WWE SmackDown Live Viewership Results Before Sunday’s TLC PPV

– According to ShowBuzz Daily, last night’s WWE SmackDown, featuring Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt vs. American Alpha in the main event with the final hype for TLC, drew 2.576 million viewers.

This number is up 2.8% from last week’s 2.505 million viewers.

SmackDown was #8 for the night on cable in viewership, behind Curse of Oak Island, Fixer Upper, Hannity, The Kelly File, Special Report, Tucker Carlson and The Five.

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Cody Rhodes On ROH Final Battle Being Bigger Than WrestleMania

– Former WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes recently participated interviewed by Scott Fishman for the Channel Guide Magazine recently as part of promoting Final Battle this weekend, check out the highlights below:

Being uncomfortable in the Stardust role:

“I felt like the biggest jabroni ever. I wasn’t Stardust. I know people will say, ‘Do what they tell you. It’s wrestling.’ That’s not who I am. I’m the one out there in the ring. I know there are bosses and people who oversee it, but I’m the one out there doing it. I want to at least do something that feels like me. Stardust didn’t feel like me anymore. It was fun because it was a total departure from what I was doing, but it wasn’t me anymore. I was in the dressing room and thought it was time. Ten years is a long time to work for anybody. I had the greatest experience there for the most part. I met my wife there. I traveled the globe, but it was time.”

Final Battle being bigger than WrestleMania for him:

“This was all a big test. I’m now going to places that are just freakin’ magical like Ring of Honor Final Battle. Final Battle, I’m not lying, is bigger than what WrestleMania was to me. Maybe because I’m out there in my own skin. Maybe it’s because I have cultivated my own brand now. Maybe it’s because the best revenge in the world is success. Maybe I want to prove naysayers and WWE wrong. I found I stopped focusing on the negative, which, especially in this modern day of social media, is hard to do. I’m driven by the positive. Almost every single show we’ve done on the independent run has had a record crowd. To me, the meet-and-greets with the fans has been very rewarding.”

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WWE RAW Viewership For This Week – Details

– According to ShowBuzz Daily, this week’s episode of RAW, featuring Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair for the RAW Women’s Title in a Falls Count Anywhere main event, drew 3.110 million viewers.

This number is up 3.6% from last week’s 3.002 million viewers for fallout from Survivor Series.

* First hour drew 3.163 million viewers
* Second hour drew 3.130 million viewers
* Final hour drew 3.039 million viewers

RAW was #4 on cable for the night in viewership, behind the NFL’s Monday Night Football, The O’Reilly Factor and The Five.

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WWE 2005 Live Results From Columbia, SC (11/29) – Entire Cruiserweight Roster Debuts

Austin Aries is on commentary with Corey Graves and Mauro Ranallo. He made it known that eventually, he wants a title shot.

The entire cruiserweight roster were brought out for brief introductions: Rich Swann, TJ Perkins, Jack Gallagher, Ho Ho Lun, Bollywood Boyz, Noam Dar, Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, Ariya Daivari, Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado, Akira Tozawa, Mustafa Ali, Gran Metalik and Brian Kendrick

We cut to a video highlighting the Bollywood Boyz, Harv and Gurv Sihra. It’s been a dream of theirs since kids to make it to the WWE. They want to represent their 95 year old grandfather who wanted to see them be WWE superstars.
The Bollywood Boyz defeated Drew Gulak & Tony Nese

Simple match that highlighted the Bollywood Boyz pretty well. Harv did a great crossbody to the floor, taking out Gulak. Gurv went to join the fray but Nese derailed him. Nese and Gulak ended up colliding into one another, leading the Bollywood Boyz to come back and pick up the win with a double superkick on Gulak for the win.

Gulak called them Bollywood Bozos after the match. Nese the mat was lumpy and the ring was greasy. We shouldn’t have to work under those conditions.

Noam Dar hype video. He doesn’t have a game plan on how to separate himself – he’s just going to do it. He just needs to be different. Even though he’s young, he’s been in the ring for nine years, so his age doesn’t equal inexperience. He sees the opportunity to not just be a superstar – but to become a supernova. He’s going to be a cool cat and knows what he need to do both in and out of the ring.

Tom Phillips interviews Brian Kendrick backstage. Kendrick says he is a gambling man and knows that Swann will come up short. Tom mentions how TJ Perkins is also in the mix, and what do you know, he shows up right at that moment. Perkins says he is still owed a rematch, but until then, all he can say is good luck.

Gran Metalik video package. He’s coming soon…even though he was already here at the start of the show…
Jack Gallagher defeated Ariya Daivari

Fine match highlighting Gallagher and his style, with him having the advantage early. The highlight was him wrapping up Daivari in a ball, and after teasing for a bit kicked him in the butt. Daivari took over but Gallagher came back, threw him in the corner and drilled him with a dropkick to score the win.

