— As seen on Raw last night — or not seen — they didn’t bother to air a graphic in honor of Andrew “Test” Martin, who served nearly seven years of service to the company at various points from 1998 through 2007. Company officials are said to be on edge about Martin as his death brought them some unwanted bad publicity when they’re trying harder than to ever to present a clean image to the public. As result, they didn’t announce the Von Erichs’ induction into the WWE Hall of Fame during the broadcast since of the five wrestling sons of the legendary Fritz Von Erich, four died before their 34th birthday (quite like Martin). Instead, they quietly made the announcement on WWE.com.
Perhaps in another sign that WWE is trying to shy away from the death of Martin, they put up a graphic acknowledging his passing on the front page of the company website on Saturday, but pulled it early Sunday. While the statement regarding his passing is still up, it’s buried amidst a sea of miscellaneous headlines. Furthermore, they didn’t bother to put up a tribute photo gallery in honor of Martin like they usually do when a past or present company performer passes away.
— Last week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown was the least watched episode of the year as it drew a lackluster 1.9 rating. When Vince McMahon found out about the show’s dismal rating, he “blew a gasket,” according to a company source. It’s going to be a rough week for those working alongside him as the rating for last night’s Raw declined for the third week in the row.
— WWE has posted ticket information for Judgment Day at the following link. Judgment Day takes place on May 17th, 2009 in Chicago. Go to http://www.prowrestlingevents.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for details about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)
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