NEWS ITEMS: Frenchy Martin dies, Total Bellas and Lucha Underground viewership, WWE house show line-up change


-Frenchy Martin (Jean Gagné) died at age 66. He wrestled in Canada for Stampede Wrestling another territories and toured with Puerto Rico’s World Wrestling Council. He received national TV exposure as the manager of Dino Bravo in the 1980s. He had been battling bladder cancer for the last year.

-The third episode of “Total Bellas” on E! drew 625,000 viewers, down from 756,000 last week and even below the disappointing week one viewership of 632,000. The ratings drop was likely due to the third and final U.S Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Check out our own Sarah K’s review of Total Bellas here. Warning: It’s snarky.

-Lucha Underground drew 118,000 first-run viewers and 51,000 replay viewers on Wednesday night on El Rey Network. That’s off from the 135,000 and 46,000 the previous week, but in the same range as the 114,000 and 59,000 the previous week.

-WWE runs a Raw house show in Hammond, Ind. tonight, WWE’s first visit to Hammond in over two years. It was originally advertised to be a Double Main Event featuring Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins vs. Sami Zayn for the Universal Title and Roman Reigns vs. Rusev for the U.S Title. The lineup card was updated over the past two weeks to Rollins vs. Owens , Reigns vs. Rusev, New Day vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson and Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte.

-If you attend a live event, WWE or otherwise, we very much appreciate a report including an estimated attendance figure or how full the building was relative to capacity. Send to pwtorch@gmail.com.

-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.

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