Below are some top WWE & AEW news stories of the day:
– Matt Riddle has been involved in a feud with IMPERIUM over the last month.
After losing twice to Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER, The Original Bro went head-to-head with Ludwig Kaiser on this week’s episode of RAW before SummerSlam.
Surprisingly, Kaiser defeated Riddle in the match and got his first singles win in a long time.
The Wrestling Observer noted that Riddle losing could be a sign that WWE no longer sees him as an important talent who should be protected from losing often.
They noted that Riddle seems to get into trouble in real-life too often (failed drug tests, leaked private photos & videos, allegations of harassment from ex-girlfriends), so the company may have decided that he’s not the guy they’re going to build stuff around anymore.
– Below are the Viewership & 18-49 Demo Rating numbers for last week’s WWE & AEW TV shows in the US:
Monday’s WWE RAW drew 1.82 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demo, which is slightly down from last week’s 1.88 million viewers with a 0.57 rating.
Tuesday’s WWE NXT drew 703,000 viewers with a 0.23 rating in the 18-49 demo, which is down from last week’s 746,000 viewers with a 0.21 rating.
Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite drew 898,000 viewers with a 0.29 rating in the 18-49 demo, which is down from last week’s 953,000 viewers with a 0.34 rating.
Friday’s WWE SmackDown on FOX drew 2.23 million viewers with a 0.61 rating in the 18-49 demo, which is up from previous week’s 1.23 million viewers with a 0.36 rating on FS1.
Friday’s AEW Rampage drew 324,000 viewers with a 0.10 rating in the 18-49 demo, which is down from previous week’s 415,000 viewers with a 0.11 rating.
Saturday’s AEW Collision drew 739,000 viewers with a 0.27 rating in the 18-49 demo, which is up from previous week’s 618,000 viewers with a 0.18 rating.
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