Former WWE Trainer Backstage Last Night, WWE RAW Rating Up, SmackDown - USA Network

- As noted, Monday's WWE RAW drew 3.293 million viewers, up from last week's 3.173 million viewers. The final rating for the show is a 2.28, up from last week's 2.23.

- The first WWE SmackDown on the USA Network will be taped Tuesday, January 5th in Laredo, Texas. No special names are being advertised as Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Braun Strowman are scheduled.

- Dr. Tom Prichard was backstage at last night's WWE TV tapings in Knoxville, Tennessee. Darren Young posted the following about his former trainer:

It was so awesome for everyone to see our friend and teacher @DrTomPrichard Dr. Tom Prichard in #Knoxville #Tennessee last night. I've never seen so many @wwe superstars surround a man and trade funny stories back and forth. To us, Doc has always been more than a coach, he was our teacher. Doc was always fair but firm when he needed to be and would never beat you down in a malicious or hateful way. As early as 2003, I remember doing tryouts with Doc, and he would always tell me to be patient. He has helped me as well as many others who you see on TV today with advice and some of the best analogies about what it takes to make it. "How bad do you want it?" Doc uttered those words all the time in training. Many WWE Superstars on TV trained at FCW in Tampa and wore "Wants It" t-shirts at one point. The thing I love about Doc is that he admits he isn't perfect and he's made some bad choices in the past. He taught us not to make those same mistakes. I can go on and on about how awesome of a person he is but I'll wrap it up here and say thank you, Doc, for everything! See you again! #sharekindness

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