How Was WWE RAW Viewership Before No Mercy?

– According to ShowBuzz Daily, this week’s WWE RAW episode, featuring the final hype for WWE No Mercy and a Six Pack Challenge to crown a new #1 contender to WWE Intercontinental Champion, drew 2.833 million viewers.

This final number is down 2.4% from last week’s 2.903 million viewers.

* First hour drew 3.123 million viewers
* Second hour drew 2.844 million viewers
* Final hour drew 2.532 million viewers

RAW finished #2 in viewership on cable behind Monday Night Football on ESPN.

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Backstage Update On Kevin Owens Vs. Shane McMahon At Hell In A Cell

On Sunday, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter appeared on Live Audio Wrestling, where he talked about the Kevin Owens vs. the McMahon family angle, and according to Meltzer, there’s a good chance that Shane McMahon will end up defeating Owens at Hell in a Cell.

“For the most part they don’t even want blood and they don’t want it on their regular TV, but I think the whole thing is to get this angle over for Shane… You know, that’s what Vince would do for his son. He was gonna get the angle over as strong as possible.

“It absolutely put Kevin at a new level and I’m stunned, because Kevin’s not exactly Vince’s kind of wrestler. Kevin is Triple H’s guy, he’s not Vince’s guy, but I think at the end of the day the reason (Vince bled) is because it’s Shane’s angle.”

When Meltzer was asked if Shane is going to go over at Hell in a Cell, he responded by saying “yeah, I think so.”

If Shane does go over, it’ll be his first singles match win since he returned to WWE last year.

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John Cena On Bringing WrestleMania To China, His ‘Never Give Up’ Motto

– WWE RAW Superstar John Cena recently participated in a interview with the South China Morning Post while WWE was in Shenzhen, China for a live event, check out the highlights below:

On working the China live event:

“I will literally spend more time in a fuselage than I will on the ground here, that’s how important this trip was to me. I was initially supposed to miss this event, and I bent time to be here. This is taking priority above a lot of things, including me being in the air the entire day on Monday, so you can do the math to see how important this is.”

On the future success for Chinese Superstars in WWE:

“I think the possibilities are endless. Absolutely endless. Not only do I see potential success for Chinese superstars to move through the ranks, I envision a world where we do television broadcasts from over here. I envision a world where we do WrestleMania from here. So I would love to create a culture in China surrounding WWE, that’s with a strong developmental system for our superstars and hopefully a greater and greater live event presence. We encourage our audience to be in it and involved as they want. That culture is what really is going to drive our increased presence here. I hope I can encourage the crowd here to be … respectfully excited.”

On his “Never Give Up” motto:

“It’s not something that I try to force people to understand. Those three words are led by example and led by action. It’s a great feeling to be able to check in and go to work and aside from calling it your job, to be able to affect people’s lives. If I can do both, I’m a super happy dude. I think the more fans in China that resonate with the WWE product, the more will like me and the more won’t like me. It’s the same everywhere.”

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Bobby Heenan’s Cause Of Death Revealed

– According to the Tampa Bay Times, Bobby Heenan passed away at age 72 after suffering from organ failure as a result of his battle with cancer.

The information was sourced from Heenan’s daughter, Jessica Solt, who said that Heenan received the cancer diagnosis in 2002 and had been in remission since 2004 but ultimately the complications led to his organs failing.

Heenan is easily regarded as the greatest manager in WWE history and was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2004.

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Braun Strowman And Roman Reigns Fight After Raw Goes Off The Air

After the television portion of Monday’s Raw ended, Roman Reigns went one on one with the number one contender for the WWE Universal Championship Braun Strowman, as the two faced off in a street fight.

You can see footage of the match below:

#RomanReigns vs #BraunStrowman street fight after #Raw Credit.theematt1 via IG pic.twitter.com/T3gfaD4bDk

— Roman (@Fileana2) September 19, 2017

As previously noted, Strowman will go one on one with Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at this Sunday’s No Mercy.

And in what could be the show’s biggest match, Roman Reigns will face off against John Cena in the show’s co-main-event.

