RAW Legends Night viewership; NXT match pulled?
Submitted by Aaron T-Bar Rift on 01/06/2021 at 11:10 AM

- This week's WWE RAW, which was the Legends Night special edition, drew 2.128 million viewers with a 0.68 18-49 demo. RAW also ranked in the top three spots on cable for the night. Last week's RAW drew 1.769 million viewers with a 0.52 18-49 demo.

Here were the hourly numbers:

2.197 million
2.036 million
2.150 million

- The Tommaso Ciampa vs. Timothy Thatcher fight pit match, which was advertised for tonight's WWE NXT New Year's Evil episode, is no longer mentioned on WWE's website and the preview page for the match has an "access denied" message. The match description had read as follows:

Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher share more dislike for each other than perhaps anyone else in NXT. At NXT New Year’s Evil, they will take their animosity to one of the most barbaric structures in sports-entertainment: the NXT Fight Pit.

In a conflict that originated with Ciampa’s disdain for how Thatcher bullied his students, the dissension has become increasingly deep-rooted. Though The Blackheart defeated Thatcher at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, the issue was far from over.

Ciampa defeated former Thatcher student Tyler Rust, and then the following week halted Thatcher’s ruthless post-match beatdown of Leon Ruff, spiking him with the Willow’s Bell DDT.

Then Ciampa issued the boldest of challenges, saying he’d see Thatcher inside the NXT Fight Pit.

Like Thatcher, Ciampa is certainly one of the black-and-gold brand’s hardest hitters, so the savage structure is fitting. But with Thatcher having won the only previous NXT Fight Pit, will The Blackheart be able to prevail?

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