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.
While Matt Morgan has stated that he is leaving the professional wrestling industry, he is still working a show for the NWA later this month. He is defending the Florida title against former Nexus member and WWE star Michael Tarver in Tampa.
While he was negotiating with both WWE and TNA, Matt Morgan has decided to leave the professional wrestling business for the time being. He is said to be taking on the job of regional manager for a big time medical device company, which supposedly pays more than wrestling.
Through Twitter, Matt Morgan revealed that he and his wife welcomed their first born child into the world earlier today. The former WWE and TNA star also revealed that the baby is named Jackson Morgan.
On the April 21, 2005 episode of Smackdown, Zack Ryder made his debut in a match against Matt Morgan.
Matt Morgan and Ted DiBiase have been booked for a match on December 7 in New York. They're competing in a one night tournament for Family Wrestling Entertainment.
The idea of bringing back Matt Morgan to WWE was brought up recently, but Triple H dismissed the idea because he wants younger performers.