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Devin Cutting sent this in: The Smackdown taping & live ECW broadcast on April 1st, 2008 (two days after WrestleMania 24) will be held at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Tickets go on sale January 19th, 2008 at 10 AM.

Robert L. Berry sent this in: ESPN was running a segment earlier today about people’s favorite “This is SportsCenter” ads (you know, the ones where athletes walk through EPSN’s offices and do funny things) and one of the commercials they mentioned as one of their favorites featured Wrestlers from the WWF’s early to mid 90’s roster including King Kong Bundy, Shawn Michaels, Diesel and The Undertaker, etc. It was pretty funny. You can see this on YouTube at:

Former TNA and Puerto Rico star Apollo was at WWE’s Ohio Valley Wrestling territory earlier this week as part of a tryout.

We noted yesterday that TNA and Ring of Honor would be going head-to-head on the same night in January in the Dayton, OH area and that won’t be the only time the companies will be doing this in 2008. TNA’s scheduled Long Island event in Westbury on February 22 is just 15 miles away from Ring of Honor’s event the same night in Deer Park, Long Island. Whether or not this will be the start of a growing trend between the two companies remains to be seen.

Here are some interesting ratings notes regarding the Raw 15th Anniversary show this past Monday night:

* The three-hour average for the show was a 4.1 household coverage rating, drawing 2.93 million in P18-49, 2.605 million in P25-54 with 5.77 million viewers total.

* This is the top three-hour Monday Night Raw event on USA to date among P25-54, P18-49 and total viewers overall, beating out the “Homecoming” event in 2005.

* The show also gave USA its best Monday primetime (8:00pm to 11:00pm) average among P18-49 and total viewers since September 11, 2000, which was the second to last week before Raw moved to TNN/Spike TV.

* During the 8:00pm hour, USA was ahead of Fox and ABC among M18-49. During the 9:00pm hour, USA did better than Fox and CW among P18-49 and P25-54. During the 10:00pm hour, USA was ahead of ABC among P18-49 and beat out all broadcast networks among M18-49.

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