Tag: Monday Night Raw

Raw continues to struggle: Viewer numbers down again

WWE Monday Night Raw viewership was down 12 percent this week against two Monday Night Football games.


Early returns on Kevin Owens era not good: Raw ratings collapse

The Kevin Owens era as WWE Universal champ opened as a ratings disaster on Monday Night Raw this week.


Vince McMahon ‘arrest’ triggers phone calls to NYPD: Sounds right

TMZ is reporting today that the NYPD received a “bunch of calls” triggered by the storyline arrest of WWE chairman Vince McMahon on Monday Night Raw.


Record-low ratings, viewers for WWE Monday Night Raw: What’s the deal?

The post-WrestleMania 31 Monday Night Raw hit a three-year ratings high, drawing more than 5.4 million viewers to see what WWE had in store following the surprise Seth Rollins world-title win.


Podcast: WWE Monday Night Raw review

CGI co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward break down the May 18 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw live from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. This week’s Raw had a lot on the table, with the fallout from Recap and less than two weeks until Elimination Chamber. Did WWE do what it needed to do to bridge the two May pay-per-view events? Does WWE champ Seth Rollins have his next challenger? Why were Roman Reigns and Randy Orton noticeably absent from the show? That and more …


No, no, no: Hard as it is to say, Daniel Bryan needs to retire

For the second time in a year, Daniel Bryan had to vacate a major title belt weeks after a huge WrestleMania victory due to injury.


Memo to WWE: It’s wrestling, sure, but it’s still gotta be somewhat believable

The Survivor Series in November was a crowning moment for WWE: marking the on-screen WWE debut of Sting, and the storyline demise of The Authority, the faction led by real-life WWE executives Stephanie McMahon and Triple H whose act was, yes, getting a bit stale more than a year into its run.


WWE Survivor Series Review: Sting returns, Dolph Ziggler big push, more

Sting finally made his WWE debut at Survivor Series Sunday night, and it wasn’t a one-off interview or nonsense backstage vignette.


Survivor Series Preview: The end for The Authority?

WWE is trying to make chicken salad out of chicken … feathers. The roster depleted by injury, we get the millionth iteration of the company versus the talent, the bourgeoisie squaring off with the proletariat.


Hell in a Cell Preview: Can Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose carry a pay-per-view?

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are set to be part of what is being billed as a double main event at WWE Hell in a Cell on Sunday night.


Special appearance by The Rock at Monday Night Raw: One-off?

The dirt sheets had word that The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, was in New York on Monday, but Johnson said on Twitter that he was there for business meetings, leaving unsaid that it wasn’t because WWE was in Brooklyn for Monday Night Raw.


WWE apologizes for Russian flag incident

Interesting move today from WWE, which issued an apology for an angle on this week’s Monday Night Raw in which Big Show ripped down a Russian flag flying over the ring to further his beef with Rusev.


Wrestling News and Notes: Backstage at Raw, Raw TV viewers up slightly, Nash to appear in Magic Mike sequel

WWE Monday Night Raw was in Memphis this week, and Jerry “The King” Lawler wasn’t the only Memphis wrestling legend to appear in front of the live audience.


Monday Night Raw Review: Are we ready for Night of Champions, or what?

Wow, interesting move there by WWE creative, closing Raw with a long segment putting the spotlight on the Rusev-Mark Henry match that, by all rights, should be the first or second match on Night of Champions.


Did Jerry Springer add to the Bella Twins feud on WWE Raw?

You understand why WWE brings in Jerry Springer for the supposed season premiere of Monday Night Raw. This is what WWE does: thumb its nose at its hard-core fans while trying to reach out and grab at what it can from the mainstream.


Uncomfortable Bella Twins feud is perfect WWE drama

Brie Bella, the good girl, reminisces about her mother telling her about how an ultrasound showed her and her twin sister, Nikki, holding hands in the womb.


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Pro wrestling business model shows flaws

Wrestling, like a cockroach in an abandoned building, has proven itself hearty enough to survive anything, but whether sports entertainment as we know it now can survive in its present form is very much at question. I’d recommend enjoying what we have while we still have it, because change is coming, and the changes that I see coming aren’t good.


Is new WWE I-C champ Dolph Ziggler finally ready for a push?

Dolph Ziggler seemed destined for his big push last April, when the still-reigning Money in the Bank contract holder cashed in his briefcase for a shot at then-World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio on Monday Night Raw and won the 40 pounds of gold.


Monday Night Raw Review: Good work on Hogan birthday segment, another stupid Stephanie-Brie exchange

Hogan birthday does its job: Until Brock Lesnar’s music hit, the Hulk Hogan birthday celebration made no sense whatsoever, except as a throwback to the fun Old School Raw from earlier in the year.


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The last thing we need is another nWo reunion

When you’re nWo, you’re nWo for life. Sure, we get it. Time to move on was 15 years ago, but it looks like we’re going to get yet another reunion at this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw, which ostensibly is the go-home show to SummerSlam, but is going to be as much Hulk Hogan birthday bash as what it should be.


Roman Reigns vs. Kane, sorta, kinda

This week’s WWE Monday Night Raw was light on in-ring action, as this video from the scheduled match between Roman Reigns and Kane demonstrates.


Insulting your consumers: What’s best for business, WWE?

Paul Levesque, known to wrestling fans as Triple H, the 13-time WWE world champion and now executive vice president of the company, doesn’t like WWE fans. At least that’s the impression that he gave in cutting a promo, using the parlance of wrestling, on WWE’s flagship weekly TV show, Monday Night Raw, this week.


Sting: I want Undertaker

Sting is finally talking publicly about his plans regarding WWE, and first on his agenda: a match with Undertaker.


Hits, Misses and More from WWE Monday Night Raw in Richmond, Virginia

MISS: Sting wasn’t there OK, so we knew he wasn’t going to be there, but the teases that Sting gave us last week on Twitter and Facebook about 07.14.14 had to come with more payoff than a commercial spot for the new WWE video game.