• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (October 25, 2001) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was broadcasted from the Civic Center in Omaha, Nebraska and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Rebellion 2001’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. Alliance – Battle Royal
2. Trish Stratus vs. Mighty Molly
3. Kurt Angle vs. Christian
4. Chris Jericho vs. Booker T
5. Al Snow vs. Tazz
6. Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz
7. Rob Van Dam vs. The Rock
• Vince McMahon Refuses To Talk About WWE’s Business Relationship With Saudi Arabia
As we noted earlier, WWE revealed that WWE Crown Jewel will still take place in Saudi Arabia on November 2 as originally announced.
WWE issued the following statement regarding this:
“WWE has operated in the Middle East for nearly 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base. Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Company faced a very difficult decision as it related to its event scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh.
Similar to other US-based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has decided to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event. Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled.”
During WWE’s 3rd quarter earnings call earlier today, Vince McMahon was asked to comment on WWE’s business relationship with Saudi Arabia and the WWE Crown Jewel PPV and Vince replied the following:
“We’re not going to talk about that, it’s a very sensitive subject.”
Despite being a controversial event, it will easily be WWE’s biggest PPV of the year.
Below is the match-card for this PPV:
– D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H) vs. The Brothers Of Destruction (The Undertaker & Kane)
– Vacant Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Stroman
– WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
– WWE World Cup: John Cena, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler & The Miz
– SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Bar (c) vs. The New Day
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