Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WWE Star Disses Fan For Using Phone At Ringside, What Happened After Last Night's Tapings, SmackDown Viewership

- This week's post-Backlash edition of WWE SmackDown, featuring new WWE Champion Jinder Mahal plus Shinsuke Nakamura & AJ Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler & WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens in the main event, drew 2.328 million viewers. This is up 7% from last week's 2.175 million viewers for the Backlash go-home show, which was a new low for 2017. It was the third lowest number for the show of 2017.

SmackDown was #8 in viewership on cable for the night, behind the NBA Playoffs, Inside the NBA, Tucker Carlson, Rachel Maddow, Hannity, The Five and Special Report. SmackDown was #3 in the 18-49 demographic, behind the NBA Playoffs and Inside the NBA.

In comparison, Monday's RAW drew 2.615 million viewers, down from last week's 2.751 million viewers and a new low for 2017. It topped SmackDown viewership by 12%.

- Tony Nese tweeted a photo from last night's WWE 205 Live Street Fight with Brian Kendrick taking Akira Tozawa and took a shot at a ringside fan who was using his phone during the match. You can see Nese's tweet below:

- After last night's WWE SmackDown and 205 Live tapings, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal faced Randy Orton.

Orton hit Mahal with an RKO and appeared to be headed to a victory when the Singh Brothers interfered, causing Mahal to be disqualified. The Singh Brothers continued to beat on Orton after the bell rang until Orton hit both brothers with an RKO.

You can check out highlights from the match in the video below:




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