This week’s edition of Monday Night Raw saw a big decrease in viewership. This week’s show, featuring Shane McMahon in charge of Raw for a second week in a row, averaged 3.529 million viewers. This is down 14% from last week’s post-WrestleMania 32 episode which averaged 4.094 million viewers.
Raw finished #1 on the night in overall viewership. The hourly breakdown is as follows (in millions):
Hour 1: 3.474
Hour 2: 3.687
Hour 3: 3.427
Every Wednesday when I do the TJR News Update and cover Raw’s ratings, the third hour drop off is usually the main point of concern. Although hour three was (like usual) the lowest viewed hour of the show, this week’s main point of concern is hour one. It was down approximately 800,000 viewers from last week. That’s a huge drop off. Has the post-WrestleMania excitement already wore away? It’s a shame because the start of this week’s Raw was excellent. Having a babyface like Shane in charge is a nice change of pace. There was also a great Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro match in hour one to see who would be number one contender to The Miz’s Intercontinental Championship.
What’s funny is that the decision was made before last week’s Raw that Shane would be in charge again this week. The reasoning being that the ratings were so high post-WrestleMania, that Shane earned another shot (according to The Wrestling Observer). It was a safe assumption since the post-WrestleMania Raw always does very well in viewership, but this year’s edition wasn’t even the highest rated Raw of the year. That’s why it was changed to Shane being in charge because of “overwhelming social media support.” With the ratings now down 14%, WWE will definitely avoid mentioning the ratings at all in regards to keeping Shane around.
As I mentioned above, Raw was great this week. Very good matches in Owens vs. Cesaro and Zayn vs. Styles. We also saw the debut/return of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. I say return because Gallows was with WWE for years, most notably as Festus and a part of CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society.
John Canton reviewed this week’s Raw, writing his usual WWE Raw Deal column live Monday night. It was his highest rated Raw of the year. You can read all about the show as well as John’s thoughts on it by clicking here. Thanks to PWTorch for the numbers.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson Interrupt Dark Match At Smackdown Tapings
After their long awaited arrival, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson appeared on this week’s edition of Monday Night Raw. They attacked The Usos after their win over The Social Outcasts to advance in the Tag Team Title Tournament. It looks like Gallows and Anderson continued this trend during last night’s Smackdown taping. Two local wrestlers stepped into the ring to face off with one another in a dark match. Gallows and Anderson interrupted their match and attacked both of the local wrestlers. Afterwards, they got on the mic and said that no one in WWE is safe. Below is a photo tweeted out of the former Bullet Club members during last night’s dark match/segment.
— William Lee (@WillDLeeEsq) April 13, 2016
In Other News
– ECW original Balls Mahoney, real name Jonathan Rechner, passed away late last night. He was 44 years old, he had just celebrated his birthday this past Monday. Very sad news. WWE and many other wrestlers took to social media to comment on his passing. You can see that right here. All of us here at TJRWrestling extend our condolences to the Rechner family.
– AJ Styles was recently a guest on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast. He talked about various topics, including: Nakamura’s departure from NJPW making it more difficult for him to leave, it being more emotional leaving NJPW than it was leaving TNA, being willing to change his name upon arriving in WWE, and offering advice to WWE wrestlers’ backstage. You can read Styles’ comments right here.
– The Miz and Maryse were this weeks guests on ESPN SportsCenter’s Off The Top Rope segment. It was a very in character interview for the most part with Miz talking about sharing the spotlight with Maryse and winning the Intercontinental Title. Miz also talks about how he feels his Cleveland Cavaliers will pull it together in the playoffs and win the NBA Title. You can click here to watch part of that interview.
– A new class consisting of 10 recruits have begun training at WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. You can read the press release WWE sent us on this news right here. The two names that I spotted of the 10 recruits are Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste (far left), who are a tag team called The Mighty Don’t Kneel (TMDK). They’ve previously wrestled for Pro Wrestling Noah, NJPW, ROH and TNA. They can be a nice addition to NXT’s tag team division if WWE decides to keep them as a team.
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– Hank McAllen remembers the life and career of the late Blackjack Mulligan in his most recent column. Mulligan passed away last week at the age of 73. You can read along right here as Hank reminisces about some of his fondest memories of Blackjack Mulligan, talks about Mulligan’s influence on the business in and out of the ring, and looks at the wrestling legacy Mulligan’s family continues to this day.
– Howie Mandella has written a column titled, My Challenge of Ignorance. He talks about how he has set a challenge for himself. This challenge being that he plans on avoiding all wrestling spoilers/rumors/speculation on the internet from now until SummerSlam. His goal in doing this is to try and tap back into his youthful innocence and see if he can get more enjoyment out of the product. Good luck, Howie! Hopefully you find what you’ve been missing.
That’s all for now. John Canton will be covering tomorrow’s daily news update and Wayne Tomkins will be here on Friday. Thanks for reading and as always leave any of your thoughts in the comment section below.
Picture used above is courtesy of WWE.com.