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WWE Stars Cleared To Return To In-Ring Action, SmackDown Viewership For This Week

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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 17, 2008) – WrestleMania 2 Competitor Passed Away

On this day in 2008, we lost NFL Legend & WrestleMania 2 Competitor Ernie Holmes at the age of 59 due to a car accident.

He was a ‘Defensive Tackle’ for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1971 till 1977 and also won 2 Super Bowl Championships with them (1975 & 1976).

In 1986, Ernie Holmes was one of the NFL players who competed in the 20-man battle royal at WrestleMania 2, that was won by Andre The Giant.

† REST IN PEACE ERNIE HOLMES!

July 11, 1948 – January 17, 2008

• SmackDown Viewership For This Week

This week’s episode of SmackDown Live, which featured The Miz vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champion Sheamus in the main event, drew 2.14 million viewers.

This is up from previous week’s 2.03 million viewers.

In comparison, this week’s episode of RAW, which was built around the Universal Championship picture, drew 2.72 million viewers. This is up from previous week’s 2.32 million viewers.

Below are the results from this week’s SmackDown:

– The IIconics interrupted a standoff between Asuka and Becky Lynch

– Becky Lynch def. Peyton Royce

– Asuka def. Billie Kay

– AJ Styles and “The New” Daniel Bryan threw down in the concourse

– Samoa Joe heinously assaulted Mustafa Ali prior to their scheduled match

– Andrade def. Rey Mysterio

– The Bar interrupted The Miz’s “Bestie Birthday Bash” for Shane McMahon

– The Miz def. Sheamus

Below are the top 10 moments from the show:

• WWE Stars Cleared To Return To In-Ring Action

Former SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers have been cleared to return to in-ring action.

Harper was out of action with a hand injury and Rowan was out of action with a right biceps injury. Both men underwent surgery.

The Bludgeon Brothers have been working out at the WWE Performance Center and getting ready for their return.

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