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WWE News: RAW Pulls Lowest Rating In History Before Extreme Rules (7/9/18)

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The holiday in the United States is in the rear view this week with WWE heading straight for Extreme Rules this Sunday in Pittsburgh. Last night was the final stop for Monday Night RAW prior to the pay-per-view, rolling into the TD Garden in Boston and looking to get momentum rolling. Following last week’s solid showing in the ratings, the numbers for last night’s edition of the red brand are in and they’re certainly “history making”.

The July 9th episode of RAW last evening comes in with an overall rating of 2.470 after last week’s 2.707, a new low for 2018 and the lowest rating in the history of the program. Previously, the September 26th, 2016 edition of RAW held the lowest rating with a 2.478.

In the 18-49 demographic, RAW was able to keep holding its own however, coming at numbers two (8PM hour), three (9PM hour) and five (10PM) in the Cable Top 150 Rankings. Number one was taken yet again by Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, while season eight of MTV’s Teen Mom came in at fourth.

Here are the ratings for the last four weeks of RAW:

  • June 18th: 2.903
  • June 25th: 2.663
  • July 2nd: 2.707
  • July 9th: 2.470

Source: Showbuzz Daily

EA’s Take: Again, I’m starting to believe more and more that there’s no real rhyme or reason to the ratings anymore. Not when it comes to changes of a couple hundred thousand on a weekly basis. Last week’s episode of RAW (which was on a holiday week, mind you), I found to be pretty abysmal and it outdraws last night’s show, which I felt was much better. Perhaps last week was so poor that it caused some to tune out this week? I do think the fact that this is the “lowest rating in history” can be a little misleading as well, since it’s only a .008 less than the previous low. I try to just base the product off of how I felt about it personally at this point and last night’s show started with one of the better segments in a number of weeks. I’ll be interested to see how much this changes heading into SummerSlam.

 

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/19/19)

Start your Tuesday off with commentary on DX in the Hall Of Fame, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!

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Jason shuffles into Tuesday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on DX, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!

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Why Becky Lynch Won The Royal Rumble

Many fans have been questioning why Becky Lynch won the Royal Rumble if the goal was to have Charlotte inserted in to storyline with Ronda Rousey. The current storyline between the three would have made more sense had Charlotte won. Dave Meltzer stated on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that Vince McMahon was insistent that Becky Lynch win the Royal Rumble.

Are You Ready?

It was announced earlier today that the first members of the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2019 will be none other than D-Generation X. Xpac, Shawn Michaels, HHH, The New Age Outlaws and Chyna will all be a part of the induction.

Big Plans For Lacey Evans?

Since debuting on the main roster and participating in the Royal Rumble, fans have wondered what creatives plans are for Lacey Evans. According to Dave Meltzer and the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Lacey Evans is in for a gigantic push, and there are many backstage officials that are very high on her.

Lio Rush Has Heat ?

Sunday nights finish to the Intercontinental title match between Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley has people scratching their heads. Perhaps there is reason to the breakup of Lashley and his hype man Lio Rush. According to PWI Insider Elite, Rush has heat backstage.

“It appears as if Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin.”

“There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people — including other workers the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”

Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News

DX is getting a well deserved Hall Of Fame Induction, but I have mixed feelings on it. This feels like an easy way out for WWE to have Chyna included into the HOF, rather than have her inducted as an individual. Also, I am probably in the minority on this, but there are others more deserving to be in before DX. I personally would have went with the NWO, but I am a mark for the NWO, so that’s just me.

Lacey Evans has the look, and her mic skills aren’t bad, however, she is green as grass. It will be interesting to see what type of program they come up with for her. A clash with Alexa Bliss perhaps?

 

 


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/18/19)

Start your Monday off with comments on news regarding Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch and more!

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Jason shuffles into Monday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch, and more!

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More On IMPACT Offer To Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho was recently a guest on Wrestling Observer Radio, and during the broadcast he discussed the offer that IMPACT wrestling made to him a few months ago: (credit to Fightful for the transcription below)

“In my mind, from a pure business standpoint, I’m worth as much as Brock Lesnar to WWE as far as what I bring to the table. That’s the watermark that I had. For me to go back to Vince, I want that kind of a deal. When I was starting to talk with Tony (Khan) and New Japan and Impact as well– Impact offered me a hell of a deal for a four match series. We’re talking mid-seven figures. They have some cash as well.”

AEW Double Or Nothing Ticket Sale Notes

Cody Rhodes took to Twitter a few days ago and provided some interesting stats on ticket sales for AEW Double Or Nothing:

Why The Women Didn’t Headline Elimination Chamber

Initially, it was thought that the historic Women’s Tag Team Championship match would headline the Elimination Chamber pay per view, however, according to Fightful, Vince McMahon made the change to swap the match out with the men’s Elimination Chamber match. McMahon felt the women’s match would get the reaction desired to close out the show.

Becky Lynch Re-Injures Knee At Live Event

While it appears to be only in storyline, Becky Lynch appeared to re-injure her knee after attempting to attach Charlotte Flair at a house show Saturday evening.

 


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