Below are some top WWE & AEW news stories of the day:
– Austin Theory has held the United States Championship for 222 days now. This is the longest US Title reign of the last 10 years.
– On this week’s episode of WWE RAW, Natalya faced Rhea Ripley for the Women’s World Championship and lost.
This match received great reviews from the fans and wrestlers as well, and it is being touted as one of the best matches of Natalya’s career.
According to Fightful Select, this match impressed a lot of WWE Officials backstage. They appreciated the grittiness of it.
One of them went as far as saying that this should be the first thing anyone watches after Money In The Bank 2023.
– According to the Wrestling Observer, Baron Corbin will now be a part of NXT full-time. He recently brought back the “Lone Wolf” character and lost to NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes.
Corbin ended up as a Free Agent in the Draft a few months back, making him free to appear on any WWE brand.
– AEW Collision recently debuted on Saturday nights. The debut episode featured the controversial return of CM Punk.
Punk is a regular on Collision and will mostly appear on this show, and not Dynamite on Wednesday, due to his real-life issues with The Elite.
Below are the viewership and 18-49 demo ratings numbers for Collision so far:
June 17 – 816,000 viewers with a 0.33 rating
June 24 – 595,000 viewers with a 0.21 rating
July 1 – 432,000 viewers with a 0.13 rating
Former WWE personality Jonathan Coachman tweeted the following about the drop in viewership for Collision:
“Tony is buying way too much into hardcore wrestling fans and not paying attention to what actually works in entertainment.
I would have started more social and TikTok content before ear marking tens of millions and cutting your talent roster in half.
Saturday’s are for House Shows and PPV. Period.”
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