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Triple H will be on WWE Backstage tonight, CM Punk won’t

The debut of CM Punk as a special correspondent on WWE Backstage last week significantly helped the FS1 studio show’s viewership and ratings. Not counting preview editions tied to a major sporting event or SmackDown broadcast, the Nov. 19 episode was the first time the Renee Young-hosted show finished among the top 150 highest rated cable originals.

So how do you follow that up?

Makes sense. One of the big stories coming out of the past couple weeks has been WWE pushing NXT as an equal third brand. The promotion of the Triple H-produced show (which just so happens to air opposite AEW Dynamite every Wednesday) culminated in the black-and-gold winning the Battle for Brand Supremacy™ at Survivor Series two nights ago. Get The Game on there to talk about it.

But I wouldn’t expect any WWE-affiliated show to give away a Punk/Haitch interaction. But the Straight-Edge One will be on Backstage at some point tonight, right?


Now, all along it’s been pretty clear Punk wouldn’t be on every week. And this is probably a bit of a lost episode, coming on the cusp of a long holiday break here in the United States. I could see the argument they didn’t want to have their big weapon on a show that might tank numbers-wise no matter what, tarnishing the narrative the Best In The World = ratings. Plus, I guess it keeps his appearances special and makes it more likely fans will seek out WWE Backstage the weeks Punk is on.

Still, kind of a bummer.

Who’s tuning in, or DVR-ing, the show tonight at 11 p.m. Eastern for RY, Booker T, Paige, and the three Hs?

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