AEW Commentator, Jim Ross, has given his thoughts and feelings on why WWE are experiencing a dip in ratings.
On December 14, WWE’s flagship show Monday Night Raw drew a new record low audience of around 1.527 million viewers. The number was said to have been a massive twelve percent drop from the week before and caused the USA Network to demand a more mature outlook for the show.
Now, Jim Ross has spoken on his Grilling JR Podcast about why, in his opinion, WWE experienced such a lull prior to the Christmas period:
“They don’t have anybody hot. They have nobody that has momentum. Nobody is on the proverbial role. You can’t start, stop, 50-50 booking, I’ll beat you with a small package and then you beat me up; how do you get any [momentum]? ‘He did the job so I have to give him something back,’ what? Bullshit. Not tonight, not now, it makes no sense.
That’s 50-50 booking. You can’t have it both ways. Do you want the people to be happy or sad? Do you want them angry or do you want them laughing? ‘Well I want them both,’ well then, you’re an idiot! You can’t have that.”
In WWE’s defence, the Christmas Day edition of Friday Night SmackDown – which was pre-taped on December 22 – drew a hefty viewership of well over four million largely thanks to the WWE Universal Championship Steel Cage Match between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens as well as spoilers that leaked revealing Big E’s WWE Intercontinental Championship victory.
Credit for the interview: Grilling JR Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.