While everybody else is tripping over themselves over the latest laughable Brock Lesnar and John Cena "stories," I am going to stick to reality and numbers. With a good Raw show from Monday, it is now time to look into the figures from television.
Here is how each segment breaks down, with my thoughts:
Raw Began With a 3.53 Quarter Hour Rating
This is nothing new. Every Raw starts with a good number. With Extreme Rules ending on a high note, there was plenty of intrigue for Raw. Add in the usual backstage "rumors" that people still believe for some reason, and you have a must-see beginning.
Triple H and Brock Lesnar were the true stars here. Their brawl was great, and it should be a nice feud for the next few months. They won't be on for the next couple of weeks, but their interaction will be played up.
The Second Quarter Lost 9,000 Viewers
This was the brawl with Lesnar and Triple H continued. As expected, the segment went long. By the time a commercial aired, those 9,000 viewers were gone.
Santino Marella vs. The Miz and WWE Divas Title Match Lost 479,000 Viewers
These segments were treated as filler, and everybody knows it. The buzz was still being felt from the hot opener, so the matches were going to suffer.
Miz and Santino have been hit or miss in the ratings recently. While the Bella Twins gained over 400,000 viewers last week, this week was the opposite result.
Brodus Clay vs. JTG and Chris Jericho vs. Big Show Gained 282,000 Viewers
The Funky Crew wins another one! Having Naomi and Cameron on the television set likely helped as well. Jericho and Show are big names, so this little increase was not a big shocker.
Jack Swagger vs. Randy Orton Lost 68,000 Viewers
This was at the top of the second hour. Usually this time slot gets a huge amount of viewers. This week was poorly planned, as Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler were showing a highlight video at the top of the hour.
That may have been a nice recap for viewers tuning in, but the second hour never begins that way. Hopefully, that tactic doesn't return again. As for the match, it was clear who would win and the Beat the Clock Challenge didn't grab viewers all night.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. Primo and Epico Lost 245,000 Viewers
Again, this doesn't surprise me. WWE threw out an advertisement for this match right before a commercial break. Honestly, who would care about the tag team titles being defended? Or the belts changing hands?
Kofi and Truth are hardly a team, while my "it" girl, Rosa Mendes is the true star of the division. Not many fans cared about Primo or Epico, before or after Raw.
Kane vs. The Great Khali Gained 81,000 Viewers
These are two big names. Yes, Khali is considered a big name. Both men are future WWE Hall of Famers, and this match was destined to be short.
Thus, you can imagine fans sticking around for a little while. As usual, what the Internet fan base may hate does not reflect the majority of fans watching WWE Raw.
Daniel Bryan vs. Jerry Lawler Lost 198,000 Viewers
Well, Bryan is not off to a great start in the WWE Title picture on Raw. He and Punk are going to tear the house down at Over the Limit. However, numbers and figures will be looked at.
As I mentioned before, fans of Punk and Bryan better purchase the pay-per-view event in two weeks. If you want to prove these two are "draws," watching an illegal stream is not supporting that notion.
Final Segment Gained 578,000 Viewers for a 3.49 Rating
This happens every week. Some viewers just watch the beginning and end of Raw. Fans are programmed to know that is when all the big moments occur.
Teasing a huge announcement with John Cena all night is going to draw a big number. That much has always been certain.
Last week ended with a 3.8 final rating. This week was a 3.5 rating. While Extreme Rules has come and gone, it remains to be seen how interesting John Cena vs. Laurinaitis will be this month.
I usually try and stay positive in life, so I think fans will watch the Cena/Laurinaitis feud. It won't be some technical master piece, but pure "wrestling" has never drawn much in this business.
All in all, viewership was up this week. While the fans did tune out as the show went on Monday, I do believe WWE has a few of the right pieces set for the near future.