• SmackDown Live Viewership For This Week
This week’s episode of SmackDown Live, which featured the final build for the Greatest Royal Rumble event, drew 2.55 million viewers.
This is down from previous week’s 2.80 million viewers for the Superstar Shakeup edition of the show.
In comparison, this week’s RAW drew 3.10 million viewers, down from previous week’s 3.62 million viewers.
Below are the results from this week’s SmackDown Live:
– Big Cass interrupted “Miz TV” with a message for Daniel Bryan
– The IIconics def. Asuka & Becky Lynch
– Jimmy Uso def. SmackDown Tag Team Champion Rowan
– Carmella and Charlotte Flair met for a contract signing for their match at WWE Backlash
– Shelton Benjamin def. Randy Orton
– Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev & Aiden English def. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Below are the top 10 moments from the show:
• Another Major WWF Name Turns Down Greatest Royal Rumble Offer
As we noted before, Old School WWF Legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin declined a role at the upcoming Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia on April 27th, according to Brad Shepard.
Below is what Shepard posted:
“A source in WWE told me that the Saudi show is a big, big deal to Vince and there is no short-selling that. He isn’t flying every upper level talent he can find to Saudi Arabia without good reason (that 10-year deal being quite a good reason). They are throwing everything including the kitchen sink at it. They wanted Austin to show up too, but he declined.”
Austin isn’t the only major WWF name that has turned down an offer for the Greatest Royal Rumble as WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels has turned down an offer as well.
During a recent edition of X-Pac 1,2,360 podcast, WWF Veteran X-Pac revealed that Shawn Michaels turned down a big money offer from WWE for the Greatest Royal Rumble.
Below is what X-Pac said:
“A lot of money is being thrown around. It’s an insane amount of money being thrown around. I know that this weekend I was in Baltimore and I was with Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash and we were talking about that. They wanted to get Shawn, and he was just like, ‘you know what, don’t even bother sending me an offer and trying to tempt me.’ Because there’s huge money offers. And he’s going, ‘I got a thing with one of my kids, and I’m doing that, and that’s all there is to it.'”