Updates on Piper, Playboy, Iraq, Ratings & (L)ashley

News, Ratings

From WWE.com:

“Piper was sent home early from WWE’s early-November tour of the United Kingdom and hospitalized for surgery, where doctors removed a mass at the spinal cord with an enlarged lymph node. The mass was completely removed, but the lymph node was positive for Hodgkin’s lymphoma…

“Piper is currently undergoing radiation therapy, which is used to treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is an extremely successful procedure, so the prognosis is very good for Piper…

“‘I’ll walk down that Raw ramp again, or I’ll be dead…'”

He says that by being voted into the tag title match at Cyber Sunday, the fans allowed him to find his cancer, and saved his life. You can read more here, and if you want to send letters to him, you can here:

Roddy Piper
18645 Southwest Farmington Rd.
PMB 12 Aloha, Oregon 17007

In other news:

– From WWE.com: “Divas Rebecca DiPietro and Maryse Ouellet are in the December 2006 issue of Playboy magazine. The 2006 $250,000 Diva Search contestants are highlighted in the Grapevine section of the Gala Christmas Issue, which features examples of their past modeling work for Playboy.” Ashley, who will be on the cover of Playboy around Wrestlemania 23, has been interviewing with WWE.com, the latest part which can be found here.

– WWE’s doing its Iraq show at some point in the next week, and has opened up a Web site for the Tribute to the Troops show, including photos, etc.

– From WWE.com: “WWE Champion John Cena and ECW World Champion Bobby Lashley were special guests on FOX News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto today. The pair was featured on the business news program to promote WWE’s Tribute to the Troops in Iraq.”

– WWE posted an article from the Stamford Advocate about the business impact of the Indonesia situation here.

– There’s an interview up with Road Warrior Animal about his son James who is making a name for himself in college football here.

– Friday Night Smackdown! from last week was the show’s most-watched episode of the season — 4.7 million viewers — according to Mediaweek.com. It got a 2.8 broadcast rating (4.7 share) with a 2.1 (8 share) in the males 18-34 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research by way of PWInsider. Monday’s RAW did a 3.7, according to Nielsen and WrestlingObserver.com.

– Kenny’s bio is still on RAW’s Superstars site, but the rest of Spirit Squad have been removed.

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