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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Recapping Backlash 2018
At best, Backlash 2018 was going to be a largely meaningless show that was overshadowed by more important events on the WWE calendar. Surrounded by WrestleMania 34 and the fallout from the company's biggest event of the year, the Superstar Shakeup, and the Greatest Royal Rumble, Backlash should have been an afterthought. Instead, it will be remembered as one of the worst WWE shows of at least the last few years.
A look at the Greatest Royal Rumble, both the financial and ethical aspects and answering a lot of questions about the show is the lead story in the new double-issue of the Observer.
Look at the different controversies, from why the show is completely different from anything in pro wrestling history, to the questions regarding the women and Sami Zayn, attempts at defending the situation. Review the show itself, with a complete rundown of the Rumble, match-by-match coverage with star ratings, records set for the Rumble, the Lesnar vs. Reigns finish, and Lesnar going forward.
Look at first day ticket sales for New Japan's show at the Cow Palace, why it's difficult for New Japan to promote matches when they put tickets on sale, the Okada vs. Tanahashi feud, Chris Jericho in New Japan, talk of running more Dome shows in the upcoming years, as well as full coverage of the Hi No Kuni show in Kumamoto with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
This issue features Glenn Jacobs and his mayor campaign, including his chances of winning the overall election, details of how he won the election and the campaign itself, and wrestlers who came in to support him.
Have a look at the life and career of Universo 2000, the longest reigning world heavyweight champion in pro wrestling of the modern era, who passed away on Wednesday.
There is a story looking back at the birth of UFC with the announcement of Art Davie into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Coverage of the birth of the new PFL, the $1 million tournaments and prize packages, the two-time gold medalist that is starting with the group, and a lot of former UFC names that have entered in the different weight classes.
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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE
- With next week’s Raw and SmackDown tapings taking place in London, wrestlers from WWE’s United Kingdom division will be appearing on Tuesday’s episode of 205 Live.
- NXT is taping television at Full Sail University tonight and we’ll have a full report up on the site later. There will be more tapings tomorrow as NXT builds to TakeOver: Chicago.
- Lio Rush will challenge for Adam Cole’s North American Championship at tomorrow’s tapings after defeating Marcel Barthel tonight.
- WWE’s European tour kicked off in Bournemouth, England today with a Raw house show. Seth Rollins retained his Intercontinental Championship against Finn Balor, Bobby Roode, and Elias in a fatal four-way main event. Alexa Bliss worked the show despite the shoulder injury that WWE said she suffered at Backlash. Nia Jax retained her title in a triple threat match against Bayley and Bliss. Roman Reigns also defeated Samoa Joe, Sasha Banks, Natalya & Ember Moon defeated The Riott Squad, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler defeated Titus Worldwide, Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley defeated Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, No Way Jose, Breezango & The Ascension defeated Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, The Authors of Pain & Curt Hawkins, Mark Andrews defeated James Drake, and Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt retained their Raw Tag Team titles against The Revival.
- Xavier Woods wrote that he has one hole and two partial holes in his tongue due to an uppercut Cesaro gave him on last night’s SmackDown.
- In addition to Chris Jericho revealing that he was the backup plan if Shane McMahon couldn’t compete at WrestleMania 34, Daniel Bryan discussed his return to the ring and the plans he had to feud with the Bullet Club if WWE didn’t clear him on today’s episode of Talk is Jericho.
- The Miz continued his feud with Bryan on social media by mocking him after he lost to Rusev on SmackDown.
- The New York Post ran a column on Backlash and the reaction Roman Reigns received.
- Tommaso Ciampa blocked the WWE Network’s Twitter account for wishing him a happy birthday yesterday.
- After undergoing open heart surgery in March, Vader tweeted that he underwent another successful operation to correct an irregular heartbeat: “Yesterday I had a surgery on my heart .My heart had shifted to an A-Fib irregular heart beat A person in a fib has substanily increased chance of Heart Attack &Stroke.The surgery was to put the HEART in normal sinus rhytmn. it was a success”
- Matt Cross (Son of Havoc in Lucha Underground) has been addeed to the lineup for All In.
- Along with an accompanying article on ESPN, Lucha Underground released an extended trailer for their fourth season. The season will premiere on the El Rey Network on June 13th.
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazuchika Okada has been announced for Suzuki’s 30th anniversary event in Yokohama on June 23rd.
- Silas Young defending his Television title against Hangman Page is set for ROH’s War of the Worlds tour stop in Toronto on Friday.
- MLive interviewed Chris Sabin ahead of Saturday's War of the Worlds show in Royal Oak, Michigan and him taking part in this year’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament.
- Ultimo Guerrero and Titan will be wrestling at ROH’s TV tapings at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 2nd.
- Taya Valkyrie, Deonna Purrazzo, and Nicole Savoy sat down for interviews with AMBY.
- Travis Banks defending his PROGRESS Championship against Jack Sexsmith and Jinny challenging for Toni Storm’s Women’s title are set for PROGRESS’ show in Manchester, England on May 20th.
- USADA will be celebrating UFC fighters who have passed 25 drug tests with T-shirts that say “Follow My Lead,” “25x,” and “Train Clean, Fight Clean” on them. The fighters will also be recognized on USADA’s UFC Twitter account.
- The second episode of Embedded for UFC 224 has been uploaded ahead of Saturday’s PPV.
- On Bovada, Georges St-Pierre has opened as a two-to-one favorite over Nate Diaz in their potential matchup.
- Dana White said he would love to hear that Chuck Liddell was partnering with Oscar De La Hoya on the business end of the Golden Boy MMA promotion, but it would bum him out if Liddell is going to be fighting at this point in his life.
- White also noted that Frankie Edgar is still in the running for a featherweight title shot.
- Rose Namajunas spoke to Newsday about wanting to encourage people to be nicer to each other and themselves.
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk wants another shot at Namajunas’ title with a win against Tecia Torres in July.
- Tony Ferguson tweeted that he received good news from the doctor about his injured knee yesterday.
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