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.
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.
When it was announced that she was changing her official title within the company, there were some speculations that Stephanie McMahon was still going to be heavily involved in the creative department in WWE, but it now appears that she truly has embraced her new role and is rarely involved with the writing for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown.
A part of a working relationship with WWE, KaBOOM! is building some playgrounds in New Orleans, the site of Wrestlemania 30. To assists in the project, Stephanie McMahon, who is spearheading things for her company, sent Kofi Kingston to help with design.
Rumors are running rampant that Stacy Keibler is returning to WWE. She recently met with Stephanie McMahon at a VH1 event in New York City. A lucrative offer was reportedly made to the former diva, and there's a good chance that she accepts the deal before Wrestlemania 30.
Stephanie McMahon revealed on Twitter that she has a new jet plane. The belief is that WWE purchased the new vehicle for her because she will be attending events more frequently in the role of brand ambassador. Triple H and Vince McMahon will more than likely travel together to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown each week.
Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and two of their children attended an MMA class taught by former WWE diva Eve Torres and her husband. Some pictures were posted on Instagram and Twitter, where the girls took a subtle jab at Matt Hardy while showcasing a choke hold.
It has now been confirmed that Mae Young has passed away, as Stephanie McMahon herself has posted a message on Twitter to inform everyone. There had been quite a bit of confusion all week long, as fans were quick to make assumptions about her death.
A couple of members of the New England Patriots, who are scheduled for the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos next weekend, stopped by Monday Night Raw and visited backstage with Triple H and Stephanie before the show.
While the belief was that he would reduce his workload, Vince McMahon is actually picking up more responsibilities with the creative department now that Stephanie McMahon is moving on to become the brand manager for WWE.
John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Big Show, Fandango, Great Khali, R Truth, Bella Twins, Summer Rae, Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H were all in attendance at the Wrestlemania 31 press conference in Santa Clara.
While rumors are starting to swirl as to why Stephanie McMahon is selling a large portion of her shares in WWE, it is simply a matter of her wanting to build a permanent home for her kids to grow up in.
One of the reasons why Stephanie McMahon is stepping away from the creative department a bit is because she is burnt out, having held the position for several years with WWE now. She will still throw out ideas to Triple H, however.
Earlier this week, Stephanie McMahon has sold another $1.4 million dollars worth of WWE stock. The vice president has been consistently getting rid of her ownership shares and turning it into cash.
With Stephanie McMahon slowly branching out into other areas of WWE, Triple H is now in charge of the creative department, where the writers and executives are now reporting directly to him.
Stephanie McMahon has been promoted by WWE, where she will go from being an executive vice president to being the Chief Brand Officer, which basically makes her more of a spokesperson for the company.
Randy Orton predictably defeated the Big Show to retain the WWE Heavyweight Championship at the Survivor Series. He was able to hit the RKO after Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Kane provided the distraction by coming out to the ramp.
Stephanie McMahon was honored by CableFax again this week. She attended the breakfast event with her mother, Linda McMahon, and also gave a speech to accept her award.
There are talks within WWE of giving away Wrestlemania 30 for free to people who sign up for the new WWE Network and pay the monthly subscriber fee.
With WWE wanting to sign a lucrative television deal when the current one expires, the company is focused on improving Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, in order to gain leverage in negotiations.
Stephanie McMahon has sold more WWE stock this week and has cashed in on approximate one million dolllars.
Stephanie McMahon congratulated David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox for winning the World Series.
The new contract that Stephanie McMahon signed with WWE will pay her $325,000 a year as a wrestler.
In a sign that she should be appearing frequently on TV, Stephanie McMahon has signed a new deal with WWE that labels her as a wrestler.
During a recent interview, Stephanie McMahon touted the WWE app by revealing that it has been downloaded more than eight million times.