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WWE News: First RAW Of 2019 Sees Big Rating Increase, Falls Big In Rankings (1/7/19)

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How did last night’s WWE RAW do in the ratings?

After being stuck on pretty big holiday nights the past couple of weeks with episodes on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, WWE’s Monday Night RAW saw some rough ratings as expected.

This week, the red brand was back for its first live broadcast since before the holidays and first episode of 2019 with a number of returns, new segments and title matches abound for the show. Unfortunately, although Monday Night Football is now in the rear-view mirror, RAW was up against some other big competition with the College Football National Championship Game. So how did it turn out for the red brand?

The numbers for last night are in and RAW’s rating is going back in the right direction with a 2.324, up 18.1% from last week. Here’s how the last four weeks of ratings played out:

  • December 17th: 2.547
  • December 24th: 1.775
  • December 31st: 1.968
  • January 7th: 2.324

Meanwhile, the affect of College Football is seen much more so in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic as RAW is knocked out of its usual top five spot. Despite this, RAW’s best hour saw a big increase in the demographic with a 0.91 after only scoring a 0.61 last week. Here’s a look at the top five with RAW coming in at number seven (8PM), eight (9PM) and ten (10PM):

  1. College Football/Alabama vs. Clemson – ESPN – 7.63
  2. College Football Championship Sust – ESPN – 5.49
  3. College Football Studio Show (8PM) – ESPN – 4.42
  4. College Football Studio Show (11:52PM) – ESPN – 3.28
  5. College Football Studio Show (7:30PM) – ESPN – 1.91

EA’s Take: Well, in my predictions for how this week’s RAW would do in the ratings and rankings are definitely off because I didn’t even think about the National Championship Game. Sorry, that shows how much I care about college football, which is another story. Still a pretty good showing for RAW, but likely not the kind of rating you’d expect with all of the hype for this episode. Obviously had there not been the Bama/Clemson game, that would likely be a different story. The important part is their showing in the demographic, which really took a hit due to holidays and pre-recorded episodes.


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Latest On Extreme Rules, SummerSlam Changes, Alexa Missing RAW and More! (7/12/19)

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Original RAW Main Event Plans

This past Monday’s RAW featured the main even of Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre taking on Roman Reigns and a partner of his opponents choosing. The mystery partner of Reigns was masked the entire match, and was eventually revealed to be Cedric Alexander. According to PWInsider, the decision to use McIntyre was not made until hours before the show. Original plans called for the company to use an extra or local indie wrestler. The report also notes that there will be storyline follow up for Cedric Alexander that will play out the next few weeks.

Jason’s Take

Some people didn’t care for the choice, but I think it makes sense with the changes that are occurring with the weekly shows. The company hasn’t really done a lot with Alexander since his main roster call up, so my hope is that pairing him with Reigns helps establish him on the RAW roster.

SummerSlam Changes Coming ?

Speaking of changes to the WWE, the Twitter account of WrestleVotes Tweeted that any plans involving the SummerSlam card are subject to change this week with the Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman officially starting in their new roles. WrestleVotes has been very accurate with rumors involving WWE in the past.

Jason’s Take

The company had to finish up story lines before letting Heyman and Bischoff loose, so changes to the SummerSlam plans make sense. RAW and SmackDown have shown some improvement the past couple of weeks, so I am excited to see what changes will continue to occur.

Reason For Alexa Bliss RAW Abscence

The rumor mill was buzzing this week with Alexa Bliss and her absence from RAW. Dave Meltzer noted on the latest addition of Wrestling Observer radio that the reason she missed RAW, and the reason Nikki Cross was added to the match at Extreme Rules is that Alexa is suffering from a bad sinus infection.

“Alexa Bliss has a real bad sinus infection. Originally, they were not going to do the handicap match. The handicap match was a late change and everything that happened on TV on Monday and Tuesday with no Alexa Bliss was because of her sinus infection and they rewrote that whole storyline.”

Jason’s Take

I though things seemed out of sorts on RAW with Nikki Cross winning the beat the clock challenge. I am going to assume the plan is for Bayley to win at Extreme Rules, with Nikki and Alexa planting the seeds for a potential feud.

Extreme Rules Betting Odds

The Chairshot staff picks for the upcoming Extreme Rules pay per view will be up later this weekend, but if you are a betting person, the odds for the winners have been released.

