– As noted, tonight’s WWE NXT episode will feature Shinsuke Nakamura’s TV return against TJ Perkins. In the video below, Perkins talks about what he did for the cruiserweight division and now he’s the first to challenge outside the division. Perkins says he and Nakamura go way back to Japan and Nakamura is somewhat a mirrored image of him, so tonight should be fun.
– This week’s WWE SmackDown, featuring John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. Carmella and James Ellsworth plus AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton in the main event, drew 2.738 million viewers. This is up from last week’s 2.566 million viewers.
SmackDown was #5 in viewership on cable for the night, behind Fixer Upper, The O’Reilly Factor, Tucker Carlson and The Five. SmackDown was #1 in the 18-49 demographic.
In comparison, Monday’s RAW drew 3.216 million viewers, up from last week’s 3.093 million viewers.