This past week has seen some significant storylines developing within the pro wrestling circuit, mainly concerning WWE. Popular WWE wrestler Liv Morgan is bouncing back well from a shoulder injury, and Alicia Fox revealed her behind-the-scenes struggles during her tenure in WWE. We also have the latest on NXT viewership figures and ratings.
Turning firstly to Morgan’s injury status, the wrestler has been on the bench since July due to a shoulder setback. A recent interview held by The Dallas Morning News with Raquel Rodriguez shed some much-needed light on the matter. Rodriguez indicated that Morgan is well on her recovery path and might return to the ring sooner than anticipated.
In other news, Alicia Fox, also known as Victoria Crawford, made some revealing comments on her experience whilst at WWE. Featuring on The Pope’s Point of View podcast, Fox highlighted the racial and workplace issues she faced during her career. She revealed her unhappiness about the way she was portrayed and treated in the company and the inequality faced over the handling of NXT talent.
Fox shed light on a notable 2015 dispute with Vince McMahon over main roster talent being reduced to utility players for NXT talent. She criticized McMahon’s handling of NXT talent, citing their hardship and struggles. Expanding further, Fox took issue with WWE’s merchandising process. Despite being associated with popular franchises like Team Bella, Fox claims she didn’t receive any royalty checks from their merchandise sales.
Meanwhile, the week saw WWE NXT witness a decline in its overall viewership and key demographic rating and ranking. Facing stiff competition from sports and other broadcasting channels, the October 17th show garnered 798,000 viewers —an alarming drop for the brand.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter pointed out that the decrease in viewership was due to an almost 45% decline in the younger male demographic and over 40% in older female viewership. Despite a small hike in viewership among younger female viewers, overall numbers still remained concerning.
Professional wrestling continues to be an unpredictable beast, towering figures, and the behind-the-scenes drama often as compelling as the action-ringside. Stay tuned for more updates and insider news from the world of wrestling.