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SMACKDOWN RATINGS REMAIN STEADY
The second week of SmackDown running from the WWE Performance Center drew almost the same viewership as last week. It reached 2.563 million viewers, down less than one percent from the previous week.
In the 18-49 demo, SmackDown was up seven percent, averaging a 0.75 rating, which would usually put SmackDown on top of the network TV ratings, but with more people at home, it trailed several shows.
In the 18-34 demo, SmackDown did top all other network shows with a 0.6 rating, which was up 20 percent.
WWE CONFIRM THREE MATCHES FOR NEXT WEEKS SMACKDOWN
WWE confirmed last night on SmackDown that The New Day and The Usos will face off in a number one contender’s match on SmackDown. The winning team will challenge The Miz & John Morrison for the SmackDown Tag Team titles at WrestleMania.
Secondly, Drew Gulak will face Shinsuke Nakamura on the episode. If Gulak wins, Daniel Bryan will get an Intercontinental title shot against Sami Zayn at WrestleMania.
Finally, Alexa Bliss will take on Asuka. In addition, Bray Wyatt will also host a new edition of Firefly Fun House.
AEW POSTPONE ‘BLOOD AND GUTS’
AEW announced Friday night in a series of tweets that the ‘Blood and Guts’ match will not happen on this week’s edition of Dynamite. They have cited that the time and circumstances aren’t right.
In its place, AEW did announce that the show will include Chris Jericho “confronting Matt Hardy, face-to-face, one-on-one, for the first time ever.” They have not confirmed whether the other matches they had announced for the show, which include a Lucha Bros vs. Best Friends parking lot match and a Wardlow vs. Luchasaurus lumberjack match, are off as well.
AEW tweeted that the Blood & Guts show will happen “when the time is right” and that they will continue to run from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville with ‘limited personnel’.
SETTLEMENT REACHED IN HULK HOGAN SEX TAPE LAWSUIT
According to BayNews9, a confidential settlement has been reached in the $110 million lawsuit brought against Cox Radio, Cox DJs Mike “Cowhead” Calta and Matt “Spiceboy” Loyd, and a few other defendants by WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan.
The defendants were accused of conspiring to leak Hogan’s private sex tape with Heather Clem, the ex-wife of his former friend Bubba “The Love Sponge” Clem, which was filmed back in September 2012. You may know this as the tape that was at the centre of Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker several years back. Hogan claimed he was a victim of the “radio wars” between Calta and Clem, and Calta was accused of using his agent to anonymously leak the video to Gawker, which showed Hogan having sex with Heather.