Lince Dorado video package is shown, talking about his style and how he can adapt. It doesn’t matter who is in the ring, they will know his name.

Rich Swann video package. He talks about his parents dying when he was young and how he was going down the wrong path until he entered wrestling. What separates him from the pack? His smile, his style, that is what sets him apart from others. He’s been all around the world and feels like he’s one of the best cruiserweights to step into the WWE. They show footage of him winning the number one contendership, saying that after everything he’s been put through, getting an opportunity like this was amazing. No matter what is put in your path, you can do it.
Rich Swann defeated Brian Kendrick to win the Cruiserweight title

Really good main event. It was very well worked, brought in some drama with Swann’s neck injury in the middle and the last few minutes were great.

Swann did a cool dive, running on top of the barricade and colliding with Kendrick after a senton. Kendrick grabbed him and tried for a dragon suplex but Swann floated over and countered with a backdrop suplex. Swann went to do something on the top rope but Kendrick cut him off and gave him a neckbreaker on top of the post.

They did a count out spot, but Swann made it to the ring. Kendrick drilled him with a dragon suplex and transitioned into a submission, using Swann’s arms to choke himself. Swann cut him off with a kick and went for the hopping 450 splash but Kendrick got the knees off. Bully choke time, but Swann makes it to the ropes.

Swann comes back and tries to do something off the top rope again, but Kendrick cuts him off and hits the sliced bread…for another nearfall. Swann hits three spinning kicks and pins Kendrick to win the championship.

Swann says this is for all of us. If there is one person he wants to thank, it is his mom. She might not be here, but she is here in spirit. Tom interviews Kendrick. This was supposed to be the biggest day of his life. He mentions Perkins playing mind games backstage. This show was supposed to be all about him. He didn’t lose, and don’t get used to seeing this. Show closes with Swann dancing in the ring.
Report by: Bryan Rose, f4wonline.com

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Graces Cover Of Sports Illustrated (Photo)

– Sports Illustrated has selected Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to grace the cover of their magazine for a story about how his career and life “transformed Dwayne Johnson into Hollywood’s biggest star.”

Johnson released a statement on Instagram about his cover story, and talked about how his failed football career motivates him to work harder today. Here’s an excerpt from The Rock’s statement:

“Failure can be a cool & powerful thing.. When I was 15yrs old and started playing football, I had a dream that one day I’d play in the NFL and be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Keep in mind, at 15, I also considered becoming a pro-boxer ’cause I thought I could be beat Mike Tyson who at that time, became the youngest ever Heavyweight Champ, so clearly my goals were extremely ambitious if not crack pipe level impossible.

I failed to make it to the NFL (as well as got cut from the Canadian Football League). But my football failure created a drive that still pushes me today.”

SportsIllustrated.com has a behind-the-scenes look at Johnson’s cover shoot, and talks about how he became the “highest-paid and “most versatile actor in Hollywood.”

Grateful to share this EXCLUSIVE NEW COVER w/ you. Failure can be a cool & powerful thing.. When I was 15yrs old and started playing football, I had a dream that one day I’d play in the NFL and be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Keep in mind, at 15, I also considered becoming a pro-boxer ’cause I thought I could be beat Mike Tyson who at that time, became the youngest ever Heavyweight Champ, so clearly my goals were extremely ambitious if not crack pipe level impossible. I failed to make it to the NFL (as well as got cut from the Canadian Football League). But my football failure created a drive that still pushes me today. Now years later THE COVER of @SportsIllustrated dream & goal was just achieved. Holy shit! (that’s the 15yr old in me talkin’;). At the end of the day, I want to surround myself with the hungriest and most brilliant team, because I never want to just play in the game, I always want change the way the game played. And thank God I didn’t fight Mike Tyson. #FromAthleteToCEO #ToTheCoverOfSportsIllustrated #SevenBucksProds #1Baller *LINK TO FULL STORY IN MY BIO

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WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair Signs New Contract

– According to PWInsider, WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair and WWE have apparently come to terms on a new contract.

Flair is expected to be a regular character on the weekly Raw program moving forward and his inclusion in this week’s show was actually a last minute addition after he signed his contract.

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WWE Elimination Chamber Set For Upcoming 2017 PPV Event

– It appears WWE is officially bringing back their Elimination Chamber pay-per-view in 2017.

Seen below, the TSR Arena in Phoenix, AZ sent out the following Tweet today announcing that the Elimination Chamber, no word when the event in 2017 will take place.

Previous Elimination Chamber events were typically held in February between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania. Also no word on whether it will be a RAW or SmackDown branded event.

In 2017…. the Chamber returns! Details coming soon. pic.twitter.com/XGbzdp10NQ

— TSR Arena (@TSRarena) November 29, 2016

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