WWE 'RAW' Spoilers & Rumors: WWE Looks To Solve Ratings Crisis As 'TLC' Draws Near [VIDEO]
With Tables, Ladders & Chairs on the horizon, WWE Monday Night RAW emanates live this week from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Last week, the WWE focused on the fallout of the 29th annual Survivor Series and this week it will continue to build toward WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, which airs live on Dec. 13 from the TD Garden in Boston.
Here are five things to watch for this week on the WWE's flagship show:
1) RAW is Snore
The WWE is in need of a massive boost to generate a wider audience as the RAW ratings have rapidly declined over the last few months. Last week, the numbers dipped below 3 million viewers, which was a new non-holiday record-low for the company. It doesn't help that hiatuses from Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker and John Cena and injuries to Seth Rollins, Cesaro and Randy Orton have left the WWE's bench thin. With the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament failing to draw audiences last month, the WWE may get desperate in an attempt to bring the ratings back up.
2) Climbing the Ladder
The WWE's apparent solution to fix the ratings is pushing a Roman Reigns and Sheamus feud, which isn't really something that most fans want to see. Nevertheless, the two are going head-to-head in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at TLC. The Authority has added mercenaries in Bad News Barrett and Rusev to aid Sheamus in his feud against Reigns. The Leader of the Roman Empire powered through the "Bulgarian Brute" last week, so he may face the reigning King of the Ring on RAW.
3) Lunatic Fringe
The WWE seems to finally be giving Dean Ambrose some serious momentum as he earned a pinfall victory over Tyler Breeze in tag action on RAW and followed it up by toppling "Prince Pretty" and Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown to become the No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship. Ambrose will battle Kevin Owens at TLC for the gold in a match that may be better than the main event.
4) Rounding Out the Card
There have only been two matches announced for TLC thus far, but the WWE appears to be building toward quite a few different bouts for the event. The WWE has teased a tag team Tables Match between The Dudley Boyz and The Wyatt Family, a Chairs Match pitting United States Champion Alberto Del Rio against Jack Swagger, a three-way Tag Team Championship bout between The New Day, The Lucha Dragons and The Usos and a Divas Championship clash between Charlotte and Paige
5) Diva Heat
While the feud between Paige and Charlotte is heating up, it pales in comparison to the "nuclear" heat that is currently on Lana. Last week, RAW was broadcast live from the Diva's hometown of Nashville, but she wasn't used. Rusev, who is engaged to the "Ravishing Russian" in real life, made his return to television from injury, but Lana was nowhere to be found. The WWE Diva was backstage, but kept to herself amid all of the current heat on her, according to Wrestlingheadlines.com. Lana is cleared to wrestle, but hasn't been used.