WWE RAW Rating + Backstage Update On Randy Orton
– This week’s WWE RAW scored a 2.92 (2.9) cable rating, with 4.28 million viewers. The show did hours of 2.94 (2.9) and 2.91 (2.9). The first hour averaged 4.32 million viewers while the second hour decreased to an average of 4.25 million viewers. It’s never a good thing when people are tuning out while the company builds their main event.
– The 6/2 edition of AM RAW drew a 0.44 (0.4) cable rating, with 457,000 viewers.
– Reports came out from SuperLuchas on Monday that Randy Orton’s WWE future was up in the air after meeting with Vince McMahon, Triple H and Kevin Dunn at WWE headquarters on Friday. The report stated that the meeting’s atmosphere was “hostile” and it was determined a further decision concerning Orton awaits. Super Luchas says that several WWE officials were lobbying for Orton’s termination as a cost-cutting measure.
In an update on this, WWE officials indeed met with Orton over the weekend and there is definitely talk about not bringing him back as soon as his suspension is over. Orton being terminated is NOT the case but the idea would be to make Orton “sit it out and stew” once the suspension is over.
We noted earlier that one change coming out of the Orton suspension is WWE may start announcing which banned substances talents test positive for. One temporary change we will see is a lot of the RAW Superstars working SmackDown tours this summer while Orton is away. Rey Mysterio will be returning in a few weeks to add some depth to SmackDown but expect to see guys like Kofi Kingston, R-Truth and Zack Ryder work a lot of the upcoming SmackDown live events. John Cena and CM Punk have already been booked for upcoming SmackDown tapings.