• SmackDown Live Draws Horrible Viewership Once Again
This week’s episode of SmackDown Live, which featured Daniel Bryan vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champion Luke Harper in the main event, drew 2.14 million viewers.
This is down from previous week’s 2.32 million viewers. In comparison, this week’s RAW drew 2.66 million viewers, down from previous week’s 2.90 million viewers.
Many people have noticed that this year’s least viewed SmackDown Live episodes had Daniel Bryan in the main event. This week’s episode also had Bryan in the main event as noted above.
Below are the results from this week’s show:
– The Bludgeon Brothers and Daniel Bryan got into it on “Miz TV”
– Rusev def. Xavier Woods
– Lana and Naomi met the cast of Netflix’s GLOW
– United States Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Eric Young ended in a disqualification
– Jeff Hardy & The Usos def. SAnitY
– Becky Lynch def. Sonya Deville
– James Ellsworth called out Asuka
– Team Hell No reunited after Daniel Bryan def. Harper via disqualification
Below are the top 10 moments from SmackDown Live:
• Police Issues Statement Regarding Top WWE Star Being Bitten By Police Dog – Incident Being Reviewed
As we noted before, PWInsider reported that SmackDown Live Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura was bitten by a police dog on Monday night before a WWE SmackDown Live event in Bakersfield, CA.
Nakamura then wasn’t cleared to compete at Monday night’s WWE Live Event and wasn’t cleared to compete Tuesday night on SmackDown Live either (where he was scheduled to face Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship) as he has a very sore leg from the dog bite.
The police dog was brought backstage at last night’s Live Event as a part of a pre-show security check. The dog sniffed Nakamura’s leg and bit him without being provoked.
No word yet on when Nakamura will be cleared to return to in-ring action. We’ll keep you updated.
The Bakersfield Police Department has now issued the following statement regarding this incident:
“On Monday, June 25, 2018, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Team were conducting a protective sweep of the Rabobank Arena in preparation for the WWE Live SummerSlam Heatwave Tour.
During the sweep, the EOD Team, which consisted of an explosive detection trained canine team and bomb technicians entered an area of the arena where an employee of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was present. The canine entered the room to sweep for the presence of any explosive material.
As the sweep took place the WWE employee was accidentally bit by the canine. The employee sustained an injury to his lower left leg. Medical aid was immediately summoned to the scene and the employee was transported to a local area hospital for medical treatment. We are conducting an internal review of the incident.”