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Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

In the back issue of the Observer put on the website this past week, it noted that the main event of the April 24, 2000, episode of Raw, which was Rock & Jericho vs. HHH & Benoit, with Shane McMahon as referee, did an 8.59 rating (while granted, television ratings in general have dropped greatly for everyone compared to 2000, although the NFL’s numbers in 2000 and 2016 were almost identical) and well over 10 million viewers even though at the time far fewer people had cable. That was the third biggest in the history of cable television. So a funny part of that story is that the clocks inside the arena hadn’t been changed. Dwayne Johnson didn’t realize that and was going by the clocks to time when he would start warming up for the match. By the time he found out the clocks were an hour behind, he was mad because it was too late to get his warmup in. Jericho at the time joked, “Not even The Rock has the power to make time stand still.” The two highest rated main events in history were a Steve Austin vs. Undertaker title change on June 28, 1999, which did a 9.5 rating, and a May 10, 1999, match with Rock & Austin & Vince McMahon vs. HHH & Shane McMahon & Undertaker that did a 9.17 rating
 

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The Goat having the top two highest rated main events :austin4
 

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In the grand scheme of things that wasn't that long ago yet looking at WWE's current product and current ratings it seems imossible that they ever got such high ratings.

Man WWE has dropped off so badly.
 

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In the grand scheme of things that wasn't that long ago yet looking at WWE's current product and current ratings it seems imossible that they ever got such high ratings.

Man WWE has dropped off so badly.
^ this. And its super depressing.

WWE like to always blow their own horn about breaking previous records, but here's one I don't ever see being broke...
 

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Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant, February 5th 1988 got a 15.2 rating that's 33 million viewers, nothing has come even close to that as far as I know.
 

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Blow off match of Hogan-Orndorff did 10.6, Hogan-Andre's first encounter (in a battle royale) after Andre's heel turn did 11.6, Hogan/Warrior teaming up before WM6 did 11.1

SNME regularly did 10+ ratings.
 

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Blow off match of Hogan-Orndorff did 10.6, Hogan-Andre's first encounter (in a battle royale) after Andre's heel turn did 11.6, Hogan/Warrior teaming up before WM6 did 11.1

SNME regularly did 10+ ratings.
But can you really compare a special attraction show that happens once every few months to a weekly cable show? It's not really a fair comparison. Of course the special attraction show that happens once every few months is going to do higher ratings and I think it's the reason the Observer article in the OP isn't counting SNME's.
 
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