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Daily Update: SmackDown ratings, Sasha Banks & Naomi, LA Knight

A big ratings bump for SmackDown, Sasha & Naomi appear at Fashion Week, and more.

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Saturday News Update



  • Last night’s Clash at the Castle fallout episode of SmackDown averaged 2.217 million viewers in the fast national ratings, up from the 1.97 million viewers the show drew in the fast nationals the previous week. The rating in the 18-49 demo was a 0.5.
  • Former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks (Mercedes Varnado) and Naomi (Trinity Fatu) are in New York City for New York Fashion Week, walking the runway at events for Mister Triple X and Jessica Jade.
  • While appearing on Ahch-To Radio, Banks spoke about the things she's in the process of creating: “There is so much that I'm creating right now. It's all under an umbrella. I'm an actor, writer, producer, and extraordinaire entertainer. All within those realms, I'm doing something. You just have to stay tuned. You have a microphone, that's something big I want to do. Not podcasting, but music. I don't know if that's the number one next thing because acting...there are a lot of things coming up acting right now. I'm really starting to focus my mind around music and the music realm and being kind of a director in that space of creating a musical video piece.”
  • A post-show video after last night’s SmackDown teased that Max Dupri may be going back to his LA Knight persona. Dupri told Maximum Male Models that “You have to go through the day to get to the night (Knight). Yeah.”
  • In a tweet promoting her match before last night’s SmackDown, Natalya made reference to CM Punk’s All Out media scrum: “This is Bob. Ms Neidhart hasn't sued anyone in this match, and she's also a locker room leader. For some reason, she was eating a muffin when she dictated this message to me. Bye.”
  • D-Von Dudley spoke to the Two Man Power Trip about his role with NXT: "I'm with NXT right now. I'm a coach, behind the scenes, I'm also a producer and help put the matches together and things like that. I have a few titles, coach, producer, I'll think of the third one later. I'm just having fun, working with the younger talent and helping them to carry on the legacy of pro wrestling. You have myself, Terry Taylor, Fit Finlay, Robbie Brookside, Norman Smiley, and a lot of other guys that have moved up from talent to producer. Shawn Michaels, of course, and Matt Bloom. We're having a good time and getting these kids to where they have to be.”
  • Writer/director Peter Farrelly told Deadline that he’s in talks with John Cena and Zac Efron to star in his movie “Ricky Stanicky.” The movie is an R-rated comedy.
  • Johnny Gargano responded to a fan who saw him and Candice LeRae in public but didn’t want to bother them: “Hi! Blanket statement as we have a baby now and I'm sure people don't want to impose on family time.. but we're very on record of being welcoming to fans that approach us in public. It's a privilege to be in our position and takes us 30 seconds to say Hey & snap a picture!”
  • Gargano was the guest on the latest episode of WWE After the Bell.
  • Ronda Rousey, Imperium, and Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah were interviewed on The SmackDown LowDown this week.

Other Wrestling

  • KC Navarro announced yesterday that he’s no longer contracted to MLW and is officially a free agent: “As of today, I am officially a Free Agent. I would like to thank @MLW and all of the incredibly talented men and women that I had the privilege of sharing a locker room with. But now, the only question left to ask is…Who’s Next To Be Blessed”
  • Mick Foley is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from his December 4 one-man show in West Chicago to help Joe Doering: “A SHOW FOR BIG JOE! I’m happy to announce that 100% of my proceeds from my DECEMBER 4 event in #WestChicago will go directly to @IMPACTWRESTLING star Joe Doering to help him as he battles brain cancer.”
  • KENTA responded to Bobby Fish’s interview with the Ten Count where Fish said CM Punk took KENTA’s finishing move: “Hey Bobby. You are 100% right.”
  • Thursday night’s Impact averaged 60,000 viewers overall and drew a 0.01 rating in the 18-49 demo.
  • Claudio Castagnoli appeared on AEW Unrestricted this week.
  • PWInsider reported that wrestler Devon “Hannibal” Nicholson “will stand trial on 10/12 in Kingston, Ontario Canada on charges of assaulting a woman last month.”