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Randy Orton Update, Shane Helms Undergoes Surgery, Calvin Raines’ Debut, WWE RAW Supershow Rating from Last Night, BCS Game Competition. Dusty Comments on Flair’s HOF Ring

January 11, 2012   ·   0 Comments

– Randy Orton’s physical rehabilitation on his back appears to be going well, as the Orton family is headed on a vacation this week. Orton tweeted on Tuesday:

“Alanna’s passport just came so we are ready for our family vacation! Tomorrow we’re off to the Bahamas!!”

— Former WWE star Shane Helms underwent another surgery on this morning morning. Helms tweeted:

“Still groggy and can barely see the keyboard, but surgery was successful. On my way home now.”

Helms has undergone several surgeries since he was injured in a motorcycle accident on May 5, 2011 and noted on Twitter that he hopes today’s surgery is the final one. He stated in a recent interview with prowrestling.net that he plans to return to the ring later this year.

— As previously reported, FCW wrestler Calvin Raines made his WWE debut at Sunday’s SmackDown live event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Raines partnered with Drew McIntyre in a tag team match against Ezekiel Jackson and Trent Barreta. Some background information on Raines, he is a former student at Team 3D’s wrestling academy. He was actually released at one point for showing up late to FCW events and getting new tattoo work without first getting clearance from WWE.

– The January 9th WWE RAW Supershow scored a 2.9 cable rating with 4,008,000 viewers. This is down from last week’s 4,438,000 viewers and 3.1 rating. RAW’s viewership dropped again this week as the first hour did a 2.96 rating and the second hour did a 2.77 rating – a loss of 176,000 viewers.

In comparison, the BCS Championship Game on ESPN did a 16.22 rating with 24,214,000 viewers but was down 15% from last year’s game.

The January 7th episode of WWE’s AM RAW scored a 0.45 cable rating with 601,000 viewers.

Dusty Rhodes took to Twitter this afternoon and mentioned Ric Flair putting his WWE Hall of Fame ring up for grabs in a TNA storyline. Dusty wrote:

“Edge and his body of work speak for him!! We the HOF members will welcome him with open arms! As for Flair , didn’t he put his ring up , are something like that on tna? We all love Ric!”

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