Vince McMahon is happy with Raw's ratings headed into its biggest episode ever.
Everything seems to be coming together for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Not only did the company stage a successful pay-per-view (PPV) this past Sunday night in Phoenix with Money in the Bank, they also scored a great rating for the following night's episode of Monday Night Raw from Las Vegas.
The show did a 3.4 rating for an average of 4.88 million viewers. That translates to 4.72 million viewers in the first hour and 5.04 in the second, where they had teased John Cena cashing in his briefcase for a WWE championship title shot.
Instead, he revealed he would cash it in next week in the main event of Raw's 1,000th episode.
Everything is set up for next week's show to be one of the highest rated editions of Monday Night Raw in years. There are no illusions they'll break records for viewership but the line up at present time is so loaded, it's entirely possible they get up to seven million viewers.
D-Generation X reunites, The Rock returns, Brock Lesnar answers Triple H's SummerSlam challenge, John Cena vs. CM Punk for the WWE championship, Christian defends the Intercontinental championship, Mark Henry returns, the new permanent General Manager of Raw and Smackdown will be named, and on top of all that, Daniel Bryan and AJ are having a wedding.
Should be one hell of a show.
For complete results and the running live blog from this past week's episode of Raw click here. To listen to Sergio and myself gab about the show on the Cageside Live podcast click here. And for complete reactions to all the night's events click here.