WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Drops, Loses 600,000 Viewers In Final Hour

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Last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw featured some highlights and some lowlights. This week’s rating indicates that. The rating for last night’s Raw was a 3.0 with an average of 4.14 million viewers. That is down from last week’s show, which did a 3.3 rating with an average of 4.77 million viewers.

The first hour averaged 4.22 million viewers, which featured the opening segment with Daniel Bryan, Kane and Stephanie McMahon. The second hour rose to an average of 4.40 million viewers, which saw the segment with The Shield and Evolution. The third and final hour had the huge drop, which featured the closing segment with The Wyatt Family facing John Cena.

The dip was to be expected as the last two Raw’s featured the show after Wrestlemania 30 and last week’s show featuring the tribute of The Ultimate Warrior, but not this big of a drop.

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Daniel Bryan To Miss Weekend House Shows Due To Passing Of His Father

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WWE.com reported last night that the father of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan passed away at the age of 57. Bryan insisted to be on last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw. The champion kicked off the show to build his program with Kane, as they will battle at Extreme Rules in 12 days for the title.

The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Bryan will miss this weekend’s house shows due to his father’s passing. The house shows Bryan will be missing this weekend are in Toronto, Canada, Rockford and Peoria, IL. The Observer also states that Bryan’s status for next week’s Raw is unknown at this time. It would seem unlikely given the fact his father did pass away and the way the angle with Kane played out on last night’s show.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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The buildup to Extreme Rules continued last night on WWE Monday Night Raw from Baltimore, Maryland. Some of the highlights of the show included the return of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, the latest in the ongoing saga’s of Evolution vs The Shield and John Cena vs Bray Wyatt. Their were good and bad points of the show, so here is the good, the bad and the dirty from last night’s show.

The Good

1) Sheamus vs Wade Barrett: A really good, physical match in the semifinals to determine the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship. It was really good to see WWE give Barrett a clean win over a top guy in Shemaus. It was weird to see the company not play up the Sheamus knee injury from last week and went this route instead. Now let’s see WWE give Barrett a sustained push as he does have the fan support behind him and the talent to back it up.

2) Evolution/The Shield segment: Was good to see WWE play old clips of Evolution for the newer fans of wrestling, even though it was weird to see Ric Flair in the clips and he isn’t involved with the group at this time. Some people were down on Seth Rollins with his talking points, but he is improving each time he is handed the microphone including last night. Liked how when The Shield were walking up the ramp to get to Evolution, the same eleven fighters came out to protect the group. Very smart to keep The Shield from getting their hands on the group until the event. A simple, yet effective build.

The Bad

1) Emma and Santino Marella: This is bad and needs to end immediately. It has been a waste of Emma’s time as she should have been put in the Divas division right when she debuted. With the skill set of Marella, it is a shame that he has never been given a serious role within the company. Simulated arm sleeve makeout session? Pass

The Dirty

1) Kane brutalizes Daniel Bryan: WWE had announced earlier in the day that Bryan’s dad had passed away at the age of 57. It was rough to see him come out when Raw opened up as you can tell he just wanted to cry. This was a smart move by the company they made Kane from someone no cares about to a serious threat to Bryan in one segment. Really liked the use of Brie Bella and the fact a tombstone piledriver was used three times in different areas outside the ring. The move isn’t used often and when it is, it should be used in spots like this. It definitely sold some pay-per-views and subscribers to the WWE Network.

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Updated Card For WWE Extreme Rules

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WWE Extreme Rules takes place in 12 days on Sunday, May 4th from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Last week, WWE announced three matches for the show and two more were added during last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw. Here is the updated lineup for WWE Extreme Rules.

-Daniel Bryan vs Kane for the WWE Championshop- Extreme Rules match
-The Shield vs Evolution- Six Man Tag Team Match
-John Cena vs Bray Wyatt- Steel Cage Match
-Paige vs Tamina Snuka- WWE Divas Title Match
-Alexander Rusev vs R-Truth & Xavier Woods in a handicap match

More matches will be announced as we get closer to the show. As of right now, you can see the show on the WWE Network and In Demand PPV.

