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3/26 RAW Breakdown: Comparison to WM 27 Go-Home Show, Rock/Cena and More

– As noted before, the go-home WrestleMania 28 episode of WWE’s RAW Supershow scored a 3.05 cable rating with 4.44 million viewers – a disappointment to WWE officials.

In comparison, the WrestleMania 27 go-home show which also featured The Rock and John Cena did a 3.84 cable rating with 5.89 million viewers. This year’s go-home show had a 21% decline in ratings and a 25% decline in total viewers.

In the segment breakdown, Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan and Kane gained 239,000 viewers from the opener. Santino Marella vs. David Otunga and the video for Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Undertaker lost 32,000 viewers. Eve Torres vs. Kelly Kelly lost 246,000 more viewers.

The angle with CM Punk and Christian plus Chris Jericho’s interview and Brodus Clay vs. Curt Hawkins gained 132,000 viewers to a 2.96 rating – another bad number for the 10pm timeslot. Big Show vs. Primo lost 104,000 viewers and Mark Henry vs. The Great Khali plus the Team Laurinaitis vs. Team Long angle gained 362,000 viewers – which is good.

The closing angle with The Rock and John Cena gained 626,000 viewers and closed the show with a 3.57 overrun rating. Again, this is nothing special, especially for the go-home show of WWE’s self-proclaimed biggest pay-per-view in history.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • poko

    It was a horrible RAW. They did a very poor job of getting people fired up for their biggest show of the year. Only one good match, and it’s the first match of the night? How are a bunch of squash matches going to get people excited? It was an uninteresting mess, to be honest. I was hoping for at least one big twist, but it was mostly a rehash of what we saw the week before.

  • Jason

    Raw had 14 mins of wrestling and an hour and twenty mins of talking. If TNA did this week after week you guys would never let them hear the end of it.

  • “Bad Man” Bigelow

    Forget a go home Raw, it was a very weak Raw in general. It was great seeing HHH/Taker/HBK these past few weeks, but nothing but video packages for the final Raw? They should have then saved last week for the end. Jericho was pretty good again, but not as good the past few weeks. As for Cena/Rock, that was a fairly weak confrontation for them considering their past few, and they didn’t even get physical which I thought is something they had to do for the last Raw. Throw in 2-3 more squash matches and you have a very weak disappointing Raw. The tag match was solid, and Cena/Rock was solid (just not compared to the past few weeks). All of that being said, Wrestlemania is going to be phenomenal.