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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Looking at AEW's build to Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes

A brother vs. brother match will be one of the key pieces of All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing card.

After weeks of teases, Dustin Rhodes was confirmed as his brother Cody's opponent for Double or Nothing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, May 25. Dustin issued a statement about his status with WWE after the announcement was made, revealing that he had requested his release from WWE and was granted it. Dustin also posted a video where he said goodbye to his Goldust character.

WON NEWSLETTER: May 13, 2019 Observer Newsletter: AEW UK PPV details, WWE wild card rule, more

AEW made the first of what is expected to be a series of announcements regarding both Double or Nothing and future television on 5/8, this regarding the U.K. market.

The announcement is that Double or Nothing on 5/25 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena will be carried in the U.K. as a PPV from 1 to 5 a.m. early Sunday morning 5/26 on ITV Box Office for 14.95 pounds ($19.44 U.S.). The U.K. traditionally has far cheaper PPV prices than the U.S., Canada and Australia whether it be boxing or formerly with WWE. The U.K. was also always WWE’s No. 2 PPV market, ahead of Canada, and behind the U.S. The suggested U.S. PPV price at this point is $49.95, but it is the local companies, not the promotion, that sets the price so it could be higher or lower depending upon the carrier. That figure is similar to what Impact charges.

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  • The Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut is advertising an NXT Women’s Championship match between Shayna Baszler and Io Shirai for TakeOver XXV. The show is taking place on June 1.
  • Becky Lynch and Daniel Bryan worked out with coach John Kavanagh at SBG Ireland prior to WWE’s house show in Dublin.
  • Matt Hardy and The Usos met up with Jon Jones while flying out for WWE’s European tour.
  • WWE stock closed at $83.87 per share today, down from $84.28 yesterday.
  • Lacey Evans was interviewed by the New York Post and discussed how her job with WWE has helped her battle depression.
  • Ali spoke to TalkSport about Daniel Bryan reportedly being involved in Ali getting called up to SmackDown: “As far as Daniel’s involvement in it, I’ve heard a bunch of different stories, but I refuse to believe anything other than Bryan saw I was capable of doing or he wanted to give back because Bryan himself is a guy who struggled at cruiserweight just like we did. You know, smaller guys, work-rate guys, guys that might not get the best story or chance to show personality and he saw whatever he saw and I was fortunate enough to work him. I would directly say if Daniel Bryan wasn’t involved I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now.”
  • WWE Now released a video on Bray Wyatt’s secret message buried in old promos.

Pro Wrestling

  • This week’s Gino Hernandez episode of Dark Side of the Ring averaged 225,000 viewers on Viceland, which was down from 234,000 for last week’s Von Erichs episode. The rating in the 18-49 demo stayed even at a 0.08. Viewership had increased every week since the premiere prior to this week’s small drop. The season finale airs next Wednesday and is focused on the Fabulous Moolah.
  • Justin Roberts says Brandi Rhodes is the person responsible for his AEW hiring in this video interview with Chris Van Vliet.
  • NJPW is releasing a series of personality profiles on this year’s Best of the Super Jrs. entrants on their YouTube channel. Today’s videos covered SHO, YOH, Shingo Takagi, Ryusuke Taguchi, Titan, Tiger Mask, Robbie Eagles, and TAKA Michinoku.
  • Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. MJF is set for MLW’s TV tapings in Waukesha, Wisconsin on June 1.
  • Starrcast posted a promo video for their “Arn” stage show with Arn Anderson on May 24.
  • Game Changer Wrestling will hold a show called “5150” in Brooklyn, New York on July 14. It will celebrate Homicide’s 25th anniversary in pro wrestling.


  • B.J. Penn refused to speak with MMA Junkie yesterday and today, and other media outlets were reportedly instructed not to ask him about his current legal issues at today’s UFC 237 media day.
  • Anderson Silva tells TMZ Sports that he is looking for a fight with Conor McGregor: “Conor accepted the challenge, I accepted the challenge, we’re just waiting for the opportunity. Let’s go see.”
  • A video of fighter face-offs at the Bellator 221 press conference is available here. Jake Hager is fighting on the show, which takes place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, Saturday at 9 PM ET.
  • A video of fighter face-offs at the UFC 237 media day is available here. UFC 237 takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday.
  • The UFC uploaded episode four of Embedded for Saturday’s PPV.
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk has a new cookbook available. It has not been released in English yet.
  • The UFC’s Paige VanZant was featured in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
  • Our Dave Meltzer’s latest “Fortunes changed for five” column is available here at MMA Fighting.

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F4W Empire Convention Info:

  • Ed in San Antonio presents PODER~! at the FSW arena on Friday 5/24 - Showtime is at noon - Main event: Bryan Alvarez vs. Logan Stunt
  • Empire dinner on Friday 5/24 at 8:30 p.m. at Texas de Brazil - Price is $82 - All you can eat meat and salad, sodas, tea, and coffee, plus dessert included
  • Empire suite party on Friday 5/24 for those who were not able to get the Q&A package - Price is $25

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