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.
Talks about inducing Paul Bearer into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30 weekend have died down considerably as of late, as there are many people backstage that feel that his induction should be saved for when WWE decides to honor Kane and Undertaker.
While there were some pushing to induct him last year, WWE ultimately decided that it was too soon to put Paul Bearer into the hall of fame since he had recently died around this time last year, but talks are heating up about including him into the class at Wrestlemania 30 this year.