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WWE Needs 3 Million Viewers For SmackDown To Avoid Cancellation On FOX

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• ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (May 8, 1988) – WCCW Parade of Champions 5

On this day in Pro Wrestling history on May 8, 1988, Fritz Von Erich’s World Class Championship Wrestling held the ‘5th Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions’ at the Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.

This was the last out of 5 “Parade of Champions” events that were held once a year from 1984 till 1988.

Here are the results:

– The Missing Link & Jason Sterling defeated Vince Apollo & The Angel of Death

– WWA World Heavyweight Championship: Mike George (c) defeated Jeff Raitz

– Steve Casey defeated Eric Embry

– Black Bart defeated Bill Irwin via DQ

– Triple Dome of Terror: Terry Gordy defeated Michael Hayes

– Texas Heavyweight Championship: Terry Taylor (c) defeated Chris Adams

– Triple Dome Texas Roundup: Jason Sterling, Steve Casey & John Tatum defeated Angel of Death, Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes, King Parsons, Buddy Roberts, Jack Victory, Shaun Simpson and 6 others

– Bruiser Brody & Kevin Von Erich defeated Buddy Roberts & a Masked Man

– Vacant Wild West Tag Team Championship: John Tatum & Jack Victory defeated Terry Gordy & Steve Simpson via count-out

– WCCW World Heavyweight Championship: Kerry Von Erich defeated Iceman Parsons (c)

• WWE Needs 3 Million Viewers For SmackDown To Avoid Cancellation On FOX

WWE hasn’t been doing good in terms of viewership as of late and they’re in panic mode. This is why Vince McMahon introduced the “wild card rule” this week in hopes of increasing some viewership and interest due to this rule.

According to Slice Wrestling, FOX officials have made it clear to WWE that SmackDown needs to have at least 3 million viewers per episode to avoid risk of cancellation.

WWE’s TV viewership has dropped by about 40% since last year and last week’s SmackDown drew less than 2 million viewers, so things aren’t looking good for WWE right now.

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