In recent weeks the WWE has sanctioned a titled match between WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and the challenger and multiple-time champion in the past Randy Orton, a legend of the company and defined as the Legend Killer (or The Viper).
Initially, this match was supposed to take place in the upcoming Extreme Rules Pay Per View, but with a surprise move a few hours ago WWE announced that the titled match will be held in the next episode of Monday Night Raw and therefore in a few hours.
WWE has opted for this surprise choice and the match valid for the WWE Championship will replace the match announced a week ago, or the match valid for the Tag Team Championship between RK-Bro and Bobby Lashley and MVP. Bobby Lashley was scheduled to defend the WWE Championship against 'The Viper' Randy Orton at WWE Extreme Rules, but the match has been moved to this week's episode of Monday Night RAW.
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Well-known colleague Dave Meltzer revealed the real reason for this change in the last episode of Wrestling Observer Radio. WWE chairman Vince McMahon made this choice after WWE rival All Elite Wrestling overtook Raw in ratings for the 18-49 age group last week.
Here are his words: "They decided to move the match to Pay per View to Raw and the WWE Championship match will replace the Tag Team title match. They built the whole episode last week to decide Matt Riddle and Randy Orton's opponents and then they canceled everything.
The truth is that they decided for Randy Orton against Bobby Lashley to go up in the rankings of popularity and above all of the ratings. I must say that this move does not surprise me at all." In recent months, AEW is getting closer to WWE, it has grown considerably and Tony Khan's company has in recent weeks included stars of the caliber of Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and Adam Cole, wrestlers who have brought the two rival companies closer together.
The fallout episode of Dynamite following AEW All Out brought in a reported 1.319 million viewers, which was way up from the previous week's 1.047 million. The show scored a 0.53 rating in the important 18-49 demographic, meaning that 681,000 viewers were in the age range compared to RAW's 678,000 viewership.
AEW stars such as Matt Hardy and Chris Jericho reacted to the report in a positive manner, with Tony Khan thanking fans for their support. The red brand still beat Dynamite with a total viewership of 1.849 million viewers.