It is not an easy time for WWE and especially for its Monday show or Monday Night Raw. Vince McMahon's company is seeing their dominance in the wrestling world decline week after week with its rival company, AEW or All Elite Wrestling, who are grabbing some of the leading talents in this business.
In recent weeks, Tony Khan's company has announced the arrival of stars, former WWE stars, the likes of Adam Cole, Daniel Bryan and even CM Punk, absent from the world of wrestling for several years. To worsen the situation for Vince McMahon are the news coming from the ratings of the company.
The last episode of Monday Night Raw saw a very large schedule, yet despite this, the numbers are far from positive.
The disappointing situation on Raw
During the last episode of Raw, we saw matches like those of Charlotte Flair vs Shayna Baszler, Damian Priest defending the title against Jeff Hardy, the match that saw New Day as protagonists, Mansoor and Mustafa Ali respectively against AJ Styles, Omos, T-Bar and Mace.
The main stage obviously went to the Main Event where Bobby Lashley first confirmed his title in a good match against Randy Orton, but then Big E intervened who redeemed his titled chance thanks to Money in the Bank and won for the WWE Champion for the first time in his career.
Despite this, the WWE has had very low audience figures and although this worries the insiders it must be said that last week the WWE had to face the NFL Monday Night Football which had almost 11.6 million spectators. This was the least seen episode of Monday Night Raw since last July 12th and the lowest in the age range between 18 and 49 years since last July 5th.
Here is the Raw data: Now 1: 1.672 million viewers Hour 2: 1.634 million viewers Now 3: 1.703 million viewers. According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon made changes to the show in response to AEW Dynamite beating RAW in the key 18-49 demographics.
RK-Bro was originally supposed to defend their Raw Tag Team Championships against The Almighty and MVP, but plans changed significantly. “They moved the pay-per-view match to Raw," said Meltzer. "Originally they were going to do the tag team title match.
The whole show last week was built to set up this tag team title match on this week’s Raw and then they pulled the match because they lost in the ratings and they’re putting Randy Orton and Bobby Lashley, the pay-per-view main event on TV tomorrow night. Yea, that’s among the responses [to AEW]. I’m not surprised”.