Thursday, April 5, 2012

Breakdown of TV Rating For WWE Raw 4/2/12

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As reported before, the 4/2/12 on the night after WrestleMania 28 drew a 3.42 cable rating with 5.02 million viewers. In comparison, the RAW in 2011 the night after WrestleMania 27 drew a 3.84 cable rating and 5.62 million viewers.

In the segment breakdown, The Rock opened the show at a 3.6 quarter rating, which is nothing special for the first segment following WrestleMania. Jack Swagger vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Santino Marella lost 295,000 viewers while Alex Riley vs. Lord Tensai in his debut stayed even.

Mark Henry vs. CM Punk gained 148,000 viewers which is bad for that timeslot. The angle with Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio lost 297,000 viewers, which isn't a bad drop for that part of the show. Kofi Kingston vs. Cody Rhodes stayed even while The Miz vs. Zack Ryder lost 150,000 viewers.

The final segment with John Cena and Brock Lesnar's return gained 1,036,000 viewers for a 3.9 quarter-rating in the overrun. This was one of the best gain segments of the past few months.
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News On TNA Using Twitter During PPVs

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Despite reaction from fans, TNA will be using Twitter more often for upcoming pay-per-view events. They can't use Twitter that much during Impact Wrestling each week because it's not live. The new Twitter presence is an idea of Dave Lagana's although Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey are behind it big time.
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News On Ric Flair Possibly Working With WWE Again

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

There is a lot of talk going around the wrestling world that Ric Flair will be back with WWE in 2013, especially if the Network gets off the ground since a lot of his footage will be used and he's very popular with the public.

Flair's deal with TNA expires at the end of this year.
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Report: The Rock Signs New WWE Contract

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

After signing Brock Lesnar to a one-year deal, it's also believed that WWE signed The Rock to another one-year deal that will carry through WrestleMania 29 next year.

With Lesnar and The Rock headlining next year and the history of the New York market, it's possible that WrestleMania 29 will be an immediate sellout - something that WWE hasn't done since 2007.

Regarding Lesnar's deal, it's said that Vince McMahon was agreeable on the money side but the number of dates that Lesnar would be working was an issue. Both sides ended up giving a little and Lesnar will be appearing for between 30 and 40 dates leading up to WrestleMania 29.
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Location For WWE Taping On 6/19‏

The WWE Smackdown taping on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 will be held at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 21st, 2012. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming shows worldwide.
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Lucha Libre USA Event In LA Area Moved‏

The Lucha Libre USA event on April 13th, 2012 has been moved to the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California. It's original venue was the Walter Pyramid Arena in Long Beach. Go to http://mexicanwrestling.org for tickets and http://eventosdeluchalibre.tk for info about upcoming shows worldwide.
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WWE Offers Maven Rehab

Credit:PWInsider

A WWE spokesperson told TMZ.com that the company has reached out to former star Maven Huffman offering him help via their Wellness Policy of rehab for any former contracted talent, but it will be up to him to accept the offer.

Huffman was arrested Monday on charges of using multiple doctors to obtain prescriptions for painkillers.
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Press Release: TNA & Spike Renew Contract

SPIKE TV AND TNA ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR EXTENSION TO ITS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
The Highly-Rated “Impact Wrestling” Maintains Its Home On Spike TV On Thursday Nights

Spike TV and TNA Entertainment have agreed upon a multi-year extension on their strategic partnership, maintaining Spike TV as the exclusive U.S. television home of the emerging sports-entertainment property.
The deal was announced today jointly by Kevin Kay, Spike TV President and Dixie Carter, TNA Entertainment President. TNA wrestling debuted on Spike TV in July, 2005. Over the last seven years, the ratings for TNA’s “IMPACT Wrestling” have grown from an average of 700,000 viewers at launch to nearly two million today.

“Dixie Carter and her team at TNA have done a phenomenal job in developing stars for an exciting, high-action brand that resonates with Spike’s audience,” said Kay. “We are excited to further our partnership and will continue to build and invigorate the franchise together.”

“We are thrilled that Spike TV will be IMPACT Wrestling's home for years to come,” said Carter. “The dedication that Kevin Kay and the network have shown us in building our brand is what makes this announcement even more meaningful for me. And look for some exciting things to happen on IMPACT in the near future."
TNA’s flagship series, “IMPACT Wrestling,” airs weekly on Spike TV and is one of the network’s top-rated series. The show has evolved into must-see-tv on Thursdays with young men and currently ranks among the top shows on cable in its timeslot with Men 18-34.

The roster features many of the biggest names in wrestling including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Booby Roode, Sting, James Storm, Rob Van Dam the lovely and lethal Knockouts.
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News On Brock Lesnar's WWE Contract

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Brock Lesnar reportedly signed a very lucrative one-year deal with WWE, one that's said to be second only to John Cena. Rumors are that it's in the $5 million downside range.

Source:PWInsider.com

Brock Lesnar signed his one-year deal with WWE before he arrived in Miami during WrestleMania 28 weekend. The decision was made over the weekend to keep Lesnar off WrestleMania and have him return on RAW the next night.

The main reason for keeping him off WrestleMania was to not cloud the end of the story between John Cena vs. The Rock because the idea is for Lesnar to be kicking off a "new chapter."
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Backstage Reaction To Daniel Bryan's "Yes" Chants

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

While the "YES!" chants for Daniel Bryan have gone over well with WWE officials, some in charge believe that the chants will end beginning with next week's WWE tapings and things will go back to normal for Bryan as far as crowd reaction goes.
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News On The Rock Defeating John Cena At WrestleMania

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Despite WrestleMania 28 being in The Rock's hometown of Miami, WWE officials had been going with the idea of John Cena winning for months. The real discussions about The Rock winning reportedly began about a month ago. Still, most people within WWE thought that Cena would win.
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Talked About Card For WrestleMania 29

According to FWrestling Observer Newsletter, the following card is being talked about for WrestleMania 29:

-The Rock vs Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title

-Stone Cold Steve Austin vs CM Punk

-The Undertaker vs John Cena
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Update On Martha Hart/WWE Lawsuit

Credit:PWInsider

A federal judge dismissed Martha Hart's 2010 lawsuit against Vince and Linda McMahon. Portions of the lawsuit against WWE were dismissed, although the suit against the company is still ongoing.
Hart asserted that WWE and McMahon used the image of her late husband, Owen Hart, in videos and other materials without her permission and despite her objections.

Judge Stefan Underhill last week dismissed the claims against McMahon and her husband, Vince McMahon, and most claims against WWE. He said the company, which is based in Stamford and has formally changed its name from World Wrestling Entertainment to WWE, retained a right to Owen Hart's wrestling career.

The judge also denied WWE's motion to dismiss a claim related to personal family photos but said there was no evidence Linda McMahon, who is trying to win a Connecticut US Senate seat, knew about the photos. The judge also allowed Hart's claim for unpaid royalties against WWE to proceed.
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