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Daily Update: Raw ratings up, Kevins Owens reign, Del Rio in trouble, Suga Rashad

Hunter Hearst H. and Kevin O.

RAW did it’s best average rating in over 2 months for last night’s show built around the crowning of a new universal champion. The show did 3.413 million viewers, it’s best number since June 20th.

The show had a very unusual ratings pattern as the first hour, at 3.392 million viewers, was the lowest of the three. It rose slightly in hour 2 to 3.438 million and had a very small drop for hour 3 to 3.409 million, remaining remarkably consistent for the 3 hour broadcast.

The show was 3rd for the night on cable in terms of total viewers behind Rizzoli and Isles and Major Crimes and the three hours were #4, 2 and 1 respectively in the 18-49 demo, topping out at 1.21 for the third hour.

The last ten weeks of RAW ratings as compared to previous years

[Ace Fontaine]


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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

On Monday’s edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said Alberto Del Rio has been pulled from all WWE shows going forward, even after his 30-day suspension is over.

With Michael Elgin retaining his IWGP Intercontinental Championship in a match against Donovan Dijak at ROH’s Field of Honor show over the weekend, Elgin’s match with Tetsuya Naito at NJPW’s Destruction in Kobe on September 25th will be for the title.

​Smackdown tonight is from Dallas. John Cena, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins are all advertised, but Reigns and Rollins are likely to be in dark matches and Cena may be as well.   

Bellator 160 Friday night on Spike TV did 725,000 viewers for the show headlined by Benson Henderson vs Patricio Pitbull. It was the promotion’s best rating since March 4th.

WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT

  • Following his best-of-seven series match with Sheamus on last night’s Raw, WWE issued a storyline injury update on Cesaro. The update claimed Cesaro had suffered “multiple contusions to the lumbar spine” during the match.
  • The final round of additions to the WWE 2K17 roster were announced on Tuesday morning, with Asuka, Bayley, Big Boss Man, Buddy Murphy, Cactus Jack, Dean Ambrose, Diesel, Dude Love, Dusty Rhodes, Goldust, Jack Swagger, John Cena, Kane, Kevin Owens, Lex Luger, Luke Harper, Mankind, Road Dogg Jesse James, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Undertaker, Vader and Wesley Blake confirmed as appearing in the game.
  • The full roster for WWE 2K17 is available to view here.
  • WWE confirmed that The Headbangers will be making an appearance on tonight’s episode of SmackDown.
  • The Reno Gazette-Journal has a feature plugging an upcoming house show.

PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING

  • Ring of Honor announced that they will debut six-man tag team titles, with a tournament for the newly-created belts starting at their All Star Extravaganza VIII pay-per-view on September 30th. The tournament will feature an eight-team field, with ROH saying that The Bullet Club, The Cabinet and The Addiction & Kamaitachi are expected to compete in it.
  • In a transcript provided by Chris Charlton, Hiroshi Tanahashi speculates on why he isn’t as popular in the United States as he is in Japan.
  • Bobby Roode is home tonight in Peterborough and will be dropping the ceremonial first ball at the Major Series Lacrosse Championship Game #5 featuring the Peterborough Lakers vs the Six Nations Chiefs. 

UFC / MMA

  • "Suga" Rashad Evans will be dropping down to the middleweight division for his next fight, which would be smart since he was most recently dismantled quickly by Glover Teixeira, who was quickly dismantled by Rumble Johnson.
  • Two fights were added today for the UFC card in Manila on Oct 15. Mizuto Hirota (17-7- 2), the “Road to Japan” co-winner will take on Cole Miller (21-10) in a featherweight bout. Seo Hee Ham (17-7) takes on Danielle Taylor (7-2) in a strawweight fight.
  • The Alex Enlund-Martin Buschkamp fight scheduled for this Saturday in Hamburg has been cancelled due to an injury on the part of Enlund. Due to the late timing, the fight will not be replaced on the card.
  • WSOF announced that their show on Friday October 7th will be 3 hours for the first time in company history on NBC Sports Network. The main card will have six fights, headlined by Justin Gaethje defending the lightweight title against Ozzy Dugalubgov. Other fights announced are a light heavyweight title defence by David Branch against Vinny Magalhaes, Brian Foster vs Luis Furmino, Jason High vs Joao Zeferino, John Howard vs Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Shawn Jordan vs Ashley Gooch
  • Muay Thai champion Tiffany Van Zoest will make her professional MMA debut for Invicta FC on September 23 rd in Kansas City. She’ll face Kalyn Schwartz.

VARIETY

  • PWEclipse has put up their entire Summer Twilight 2015 show here featuring an awesome Tarik vs Roderick Strong match.
  • 5 Reasons Why WWE Superstars Are More Prone to Injuries, an article by Chris Featherstone
  • This article examines what comedy can learn from wrestling.
  • CTW Charity Wrestling raised about $2,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. John Corrigan has a full report.
  • Here’s a new video from the WWE2k event last week. The video has most of the guys talking about their favorite metal bands with some fun anecdotes from Kevin Owens and Big Cass about travel buddies, Miz getting mocked for bringing a guitar on the road and Brock Lesnar picking Rob Zombie of all people as his tag team partner.
  • Alison Brie will star in Netflix’s upcoming wrestling comedy series based on the 1980s Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling promotion.
  • In this clip former "Quebecer" Pierre Carl Ouellet talks about working with new WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens/Steen since he was 14 training at Jacques Rougeau's Montreal Wrestling school, the problems Owen's had with Jacques that led to them parting on bad terms as well Pierre's matche and personal relationship with Owens.

Daily Pro Wrestling History (08/30): WWF SummerSlam 1998