NEWS ITEMS: Payback rematches advertised for Raw, where did Raw and Smackdown rank among cable shows, Total Divas viewership drops

By Wade Keller, editor


-WWE is advertising Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe for Monday’s Raw in Sacramento, Calif. Either or both of them could be dark (off-TV) matches. Also advertised as Chris Jericho, The Hardy Boyz, Fin Balor, Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Dean Ambrose.

-Total Divas drew 566,000 viewers on E! Network this Wednesday, down from the 589,000 the week before, according to

-WWE Smackdown was the no. 3 ranked show on cable TV on Tuesday night, behind both NBA playoff games on TNT, and right ahead of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Deadliest Catch.”

-WWE Monday Night Raw finished 4, 5, and 7 (it’s broken into individual hours for ratings rankings), behind two NBA playoff games on TNT and “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”

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