– As announced by WWE, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. His official website, RickyTheDragonSteamboat.com, issued an official statement regarding the announcement on Tuesday. Although, just two weeks ago, Bonnie Steamboat issued a disclaimer when the former webmaster of the site leaked news of the wrestling legend’s forthcoming induction.
Here’s what they posted if you missed it before:
“INFORMATION REGARDING THE INDUCTION OF RICKY STEAMBOAT INTO THE WWE HALL OF FAME IS FALSE AND WAS INADVERTENTLY PLACED ON THIS WEBSITE. THE OWNERS OF THIS WEBSITE REGRET THIS ERROR AND APOLOGIZE TO THE WWE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE IT MAY HAVE CAUSED.”
– Last week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown on MyNetworkTV drew a 2.2 broadcast rating. Also, the 2/21 edition of A.M. RAW did a 0.5 cable rating.
– During WWE’s conference call yesterday, a caller asked about the early business returns for SmackDown wrestler Mr. Kennedy’s straight-to-DVD release, Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia. WWE CFO George Barrios said according to information they have from their distribution partner, FOX, is that the movie is “performing well.”
As part of their working agreement, Fox shared productions costs with WWE, which was around $4-5 million. Barrios said roughly 150,000 DVD units have been shipped – which is in line with a top level WWE DVD set release. Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia generally sold for $20, so the movie would have grossed around $3.0 million.
WWE COO Donna Goldsmith made a point to say that the movie is still in domestic distribution, and they have yet to release the DVD internationally. Goldsmith expects additional revenue to be garnered in those markets.