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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: A look at the connection between Evolution and Crown Jewel

When WWE returns to Saudi Arabia on November 2, they'll be doing so just five days after their Evolution pay-per-view. People are always going to link WWE's 10-year deal with Saudi Arabia with how it contradicts the company's "women's evolution" messaging, but Evolution and Crown Jewel taking place on the same week makes them feel even more connected. 

WON NEWSLETTER: October 1, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: NJPW Destruction in Kobe, tons of news

Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Kazuchika Okada in their third classic match of 2018, but the big story of the Destruction in Kobe show came after the match was over.

Jay White, who has beaten Okada, Tanahashi and Kenny Omega this year in Gedo’s latest project of making a new young star, hit the ring after the match was over. White first laid out Tanahashi, who was selling being spent from a match that went 35:43, with the blade runner. That made sense, since, with White being the only guy who beat Tanahashi in G-1 this year, a Tanahashi vs. White match for the briefcase made sense, and the 10/8 King of Pro Wrestling show at Sumo Hall needed a couple of big matches, with no direct angles for the top guys being shot.

White started throwing around the young boys and then attacked Okada, his Chaos teammate, with forearms and stomps.

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  • Georges St.-Pierre talked to MMA Fighting about his current health status. “Definitely the worst has passed,” he said. “I’m dosing down the medication that I have. The medication is anti-inflammatory, so you have to dose it down. Not in one shot, you can’t stop in one shot, but I’m dosing it down every month and soon it will be past, a story of the past.” He is still open to a return to the UFC.
  • Anderson Silva wrote on Instagram that he’s fighting in January.
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan is intending to plead not guilty following being indicted for sexual assault.
  • Michael Chiesa vs. Carlos Condit has been officially announced for UFC 232 in Las Vegas on December 29.
  • The winner of Bellator’s Welterweight Grand Prix will receive a $1 million cash prize as part of a partnership between Bellator and 50 Cent (and his new apparel line and Le Chemin du Roi champagne brand).
  • The Jose Aldo biopic has been nominated for an International Emmy award for best TV Movie/Mini-Series.
  • Gegard Mousasi says he’s either retiring or moving up weight classes after his current Bellator contract expires.
  • Combate Americas will hold their second annual Copa Combate tournament on December 7. It will be a featherweight tournament with a $100,000 dollar prize.

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