WWE Notes: SD Rating, The Rock, Cena’s CD, Dr. Death Update, More


– The following is from WWE.com:

Dr. Death Steve Williams underwent a laryngectomy (removal of the voice box) for throat cancer earlier this week in Texas. The surgery went well and he is on the road to recovery. While he is still hospitalized and in pain, Steve is in good spirits. Dr. Death appreciates all of the support and e-mails that the fans have sent along and wishes to send his thanks.

– This week’s edition of Smackdown did a 3.4 overnight broadcast rating, with a 5 share. Final ratings of the show – which was preempted in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA – was a 2.6 , with a 4 share, slightly up from last week’s 2.5. Football from 8 to 10pm did a 9.0 on ABC, with NBC’s Joey and The Apprentice getting a 12.1 and CBS programming a 9.3. The highest ratings for Smackdown quarter hours came in the final two, both which received 2.9s. [Credit: PWInsider.com, Nielsen Media Research]

– WWE Tough Enough submissions are due midnight on 9/22. You have to be at least 20 years old to enter and be willing to commit to 10 weeks of time for the contest. One-minute VHS tapes can be sent to:

$1,000,0000 TOUGH ENOUGH
PO BOX 1395

– WWE.com has opened up NoMercy.WWE.com.

– Brock Lesnar was not named to the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad, making him an official free agent. Plans to try out for NFL Europe or the CFL have not been determined. [Credit: PWInsider.com, WrestlingObserver.com]

– Ain’t It Cool News is giving The Rock great reviews for his role in Be Cool, the sequal to Get Shorty. It can be found here.

– Tickets for a WWE show to be held on November 6 in Monterrey, Mexico go on sale October 2. [Credit: WWE.com]

– Reports coming out of a jam-packed John Cena/Dawn Marie autograph-signing at Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, NY (Long Island), is that Cena’s CD is being released January 25, 2005. The next scheduled superstar at the same location (New York Sports Works) is Kurt Angle on October 2nd from 2pm-4pm. [Credit: PWInsider.com]

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