XFL Ratings Drop Heavily, Former ECW Star Spotted At AEW
Ratings dropped in Week 2 for the XFL, but attendance was boosted, and a former ECW star appeared in the crowd at AEW: Dynamite this week.
XFL Ratings Drop Heavily
Week 2 of the XFL season brought with it some good news and some bad.
First the bad news. According to television ratings, numbers fell around the league, which is owned and was created by the WWE’s Vince McMahon.
In the opening week of the season, ratings hit 3.3 million viewers. That number, though, dipped down to 2.1 million on ABC for a contest between the DC Defenders and New York Guardians.
The highest rated game of the weekend came on Sunday between the Dallas Renegades and LA Wildcats, as almost 2.4 million watched on ABC. That number, compared to the same time from the previous week, was down 29 percent.
However, in good news, attendance rose. According to Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal, attendance around the new pro football league was up almost 10 percent to 76,285 fans.
Most of that increase came courtesy a strong home opener for the Seattle Dragons. There was a 12 percent decrease in attendance from the first DC Defenders game in Washington, D.C. to the second.
BOOM 💥#ForTheLoveOfFootball | #BreathingFire 🔥🐲 pic.twitter.com/lyFrwt40pI
— Seattle Dragons (@XFLDragons) February 19, 2020
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The Dragons are back at home this coming Saturday.
Just a quick reminder for fans that @CenturyLink_Fld gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff on Saturday.#ForTheLoveOfFootball | #BreathingFire 🔥🐲 pic.twitter.com/SRqOLns1ZW
— Seattle Dragons (@XFLDragons) February 20, 2020
The numbers for the XFL, though, appear to be healthier than that of the now-defunct AAF, which did not survive its first season.
Want to know about #xfl staying power compared to the AAF?
Week 2 TV ratings for XFL on ABC:
2.262 Million average viewers
Peak 3.381 Million
Week 2 TV ratings for AAF:
1.018 Million (TNT)
424,000 (NFL Network)
425,000 (NFL Network)
The #xfl is crushing the AAF’s numbers
— Konnor Fulk (@KonnorFulk_XFL) February 18, 2020
Former ECW Star Spotted At AEW
While he made his name in ECW, Raven also competed in the WWE, WCW and TNA.
So, could he be adding All Elite Wrestling to his resume?
The former champion was spotted in the crowd during the tag team battle royal at the recent AEW: Dynamite event in Atlanta.
Better pic. pic.twitter.com/ZEv1jyNBlo
— Jimmy O’Brien (@weejimmyobrien) February 20, 2020
There was no acknowledgment by the announcers when he was shown. However, the promotion did have some fun with him as the action spilled closer and closer to his spot in the crowd.
Also, the AEW official Twitter account released a clip that shows Raven, who was not in any of his familiar costume-like appearance.
Did you see it? The exalted one is always watching.
Watch #AEWDynamite NOW on @TNTDrama 8e/7c #AEWonTNT @AEWonTNT pic.twitter.com/WbWiSfpD7g
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) February 20, 2020
Raven just sitting there watching the beat down 😂#AEW #AEWDynamite
— Get The Tables (@GetDaTables) February 20, 2020
Raven, real name Scott Levy, is now 55 years old. He resides in Atlanta, which could be the main reason for his decision to attend the event – along with catching up with several former wrestling friends.
Twice Raven held the ECW title along with four runs as the ECW tag team champion. He later went on to claim the NWA heavyweight title and the WCW light heavyweight, WCW United States and WCW tag team belts.
During his stint with the WWE, Raven held the hardcore title 27 times.
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