There are some huge changes coming the WWE's way, and SmackDown Live's troubles as of late are one of the key reasons for it.
For starters, SmackDown Live's ratings have been dropped tremendously. For example, SmackDown's Halloween episode on October 31st showed an amazing 21 percent drop in viewership form the previous week.
It went from 2.699 million viewers to 2.119 million. The go-home show for the Royal Rumble last month dropped to 2.580 million viewers, and continued to drop on the post-Rumble show as well.
The downward spiral for Tuesday nights continues as last week's episode of SmackDown Live drew 2,449,000 viewers. That is down 56,000 from the previous week which drew 2,505,000.
Speaking of SmackDown Live's recent struggles, a fan picture surfaced online showing the live attendance for this week's episode. The turnout was horrendous to say the least. Plenty of seats were empty and one section was even tarped off:
Hopefully things turn around for SmackDown Live soon, as their next brand-exclusive pay-per-view (PPV), Fastlane, will feature a multi-man WWE Title match. Champion AJ Styles will defend his title against Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Baron Corbin.
The winner will go on to WrestleMania 34 and defend the strap against Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura. Going forward WWE will no longer be holding brand-exclusive PPV events starting with Backlash.
It's being promoted as the first WWE PPV of the year that will host both RAW and SmackDown Live Superstars. Previously WWE only had their Big Four PPVs (WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and The Royal Rumble) as dual-brand events.
It was also announced by SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon that United States Champion Bobby Roode will be defending his title against Randy Orton at the PPV as well.
What are your thoughts on SmackDown Live's terrible attendance earlier this week? What changes need to be made in order to get the show's attendance back up? And do you think there's a possibility that SmackDown could be cancelled or merged with RAW? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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