Wed. News (04/20): WWE Raw Ratings Set 2016 Low, Natalya's ESPN Interview & More!

This week’s taped edition of Monday Night Raw in London saw another decrease in viewership. This week’s show, featuring Shane McMahon in charge of Raw for a third week in a row and a Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose main event, averaged 3.335 million viewers. This is down 5% from last week’s episode which averaged 3.529 million viewers.

It is also the second lowest viewed Raw of 2016. The lowest was January 11 which drew 3.323 million viewers and went up against the NCAA Football National Championship game.  Although it was the second least viewed Raw of the year, Raw’s TV rating was actually the lowest of the year. This week’s Raw scored a 2.32 rating beating out January 11’s 2.36 rating.

Raw finished #2 on the night in overall viewership behind the NBA playoffs. The hourly breakdown is as follows (in millions):

Hour 1: 3.486

Hour 2: 3.541

Hour 3: 2.980

The big number here is the 2.980 in hour three. This is the first time all year that an hour of Raw has drawn below 3 million viewers. The drop off between hour 2 and hour 3 was also a drastic 15.8%, which is the second biggest hour-to-hour drop off this year. The first being the second the third hour drop off of the post-Fastlane Raw where Shane McMahon returned.

These numbers are pretty disheartening considering this is only the third Raw after WrestleMania 32. The post-WrestleMania 32 lull is here in regards to television viewership, but I wouldn’t consider this to be a lull content wise. I’ve been really enjoying the last 3 episodes of Raw. The Raw after Mania and this week’s Raw weren’t great, however it’s better than a lot of stuff we’ve gotten in the past. We’re seeing a lot of fresh new faces on the main roster and are moving towards some exciting storylines. It’s times like this where I hope officials don’t take the television viewership too seriously and blame it on guys like Owens and Ambrose.

John Canton reviewed the show, writing his usual WWE Raw Deal column. You can read all about the show as well as John’s thoughts on it by clicking here. Thanks to PWTorch for the numbers.

 

Natalya Off The Top Rope

Natalya’s “Off The Top Rope” Interview; Talks Bret Hart, The Dungeon, Getting Her Big Break & More

Natalya was this week’s guest on ESPN SportsCenter’s “Off The Top Rope” segment. She was interviewed by former WWE announcer Todd Grisham who filled in for Jonathan Coachman this week. Like “The Coach”, Grisham is also an ESPN anchor now.

During the interview, Natalya talked about what it means to have her uncle, Bret Hart, accompanying her to her Women’s Title match at WWE Payback. She talked about this year being a hard one for Bret in that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. She said that Bret’s a hero to her and many others, and that she hopes for people to celebrate Bret’s appearance in addition to enjoying the match.

Natalya talks about wrestling being a natural fit for her since her family was in the business for so long. She said that when you grow up with a wrestling ring in your yard, you’re bound to get in it. She also talks about the legendary Stu Hart dungeon and how she was one of the first females to ever train in it. Natalya also talks about WWE getting rid of the term Diva and bringing back the Women’s Title. She gave credit to Triple H for spearheading this women’s movement in NXT and mentions how her match in NXT with Charlotte in May 2014 was a huge turning point in her career. She also discusses how she enjoys being a part of the E! reality series Total Divas and how it gives her the opportunity to show that she’s an ambassador for the company.

If you’d like to watch Natalya’s “Off The Top Rope” segment in its entirety, you can click here to watch part 1 and here to watch part 2.

 

In Other News

– Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson will be making their WWE in-ring debuts (as a team) on next week’s Raw from Hartford, Connecticut. This was announced during yesterday’s Smackdown taping from London. Gallows and Anderson’s opponents will be The Usos. Now, I feel like WWE has put themselves in a bit of a pickle here. Since The Vaudevillains beat The Usos clean in four minutes this week, shouldn’t Gallows and Anderson destroy them in the same amount or half that time? I guess WWE can say that The Usos were still suffering from Gallows and Anderson’s attack the week before. The Usos losing very quickly and clean two weeks in a row will just really make them look weak though. Then again, there are a lot of other tag teams now with Gallows & Anderson, The Vaudevillains, Enzo & Cass, and Primo & Epico; so maybe The Usos are being put on the back-burner for the time being.

– John Cena, along with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, attended last night’s annual USO Metro-DC Awards Dinner. The ceremony took place in Washington, DC and Cena won the 2016 Legacy of Achievement Award which honors extraordinary commitment to US servicemen and women.

 

Read Our Stuff

– It’s Wednesday, which means new episodes of NXT and Lucha Underground! On NXT we’ll see Apollo Crews take on Samoa Joe, as well as the debut of “No Way Jose.” On Lucha Underground, the Trios Tournament continues with Fenix and the Disciples of Death in action. We’ll also be seeing Drago vs. Aerostar, and Matanza defending his Lucha Underground Championship against former champion Mil Muertes. Check back at TJRWrestling for reviews of both shows. Kurt Zamora’s NXT review is usually up late Wednesday nights and my Lucha Underground review will be up either Thursday or Friday.

Apollo Crews faces Samoa Joe tonight on WWE Network

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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.

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