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Saturday we're looking for reports from WWE Raw in Minehead, England, WWE Smackdown in Barcelona, Spain and NXT in Largo, FL to


Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern

  • Aiemann Zahabi (135.2) vs. Ricardo Ramos (135.4)
  • Curtis Blaydes (258.8) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (246.2)

FS1 at 8 p.m. Eastern

  • Mickey Gall (169.8) vs. Randy Brown (170.8)
  • Corey Anderson (205.4) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (205.0)
  • Walt Harris (251.8) vs. Mark Godbeer (244.0)
  • Joe Duffy (155.4) vs. James Vick (155.2)

PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern

  • Johny Hendricks (185.8) vs. Paulo Borrachinha (185.8)
  • Stephen Thompson (170.4) vs. Jorge Masvidal (171.0)
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk (115.0) vs. Rose Namajunas (114.0) for strawweight title
  • Cody Garbrandt (135.0) vs. TJ Dillashaw (134.8) for bantamweight title
  • Michael Bisping (184.6) vs. Georges St-Pierre (184.4) for middleweight title


  • David Finlay vs. Katsuya Kitamura
  • Young Bucks vs Dragon Lee & Titan
  • Juice Robinson & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Kushida & Hirai Kawato vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi & Desperado & Taka Michinoku
  • Togi Makabe & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Cody & Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
  • Ryusuke Taguchi & ACH vs. Sho & Yoh for the Super Juniors tag team tournament championship
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi & Gedo vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Seiya Sanada & Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi
  • Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano in a bullrope match for the Never Open weight title
  • Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurll for IWGP jr. title
  • Kenny Omega vs. Baretta for U.S. title
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi for IC tilte

Sunday we're looking for reports from Raw in Cardiff, Wales and Smackdown in Madrid, Spain.


  • Eli Drake vs. Johnny Mundo for Impact title
  • Dave & Jake Crist vs. LAX in a 5150 street fight for Impact tag titles
  • Trevor Lee vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Dezmond Xavier vs. Matt Sydal vs. Petey Williams vs. Garza Jr. for X title
  • Sienna vs. Gail Kim vs. Allie for Knockouts title
  • Moose & Stephan Bonnar vs. King Mo & Bobby Lashley in a cage match
  • Rosemary vs. Taya Valkyrie red wedding (first blood) match
  • Grado vs. Abyss in a Monster's Ball match - If Grado wins, he can stay in North America but if he loses he has to leave North America
  • Ethan Carter III & James Storm & Eddie Edwards vs. El Texano Jr. & El Hijo de Fantasma & Pagano

Monday is Raw from Manchester, UK. The only thing announced is Kurt Angle on Miz TV and Jason Jordan vs. Elias in a guitar on a pole match. There will also be a Smackdown house show in Lisbon, Portugal.

Tuesday has Smackdown and 205 Live from Manchester, UK with Jinder Mahal vs. A.J. Styles for the WWE title and Usos vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin for the tag titles. There will also be a Raw house show in Birmingham, UK.

Also on Tuesday, Fathom Entertainment will be presenting a Ted DiBiase documentary at movie theaters for a 7:35 p.m. showing across the country. ESPN 30 for 30 will do the Ric Flair story.

Wednesday has Raw in Dortmund, Germany and Smackdown in Leeds, UK.

Also on Wednesday will be the one-day release of the Conor McGregor documentary at theaters around the U.S. 

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY:Figure Four Weekly 10/30/2017: Looking at WWE's recent releases

At a time when WWE releases aren't as common as they used to be, it was surprising to see three wrestlers let go this week. That WWE broke the news on a Sunday morning only made things more odd. The names who were released weren't exactly shocking, with Emma, Darren Young, and Summer Rae no longer with the company. Of those, Emma was the only one currently on television. 

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER:November 6, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE quarter financials, Manami Toyota retiring, more

The most complete look anywhere at WWE business over the summer and fall is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, plus a look at three major documentaries out next week, two Hall of Famer retirements and Survivor Series and WWE booking updates.

Look at WWE's positive financial reports at a time when some of the usual base categories are disappointing and what led to them. Read actual numbers in detail, how the stock is doing, how this quarter compared historically, as well as financial projections for the rest of the year and into next year.

Check out the TV rights situation, how the UFC negotiations look to tell the story for WWE and what the UFC negotiations say, what happens when WWE's biggest TV deals expire as well as when the company expects to finalize deals in all of those markets going forward.

Read why the network is more profitable even with slower growth than projected, including different projections, exactly how many people signed up and canceled the WWE network in recent months and how it compares to last year. There are notes on WWE plans going forward for different changes with WWE network, the arena business, the changes in the pro wrestling business as well as looking at the Jinder Mahal question, has he helped, has he hurt and what the numbers say.

Plus, read about U.K. revenue, why YouTube views seem to mean nothing as far as driving revenue, the China experiment, as well as where WWE money comes from as far as what country over he past four years.

Find out if stronger marquee PPVs effects the network, as well as the remnants of the PPV business, how much WWE spends on tapings, the home video business, the digital media business, as well as the live event business and merchandise figures. Also, look at NXT numbers, Performance Center costs and other businesses the company has stake in.

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WON BACK ISSUE: October 16, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Potential WCW sale, New Japan vs. All Japan, plus more

With its wrestlers in Australia and its front office personnel in a total state of uncertainty, media reports continued hot and heavy regarding a potential imminent sale of World Championship Wrestling. While virtually all reports listed Mandalay Sports as the prime suitor, with a group headed by Eric Bischoff, most of the talk over the weekend involved a longshot in the deal which has been rumored for some time, the potential of the World Wrestling Federation buying out its long-time competitor, particularly after a story on 10/9 in Multi Channel News.

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