According to TVByTheNumbers.com, last night’s edition of Impact Wrestling took in 1.403 million viewers, which is up from last week’s 1.284 million viewers.
Last night’s Impact was the first of the shows taped recently in New York City.
The Rock Talks to ESPN About Meeting One of His Heroes
The Rock was interviewed by ESPN’s By the Numbers today, and during the interview, Rock speaks on meeting Muhammad Ali, one of his heroes, and the following is a quote from The Rock as transcribed by USA Today. You can watch the entire interview below:
“When I was a rookie in the WWE, 1996, we were at a big function, and no one knew who I was. One of those things where I had my own nametag, ‘Hello, I am Rocky Maivia.’ Ali was sitting down, and I said ‘I’d love to go over and say hello to him,’ so I went over to him and introduced myself. As I was pulling away he kinda pulled me back in and he whispered ‘can you rumble?’ I said ‘yeah, I think I can…’
Cut to 1998, I started calling myself The People’s Champion in honor of him. When I was wrestling in Louisville, Kentucky, his family came to watch me wrestle, and I talked to his wife and said ‘please tell Muhammad it’s only out of respect that I call myself that. And I’ll stop it right now if he doesn’t like it.’ She said ‘oh no, he loves it. He wants you to call yourself that.’”
WWE Battleground Kickoff Promo Video
WWE has released the following promo video for the Battleground Kickoff show on Sunday night: