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WWE draws the lowest viewership in raw history

Nov 4, 2017
276
#1
https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2...aw-draws-lowest-viewership-in-history-648507/

Monday's WWE RAW episode, featuring RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey and Ember Moon defeating Tamina Snuka and Nia Jax in the main event, drew 2.285 million viewers. This is down 3.5% from last week's 2.369 million viewers. This is the lowest RAW viewership of 2018 and the lowest in show history.
They may be making money but it’s absolutely obvious they are the least relevant they have ever been
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,125
#3
I'm sure WWE's take away from this will be "Well people don't want to see women in the main event"
 
Oct 27, 2017
3,016
#6
Nothing will improve until Vince is dead and buried, and Paul takes over the company. Hopefully at that point the main roster will essentially become what NXT currently is production and story wise.

Right now moving to the main roster is career suicide.

The ONLY bright spot is the women’s division, but even those storylines are mangled.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,923
#7
#5Years

They recently signed a billion dollar contract with Fox for Smackdown so sadly there is zero incentive to improve the product.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,941
#9
Getting Braun Strowman over as the top guy was their only chance at getting any sort of ratings and they blew it.
 

plagiarize

Skinny Dipping in Cauldron Lake
Moderator
Oct 25, 2017
6,638
Cape Cod, MA
#12
I stopped watching when they went ahead with Crown Jewel and I doubt I'm the only one. Then last week they had what many called the worst episode in recent memory. This is hardly surprising.
 
Oct 26, 2017
374
#13
Didn’t Dolph turn face again for like the 20th time this past RAW? Feel like that had something to do with it too...
 
Oct 25, 2017
7,914
#14
It's almost like years of horrible PR and bad storytelling will eventually cause even the diehards to just say "fuck it I'm done".
 
Oct 25, 2017
9,596
#16
Nothing will improve until Vince is dead and buried, and Paul takes over the company. Hopefully at that point the main roster will essentially become what NXT currently is production and story wise.

Right now moving to the main roster is career suicide.

The ONLY bright spot is the women’s division, but even those storylines are mangled.
Paul ain’t going to help that much. They’re attempting to create a steady flow of content. At some point the weight of all this production will catch up
 

Aviator Irelia

Banned
Member
Oct 27, 2017
2,053
#20
Remember: at its peak wrestling was pulling in combined ratings between raw and nitro at around 8-9, sometimes they would vault past 10s. They squandered a gigantic audience.
 
Jul 17, 2018
913
#21
I stopped watching years ago when I realized they were showing the same matches over and over and then again at the ppv. It's boring.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,949
#22
I stopped watching when they went ahead with Crown Jewel and I doubt I'm the only one. Then last week they had what many called the worst episode in recent memory. This is hardly surprising.
i doubt the crown jewel controversy had absolutely any effect on ratings. the ratings have been going down for a good while now and we have yet to see the absolute bottom.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,163
#23
Aren’t those like wcw numbers?
Quick search says ratings wise Nitro was around a 2.5 rating even until the end. Apparently this Raw was a 1.6. Can't seem to find the actual viewership numbers for 2000/2001 to compare.
 
Oct 26, 2017
1,138
Caldicot, South Wales
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It's certainly been some of the worst RAW episodes in recent times, to the point that i've tuned off to watch something else. Just hope they don't blame the women's division. In recent months, they've put on some of the better matches this year.
 

Angry Grimace

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Member
Oct 25, 2017
11,539
#27
The entire show has to be carried by Ronda Rousey so it's not surprising. This is the third time in like three years that Ambrose-Rollins is a thing, Roman is gone for the foreseeable future, the Champion is a fucking part timer who never talks (and has his manager give the exact same promo every day he is there) and Becky Lynch is on the other show.

Sure, the show was bad, but people don't know it's bad until they tune in - there's just no star power
 
Nov 18, 2018
668
#29
Last week's Raw was like 1999 WCW level bad, and this week's show was hardly much better.

Also, with Braun injured and Seth stuck in a godawful feud, their biggest star is Rousey, who, even if you can somehow overlook her transphobic comments and Sandy Hook trutherism, isn't good enough to carry a show on her own.
 
Oct 25, 2017
7,532
#33
I don't even tune into the condensed RAWs on Youtube anymore. It's horrible. When you have a main event with two women known more for their botching than what little skill they possess, a good wrestler being held back from the title picture, and Ronda, you know you just don't give a shit anymore.

Meanwhile, the wrestlers everyone actually gives a shit about are all on Smackdown, which was obvious after the last brand draft.
 
Oct 25, 2017
11,643
Terana
#35
It's an irredeemably shit product. They're losing the hardcore fans now who've (until now) stuck around and they're gonna keep bleeding them away because there isn't anything fixing that shit until Vince is long gone. I really pray that the AEW is real and offers some genuinely good wrestling on a large scale in NA. Because even if they do turn it around, I don't really want to support the Saudi-loving McMahon family any more.
 
Oct 27, 2017
2,602
#36
I didn't know wresting was still a thing. Once you hit the age of 10 or so you know it's fake so it becomes a soap opera about guys with big muscles.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,909
#37
#5Years

They recently signed a billion dollar contract with Fox for Smackdown so sadly there is zero incentive to improve the product.
It's certainly possible Smackdown on Fox bombs and gets moved to FS1 after a year or two, which would be a long-term disaster for them.
 
Nov 8, 2017
2,156
Boston, MA
#38
I remember posting on a wrestlingforum. Raw got so shit but there was always people saying see you next week to those saying they’re done. Looks like people have really stopped watching.

Yet WWE sign billion dollar deals.
 
Apr 1, 2018
331
#45
How do they still make money? Are the road shows selling or is the TV money?

How much more can they squeeze their hardcore fanbase?
 
Apr 19, 2018
3,198
#47
Not surprising. I personally still watch it since I've watched it for decades now, but the current product is just absolute garbage.
 
Dec 7, 2017
1,454
#48
No one cares a out Tamina and people now actively hate Nia. The Dean Ambrose return has be turned into a complete joke. They're on their like 30th Lucha House Party/Revival match. You still have an absentee champion. Braun is out for surgery. I know people like McIntyre but I just don't see him as a credible too guy, he just comes off as a bigger Scottish Reigns.

Your bright spots are Rollins, Elias, and Finn. Rollins is stuck in a fued with the aforementioned joke. Elias was stupidly turned face so he could fued with LASH-LEY, LASH-LEY, LASH-LEY. And while Finn may be on the ups if he's fueding with McIntyre, that's not a matchup I really care at all for.
 
Oct 25, 2017
957
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Well, they certainly deserve it with the shit they put on Smackdown and Raw. It's a shame too with the amount of talent they have. They need to stop talking and tell the story in the ring. That's where NXT absolutely kills the main shows. Sad thing is that Raw, last night, featured a ton of former NXT stars that had 5 star matches in NXT. Off the top of my head they had Sasha Banks, Bayley, AOP, Bobby Roode, Finn Balor, The Revival and Ember Moon. Every single one of those wrestlers had a 5 star match, and some them had multiple, in NXT. It's not as if their talent disappeared. It's the way they're booked. It's the way the show is constructed. It's the same recycled story lines over and over. Sadly, like it has already been mentioned in this thread, until Vince and Kevin Dunne are gone both Smackdown and Raw will continue to blow.