LAW Apr. 4 Update - ESPN Reports Gigantic Number
John Pollock / April 4, 2012 - 4:19pm
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**The WWE ‘Raw’ rating came in at a 3.43 and averaged 5,010,000 viewers and up significant from the weeks leading into WrestleMania 28. The Hall of Fame ceremony drew a 1.86 rating and averaged 2,660,000 viewers and well down from last year’s ceremony, which was headlined by Shawn Michaels going into the Hall of Fame.
**For what it’s worth Gus Ramsey of ESPN is reporting that WrestleMania 28 did 1,900,000 pay-per-view buys, which I cannot even begin to fathom as being legitimate. The all-time record for the WWE is 1,250,000 buys in 2007 for WrestleMania 23 featuring the Hair Vs Hair match involving Donald Trump and Vince McMahon. If the final number is anything above 1.2 million, I would consider it a big success and suffice to say if it’s even in the ballpark of 1.9 you will have WWE employees dancing in the streets and you will never be able to take a criticism towards The Rock with any level of seriousness.
**The Daniel Bryan momentum is really taking off with a ‘Yes’ chant breaking out at the Miami Heat game on Tuesday night as the WWE is racing to release a new t-shirt for Bryan to capitalize. This is one of the strangest results to a squash match I can ever recall and if the WWE capitalizes on this it will be an instant of a truly organic push from the audience that the WWE is acknowledging.
**The WWE crew gets the rest of the week and weekend off before the ‘Raw’ tapings on Monday night and then ‘Smackdown’ tapings next Tuesday. The company then heads overseas for a ten-day, 20-show tour starting in Russia and then into the U.K. including the television tapings the following week.
**Drew McIntyre suffered a shoulder injury during the 12-man tag at WrestleMania on Sunday but continued on with the match. It was clear on television that he was favoring the arm if you watch it back. He is not expected to miss any time from the injury. Justin Gabriel injured his elbow on the pre-show during the three-way tag match is expected to be on the sidelines for a month as a result.
**Ring of Honor has announced that Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay has been added to the May 12th ‘Border Wars’ show in Toronto, Ontario at the Ted Reeve Arena. As I noted on The LAW Sunday night this will be an iPPV event and they are currently planning a huge main event for the show that may surprise some when it is announced.
**Jim Ross posted online that The Undertaker, Triple H and Shawn Michaels all requested that Ross call the Hell in a Cell match on Sunday night and Ross said the decision was finalized on Friday night for him to have the call.
**Dean Ambrose worked both on ‘Raw’ and ‘Smackdown’ in dark matches along with a video for the website where he confronted Mick Foley at a hotel so it appears they have plans for a call up any week now.
**Skip Sheffield makes his return to the main roster this Friday on ‘Smackdown’ with a new gimmick. Sheffield had a serious ankle injury that took him off of television and out of Nexus in the summer of 2010 and has been rehabbing his ankle since that time.
**Will Sasso, Sean Hayes and Chris Diamatopoulos from the upcoming ‘Three Stooges’ movie will be guests hosts on ‘Raw’ this Monday night from Washington. D.C. Sasso in particular is a huge fan and even did an angle with Bret Hart back in 1998 on ‘Monday Nitro’ as well as a video last year for ‘Funny or Die’ impersonating Jesse Ventura.
**The WWE stock hit a 52-week low today of $8.55 and closed at $8.57. The stock has taken a major tumble over the past year being as high as $12.93 last April.
**Here is what Scott Steiner has posted on Twitter regarding his issues with TNA:
Read my tweets people, I am not blasting TNA if I do I will let you know. Right now, I'm trying to save TNA because its The Titanic and its sinking fast because Hogan and Bischoff are doing the same bullsh** they did to destroy WCW. It took them 1 1/2 months to drive TNA to its lowest ratings ever. The best way to save it is to jump off and be the voice for the guys that can't say anything.
I have nothing to be bitter about! I have a contract extension signed by TNA officials that under the circumstances that under the circumstances I would not sign.
**Greg Oliver has an obituary on ‘Chief’ Jay Strongbow (Joseph Scarpa) up on the SLAM website. Scarpa passed away on Tuesday at the age of 83.
**TMZ is reporting that former WWE performer Maven Huffman was arrested on Monday after it was discovered he was going to three different doctors within the state of Florida to obtain prescriptions for hydrocodone and oxycodone and obtained a total of 1,000 pills. Huffman was released on a bond of $2,000 and faces up to five-years in prison if convicted. Huffman won the inaugural season of ‘Tough Enough’ in 2001 and was immediately rushed to the main roster where he had a lot of momentum upon his debut but was not ready for the big spotlight and floundered in the undercard for the next few years before being released in 2005.
**Kayfabe Commentaries will present a special live edition of ‘YouShoot’ on June 1st with special guest Vince Russo in Monroe, New Jersey. The Q&A session will air live on WWNLive.com for $14.99. The video below is actually a hell of a promo for the audience they are catering to and whatever you say about Russo, he certainly knows how to sell himself tremendously.
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