– WWE’s continual international expansion led to success in Mexico this month, as WWE Smackdown’s debut on October 3 on Azteca TV was the most-watched TV program in prime time from Oct. 3 to 19. The show drew a 9.0 rating and 1.2 million TV households tuned in. Similarly, WWE Raw’s debut on Sunday, Oct. 5 on Televisa drew a 7.1 rating and nearly one million households tuned in. The Raw and Smackdown debuts topped traditional lucha libre programming from CMLL, which averaged a 4.0 rating, and AAA, which averaged a 6.9 rating immediately after the Raw debut on October 5.
The Oct. 10 and 17 Smackdown shows then drew 1.2 million households and 1.1 million households to continue strong showings after the debut on Azteca. Raw’s audience declined to 868,000 households on Oct. 12 and 940,000 households on Oct. 19 when the show was moved to 5:30 p.m. CST on Galavision 9 with AAA back in its original Sunday timeslot. “We are ecstatic with the TV ratings for the debuts of WWE Raw and Friday Night SmackDown since we launched on open TV in Mexico,” said EVP Shane McMahon in a WWE press release. “I would like to thank our TV distribution partners, TV Azteca and Televisa. These partnerships allow WWE the maximum TV household penetration in Mexico.”
– TMZ.com reports that Hulk and Linda Hogan are odds once again. This time, it’s over Hulk’s Rolls-Royce. The $200,000+ car was ordered to sit in storage until their marital assets were divided because the car loses value if driven. However, Linda recently tried taking the car out anyways. Once Hulk’s legal team got word that Linda was having the car prepped to drive, they had the car moved to an undisclosed location. TMZ reports that the car’s insurance was “woefully inadequate,” and Hulk had fears Linda’s 19-year-old boyfriend Charley Hill would drive it – putting the expensive car at risk.