1. WWE Payback 2014 2. WWE Payback 2014 Kickoff 3. (4) NXT Takeover 4. (1) Legends' House 5. NXT Takeover Fallout 6. NXT Takeover Pre-show 7. (2) WWE Main Event 8. (7) RAW Backstage Pass 9. (8) WrestleMania 30 10. (6) WWE Extreme Rules 2014
OUT: RAW Pre-show, WWE Countdown, Slam City, Smackdown Pre-show
Programming Note: NXT was a regular episode last week; Legends' House episode was "Heartbreak Hotel" and featured a Shawn Michaels visit
I'm a little surprised Payback Fallout didn't score (to the point where I'd question how worked this list is), but maybe the press conference gimmick could only be magic once.
NXT Fallout scoring higher than the preshow indicates that folks liked what they saw during Takeover and stuck around for the postgame; I would take this as a very good sign of positive instant feedback (and I'm sure WWE does as well)
It'll be interesting to see if Takeover has any legs.
Good work. I love the fact that you kept the comments from the flak in there. That's the most telling thing of all. I did a similar phone interview with Goldust in 97 for a semiweekly I was writing for, and there was no flak on the line.