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AJ STYLES PULLED FROM MULTIPLE SHOWS
AJ Styles has been pulled from a second house show, after apparently falling ill with flu. The event in question, a house show in long island, had him booked to face Daniel Bryan in a cage match. AJ was replaced by the returning John Cena. John and Daniel put in a respectable 20 mins in the ring, with Daniel going over after escaping the cage. It has been reported that AJ isn’t the only superstar suffering from illness this holiday season. Reports suggest that Alexa Bliss, Bobby Roode, and Finn Balor have all been taken ill. How accurate these are is questionable with Finn posting the following earlier:
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) December 28, 2018
FESTIVE RAW AND SMACKDOWN RATINGS
The numbers came in following the Christmas episodes of SmackDown and RAW, and as expected, the numbers were terrible. RAW recorded yet another low point in its recent string of record low viewership figures, finally dropping below the 2 million mark. How far below may be a bit of a shock, with the show averaging only 1.78 million viewers across the three hours. Slightly more encouraging is the fact that during the show the audience didn’t drop off, with the third hour actually scoring more viewers than the first. SmackDown also managed to attract its lowest viewership since the show moved to Tuesdays. There is very little in a way of a silver lining regarding the recent viewing figures, but something the blue brand may what to hold to is the fact that SmackDown managed to beat RAW, averaging 1.90 million viewers over its two hours.
ENZO AMORE SHOWS UP AT MSG SHOW
Enzo managed to make an appearance outside the WWE’s boxing day MSG show. This is the first time he has been seen near a WWE event since he was tackled and escorted from Survivor Series in November.
— ChrisRiz™ (@ChrisRiz) December 27, 2018
ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH ADDED
— WWE (@WWE) December 28, 2018
On this week’s episode of 205 Live, general manager Drake Maverick revealed that there would be a fatal 4-way match for the Cruiser Weight crown at January’s Royal Rumble. The other three competitors joining Buddy Murphy will be decided in a series of matches over the next couple of weeks. Next week sees Kalisto vs Lio Rush and Drew Gulak vs Tozawa. The following week’s episode will feature Cedric Alexander vs Hideo Itami. The winners of the three bouts will progress to the Royal Rumble.
ZACK RYDER REVEALS UNFORTUNATE STAT
— Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) December 27, 2018
Zack Ryder revealed the unfortunate statistic that he hasn’t been on a single episode of RAW in 2018. The star took to Twitter to break the unwelcome news. It’s hard to believe that he is finding it impossible to get onto RAW after winning the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania 32, less than two years ago.
DON CALLIS TALKS ABOUT CHANNEL MOVE
BREAKING: IMPACT is moving to Pursuit Channel!
Beginning on Friday Jan. 11 IMPACT! will air weekly on Pursuit Channel on Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET. @PursuitChannel
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 21, 2018
Don Callis recently opened up about Impact recently announcing their move from POP! to the Pursuit Channel. Speaking on his own ‘Killing The Town’ podcast, Callis said that the product could become “sexier, edgier and maybe a little more hardcore”.
“This week we announced our move from Pop TV which was a great partner for us. A lot of fans thought, ‘Wow, you guys should be on a different network with a different demographic’ so we announced this week we’re moving to Pursuit which is an exciting thing for me. When you talk about how you deal with your content as a company because our parent company Anthem owns not only the Fight Network and Game TV, they also own a significant stake in Pursuit. It’s a great strategic move for us, and I think people are going to love to see a sexier, edgier, maybe even a little more hardcore IMPACT Wrestling. I’m really, really pumped about that.”
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WWE SIGN FORMER NFL PLAYER
WWE has signed former Indianapolis Colts player Pat McAfee. The punter who has recently been seen on NXT TakeOver pre-shows has signed a multi-year deal with the WWE, it is unclear exactly what is planned for Pat at this point. The deal was revealed during Pat’s podcast, The Pat McAfee show: