The Big Show challenged Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship following WrestleMania.
WWE Raw after WrestleMania featured the return of Nia Jax, the in-ring main roster debut of Bianca Belair. The night’s main event was a bonus match between Drew McIntyre and The Big Show following McIntyre’s big win at WrestleMania 36. A worn-down McIntyre defeated the World’s Largest Athlete with a Claymore Kick.
Last week’s broadcast of WWE Raw drew the second-lowest non-holiday viewership in history with just 1.924 million viewers. SmackDown didn’t fare much better historically, with just 2.367 million viewers.
WWE Raw Viewership—Last Five Weeks
- March 30, 2020—1.924 million viewers
- 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
WWE Raw Key Competition
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mainstream News Coverage
From the Forbes WWE Vault
WWE Total YouTube Viewership for WWE Raw Last Monday
4,254,890 views (Down from 6,229,786)
- Most-Viewed: Shayna Baszler Slams Becky Lynch Head-First into the Announce Table (963,681 views)
- Least-Viewed: Aleister Black vs. Jason Code (190,786 views)
- Median Viewership: 442,061
WWE Raw After WrestleMania: Monday, April 6, 2020
Asuka def. Liv Morgan
After her win against Natalya, I’m not ruling out the possibility of Liv Morgan pulling off a monster upset over Asuka.
I feel like I say this every week, but Asuka has been the MVP of televised, empty-arena wrestling.
Street Profits def. Angel Garza and Austin Theory by Disqualification
Zelina Vega showed up to this match in full gear in a dead giveaway that this match will lead to another match against Bianca Belair.
Angel Garza and Austin Theory would make better opponents than tag team partners.
Bianca Belair def. Zelina Vega by Disqualification
“I go here now” would have gotten such a big pop.
Bianca Belair looked great in there but this match went far too long for a debut designed to showcase Belair as the “est.”
The Street Profits and Bianca Belair def. Angel Garza, Austin Theory and Zelina Vega
These two teams refuse to leave and I’m beginning to think that they were the only members of essential staff that day.
Believe it or not, Angel Garza did not tear his pants off during this match.
That was a lot of effort for the simple task of getting over Bianca Belair.
Aleister Black def. Apollo Crews
Before anybody could even log into their Twitter account, Tom Phillips was sure to describe Crews’ appearance on Raw as an exciting acquisition. He even mentioned “expiring draft picks.”
Nobody wants to be described as a guy trying to “hit the reset button on his career.”
Apollo Crews might have gotten more ring time in this match than of his whole main roster career combined.
Ricochet and Cedric Alexander def. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
WWE wisely continued to tease a big surprise after Drew McIntyre won the WWE Championship.
The magazine-style highlights made Edge and Randy Orton’s slog of a match seem far more epic than it was.
The vast majority of WWE Superstars in this match either are ore have been publicly disgruntled.
Cedric Alexander and Ricochet could actually be a all world tag team if WWE gets behind them even a little bit. Unfortunately, the same can be said about Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.
Seth Rollins def. Local Competitor
Does the WWE PC have a station where you can create a wrestler for real and feed them to top guys?
Seth Rollins did not stop being angry for a single second of this match.
Nia Jax def. Deonna Purrazzo
Charlotte Flair, Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch and Shayna Baszler are all currently on the same brand. Now add Nia Jax. Wow.
Deonna Purrazzo may have the unique distinction of being the most talented female enhancement talents in all of WWE.
Hector Garza def. Brandon Vink
Tonight’s theme was to rehab those whose careers were derailed by a feud with AJ Styles. Hector Garza joined Ricochet and Cedric Alexander as dormant talent to score a win tonight.
Drew McIntyre def. The Big Show following Win over Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36
WWE needs to have more post-match interviews following world title matches, especially at WrestleMania.
WWE built this segment up as the “shocking” aftermath to Drew McIntyre’s big win. Sure, The Big Show was a surprise, but shocking?
WWE’s booking has been so poor of late, I did not rule out the possibility of The Big Show beating WWE’s new top babyface.