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Tonight’s WWE SmackDown Preview: AJ Styles Vs. Baron Corbin Title Match

– Tonight’s WWE SmackDown and WWE 205 Live episodes will take place from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

WWE.com wrote the following on their official SmackDown Live preview page for tonight’s show:

SmackDown LIVE preview, Sept. 19, 2017: Shane addresses Owens’ brutal attack on Mr. McMahon

Kevin Owens’ brutal attack on WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon last week left the WWE Universe in shock. This Tuesday, the reinstated Shane McMahon will address KO and his actions. With a showdown inside Hell in a Cell awaiting them, what will Shane have to say? Find out on SmackDown LIVE, tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!

Additionally, the official WWE website is focusing on the following points heading into tonight’s broadcast:

SmackDown LIVE Preview : Quick Hits

* AJ Styles defends the United States Championship against Baron Corbin tonight on SmackDown LIVE
* Shane McMahon to address Kevin Owens’ vicious attack on his father
* Natalya to host a “Celebration of Women”
* The New Day to revel in their championship victory with the WWE Universe
* Jinder Mahal to address his controversial comments from last week

TONIGHT @shanemcmahon will address @FightOwensFight‘s actions from last week on #SDLive at 8/7c on @USA_Network! https://t.co/W0P8a3GY5Q

— WWE (@WWE) September 19, 2017

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Odds For WWE No Mercy

The odds for this coming Sunday’s No Mercy pay-per-view have been released, and, as of right now at least, the current odds suggest that Brock Lesnar will retain the WWE Universal Championship in his match against Braun Strowman.

Here are the odds for the event:

  • Brock Lesnar (C) -300 vs. Braun Strowman +185 (WWE Universal Championship)
  • Alexa Bliss (C) +120 vs. Sasha Banks +225 vs. Nia Jax +250 vs. Bayley +300 vs. Emma +1200 (Raw Women’s Championship)
  • The Miz (C) -110 vs. Jason Jordan -135 (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
  • Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (C) -225 vs. Sheamus and Cesaro +150 (Raw Tag Team Titles)
  • Roman Reigns -200 vs. John Cena +150
  • Finn Balor -185 vs. Bray Wyatt +135

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Alex Riley Comments On Being Mentioned During Roman Reigns’ Promo On Raw

During his promo on Monday’s Raw, Roman Reigns mentioned that Alex Riley’s career in WWE was completely ruined by John Cena.

Riley, who was with WWE from 2007 to 2016, was close with Cena at one point, but after the two had a falling out, Riley’s push with the company was stopped. Prior to letting him go, WWE had moved him to an announcer role, although he did return to the ring before his departure in 2016.

On Monday night, Alex Riley responded to Reigns’ promo via Twitter.

You’re starting to C @wwe #wwe

— Kevin Kiley Jr. (@KileyJrWWE) September 19, 2017

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Matt Hardy Wants The Young Bucks At Starrcade

As previously noted, WWE is resurrecting the Starrcade pay-per-view this coming November, as the classic WCW event will return on November 25.

After hearing the news, Cody Rhodes asked WWE producer Michael Hayes to book Goldust on the show. Hayes then asked Rhodes to team up with his brother on November 25.

Then, in response to the Hayes/Cody conversation, Matt Hardy said that he’d love for Cody to bring Matt and Nick Jackson (The Young Bucks) to the event with him if he shows up.

I’d LOVE for Cody to bring @MattJackson13 & @NickJacksonYB with him.. I’ll bring @RebyHardy, King Maxel & Senor Benjamin with me. #Starrcade https://t.co/6FLxTLvjen

— REBORN by FATE (@MATTHARDYBRAND) September 19, 2017

 

 

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WWE Producer Invites Cody Rhodes To Team With Goldust At Starrcade

After hearing the news that WWE is going to resurrect Starrcade, the event that was created by Dusty Rhodes, ex-WWE star Cody Rhodes sent the following tweet to Michael Hayes.

Dear @MichaelPSHayes1

If you’re afraid an event won’t sell cuz’ the holiday and want one of my Dad’s events…at least book Goldy..

-Cody

— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) September 18, 2017

Hayes then responded to Rhodes by asking him to team up with his brother, Goldust, at the Starrcade event on November 25.

So Cody, UR right we should have Goldy on the show, by the way, what R U doing that night??? Wanna team with UR Brother?

— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) September 18, 2017

There hasn’t been a Starrcade event since December 17, 2000, just three months before WCW went out of business.

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