McCool Has Backstage Heat, WWE Ratings Breakdown

Nick Paglino

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that there has been some resentment toward Michelle McCool since she became the new “Diva’s Champion.” The resentment actually stems from a prior incident between McCool and Natalya that was reported here on Wrestlezone. Apparently McCool attempted to “train” Natalya, a wrestling veteran, in the WWE style, and this has drawn some criticism. I for one would agree since I consider Michelle to be a pretty face and a lousy wrestler. There are some backstage, however, that feel McCool is in the right as she had to teach Natalya that WWE wrestles with a different mentality. It also helps that McCool is in a real life relationship with The Undertaker, who of course has tremendous backstage power.

Here are some segment-by-segment ratings notes from last Monday’s Raw. The Lance Cade vs. Paul London match and beginning of Jericho’s promo lost 214,000 viewers. The conclusion of his interview as well as the Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix match gained 260,000 viewers. The “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Jerry Lawler, Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes segment gained 149,000 viewers. The Cena & Cryme Tyme vs. JBL & Rhodes & DiBiase match gained 343,000. The mixed tag match featured Kofi Kingston & Mickie James vs. Paul and Katie Lea Burchill lost 206,000 viewers. The Santino Marella vs. D-Lo Brown match and Marella & Beth Phoenix angle gained 34,000 viewers. The first-ever match between CM Punk and Batista lost 86,000 viewers. The post-match stuff featuring Cena, Batista and JBL gained 756,000 viewers and drew the show√Ę<80><99>s peak rating at 3.89. Overall, the show drew a 3.32 rating and 4.74 million viewers. It wasn’t the most watched cable show of the night as it finished in third place behind TNT’s The Closer and Saving Grace.

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