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News on 2012 WWE Pay-Per-View Main Events, WWE Extends Mysterio Contract, Interest for WWE Over the Limit In Japan, RAW In Canada Viewership, Supershow Attendance, Early Word on the WWE Extreme Rules PPV Buyrate for Brock Lesnar’s Return & Lots More

May 24, 2012   ·   0 Comments

– WWE has extended Rey Mysterio’s contract for the length of time from when he suffered his knee injury last August until his expected return. This will end up being roughly 10 or 11 months added to the end of his deal.

– With John Cena vs. Big Show scheduled to main event WWE’s No Way Out pay-per-view, the last time the World Heavyweight Title or WWE Title match main evented a pay-per-view was last December’s TLC pay-per-view when CM Punk vs. The Miz vs. Alberto Del Rio headlined.

– The WWE Supershow in Florence, South Carolina on May 19th drew 5,000 fans for $125,000.

– RAW in Canada did 252,000 viewers on April 30th and 279,000 viewers on May 7th. From a ratings standpoint, RAW would be doing lower in Canada than in the United States these days. That hasn’t always been the case.

– There is a lot of interest in WWE’s Over the Limit pay-per-view in Japan, which airs May 31st, because of John Laurinaitis. WWE pay-per-views air in Japan on tape delay. Laurinaitis hasn’t wrestled a match in 12 years and in the 1990’s, was an All Japan regular.

WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view with the return of Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena in the main event did just over 250,000 pay-per-view buys, based on early numbers.

They drew about 147,000 buys in North America and 104,000 outside of North America.

The 2011 Extreme Rules show did around 108,000 buys.

– As noted before, a lot of people within WWE don’t expect RAW going three-hours to be a permanent thing, despite what the official announcements have said. There has been a lot of comparing it to when WCW Nitro went three hours years ago.

The format of the show is still a work in progress but the idea is to treat it like a pay-per-view event every Monday night with interactive features.

Almost all of the feedback coming from within the company has been negative regarding the change. There is a feeling that two hours drags by each week and adding a third hour won’t benefit them.

It’s said that the USA Network has been interested in a third hour for years but WWE has not been interested. USA currently pays WWE about $700,000 weekly for RAW. An increase of $100,000 would mean $5.2 million in new gross revenue for WWE.

— Former WWE star Gene Snitsky stated on Twitter that he was backstage at Tuesday’s SmackDown taping in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He said he was visiting friends.

— CM Punk, John Cena, Sheamus, Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan are featured on the cover of the June 2012 issue of WWE Magazine. It is branded as “THE POWER ISSUE” as the top WWE Superstars and twenty toughest WWE Superstars of all-time are ranked.

— WWE Hall of Famer Tammy “Sunny” Sytch admitted herself to the hospital this week due to a stomach flu and was informed that she has other ailments.

She wrote Tuesday evening on Facebook, “well… just got home from the hospital…again. wasnt just a stomach flu. severe gastroenteritis and an enflamed pancreas. i have no luck. feeling better now.. on meds.”

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