- Thursday edition of TNA Impact scored a 1.02 rating, up from the 0.9 rating rating the show drew last week. That is a pretty good rating when TNA put all of the titles on the line.
The main event saw Bobby Lashley defeat Eric Young to retain the TNA World Title and down below is the play by play from that match:
Main Event – TNA World Title Match: Bobby Lashley Vs. Eric Young.
Here we go, Lashley shoots in and slams EY down. He misses an elbow drop, EY with a big right hand, but MVP trips EY. Then Lashley shoots off the ropes and trips Lashley. Earl Hebner sends MVP and Roode to the back. Back in the ring, EY lands a series of right hands. Lashley runs into an elbow, EY rolls to the floor and high fives the fans. Lashley chases after EY, but EY lands a series of elbow drop. Lashley with shoulder blocks in the corner, a big head butt. EY fires back with his own strikes. EY off the top rope, but Lashley lands a big clothesline sending EY to the floor. EY is holding his ankle on the floor, Lashley goes right after the ankle, the knee of EY. Lashley runs into a big boot by EY and he lands a dropkick on the big guy. EY heads to the top rope, Lashley cuts him off and climbs up there with EY. However, EY fights back, they trade strikes on the top rope. EY pushes Lashley off the top rope and hits the elbow off the top rope for a near fall! EY calls for the piledriver, he goes for it, but blocked and Lashley hits the dominator. Lashley hits the spear for the win.
- Chris Jericho tweeted the following to hype tonight’s RAW:
“YES INDEED…After one year I am back on #WWERaw TONIGHT! Now what kind of trouble can I get into? Tune in and find out! @wwe #y2jisbackbaby #jerichoholicsunite”
- WWE announced that Laureen Ong will be elected to the Board of Directors and here is the press release:
WWE® ELECTS LAUREEN ONG TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that television executive Laureen Ong has been elected to its Board of Directors. Ong is a 30-year veteran of the cable industry with extensive experience in sales, marketing, programming and management.
Most recently, Ong spent three years as President of the Travel Channel, where she was responsible for building brand strategy, developing programming and creating new business opportunities for the network. Prior to the Travel Channel, Ong was Chief Operating Officer of Hong Kong-based STAR Group Limited, where she oversaw STAR’s media and entertainment operations spanning 55 countries.
Ong was also responsible for launching the National Geographic Channel. As the network’s Founding President, Ong oversaw National Geographic’s distribution, which reached 60 million households in just six years and included several shows that became ratings successes. Ong also oversaw National Geographic’s expansion into online, video-on-demand, and other new media platforms, and spearheaded the launch of the high-definition simulcast of the linear network.
“We are pleased to elect Laureen to WWE’s Board of Directors,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “Laureen brings more than 30 years of global media experience that will be very beneficial to the future growth of our company.”
Earlier in her career, Ong was Vice President and General Manager of WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., a top 10 market affiliate and one of FOX’s most successful television stations. She also spent time with the Chicago White Sox as Vice President, Programming, where she helped launch SportsVision in Chicago, one of the first regional sports networks in the country.
Ong’s honors include Woman of the Year from Women in Cable Television (WICT), the Vision Award from the Washington Chapter of Women in Film and Video and Multichannel News’ Wonder Woman award in recognition of her significant accomplishments in the cable television industry.
She graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater before receiving a Master’s degree in Communications from Columbia University.