Big TNA, UFC, & WWE Update: Raven, John Cena, Rich Franklin

Ryan Clark

Starting on April 7th, “Friday Night Smackdown” will be pre-empted in the Washington D.C. area every single week for Washington Nationals baseball, with the exception of three dates. Smackdown won’t be pre-empted on June 2, July 28, and August 4.

Last Friday’s edition of Smackdown did a 2.4 fast national rating, with a 4.0 share. The show was pre-empted in several regions. The final rating number should be out later this week.

John Cena will be on Jimmy Kimmel’s show Tuesday night. He will also be on “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” on Thursday night.

UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin is recovering in Las Vegas after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a broken left hand suffered in defense of his title Saturday against David Loiseau. The Cincinnati native, who scored a unanimous decision over Loiseau at UFC 58, had a plate and seven screws inserted in his hand, which was injured in round two of the five round bout. He is expected to be out for 6 to 8 months. For more MMA coverage, visit

Raven was a guest on Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Live radio show Sunday night. Raven was asked about a TNA return, and said a storyline has been discussed, but no time table for a return to TV has been established. During the interview, Raven talked about his medical problems, including suffering from high blood sugar levels, low testosterone levels, and is on thyroid medication. Raven admitted that he gained about 30 pounds in recent months, claiming to be around 280 lbs. For more TNA coverage, visit

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