– In response to back-to-back attacks by World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio on No. 1 contender Big Show, SmackDown General Manager Booker T announced Tuesday night that he has suspended the Mexican grappler from this week’s SmackDown.
“Following the incidents last Friday on SmackDown as well as this week on Raw,” Booker told WWE.com, “it is my duty as GM to suspend Alberto Del Rio. He will not be in action this Friday night and will not be in the building.”
WWE teased in the announcement: “While there is no question these latest developments will make a profound impression on this week’s edition of the blue brand, one has wonder how it will affect the upcoming World Title Match between Del Rio and The World’s Largest No. 1 contender at Elimination Chamber.”
– WWE drew another strong rating Monday following last week’s post-Royal Rumble episode of Raw, which drew a 3.68. This week’s show drew a 3.56.
The program averaged 4.81 million viewers over the course of two hours, down from 5.01 million viewers the week before.
Just like last week, the first hour of Raw drew a 4.863 million viewers. Viewership dropped off to 4.857 million in the second and 4.711 million in the third. This marks as the fourth consecutive week where Raw viewership dropped off from the second hour.