Category - WWE

Smackdown rating for 07/19/2016

Smackdown

The first live Smackdown on USA Network on a new night drew 3,170,000 viewers, up 1 million viewers from last week’s show thanks to the curiosity stemming from the WWE Draft. In terms of competition, Smackdown beat Raw in the ratings this week by almost 40,000 viewers. It will be a very difficult job to pull in that number every week for...

The NXT 6 moving up to the main roster

Finn Balor

Six NXT Superstars will be saying goodbye to the WWE Performance Center and Orlando and hello to long travel days and life on the main roster. One of the biggest pops of the night came when Mick Foley announced the name of Finn Balor who was drafted to Raw. Balor has been part of NXT since 2014 and had his last NXT televised match against Shinsuke...

WWE shakes up Raw and Smackdown commentary teams

JBL

With all the roster now split, Smackdown has 31 WWE Superstars while Raw has 41 and the WWE Champion and Intercontinental champion are both Smackdown residents. The WWE Women’s champion is on the Raw brand along with the United States and Tag Team champions as well. Even though it was not expected, the commentary team for both shows were...

Brock Lesnar fails another UFC drug test

Brock Lesnar (UFC)

Just when you thought it can’t get any worse, Brock Lesnar has failed his second drug test, this time an in-competition test administered by the USADA on July 9, the day of his fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 200. “The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Brock Lesnar that his...

Smackdown! TV report for 07/19/2016

Smackdown

Tuesday Night Smackdown! TV Report for July 19th, 2016 – “Two Sides To Every Sport!” Introduction Segment: Welcoming and Arena Promo We open right away in the arena and all who are in charge – Daniel Bryan, Shane McMahon for Smackdown; and Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon for Raw – are on the stage. Mauro Ranallo and Michael Cole greet...

Who went where during the WWE Draft?

WWE Draft

WWE split up the brand again this evening with the first WWE Draft being held since 2011. Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon along with Raw General Manager Mick Foley picked individuals for the red brand while Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon and Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan picked for the blue brand. The rules were: Raw gets the...

Raw rating for 07/18/2016

Raw

The final Raw with the full roster and the reveal of the General Managers drew just 3,133,000, one of the lowest non-holiday numbers the show has done over the past two decades. It was down 37,000 viewers from last week’s show. Hour one started with 3,204,000 viewers, followed by 3,236,000 in the second hour and then a drop to 2,960,000 viewers...

Big sale on WWE Shop to celebrate the draft

WWEShop

To celebrate the WWE Draft, WWE Shop is running a promotion using the code DRAFT to save 20% on replica championship titles, 25% off tank tops and 30% off t-shirts. The deal is only available for today and tomorrow and it ends at 11:59PM EST on July 20. A bunch of merchandise from WWE Legends, Cruiserweight Classic, Brock Lesnar, Sasha Banks, John...

WWE title re-match on live Smackdown tonight

Dean Ambrose

Smackdown tonight will have a WWE title match to make up for the controversial finish from last night’s Raw which saw Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose pinning each other. After the main event match finished, Stephanie McMahon announced that Seth Rollins was the new WWE champion as Shane, Mick Foley, and Daniel Bryan argued between each other on the...

9th WWE Draft takes place tonight

WWE Draft

The 9th WWE Draft will take place tonight on Smackdown, five years after the last one took place in 2011. WWE started its draft concept back in 2002 after the company bought WCW and ECW and the invasion pretty much failed. To create competition, the brand was split into two separate tours. The following year there was no draft and the next one was...

Live Smackdown kicks off on USA Network at 8PM EST

Smackdown

Smackdown will be moving nights starting tonight as the show transitions to a live broadcast every Tuesday on USA Network. While there have been live specials of Smackdown, the show has never been live every week and always taped on Tuesdays with an airing on Thursday or Friday night. In theory, the move to live should help the company in its...

Stephanie McMahon chooses Mick Foley as Raw GM

Mick Foley

Raw is getting a little bit of the Attitude Era as Mick Foley was announced as the new Raw General Manager last night by Stephanie McMahon. This is not the first time that Foley was put in charge of Raw. Foley was WWF Commissioner between June and December 2000 and then from October to November 2001. In 2002 he was Raw General Manager for two...

Daniel Bryan is the new Smackdown General Manager

Daniel Bryan

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Shane McMahon revealed last night on Monday Night Raw that Daniel Bryan is the new Smackdown General Manager, bringing the former WWE champion on regular television for the first time in over a year. Bryan won the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania 31, his last championship in the WWE and then was injured a few weeks later...

Monday Night Raw TV report for 07/18/2016

Raw

Tonight is a big night for Raw; the new General Manager of Smackdown! will be name, and a WWE Championship Match will take place! As well, tomorrow is the start of Smackdown! going live on Tuesdays, so the final push to promote that show, which contains the Draft, will happen as well. The fan in me is genuinely-excited, but my long-time...

WWE tag team the Lucha Dragons split up

WWE logo

Kalisto and Sin Cara, collectively known as the Lucha Dragons, have announced via a short video clip on WWE’s Facebook account that they have split up and will be now wrestling as singles. “We have decided to go into the draft as singles competitors,” Sin Cara said in the video with Kalisto standing next to him. Kalisto said that they will...

Raw and Smackdown General Managers to be chosen tonight

McMahon Family

Live on Raw tonight, Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon, the Commissioners for Smackdown and Raw respectively, will be announcing the General Managers who will be “running” the two brands moving forward starting from tomorrow. Shane McMahon already announced on his Twitter that he chose his new GM but Stephanie has made no mention of anything...