Aug. 24 News Update: WWE Has Strong Week of Television Numbers



**The MMA Report is up with tons of Mayweather vs. McGregor fight week coverage and discussion on the Jon Jones story. I have three guests this week with boxing commentator & writer Corey Erdman from Showtime Sports, Severe MMA’s Sean Sheehan with the coverage the fight is receiving in Ireland and then I am joined by Fight Network’s Cody Saftic. It’s a packed edition of the show with many angles covered going into Saturday and the show can be downloaded at and on iTunes by subscribing to either Live Audio Wrestling or The MMA Report with John Pollock.

**I will be a guest on TSN 1290 in Winnipeg on Friday at 12:30pm Eastern chatting you know what.

**A new Review-A-Wai is out Friday with Braden Herrington & Bartender Dave filling in as they review the new “Pure Country, Pure Heart” film featuring Shawn Michaels.

**We will have a special Bauer & Pollock show coming out Friday.

**Jim Ross will be on The LAW live on Sunday night to chat about the Mae Young Classic with the first four episodes being released on Monday. Jason Agnew & Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski will be running through all the week’s news and the fallout from Mayweather vs. McGregor. Tune in at 11pm Eastern on TSN 1050 Toronto and TSN 1410 Vancouver and live here on the site.


**NXT is taping television tonight from Full Sail University. Based on Roode’s promo that aired on Wednesday night, it would seem likely that he will be at the tapings tonight to finish up remaining programs. They should also have an explanation regarding Asuka and if they will be doing anything with the women’s title with her broken collarbone. It would be crazy after all the time invested to strip her of the title, even with the readymade option of putting the title on the line for the Mae Young Classic, but it wouldn’t be my call. 6-8 weeks is hardly a lifetime and they can afford to just wait for her to heal and return.

**John Cena is advertised for the next three episodes of Raw on August 28th in Memphis, September 4th in Omaha and September 11th in Anaheim. Cena isn’t listed for the September 18th go home show in San Jose and No Mercy is the last show he is advertised for moving forward. Meanwhile, Brock Lesnar is currently being advertised for this Monday’s Raw in Memphis and September 11th in Anaheim prior to No Mercy.

**The WWE had a strong week of television numbers with both Raw and SmackDown Live doing their highest figures since April.

Monday’s episode of Raw averaged 3,390,000 viewers on the USA Network (highest average since April 10th for the superstar shake-up) with the first hour doing 3,416,000, a rise to 3,581,000 and then a drop to 3,216,000 for the final hour. Not only was their significant interest coming off of SummerSlam but they maintained a healthy amount of the audience for the duration of the show so the audience was clearly engaged with the entire show and the return of John Cena to the show.

Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live averaged 2,685,000 viewers, which is the show’s highest number since April 11th during the superstar shake-up week. This was even more impressive because it was done without John Cena on the show and was the fourth consecutive night of WWE programming.

**Wednesday night’s episode of NXT was the usual recap edition coming out of Takeover with additional matches taped in Brooklyn. The most newsworthy item on the show was an interview with Bobby Roode to address his debut on Smackdown but stating that he had unfinished business in NXT and suggested he will be doing another match with Roderick Strong and a rematch with Drew McIntyre for the NXT title.

**The 20-man Gauntlet Match for the vacant GFW title is the main event of tonight’s episode of Impact Wrestling at 8pm Eastern on POP TV in the U.S. and Fight Network & Game TV in Canada.

**Jim Ross noted on “The Ross Report” podcast this week that he had to re-call 16 matches of the Mae Young Classic tournament due to creative changes.

**PWG has announced that due to TK Cooper’s ankle injury from a few weekends ago, he will be replaced in the Battle of Los Angeles tournament by Joey Janela. Janela will be taking on Sammy Guevara in the opening round match of the tournament. The annual BOLA tournament takes place September 1st-3rd in Reseda, California. In addition to the tournament, Cooper was scheduled to team with Travis Banks against The Young Bucks on the first night of BOLA and that match is now off and the Bucks are not scheduled for night one any longer.

**AAA has struck a deal with Twitch to carry this Saturday’s TripleMania card live and free at 8pm Eastern at The card is headlined by Psycho Clown vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. in a Mask vs. Mask match and will also feature a bunch of GFW performers on the show, including: Bobby Lashley, Moose, Jeff Jarrett, John Hennigan (Johnny Mundo/Impact) and Rosemary. The card is going to be going up against the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, although the show should be over by the time the fight gets into the ring on pay-per-view.

