Wednesday, January 24, 2018

RAW 25 Reportedly Rewritten Because Someone Ran Late, Update On WWE Mixed Match Challenge Viewership Drop

- As noted yesterday, Week 2 of WWE's Mixed Match Challenge peaked at around 92,000 viewers on Facebook for its live airing. It was down 32% from last Tuesday's premiere episode, which peaked at 135,600 live viewers.

As of this writing on Facebook, last night's episode has only generated 611,300 views. At this time last week, the first episode was at around 1.2 million viewers, so it is a steep 49% drop from the premiere. Note that the show is only available for Facebook users in the United States, although fans in the U.K. can watch it on the WWE Network.

Next week's episode of WWE Mixed Match Challenge will feature Braun Strowman & RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss facing Sami Zayn & Becky Lynch.

- Last Monday's RAW 25th Anniversary show was apparently rewritten three hours before going live, according to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated.

According to the report, there were plans for backstage segments with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, which included the general manager segment, but they were changed when Fallon couldn't arrive to the show early enough in the day for the segments and pre-tapes. Those segments "ultimately became introductions and waves to the crowd."

As noted, Enzo Amore was backstage at RAW and was scheduled to be a part of the show before the rape allegations from a woman on Twitter hit the internet. Barrasso noted that in addition to facing Goldust from the Barclays Center, Enzo was supposed to take the Dudley Boyz signature headbutt to the groin. Heath Slater ended up taking the spot.


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