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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Looking at Shawn Michaels potential return

While retirements in professional wrestling are almost always temporary, the direction that WWE went in on last Monday's episode of Raw was still genuinely surprising. What seemed like it would be a by-the-numbers segment with Shawn Michaels promoting Triple H and The Undertaker's match at WWE Super Show-Down, which is being billed as the last time they'll ever face each other, turned into a full-blown tease of Michaels coming out of retirement.

WON NEWSLETTER: September 17, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The story of Dave Meltzer, more

The new issue of the Wrestling Observer goes through my life experiences with pro wrestling from childhood. Preview one of the biggest weekends for major shows of the year, including Hell in a Cell and the CMLL anniversary show. 

Look at UFC 228, with match-by-match coverage and what the results mean, as well as the early business indicators on the show.

Run down wrestling shows from the Media Con in Manchester including the British J Cup and a unique Impact show.

Look at Rock's daughter training to be a fourth generation pro wrestler, Matt Riddle notes in WWE, update on Neville, update on WWE and a number of top indie stars, Vince McMahon changing his feeling on managers, Renee Young's first week as official third person in the booth, Matt Hardy's future, Ric Flair's commitment ceremony, and WWE nominated for awards.

Read more on the Mixed Match Change, first episodes of the new season of Total Divas, funny Stephanie McMahon quote, Batista talks Smackdown 1,000th episode, most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network and WWE stock value.

Run down all the Raw, Smackdown and NXT events held over the past week with results, highlights and business notes.

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  • WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas in a non-title match, United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura defending his title against Rusev, Becky Lynch’s first appearance on TV after winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and a Miz TV segment with a mystery guest are set for tonight’s SmackDown at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • After SmackDown ends, Mixed Match Challenge season two will premiere on Facebook Watch at 10 p.m. Eastern time. AJ Styles & Charlotte Flair vs. Jimmy Uso & Naomi and Braun Strowman & Ember Moon vs. Kevin Owens & Natalya will be taking place. Moon is replacing Alexa Bliss, with WWE announcing that Bliss suffered an arm injury during her match against Ronda Rousey at Hell in a Cell.
  • PWInsider reported that Impact Wrestling’s Ed Nordholm and Scott D'Amore met with “several high ranking WWE executives” at WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut last week PWInsider noted that Vince McMahon wasn’t there, but members of Triple H’s team were. The report also stated that an Impact source stressed that the meeting wasn’t about the sale of Impact Wrestling as a company or their video library, and a WWE source described it as a general discussion about the two companies and a chance to get everyone in the same room.
  • Though her signing with the promotion hasn’t been officially announced, Mia Yim appeared in a video that WWE posted of members of the roster working out at the Performance Center today.
  • Matt Hardy thanked everyone who has checked on his family after Hurricane Florence: “To everyone who has checked on us, my family is safe following the hurricane. The Hardy Compound is badly flooded & we’re nonstop working to dry out & salvage what we can. Thanks you for checking on us & asking about our safety & the condition of our property. We appreciate it.” Scott Dawson also tweeted about his family’s home being affected by Hurricane Florence.
  • On the latest episode of his Sports Media Podcast, Richard Deitsch spoke to Renee Young about joining the Raw commentary team. Yahoo Sports also has an interview with Young.
  • WWE announced the soundtrack for WWE 2K19: “Passion” by AWOLNATION (chosen by Daniel Bryan) “Skin” by Bullet for My Valentine (chosen by The Miz) “Survival” by Eminem (chosen by AJ Styles) “Champion” by Fall Out Boy (chosen by Alexa Bliss) “Spit Out the Bone” by Metallica (chosen by Triple H) “Work Hard” by Migos (chosen by Samoa Joe) “Ric Flair Drip” by Offset & Metro Boomin (chosen by Ric Flair & Charlotte Flair) “rockstar” by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage (chosen by Elias) “The 11th Hour” by Rancid (chosen by Sami Zayn) “DEVIL” by Shinedown (chosen by Baron Corbin) “Override” by Slipknot (chosen by Seth Rollins) “Ungrateful & Thankful” (chosen by The New Day)
  • In support of Glenn Jacobs, WWE is donating $100,000 to the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation (a charity that supports first responders after they “suffer injuries, illness, death or other life-changing events).

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