Written by Nicolas Papa 7-29-20
For weeks the Monday Night Raw viewership has struggled, this weeks episode averaged 1.617 million viewers & there are many reasons as to why that is. WWE is still the most globally recognized professional wrestling brand on the planet but fans & talent alike have complained about terrible booking along with misuse of said talent. For me personally I believe that the Raw creative has struggled to create new superstars with things such as 50/50 booking & Vince McMahons tendency to start/stop the push of a superstar. When given the proper time we’ve seen talent put on great matches but they are hindered by the finish most of the time. It’s sad to say but WWE is seeing its worst days right now in terms of TV, the digital aspect however is seeing its best. I believe that WWE needs to flip the switch & go into desperation mode soon as they don’t want companies like AEW or even Impact Wrestling overtaking them. This Drew McIntyre Vs Randy Orton feud could be used a turning point for Raw as McIntyre has been a great WWE Champion since WrestleMania and Randy Orton is practically carrying the brand with the return of his Legend Killer moniker. It should be an entertaining feud which will lead to a terrific match at SummerSlam. But is it enough to save the Raw viewership? I don’t believe so. One storyline won’t be enough, every storyline most be meaningful, matches can’t be hindered by a bad finish, & most importantly we need to see new stars being built. If the Raw creative team could do these things they might temporarily solve the viewership problem.