Lots Of News: Bischoff/WWE, SD! Rating, ‘Mania, & More

Ryan Clark

Former General Manager of RAW Eric Bischoff’s profile has been added to the WWE Alumni page. Bischoff appears live on RAW this week.

Based on the fast national numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research, Friday night’s Smackdown on CW scored a 2.7 broadcast rating. We should have the final number this week.

Ohio State’s James Laurinaitis won the Butkus Award on Friday night as the nation’s best linebacker. The junior became the second Buckeyes player to win the Butkus, joining Andy Katzenmoyer in 1997. Laurinaitis beat out Penn State’s Dan Connor and Colorado Jordan Dizon. Mississippi’s Patrick Willis won the Butkus last season. Laurinaitis leads the Buckeyes in tackles this season with 103 and has five sacks and two interceptions.

Mitsuharu Misawa’s next GHC title defense will be at Pro Wrestling Noah’s 3/2 Budokan Hall.

The Ring of Honor event scheduled for Roxbury, MA on Friday, January 11th has been moved to Boston University in the Case Gym. The address is 285 Babcock Street, Boston, MA 02215.

The recent 22 show tour of Europe was the company’s highest grossing overseas tour in history. WWE did $11 million in ticket sales and drew 146,000 fans.

WWE has already sold 50,000 tickets in advance for their 10-ay U.K. tour after Wrestlemania in smaller venues.

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