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.
A lot of WWE fans tuned away during the segment involving Triple H, Big Show and Stephanie McMahon on Monday Night Raw this week.
Since Drew McIntyre messed around with his Twitter account, Sheamus has been avoiding the social media website ever since. All of the Tweets on there have been deleted. Interestingly, WWE has encouraged their performers to utilize the site more frequently as of late.
With Heath Slater being given time off for personal reasons, WWE has chosen Ricardo Rodriguez as his replacement in 3MB. Rodriguez worked a match with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre at the big Madison Square Garden show this week.
3MB filmed a segment this week where they dressed up as the Fabulous Freebirds, but WWE opted against showing their match against Darren Young and Titus O'Neil on Smackdown.
Xavier Woods has been called up to the main roster by WWE. He made his debut on Monday Night Raw as the new tag team partner of R Truth during a match against 3MB.
Wade Barrett and Drew McIntyre joke about tornadoes affecting their traveling issues on Twitter.
WWE put together an entertaining video of the Shield doing the 3MB entrance on their new video game.
There are talks within WWE of having 3MB tweaking up their gimmick really soon. The Union Jacks gimmick might possibly become a permanent change.
Drew McIntyre suffered an arm injury during the European tour, but he is not expected to miss any time from WWE.
Since the show was in Scotland, Drew McIntyre worked as a baby face when he teamed with Heath Slater against the Usos.
A year after her passing, Drew McIntyre posted a special message for his mother on Twitter.
Since his push keeps getting delayed, there are talks that Drew McIntyre is growing rather frustrated with WWE.