1. (7) WWE Main Event 2. (R) Slam City 3. (2) Legends' House 4. (3) RAW Pre-Show 5. (1) WWE Extreme Rules 2014 6. (9) WWE NXT 7. (R) RAW Backstage Pass 8. (4) WrestleMania Rewind 9. (10) WrestleMania 30 10. (5) WWE Countdown
Dropping out: Extreme Rules Fallout, ECW Hardcore TV
Programming Notes: Saturday saw a "WrestleMania Rewind" marathon - this week's "prime time" episode was a rerun of "Game Changer" (X-8: Triple H vs. Chris Jericho), which I probably need to see just to enjoy how they retell the Lucy angle with twelve years of hindsight (aka "probably not at all")
This week's "Countdown" was new: "Craziest Ladder Matches"
This week's "Legends House" episode was "Express Yourselves" - I think Tony Atlas and Hacksaw Jim Duggan are gonna fight
Amongst four new episodes, a CM Punk-themed "Slam City" may have had the biggest effect on its high placing this week
I expect we'll settle into a pattern pretty soon, or perhaps we even already have...but hopefully that won't stop WWE from releasing these lists - gotta plug the Network somehow, right?
This strikes me as Main Event's first time on the list. It wasn't interesting enough for anyone to start a thread, but it had
- Dolph Ziggler b Damien Sandow, w/Sandow doing his shoot shoot shooty comments - Emma b Alicia Fox, w/Alicia doing another post match freak out including attacking the announcers - Sheamus DCOR Cesaro - this was the match hyped up on RAW, IIRC.
Is Crazy Alicia Fox a draw? It doesn't seem like Sandow has been one. Cesaro and Sheamus have been on this show previously, though not against each other.
Main Event has actually been on the list every week, debuting at #5, dropping to #6 and cratering at #10 until the episode with Very Special Guest John Cena helped them rebound to #7 last week. Shooting up to #1 this week is shocking, though, which means we have no choice but to conclude that: -SHOOTS are going to save the industry, specifically Damien Sandow SHOOTING. Stockholders should demand that DAMIEN SANDOW: LOOSE CANNON main event every Raw from now on, and the fact that he Sandow did not appear and did not SHOOT on Raw this week is probably enough cause to lobby for Vince to be removed from his role in the company and for the shareholders to take over the booking -John Cena is obviously not a true draw to the 667,280 citizens of the United States who actually love this company enough to spend real, electronic money on it and he should be relegated to SmackDown now -Sheamus headlined both the lowest-rated and highest-rated Main Events that we have numbers for during this five week period, which can only mean that Cesaro is a bigger draw than Sheamus and John Cena combined, according to math.
Elsewhere, Slam City got a promo package on last week's Raw after being ignored for a few weeks which either means the entire list is a work anyway OR an animated CM Punk should hold the title while Daniel Bryan is out, possibly defending against Damien Sandow, who will angrily tell everyone that it's a CGI Punk and not Real Punk.
I didn't see this segment at all this week, so I have no idea what Cole and JBL's banter was. Unless someone else saw it and can report, let's file this away as the official transcript for now: Cole: Wow, JBL, Wrestlemania 30 is still on the list of most-watched shows on the Network, JBL! JBL: CAN'T BE A GOOD SIGN, MAGGLE! Cole: H...how do you mean, John? It was a good show. JBL: Great show, Maggle, but is that all people are watchin' on there? Only 667,280 people were willin' to sign up for it, Maggle, and realistically, we'll never have a more exciting, better booked show than that. What's the impetus for anyone new to ever sign up, Maggle? What's gonna keep this company afloat in this new world that has been created?
Well they did dump all of the Clashes out at once, it's the same reason 99.99% of the PPVS don't make the list. Splintering of the audience.
"Tattoos are the mullets of the aughts." - Mike Naimark
"Don't stop after beating the swords into ploughshares, don't stop! Go on beating and make musical instruments out of them. Whoever wants to make war again will have to turn them into ploughshares first" - Yehuda Amichai
The really sad thing is, Pettengill was actually ahead of his time. Had he come along in 2000, he could have easily played the Michael Cole role and HE could be the one reading Raw GM e-mails every week.