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Kurt Angle thinks WWE’s television viewership decline is due to crowdless shows



Kurt Angle recently did an interview with Denise Salcedo of Instinct Culture to discuss a wide range of topics.

During the interview, the WWE Hall of Famer talked about how he thinks WWE having no fans in attendance for its television shows - Raw, NXT, and SmackDown, have impacted its viewership numbers.

Monday Night Raw, WWE’s flagship show, has seen numbers fall at a rapid pace and hit record lows since the COVID-19 pandemic. Friday Night SmackDown on FOX has also seen a decline from where they started in October, but have rebounded somewhat due to the competition that they currently face.

“I think that crowds are going to make a huge difference.{in regards to ratings} It just sucks that right now all these companies are waiting for that {live audiences} to return. It’s been very frustrating and I know first hand because I worked as a producer in WWE and being in the meetings it just really sucks to not have the fans there.

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There’s a lot of things we have to do that are different now so it’s going to take a while. I know we have to wait for this {vaccine} to come through, but it’s gonna take some time. I really think the business will boom afterward. I know the ratings have gone down to an extent but that’s because there’s no fans…”

Angle also talked about his time in WWE, funny moments, his retirement match, and more. You can watch the entire interview by clicking on the player below:


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