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Baron Corbin and Seth Rollins.

Monday Night Raw set an embarrassing new all-time record low in their latest episode

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There's been lots of criticism surrounding WWE's product in recent weeks, almost all of it surrounding Monday Night Raw.

A dearth of main event-level talent, rematch after rematch and overexposure of acting General Manager Baron Corbin has seen a lack of excitement across the board.

It isn't all the fault of the company, they couldn't foresee Roman Reigns being taken away due to illness, but they did book themselves into a corner after once again placing the Universal Championship on Brock Lesnar.

We all know that Lesnar only works part-time, so the red brand has been left without a world champion, and the Intercontinental Championship is in a feud that doesn't really need a belt to be contested within it.

The failing product has seen viewership levels fall, and compared to what it was drawing in five years ago, the drop is absolutely staggering.

4.15 million people tuned in this week five years ago to watch the Slammy Awards edition of Raw, which saw the crowd go absolutely wild for Daniel Bryan, and that was a time where it was exciting to watch and seemed slightly unpredictable.

Compare that to last weeks 2.29 million and you see where things are heading for the show on USA Network.

But if Vince McMahon didn't think it could get any worse, then he was about to be proven really wrong.

A TLC match between Baron Corbin and Seth Rollins couldn't get Raw away from a historic low viewership.

A TLC main event between Seth Rollins and Corbin could not entice viewers to stick to the show, with a final average figure of 2.19 million tuning in.

That figure makes it the lowest-ever Raw recorded since it began in 1993, which is quite frankly embarrassing for the whole company.

There's no quick fix for it either, and there aren't any stars on the current roster that could produce a numbers boost.

Ronda Rousey hasn't made a difference, John Cena won't when he returns next month - the only two men who could probably guarantee a large ratings increase with pre-advertised appearances are The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

We don't know if the ratings and viewership worry Vince McMahon at all considering he's got big-money deals locked down - but they really should be a cause for concern. 

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