WWE earned a minor ratings spike following their main roster move to the ThunderDome from the Performance Center.
The SummerSlam go-home edition of SmackDown was selected as the show to gobble up all the curiosity views the shift generated, and with good reason. August 14th's flagship drew an average of 1,979,000 viewers across the two hours, but the same figure shot up to 2,168,000 thanks to the new technology. Buoyed by the return of Roman Reigns, some strong angle advancement between Bayley and Sasha Banks and various teases of things to come between Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss, the number crept up to 2,261,000 on September 11th.
With no star as big as 'The Big Dog' nor angle as hot as the splitting of the Golden Role Models, Raw's ratings have gone in the opposite direction after a similar jump brought on by the aesthetic shift. This was to be expected though. WWE never ever stops, didn't stop during darker chapters in 2020, and hasn't overhauled its churn to cope with the changes.
The background might have switched from an empty gym to a wall of Zoom calls, but the foreground is achingly familiar. If only just staying f*cking still for a second was ever thought of as an opportunity, rather than a petrifying threat...