Mixed Tag Team Winners Take All Extreme Rules Match:
Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch -400 vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans +250

No Holds Barred Tag Team Match:
Roman Reigns & The Undertaker -400 vs. Drew McIntyre & Shane McMahon +250

WWE Title Match:
Kofi Kingston -350 vs. Samoa Joe +225

WWE SmackDown Women’s Title Handicap Match:
Bayley -140 vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross EVEN

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match:
Drew Gulak -300 vs. Tony Nese +200

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title Match:
Daniel Bryan & Rowan 5/8 vs. Heavy Machinery 7/4 vs. The New Day 3/1

WWE United States Title Match:
Ricochet -150 vs. AJ Styles +110

Last Man Standing Match
Braun Strowman -180 vs. Bobby Lashley +140

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title Match:
The Revival -170 vs. The Usos +130

Singles Match:
Aleister Black -140 vs. Cesaro EVEN

Jason’s Take

If the card plays out in the odds favor, there doesn’t appear to be any real surprises with the outcomes.

 


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Rhyno, Bray Wyatt, LAX, Johnny Impact and More! (7/10/19)

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Update On Rhyno Returning To Impact

In Monday’s shuffle, I discussed the potential return of Rhyno to Impact at this past weekend’s Slammiversary pay per view. At that time, I speculated that Rhyno was under a mask because his WWE contract had yet to run out. According to Dave Meltzer and the latest addition of the Wrestling Observer Radio, that happens to be the reason.

“He wore a mask because his WWE contract actually ends in a week,”

Jason’s Take

Rhyno had previous tours of duty with Impact, and based on his past interviews, he seemed unhappy with his role in WWE. The move makes sense for Rhyno.

Gabe Sapolsky’s Thoughts On Kenny Omega’s Comments

A few weeks ago when the WWE announced it would be airing the 10th Anniversary EVOLVE show on the WWE network, many voiced their outrage, including Kenny Omega. The show happens to air the same night that AEW airs the Fight For the Fallen pay per view. Sapolsky did a AMA on Reddit and he was asked about Kenny Omega’s comments on the EVOLVE show.

“I thought it was a little disparaging to all the work and sacrifice we have done to get this opportunity. That part was disappointing. We had the date booked before their date was announced. The very first conversation I had with Triple H in 2016 there was talk of doing a special. We are in Philadelphia the night before WWE has a PPV there. We are in a great building at the 2300 Arena that is tailored made to go right on the WWE Network.Everything just came together to do it on this date. It’s been a long process. I saw Kenny deleted it and then tweeted something else, so it is all good by me. I haven’t talked to Kenny in a long time, but I always felt we had a positive relationship. He was one of the guys I really wanted to push in 2008 and into 2009. I’m glad all his hard work has paid off.”

Jason’s Take

I thought Omega’s comments were a bit overboard. It has been ok for AEW to throw shade at WWE what ever way they can, but when WWE fires back, they are labeled as a bully. Competition isn’t always fair, and that is something AEW will have to learn over time.

LAX Are Free Agents

Speaking of competition between AEW and WWE, it appears that both companies are competing for the services of tag team LAX. According to Dave Meltzer, LAX had their last match with Impact at Slammiversary, and now are free agents.

“It was LAX’s last match with the promotion. They have offers. I don’t know which side they are going with but they have offers from both AEW and WWE. They’ve been recruited very heavily by WWE. I know that there is an offer from AEW. I don’t know which one they are going with. I would say AEW is in the lead but that doesn’t mean that’s where they are going.”

Jason’s Take

Both companies are going to be after talent that they feel will add something to their brand. LAX would add a lot to both tag team divisions, and would create some never before matchups for both companies.

Johnny Impact Also A Free Agent

Another Impact start that fulfilled their contractual obligations and is now a free agent is Johnny Impact (AKA John Morrison in WWE). According to PWInsider, Johnny Impact is currently in negotiations with Impact, but there hasn’t been any indication of the level of interest from AEW or WWE.

Jason’s Take

I think Morrison is a wrestler that can add depth to both the AEW and WWE rosters. He is still very talented in the ring, and is another person that can add some never before matchups to the company. I would imagine both AEW and WWE would have interest.

Where Is Bray Wyatt?

One of the most entertaining segments of RAW each week has been Bray Wyatt and the Firefly Funhouse. There have been reports weekly that Wyatt has been backstage at RAW, but has not made his return to live television. However, Dave Meltzer reported that Wyatt is set to return “any day now.”

Jason’s Take

Many are speculating that Wyatt will be Aleister Black’s opponent at Extreme Rules. That would be an interesting matchup, and would expect that it is something that could turn into a long term program between the two.

 


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