Monday, October 15, 2018

WWE Raw Preview

WWE RAW is live tonight from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Scheduled for tonight’s show is two WWE World Cup Qualifying Matches for the upcoming Crown Jewel event on November 2. These qualifying matches include WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. RAW Tag Team Champion Drew McIntyre and Dean Ambrose vs. RAW Tag Team Champion Dolph Ziggler.

Also advertised for the show is RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey responding to the attack from The Bella Twins last Monday night.

WWE is also teasing the possibility of a response from The Undertaker and Kane after Shawn Michaels announced he was coming out of retirement last week.

As reported earlier, WWE still intends on holding the Crown Jewel event in three weeks despite pressure to cancel the event based on comments over the weekend. A majority of the preview for RAW tonight is centered around the event still taking place.

At one point over the weekend, WWE had removed Crown Jewel from the company’s live event schedule. The show is now once again being listed online for November 2, but any references to Saudi Arabia or King Saud University Stadium has been removed.

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Update on WWE Crown Jewel PPV event taking place in Saudi Arabia on November 2

In an update from our earlier report on Sunday, a number of sources within WWE has indicated to PWInsider that the company is still planning to hold the Crown Jewel event on November 2 in Saudi Arabia from King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh.

Despite an earlier report stating the show was removed from WWE’s live event calendar online, the show is now being listed, but without any details on a specific location. So it would appear WWE is doing it all it can avoid any references to Saudi Arabia.

John Oliver reportedly did a segment about WWE’s partnership with the Saudi Arabian government on his “Last Week Tonight” HBO show on Sunday night.

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Bound For Glory Review, Crown Jewel Thoughts

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Report: Crown Jewel Pay Per View removed from WWE’s website calendar of events

According to a new report from PWInsider WWE has removed from their website calendar of events all references to the Crown Jewel event that was scheduled to take on November 2 in Saudi Arabia.

We reported last week after many media outlets reported of the sudden disappearance and murder of Saudi national and United States resident Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist for the Washington Post, there was increased pressure on WWE not to hold the event in that country.

As of this report, no official decision or statement has been made by WWE as to whether they will pull out of Saudi Arabia, move the show or cancel it all together.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Senators Want WWE To Hold Off On Crown Jewel

As we previously reported, WWE is receiving criticism for their deal with Saudi Arabia and the upcoming Crown Jewel show, particularly after the disappearance of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, who is rumored to have been murdered in a plot from Saudi officials. WWE released a simple statement that they were “monitoring the situation.”

IJR spoke with several US Senators, who have urged WWE not to go forward with the show, or at least hold back until more facts are revealed.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said: “This is a brazen assault on the freedom of the press and a slap in the face to the United States, if this murder occurred as it seems it did. I’d hope that they would be rethinking their relationship with the kingdom especially with respect to events coming up in the next weeks like [WWE Crown Jewel].”


Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del) said that WWE “should be taking a hard look” at its relationship Saudi Arabia in light of recent events, while Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said “there should be a pause” in regards to the event.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) added: “Private enterprise is private enterprise, different than a governmental entity, but because [Linda McMahon] is part of the president’s cabinet, it falls into the grey area where the administration really should give it some thought and maybe even prevail upon them not doing it.“

Opinionated View- Its the WWE as long as the oil money check clears they won't care. And I'm sure they will find some charity to tie up with and thus get some good coverage.

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Punishment Martinez Officially Signs With WWE

According to Pwinsider.com, former Ring of Honor TV Champion Punishment Martinez has signed with WWE and is slated to start shortly at the WWE Performance Center and the NXT brand. Martinez finished up with ROH at the most recent TV taping in Las Vegas, opting to not sign a new deal with the promotion.

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Impact Wrestling Moving to 10PM Timeslot on POP TV

According to Pwinsider.com, Impact Wrestling will be moving to a 10PM ET timeslot on POP TV starting on October 25th. Impact officials confirmed that this is a permanent move.

