Just one week after lumping everything on General Manager-Elect Baron Corbin’s shoulders as Raw dropped to its lowest viewership in the show’s history, the Monday night staple bounced back in a big way.
According to Wrestling Inc., Raw’s viewership climbed 16 percent with 2.547 million viewers, trailing only the October 22 show that included Roman Reigns relinquishing the WWE Universal title after announcing his second battle with leukemia.
Raw’s return to form came following a week of speculation that included reports of “something big” being planned for January. Those big plans involved the return of Vincent Kennedy McMahon and an announcement of not one, not two, not three, but four general managers for Raw and Smackdown, as well as the decision to make the fans the authority.
While plenty remained the same (Corbin was heavily involved in the opening segments and Finn Bálor is still for whatever reason strung along in a meaningless rivalry with Drew McIntyre), there were also a handful of refreshing moments. The Revival are the No. 1 contenders for the tag titles, Tyler Breeze fought for the Intercontinental championship and Raw announced a handful of NXT call-ups in addition vignettes for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn’s respective returns.
The results won’t be immediate, but collectively, it looks like they may be heading in the right direction.