With viewership and ratings in a steady decline, Hall of Famers trying to rationalize why nobody likes the show, and entire opening segments of Raw dedicated to everyone agreeing about how bad Raw sucks, it feels like WWE’s flagship show is in an Ultimate Warrior-style nosedive.
The first plan? An old WWE standard: when the ratings go down, bring back Vince McMahon as an on-screen character. That’s been announced for the post-TLC edition of Raw on Monday.
One week after Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins placed the blame for Monday Night Raw’s recent decline squarely on the shoulders of “General Manager-Elect” Baron Corbin, WWE Chairman and CEO Mr. McMahon will return to the red brand to shake things up, WWE.com can confirm.
Where they go from there is anybody’s guess. You’d think things like “character consistency” or “things making sense” or “exciting things happening” would be on the list, but WWE’s reportedly thinking bigger. According to Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Live, there’s “belief within WWE” that there’s a master plan in place and that “something big is going to happen” to turn it all around.
Here’s a taste:
“For those of you who hate Raw, all I’m going to do is tell you that the belief within WWE is that — take this for what it’s worth — they believe it is all turning around in January. Apparently, they have some sort of idea and they think it’s all turning around in January and that the ratings in January are going to be good again. The show is going to be better and something big is going to happen.
“Of course, everybody is going to be speculating all sorts of crazy things. Young Bucks, this, that. Don’t get your hopes up, everybody … I don’t know what they’re thinking, but they seem to believe that in January, this thing’s turning around.”
What’s left for them to do to shake things up, and what’re the chances what they have planned will matter? We’d like to hear your thoughts and suggestions down in our comments, especially if it’s some version of, “The Elite shows up and wins all the championships on their first night and then Vince has to bring in an A-Team of John Cena, The Rock, a returning CM Punk, and Hulk Hogan in an exo-skeleton to battle them.” Personally, I really hope the master plan is just Vince power-walking into the writer’s room, writing MAKE THE SHOWS GOOD in permanent marker on their white board, and power-walking out.