– WWE is no longer opening RAW with pyro.
– WWE recently made several changes to the top planned matches for WrestleMania 29. The Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H rematch is still scheduled to take place and there has been talk of adding a stipulation.
– WWE’s decision to stack the January 7th, 2013 edition of RAW with Punk vs. Ryback in a TLC Match and an appearance from The Rock is a response to the stiff competition they will be facing that night from the college football BCS championship game.
Some sports pundits are predicting the BCS game could do over 30 million viewers, which would make it the most-watched show in cable television history. Now that the NFL’s regular season is winding down and WWE won’t be facing weekly competition from Monday Night Football, RAW’s ratings are expected to rise and hover around the 3.0 mark as we head in to WrestleMania season.
* SPOILERS For Next Week’s RAW & SmackDown
(Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)