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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Recapping WWE Crown Jewel

WWE's return to Saudi Arabia ended up being almost as much of a mess as most expected it to be. A tag team main event with the combined age of 206, two of the promotion's biggest stars pulling out of the show, Hulk Hogan returning to WWE television without the company really promoting it in advance, Brock Lesnar once again becoming Universal Champion, and Shane McMahon winning the World Cup tournament were the most notable moments from a show that is on the list of the most controversial events in WWE history.

WON NEWSLETTER: November 12, 2018 Observer Newsletter: WWE Crown Jewel review, more

The fallout of Crown Jewel is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Look at the returns of Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar's new contract, Shane McMahon's World Cup win, the stock price, network cancellations, and Renee Young on tour.

Look at Survivor Series and TLC plans, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Read the run down of the UFC's schedule for the first three months of 2019, including the ESPN strategy to get people to subscribe to ESPN+, and plans for matches on the early shows of the year.

Also look at WrestleKingdom 2019, with the lineup announced, other matches expected, the tag team tournament, plus full coverage of Power Struggle with match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results.

Read coverage of the end of the overrun and what it means, WWE buying tape library, WWE stars get married this past week, Hulk & Linda Hogan TV special, new NXT Takeover match, details on the WWE tryouts in Germany and notes on those who were there.

Look at the career of Jose Lothario, one of the biggest stars in the history of Texas wrestling.

Run down UFC 230, including PPV numbers, TV numbers, lessons of the show, plus match-by-match coverage with poll results.

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  • Becky Lynch responded to the blood (and subsequent injuries) on last night’s Raw on Twitter by simply stating “Irish war paint.” WWE did post the video of the closing moments of Raw on YouTube, but edited the video to make it black and white after Lynch was busted up.
  • She also, in storyline, felt disrespected by a interviewer during the European tour last week.
  • John Cena is appearing in a number of commercials for Skyy Vodka.
  • Today is the 13th anniversary of Eddie Guerrero’s passing.
  • Edge & Christian’s podcast now has a home on Westwood One. Their next show will feature both Nita Strauss and Shawn Michaels.
  • The poster for this year’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames has been released.

Pro Wrestling

  • Jim Ross wrote on Twitter: “I’m reluctantly heading to #LAX this week for my final voiceover session with @AXSTV as these 3 shows will take us to the end of the year when my contract ends. Thanks @Adamswift34 @dannyzack & the entire crew.” Dave Meltzer reported in last week’s Observer that due to a contractual issue, he’ll miss shows that will air from 12/31 through 3/31, when his WWE contract expires.
  • The first Pro-Wrestling All Star Battle match has been announced. NOSAWA and Kaz Hayashi will team up to take on the team of Mil Mascaras (76) and Dos Caras (67).
  • ROH has officially announced Matt Taven vs. Dalton Castle for Final Battle, which is taking place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on December 14.
  • MLW announced today that Rush vs. MJF is set for Never Say Never on December 13.
  • Darby Allin has challenged Kassius Ohno to a match at EVOLVE 117 on December 15.
  • Happy birthday to Hiroshi Tanahashi, who turns 42 today.
  • Nick Jackson posted an interesting picture on Instagram earlier today.
  • Eric Bischoff took part in a TED talk on Monday talking about the wrestling business.


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