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What To Expect On Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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WWE Monday Night Raw comes back tonight as it takes place at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. The end of last week’s show featured Evolution reforming and took out The Shield. The show also featured the beginning of the Intercontinental Tournament to determine a number one contender and the Kane going back to his old devil ways wanting to take out WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. What can we expect on tonight’s show?

Bryan does return to the show tonight after his wedding ten days ago to Brie Bella and their subsequent honeymoon. It does look like that we are towards a Bryan vs Kane title program for Extreme Rules in two weeks. Will be interesting to see how they get there, but would assume that Kane takes out Bryan on the show to lead to the title match or possibly do something to Bella to get the match.

Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista reformed Evolution last week and gave The Shield a beatdown with all three guys hitting their finishers on the young trio. It was announced on Smackdown by the COO that a six man tag would be taking place at Extreme Rules. The Shield does need to come back strong tonight against the reformed group.

Two matches have been announced as the semifinal matches take place to determine the number one contender for IC title as Rob Van Dam takes on Cesaro and Sheamus battles Bad News Barrett. One would assume that Cesaro beats Van Dam and Barrett gets by Sheamus as the WWE is building up both guys.

WWE Monday Raw airs on the USA Network starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Intercontinental Championship Tournament To Start Tonight on WWE Monday Night Raw

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The WWE announced a short time ago that starting on tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw that a tournament will be held to determine a number one contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The championship is currently held by Big E.

The company hasn’t announced which wrestlers will be competing in the tournament at this time. WWE Monday Night Raw starts at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

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What To Expect On Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw takes place in Birmingham, Alabama. We are one week removed from a historic show as we saw Daniel Bryan appear as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, The Shield aligning with the champion, an epic promo by Paul Heyman on Brock Lesnar ending “The Streak” and Cesaro being the new Paul Heyman guy. What can we expect on tonight’s show?

The show tonight will feature a tribute to The Ultimate Warrior, who passed away this past Tuesday at the age of 54. I wouldn’t expect it to be just a whole show showing his best matches and things like that. Expect to see various WWE personal and talent to have video interviews with their thoughts on Warrior and clips of some of his greatest WWE moments.

Would also expect to see the top matches made for Extreme Rules, which takes in three weeks from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. From the way Raw ended last week, I would go with Bryan vs Triple H in the main event and the top underneath match by The Shield vs Kane, Randy Orton and Batista. Their was an ad that came out from the Izod Center over the weekend saying John Cena will be facing Bray Wyatt in an “extreme match”, so we will see if that gets made tonight as well.

Think we will see Cesaro and Paul Heyman continue to feud with Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter to lead to a match at an Extreme Rules. The Cesaro/Heyman pairing is the best thing to happen to Cesaro as now he doesn’t have to talk and let Heyman do that aspect for him.

WWE Monday Night Raw starts at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

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Edge To Return At Next Week’s Monday Night Raw

The WWE announced last night during Monday Night Raw that former WWE champion Edge will be returning next week to Raw. The reason Edge is returning is to hype up the premiere of the television show, “Haven”, which premieres on September 14 on SyFy. Edge plays the character Dwight Hendrickson on the show.

The last time we seen the WWE Hall of Famer on WWE television was last September on an edition of Friday Night Smackdown. Raw takes place next week in Toronto.

After the announcement on Raw, Edge promoted his appearance on Twitter.

It is only a one off appearance at this time as Edge isn’t under a WWE contract.

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WWE Night of Champions Main Event Announced At Smackdown Tapings

It was announced at last night’s WWE Smackdown tapings in Bakersfield, California that the main event for WWE’s Night of Champions will be Randy Orton defending his WWE championship against Daniel Bryan.

The feud started started when Bryan defeated John Cena for the WWE title on Sunday at Summerslam. Orton came out after the match, while Bryan was celebrating, he received a pedigree by Triple H. “The Viper” then proceded to come into the ring and pin Bryan to win the title.

On Monday’s WWE Monday Night Raw, Orton gave an RKO to Bryan as the former champion tried to enter the ring.

WWE’s Night of Champions takes place on Sunday, September 15 from the Joe Louis Arena in Detriot, Michigan.

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