WWE Raw opened hot with an all-time promo by The Undertaker that may have been one of the best of his career. Though the WWE-approved language of AJ Styles—Undertaker’s opponent—not being able to hang in the big leagues may rub some the wrong way, Undertaker deftly captured the essence of his otherwise scattershot feud with Styles.
Undertaker made sure to call back to remnants of his American Badass persona, even using his old catchphrase of “Try me, I’ll make you famous” before signing off with his more well-known catchphrase of “Rest in Peace.”
Last week’s broadcast of WWE Raw drew the second-lowest non-holiday viewership in history with just 2.006 million viewers.
WWE Raw Viewership—Last Five Weeks:
- March 23, 2020—2.006 million viewers
- March 16, 2020—2.335 million viewers
- March 9, 2020—2.163 million viewers
- March 2, 2020—2.256 million viewers
- February 24, 2020—2.210 million viewers
WWE Raw Key Competition:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Coverage
- The Bachelor
From the Forbes WWE Vault:
WWE Total YouTube Viewership for WWE Raw Last Monday: 6,229,786 (Down from 10,021,735 views)
- Most-Viewed: Becky Lynch Takes out Shayna Baszler in Sneak Attack (888,427 views)
- Least-Viewed: The Street Profits vs. Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink (170,639 views)
- Median Viewership: 392,654
WWE Raw Results: Monday, March 30, 2020
Opening Segment with Undertaker’s Worked-Shoot Promo on AJ Styles
The Undertaker’s promo was every WWE-branded burial of independent wrestling and I don’t think he’s ever cut a better promo to sell a match ever. I’m here for whatever American Badass/Deadman hybrid this is.
This segment featured a veiled shot at CM Punk, a veiled shot at the indies and a direct missile at AJ Styles all in an Undertaker promo.
Either WWE shockingly didn’t include a Luke Harper diss or I missed it.
Becky Lynch def. Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair—WWE Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship (WrestleMania 35 Re-Air)
The only thing I really remember about the WrestleMania 35 main event is that nobody seemed to smarten up poor Joan Jett to the fact that Ronda Rousey was a heel. She looked devastated when fans booed the entrance.
What’s especially distracting about this match was Michael Cole and Corey Graves on the verge of losing their voices as their vocal cords reached the end of their rope on a near-seven hour show.
Angel Garza, Austin Theory and Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens and The Street Profits
At this point, Zelina Vega’s gimmick should be coming up with replacements for Andrade.
Seth Rollins wrestling in a man bun should have been a thing from the very start of his heel-turn.
Seth Rollins is (very) quietly building a great WrestleMania resume.
I’m floored that WWE didn’t run an angle to promote The Big Show Show during WrestleMania season, where they typically have a higher viewership, especially in a climate where they’re starved for content. WWE really had a chance to show Netflix the power of its loyal audience.
Kevin Owens Calls out Seth Rollins
Kevin Owens seems thrown off by having to cut a long promo in an empty-arena environment.
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins has officially become a feud over warehouse politics in Florida Championship Wrestling.
Seth Rollins severely out-promo’d Kevin Owens down the stretch here and that’s something I never thought I’d write.
Edge Speaks about his Match Against Randy Orton at WrestleMania 36
This is the second WrestleMania feud tonight to really lean in on the real names. This Friday, I’m fully expecting John Cena to call The Fiend Windham.
This was a great promo by Edge but all these junkie references make me feel like this match could end in an intervention via Zoom.
Asuka vs. Kayden Carter
Asuka matches don’t need a crowd because she’s charismatic and screams loud enough to fill the Performance Center.
Asuka grabbed a headset to dance and gloat about her victory but sadly she did not stick around to provide guest commentary.
Brock Lesnar def. Rey Mysterio—WWE Championship (Survivor Series 2019 Re-air)
Rey Mysterio was a such a babyface in this well-told feud, he started the match by escaping the ring to grab a led pipe and these people loved him for it.
Dominik didn’t throw in the towel, per se, but doesn’t entering the ring, with towel in hand, count for something?
Brock Lesnar is the master of scintillating pay-per-view finishes.
Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar Address Drew McIntyre
Paul Heyman said he hates to be the one to pull back the curtain on this business which was further proof of how good he is at lying.
If nothing else, a fully mic’d Brock Lesnar during a WrestleMania main event should be compelling as hell.
I wonder how many go-home segments Brock Lesnar has been a part of for WrestleMania? I’ll bet it’s higher than just about anybody.