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WWE News: Ronda Rousey Weighs In On WWE Going To Saudi Arabia For Crown Jewel



WWE’s decision to keep next Friday’s Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia despite all the controversy due to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is certainly not a topic that’s going away anytime soon.

While it remains to be seen whether or not top Superstars John Cena and Daniel Bryan will still be working the show after reportedly refusing to attend, other Superstars (at least publicly) have spoken out on heading to Saudi Arabia as a positive step. Echoing the recent sentiments of SmackDown Live’s Randy Orton (see his comments here), RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey spoke to TMZ Sports and offered up her opinion on the situation:

“Well, I’m a two-time Olympian so I’m an idealist when it comes to sport and one of my favorite memories in the 2004 Olympics was…I was at the gym and I was on the treadmill and I was cutting weight and I was running…and right next to me was a boxer from Iraq and he was running next to me and it was the beginning of the Iraq War. Nowhere else in the world would some man from Iraq and little girl from Venice Beach be, you know, respecting each other and sharing space and um, I think that sports is where we really find that common ground with each other and I think that pulling out of the Crown Jewel would be the wrong move because I think that this is an opportunity to share our cultures and to find what we have in common…and in times, especially when…you know, times of adversity between two countries, that’s the absolute wrong time to be able to pull away.

I think that’s the time for us to be able to find what we have in common and for us to be able to understand each other more you know and it seems almost frivolous, you know? Like a WWE event and like, these huge world issues, but in a world where we’re always trying to look at it as “us and them” I think those big events like the Crown Jewel that bring everyone together just makes us realize it’s “us” all around, you know? It’s not like they’re aliens and we’re aliens over there and I think that having these events and sharing our culture in Saudi Arabia is the first step for us to really be able to understand each other and find that common ground.

Like where would – I mean this is a great opportunity to have a bunch of kids in Saudi Arabia loving a part of American culture. I mean, WWE is a part of American culture that they are inviting in and embracing and you have these kids from Saudi Arabia idolizing these people that are from America and all these different countries and then you’ll see people from Saudi Arabia going into the WWE and kids from America idolizing those people. It’s just I think a great way for us to be able to share something and understand each other and I think that…that should be the goal, you know? I think an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind and we need to be able to like, send out like…I dunno, I just believe that sports and sports entertainment is something that we all have in common.”

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Mitchell’s AEW Continental Classic Update! (11/27/23)

What a start to the tournament!



Did your picks win points?

The AEW Continental Classic is underway, with almost everyone competing. Check in here if you haven’t seen the winners and losers of week 1!

Here are your Gold League standings!

  • Jon Moxley: 1-0, 3 points
  • Swerve Strickland: 1-0, 3 points
  • Jay White: 1-0, 3 points
  • Rush: 0-1, 0 points
  • Mark Briscoe: 0-1, 0 points.
  • Jay Lethal: 0-1, 0 points


Here are your Blue League standings!

  • Brody King: 1-0, 3 points
  • Claudio Castagnoli: 1-0, 3 points
  • Daniel Garcia: 0-1, 0 points
  • Eddie Kingston: 0-1, 0 points
  • Bryan Danielson: Yet to Compete
  • Andrade El Idolo: Yet to Compete


My Thoughts:

Nothing too crazy, nothing too wild, this tournament only just got started. The only disappointing point is that they could not get Bryan “cleared to compete” Saturday night. Not sure how much of that is shoot given the bad eye, but this was kinda the problem of wanting him in the tournament over tons of other choices. Bryan wants to face Okada for WrestleKingdom 18, how is Bryan supposed to do that at his best if he’s also gonna be in a round robin, doing five top level matches in about as many weeks? And it takes away from Andrade being able to do something. Also a little surprised we didn’t even hear from Andrade on Saturday.

Now as we heard on Saturday, round two’s matches are set. Gold League will see Mark Briscoe VS Rush, White VS Swerve, and of course, Moxley VS Lethal. Nice variety there, a couple 0-1 guys facing off, as well as two 1-0 guys, and then 1-0 VS 0-1. No offense to Lethal, but he feels like an 0-2 going up against Moxley. Hard to call the other ones but that’s the fun of it. Meanwhile, Blue League sees Brody VS Claudio in a showdown to be 2-0, then Bryan and Andrade finally jump in, Bryan against Eddie and Andrade against Garcia. Sadly, feels like Eddie and Garcia are going 0-2, no way Tony Khan is booking Bryan and Andrade to lose their first shots.

In fact, that could be half the reason they did wait on those two, that’s almost too good for just a first round opener. But I still would’ve done it, same as NJPW does stuff like that for round robins, which this is all modeled after anyway.

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AEW announces Continental Classic entrants

The C2 is set!



Tony Khan Reveals the Blue and Gold “Leagues!”

Originally livestreamed, Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone officially announced the twelve total entrants and divided them into the two round robin blocks known as the “Blue League” and “Gold League.” If you don’t feel like sifting through the almost 30 minute video, the groups are:

Blue League

  • Bryan Danielson
  • Andrade El Idolo
  • Brody King
  • Claudio Castagnoli
  • Daniel Garcia
  • Eddie Kingston

Gold League

  • Jon Moxley
  • Swerve Strickland
  • Rush
  • Mark Briscoe
  • Jay Lethal
  • Jay White


Tony Khan also explains the rules for the Continental Classic:

  • Every match has a 20 minute time limit
  • The winner of each match earns 3 points, losers earn 0, 1 point for a draw
  • EVERYONE ELSE is banned from ringside for true 1v1 action


Eddie Kingston also joined the selection special as his “life’s work” is on the line in this tournament, both the ROH World Championship and NJPW Strong Openweight Championship on the line as part of the modern day North American Triple Crown Eddie, Tony Khan, AEW, ROH and NJPW are looking to create together. Gold League competes tonight on Dynamite while Blue League will have their start this Saturday on Collision. Look for more articles like this one to keep up with the Continental Classic standings over the next six weeks of tournament action!

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