Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Audio: The Hard Way Episode 16 Archived

The Hard Way returns with reaction to the Jerry Lawler situation, News from the past week & Night Of Champions predictions. All this & more brought to you only as The Hard Way can #Loud&Uncut

The archive can be found HERE
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TV Rating For WWE Raw 9/10/12

As reported earlier, the 9/10 episode of WWE RAW did a 2.89 cable rating with 4.15 million viewers. In the segment breakdown, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. The Miz and Antonio Cesaro lost 426,000 viewers from the opener. The deposition video with Sheamus and David Otunga gained 403,000 viewers, which is good for the first hour. Eve Torres, Kaitlyn and Layla vs. Alicia Fox, Natalya and Beth Phoenix lost 145,000 viewers. CM Punk vs. Randy Orton gained 555,000 viewers at 9pm. The tag match with Punk and Dolph Ziggler vs. Orton and Jerry Lawler gained 7,000 viewers. Kane and Daniel Bryan backstage with Dr. Shelby plus Ryback vs. Heath Slater lost 247,000 viewers. Kane and Bryan vs. Titus O'Neil and Darren Young gained 164,000 viewers for a 3.08 quarter rating, a lackluster growth for the 10pm timeslot. Tyson Kidd vs. Alberto Del Rio and David Otunga vs. Sheamus gained 38,000 viewers. Booker T and AJ Lee on stage plus backstage segments and Michael Cole updating us on Jerry Lawler lost 342,000 viewers. Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes gained 33,000 viewers. The final segment with Bret Hart, John Cena and CM Punk gained 407,000 viewers for a 3.11 overrun rating.
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WWE Removes Sabu Videos From YouTube

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE's legal team recently went on a tear removing videos from YouTube due to them bring copyrighted material. Most of the videos were of Sabu from the original ECW. However, they inadvertently had many videos of Sabu working independent shows removed also.
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News On CM Punk And Paul Heyman

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the decision to put Paul Heyman and CM Punk together actually came together within the past few weeks. Officials wanted something to put Punk over the top as the top heel where he wouldn't end up getting cheered by the fans.
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Backstage News On Ryback

While Ryback is still doing squash matches on WWE TV, officials are having him work 10-15 minute matches at live events so he can polish up on his in-ring skills according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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News On Current Raw/Smackdown General Manager Storylines

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As seen on RAW, AJ Lee overruled Booker T's #1 contenders match from last Friday's SmackDown by putting Kane and Daniel Bryan into a tag team and having them wrestle for the #1 contendership. The two have traded shots on Twitter and this is all part of the current General Managers storyline that we've been reporting on. There's speculation now that it will end at Survivor Series.<br />

The plan has been for both General Managers to keep having issues come up until Vince McMahon returns to fire them both and name a new person to oversee both RAW and SmackDown. The internal rumor is  that Ric Flair may be brought in for that role.