-- Friday's episode of WWE SmackDown drew a 1.80 (1.8) cable rating, with 2.73 million viewers, which is about flat with the show pre-WrestleMania. The viewership was identical with the last first-run SmackDown, which was the one immediately after WrestleMania. However, the show has shown a steady decline following each live Smackdown, as seen below:
* Jan. 6 - Feb. 17... 2.07 average rating pre-2/21 live special
* Mar. 2 - Apr. 6... 1.91 average rating pre-4/10 live special
* Apr. 20 - 1.80 rating
Among cable TV shows, SmackDown ranked #4 in viewers for the night. It was #1 in key male demographics for the first hour and #2 in the male demos for the second hour. All key demos were lower than the April 6th episode and about even with the pre-WrestleMania Smackdowns in March.
At the same time last year, SmackDown pulled in a 1.87 rating with 2.83
-- Roddy Piper and his son Colt Toombs spoke with Arda Ocal about Colt's MMA career, the chances of them teaming together in wrestling and more. Check out the highlights:
Colt on his MMA career: "Pro wrestling was my first love and it was what I watched growing up with him, but as soon as I could walk, he's (Piper) has had me in martial arts. After high school, I had the opportunity to train some MMA and I had a couple of amateur fights. I really loved it and I just kept going with it. Due to the martial arts that he put me in, I was kind of good at it and it kind of just fell into place."
Colt on a possible jump to professional wrestling: "I've watched it growing up. I absolutely love it and I would definitely give it a try. I just haven't quite gotten there yet."
Piper on how he would react if his son wanted to try out professional wrestling: "Do I train him or do I let him go and get trained on his own? I don't know the answer to that. I'm not going to lead him astray and say ‘you're doing great' when really you should go get a job. You can be a good MMA guy and a lousy wrestler. There is something that's got to come out of you special. That scares me (training Toombs)."
Piper on his desire for one more match and what that match would be: "I want one more fight for my career. I thought I would just fight the champion. I could get in shape one more time for one more good one. But doing a tag team, his (Toombs) first fight and my last, I'd consider that."