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The evolution of WWE's relationships with promotions they're friendly with continued to take shape this past weekend. Five WWE-contracted wrestlers were in action for EVOLVE last Friday and Saturday: The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford), Fabian Aichner, Kassius Ohno, and Mustafa Ali. Killian Dain made a surprise appearance for ICW in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, defeating Mikey Whiplash after it had been advertised that Whiplash would be facing a wrestler from WWE.

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  • After Becky Lynch was officially pulled from Survivor Series last night, her storyline with Ronda Rousey has continued to play out online today. Rousey wrote an Instagram post about Lynch not being able to wrestle in the match: “@beckylynchwwe I’m really sorry to hear The Millennial Man will not be showing up for her legally arranged ass whooping on November 18th at the Staples Center. Unfortunately now everyone knows if someone hauls off and punches you for real, your face implodes. I suggest you keep practicing your tough guys faces in the mirror, should be very effective physical therapy. And have fun watching Korean soap operas on Netflix or whatever the hell the Millennial Man does with her free time. Don’t worry I’m not the back stabbing cheap shotting ambushing cowardly type, so you’re perfectly safe to take your time and heal up until your figurative balls have dropped and you’re finally ready for your comeuppance. I want you 100% healed up, prepared, and looking me in the eye when the bell rings. Lemmie know when you’re done healing your boo boos and ready for me to serve you your ass on a silver platter with your avocado toast. I do have to admit, The Millennial Man is stunningly conniving. She poked the bear and ran like a bat outta hell when the bear awoke - Feeding me her favorite frienemy and fellow #FAUXhorsewoman @charlottewwe is a new level of manipulative cowardice, even for The Millennial Man. @charlottewwe is a Superfight and I've always wanted to fight her - but she's just the stand in for the beating @beckylynchwwe has coming to her this Sunday. I’ll be sending The Champ a choice piece of Charlotte as a souvenir #RondaVsCharlotte #SurvivorSeries #Nov18 #4horsewomenVSfauxhorsewomen”
  • Lynch then responded to Rousey, with her referencing Rousey's MMA career: “Ronnie, TL/DR. When I got my face broke I got up, owned you THEN showed up the next day looking to fight some more. When you got your face broke you hid for a year under your blankie. Your mind is as weak as your jaw, & I’m going to move heaven & earth to come destroy them both.”
  • Lynch also went back and forth with Nia Jax on Twitter. Jax tweeted a picture of her hand and (in character) wrote: “Hey...we don’t deliver mail, things happen. Is anyone gonna ask me about how my fist feels?”
  • Lynch responded to her: "You gave me your best sucker punch, but I got back up to destroy your whole roster. They won’t let me fight, but I’ll get back up from that too. It’s what I do. So enjoy your one free shot, because as bad as my memory is now, I haven’t forgotten you, bitch.”
  • Lana wrote about a video from Monday's show-closing angle that showed her going to strike Dana Brooke and awkwardly holding back: “I saw blood on Dana’s face so I stopped from hitting her & also was being told to get a doctor and ref because of what just had happened to Becky. We are out there fighting to win but not out there to legitimately hurt one another.” Brooke then posted a tweet backing up Lana.
  • WWE uploaded the first episode of a digital series called “ARRIVAL” to the Performance Center’s newly-launched YouTube account. It looks at Matt Riddle and his family as they prepare to move to Orlando for NXT.
  • WWE stock closed the day at $67.58 per share, which is up under one percent from yesterday.
  • PWInsider reported that Ric Flair was at last night’s SmackDown to film an episode of Table for Three, with Bob Orton and Harley Race also appearing on the episode.
  • Alexa Bliss wrote an update on her status: “Done looking for perfection , now looking for progress. New Focus, New motivation . Starting slow, keeping it light in the gym, light work in the ring & step by step coming back better, stronger & healthier”
  • WWE posted video of a match between NXT wrestlers Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner from the company’s tryouts in Germany this month.
  • Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins are partnering with Toys for Tots for a toy drive. Brand-new WWE toys can be sent to Hawkins’ Create A Pro Wrestling Academy through December 11, delivered to Create a Pro’s December 8 show in Lynbrook, New York, or donated through Ringside Collectibles.

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