5 Ways WWE Raw Can Combat ‘Monday Night Football’ – Forbes
September 19, 2017 - WWE
WWE Raw will spend a subsequent several months battling a ratings juggernaut that is Monday Night Football, and early indications are that a red code will indeed be means to fight a NFL.
Viewership for both Week 1 Monday Night Football games was down noticeably as, according to Nielsen (h/t AdAge), ratings were down 9% in comparison in comparison to a Week 1 games final season. That, of course, indicates that reduction people are tuning into Monday Night Football, that bodes good for Raw given that MNF is widely deliberate to be a biggest competition.
Although it’s probably unavoidable that Raw ratings will drop, as they do in Q4 probably each year, that dump doesn’t have to be as conspicuous as it has been in a past. WWE has an impossibly gifted register of part-time and full-time stars who should be means to make Raw interesting adequate this tumble to forestall fans from tuning out on a unchanging basis.
But how can WWE safeguard that happens? Well, let’s take a demeanour during 5 ways WWE can fight a beast famous as Monday Night Football.
The Undertaker Returns For A Feud With John Cena
The suspicion routine behind finale what seemed to be The Undertaker’s retirement during WrestleMania 33 is that a lapse for “The Phenom” could do large business for WWE, much like Goldberg’s lapse did final year. Especially with Brock Lesnar’s accessible agreement expected to keep him divided from WWE TV until early 2018, WWE roughly positively will wish to implement mixed other part-time draws to make adult for a detriment of “The Beast.”
Cena is one star who can do that, and so is The Undertaker.
The final time The Undertaker returned to TV after a extensive interregnum was on SmackDown last November, and his lapse resulted in a large boost of some-more than 800,000 viewers from a prior week’s episode. It stands to reason that an Undertaker return, if advertised in advance, would also significantly boost viewership for Raw and that a extensive argument with Cena could go a prolonged approach toward progressing a unchanging assembly on Monday Nights.
The Undertaker’s lapse to Raw back in Jan did an excellent pursuit of gripping viewers hooked even yet that uncover was adult opposite a college football National Championship Game that captivated a whopping 24 million viewers. With only Monday Night Football to worry about this fall, perhaps Raw would mount a possibility if The Undertaker vs. Cena unequivocally does happen, generally given that most fans suspicion they saw a final of Taker during WrestleMania 33.
The Shield Reunion
Fans adore nostalgia, quite in a form of a reuniting stable.
The reunion of DX on Raw 1000, for example, valid to be a massive strike among viewers, and a closest thing we can get to a DX reunion is one for The Shield. In 2014, a final time The Shield worked together as an central stable, a contingent proved to be an impossibly clever quarter-hour ratings draw, definition that their segments were consistently a many watched on Raw. Fast brazen to 2017, and it’s protected to contend that Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are all most bigger stars than they were then.
As a unit, The Shield was a tip sell seller in 2014, and all 3 stars ranked among WWE’s tip sell sellers in both 2015 and 2016. The numbers unequivocally pronounce for themselves as it doesn’t take a talent to figure out that Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns have been positioned as 3 of WWE’s biggest stars over a final several years, that means that a reunion of The Shield could be a surefire approach to keep fans meddlesome in a happenings on Raw.
Reigns has, of course, demonstrated that he is a draw while a large pushes of Ambrose and Rollins advise that they are vital attractions as well. Thus, fans have naturally been pining for a reunion of a three, that is now probable with all 3 stars operative as babyfaces on a same brand. The Shield has a prolonged story of stellar matches, and dream bouts with duos like a Hardy Boyz or other trios like The Club, could accomplish WWE’s idea of giving fans a reason to balance in but wanting part-timers to do so.