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.
It looks like the departure of JoJo Offerman from the second season of Total Divas has been confirmed, as the press releases for the show are not making any mentions of the young WWE diva. The media is simply stating that Summer Rae is joining the cast.
While she has been rumored to be removed from the upcoming and second season of Total Divas, WWE is not planning on releasing JoJo Offerman any time soon. The belief is that she is still pretty young, so management will give her more time in developmental.
"Rest in peace, Mae Young. You're truly an inspiration to us all. It was an honor to have met you. You will be missed."
There is some backstage heat towards JoJo at the moment, with one source stating that she is actully on thin ice with WWE. The company opted to take focus away from her on Total Divas, and she's missed several episodes of Monday Night Raw.
Jo Jo Offerman, who was once romantically linked to Randy Orton, now has a new boyfriend. She posted a picture of him on Twitter recently and stated that he was the best boyfriend that a girl could ask for.
The seven girls of Total Divas were able to beat the other WWE divas in a traditional Survivor Series match. Natalya and Nikki Bella were the last two standing in the ring at the end.
JoJo Offerman, the developmental diva featured on Total Divas, made her official in ring debut for WWE at an NXT show over the weekend.