WWE Raw featured fallout from Survivor Series including the destruction of Braun Strowman, Ronda Rousey’s inexplicable sudden uphill battle with WWE’s fickle fanbase and a show-long cat-and-mouse game between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
WWE Raw will face tough competition for a hotly anticipated, possible Super Bowl preview between the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs and the 9-1 St. Louis Rams in a game that delivered as a highly entertaining shootout.
|Air Date||WWE Raw Viewership|
|November 12, 2018||2.441 million viewers|
|November 5, 2018||2.450 million viewers|
|October 29, 2018||2.472 million viewers|
|October 22, 2018||2.548 million viewers|
|October 15, 2018||2.397 million viewers|
WWE Raw Key Competition:
- Monday Night Football: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams
From the Forbes WWE Vault:
WWE Total YouTube Viewership for Raw Last Monday: 19,321,225 views (Up from 13,412,776)
- Most-Viewed: Becky Lynch Leads a SmackDown Women’s Invasion (5,765,862 views)
- Least-Viewed: Elias is Disturbed by Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush (203,133 views)
- Median Viewership: 515,298
Average Attendance in “A-City”: 9,235
Average WWE Raw Ticket Price at the Staples Center: $68
WWE Raw Estimated Live Gate: $627,980
WWE Raw: Monday, November 19, 2018
Opening Segment featuring Baron Corbin and Stephanie McMahon
Baron Corbin led the charge of a clean sweep and he was rewarded with a TLC match against Braun Strowman. If I was Baron Corbin I’d apply for the SmackDown permanent GM job and in the job interview, my answer to every question would be “Raw 6. SmackDown 0.”
“Get these Hands, Tables, Ladders and Chairs” doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.
Braun Strowman, Elias and Finn Balor vs. Baron Corin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley—Elimination Match
— WWE (@WWE) November 20, 2018
Bobby Lashley adds a different accessory every week, yet he’s still not all that effective as a heel. If WWE wants Lashley to be effective as a heel, they should consider making him a babyface.
Corey Graves noted that he has never seen Braun Strowman decimated like this. Well, I have, and they say that every time he is decimated like this.
Seth Rollins Calls Out Dean Ambrose (YouTube Views: 20,013)
Dean Ambrose on location is a bigger heel than Dean Ambrose in the ring.
Renee Young is slowly beginning to sympathize with Dean Ambrose instead of her typical “I can’t get through to him” non-answers. For better or worse.
It feels like one of these days, Graves and Cole are going to lock Renee Young in an interrogation room with a flashlight in her face and scream “what do you know about Dean Ambrose!”
That security guard who mouthed off to Seth Rollins was really out here trying to grab the brass ring.
Nia Jax and Tamina def. Sasha Banks and Bayley
— WWE (@WWE) November 20, 2018
Do none of these fans realize that booing Nia Jax out of protest for the Becky Lynch situation has only made her a bigger star?
Nia Jax may never lose another match as long as she is the biggest heel in the company. Not even to Ronda Rousey.
The Lucha House Party def. The Revival
The Lucha House Party Rule is one of the most heel stipulation I’ve ever heard.
Is the pinata considered a member of the Lucha House Party? Can it compete per Lucha House Party rules?
This feud seems destined for a stereotype on a pole match.
Ronda Rousey def. Mickie James
It appears Corey Graves was instructed to talk over chants of “Becky” and even some boos from portions of the Staples Center, which came off poorly booing a bloodied Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series.
Some of the more foolish fans were chanting for Becky Lynch as if Ronda Rousey was the one who broke her face.
Rousey was able to get everyone on board by using the b-word and then challenging Baron Corbin to a fight.
Chad Gable and Bobby Roode def. AOP (YouTube Views: 11,389)
Drake Maverick is being bladder shamed.
Of all the bad urine jokes from the catering segment with Drake Maverick, there was a missed opportunity for an “A-O-Pee” joke.
Fans one-upped the locker room with their “A-O-Pee-Pee” chants, so now these two monsters are being dragged down by WWE toilet humor.
Ironically, Paul Ellering, AOP’s former manager, is 65 years old and he never had problems with his bladder.
Natalya def. Ruby Riott
Shouldn’t this be on pay-per-view?
The announcers spent more time talking about Jim “The Anvil” Neidhardt than either of these competitors.
Dean Ambrose Calls Out Seth Rollins
When Dean Ambrose isn’t using Roman Reigns’ leukemia to get heat, he’s doing so at the expense of calling children and the city of Los Angeles “dirty.”
With audible chants of “one more time,” WWE has fostered a Pavlovian effect where fans cheer for extensive heel beatdowns. Congrats!