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Samoa Joe Explains Why He Never Tried MMA, Viewership For This Week’s Episode Of NXT Revealed

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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (September 27, 1998) – WCW Worldwide

On this day in 1998, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Worldwide’.

This episode was pre-taped from the Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Halloween Havoc 1998’ PPV.

The card of the show can be found here:

1) Lenny Lane vs. Chris Adams

2) Perry Saturn Promo

3) Bobby Blaze vs. Todd Griffith

4) FallBrawl promo

5) Atlantis vs. Len Denton

6) WCW Motorsports

7) Villano IV & V vs. Public Enemy

8) Disco Inferno Promo

9) Perry Saturn vs. Glacier

• Samoa Joe Explains Why He Never Tried MMA

During a recent interview with Fightful, former United States Champion Samoa Joe talked about MMA and why he never considered a career in it.

Below are the highlights:

On if he ever considered a career in MMA:

“No, ‘cause I came up in Southern California when it was outlawed, and all my friends were MMA fighters were not making money except for, like, two.

So, it just really wasn’t financially feasible at the time. But since then I was just too old to get back into it, ‘cause I don’t lie to myself. I know the elite athletes, I know what they do. You’re just gonna get hurt.”

On seeing others adopt MMA style in Pro-Wrestling:

“I think that’s kind of par for the course, as things evolve, as a audience becomes more educated to combat forms and styles that maybe guys who were with martial arts knew about for years. You have to expand the game.

Obviously they’ve changed perception. I remember when sleeper holds were something, oh, you came keep one on for six minutes. It’s a little bit different now. That’s all from MMA.”

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• Viewership For This Week’s Episode Of NXT Revealed

This week’s episode of NXT, which featured Matt Riddle becoming the #1 contender for the NXT Championship, drew 1.01 million viewers.

This is down from previous week’s 1.18 million viewers.

In comparison, this week’s RAW drew 2.21 million viewers (down from previous week’s 2.27 million viewers) and this week’s SmackDown drew 2.10 million viewers (up from previous week’s 2.06 million viewers).

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