Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Injury Updates On The Velveteen Dream And Elias, RAW Viewership

Injury Updates On The Velveteen Dream And Elias, RAW Viewership
- Monday's post-Crown Jewel edition of WWE RAW, featuring the fallout from WWE Crown Jewel with appearances by NXT Superstars for the Survivor Series build, drew an average of 2.136 million viewers.

This is barely up (0.13%) from last week's 2.133 million viewers, and the fourth-lowest non-holiday episode in RAW history. With holiday shows factored in, this week's RAW is the sixth-lowest episode as the December 24, 2018 episode averaged 1.775 million viewers, and the December 31, 2018 episode drew an average of 1.985 million viewers.

For this week's show, the first hour drew 2.351 million viewers (last week's hour 1 - 2.326 million), the second hour drew 2.207 million viewers (last week's hour 2 - 2.146 million) and the final hour drew 1.849 million viewers (last week's hour 3 - 1.928 million).

As always, you can check put our 2019 Viewership Tracker at this link.

- As noted in mid October, The Velveteen Dream has been dealing with a back injury for some time and it got serious enough that the call was made to pull him off the road. In an update, Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Dream was expected to be out of action for a few months, which would likely put him back in action in late 2019 or the first of 2020.

One SmackDown Superstar who may get involved in the war with NXT is Elias.

It was reported in September that Elias was expected to be returning to the ring in late October, before the first of November. That return still has not happened, but Meltzer noted that he should be back any day now. WWE reported several weeks back that Elias was suffering from an ankle injury, which led to Shane McMahon replacing him in the King of the Ring tournament.

Elias appeared in a segment with Shorty G (Chad Gable) in September and it looked like they were about to start feuding, but the feud was apparently dropped out of nowhere due to the injury.