In the aftermath of a phenomenal Payback pay-per-view event, WWE Raw has taken a bold leap forward, introducing a fresh face to its Monday night lineup and advancing several intriguing storylines. The September 4 episode came alive with a revelation that had the crowd in absolute frenzy – Jey Uso, former tag team champion, has now shifted his wrestling ring to Raw.
The unanticipated development was unveiled by none other than Cody Rhodes himself at Payback. The moment marked Uso’s triumphant return to the Raw roster, leaving no doubt in fans’ minds that the brand has amped up its game.
According to the latest ratings provided by Wrestlenomics, it becomes apparent that the maneuver was a complete knock out. The episode garnered the attention of an impressive 1,704,000 viewers on the USA Network, witnessing an uptick of 2% from the previously hosted wrestling night. The P18-49 crucial demographic also gave a shinning view – Raw racked up about 673,000 viewers, maintaining the momentum from the previous episode’s rating of 0.52.
The spotlight remained securely on Raw, even as it faced fierce competition from college football with the showdown between Clemson and Duke on ESPN. Despite garnering a hefty average of 4,388,000 viewers, Raw managed to hold its fanbase strong.
WWE’s foray into digital via its official YouTube channel displayed a robust interaction. Four Raw-centric videos crossed the half-million viewers mark. Undoubtedly, the key highlight ensued as Cody Rhodes’ revelation of Uso’s transition to Raw garnered a whopping 1,184,033 views to date.
Diving further into the digits, the most-viewed YouTube videos from Raw until 4 PM Monday included exciting showdowns and surprising reunions. However, the announcement of Jey Uso’s move to the Raw roster unquestionably stole the digital limelight making this a decisive victory for WWE Raw in the battle of the ratings.