— The Rock tweeted about Smackdown 1000, talking about how the word ‘Smackdown’ came to be and congratulating WWE on his reaching the 1000 episode milestone.
Huge #SD1000 congrats to my @WWE family!
Fun fact, in 1998, I said to @VinceMcMahon “I’m gonna use the word ‘Smackdown’ tonight in my promo”. He said what’s that mean? I said it means I’m gonna whup some ass. He belly laughed and said say it!
The rest was history! #IfYaSmell https://t.co/IVXI0WkkGl
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 16, 2018
— Charlotte Flair is being sued by her ex-husband, Riki Paul Johnson, for defamation. Johnson claims that in Flair’s book Second Nature – released in 2017 – she included false statements saying that he was sterile and unable to father any children and that the allegations have humiliated him and his family. He also is suing for “multiple false allegations physical and/or psychological abuse” which he says he can prove. Johnson also names Ric Flair – who co-wrote the book with Charlotte – and WWE in the lawsuit, saying that the wrestling promotion should be held accountable too since they marketed the book. WWE responded with the following statement:
“We recently received what appears to be a meritless lawsuit and we will vigorously defend ourselves.”
— According to PW Insider, Batista was late arriving to the arena tonight for Smackdown Live.