— As noted earlier here on the website, the 5/3 WWE SmackDown on Syfy drew a final 1.82 (1.8) cable rating with 2.47 million viewers. This is down from last week’s show that drew a 1.96 cable rating with 2.75 million viewers. This is the second lowest number for SmackDown this year.
— Randy Orton vs. Antonio Cesaro will headline this week’s WWE Main Event broadcast. The show will be taped Tuesday night prior to the WWE SmackDown tapings. We’ll have live **SPOILERS** here on the website.
— CNN.com is featuring an article noting that Google is set to unveil a subscription service involving YouTube channels where you would be able to subscribe for as little as $1.99 per month. Around 50 channels are expected to be part of this launch. WWE is still being advertised as a YouTube channel partner despite reports of a one year contract recently expiring. You can check out the full article at this link.
— Chris Joronzer sent this one in:
Talent Evaluation with Gerald Brisco and Jim Ross July 12th
For the third straight year, Gerald Brisco and Jim Ross will be evaluating professional wrestlers during this year’s George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame weekend in Waterloo, Iowa. The event will be held at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center on Friday, July 12 starting at noon. Last year’s event saw wrestlers from across the country get in the ring in hopes of getting to the next level.
The format for the evaluation is that each wrestler will wrestle a full match with introduction. After all matches are completed, Brisco and any special guests in attendance will take time to talk to the group. Also, a wrestler that shows promise may be asked to take part in the Impact Pro Wrestling show taking place Friday night. Last year’s event was evaluated by Gerald Brisco and Jim Ross. Danny Hodge was a special guest at ringside.
Brisco has been involved with professional wrestling for over 40 years and is currently a WWE talent scout. In addition to Brisco and Ross, several Midwest wrestling promoters will on hand to look for talent for their own promotions.
Registration begins today and the cost of the evaluation is $200.00. All proceeds will go to benefit the Dan Gable Museum and the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. In order to be considered, you will have to send a resume including a picture and the following information: Height, Age, name of trainer, and brief list of career highlights to [email protected] The evaluation is open to both men and women.
The talent evaluation is part of a great weekend of professional wrestling.
Tentative partial schedule:
Friday, July 12th Noon: Talent evaluation with Gerald Brisco and Jim Ross
Friday July 12th 7 PM: Belltime for Impact Pro Wrestling show. In attendance will be Edge, Ric Flair, Jim Ross, Bill Watts, Jim Brunzell, Gerald Brisco, Baron Von Raschke, and many more.
Saturday July 13th Noon: Events start at the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo.
Events include round table discussion and autograph signing.
Saturday 5PM George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame inductions banquet