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.
For Throwback Thursday, Ezekiel Jackson posted a picture of himself on Instagram, where he is posing with former NFL star Bart Scott. The two of them are standing on the streets in Las Vegas.
A fan on Twitter mentioned to Ezekiel Jackson, who recently had hernia surgery, that is has been a while since he was spotted on television, and the WWE star noted how it has been 28 months since he was last utilized on the main roster.
While he is recovering well from the surgery performed earlier this month, Ezekiel Jackson does not appear to be coming back to WWE any time soon. He has expressed some frustration with not knowing when management will call him back up.
Ezekiel Jackson posted a message to his fans before going in for surgery.
Ezekiel Jackson, who is still listed on the main WWE roster as an active competitor, is going in for surgery. The former Intercontinental Champion has had a couple of hernias lately. He noted on Instagram that he will be training again in just two weeks.
Ezekiel Jackson posted a picture of himself and his wife, before they attend the movie premier of Best Man Holiday.
There has been very little talk within WWE about bringing Ezekiel Jackson back up to the main roster.