Bobby Lashley Teasing a Return? SmackDown Struggles In Ratings This Week

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The Almighty, Bobby Lashley has been out of action since July, and it seems like his return is quite imminent. The former Intercontinental Champion featured in a feud against Braun Strowman this past summer, and was subsequently injured.

Lashley returned to WWE last April, but has struggled to find his feet on WWE programming. He has featured in several high-profile feuds, but has somehow failed to reach the top.

Bobby Lashley’s partner Lio Rush is also out of WWE action for a few months now. Rush left WWE over differences with the company, and doesn’t look to come back any time soon.

Lashley teased his return on Twitter today, after he posted a tweet of the loading logo. WWE has brought back several superstars from hiatus this week, including Brock Lesnar, Luke Harper, and Rusev.

It is only a matter of time before the Almighty returns to WWE programming, and could be a potential surprise in the upcoming WWE draft which takes place next month.

Elsewhere, SmackDown Live struggled to find any significant ratings boost this week. This week’s episode of the blue brand featured fall-out from last Sunday’s Clash of Champions, and also had a major surprise appearance by Brock Lesnar.

However, Lesnar’s appearance was kept a surprise, which could be a factor behind SmackDown’s low ratings increase this week.

SmackDown drew 2.064 million viewers this week, which is marginally up from last week’s 2.061 million. The show was #8 on television on Tuesday night, and was #1 in the 18-25 segment for a whopping seventh week in a row.

A barely 2 million figure is nothing to write home about but WWE shouldn’t be highly concerned as the show moves to FOX on Friday Nights in two weeks’ time. SmackDown will also feature Brock Lesnar following the move on FOX, which could be a significant boost for the ratings.