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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

News and Notes (04/01/2015)

- The Raw after WrestleMania drew huge ratings for WWE, getting an average
of 5,364,000 viewers for the three hour broadcast. That is up 1.1 million
viewers from the last Raw prior to Mania. This was the best number since
the July 23, 2012 edition of Raw, which drew just over 6 million that day.
The first hour started with 5,227,000 viewers, then went up to 5,597,000
for the Brock Lesnar destruction, and then it went down to 5,267,000 for
the third and final hour. (Ratings credit:

- WWE issued a press release announcing more records for WrestleMania,

which broke records for viewership, attendance, social and digital media
engagement and merchandise sales. The company is marketing WrestleMania 31
as the most-watched WrestleMania in history with 1.3 million Network
subscribers plus additional traditional pay-per-view data still to be
counted. As noted elsewhere here, Raw after Mania did nearly 5.4 million
viewers making the show the most-watched program on all of cable
television for the 11th week in a row. As reported before, the attendance
was 76,976 with fans from all 50 states and 40 countries. The previous
record at the new stadium was 70,799. The show grossed $12.6 million. When
it comes to social media, WrestleMania 31 was the most social event in WWE
history with a record 142 worldwide Twitter trends, including 10 number
one worldwide trends, which was more than any broadcast or cable show that
night. WWE-related content saw more than 60 million video views across all
platforms on the day of WrestleMania. WrestleMania 31 garnered a record
165 million impressions on Facebook and 92 million impressions on Twitter,
an increase of 62 percent and 23 percent year-over-year, respectively.
During WrestleMania, the WWE flagship App saw its most usage since launch
in 2012, while reaching nearly 18 million downloads during WrestleMania.
The WrestleMania 31 App had four times as many downloads as last year’s
WrestleMania 30 App although no exact figures on that one were released.
In merchandise, WWE generated an additional $3.3 million in WrestleMania
merchandise revenue, eclipsing the previous record of $2.7 million from
WrestleMania 29.

- The injury angle from the Raw after Mania where all three announcers
were destroyed by Brock Lesnar will be over by next week’s show as it was
announced on WWE.COM that all three will be returning behind the broadcast
booth on Monday. To play up the angle, the story said that Michael Cole
was diagnosed with a bulging disc and severe neck, back, and shoulder
pain. JBL had an abdominal wall tear and Booker T has contusions and
soreness. All three, in reality, were fine and the only real damage was to
Byron Saxton who didn’t fare well on commentary on his own. Meanwhile,
someone very funny updated Michael Cole’s Wikipedia entry, adding a
“death” section. First, the cause of death was written as “ground shaking
F5” and Lesnar had “yet to be charged in the court of law” but he was
“suspended for his actions.” Then the Wikipedia entry was altered saying
that he died of “anal bleeding!” Whoops!

- The NXT Takeover specials that the recent WWE press release indicated
that will be airing monthly has been changed as common sense prevailed and
the decision was changed to leave them as quarterly events. The decision
to go monthly raised some eyebrows as the quarterly live specials are
super popular with fans and changing it to monthly specials would have
somewhat decreased the importance. The press release circulated online
still has monthly specials listed but the WWE.COM story now has “Airs
quarterly on Wednesdays.”

Thursday, March 26, 2015

News and Notes 03/26/2015

- The autopsy report of Perro Aguayo Jr., revealed that the Mexican lucha
lire star died “almost immediately” of his injuries he suffered in the
ring, suffering three fractured vertebrae and was dead by the time he was
transported to the hospital, said Gilberto Cota Alanis, deputy prosecutor
for Baja California state. The report was carried by the Associated Press.
Prosecutors have opened an investigation, and Cota Alanis said the other
wrestlers involved in the match would be questioned about the incident as
well as Wrestling and Boxing Commission officials who handled Aguayo's
body and the medical workers who attended to him. The whole incident
started when Aguayo Jr., received a missile dropkick and then was thrown
out of the ring via a hurricanrana. Once he came back in the ring, looking
already a bit groggy, Aguayo Jr., was hit with another dropkick that set
him up for the 619 but that was apparently the final blow that lead to his

- TNA announced today that it has signed a new television deal in Brazil
to bring Impact Wrestling for the first time ever to the country on the
free-to-air sports broadcaster Esporte Interativo (EI). Impact Wrestling
will first air on Esporte Interativo every Sunday at 10PM and fans will
also be able to watch TNA’s monthly PPV and One Night Only events, as well
as TNA Xplosion. Xplosion will broadcast every Monday at 7:45PM.

Programming will air in Portuguese, thanks to a dedicated Brazilian
announce team. TNA will join global brands including the NFL and the UEFA
Champions League on Esporte Interativo, which can be seen by 105 million
people in Brazil and is also the home of MMA in the country. Turner
Broadcasting, the television arm of the American media group Time Warner,
recently became the sole owner of the network. TNA President Dixie Carter
said, “To partner with Esporte Interativo, a major Brazilian network with
a reach of more than 100 million people, is another significant chapter in
the incredible TNA international story and an important milestone as we
look to expand across South America.”

- is reporting that Jerry “The King” Lawler will be given
the day off on Hall of Fame night as his hosting gig has just been given
to someone else. For the first time ever, a Diva will be the MC for the
evening, and the honor has been given to Eva Marie. Only four other
individuals have hosted the Hall of Fame ceremony since 2005. Jerry “The
King” Lawler has done the show six times, Todd Grisham twice, Gene
Okerlund once, and in 2008, Grisham and Okerlund hosted the show together.
The Total Divas star is certainly not the most popular Diva among fans
mostly due to her inexperience in the ring despite being in the company
for two years already. She was introduced during the first season of Total
Divas and has remained one of the cast members ever since. WWE fan and
celebrity Maria Menounos will be returning to host the red carpet event
which will kick off an hour before the ceremony at 7PM EST.