Raw rating lowest in 15 years:
Holidays excluded this week’s episode of WWE Raw drew the lowest rating in 15 years. The show did a 2.48 cable rating on the USA Network.
It seems Vince McMahon’s return only spiked a rating, rather than sending the show on an upward trend. We have to assume creative is still on notice!
The King’s return:
It seems WWE and Jerry Lawler have taken the precautionary route in keeping him at home thus far. Jim Ross noted on Twitter:
“@JerryLawler is doing great. I expect him to return to #RAW b4 end of year & when doctors give their blessing. I love da King. #WWE,”
The earliest he’ll be back is sometime in November.
Chris Jericho says Ryback should beat CM Punk:
During a recent interview with the Busted Open radio show, former WWE star Chris Jericho said Ryback should beat CM Punk for the title:
“I don’t know anything and I don’t work for the WWE. I haven’t talked to Vince in about a month. But I personally think and this is something that obviously Busted Open Radio has very hardcore wrestling fans who are listening as we all are. The number one thing people ***** about is that there is nothing new and it’s the same old same old with John Cena. This is the chance to create a new guy. This is the chance to make a new star instantly, and I know tradition says you must build a star. There is no tradition in a case like this. The comparisons are to Goldberg. Most of the fans in this day and age have no idea who Goldberg is and don’t care. We do, but in the year 2012 Goldberg was over ten years ago. How did Goldberg get over? …. By beating everybody. There was no loss for Goldberg. As soon as he did lose, that’s when things started going downhill for him. Ryback is not a normal guy. This is not a guy that we see that builds his way to the top and fans get behind him slowly but surely. You want to pick a new guy? Have him beat CM Punk this week. Who gives a sh** about Punk’s title reign? It means nothing. Here is a chance to take a guy who people are getting behind. If he beats Punk at Hell in A Cell and after three hundred and thirty seven days or whatever and Punk is finally beaten, people are going to start to take notice of this guy. Those who don’t watch Raw are going to tune in to see what’s going on. Ryback beats everybody. Ryback faces Rock at Royal Rumble. What happens if a couple of weeks before that something goes on with Ryback and Undertaker got involved in the Rock match? What if Rock wins the title and goes on to face Cena we expected and what if its Ryback vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania? What if Ryback beats Undertaker at Wrestlemania? You have a new star for the next ten years to headline pay-per views and main events.”
“I’m not saying I know anything. I could be completely wrong. Maybe there would be a scenario where they can protect Ryback and still have Punk as champ. But for me what I like as a wrestling fan, when I was a kid, what I like as wrestling fan now even after doing it for 22 years is the element of surprise. I hate the same old same old. I worked in WCW for three years when guys were passed over. As hard as it is to believe at this point, Eddie Guerrero was the top heel in the company at certain points, but they never let him beat anybody. Billy Kidman was super popular. Probably one of the top two or three babyfaces in the company at certain points, but they never pushed him over the edge. There are guys for whatever reason, get over, even when they are not supposed to get over. If you take advantage of that and push it over the cliff, people will get behind it especially a guy like Ryback because we haven’t seen anyone like that in a long time. We haven’t seen a powerhouse come in and annihilate people. The last time might have been Batista but Ryback is more Neanderthal, more animalistic, more a beast. Batista is very well spoken. Ryback does remind me of Goldberg and like I said it’s not a copy of Goldberg. It’s like saying Jericho is a copy of Shawn Michaels. There are elements and lots of similarities but it’s a different guy and nobody has seen a guy like this in a long, long time. So I think if they do pull the trigger that it will work huge and it will create a superstar instantly. Someone that will be a money drawer, someone that people will tune in who are not watching now to see.”
After getting heat for his comments on Twitter Jericho clarified:
“@cmpunk is already a money drawing, ratings drawing, MASSIVE star. @Ryback22 is not. But a big win on Sun can make him one.”
TNA rookie hospitalized:
TNA’s Wes Brsico (the son of WWE Hall of Famer Gerald Brisco) was hospitalized earlier this week due to kidney failure and dehydration. It’s not clear what caused the problem, but we wish him all the best in his recovery.
Brisco did have a WWE Developmental deal but was released in late 2010.
Spike TV film OVW:
TV cameras operated by Spike TV will be filming footage at tonight’s OVW taping. Since the promotion is TNA’s developmental territory it’s likely something being filmed for Impact.