WWE used the tease of Sting appearing (he never did, with impostors showing up in his stead) and a late promotional push for World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar to help boost ratings for last night's episode of Monday Night Raw in Columbus, Ohio.
It failed, miserably.
Actually, viewers were down in a big way. The show averaged 3.66 million viewers, a huge drop from the 4.29 million it posted last week. The hourly breakdown shows a drop for each hour, as usual:
Hour one: 3.79 million
Hour two: 3.67 million
Hour three: 3.52 million
Those are incredibly low numbers, some of the worst Raw has posted in a number of years and there really isn't much of an explanation for it. All hands were on deck and we're just over one month away from WrestleMania 31 while there is no sporting competition.
Simply a one week anomaly? Or are fans simply uninterested in what WWE is currently offering?
For complete results and the live blog from Raw click here. For a recap with reactions to all the night's events click here. And to watch highlights of the show click here.