**Vince McMahon turns 72-years old today.

**MLW is producing a countdown series of videos ahead of their live event on Thursday October 5th with Ricochet and Shane Strickland as the subjects. Below is their first episode:

**The WWE stock closed at $20.96 on Thursday.


**There is not much more to report on the Jon Jones story, although it has been confirmed that the substance found in his system was Turinabol, which is what TMZ initially reported on Tuesday night. Malki Kawa was on The MMA Hour and stated that the B sample will take approximately two-weeks to come back (it is next to a guarantee that it will reflect what was in the A sample) with Kawa adding he believes it is a tainted supplement. Jones did pass a pair of out-of-competition tests that were administered on July 6th and 7th and then failed the in-competition test on July 28th (the day before the fight in Anaheim). While nothing has been said about this, Jones would also have to take taken a drug test immediately after the fight and there is the possibility the same substance could be found in that test and would lead to a pair of drug test failures. Jones has not spoken publically as of yet and he has not been stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title.

**The New York Times has a story out today regarding the Nevada Athletic Commission’s role in sanctioning the fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Conor McGregor. The feature focuses on the reluctance of the Association of Ringside Physicians to sanction such a fight with this much of an experience disparity between the two within the sport of boxing. The article notes that the state of Nevada receives 8% of the gross revenue from every ticket sold and then the Nevada Athletic Commission receives 25% of that figure. It is estimates that the state will receive more than $4.8 million for the fight and that will translate to $1.2 million for the commission. I have spoken many times about the inherent conflict for a commission that is designed for fighter’s safety but is also serving the state and this fight brings up many questions, the biggest being if a fighter with zero pro boxing fights and no substantial marquee value would be sanctioned in in a similar situation. It will also make for a difficult rationalization by the commission for the next time they turn down a fight and have to justify their reasoning after providing a green light for this one.

**For whatever reason, the WBC has designed a “Money belt” to be awarded to the winner of Saturday night’s fight. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman unveiled the title at Wednesday’s press conference and stated that the championship belt was made up of 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 300 emeralds, 1.5 kg of 24-karat gold and made with alligator leather.

**Brian Custer, Mauro Ranallo and Brendan Schaub handled Showtime’s coverage of Wednesday’s final press conference involving Mayweather and McGregor. This led to speculation that Paulie Malignaggi could be off the broadcast, however Stephen Espinoza of Showtime Sports confirmed to Ariel Helwani during an interview that Malignaggi will be working the booth on Saturday with Ranallo and Al Bernstein.

**Here is the latest Embedded episode ahead of Saturday’s fight:

**Combate was the first to report that Demian Maia and Colby Covington (who just did angle on Impact Wrestling last week) are set to fight on October 28th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Maia is coming off of a loss to champion Tyron Woodley, which ended Maia’s seven-fight win streak. Covington is 7-1 in the UFC and has a chance to make a lot of noise if he can defeat Maia.

**The UFC has announced that a female strawweight bout between Felice Herrig and Cortney Casey is official for the UFC 218 card on December 2nd in Detroit at the new Little Caesars Arena.

THE MMA REPORT – Aug. 24th
(It is Mayweather vs. McGregor fight week and John Pollock is joined by Corey Erdman of Showtime Sports, Severe MMA’s Sean Sheehan, Fight Network’s Cody Saftic and a discussion on the Jon Jones drug test failure)
(John Pollock & Wai Ting review the final night in Brooklyn for the WWE with the debut of Bobby Roode, return of Shelton Benjamin and another A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Owens match along with a debate on beach balls)
REVIEW-A-RAW: “Balls-clays Center”
(John Pollock & Wai Ting review Raw from the Barclays Center with the return of John Cena to Raw and teaming with Roman Reigns, fallout from SummerSlam, injury to Big Cass and we take your feedback and questions)
(JoJo Remy & WH Park share their thoughts on the final three nights of the G-1, Tetsuya Naito’s win, directions for Wrestle Kingdom 12 and they conduct a fantasy draft for the 2018 G-1)
(Jason Agnew & Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski run through the WWE SummerSlam card and take your calls, Dave Meltzer chats SummerSlam and the latest on Ric Flair, plus LAW Extra with Braden Herrington & Bartender Dave reviewing NXT Takeover from Brooklyn)
(John Pollock & Jimmy Korderas provide a full preview of Sunday’s SummerSlam card from Brooklyn with the fatal four-way main event for the Universal title and all the rest of the matches scheduled)
KEEP IT 2000 – Ep. 18 “Takin’ Care of Bollea”
(Brian Mann & Nate Milton are joined by comedian Chris Trew to review the May 1st 2000 episode of WCW Monday Nitro during David Arquette’s run as WCW champion and leading into Slamboree that year)

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