Seth Rollins is undoubtedly one of the best competitors of 2018. From winning the Intercontinental Championship at WWE WrestleMania 34 to having the longest match in the history of WWE Raw, Rollins has been nothing short of impressive in the ring. However, as impressive as he is, the recent ratings have unfortunately shown otherwise.
On the December 10 episode of Raw, Rollins closed the show competing against Baron Corbin, defending his Intercontinental Championship in a TLC match. Although the match was intriguing, and Rollins left the match with a win, it was the main event of the lowest-rated third hour of Raw in its near-26-year history.
According to Cageside Seats, WWE appears to be cooling Rollins’ rumored push heading into WrestleMania due to the record-low ratings. Another factor in jeopardizing Rollins’ Universal Championship opportunity against Brock Lesnar stems from reports of Vince McMahon being furious at both Rollins and Dean Ambrose following their match at TLC, which was not well-received by the live audience.
To make matters worse, the latest episode of Raw on Christmas Eve produced even lower numbers, making it the lowest-viewed show in its history. The main event of this show, once again, was Seth Rollins competing against Baron Corbin.
As a comparison, the last time WWE aired Raw on Christmas Eve was in 2012, and this show drew 3.14 million viewers compared to this year’s 1.775 million. Last year, Raw aired live on Christmas Day, and it drew 2.706 million viewers.
This alarming decline in ratings certainly causes uncertainty in the rumored Universal Championship match for WrestleMania, and could cause WWE to reevaluate and have someone else challenge for Lesnar’s title. The last time WWE superstars Rollins and Lesnar had an encounter at WrestleMania was in 2015, when Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase during the main event match between Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Rollins was able to pin Reigns and successfully cash in his briefcase.