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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
- Last night’s SmackDown averaged 2.136 million viewers in the fast national ratings, up from last week’s fast national number of 2.06 million. The rating in the 18-49 demo was a 0.6. Last week’s SmackDown ended up averaging 2.174 million viewers and drawing a 0.56 rating in the demo in the final ratings.
- During his promo on SmackDown last night, Seth Rollins used the name “Mox” instead of Dean Ambrose when talking about The Shield. Rollins said that he and Mox were the ones who held up Reigns when they were in The Shield together – and The Usos are Reigns’ pedestal now.
- Summer Rae posted a video joking about the criticism WWE got on Twitter for referring to her as a legend last night.
- LA Knight defeated Roderick Strong in a dark match before last night’s show.
- PWInsider reported that Bron Breakker and Gunther (formerly known as WALTER) are being brought to St. Louis for Royal Rumble weekend, though it isn’t known if they’ll be appearing on the Royal Rumble PPV.
- Big E & Kofi Kingston, Sami Zayn, and Eric Bischoff were interviewed on Talking Smack this week.
- TalkSport has an interview with Doudrop.
- Sheamus was in attendance at today’s Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals playoff game. SummerSlam 2022 is taking place at Nissan Stadium, which is the home of the Titans.
- MVP was the guest on this week’s episode of WWE After the Bell.
- WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Roman Reigns vs. Edge for the Universal Championship from Money in the Bank 2021, the eight-woman tag match from Royal Rumble 2012, and the Independence Day Battle Royal from the July 4, 2017 episode of SmackDown.
- Mick Foley took a road trip to Amarillo, Texas to visit Terry Funk: “LUNCH WITH FUNK. I took a road trip to Amarillo to visit Terry Funk, talk about the old days, and enjoy some great BBQ. 28 years have passed between these two photos, but @TheDirtyFunker remains my idol and mentor.”
- In an interview with CBS Sports, Adam Scherr (the former Braun Strowman) was asked about his Instagram post from March 2020 where he criticized wrestlers for using crowdfunding campaigns to earn money at the start of the pandemic. Scherr said:
- I still believe in it. In my opinion, people took it out of context. Did it age terribly? Absolutely. I made that comment months before the lockdown, before all of this stuff. Of course, everybody ran wild with it and tried to make more out of it than it really was for the clickbait. At the end of the day, it was motivational, in my opinion, what I was trying to talk about. Sometimes in life your goals and what you dream about, you can't do. That's the point, dry and simple. So many people, I think, have gotten complacent with putting their problems and making somebody else's theirs. Sometimes you need to control your own destiny. That's how it was with me in strongman. I was in the top five strongest guys on the planet. I loved it. I didn't want to leave the sport, but I couldn't pay my bills. So there comes a time when you have to realize what is an achievable and attainable goal for what you have to do to survive. That was how all that got taken out of context. Some people don't like it. Some people do. Either way, it doesn't bother me none. That's what I still believe. I've worked my butt off for everything I've ever gotten in my entire life. It was a motivational thing to tell people, 'Hey, sometimes this may not work out for you. Go and try something else. Look what can happen.' That's what it was for me. Look what I was doing. I took a chance and look what I made out of it.
- On Twitter, Renee Paquette responded to Bully Ray’s comments from Busted Open Radio this week where Bully Ray said he would have liked if Jon Moxley apologized to the AEW fans for his rehab stay: “Real bad take @bullyray5150 [thumbs down emoji]”
- In his Eck’s Files column for ROH’s website, Kevin Eck teased that ROH will be making a major announcement next week: “Expect ROH to make a major announcement sometime next week. My sources tell me that anyone who has ever been an ROH fan will be excited by this news.”
- The uncut version of ROH’s “This is Women’s Wrestling!” documentary will premiere on ROH’s YouTube channel starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday. The documentary originally debuted on ROH TV.
- GCW’s Independent Wrestling Hall of Fame ceremony began streaming on YouTube at 7 p.m. Eastern.
- Muscle and Fitness has a story on Bryan Danielson and how he stays fit at 40.
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Kevin McElvaney and Al Castle discussed this year’s PWI Awards on the AEW Unrestricted podcast.