Raw Bounces Back From Year-Low Viewership, Surprising Hardcore Combatants
– Monday’s Raw bounced back from year-low viewership the week before as the program averaged 4.05 million viewers.
Raw averaged 3.79 million viewers, 4.1 million viewers in the second and 4.25 million viewers in the third.
Last week’s show garnered a 2.9 cable rating and averaged 3.917 million viewers. Two weeks ago, the program drew 4.285 million viewers.
– This week’s WWE en Espanol is now, which promotes Extreme Rules.
– The official WWE website has published an article recalling seven matches featuring competitors that are not known as hardcore brawlers. This list includes Ric Flair challenging ECW Champion Big Show in an Extreme Rules Match in July 2006, Bret Hart battling Terry Funk in a Hardcore Match in World Championship Wrestling, Trish Stratus defending the WWE Women’s Championship against Victoria in a Hardcore Match at Survivor Series 2002, Rey Mysterio clashing with Psicosis in a Mexican Death Match in Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1995, Kofi Kingston squaring off against Shelton Benjamin in an Extreme Rules Match, Crash Holly defending the WWF Hardcore Championship against Dean Malenko, and Eric Bischoff battling Terry Funk for the WCW Hardcore Championship.
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