberano Jr.
  • Sho & Yoh beat Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask

Not only is Impact moving from 10 p.m. to midnight Thursday on Pop TV, but there is no midnight replay this week. Impact also moves to 10 p.m. in Canada on The Fight Network. The show is also moving to 11:30 p.m. on Game TV in Canada.


  • David Taylor (189), Kyle Dake (174) and J'den Cox (202.5) all captured world championships in freestyle wrestling for the U.S. at the ongoing tournament going on in Budapest, Hungary.
  • The biggest match in the tournament, the 211.5 pound championship between gold medlists Kyle Snyder vs. Abdulrashis Sadulaev, takes place tomorrow night at the Papp Lazlo Arena. The two met last year in the finals, billed as the match of the century in wrestling, and both won their first four matches in the tournament to reach the finals. The match will stream live on TrackWrestling at roughly Noon Eastern time tomorrow.
  • Cody Rhodes is on Arrow tonight at 8 p.m. on CW.
  • Jack Bonza vs. Walter was announced for the 11/26 World Series Wrestling show in Sydney, Australia.
  • Joey Ryan & Swoggle form a tag team called Size Matters and face the Dirty Blonds on the 11/8 MLW show in Chicago. That's the show headlined by Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix vs. L.A. Park & El Hijo de L.A. Park.
  • Alpha One Wrestling on 11/4 in Oshawa, ONT at Polish Hall.
  • Shimmer results from yesterday in Berwyn, IL: Queen Aminata b Layne Rosario, Dementia D'Rose b Trixie Trash, Holidead b Thunderkitty, Vanessa Kraven b Dynamite Didi, Hyan b Solo Darling, Kay Lee Ray won four-way over Britt Baker, Shotzi Blackheart and Keira Hogan, Willow Nightingale b Zoe Lucas, Dust b Samatha Heights to keep the Hart of Shimmer title, Shazza McKenzie b Jinny, Viper b Kimber Lee, Mercedes Martinez & Cheerleader Melissa won four-way elimination match over Jessicka Havok & Neveah, Delilah Doom & Leva Bates, Jessica Troy &Charli Evans, KC Spinelli b Veda Scott, Delmi Exo & Ashley Vox b Tessa Blanchard & Indi Hartwell, Nicole Savoy b LuFisto.
  • The second Shimmer show results: Sierra b Allie Kat, Keira Hogan b Solo Darling, Shotzi Blackheart b Hyanh, Jinny b Leva Bates, Zoe Lucas b Ashley Vox, Britt Baker b Indi Hartwell, Dust b Willow Nightingale to keep the Heart of Shimmer title, Tessa Blanchard b Kay Lee Ray, Nicole Savoy & Viper & Shazza McKenzie & Vanessa Kraven b Mercedes Martinez & Cheerleader Melissa & LuFisto & Kimber Lee. (thanks to Shannon Walsh)
  • Fully Loaded Wrestling from last night in Fargo, ND before 150 fans: Darin Corbin won three-way over Duke Cornell and Jaysin Strife, Josephus Anderson & Rich Maxwell b Macen Mayhem & Brandon Nitro, Chris Chaos b Tomahawk Kid, Arik Cannon b Eli Drake, Chris Chaos won Battle Royal to become the Fargo champion, Bobby Brennan & Jack Ledger b Josh Price & Rylie Jackson-DQ, Kra Noia b Tommy Lee Curtis to win the No Limits title, Mr. Inkredible b Tyler Colton in a last man standing match.
  • Tommy Dreamer will headline a November to Remember ECW Tribute show at Jolt'n Joe's in La Mesa, CA for FIST Combat
  • Crossfire Wrestling on 12/1 in St.Catharines, ONT at the Merriton Community Center.
  • On last night's episode of Eli Roth's History of Horror on AMC, Edgar Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead, said that being an average sized young guy in the Friday the 13th movie that Jason Voorhees became like a WCW wrestler in the sequels. (thanks to Joe Puccio)
  • Defy Wrestling on Saturday night in Seattle at Washington Hall featuring Shane Strickland vs. Schaff for the Defy title and Mike Santiago & Ethan HD defend the tag titles against Flamita & Bandido, plus Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King, Rey Fenix vs Artemis Spencer and Randy Myers vs. MJF.
  • AAW on 10/26 in Merrionettte Park, IL at 115 Bourbon Street has David Starr & Eddie Kingston vs AR Fox & Myron Reed for the AAW tag titles, Rey Fenix vs. Sammy Guevara, L.A. Park vs. MJF, Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett vs. Bandido & Flamita, Kyle Rae & Marti Belle vs. Kimber Lee & Scarlett Bordeaux plus Jeff Cobb, Trevor Lee, Josh Brigs, Jimmy Jacobs, DJZ, Ace Romero, Trey Miguel, Curt Stallion and more. They also run 11/10 in LaSalle, IL at the Knights of Columbus  with a street fight with Sami Callihan & Jessicka Havok vs. Brody King & Jimmy Jacobs, Kylie Ray vs. Allysin Kay and Mance Warner vs. Eddie Kingston plus Penta 0M, Rey Fenix, Rich Swann, DJZ and Trevor Lee.
  • Eve was supposed to do its draft for the replacements for Jordynne Grace and  Sammii Jayne in the She-1 tournament but they announced that due to circumstances beyond their control, it will now take place later in the week. (thanks to Shannon Walsh)
  • Innovate Wrestling on 11/11 in Bristol, TN at Maddie's Event Hall at the VFW Post 6975 includes Lenny Stratton defending their TV title against Nicole Pain, his wife, in a hardcore match.
  • PCW announced they would be unable to go live on 10/26 on FITE TV due to Internet connections in the building they are running.
  • Pro Wrestling Phoenix on Wednesday night in Omaha at the Waiting Room Lounge.
  • Powerslam TV will be releasig Pro Wrestling Eve's Wrestle Queendom, Europe's largest all-women's show, DOA's 10th anniversary show and 3CW Revival from the U.K. all tomrorrow.
  • Will Cooling did a podcast with Dr Luke Middup of the University of St Andrews about the big picture situation in Saudi Arabia, that includes commentary about the implications for WWE and the UFC.
  • Will Cooling reviews Shropshire Wrestling Alliance's Supershow that was headlined by Chris Ridgeway and Toni Storm, and it can be found.

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