This week, Brian, Chris, and Randy talk about the new serge of interest going on within WWE Television as well as the major hype for TNA Bound For Glory. Also, a recap of WWE Hell in a Cell and Raw and both of their controversial endings. All this and so much more on Running The Ropes, the official podcast of the Unchained Wrestling Network!
The Power returns this week to discuss the fallout from Hell in a Cell and Monday Night Raw. What will the Power have to say about the WWE talent walking out on Triple H? What about that new Intercontinental Title Trophy? Was it a good or bad step to return the Intercontinental Championship to it's former glory? Andy steps into those topics and much more on this edition of the Pro Wrestling Rewind exclusively on the SNS Radio Network.
According to ProWrestling.net, Vince Russo is no longer the TNA creative team head writer. He has been replaced by Bruce Prichard, who also heads the talent relations division. Russo is now considered essentially a senior writer and continues to write the actual shows along with Matt Conway once the direction has been mapped out by Prichard, who also signs off on the scripts.
"I'm having 2nd thoughts on my decision to support many of the talents by walking off Raw Monday nite. I want 2 be in OKC if HHH will have me.
So I made a mistake Mon & I'm admonished. I admit I made a mistake & same occurs. Lots of tuf ppl on Twitter. I WILL be in OKC. I'm not explaining why I made the decision I made Monday night. Those that know, know. All I want 2 do is call wrestling matches if allowed.
I hope WWE fans pack OKC Mon night. Cena, Punk, Orton, Sheamus, SHOW, will be there & HHH will NOT resign. Let's see where the cards fall.
Attention, WWE Universe: WWE Superstars have agreed to participate in WWE live events this weekend, so long as the Chief Operating Officer, Triple H, is not in the building. Triple H has agreed to these terms, and all shows will continue as scheduled.
Monday's RAW featured a chance in format from the typical weekly broadcasts. Instead of opening with the long interview segment that would set up the main angle for the rest of the show, WWE opened with Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntyre - and held off on the long interview until the end of the second quarter hour.
The reasoning behind this change is that WWE is looking compete with their stiff competition from NFL's Monday Night Football and the MLB baseball playoffs. WWE tried to keep viewers tuned in longer at the start of the show because they were coming off Hell in a Cell the night before and they knew fans would be tuning in for the first big in-ring segment. By putting the first storyline segment in the second quarter hour, their hope was that viewers would stay tuned in through the Orton-McIntyre match and beyond.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter,There is some concern among WWE officials regarding Rey Mysterio using doctors in San Diego for his operations. WWE prefers that all of its talents use Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama, who is considered the best in the business.
WWE is hoping to have next week's RAW and SmackDown do strong builds to the Vengeance pay-per-view, almost like go-home shows with talents from each brand. The final week before Vengeance, the company will tape TV from Mexico City and they will be treating them like special show
As reported before, the 10/3 edition of WWE Raw scored a 3.05 cable rating and average 4.28 million viewers.
Looking at more detailed demographic data, the show did a 2.7 among male teenagers, which is less than half the rating WWE used to draw in this demographic just a few years ago. RAW drew a 2.5 in the 18-49 males demographic, a 1.1 among female teenagers and A 1.2 in Women 18-49. Overall, the ratio of males to females was 2 to 1.
Here's a look at some of the most and least popular segments from the show:
* Mark Henry vs. John Morrison and the RAW heels talking about banding together against Triple H lost 353,000 viewers.
* HHH coming out to address them plus Kelly & Torres vs. Phoenix & Natalya gained 185,000 viewers.
* Jinder Mahal vs. Santino Marella lost 210,000 viewers.
* Video highlights from Hell in a Cell, the Miz/R-Truth Youtube clip that was shown at the beginning of the 12-man tag match gained 531,000 viewers.
* The remainder of the 12-man tag match lost 170,000 viewers.
* The show's closing segment with the "vote of confidence" regarding Triple H's performance was the big winner of the show, gaining 1,163,000 viewers. This was one of the biggest gains from one quarter hour to another throughout the entire year.
The Sun here in the UK has posted a few quotes from Sting regarding Jeff Hardy. Sting said the following:
My heart goes out to Jeff and I'm glad that he's on the trail back. He seems to be great. I've talked to him a couple of times, he seems really, really good and he is remorseful. But he understands that his words mean nothing at this point — time is going to be the only thing.
He's going to have to build the bridge of trust back one brick at a time — and he knows it. He's an incredible, unbelievably talented wrestler. He's creative, innovative and he's got so much going for him. If he can keep his head on straight, I know there's a lot of good years in front of him and he'll be a benefit to this company