The September 24th edition of WWE Flagship programme Monday Night Raw hit an all time low with last night’s broadcast. The product lost more than 300,000 viewers from last weeks show according to ShowBuzzdaily and TV by the Numbers.
Last nights Raw averaged 2.3 million viewers, down from 2.67 million for last weeks episode.
ShowBuzzDaily’s ratings analytics show us that Raw dropped from 4th to 6th place between the first and third hours of Raw.
This weeks SEW Weekly Roundup takes a look at Hell in a Cell, news surrounding Super ShowDown and the next Saudi Arabia show entitled ‘Crown Jewels’, we also discuss Alexa Bliss, WWE Womens Tag Titles and more – see the video or audio only podcast below.
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This weeks Straight Edge Weekly Roundup, September 16th edition, covers news in the build up to Hell in a Cell 2018, comments from Batista, Stephanie McMahon, Matt Hardy, WOS Ratings and more…
A New Hell in A Cell?
WWE released a live stream of the Hell in a Cell structure being built last night at the AT&T Centre in Texas and it would appear that the new cell is red.
Why exactly this change has been made is unknown at the moment, as is what the cage will look like on screen tonight.
Matt Hardy Retirement?
Speculation has been rife over the past few months concerning Matt Hardy’s health and whether or not his in-ring days were coming to an end. It was reported that Hardy had been suffering after it was found that his back was fusing with his pelvis. Last night Matt Tweeted out a video saying he was heading home and that it was likely that he had wrestled his last match, see the video below:
Whatever happens to Matt from here he was undoubtedly one of the most influential performers of all time. His mind for the business has given us some of the most interesting and popular moments in wrestling history over the past two decades. He proved time and again that he was able to change with the times, moving from the ever-popular Hardy Boys into the bizarre Broken Matt in recent years. I have no doubt that a backstage position is awaiting him no matter what he chooses, and he is wished all the best of luck.
The 1000th episode of Smackdown is around the corner on October 16th and is being held in Washington DC, the hometown of Batista, who had something to say this week on twitter about his lack of invitation to the event:
It just goes to add on to what I was saying last week that the WWE have always mistreated Batista. Here’s hoping this is all a work and that Batista will be on our screens at the 1000th episode in a few weeks time.
Yet again the ratings for World of Sport Wrestling are in for the 15th September edition and they are at an all time low. At a different start time of 4pm WOS garnered just 0.3 million viewers. This is the third change in time slot for the struggling ITV revival in just as many weeks. Once again, this week episode did not have any major competition on at the same time, with the premier league football games having finished an hour previously.
The inconsistency of air times, coupled with the lacklustre production and storylines of the product have to give ITV cause for concern. Only time will tell if this 10 episode run is the last we see of the WOS.
Stephanie McMahon speaking at the SBJ Game Changers conference this wee was quoted as saying:
“We’re successful for one reason only: We listened to our audience.”
Perhaps in 1999 this statement was true, today however… well I’ll let you make your own minds up.
This weeks weekly roundup covers ALL IN, Raw and Smackdown highlights, news on Batista, WOS Wrestling and more…
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WWE’s corporate website has announced that Renee Young will be joining the Raw broadcast team on a full time basis and The Coach will now be the host of the pre-shows. Renee has been a part of the Raw commentary team on two occasions in the past month and has been very well received by the majority of those watching at home. This permanent change is likely to receive just as much support and praise as well.
Since his return, The Coach has not been holding in very good stead with the viewing audience, contradicting his colleagues and very often himself. Since rejoining the team Coach has arguably missed a step and doesn’t seem to be telling consistent stories. Only time will tell what the future holds for Coach’s more long-term position within the company but all the best is wishes to Renee Young on this new, exciting journey in her career.
ALL IN has been receiving almost universal acclaim since its airing this weekend. This all began as somewhat of a joke bet that Cody could sell out a 10,000 seat arena at an independent wrestling event in the USA. Tickets sold out in minutes and were being re-sold on other sites shortly after at huge markups – the demand was astronomical.
Nick Jackson, who helped produce the show on Saturday alongside his brother Matt and Cody has announced on Twitter that All In actually drew 11,263 fans to the Sears Centre in Chicago.