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Jimmy Uso Arrested
For the second time this year, WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso has been arrested for DUI. Real name Jonathan Fatu, Uso was arrested in Florida according to TMZ Sports. According to their report, Uso refused a DUI test and was swerving while driving.
Shortly after the news was released, WWE released their own statement: “Jonathan Fatu is responsible for his own personal actions.” Uso was arrested earlier this year as well. In February he allegedly was in a drunken dispute with police. Uso is reportedly still being held by police.
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WWE Return to Saudi Arabia Date Change
The next WWE-Saudi Arabia show apparently has it’s date. WWE will return to the country on Friday, November 1st according to Dave Meltzer (h/t WrestlingInc). The timing of the show is curious due to WWE’s new deal with Fox. WWE will now have the Saudi Arabia show in the afternoon, with a live SmackDown broadcasting that evening. No formal name or announcement has been given for the show.
WWE Second Quarter Earnings Report
Reports from WWE’s second quarter earning calls are a mixed bag (h/t WrestlingInc). While stock prices and profits were up this quarter compared to last, lots of areas are down from last year.
From WWE's KPIs:
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) July 25, 2019
Live attendance, television ratings, merchandise sales, and WWE Network subscribers are all down. The drops are significant from last year at this time to now. They include 14% drops in Raw ratings and 11% drops in SmackDown ratings. In spite of this, WWE continues to be massively profitable. This is partly due to their shows in Saudi Arabia.