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As point of interest for all those that like to keep tabs on things. Taker still has epic drawing power!
- As noted before, the January 30th RAW Supershow did a 3.55 cable rating and 5.21 million viewers. This was the most-watched RAW since May 23rd, 2011.
In the segment breakdown, the opener did a 3.90 quarter-rating. Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler lost 580,000 viewers while Tyler Reks vs. Brodus Clay lost 166,000 viewers. CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan gained 219,000 viewers to a 3.54 quarter-rating – which is actually a weak gain for that time slot.
The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston lost 231,000 viewers while The Rock’s video lost 329,000. Eve Torres vs. Beth Phoenix and the Kane vs. John Cena brawl gained 325,000 viewers. The segment with Triple H, John Laurinaitis and The Undertaker gained 753,000 viewers.
- josh on February 1st, 2012 says:
die hard taker fan.When he goes i quit watching.bottom line!!!! not if you think about it,the undertaker when he was (aba) then he cut his hair.then he ran from triple h and had his you know what kicked by him. taker showed he was human per say then.so the deadman gimmick had to change.it showing his age,it makes me have more respect for him and gimmick. he no doubt has had many brutal match ups .and hes already been more “human” . so i dont see him getting carried on a stretcher is really doin anything at all to hurt his image.undertaker is vince’s greatest creation.yes i said that over the likes of hogan and austin.their is a reason why taker is the most respected man in the locker room by his peers.. RIC FLAIR when he retired cried his eyes out when he heard the gong!! that my friends is saying something. long story short vince and MARK.you know they are gonna have big plans for the LAST MATCH!! so imsure what ever they got up their sleeve.im sure we will walk away proud.
- deadman stalkin on February 2nd, 2012 says:
Some coincidental ratings thrown along with an absolute absurd theory .Taker wasnt advertised for raw,so people who watched the last segment were watching it for hhhs evaluation.I dont reckon people actually called their friends and informed em ,hey takers back,watch it within the next 4 minutes coz the segments brief.gimme a break
- pmr6644 on February 2nd, 2012 says:
Although i do believe ‘Taker still has the ability to draw an audience, especially fans that have been around awhile that may have been tuning out lately because of the garbage WWE has been presenting the past while. I am going to have to agree with Deadman Stalkin on this one. The Taker appearance was unadvertised therefore anyone that tuned in during that time slot had no idea he would even show up. I do think that maybe some people told their friends in time for them to turn raw on and boost the number some but there’s no way it was all due to Undertaker.
- james on February 2nd, 2012 says:
Although hhh and taker have had some awesome matches i think that as this may be his last mania (i dont want it to be but im a realist!) i have bee a die hard taker fan from the start, i think it has to be someone with more standing against taker than hhh, austin should return to the ring for taker austin at mania for the 1st time, there my friends is a dream match, who can forget summerslam 98 and the highway to hell???
- Johnny on February 2nd, 2012 says:
These stats are full of flaws if you ask me of course the last segment of the show will have highr viewrship plus no one was aware of Taker’s appearance. To really judge Taker’s impact just wait until he has an scheduled match and then watch the ratings go through the roof I wouldn’t be surprised if they double! Better yet, wait until he retires and compare Mania PPV orders to when he was on the match card. No way in hell will I pay for WWE PPV unless Taker has a match! Unless I have spare cash laying around that is….
- markus K. on February 2nd, 2012 says:
Well, I am surprised to see this sudden move to have the Undertaker return in this manner (on RAW instead of The Royal Rumble). When the Undertaker didn’t show for The Royal Rumble, I was beginning to wonder if he would be at Wrestlemania 28 at all. Not that he would really have to be there to keep the streak going (since his debut in 1990, he is only 19-0). I think everyone believes this Wrestlemania would be Taker’s LAST, but I look at wrestlers like Rick Flair that are (as far as I know) are STILL wrestling. 20-0 or 100-0, The character of the Undertaker could go on for a LONG time, being that the character is ‘supernatural’, the ‘spirit’ or ‘demon’ could possess someone new, leaving Mark Calaway to become human again, and thereby allowing Mark to retire. There could even be a ‘Paranormal Activity’ like theme between when the ‘demon’ leaves Mark, and begins to stalk it’s next host.
Just an idea I thought of.
I do realize that a lot of what happens with the Undertaker character depends greatly on the writers. Nearly a full year has passed since WM27, and NOW the Undertaker returns as the challenger instead of being challenged. Can it be true about what Triple H said- all there is for the Undertaker is the streak? Outside of the storyline, Triple H can’t be angry with any injuries suffered by Mark Calaway over the last year and reasons of being away, but STORY wise, the reaction of Triple H COULD be broken down simply to this….
Triple H said it, he’s put his personal matters behind him, and looks to take on the role of leadership completely. Since Triple H has already lost TWICE against the Undertaker, why make it three times?
There could be some resentment from Triple H towards the Undertaker for not returning sooner (from the character’s point of view).
Overall, a repeat and a third round between Triple H and th Undertaker seems (in my opinion) too predictable. I say surprise us, make it SEEM it’s a particular opponent, then POW! it’s THIS wrestler….
