Backstage Struggle Between McMahon & Triple H, Scary SmackDown Rating, More

sources:,, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

— During his absence from television, Triple H has been helping out behind the scenes at weekly Raw tapings. However, one source said Triple H is not as passionate about the product when he’s not involved, and the feeling of more than one person is that Raw has featured more comedy as of late because he and Shawn Michaels are not around to lobby against skits in production meetings. If you recall, it was reported a few months ago that Triple H and Michaels were being praised internally for speaking out against the campy comedy McMahon seems to enjoy.

— Last week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown drew an anemic 1.6 broadcast rating, tying a series worst on myNetworkTV. The show even featured their top program in a one-on-one match as Jeff Hardy took on Edge in a Winner chooses the Stipulation for Extreme Rules Championship Match.

— Considering Wrestlemania XXV performed so well on pay-per-view in Mexico, more cable systems in Mexico plan on offering more WWE pay-per-view events. For years, all WWE pay-per-view events had been airing on regular television in Mexico because people aren’t culturally used to paying for wrestling on television.

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