WWE is still the most popular pro wrestling company on the planet, but their television ratings show that fewer people are watching their product. This is something the company doesn’t need especially during a time when there seems to be more competition popping up.
Dave Meltzer discussed WWE’s attitude toward the ratings decline on Wrestling Observer Radio. WWE isn’t too worried right now, but they probably need to be soon enough.
“There’s another thing you’ve got to remember when it comes to the SmackDown ratings. They’re not that important now, but they have to build this
show,if this show keeps going down by the time they… you know what is it nine more months? By the time they go to Fox.”
“If it goes down another 10% by the time they go to Fox then that could be a big loss and that’s a really important thing so I think they feel a lot of pressure on the SmackDown ratings right not. Not super pressure, but it’s a concern and it’s gonna become a big concern come September/October.”
WWE is trying whatever they can to bring in viewers by booking big matches and scandalous segments. The social media response seems to be pretty accepting of these changes as well. They need to turn the ratings around by the time their deal with Fox comes, but it might take more than a hotel room brawl to get it done.
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