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.
It looks like the relationship between Lilian Garcia and WWE officials is not as bad as it seems, as the longtime announcer and diva has revealed that she a contract extension with the company. It is believed that Lilian signed on for at least another year.
While management isn't exactly pleased with her music career, Lilian Garcia does have the support of her fellow WWE divas backstage, many of whom have publicly helped spread her music to their fans on social media sites such as Twitter.
Since Ryback took a quick jab at her while doing commentary on Monday Night Raw, the belief is that there is now some backstage heat towards Lilian Garcia for trying to focus on her music career while also maintaining her gig as a WWE announcer.
Lilian Garcia revealed that she is shooting a new music video with her new band soon. The longtime WWE announcer has recently started focusing more on her music career. She's done a couple of shows already and is looking to do more.
Lilian Garcia was performing with her band in Las Vegas over the weekend, so the longtime WWE announcer decided to fly straight from Nevada to Houston, in order to work the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay per view on Sunday night.
There is said to be very little to no backstage heat towards Lilian Garcia for focusing on her music career. The longtime WWE announcer recently performed in Los Angeles and Las Vegas with her new band.
Lilian Garcia and her new band performed at the world famous Whisky a Go Go club in Hollywood last night. She has been taking some time away from WWE as of late to focus on her music career.
Lilian Garcia will be performing with her new band this weekend. They have been booked for shows in both Hollywood and Las Vegas.