WWE’s response to the record low ratings for Raw and SmackDown LIVE this week is to strongly tease Roman Reigns appearing on Raw tomorrow night.
Reigns proclaimed Saturday via Twitter that he had “some business” to take care of this Monday on Raw. WWE, however, said that will not be the case.
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) May 4, 2019
WWE officials have learned of Roman Reigns' desire to appear on Monday Night Raw, but as of now, and due to his obligations as a Smackdown Live Superstar, he will not be appearing on Monday Night Raw. https://t.co/4P0RNPmZB1
— WWE (@WWE) May 4, 2019
Reigns fired back this morning, saying he intends to kick off Raw.
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) May 5, 2019
Reigns is available for Raw since WWE officially postponed a SmackDown LIVE event that was scheduled for Monday night in Corbin, Kentucky. According to PWInsider, the decision was made this past week so that several SmackDown LIVE Superstars can appear on Raw to push storylines heading into Money in the Bank.
Raw averaged 2,158,000 viewers, the lowest in the program’s history aside from Christmas and New Year’s Eve episodes that were taped and shouldn’t count for any comparisons.
SmackDown LIVE averaged 1,833,000 viewers, the lowest number for the show since the 2016 brand split and its move to airing live on Tuesday nights.