The expectation was that ratings for Monday Night Raw would rise this week because fans would tune in to see if CM Punk would make his return or not. However, the opposite took place. WWE saw a 12 percent drop in viewership, which has to be a bit alarming since it is the time period between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania 30.
When Batista made his return on Monday Night Raw, WWE officials were said to be rather upset with the lackluster reaction from the audience. However, management then saw the television ratings for the segment and placed the blame on the Dayton crowd instead.
"It's ridiculous. I hate to sound like I'm attacking the WWE or (I) devalue what they did because Vince McMahon, say whatever you want -- and he's always smashing us and talking s—t about us, but I will tell you this, I was watching WWE I was a little kid and Vince was the commentator in WWE -- this guy has been kicking ass, breaking rules and doing things that people said he couldn't do over and over and over again. Now I'm older I don't get the whole thing, it doesn't work for me, but what he's able to do, the ratings he's able to pull and the things he's done ... And when I look at his model and he's basically taking everything in and devalued it. Saying everything we do is worth $10. That doesn't make sense to me," White said during a media luncheon on Monday. If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he's crushing it. So it's a risky move, it's a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy s—t since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it."
- UFC president Dana White on Vince McMahon and WWE Network
Impact Wrestling drew in one of the highest ratings that the show has seen in a couple of years this week. The belief is that WWE fans tuned in this week to see what would happen during the match between Sting and Brutus Magnus, as many are hoping that the legendary performer will end up at Wrestlemania 30 this year.
"I knew AJ Lee from developmental a year before she was on NXT. I didn't know Dolph Ziggler at all. But when we started working together and traveling to different shows we realized that we shared a similar sense of humor. It didn't take us long to realize that it was kind of an odd pairing but it worked. We had a lot of fun and it is something that I'll always remember. I learned a lot from Dolph when I was ringside for all of the John Cena matches at house shows. It was a positive way for me to start my career."
- Big E Langston
The WWE Divas Championship is being viewed as a backup plan at Royal Rumble 2014 right now. If there is enough time on the show, then the match between AJ Lee and Naomi Knight will take place. If not, then management will wait until the following Monday Night Raw.
"Maybe the reason I don’t like you hitting on me isn’t because I’m mean- maybe I’m tired, or taken, or you look like a mass murderer."
- AJ Lee
"It's official. Longest reigning Diva's champ. 213 and counting. Time to party. And by party, I mean eat ice cream in bed with only half the shame I would normally have."
Maryse Ouellet held the WWE Divas Championship for 216 days straight, but she is about to be surpassed on that list by AJ Lee, who has now held the belt for 212 days straight. No word yet on whether or not WWE will make a big storyline out of that.
It looks like Maxim magazine will be attempting to set up a photo shoot with AJ Lee, so that the WWE diva can be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue. They recently conducted a poll, and she managed to beat out more known female celebrities.
It looks like Emma has now emerged as a strong candidate to be the next NXT developmental diva to be called up to the main roster by WWE. She worked the live event tour this week. Emma teamed with Natalya to defeat AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka.
AJ Styles might have a little more leverage in his ongoing negotiations with TNA, as Impact Wrestling managed to score a dramatic increase this week. Approximately 25% more people tuned into the episode, which featured Styles's final match, than they did the previous week.
Through Twitter, AJ Lee revealed to her fans that she recently lost a tooth during a match. The belief is that she is being kept off screen by WWE while that happens. She has missed a couple of appearances on Monday Night Raw since the incident.
While the incident between Michelle Beadle and AJ Lee received a lot of coverage on the internet, Access Hollywood has released an article about Tribute to the Troops without mentioning a thing about the backstage situation that took place.
In order to prevent the story from escalating, WWE is not planning to punish AJ Lee on screen, as fans will add to on speculations of backstage heat if she were to go on a losing streak. This increases her chances of holding on to the championship.
In order to prevent the incident with AJ Lee from blowing up any further, WWE contacted Michelle Beadle and asked the Access Hollywood host to post a statement on Twitter. The hope is that it would convince fans that it was a misunderstanding.
The backstage incident with AJ Lee is drawing media attention, as Michelle Beadle, the Access Hollywood host that was involved in the situation, was a top trending topic on Yahoo! throughout the weekend.
Despite her backstage incident this week, AJ Lee managed to retain the WWE Divas Championship during her match against Natalya Neidhart at TLC. AJ got the pin fall victory after reversing a Sharp Shooter attempt from Natalya.
AJ Lee is in some hot water with WWE officials, as the diva confronted Michelle Beadle, the host of Access Hollywood, backstage with an obscenity laced tirade. Beadle was chatting with CM Punk backstage at the Tribute to the Troops show.
While WWE has been proclaiming that the voting process for the Slammy Awards has been completely legitimate, there are many that are skeptical because they feel that AJ Lee would have garnered the most votes for the Diva of the Year award.
WWE has announced the nominees for the Diva of the Year award, and the list includes AJ Lee, Bella Twins, Funkadactyls, Natalya Neidhart, Kaitlyn and Eva Marie.
The seven girls of Total Divas were able to beat the other WWE divas in a traditional Survivor Series match. Natalya and Nikki Bella were the last two standing in the ring at the end.
AJ Lee jokes about not being hugged enough as a child, so she has grown to become overly reliant on Twitter for acceptance.
AJ Lee is wrestling again. The WWE Divas Champion received a bit of a scare when she collapsed in the ring during a match.
WWE has announced on their website that AJ Lee is doing fine. She had fainted during a match in Europe and fell off the ring apron, hitting her head on the floor.
According to an official WWE statement, AJ Lee collapsed at a live event because she has been suffering from dehydration.
AJ Lee collapsed at a live event in London, so WWE officials had to come out to the ring and cancel her match.
Mickie James listed AJ Lee, Natalya Neidhart and Brie Bella as the three divas that she would like to work with if she returned to WWE as rumored.
A lot of WWE fans tuned away during the segment involving Triple H, Big Show and Stephanie McMahon on Monday Night Raw this week.
Tamina Snuka mocks Big E Langston for joking about punching AJ Lee in the chest on Twitter.
Dolph Ziggler needed help from a WWE diva to gain revenge on former on screen girlfriend AJ Lee and best friend Big E Langston, so he enlisted the help of Kaitlyn. Ziggler and Kaitlyn were victorious at the Summerslam pay per view.
In a last minute addition to Elimination Chamber 2013, Dolph Ziggler, who was accompanied by AJ Lee and Big E Langston, was able to defeat Kofi Kingston in a match that did not have a lot of back story behind it.