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.
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.
Eve Torres recently posted a picture on Instagram of herself with her fiancee, Rener Gracie.
Through her Twitter account, Eve Torres revealed that she was on her way to Seattle, where the former WWE star and current self defense trainer would be presenting the Diva of the Year award on Monday Night Raw.
Eve Torres has signed on to return to WWE next week on Monday Night Raw to present the winner of the Diva of the Year award.
"I don't see it happening. But I know myself enough to know that I'm not going to sit here and say that it's never going to happen."
Eve Torres has decided to leave WWE. She informed management in December that she wanted to focus on her career as a self defense instructor, and the company granted her the release. She worked until January and put over Kaitlyn before leaving.
Eve Torres successfully defended the WWE Divas Championship against Kaitlyn at the Survivor Series.