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WWE News: Update On The Authors Of Pain’s Whereabouts

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Since being called up to the WWE’s main roster as a part of the Monday Night RAW brand the night after WrestleMania 34 on April 9th, Akam and Rezar, collectively known as The Authors Of Pain, have been very seldom seen.

The last time we saw the former NXT Tag Team Champions was on May 16th episode of WWE Main Event in a victory over Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews. Recently, there were reports that WWE didn’t have anything lined up on television for The Authors Of Pain, which is why they haven’t been used much since making the jump to the red brand. Today however, it appears there’s a little more to the story.

According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, one member of The Authors Of Pain has been having issues with his work visa, contributing to their lack of use. Additionally, it’s being said that the issue has been resolved, but WWE still does not have anything for them at the moment as they focus on pushing The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) along with the team of Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. It was also noted that WWE doesn’t want The Authors Of Pain to be “just another team”, which is why they’ve been held off despite the visa issues being rectified. It’s expected that Akam and Rezar will return to television when more focus can be put on the tandem.

EA’s Take: I don’t really have a whole lot to say about this outside of the obvious question, why did you even bring them up in the first place? Get Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre out of the Tag Team Division, there’s zero reason for them to be in there and you can still push them as a pairing like I’ve called for a la Shawn Michaels and Diesel. This is just proof that long-term planning in WWE is lost.

 

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WWE News: SmackDown Live Superstar Gets A Name Change

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WWE has changed Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas’ name!

Tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama was set to feature the next chapter between two lucha stars, Rey Mysterio and Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas (keep up with all the action with Mitchell’s Live Report).

The match was everything the WWE Universe expected, but the newsworthy item coming out of tonight had nothing to do with the action at all. WWE has officially shortened up Almas’ name, as he is now simply known as Andrade. This is something we’ve seen WWE do in the past with the likes of Cesaro (Antonio Cesaro), Rusev (Alexander Rusev), Neville (Adrian Neville) and most recently with Apollo Crews, calling him just ‘Apollo’ for a short period of time.

Of course for those familiar with Andrade, that is actually the former La Sombra’s real last name (Manny Andrade). Now going back to the match, both Superstars took some incredible risks in search of a victory, but in the end Zelina Vega was the deciding factor and Andrade would get the win.


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WWE News: RAW Rating Increases Again, Takes Top 3 Spots In Rankings (1/14/19)

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The ratings are in for last night’s WWE RAW!

After a couple of weeks where Monday Night RAW fell on the eve of holidays and gave the WWE Universe two pre-taped episodes that scored low ratings, last week the red brand saw a big increase up against the College Football National Championship (see last week’s ratings here).

The numbers for last night’s RAW have been released and with no tough competition this week, we have another increase to a 2.722, up 17.1% from last week and up 38.3% over the last two. Here’s how the last four weeks of ratings look for Monday Night RAW:

  • December 24th: 1.775
  • December 31st: 1.968
  • January 7th: 2.324
  • January 14th: 2.722

As for the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic, the aforementioned College Football National Championship knocked the red brand entirely out of the top five, which is an unusual circumstance. This week is a start contrast, as RAW occupies the top three spots. Here is this week’s top five:

  1. Monday Night RAW (9PM) – USA Network – 0.93
  2. Monday Night RAW (10PM) – USA Network – 0.91
  3. Monday Night RAW (8PM) – USA Network – 0.90
  4. Love & Hip Hop – VH1 – 0.74
  5. NCAA Basketball Duke/Clemson – ESPN – 0.71

EA’s Take: What a difference a week can make, especially when you’re not up against the most watched College Football game of the entire season. The funny thing is with regards to the rankings, RAW moves up tremendously while posting nearly identical shares of the demographic as they had last week. So while some people tried to tell me that an 18% increase in their audience and nearly a 1 share of the 18-49 wasn’t a victory for WWE, I think any logical person will tell you that’s just absurd. I was also told that scoring a rating in the 2’s isn’t a big deal, but only eleven shows last night in the top fifty pulled it off.


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