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SMACKDOWN VIEWERSHIP ISSUES
SmackDown Live recorded a modest increase in viewers when compared to last weeks show. While an increase on last weeks show is positive, it was again below the two million mark, coming in at 1.977 million viewers. This weeks show was the third lowest viewed show since they went live. With the new FOX deal starting in October and reports that FOX was looking for over 3 million viewers, WWE will have to make some changes soon to find the extra viewers.
- GLOW NOMINATED FOR SAG AWARDS
Glow has picked up three nominations in the annual Screen Actors Guild awards. Although the viewing figures aren’t the highest, industry sources have claimed that its value to Netflix comes from the awards and nominations it continues to receive. Bringing the running total of nominations to 46, the latest SAG nominations are as follows:
- Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
- Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Alison Brie
- Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
NWA REVEAL TITLE CHALLENGERS
National Title – @MDoggMattCross
Women’s Title –
— NWA (@nwa) December 12, 2018
The NWA has now confirmed the names of the three title challengers competing at ‘New Years Clash’ on January 5th in Clarksville, Tennessee. Allie will compete for the NWA Women’s Championship against current holder Jazz and Matt Cross is to take on Willie Mack for the NWA National title. These two matches join the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship match in which James Storm will fight current champion, Nick Aldis.
JOHN CENA TALKS ABOUT WWE RETURN
Speaking to the Toronto Sun during the promotion of his upcoming film Bumblebee, Cena spoke about his 2018 in Wrestling:
“I do apologize for being away for so long, but I have these wonderful opportunities to try and be a part of another storytelling universe that I truly enjoy,”
John is due to return to the WWE for a number of dates, starting just before the new year. Although he has been advertised for some RAW tapings (notably Memphis on the 14th of January), John explicitly denied this during the interview:
“None of these shows are televised. I’m literally just doing it because I want to get back to a place I feel most comfortable and to working with people I can call my family. And I want to have some fun.”
Speaking about the reaction he will receive upon his return, John acknowledged that he doesn’t expect everyone to be pleased to see him, although he views this as being one of the better things about the WWE fanbase:
“I know that my return is going to come with some mixed opinions — especially because I’ve been away and I’ve got a stupid haircut now — but that’s what’s great about the WWE audience. They are fanatical. They are obsessive. They are loud as hell and it’s going to be a fun experience. I’m glad I can come back.”
BECKY LYNCH GETTING HER OWN DOCUMENTARY
Although there isn’t any information about when or where it will air it appears that WWE has started shooting a documentary on the ‘Lass Kicker’. During a recent interview between Becky Lynch and Ariel Helwani on Ariel’s MMA show, it seemed that the WWE sent a camera crew with her to capture footage.
HIROSHI TANAHASHI WINS AWARD
Winning for the fourth time, Hiroshi Tanahashi has picked up Tokyo Sports MVP award. Also picking up an award was NJPW, winning best bout for Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada at Domination on June 9th.