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Overnight SmackDown Rating, Captain Charisma Merchandise, & more
On Friday, August 19, 2005 at 3:48 PM EST Last night's edition of WWE SmackDown drew a 3.5 overnight broadcast rating with a 6 share. The final rating should be released later today. We also hope to have a report regarding weekend ratings as well soon.
For whatever reason, WWE has made the call to pull the "Captain Charisma" tag-line for Christian in regards to merchandise related to the catchphrase and an upcoming collectible card game titled "Raw Deal." Christian's "Captain Charisma" t-shirt that has been out since earlier this year is now being shown as "out of stock" on WWE's Shopzone website as of this time.
On a related note, a number of sources within WWE have been very vocal as of late as to how noticeably unhappy Christian has appeared backstage at SmackDown events in the past few months. He has continued to act professional among those he works with, but has made it quite known that he was upset with his push on RAW being downgraded when he was "drafted" to the SmackDown brand this past summer.
Credit: Dave Scherer @ PWInsider.com