As noted earlier here on the website, WWE is facing VERY tough competition tonight with the BCS National Championship game featuring Notre Dame vs. Alabama airing on ESPN at 8PM EST. The game will go head-to-head with RAW. Ratings for the BCS bowls are up this year, even though the Orange and Sugar lacked attractive matchups, on paper. The 6.5 major-market rating for the FSU-Northern Illinois Orange Bowl topped the 4.5 for West Virginia’s blowout of Clemson last season. The Miami Herald reports that tonight's Notre Dame-Alabama game has a good chance to top the 14.0 rating for last year’s Alabama-LSU title game, but it will be difficult for ESPN to surpass ABC’s record for the highest-rated BCS title game: a 21.7 for USC-Texas in 2005.
In a re-post from our weekend report, Vince McMahon is reportedly gearing up for WrestleMania season and the plans are that every RAW this month will be a stacked show. This is partly due to the build to WrestleMania and partly a reaction to sagging ratings.
Tonight's RAW, which will be competing with the BCS Championship game featuring Notre Dame vs. Alabama as we noted above, will feature the return of The Rock as well as WWE Champion CM Punk defending the WWE title against Ryback in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs match. As of last week, there were also plans to shoot a big angle to close the show, one that will "have everyone buzzing."
The January 14th edition of RAW will be the 20th anniversary of the show. The plan is to use legends to add star power to the show. With the show taking place in Houston, Texas, it is said to be a good possibility that The Undertaker, Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels all could appear. None of those name are confirmed just yet, though. There are also plans to announce the first member of the 2013 Hall of Fame class that night.