It appears as if fans love old-school wrestling as this week’s Raw show did well in the TV ratings. This week’s Raw rating was the highest it has been since the night after SummerSlam back in August 2013. The show averaged 4.723 million viewers. This is an impressive increase as Raw hasn’t had close to five million viewers for a few months now.
The fact that the ratings were high this week tells me that a large number of the wrestling audience love to see the old-time wrestlers. The show opened with Ric Flair addressing the crowd. Other wrestlers such as Rikishi and Too Cool even had a match that made the fans in the arena cheer with much joy.
Roddy Piper brought back Piper’s Pit for one more night, talking to the Shield. The New Age Outlaws received huge pops when they were put supporting CM Punk in the main event against Roman Reigns. The biggest ovation belonged to Jake “The Snake” Roberts, who came out and laid out the python “Damian” across Dean Amborse‘s face.
The fact that the ratings were so high this week should be a sign that WWE needs to focus more on its current product. I’m pretty sure the ratings will drop next week when all of the old-time wrestlers go back home.
For the past decade or so, WWE has not created any stars as big as Batista, John Cena, Brock Lesnar or Randy Orton. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are the only “newer” stars that have broken out. Everyone else on the roster are still on the mid-card.
It’s also worth mentioning that the “Old School” Raw show did not feature a number of current wrestlers. The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee are just some of the wrestlers that were left out.