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> The TripleMania show airing from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Televisa did 1.25 million viewers on 8/25 live. They aired the last three matches from the show, the Lady Shani hair vs. mask win over Faby Apache, Fenix winning the heavyweight title in a four-way over Brian Cage, Rich Swann and Jeff Jarrett, and the Pentagon Jr. vs. El Hijo del Fantasma vs. Psycho Clown vs. L.A. Park mask match. Last year’s show did 12.3 million for the Psycho Clown vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. mask vs. mask match as the only bout aired. And no, the decimal point isn’t messed up. It shows the value of following McGregor vs. Mayweather last year. Still, given it was out of prime time, the number was considered good
> Tickets for Wrestle Kingdom go on sale to New Japan Fan Club members on 9/10. An interesting note is that they are putting more tickets on sale, standing room tickets in the upper deck because with whatever they have planned and their business increases this year, they expect to have the first Tokyo Dome real sellout in 17 years.
> Bein Sports has dropped DirecTV so that’s another blow for the reach of MLW
> Tessa Blanchard, who has moved to Southern California and working as a trainer for the actresses being trained to be wrestlers for David McLane’s (the original head of GLOW which is now a hot thing because of the Netflix TV show) new WOW for AXS TV, will also be wrestling as the key star with the promotion. Blanchard vs. Santana Garrett will be the first title match at the first set of tapings for the AXS shows, which start airing in January. Garrett is the current champion. The first set of tapings are 10/10 and 10/11 in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theater. They are pushing that Blanchard has the chance to be WOW and Impact champion at the same time
> C.M. Punk did an autograph appearance as part of All In weekend, but was not at the show backstage or anywhere, nor at the convention where he’d have been a huge hit. At the convention, whenever his name was mentioned at shows (then our shows where I don’t recall his name being mentioned but our audience pretty clearly was different and wouldn’t have done it) we heard that people booed the name and chanted Colt Cabana, who was at the convention. Punk was at the Pro Wrestling Tees store and the line for his autographs at one point was six blocks long. Punk tweeted how thankful he was to spent time with fans and listened to some moving stories from some great people and thanked them for their smiles
> World of Sport had what would sound like promising news regarding a renewal, but bad news as well this past week. The company announced nine house shows early next year. They announced on TV that they were doing a house show tour and then directed viewers to go to their web site for more details. That’s good news because announcing these shows would indicate they aren’t closing up shop after the ten-week first season run. Right now everyone is proceeding with the idea of doing a second season. The idea they would with the ratings the show has drawn indicates that somebody in a decision-making power is bound and determined to make it work, but ultimately in the television business, ratings are the decision makers. This was the first indication in that direction. This is not official but talent believes these dates are not new TV tapings and have not been announced as such, and if they were, it would sell more tickets. The belief is that if they are taping a second season, it would be at the same studios they taped the first season in.
> Daniel Bryan just signed his new contract so they’ve agreed on terms. As of 9/3 it was not official since WWE hadn’t signed it, but that’s a formality and it should be official very soon if not this week. It’s been pretty much a given now for several weeks that he wasn’t going anywhere for a number of reasons. But it was not an easy decision and he was lucky that whatever his decision was going to be, there was no wrong decision
> At the Smackdown show in Detroit at the Little Caesar’s Arena, they announced that the next show in the building, on 12/28, would be a Raw show. The Monday of that week is New Year’s Eve, so WWE has decided not to do a live show on New Year’s Eve and instead tape Raw ahead of time taping on a Friday night for Monday
> The 10/28 Evolution PPV show at this point has sold 7,000 tickets to the Nassau Coliseum. It will end up close to full as a full house is scaled at 10,900. Of those 7,000 tickets, about 2,400 went to ticket brokers and the price to get in is $41
> Toni Storm’s injury is a spinal injury. The belief is that it’s not serious as far as time off is concerned. She’s been given clearance I believe, and is official for both the 9/30 Progress show at Wembley and everything after that date.
> New WWE trainee Daniel Vidot, who was a Rugby League star in Australia, made news as on his last night in the country before flying this week to Orlando to start at the Performance Center, he proposed to his girlfriend, Danielle Glanville. He’s enough of a celebrity from Rugby League that there have been articles over the years on him considering going to WWE, and also on his girlfriend, a cabaret dancer on the Gold Coast. There had already been media stories on Glanville leaving her dancing job with the idea she would move to Florida and try to start a career as a singer. As she was in her final night performing at Dracula’s Cabaret, she was taking a bow on stage when Vidot came to the stage and got on one knee and proposed. She started crying and accepted and the crowd went wild. Vidot said doing that had been on his mind for a while, and said that he was so nervous he forgot what he had planned to say
> It looks like the XFL will have a franchise in Houston when it opens in 2020. They are at least looking into it and toured two different stadiums BBVA Compass Stadium,, home of the Houston Dynamos and TDECU Stadium, home of the University of Houston football team
> We’ve got notes on the ratings from the U.K. for the last two weeks available. The 8/13 to 8/19 week was a big one in the U.K. as Raw did 127,000 viewers and Smackdown did 84,000. This would be the go-home week for SummerSlam. The post-SummerSlam shows, which would figure to be the highest rated in months, since they were in the U.S., saw Raw do 39,000 viewers and smackdown do 46,000 viewers
> Seth Rollins had his arm all cut up as part of the brawl on Raw, but he has been cleared to appear at the weekend house shows so the injuries weren’t serious. Sam Gradwell’s MRI showed a full ACL tear so he’ll need surgery and be out probably six to nine months. Nia Jax is out of action with a leg injury
> The WWE stock price continued to rise this week, closing on 9/4 at $88.75 per share, meaning a $6.921 billion company value. If you’re at 20 times earnings, that means they’re looking at $350 million in profits in 2020, since the price is kind of based on 2020
> The most-watched WWE Network shows from the past week were: 1. SummerSlam 2018; 2. NXT from 8/29; 3. Story Time Episode three; 4. Story Time Episode two; 5. NXT Takeover Brooklyn; 6. 2017 Hell in a Cell; 7. Stephanie McMahon: All Business; 8. This Week in WWE; 9. NXT Chicago preshow (this always makes the list because there is a mechanism on a lot of the shows that if you watch until the end it automatically clicks to this episode); 10. Mae Young Classic bracketology. 205 Live on 8/28 was 14th, which means that the 8/22 views after the first week of NXT over the past seven days beat this week’s 205 Live numbers