Both Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt were absent on Monday Night Raw following the controversial Hell in a Cell main event finish - and the ratings plummeted for this week's episode.
According to Showbuzz Daily (h/t WrestlingInc.com), this week's episode of Raw tuned in 2.334 million viewers. That's a significant drop from the 2.571 million that watched the season premiere last week.
Although the Oct. 7 episode brought in higher viewership than the Sept. 9, 16 and 23 episodes of Raw, it was extremely low compared to other episodes that followed a pay-per-view show.
For example, the Aug. 12 episode of Raw that followed SummerSlam brought in a whopping 2.729 million viewers. The July 15 edition of Raw that took place one night after Extreme Rules brought in 2.453 million. The Apr. 8 episode that followed WrestleMania 35 had 2.923 million viewers.
WWE has been competing with Monday Night Football since Sept. 9, but this week also featured four MLB postseason games. Game 4 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals began at 6:40 p.m. EST.
Game 3 between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins started at 8:40 p.m. EST. Those two games - along with Monday Night Football - certainly had to have played a factor in Raw's lower viewership numbers this week.
Of course, many fans were angry and disappointed over the ending between Rollins and Wyatt at Hell in a Cell. The Architect was disqualified for attacking "The Fiend" with a sledgehammer, even though such matches carry no DQ stipulations. Fans in Sacramento booed and chanted both "AEW" and "Refund." Perhaps some in the WWE Universe felt the need to express their dissatisfaction by avoiding Raw this week.
WWE Has To Rebound Quickly
There aren't any excuses for WWE to run such questionable booking decisions that are insults to the fans and their intelligence. The company is going up against AEW right now, and WWE can't start making mistakes like they did at Hell in a Cell. With the NFL and MLB to compete against, WWE needs to give us a better reason to watch Raw. They certainly weren't able to do that this week.