Raw Ratings Set a New Record (And It’s Not a Good One)

That’s not a good sign. We’re coming up on “Wrestlemania XXXIII” and the ratings and audience for “Monday Night Raw” need to be on the rise. This is the most important time of the year for WWE and if the numbers aren’t that high, it’s not good news as we head into the biggest show of the year. That’s why this week isn’t the best news.

According to F4Wonline.com, this week’s show set a record for the lowest audience since 1997 that wasn’t up against a major sporting event or a major holiday. The show saw an average of 3.04 million viewers with hours of 3.16 million, 3.12 million and 2.87 million. This week’s show was headlined by a Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman rematch and did not feature either Goldberg or Brock Lesnar. You can read the full show results here.

Opinion: So…..it’s Strowman’s fault right? I mean, WWE has had ratings issues with Reigns on top for years and it’s never been his fault before so it must be Strowman’s fault this time. These numbers are terrible and there’s no way to spin them, especially around this time of year.

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Why do you think the audience was so low? If you didn’t watch, was there a specific reason? Let us know in the comments below.

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Audio Released From 911 Call Following Vince’s Car Accident

First–we’ve heard that no one was hurt. So feel free to laugh about the whole thing.

We reported yesterday that Vince McMahon was involved in a car accident near the WWE headquarters in Stamford, CT. Speaking to TMZ, law enforcement officials say it was a “minor accident and everyone is okay.” That the accident involved Vince’s black Bentley and another car which a witness identified as a Toyota Camry.

Now that TMZ report has added some audio from a 911 call after the incident. Though the speaker is sadly not Vince himself, you can just barely hear his voice in the background.

The caller was a woman not involved in the accident who was able to identify the Toyota, but not the Bentley–luckily, Vince was there to ID his vehicle, and you can just barely hear him respond to the woman’s question about the make of the vehicle.

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With no injuries reported, the only concern is property damage. We’re pretty sure that Vince can handle the bill, especially given recent reports on his regular salary.

Should Vince invest in repairs, or just buy a new car at this point? Let us know what you think in the comments, or on Facebook!

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Triple H Talks About Vince McMahon Being Annoyed With Braun Strowman

Even though he’s still far from being the most polished wrestler on the main roster, Bruan Strowman’s in-ring skills have come a long way since he debuted on Raw 18 months ago.

When WWE called Strowman up from NXT, he had less than 10 matches in his entire pro wrestling career, and that lack of experience almost cost him his push.

Earlier this week, Triple H spoke with Peter Rosenberg, and he talked about Vince McMahon’s frustrations with the ex-Wyatt Family member shortly after he debuted on the main roster.

“There was a period of time where, I don’t know, [Braun] had been with us for a month or two after he debuted on the main roster, and he did something in the ring that Vince had just told him about, and had me talk to him about, and he did it again, and Vince looked at me and goes ‘what is the matter with this guy? Like, I don’t get it. Is he gonna make it? I don’t understand why he doesn’t get that. What is wrong with him?’ And I looked at him go, ‘Vince, it’s like his 15th match. He’s trying to figure out what he’s doing. He’s lucky he got in the ring today.’ And he looked right at me and he’s like ‘that’s a really great point, never mind.’

“These guys, sometimes we’re dumping stuff on them that they don’t have the confidence or the ability to do, so you have to handhold them and walk them through it, and hope for the best, and it usually comes out pretty good. People will rise to the occasion. But you have to keep that in mind. They’re not the guy coming into your territory that’s been to 20 other territories that has 12 years under his belt. They haven’t been a top guy in three different territories where he started out at the bottom and had to figure out a way to get himself over, to get to the top. They’re guys [who are] thrilled to have a job, and they’re hoping for the best. They’re guys who are trying to figure out how to do what you tell them to do, in the right way.”

How much do you think Braun Strowman has improved since his debut on the main roster? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Triple H Explains Why Randy Orton Hasn’t Lived Up to his Potential

Randy Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history back in 2004, and since then, he’s won multiple world titles. In fact, he has the fourth most world title reigns in WWE history [12], behind Triple H [13], John Cena [16], and Ric Flair [16].

Randy Orton will be looked at as one of the greatest WWE superstars of all-time when he retires, and deservedly so. But, despite all the aforementioned accomplishments, Triple H thinks that The Viper hasn’t reached his full potential, and during his recent chat with Peter Rosenberg, he explained why.

“You talk about like a Randy Orton, and I’ve told Randy this since the day I met him, he had every tool to succeed. The only guy who was gonna stop Randy was Randy, because he can be a little bit of a self-destructor. He has everything it takes, and I don’t know if that’s because he’s just gifted, or if it’s because he watched his dad for so long — I don’t know what it is. I still think that Randy doesn’t take advantage of all the tools that he has, I think he just does what he needs to do. I believe he can take it to another level if he wanted to. He’s just that good. I don’t know if that’s just me believing in him more than he believes in him. Don’t get me wrong, he’s great. I just wonder how great he could be.”

Do you agree with Triple H? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Triple H on if Kurt Angle Will Have Another Match in WWE

Everybody is thrilled that Kurt Angle is scheduled to headline this year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on March 31, and while a lot of people, including yours truly, are looking forward to his induction, there’s one thing that fans are looking forward to even more, and that’s seeing Angle wrestle in a WWE ring for the first time in over a decade.

While Angle’s comeback match will surely be a huge draw, there’s no guarantee that it’ll happen because of long history with neck issues. So, the fans that are looking forward to his comeback match might end up being disappointed. Or, maybe not.

Earlier this week, Triple H, who is the man responsible for bringing Angle back to WWE, spoke with Peter Rosenberg, and he talked about whether or not our Olympic Hero will wrestle in a WWE ring following his HOF induction.

