In an outrageous display of disrespect for The Ratings King of Friday Night, Baron Corbin was embarrassed before and during his match with Otis on Friday Night Smackdown last night, leading to a dip in both ratings and viewership for WWE's blue brand. Before their scheduled match, Otis happened upon Baron Corbin's crown on a chair backstage, and, can you believe it? He tried it on. How can King Corbin be expected to wear that crown now?! And sure, you can't blame a cretin like Otis for trying on a fancy hat when he sees one, but Mandy Rose ought to know better. But she encouraged him nevertheless.
King Corbin wasn't happy, and personally, I nearly turned the television off myself at that point. And according to the numbers from Showbuzz Daily, a lot of people did. The show was down from last week's 6.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, coming in third place with a 5.5. Viewership was down too, with 1.908 million viewers compared to last week's 2.15 million. That's what happens when you make Baron Corbin look like a fool.
Now, had Corbin gotten his comeuppance and pinned that disgusting oaf in a match, then it might have turned things around, but Otis came out on top, winning by disqualification. Corbin would have had the satisfaction of a beatdown with a chair, but unfortunately, Otis's stomach is impervious to pain. I have to say, this treatment of Baron Corbin really turned The Chadster off for the night. When my wife, Keighleyanne, wanted to fool around afterward, I had to tell her I wasn't in the mood. When she asked why I asked her if she didn't just watch the same Baron Corbin match I did. She just rolled her eyes, so I know she agrees with me. Hopefully, WWE treats Corbin better next week and sees a ratings boost in return.