Update on Manu’s Release from WWE, SmackDown Breaks Record, More

– Last week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown made MyNetworkTV history for the 12th time, generating the most-watched telecast in the network’s history. The show garnered a 2.3 rating, with 3,996,000 total viewers. It was also watched in 2,660,000 households.

– Now that Ric Flair is in good graces with WWE again, the company has resumed airing his WWE Original Series Stylin’ & Profilin on WWE.com. In the latest episode, the wrestling legend opens up about his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, his final match at WrestleMania XXIV, and his farewell address the following night on RAW. WWE.com had pulled the series following his split with the company this past August.

– While Manu’s release from World Wrestling Entertainment wasn’t seen as surprising to some considering he hadn’t appeared on television several weeks, others were caught off guard by news of his departure.

Considering he’s a second-generation wrestler who showed a lot of potential while in developmental, some speculated he would simply return to Florida Championship Wrestling for more seasoning.

In recent months, there was actually some paranoia within the famed Anoa’i family regarding Afa Sr.’s involvement with The Wrestler as he helped train Mickey Rourke for the movie and Vince McMahon was reportedly displeased with the flick after screening it—until it started garnering numerous accolades and tons of mainstream attention, in which case he embraced it with open arms.





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