— According to sources, former Ring of Honor World Champion Kevin Steen has officially signed with WWE.
We reported last week that Steen was undergoing medical testing and if all went well, he’d be signed to a contract. Steen has been on WWE’s radar for several months now after impressing WWE officials at a tryout camp.
Steen is scheduled to finish up his current independent bookings that run through June and will then report to WWE’s developmental facility in Orlando, FL.
— UPDATE: The Friday, June 6th edition of WWE SmackDown on the SyFy Network scored a final cable rating of 1.96, up from last week’s 1.76, according to Nielsen Media Research.
— ORIGINAL: Friday’s episode of WWE SmackDown drew 2.78 million viewers and a 1.92 household rating. Those numbers are up 14% and 9% respectively from last week. The rating number is the best since a 1.96 on April 18th, while the viewership is the best since the March 28th episode drew 3.06 million.
The show saw a big leap in the all-important 18 – 49 demo as well, up two-tenths to a 0.8. That’s the first time since April 25th that it hit that number.