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2/25 RAW Breakdown: Big Numbers for Punk vs. Cena, Drop for Swagger vs. The Miz, More

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– As noted before, the February 25th WWE RAW did a strong 3.43 rating with 4.70 million viewers.

In the segment breakdown, the show opened strong with Vince McMahon, Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar and Triple H for a 3.6 quarter rating. We only have estimates on the gains and losses this week but Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler lost about 285,000 viewers. CM Punk’s promo and trailer for The Call gained around 420,000 viewers – huge numbers for that time slot. The Great Khali vs. Mark Henry lost around 285,000 viewers. Jack Swagger, Zeb Colter and Alberto Del Rio at 9pm gained about 285,000 viewers for a strong 3.7 quarter rating.

Antonio Cesaro vs. Randy Orton lost about 430,000 viewers while Cody Rhodes vs. R-Truth stayed even. Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. Darren Young and Titus O’Neil lost another 285,000 viewers. The Shield’s promo at 10pm with Sheamus and Randy Orton getting involved gained around 285,000 viewers for a 3.4 quarter rating.

The big drop of the night came with The Miz vs. Jack Swagger, losing around 430,000 viewers. John Cena’s promo gained around 140,000 viewers and CM Punk vs. Cena in the main event gained 1,002,000 viewers for a 3.9 overrun rating – a huge success.

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Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

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An Outpouring Of Love & Gratitude: Wrestling World Reacts To The Death Of WWE Legend Pat Patterson

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WWE legend and professional wrestling trailblazer Pat Patterson has passed away, as reported earlier this morning, and the outpouring of love and support from his friends, family and colleagues has been nothing short of tremendous.

Patterson competed inside the wrestling ring for several decades, capturing championship gold all around the country, but his work behind the scenes in WWE may have been even more important in building such an important legacy. The imprint he left on the innumerable individuals he came into contact with over his many years in the business will be felt in wrestling for generations.

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Winter Is Coming, War Is Here: Watch The New AEW Dynamite Cinematic Trailer

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Featured above is the brand new cinematic trailer for tonight’s special “WINTER IS COMING” edition of AEW Dynamite on TNT.

The unhinged Jon Moxley will defend the AEW World Championship against “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega in what is being billed as the most important match in Dynamite history. Plus, the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal returns, Cody Rhodes and TNT Champion Darby Allin unite against Team Taz, Chris Jericho in action and much, much more!

Join us for live coverage of AEW Dynamite tonight at 8:00 PM ET.

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WWE Legend Pat Patterson, Wrestling’s First Openly Gay Icon, Dead At 79

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It was with great difficulty that we report the passing of Pat Patterson, a trailblazer in the industry and one of professional wrestling’s greatest legends. He was 79-years-old at the time of his death.

It would be an immense challenge to choose just one accolade that Patterson was best known for, boasting more than six decades of influence in the business.

He was the first ever Intercontinental Champion, credited with the creation of the Royal Rumble – one of WWE’s longest running and most beloved matches – and for many, many years was considered the right hand man of Vince McMahon himself.

Born Pierre Clermont, although he would later legally change his name to match his wrestling persona, Patterson was born in Montreal, Quebec and got his start wrestling in the late 1950s. He at first moved to Boston knowing little to no English, but expanded all over the United States throughout the 60s and 70s.

In 1979 he made his debut in McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation as a heel for the top babyface champions at the time, and spent the rest of his career working for the company in one capacity or another.

Patterson also considered himself to be the first openly gay professional wrestling superstar. His partner of more than 40 years, Louie Dondero, died of a heart attack in 1998.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fans of the great Pat Patterson. Rest in peace.

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