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Overnight numbers for SmackDown, The Rock praises Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins, and more.

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  • Hell in a Cell coverage, the matches, the ticket demand, PPV numbers, interest level and WWE & AEW crossover fan base
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  • Television ratings for every national show, ups, down and competition
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  • International TV ratings
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Saturday News Update



  • Last night’s SmackDown averaged 1.80 million viewers in the fast national ratings. The show’s rating in the 18-49 demo was a 0.4. Though the second half of the episode went against an NBA Finals game, the fast national viewership was higher in the second hour than the first (1.792 million viewers in the first hour and 1.813 million in the second).
  • Xia Li was helped to the back following her match against Lacey Evans on SmackDown last night.
  • With NXT resuming its Florida house show loop for the first time in over two years last night, Shawn Michaels made an appearance at the event in Tampa to welcome the crowd back.
  • In her first tweet since walking out of Raw last month, Naomi shared a motivational video from fitness trainer McDonald Jean-Louis.
  • Roman Reigns tweeted about having to defend his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Riddle on SmackDown next Friday: “Now I have to leave the private island…jump on the private yacht….and then board the private jet just to smash this idiot on #Smackdown Tribal Chief problems.”
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson praised Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins for their performances at Hell in a Cell: “Holy sh*t. Proud of both, you and Seth. Go make your money!!”
  • WWE officially announced its May corporate hires, including Jeff Jarrett in the role of senior vice president of live events booking.
  • Gunther & Ludwig Kaiser, Lacey Evans, and Riddle appeared on Talking Smack this week.
  • WWE Germany has an interview with Alexa Bliss.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded John Cena vs. Kevin Owens from Money in the Bank 2015, R-Truth vs. King Barrett from the Money in the Bank 2015 pre-show, and Rob Van Dam vs. Cena vs. Edge for the WWE Championship from the July 3, 2006 episode of Raw.

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