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– I’m Oli Davis. Press the thumbs up, and leave a comment down
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because we need just 16 more people to reach our goal of making weekly NXT reviews happen
on this channel for everyone. WWE’s ‘developmental’ promotion which,
at this rate, might soon outdraw their flagship Monday Night Raw. As this week’s instalment is set to be the
show’s lowest rated episode in WWE history [RAW IMAGE]. I can’t wait for that ‘Did
You Know’ graphic next week. The show drew an average of 2.35 million viewers,
which is down over 300,000 from last week’s 2.67 million viewers.
While F4WOnline points to a number of reasons for the low number – with “a combination
of network season premieres and a strong NFL game” of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Tampa
Bay Buccaneers – it doesn’t explain the 19% drop of over half a million viewers since
the same time last year, effectively cutting Raw’s year-on-year audience by a fifth.
And while Monday’s TV competition was strong, it was nothing compared to what Raw faced
in its previous historic low – the ratings juggernaut of the Clinton-Trump debate back
in 2016 on September 26th, where Raw managed 2.46 million viewers – still over 100,000
more than this week’s episode. The Scott Steiner Institute of Statistics
is now projecting Monday Night Raw has just an 8 ⅓ chance of winning at Sacrifice.
But what did you think of the show? 60% agreed with my rating of AvRAWge, while 24% thought
it even better at Cor. Why do you think Raw’s viewership has dropped
off so dramatically? Let me know in the comments down below, and in our latest Question on
a Poll match by clicking the ‘i’ above my head.
Shayna Baszler won yesterday’s Question on a Poll match, with 72% of you wanting to
see her called up to the main roster before Dakota Kai.
Sadly Raw wasn’t just newsworthy for its historically low rating, though. As WWE have confirmed to PWInsider that Liv
Morgan suffered a potentially serious injury on this week’s episode.
“Liv Morgan has a concussion and is going through the proper protocol under WWE’s comprehensive
wellness program.” The injury came near the start of the Bellas
and Natalya vs the Riott Squad’s six woman tag, when Brie Bella accidentally kicked Morgan
in the face while doing her husband Daniel Bryan’s Yes Kicks. Twice.
Fightful is reporting that when the incident occured, the referee was told by backstage
officials to keep Morgan out of the match. Her Riott Squad teammate Sarah Logan helped
her to the side of the ring to be seen by WWE Dr. Chris Amann, while Ruby Riott called
the match on the fly, drawing from her long experience on the indies.
Morgan, however, was determined to continue – said to “have been on ‘auto pilot’”,
and actually got back in the ring to hit the triple suplex spot just before the adbreak.
“The rest of the Riott Squad had to physically restrain her at ringside after the move and
talk to her, to ensure that she’d remain out of the ring until the end of the match or
help arrived.” Shortly after this, Brie made another mistake,
“cracking Riott in the mouth” with her forearm rather than taking a move from Ruby.
While Morgan “is having issues with remembering what happened”, Fightful add there isn’t
any heat between Brie and Liv backstage, as Brie “apologised to Liv repeatedly”. Morgan’s
Riott Squad teammates Logan and Ruby, however, reportedly “‘looked’ to be unhappy,
as they’re legitimately close friends of Liv Morgan’s.”
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