- Hamid on February 3rd, 2012 says:
hi, i didnt commennt about the deadman’s return yet but there r things that is a bit weird , first of all we heard that the deadman got bald n no hair so what was those hair under his hat or if its fake how will he keep them in the match, second is the way triple h behave after taker obviously called him to have a match in WM XXVIII , what will happen if triple h denies to have a match with taker . well there said that it would be a jericho vs. taker but what if it goes to taker vs. kane , an unfinished job which u know about more than a year ago kane burried taker alive with the help of nexus n there was no revenge since the return of the deadman intruppted with triple h n lead to a match in WM XXVII . or will the rumors about return of goldburg or broke lesnar will happen n there would be a match btw taker n one of them. actually we should wait till the day triple h starts talking about it n we know wether he will be the challenger or some1 else , right now everything depends on the triple h decision, but we know deadman will gain what he wants :)
- James (Scyther Inc Team) on February 3rd, 2012 says:
You have to remember, That most of Triple H’s evaluation of Johnny Ace was on the overrun of Raw which is now around 20 minutes. Thus alot of the added people that tuned it were probably tuning in to see the next show, over the ending of Raw. Whilst I am not denying that there would be a raise in viewership for something like a Triple H segment post Rumble. These statistics can only be taken with a grain of salt, mostly due to the fact that most Post-PPV editions of Raw will have an increase in viewers, simply for the fact that not everyone can see the PPV. But the majority can actually see Raw, so it’s almost like a catch up show for them.
besides that, Taker returning and the hint of the 3 Match in the Hunter/Taker saga is interesting. Looks like a good talking point for BTM this week. Stay tuned everyone!
- Jake on February 5th, 2012 says:
Can i just say i totally agree on that, it was the most greatest match of all time, like JR said “if there was ever a book on the greatest wresters and legends, there is no doubt in my mind that The Undertaker will be in chapter one” all of the deadmans matchs have been nothing but pure beauty and power, his entrance and presence will never ever be topped and i think everything about him is just too powerful in words, not only as a wrestler but a human being. Triple H does not deserve a third go although he offer maybe coming from Taker, its not fair and i think him and Mankind would be amazing but there both probably the most wrestlers to with stand so much pain in the past but act hard, i think Taker vs Sting would be my most epic event for Undertaker to retire to, 20-0 and the biggest match to ever take place in Wrestlemania other than the puny speculation of Rock and Cena, i came here to comment on how i feel about it but im just over the moon he’s back and i really hope WWE give him want we would want to give him and dissapointment would really dig in if Triple H had the privallage to fight him at Mania yet again, Undertaker needs someone special so he as the greatest superstar as he is can leave out 20-0 to something very special and most certainly tearful, We love you Deadman @ Undertaker vs Mankind:
- markus K. on February 6th, 2012 says:
Well, I can say- honestly- that much of my predictions in regards to the WWE have been wrong, and that is a good thing. For a while, it seem that the storylines set by the writers were bland, almost predictable. CM Punk’s ‘I’m the best wrestler’ routine is the same as Bret Hart’s ‘the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be’ catch phrase (Punk’s Straight Edge Society mirroring Right To Censor). Predictability can kill interest if everyone KNOWS what’s going to happen, and having a ‘Triple H vs. Undertaker Pt. 3′ is too predictable, unless it’s determined to end the streak, and if the streak ends and Undertaker is 19-1, would he then retire? HOW would he retire?
It is my opinion that the Undertaker is THE GREATEST wrestling character EVER created. Throughout ALL of professional wrestling history, every wrestler is set around being human, with a beginning and end to their career. But the Undertaker is immortal, a ‘deadman’, the ‘lord of darkness’, so he isn’t like other wrestlers so he can’t retire like other wrestlers do. Since 1990, the character of the Undertaker has gradually changed from being a morbid, gothic walking zombie to being a demon of Death Valley (and that brief moment of being the human ‘American Badass and Deadman Inc.), with matches created for him alone. Buried Alive, Casket Match, Inferno Match and (originally) Hell In The Cell were Taker’s matches. NO ONE ELSE has been given that honor, and I’m beginning to wonder if anyone else ever will. To be buried alive, set on fire (in a casket), have the ability to cause lightning and make it rain blood (on Mr. Kennedy), the character of the Undertaker is more mythological than human, more ‘phenom’ than ANY other wrestler ever created (even more than Kane).
I don’t want it to be predictable as to who faces the Undertaker, and I hope that if this IS the last match for Taker, that it will end at 20-0.
- tony perry on February 6th, 2012 says:
in my last post , i said maybe the undertaker would have to make an example of someone to show he could still compete at the desired level because of the way in wich that raw show ended.let me just say i was bang out of order. taker doe,s not have to prove a damn thing to anyone. he is the greatest wrestler/perfomer of all time, he is a legend a warrior, his greatness has surpassed that of hogan, the rock, stone cold steve austin. someone once said he wares his scars like badges of honer. he has captured millions of people,s imagination, undertaker has a prescence a menace second to none . sorry it,s bit long winded i felt i had to get it of my chest. thanks.
- DeathForYou on February 10th, 2012 says:
wouldn’t it be ironic if the 2012 royal rumble winner shemus said this line in some point in the show… “i have made my decision… the title i’m coming for is the most prestigious title in the wwe… more bigger than the world heavyweight championship and the wwe championship combined… the title i’m coming for is the most legendary title in all of sports entertainment… and for the last 20 plus years no one has ever broken that reign…. at wrestlemania… IT WiLL BE SHEMUS VSTHE UNDERTAKER FOR THE STREAK….”
wouldn’t that be awesome huh guys… :D
- markus K. on February 11th, 2012 says:
To DeathForYou- I agree 110%. But by the way their setting everything up, the rematch is what th Undertaker wants with Triple H, because he doesn’t want WM27 and how he looked to be the image remembered throughout the ages, a weak and human looking Undertaker. Maybe I’ll be wrong (I really hope), but so far, it looks to be Triple H vs. the Undertaker- part 3.