Drop In SmackDown Ratings
Despite the fact that it featured the first round of the WWE Draft, this week’s episode of SmackDown on FOX saw a dip in viewership numbers.
According to ShowBuzz Daily, the second episode of WWE SmackDown on Fox drew about 2.899 million viewers. This is a dip of about 25% from last week’s premiere episode which saw 3.888 million viewers.
Wrestling Inc pointed out that it’s not just SmackDown viewership that has gone down this week. This week’s episode of RAW had an average viewership of 2.334 million, compared to their season premiere last week which had 2.572 million viewers.
No Mae Young Classic For 2019?
As we previously reported, WWE initially seemed to be planning to hold the third all-women’s tournament, the Mae Young Classic, this November.
Only last week, on WWE’s ticketing website for NXT, tapings for the Mae Young Classic were being advertised for two Full Sail Live shows. Those notices have since been taken down, however.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, this is due to the fact that WWE has since decided that they will not be holding another Mae Young Classic tournament till 2020.
The decision not to hold the tournament this year is a recent one. Only last August Triple H had said they were finalizing plans for the tournament but that the timing would be delayed due to all the plans WWE had for the latter half of the year.
Kevin Owens Not Happy With Draft Results
During the WWE Draft on SmackDown, Kevin Owens, who was most recently seen feuding with Shane McMahon over at SmackDown, was drafted to RAW.
Owens took to Twitter to share his thoughts on getting drafted to the Red Brand. While he didn’t really seem to mind changing brands, he does seem to be upset about when he was drafted.
Owens being drafted to RAW was announced during the third round of draft picks. According to him, the WWE digital team approached him afterward to get his thoughts but they apparently didn’t use the footage.
“I gave them a very honest, heartfelt answer. They decided not to post the footage because I appeared to be angry,” writes Owens.
“I was angry. I still am. Round 3. . . Looks like I still have lots to prove,” he adds.