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Referee Sidelined After Suffering Injury At NOC, SmackDown Rating Sinks

— WWE referee Scott Armstrong underwent X-rays this morning for what he believed could be a broken, cracked or bruised rib after taking an errant kick from R-Truth during the CM Punk vs. Triple H match at Night of Champions. He later indicated on Twitter that he would be sidelined for a few weeks.

“No RAW OR SMACKDOWN for me for a couple of weeks anyway. Thanks To Miz and Truth!#a$$hol%s,” Armstrong wrote.

— The September 16 episode of WWE SmackDown featuring the return of “The Cutting Edge” garnered a 1.78 cable rating, down from 1.9 rating the week before.

SmackDown averaged 2.61 million viewers, down ten percent from the previous week’s score of 2.91 million viewers.

On cable television Friday night, SmackDown ranked twelfth in overall viewers


  • venom

    Looks like a lot of people got hurt during that match.

  • Some clown said Mark Henry was boring
    there is nothing boring about the summer of destruction.

    The man went through everyone in his path (awesome display)

  • Crocop

    In his defense R-Truth did try to brace himself with one arm before landing on the ref.

  • poko

    That was my thought. Truth fell right on top of the Ref, and I winced when it saw it. He was obviously in a lot of pain after that, though it might be possible that the fall made worse something that happened earlier. Still, my money is all that landing being the cause.

  • Gerro

    isnt this injury from the moment that r-truth fell down out of the ring and had that safe landing on armstrong?

  • jdizzy

    Maybe its time to let Armstrong wrestle again…

  • Why is it when the RAw ratings drop a little bit, they put the title back on Cena, but on Smackdown, when Christian is champ and the ratings increase, they put the belt back on Orton just to see the ratings drop again? Look at the ratings, they don’t lie, Christian is the only draw on Smackdown since Edge left.

  • ironcross

    Smackdown rating is going sink even more, under 1.0 thats for sure

  • me

    r-truth botching things as usual, and ratings will sink even more now the worlds most boring man is champion

  • Fred

    He spelled asshole wrong.

  • Effmenow


    Durkadurka doesnt know that wrestling is fake.

  • BlahH

    Move SD to Tues or Wed nights live.

  • durkadurka

    and they just got fined big

  • Jimbo

    Clearly Randy Orton is a draw.