Notes on Ratings, JR’s Contract, Smackdown Your Vote & More

News, Ratings

– Sputnik Monroe, a wrestling legend in the south for decades starting in the 50s, he died early Friday morning at 77 years of age, at a nursing home in Edgewater, Florida.
(Credit: SLAM! Wrestling — full story)

– WWE will be announcing Survivor Series matches each day online at 3pm ET beginning tomorrow. (Credit:

– Friday Night Smackdown last week scored the highest broadcast rating of the season, with a 2.9 (5 share), 4.80 million viewers and in the valuable A18-49 demogeaphic a 1.6 (5 share). This is up 12 percent in households, 900,000 in viewers and 23 percent among A18-49 compared with last year’s same time episode on UPN, and beat Fox’s Vanished and Trading Spouses. (Credit: Nielsen Media,

Ghost Hunters Live on Sci Fi after ECW’s Halloween show scored a 0.9 cable rating, up over 100% from its previous four week average. (1.3 in first 11-12 hour.) The show aired all night into the next morning. (Credit: PWInsider, Nielsen Media Research)

– WWE announced last night on the PPV that 14,687,233 votes were cast for RAW’s Cyber Sunday PPV.

– WWE is reportedly close to signing “Stampede Kid” TJ Wilson, who was recently evaluated in Deep South Wrestling, and has connections to the Hart family, particularly Harry Smith with whom he has tagged as the New Bulldogs. (Credit: PWInsider)

– Matt Cappotelli, Tough Enough 3 co-champion currently out of action battling brain cancer, has started a Christian-based clothing company here. (Credit: PWInsider)

– WWE has added some political names to its Smackdown Your Vote podcast line-up. (Credit: Yahoo! News)

– Jim Ross rumor-killer! His Webmaster has posted the following: “Many websites are reporting that J.R. is working without a contract with his present employer which is not true.” (Credit:

– Due to WWE’s Holiday schedule, there will instead be a “Best of ECW” special on Tuesday, December 26.

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