Since 2006 Monday Night Football has been a staple on ESPN, airing on ABC before that. It averaged 17.3 million viewers last season, as reported by Variety last December. Recently, Monday Night Raw ratings have been below 4 million viewers, and interest hasn't been there. Viewers have been turning off Raw.
I don't blame them. It hasn't been stellar, at all. The build up for SummerSlam was average. The aftermath and looking forward to Night of Champions hasn't been that great. But when there is no real competition, the WWE gets a pass. With Monday Night Football starting up this Monday, however, the WWE finally is trying to put together a Raw that people will want to watch.
So let's breakdown the "Season Premiere" of Raw. We are getting a steel cage match between Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt. On paper, I love it; those two are having a great feud. It is has been intense, intriguing and some of the better programming in recent months. I could see this cage match to be a Night of Champions match, but it is going to be on Raw and I am okay with that.
In addition, we get another SummerSlam rematch: Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton. Reigns has a lot of momentum going, but I only see this as a match to end Reigns/Orton and start Reigns and Seth Rollins. So, I fully expect Rollins to interfere in the match and begin their program into Night of Champions.
I give the WWE a lot credit. They fully understand that this upcoming Raw is going to be tough. They have done a decent job trying to construct a Raw that could draw a lot of eyes. But let's be honest here; they will not and can't. NFL and Monday Night Football are just too powerful right now.
I will watch Raw, here and there. I fully expect Raw to be better than what they have had in recent weeks, even months. Just not enough to get past Monday Night Football.
Will you watch Raw this upcoming Monday night? Leave your comments below.