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.
In a rather interesting move, Bobby Lashley has decided to make his Instagram account private, which means that fans are not able to see his pictures and updates without following his account. The former WWE and current MMA star made the change recently.
Bobby Lashley revealed on Twitter that he was pulled over by a cop, but was freed because the law enforcement officer was a big fan of wrestling and recognized him from his days in WWE.
While he is not doing so on a weekly basis like a lot of former WWE stars, Bobby Lashley is still doing some wrestling. The former ECW star, who is still focused on his MMA career, has been booked for a match against Big Daddy V in February in Tennessee.
The feeling within the wrestling industry is that Bobby Lashley won't be returning any time soon. While a UFC stint seems highly unlikely, the former WWE star is doing well enough in MMA to keep pursuing his career in the sport.
Big E Langston made a joke on Twitter about himself, Bobby Lashley and how black people all look alike.
Bobby Lashley picked up his tenth MMA victory on Friday night when he defeated Tony Melton in Tulsa.