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CM Punk Returns to WWE… On WWE Backstage

It has taken the internet by storm. While it isn’t a match, or even the teasing of a match, CM Punk has returned to WWE programming. He made his return on WWE Backstage on FS1 on Tuesday night.

Punk will be appearing periodically on Backstage, according to Fox. He is advertised for next week, so that should lead to a big bump in the ratings.

Start fantasy booking his return to the ring right… now.

Impact Results:

The road to No Surrender continues for Impact. Lots of action on this week’s episode:

  • Trey def. Rohit Raju, Aiden Prince, Willie Mack, Petey Williams & Brent Banks in an X Division #1 Contendership match
  • Madison Rayne def. Alexia Nicole
  • Daga def. Jake Crist
  • Sami Callahan & Madman Fulton of oVe def. Tessa Blanchard & Rich Swann
  • Jessicka Havok def. Krystal Moon
  • The North (c) def. Eddie Edwards & Naomichi Marafuji to retain the Impact Tag Team Championships

Some big developments on this show. Not only was an X Division #1 Contender crowned, but we learned who will be Sami Callahan’s No Surrender opponent: Rich Swann.

The big match of the night was the main event title match. These two teams brought big hits in an excellent bout.

NWA Powerrr Results:

Another week, another solid episode of NWA Powerrr. With so much wrestling going around, it is hard to watch it all. For an enjoyable dose of wrestling, Powerrr does the trick. The results for this week:

  • Trevor Murdoch def. Caleb Konley
  • Thunder Rosa & Marti Belle def. Crystal Rose & Brooklyn Creed
  • The Question Mark? def. Dan Parker
  • The Wild Cards (c) def. Outlaw, Inc. to retain the NWA Tag Team Championships

This episode introduced us to the greatest acquisition in NWA history – The Question Mark?

Bonus points to Aron Stevens for a great outfit. He cut a promo where he “quit” wrestling and the NWA.

As always, you can watch the full episode here:

Monday Night Raw Hits Ratings Low

It was not a great week for Monday Night Raw. The show was pre-taped, and had stiff Monday Night Football competition. All of these factors probably played into Raw getting it’s lowest non-holiday rating in modern history (h/t WrestlingInc). It also had the lowest third-hour viewership of any episode ever, with 1.753 million viewers. That represented a 26% drop from the first hour, the biggest drop from hour one to hour three in history.

WWE News & Notes:

Also on WWE Backstage, some updates were provided on WWE contracts and injuries.

Ryan Satin reported on Backstage that both The Miz and Paige have re-signed on multi-year contracts with WWE. Miz re-signing is no surprise, given his success in the company and his crossover work for WWE on his television show and in WWE movies. Paige has been out of in-ring action since 2018 due to a neck injury, but is now on WWE Backstage.

Satin also gave an injury update on Johnny Gargano. Gargano is out due to a neck injury, and his potential TakeOver match against Finn Balor is off. Hopefully Gargano will be back quickly to get some vengeance on Balor.

Samoa Joe also gave an injury update while working on the show. His thumb injury appears to be progressing well, and he should be back in a few weeks.

One for the Road:

Late submission for best wrestling video of the year.

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