Opinionated View- Well this screw me since I have to work at 11 pm et. So I will miss most the show and have to DVR it

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Updated on Lashley's Heel Turn

– The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has some details regarding Bobby Lashley, Lio Rush and their heel turn last Monday. Per the report, WWE officials had only decided earlier that day to turn them heel.

There was said to be a long discussion over whether Lashley would be better off right now as a heel or babyface, especially since the roster had just lost a top heel in Kevin Owens, who is currently out of action due to a knee injury. Owens is likely going to be out for around four months if his injury only requires a minor operation, but that time frame could be longer if he needs a major surgery.

Ultimately, WWE officials made the call to turn Lashley heel believing he’d be better off as a heel since the roster needs more of them. As a result, the turn happened very quickly, and WWE needed Lashley to “injure” Owens to write him off of TV.


Additionally, Lio Rush was said to have had an ear piece with Vince McMahon feeding him lines to deliver after the match.

Opinionated View- Well the real reason is they booked him so poorly as a face no fan would ever want to cheer him.


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Missing Journalist Could Put WWE’s Deal With Saudi Arabia In Jeopardy

CNN reported that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who criticized the Saudi regime, has been missing for over a week and Turkish officials believe he was killed at the consulate. The US has acquired conversations of Saudi officials talking about luring him into the consulate. It’s currently unknown if Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, is alive or dead.

Pro Wrestling Torch editor Wade Keller noted that this could be bad for WWE’s deal with Saudi Arabia. One of the congressman who spoke out against a relationship with the Saudis if the rumors are true is Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, WWE’s home state.

WWE held Greatest Royal Rumble in the country and is set to bring the Crown Jewel event there in November

Opinionated View- Vince already showed he was willing to toss aside the "women's revolution" for that Saudi money. I'm sure he Trips, and Steph will find a way to justify still do this show as long as the check clears.

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NJPW Wrestlers Rumored To Be Unhappy With Management

In the latest Wrestling Observer, Dave Meltzer said that wrestlers in NJPW may be unhappy with management for making the work atmosphere less fun and more like a factory.

He said: “Let’s just say that the next few months are going to be very interesting. Some early contract offers made have raised some concern to go along with the issues mentioned in last week’s issue. While there is a lot of pride here for the quality of the matches stemming from the Kobe and Long Beach shows during what is usually the post-G-1 down period, and the great reaction to G-1 and its business success, but the new regime (Harold Meij and new General Manager Michael Craven) is very different and not experienced in dealing with wrestlers. There may be economics that we’re not aware of, but there was a lot about the U.S. expansion with enthusiasm, between the new dojo and running a regular California and West Coast second circuit (which I don’t think would have been a good idea) and the pull back from there, and other changes. But it feels like a lot has changed in the last 30 days. Craven, who is believed to be the head of talent relations as well as international expansion, may be the most unpopular guy among the wrestlers with the new regime. Craven I believe was the Tech Business Director at Hays Japan, managing technology recruitment for a company and had worked in IT recruitment for 20 years. He has lived in Japan since 1998, coming from the U.K. and has been involved in developing many of the top senior level technology executives in Asia. The initial reaction was that the feeling was that he talks down to the wrestlers and made strange comments and they know he has no background in wrestling, which is a very unique industry. Morale with the company was very high as you could tell by any interviews with the talent, particularly during G-1 where the level of work had led to high pride across the board with the feeling they were doing the best matches in the world and producing the best overall product. Now the morale is more weird than anything, with more uncertainty about what will happen next and less confidence than with the old administration. Another person noted that the new team has gotten off to a rough start and that all the wrestlers, both Japanese and American, are talking about how they feel like they are seen as workers in a factory assembly line as opposed to high level athletes or entertainers. The excitement so many had for working here has taken a hit. It’s really a bad time for that with the goal of international expansion and that fun vs. WWE money was a key to a lot of people, but if you lower the fun aspect, that changes the equation, and basically we’re coming in on the single most interesting and important contract season since New Japan started garnering some international growth. There are people who in the past had never even considered WWE who are thinking about it, and others who were completely committed to staying who are probably still leaning that way, but are considering the WWE option.

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