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Raw Pulls Ahead in the Ratings over Smackdown Live

(Roman Reigns, Royal Rumble 2015 winner)

Stephanie McMahon can relax a bit. Monday Night Raw is once again the No. 1 wrestling show on television.

Smackdown Live dropped to 2.596 million viewers for the Jan. 3 episode on the USA Network, according to f4wonline, down nine percent from the week prior.

Raw on Monday night did 3.039 million viewers.

Raw featured the return of Bill Goldberg, who teased a future fight between him and Roman Reigns. The show also featured two strong matches, including Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. Chris Jericho.

Smackdown Live featured a marquee matchup of Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship and a contract signing between John Cena and WWE champion AJ Styles.

Although Raw and Smackdown Live are both owned by the WWE, the two brands are engaged in a storyline ratings war, attempting to mimick the late-1990s real ratings war between Raw and WCW Monday Nitro.