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POOR RAW VIEWERSHIP WITH TLC FALLOUT
This week’s episode of RAW only managed to attract 2.053 million viewers accoringing to Showbuzz Daily. This is the closest WWE has come to drawing less than two million viewers all year. The episode has the unwanted honour of being the lowest viewed non-holiday episode of RAW ever.
This week was down 4.5% from last week’s TLC go home show. The decline is indicative of WWE general audience number problem. WWE’s viewership has been declining over recent years. 2017 saw an average of 3.018 people watching each episode, this slipped to 2.823 million in 2018, and so far in 2019 WWE is averaging 2.440 million viewer each week.
THE STREET PROFITS AND THE NEW DAY ALL SIGN NEW MULTI YEAR DEALS WITH WWE
After Kofi’s announcement of his new contract two days ago, WWE has announced that the other member of The New Day, and The Street Profits have all signed new, multi-year deals.
The announcement came on WWE Backstage. It was noted that during contract negotiations, all three members of The New Day negotiated for the same pay and conditions as a way of showing solidarity.
See below for the two press releases regarding the new deals:
The New Day agree to matching multi-year extensions with WWE
As first reported on WWE Backstage, The New Day have agreed to matching multi-year extensions with WWE. Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods solidified a pact of identical length and compensation on their contracts to maintain equal status among the team.
The news of Kingston’s extension broke on the trio’s weekly podcast The New Day: Feel the Power.
It’s been an eventful year for The New Day, who are in their seventh reign as Tag Team Champions. Kingston & Big E are carrying the titles while Woods is recovering from an Achilles injury. Kingston also delivered one of 2019’s most memorable moments with an emotional WWE Championship victory against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania.
Catch The New Day on Friday Night SmackDown at 8/7 C on FOX.
The Street Profits agree to multi-year extensions with WWE
As first reported on WWE Backstage, The Street Profits have agreed to multi-year extensions with WWE.
Since coming to Raw in 2019, The Street Profits have been bringing all that smoke to the red brand. The duo defeated The O.C. in their debut match on Raw and have continued to move up the tag team ranks.
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins have also been some of WWE’s most entertaining performers with their backstage breakdowns and a unique spin on the SNL favorite with last week’s “Monday after Weekend Update.” In fact, on this week’s episode of WWE After The Bell, Ford revealed that The Street Profits were born out of an NXT acting class.
Catch The Street Profits on Monday Night Raw at 8/7 C on the USA Network.
DEAN AMBROSE EDITED FROM ARCHIEVE COMMENTARY
Earlier this week WWE issued an innocuous video showing the best ten debuts of the last decade. In the video, during The Shield’s debut, WWE has edited mention of Dean Ambrose from the commentary.
Originally, Michael Cole clearly called each member by their name, starting with Ambrose. This was clipped from the top ten video.
While it is unclear why WWE did this, Dean now goes by Jon Moxley in AEW.
In the full WWE Network version of Survivor Serier 2012, the show where The Shield made their debut, Michael Cole still clearly calls Dean’s name.
TRACY SMOTHERS REVEALS CANCER DIAGNOSIS
Fomer WWE and ECW star Tracy Smothers revealed that he is battling lymphoma, a type of cancer the attacks the immune system. He has been battling it for some time apparently, explaining that he was on his thrid round of chemotherapy at present. See Tracy’s full post below:
To all concerned I was diagnosed Nov.14 w Lymphoma cancer which now am on my 3rd treatment 3 to go Of Chemo which is shrinking the rapid growing tumors.Doc told me yrs ago I have blockage in my artery so here we are an have lost 45percent of my heart use.Also he said I have lots of head,body trauma.Doc said I had a heart attack some time back an didnt know it.Have felt bad for awhile now but thought I was getting old,lol.This is not fatal as its between my Pancreas,Colon,neck.A big TY to all of u but I look at it as getting a tube up,overhaul,tires rotated,oil change,etc.all in one lol.Remember LIFE is a BATTLE an I’m in it to win it so dont hesitate in trying to be tough by putting off getting checked out in this day an age u never know??GOD BLESS EVERYBODY..
NWA REVEAL NAME FOR THEIR NEXT PAY PER VIEW
NWA Hard Times & #NWAPowerrr (January 24th, 25th, 26th) Tickets on Sale This Friday
— NWA (@nwa) December 18, 2019
On last night’s episode of NWA Powerrr the company revealed the name for their next pay per view. Coming off the success of In To The Fire, the next major show will be called ‘Hard Times’. The show will take place on January 24, and will be held at the GPB Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
IMPACT EDIT SCHEDULE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
PROGRAMMING UPDATE: Here's our holiday schedule!
Saturday December 28th and January 4th you can catch our Best Of 2019 shows featuring the reveals of the end of year awards!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 18, 2019
Impact Wrestling has announced a change to their schedule for the holiday period. Impact has announced that they will be changing to Saturday nights, starting December 28. This will roll over to January 4, before returning to normal on January 7.
The two special shows will be airing the best bits of 2019 in the form of an awards show. Fans can vote at the moment for their favourites.
IMPACT ADD THREE MATCHES TO HARD TO KILL CARD
DALLAS – You cannot miss #HardToKill on January 12th at The Bomb Factory.
The history making card is absolutely loaded from top to bottom and we're starting 2020 with a bang!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 18, 2019
With Hard to Kill rapidly approaching, Impact has added three new matches to the card. Booked for January 12, Hard to Kill will take place in Dallas, Texas.
The first match to be announced sees veteran Ken Shamrock faces off against Madman Fulton. The match follows a savage beating doled out to Ken at the hands of Fulton recently, Ken will be out for revenge.
The second match is a battle of the big men. Moose will be facing another WWE and ECW veteran in Rhino.
The third match could very well headline the whole event, as RVD takes on Brian Cage in what Impact is describing as a dream match.