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Andrade ‘Team Rocket’ Almas
Zelina Vega has posted a Team Rocket themed
photoshoot with her and Andrade ‘Cien’
Almas on her Instagram page.
Why they have…
I’ve got absolutely no idea.
But I appreciate it deeply not only as a Pokemon
fan, but also for how into it Almas looks.
WWE Raw & SmackDown Ratings
Despite a stellar tag match involving Almas
on Tuesday night, SmackDown fell slightly
in the ratings from last week’s New Year’s
Day episode to 2.03 million viewers.
It marks the first time in several weeks that
SmackDown hasn’t beaten Raw in the ratings
– with the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations
severely affecting Monday night’s viewership.
With the holidays over, Raw predictably bounced
back, up 18% from last week with 2.32 million
Which is still amongst some of the lowest
ratings ever for the show, but not as bad
as the last five or so weeks, so top work.
But far more important are your ratings!
57% of you thought this week’s Raw was AvRAWge
(I thought it was Poor), while SmackDown was
comfortably SmackTastic with 74% of the vote.
Perhaps the answer to improve those TV ratings,
WWE, is to actually debut your NXT call-ups
within a reasonable timeframe.
Heavy Machinery Debut At SmackDown
As part of the so-called New Era, WWE announced
Lars Sullivan, Lacey Evans, EC3, Nikki Cross
and tag team Heavy Machinery be called up
to the main roster.
That was back before Christmas, though, and
the same run of video packages for them on
every episode of Raw and SmackDown is starting
to become a bit annoying.
IF I HAVE TO SEE YOU OPEN THAT DOOR ONE MORE
TIME, EC3, I swear to Go-!
Turns out, though, five of the six have already
technically debuted – with Cross wrestling
Becky Lynch as a UK show one-off back in November,
EC3 and Lacey Evans wrestling in the dark
matches before Raw on Monday, and now Heavy
Machinery’s Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic
wrestling the Colons for the live crowd only
after SmackDown on Tuesday.
If only ticket buying fans coming from the
All Elite Wrestling rally across the road
could’ve seen them…
AEW Fans Claim WWE Banned Them From SmackDown
AEW hosted an event walking distance from
where SmackDown was taking place on Tuesday
to announce the huge signings of Chris Jericho
and the former Neville in WWE, PAC.
Many fans went to the rally, and then walked
to that evening’s SmackDown – but those
wearing AEW t-shirts were allegedly stopped
from entering, with several tweeting about
how they weren’t allowed into the show,
including one guy who claimed he “was kicked
out of SmackDown for having an AEW towel”.
Fan Benjamin Unbutton even tweeted that security
told him “Sir, you can’t wear that shirt
here, this is coming from Vince himself”
with a picture of what looks like his AEW
t-shirt turned inside out to allow entry.
Apparently this wasn’t the case for everyone,
as another fan pointed out:
“my friend was there wearing a shirt and
had no issues.
another friend saw a group of rowdy AEW fans
causing problems and security asked them to
calm down and it escalated to them being asked
While another claimed they were eventually
let in after changing out of their AEW merch.
Wrestling Inc were actually interviewing Cody
and Brandi Rhodes while news of AEW fans being
turned away from SmackDown came out, with
“You can’t throw people [out].
If people part with their money to get tickets,
you can’t turn them away.”
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