So #Raw1000 has come and gone, and it’s been the success the WWE hoped it would be. They scored an astounding 3.9 TV rating, with over six million viewers tuning into their three hour 1000th episode. To put that into perspective, it’s the highest number of viewers since the WWE returned to the USA Network in 2005, and their highest rated three hour Raw ever. I read that they had something like 52 worldwide Twitter trends that night, and they really delivered on promises for future matches at SummerSlam, the Royal Rumble and possibly WrestleMania. Have we restored hope in the 2012 WWE Creative team?
Slow your roll. Before we even dip into the future plans, realize one thing: the highest-rated segments on the night (some of them drawing wild 4.0 numbers) were those that touched on the nostalgia of the night. DX, The Rock, Undertaker and others were out there, and obviously had the highest rated parts of the night, as many fans tuned in to see the former stars do their thing. You can hope and pray that the fans who tuned in will keep tuning in, especially with the ending with CM Punk’s assumed heel turn…
That’s right, CM Punk ended the show by denying The Rock of the People’s Elbow showcase on Big Show, and a chorus of boos rang out. Talk has been that the WWE was looking for a “big angle” for the Summer, and while HHH/Brock Lesnar has the emotion wrapped up within it, CM Punk turning his back on the fans has the makings of being as big as… well, his heel demeanor last Summer. The good thing is, with such a big thing happening towards the end of the show, those who were on the edge of their seats just HAVE to tune in on Monday to get Punk’s explanation. Hopefully you have your helmets on, I feel like a pipebomb might get dropped.
The feeling is that the show was set to have much more on it than they could fit into the over three hours allotted, with many stars being brought out briefly (Dude Love, for example, was in on the Brodus Clay segment to dance). The show didn’t feature much WRESTLING, but we knew it wouldn’t. AJ not only dump Daniel Bryan at the altar (Slick’s bit was priceless), but was then revealed to be the new Raw GM! This definitely proves that the WWE is riding with her until the proverbial wheels fall off, and is a vote of confidence in her corner. Now, will they have a leg to stand on? We’ll see.
Apparently, one of her first actions as GM was to book The Rock in a Royal Rumble match against whoever the champion is at that time. That’s what I’m hearing allegedly, as this hasn’t been made fully clear on TV. They also set up Brock/HHH at SummerSlam. We have no idea what ELSE will be going down in August, aside from a teased Charlie Sheen/Daniel Bryan “thing” and speculation of WrestleMania 29 featuring Rock/Cena II and Undertaker vs. Lesnar. Again, all speculation, and I can’t front – I LOVE the idea of the WWE booking ahead, but I’m not sure if they’re truly booking ahead as much as just announcing lofty ideas to get a pop. Sure, Rock vs. whatever title holder in January SOUNDS GREAT, but how are we going to get there? We’ve got a LOT of wrestling between now and then, so anything can happen.
I’m also worried about #Raw1001, #Raw1002 and so on. We got tiny glimpses of today’s talent on #Raw1000, which is fine but how will the now three-hour Raws bode for them? Will we just get more TV time for the main stars, or really get to see some of the other talent get their shine on. In real matches, not just tag team or eight man tag matches. There’s already been a lack of attention being paid to the storylines as they are now – what’s going to happen when this unreliable Creative team has an additional hour of TV time to fill?!
I won’t dwell on that stuff right now. Let’s bask in the glow of what could be a nice August for the WWE. For a full recap of the show, as well as loads of news, including the (un)official release of Kharma, Randy Orton’s return and more, check out this week’s blackrasslin podcast. Watch more wrestling!
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