NEW ITEMS: WWE signs three indy names, Smackdown viewership, Talking Smack Bryan-Styles, Bubba Ray teases Smackdown return

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor


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-The hearing, originally scheduled for tomorrow morning, in Nashville regarding the lawsuit Billy Corgan filed against Dixie Carter has been postponed until next week – on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

-Smackdown drew a similar viewership total – 2.405 million compared to 2.448 million last week, according to ShowbuzzDaily.com. Our industry source should provide an actual rating number later today, and we’ll publish a story with that putting it in perspective then.

-On Talking Smack last night, A.J. Styles blamed Daniel Bryan for putting James Ellsworth in a vulnerable situation against someone of his stature and blamed Bryan for the beating Ellsworth took. He then stormed off. Bryan said Styles is just upset that he lost twice to Ellsworth. For a full recap of Talking Smack, I recommend John Moore’s column at ProWrestling.net here.

-When someone told Bubba Ray Dudley on Twitter he misses him on Raw, Bubba responded: “How about Tuesday nights on #SmackDownLive?”

https://twitter.com/bullyray5150/status/787661064137740289

-WWE announced the signing of three notable indy names of some acclaim to developmental deals: Big Damo, “Crazy” Mary Dobson, and Tommy End.

-Anything you see or hear on pro wrestling in the mainstream national media, your local media, or social media that might be of interest to our readers, alert us here: pwtorch@gmail.com.

NOW CHECK OUT THE PREVIOUS “NEWS ITEMS” UPDATE HERE: NEWS ITEMS: Paige engaged and her father objects, Lucha Underground live events, Jericho’s new record deal

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