WWE News: RAW Ratings, Big Show, Orton, More


– This week’s RAW did a 3.6 cable rating, with a 5.7 share, according to Nielsen Media Research, with hours of 3.6 and 3.7. This is up from last week’s 3.5. The top rated segments were at 10pm and the 11pm overrun, both of which got a 4.0.

Heat did a 0.9 cable rating, with a 1.8 share.

Velocity did a 0.4 cable rating, with a 0.9 share.

The WWE Experience did a 0.5 cable rating, with a 1.3 share.

[Credit: PWInsider.com, Nielsen Media Research]

– The Big Show taped a video with Fred Sampson (who has been an extra often on RAW and SD, playing a police officer in an Eddie Guerrero angle and more). The vignette was taped on 8/28 and will air starting Thursday. Sampson is also booked as an extra for the 10/4 RAW at Madison Square Garden. [Credit: WrestlingObserver.com]

– There’s a great article on Randy Orton on
STLtoday.com, where the World Champ discusses his wrestling lineage, The Rock, and more.

– The following is from a press release issued today by WWE:

WWE Smackdown! Superstars Set Box Office Records In Australia

Wednesday September 8, 4:09 pm ET

World Wrestling Entertainment(R) August Tour Down Under Grosses More Than $3.4 Million

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 8, 2004– World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown! Superstars The Return of the Deadman Tour in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia, at the end of August broke box office records while grossing more than $3.4 million (US) in three sold out events.

The WWE® SmackDown!(TM) Superstars broke a box office attendance record at the Sydney SuperDome on August 27 with 17,739 fans attending, and set a new per-cap merchandise record of $16.93. Both of the previous records were also held by WWE.

In Brisbane on August 28, WWE set a per-cap merchandise record of $17.96 at the Brisbane Entertainment Center, breaking a record previously held by the Rolling Stones. In Melbourne, on August 29, WWE set the Vodafone Arena gross record with $896,618 and a per-cap merchandise record of $20.60.

Matthew Michaels is editor emeritus of Pulse Wrestling, and has been since the site launched.