SD News: Smackdown Tapings, Ultimo Dragon Back To WWE, Tough Enough


– Smackdown is taping this weekend on Sunday in Rockford, IL, since the upcoming RAW pay per view is on Tuesday. [Credit:]

– Smackdown ratings last night were a 3.8 overnight, according to Nielsen Media Research. [Credit:]

– Ultimo Dragon will be returning to WWE in a few months, without the mask, after wrestling for the final time in Japan as Ultimo Dragon this week in a 6-man tag. He, Jushin Liger and Great Sasuke faced three different Tiger Masks in what was reportedly a great event. He’ll be returning to WWE using his real name “Asai” with a backstory that he’ll have returned to Japan to find himself, and come back to the US as a warrior, possibly teaming up with other Japanese wrestlers on SD. [Credit:,]

– Tough Enough tryouts are going on today and tomorrow in Venice Beach, with around 50 male competitors going through an obstacle course and bench press competition. These will be narrowed down to 8 by the end of tryouts. [Credit:]

– Jamie Noble is now wrestling in New Japan, under his real name James Gibson. [Credit:]

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