-- EOnline.com has published an article on WWE Diva and Stars Earn Stripes winner Eve Torres' admiration for noted American politician, commentator and author Sarah Palin, who she met during filming of the NBC reality show—Palin's husband Todd was a contestant on the show.

"She was really a lovely woman," said Torres. "We didn't talk politics, but she was excited for me when I won. She was proud that I did it for the girls out there. She was really sweet."

Torres also had dinner with the Palins. "At the end of the day, she's a mom and a nice woman," Torres said.

-- As noted earlier, Booker T has been announced to appear at an NXT live event taking place Friday, Sept. 21 at Charlotte Harbor Event Center 75 Taylor Road, Punta Gorda Florida 33948. The SmackDown General Manager will participate in a Meet and Greet before the show.

-- In attendance figures for last week's RAW brand tour of Australia, the Aug. 30 show in Brisbane drew 8,000 paying $750,000. Aug. 31 in Sydney drew a near sellout of 15,000 paying $1.3 million. Sept. 1 in Melbourne drew a near sellout of 14,000 paying $1.3 million.

SmackDown on Sept. 1 in Des Moines, Iowa drew 4,800 paying $145,000. The following night's show in Madison, Wisconsin did 3,000 paying $80,000.