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RAW Viewership Rebounds With Return Of Live Crowds

John Cena

Monday Night RAW saw a near 20% increase in viewer numbers on July 19th as live crowds continue to return to WWE events.

As reported by Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, 1.923 million tuned in to watch the red brand, which is a 19.5% increase from the 1.609 million people who tuned in the previous week.

The figures make the episode the most watched edition of RAW since the show which aired the night after WrestleMania 37.

In the key 18-49 year old demographic RAW drew a 0.57 rating which is up 36.2% from July 12th.

The July 19th episode of RAW was the first edition of the show to feature a live crowd in over a year.

The show was opened by John Cena who returned to WWE the night before at Money In The Bank. During the promo in front of a electric crowd Cena laid down a challenge to Universal Champion Roman Reigns. The 16-time world champion called Reigns an “a**hole” before saying that he wants to face him at SummerSlam on August 21st.

Elsewhere on the show, Goldberg returned to the red brand for the first time since January, laying down a challenge of his own. After WWE Champion Bobby Lashley had seen off Keith Lee, who was making a come back of his own, Goldberg marched to the ring. The WWE Hall of Famer quickly got in Lashley’s face, screaming “I’m next!”

The show also saw the main roster debut of NXT Champion Karrion Kross, before going off the air with Nikki A.S.H cashing in her Money In The Bank contract on Charlotte Flair.

The second generation star who had only won the RAW Women’s Championship 24 hours previously, survived a rematch with Rhea Ripley in the main event.

However, as Ripley beat down Flair after the match, Nikki A.S.H’s music hit and she charged to the ring. After hitting a cross-body on the champion, the former Nikki Cross scored the pin to win her first single’s title in WWE.