The WWE product seems to be getting better as the weeks go by. Instead of grasping at every straw, like in 2009 and 2010, the talent pool in WWE is vast and it finally has depth. Thanks to Triple H and the WWE NXT crew, the future is truly here. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, and Kevin Owens will help lead the WWE into the next decade.
Even after they are veterans in the business, the WWE NXT men and women will follow in their footsteps. As WWE turns the corner into their next generation, the ratings are improving. Last month, WWE RAWreceived the worst ratings in a long time.
Due to popular demand and the WWE wanting better ratings, Brock Lesnar made his return to WWE television two days ago on WWE RAW. He came out and stared down at Seth Rollins, who is putting his WWE World Heavyweight championship on the line at WWE Battleground in five weeks. Did his return help the ratings?
According to Wrestling News Source, the WWE RAWratings are in, and Brock Lesnar did help WWE get on the right track following Money in the Bank.
“Monday’s episode of WWE Raw drew 4.114 million viewers which was up last week’s 3.645 million viewers.
The show featured fallout from Money In the Bank and the return of Brock Lesnar.
The first hour drew 4.095 million viewers, the second hour drew 4.249 million viewers and the final hour drew 3.997 million viewers.”
The numbers won’t be as high as the Attitude Era, simply because professional wrestling was more popular with that generation. Now, they are adults and may have carry a negative feeling against the WWE and pro wrestling in general. With the era the WWE was in back then, pro wrestling was more acceptable to the general public.
Much to the opinion that WWE doesn’t own stars right now, that’s completely false. John Cena and Brock Lesnar are two big names in the entertainment and sports industry. They are the equivalent to the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin from the Attitude Era. As far as popularity goes, CM Punk was as hot as Austin or Rock in 2011.
So, the ability to create mega-stars by the WWE is still there. Seth Rollins is on his way to become a household name. When he turns babyface, that’s when it will begin. Brock Lesnar is reportedly going to take the WWE title from Rollins at WWE Battleground. After that, the WWE champ is supposed to take on Triple H at SummerSlam. The ratings for WWE RAW will continue to go up, if the writing and programming continues to be great.
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