After promising change, the challenge for WWE going forward is to make a real commitment to that instead of having it be a short-term ratings fix.
Those vague promises of change were made during the opening segment of last Monday's episode of Raw. Following two straight weeks of record-low ratings -- with the first of them even being brought up on WWE television as Seth Rollins said Baron Corbin was the reason for the ratings dip -- it was advertised that Vince McMahon would return to "shake things up." Vince appeared and brought out Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, and Shane McMahon. WWE oddly blurred the lines between kayfabe and reality, with the McMahons also blaming Raw's issues on Corbin. Stephanie admitted that WWE hasn't been doing a very good job for the fans lately and said they haven't been listening to their audience. In storyline, that was blamed on "absentee management" -- and it was stated that those days are over. WWE said they would be empowering their wrestlers and fans, giving them what they want, and that new faces and matchups would be coming in the weeks and months ahead.