“Yeah [I think we’ll see Angle in a WWE ring again]. I’ve been very clear with Kurt in every conversation I’ve had with him about this topic. It’s a proving ground, right? He did a lot of great things, but there’s a lot of time under the table, a lot of baggage, all those things, and it just comes back down to: ‘let’s get back together, let’s see how it goes. If it goes well for you and it goes well for us, and everything is great, then we’ll see where it goes from there.’ We’re not gonna say never. Kurt would have to go through a lot of physical requirements to be able to be allowed to perform in the ring, and I know that angers fans, but that’s us looking out for the well-being of the talent in general.”

The “baggage” that Triple H is referring to is Angle’s very well-known substance abuse issues. But, Angle has been clean for over three years now, and if he’s able to remain sober, WWE will probably look into him having another match, if, of course, he can pass a physical.

Do you think we’ll see Kurt Angle wrestle again in a WWE ring? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Will Mick Foley Get Involved in the Seth Rollins Vs. Triple H Match?

After building it up for several months, Stephanie McMahon finally fired Raw general manager Mick Foley. But, that doesn’t mean that we’ve seen the last of the now ex-Raw GM.

On Tuesday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, the idea of Foley interfering in the unsanctioned match between Seth Rollins and Triple H at WrestleMania was brought up, and here’s what Dave Meltzer had to say about it.

“There is a possibility that Foley does a run in at WrestleMania, because his [hip replacement] surgery isn’t before WrestleMania. So there is a possibility. But the only thing that would be is Foley would help Seth Rollins beat Triple H.”

Do you think Mick Foley will help Seth Rollins defeat Triple H? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Here’s Why Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman Didn’t Appear on Raw

Brock Lesnar was advertised to appear on this past Monday’s episode of Raw, which means that Paul Heyman was scheduled to appear as well, but neither of them appeared during the televised version of the show. However, they did appear in front of the live crowd after the show went off the air, where Lesnar laid out, you guessed it, Big Show.

So, the question is: why use up a Brock Lesnar date for an appearance at Raw that won’t be televised? Well, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter may have the answer.

“Yeah, I don’t understand [why Lesnar wasn’t on TV] because it’s not like the show was so loaded that you couldn’t [have him on]. Maybe because it was New York and they didn’t want him to get cheered so much. I was trying to come up with a reason why you wouldn’t have Paul Heyman do a promo in Brooklyn, because it would’ve gotten an incredible reaction. Maybe that’s why, because it would’ve gotten an incredible reaction.”

WWE has done this with Lesnar in the past, where they advertise him for Raw, he doesn’t appear on television, and then he comes out after the show is off the air and lays out Big Show.

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Will Jeff and Matt Hardy Show Up at WrestleMania?

Both Jeff and Matt Hardy are currently in a lawsuit with TNA/Impact Wrestling, as their former employer wants a percentage of their income going forward if they use the “broken” gimmick. Basically, TNA believes that they helped create the gimmick, and, because it debuted on their show, they feel like they’re, at the very least, partial owners.

The question now is: will the lawsuit prevent the Hardys from returning to WWE at WrestleMania? Well, on Tuesday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer tackled that very issue.

“There’s no reason that they wouldn’t. It’s possible, they could do a run in. You could do a run in at WrestleMania. It’s possible, it’s just whatever WWE wants. The legal stuff, yeah, it could hold up [their return] if they don’t get a settlement. But yeah, I don’t know when they’re starting.”

On Wednesday, Cageside Seats reported that the Hardys and Impact Wrestling aren’t anywhere close to a settlement.

Opinion: WWE can bring in the Hardys whenever they want. Their impending return doesn’t revolve around whether or not they can use the “broken” gimmick. Of course, the fans love the gimmick, but if they don’t return with it, the fans will still be happy to see them. On top of that, if they bring them in as the regular old Hardys, that doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to go to the “broken” gimmick later if Impact Wrestling doesn’t get what they want out of the lawsuit.

Do you think we’ll see Jeff and Matt Hardy back in WWE anytime soon? Or do you think the legal issue will hold up their return? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Rumor: Here’s When Emma Could Re-Debut on the Main Roster

The current plan for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania is to do a match where every woman on the roster, provided they’re on the blue brand of course, is qualified to enter the match.

In recent weeks, we’ve heard that WWE is thinking about bringing back former champions such as Victoria and Kelly Kelly for the match, and, it looks like the latter of the two will be there.

Now, it appears that two more women are being considered for the match, as Cageside Seats is reporting that WWE is thinking about adding Summer Rae and Emma to the match. Of course, Emma debuted the Emmalina character several weeks ago on Raw, then it got scrapped.

WWE is teasing that Emma will re-debut on Raw at some point in the future, but that could be to throw people off, so they’ll be surprised when she shows up during the SmackDown Women’s Championship match.

Do you think we’ll see Emma or Summer Rae at WrestleMania? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Here’s How WWE Management Reacted to the Paige Photos/Sex Tape

Last week, some very non-PG rated photos and videos of ex-Divas Champion Paige made the rounds, but they were shared without her consent. Following the leak, many wondered if WWE would punish her, along with Xavier Woods, who appeared in one of the videos.

On Tuesday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about how WWE management reacted to the Paige situation, and whether or not they will punish her.

“So here’s the deal: I did hear from WWE, and they didn’t say anything specific, but they’re not gonna [punish] anybody. I didn’t think they would unless a sponsor complained because, number one, The New Day is somewhat of a hot act. Number two, if they did, that would become a policy and they could never bring back Hulk Hogan. The other one is, there’s so much money in the [Paige] movie that [WWE] has already put in.”

How do you think WWE will treat Paige when she returns from injury? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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