SD Draws Lowest Rating Of 2011, HBK’s Macho Man Memories
— WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels revealed what he learned from the late Randy Savage during an interview with 1Wrestling.com. “My memories of Randy stem from the few conversations that we had together,” Michaels said. “There’s a story I tell people all the time, which is, you know, I was disgruntled, angry and really thinking about leaving (WWE). And he just looked at me and said, “Don’t take yourself out of the game.” I go, “What do you mean?” He said, “You’re out of the game, you’re gone, you’re not here, there’s no chance of advance. As long as you’re still here, there’s always a chance.” That kept me going on.”
— The July 1 episode of WWE SmackDown scored a 1.63 cable rating, the lowest of 2011 and second-lowest on Syfy. Only the New Year’s Eve episode scored a lower rating.
WWE SmackDown averaged 2.33 million viewers, down from 2.40 the previous week. This extends the program’s streak of less than 3.0 million viewers to nine consecutive weeks.
The June 24 SmackDown scored a 1.69 rating, down from a 1.71 rating the prior week. It was tied for the lowest rated episode of the year.
— Paul Bearer stated on his Facebook page that he is heading to WWE’s television studios in Stamford, Connecticut to work on a ‘special project’.