WWE has been dealing with a decline in television ratings over the past several months, but their attendance numbers over the last two days are even more concerning.
This week's episode of Monday Night Raw was held in Everett, Washington. According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), there was a staggering total of just 3,500 people in attendance on Raw this week.
This comes a day after Meltzer's colleague, Bryan Alvarez, reported that there were only about 6,000 fans in attendance at Sunday's Stomping Grounds pay-per-view at the Tacoma Dome (which seats 23,000), in Tacoma, Washington. Alvarez said only about 4,000 to 4,500 fans paid, and WWE was giving away tickets at a mall while running two-for-one promotions.
It's hard to envision what more could go wrong for the WWE here. You never hear about the company struggling to sell tickets for a pay-per-view event, and though there have been some shows in the past with bad attendance, bringing in just 3,500 for an episode of Raw is absolutely astonishing.
One source told WWE insider Brad Shepard that there was a huge lack of planning for Stomping Grounds. The source also said that the poor ticket sales numbers could be attributed to "a lack of proper build." Shepard also heard that WWE producers hoped that Sunday would provide a "clean slate," so we'll have to see how they go about all of this now.
This week's episode saw Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch clash with Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans, who worked together in nearly dethroning the Universal Champion on Sunday. The Undertaker also made a surprise return and rescued Roman Reigns by attacking Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre. Afterwards, it was confirmed that 'Taker and Reigns will face the duo at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view.
What This Means
WWE is going to have to look at these poor TV ratings and attendance figures and find a solution before long. The product is clearly growing stale to fans, and WWE has tried all sorts of things to fix it - the wild card rule for example. But that's not enough, and more changes have to happen if WWE wants to get past all of this.