The 2/26 edition of Smackdown Live! brought in 2,150,000 overnight viewers, down from last week’s 2,269,000 overnight viewers.
Matt Hardy returned to WWE tonight on WWE Smackdown LIVE! According to PWInsider, WWE cashed in a clause in the Hardy Boys contract that extended their two-year deal into a three year deal.
The Hardy’s contracts were up next month, according to the report.
The word backstage is that WWE has involved a clause in Matt and Jeff Hardy’s existing WWE deal, rolling it over for a third year. Had WWE not rolled over the contract, it would have expired next month.PWINSIDER.com
Matt Hardy had been teasing a countdown until the expiration of his WWE deal on social media of late, but it would appear that was simply Hardy’s latest attempt to use social media to his advantage by creating a buzz online.
Whacha Gonna Do, Brother, When Hulkamania comes to Netflix?
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that a new movie surrounding the life of WWE Hall of Famer, Hulk Hogan, is in the works. Chris Hemsworth is set to star as Hulk Hogan.
The untitled film is close to signing a deal with Netflix for distribution. Hogan is signed on as a consultant. Former WCW President and host of the insanely popular 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff, will be one of the producers alongside Chris Hemsworth and Bradley Cooper.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will focus on the rise and origin of the Hulk Hogan character and not go into his post wrestling scandals and Gawker lawsuits.
On Cody Rhode’s official Youtube channel, Cody announced that the “Over Budget” Battle Royal will be returning to AEW’s Double or Nothing.
While the winnings were not announced, Cody did talk about how it would make the winner.
Cody also teased looking at bigger buildings for the future.
WWE announced today that they are adding all 34 episodes of the “Mean” Gene Orkerlund hosted Confidential program. WWE Confidential took fans behind the scenes in a documentary style magazine piece on historical events in wrestling.
WWE Confidential Trailer
PWinsider is reporting that Undertaker is still affiliated with WWE. Undertake has begun taking independent bookings for autograph signings. As reported earlier this week, The Undertaker will be appearing at Starrcast 2.
Mike Johnson wrote: “For those who have asked, The Undertaker has the ability to take outside signing appearances now, which is why he is doing the Starrcast event as well as appearances in the UK for Inside the Ropes. He knows he can command top dollar for the appearances (and he’s right) and will likely be adding additional appearances down the line. He’s still associated with WWE and has not left the company. “
The Undertaker is one of the biggest names in professional wrestling and he is also one of the more private people in wrestling. According to PWInisder, The Undertaker will be appearing at Starrcade 2.
“I know people might assume this is an AEW event, but that is not true,” Thompson told Sports Illustrated. “We have wrestlers appearing from every promotion from all over the world, and Starrcast isn’t just for All Elite Wrestling fans, it’s for all wrestling fans. The Undertaker is synonymous with wrestling and generations of wrestling fans have grown up with The Undertaker. We wanted to bring something unique to Las Vegas, and there isn’t anyone more special in this business than The Undertaker.”
This is an incredible get for Starrcast.
John Cena is continuing his transition from full time WWE Superstar to overall entertainment personality. Cena, who has had a pretty incredible year as a movie star, is moving to TV Game show hosting for Nickelodeon.
According to Variety, Cena has signed on to be the host of game show revival, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader. Variety didn’t go into much detail about when the series will air or how many episodes both parties have agreed to.
Cena was rumored to be the new host of Blue’s Clues revival that ultimately went nowhere.
It was April 7, 2014, the night after WrestleMania. Paige was only there to congratulate AJ Lee on taking the WWE Divas title. No one was expecting anything more from the new girl out of Norwich, England. But that day, in front of a global crowd, Paige’s entire life changed.
SUBSCRIBE for more!: http://bit.ly/28Okvch Watch the always-entertaining Paige recount her backstory of the wild 24 hours that included her meeting The Rock, getting a feature film made about her life story, and winning the Championship belt. It’s a hilarious look at what was going through Paige’s mind as she became an overnight sensation at the age of 21. ‘FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY’ IN SELECT THEATERS FEBRUARY 14 IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE FEBRUARY 22
IMPACT Wrestling was struggling on POP TV to maintain its 130,000-170,000 weekly viewers. Since moving to the Pursuit Channel, the brands viewership has crashed and burned, to say the least.
Let’s put it this way: For the last month, numbers for IMPACT Wrestling on Pursuit were not available because it hadn’t broken the top 150 shows on cable. Dave Meltzer has gotten the number of viewers for IMPACT Wrestling.
Up until now, the only numbers that we were able to get were off their Twitch channel, which was about 15,000 views. On Pursuit, they are averaging about 7.000-12,000 views. Pursuit is happy as that is a nice increase for the network, but that is less than 10% of the audience they had on POP. Heck, that is less than 5% of their viewership back on Spike TV.
Commentary: This is a terrible number for IMPACT Wrestling. The only good thing going for IMPACT right now is their Youtube channel getting between 20,000-40,000 views.