Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Possible Plans For NXT Call-Ups, Batista's "Guardians Of The Independent Scene", RAW Viewership

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- Some of the indie wrestlers who appeared on last night's RAW as Batista's security guards were John Rodin, Chris LeRusso, Benjamin Boone, Victor Benjamin and László Árpád.

Triple H made a reference to Batista starring in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies by referring to the security team as "Guardians of the Independent Scene" during last night's in-ring promo. As noted, Triple H vs. Batista in a No Holds Barred match is now official for WrestleMania 35.

- There's been speculation on some of the WWE NXT call-ups being assigned to the RAW or SmackDown rosters after WrestleMania 35, likely in the Superstar Shake-up on April 16 and April 17. Ricochet mentioned in his recent interview with WPSD Channel 6 that he will continue to wrestle on both shows until after WrestleMania 35, and then he assumes he will be assigned to a roster. NXT Superstars, who are still using the NXT graphics on RAW and SmackDown, include Ricochet, Aleister Black, EC3, Nikki Cross, Heavy Machinery, Lacey Evans, Johnny Gargano and NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, who just underwent neck surgery. Gargano has been away for a few weeks after plans were changed due to the Ciampa injury.

- Monday's WWE RAW episode, featuring fallout from Sunday's WWE Fastlane pay-per-view with advertised appearances by The Shield, Batista and Triple H, drew 2.819 million viewers.

This is up 1.3% from last week's 2.783 million viewers for the Fastlane go-home show. It is the second best viewership for the show since September 3rd, just behind the 2.922 million viewers for the February 25th show which featured Roman Reigns' return.

For this week's show, the first hour drew 2.838 million viewers (last week's hour 1 - 3.065 million), the second hour drew 2.866 million viewers (last week's hour 2 - 2.798 million) and the final hour drew 2.752 million viewers (last week's hour 3 - 2.485 million).


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