• Last Night’s SmackDown Drew Its Highest Viewership Of 2021 (Details)
Last night’s episode of SmackDown, which kicked off with an in-ring promo battle between John Cena and Universal Champion Roman Reigns drew an average of 2.50 million viewers.
This is up from previous week’s 2.05 million viewers.
Last night’s show drew a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo (rank #1 in the Cable Top 150), which is up from last week’s 0.55 rating.
Last night turned out to be SmackDown’s highest viewership number of 2021, and it’s safe to say that the Cena-Reigns segment on the road to SummerSlam definitely helped.
The first hour of SmackDown drew 2.58 million viewers and the second hour drew 2.42 million viewers.
Tap here to read the complete results from last night’s SmackDown.
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• Old School WWF Legend Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WWF Legend “Mr.” Bob Backlund celebrates his 72nd birthday today.
He held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from February 1978 until he lost it to The Iron Sheik in December 1983.
In 1979, Inoki won the Title in Japan for a week, but this reign is not recognized by the now renamed WWE, which still lists Backlund’s title reign as being uninterrupted.
In 1994, Backlund reinvented himself when he turned heel and started to portray some sort of maniac character.
Bob became the WWF World Heavyweight Champion again, when he defeated Bret “The Hitman” Hart in a submission match at the Survivor Series 1994 PPV.
In 2013, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his good friend, entertainment reporter Maria Menounos.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB BACKLUND!