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WWE News: Weekly Monday Night RAW YouTube Report (5/14/18)

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As we all know, social media and other outlets have become a huge means of drawing in interaction and viewers for WWE. Most people will point to television ratings like they did during the Monday Night Wars in the late 1990’s, however that can be skewed with so many various means of watching today that do not include cable television.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s RAW YouTube Report (2:30 PM EST, 5/16/18):

  1. Roman Reigns gets his retribution on Jinder Mahal – 2.9 million views
  2. MITB Qualifier: Bobby Lashley vs. Elias vs. Kevin Owens – 1.3 million views
  3. Kurt Angle denies Roman Reigns another MITB Qualifier – 1.1 million views
  4. Braun Strowman & Finn Balor vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre – 795k views
  5. IC Title: Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens – 784k views
  6. MITB Qualifier: Bayley vs. Mickie James vs. Alexa Bliss – 643k views
  7. MITB Qualifier: No Way Jose vs. Bobby Roode vs. Baron Corbin – 593k views

On a week that saw viewership slightly increase (funny that happens with a taped episode), YouTube numbers appear to be back to normal. I think that means we can chalk up last week to people’s disgust with Backlash.

‘The Big Dog’ retakes his spot on top with a crazy amount of views for something that’s not a match or really anything of vast importance, storyline-wise. We see more of this at number three, with another simple segment. If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it over and over again…Roman Reigns draws. That’s the bottom line and even ‘Stone Cold’ would say so.

Just like last week, all of our Money In The Bank Qualifiers on RAW occupy spots near the top at numbers two, six and seven. There’s not a lot of star power at seven, but the appeal of MITB gives them a boost when in previous weeks we saw segments with Roode and Elias draw poorly. Speaking of Elias, a huge jump for him this week, but I don’t put much, if any of the stock in him being the reason for it. You’ve also got Lashley, who hasn’t proven yet he can pull much for views, but then there’s Kevin Owens. Some may not remember or might have possibly missed it, but KO was one of the company’s top earners last year (check that report out here).

We see ‘The Prize Fighter’ again at number five as he squares off with the (still) red-hot Rollins. Seth continues to bring in views every single week, remaining consistent no matter how poor viewership is for any given episode. Then lastly at the four position comes RAW’s resident monster, Braun Strowman, who along with Seth also “shows up”, so to speak, week-in and week-out.

 

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WWE Results: SmackDown In Amsterdam, Update On Big Cass (5/19/18)

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As it was noted earlier, the WWE Superstars of SmackDown Live were in Amsterdam, Netherlands tonight as the company’s European Tour rolls into its final few days. It was reported that Big Cass may have suffered a leg injury (which you can check out here), as he was badly limping through a tag team match where he paired with The Miz to take on Tye Dillinger and Daniel Bryan.

Since then, it has now come out from numerous fans who had attended previous events on the tour that Cass has been limping at every show. This is to sell the beat down given to him by Bryan this past Tuesday on SmackDown. Below are results from tonight’s show in Amsterdam:

  • SmackDown Tag Title Triple Threat: The Bludgeon Brothers retained over The New Day & The Usos
  • NXT Champion Aleister Black defeated SAnitY’s Alexander Wolfe
  • Charlotte Flair, Asuka & Naomi defeated Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose & Lana
  • Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas defeated Sin Cara
  • Daniel Bryan & Tye Dillinger defeated The Miz & Big Cass
  • United States Title: Jeff Hardy retained over Rusev
  • SmackDown Women’s Title: Becky Lynch defeated Carmella by DQ
  • AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson defeated The Bar & Shinsuke Nakamura

Results c/o WrestlingInc

 

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Impact News: Did Impact Bounce Back In Viewership?

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This week’s episode of Impact Wrestling featured a tag team main event of Austin Aries and Matt Sydal losing to Pentagon Jr. and Fantasma, as well as the crowning of New Impact Tag Team Champions, the team of Z&E. This episode brought in 326,000 viewers which is up from last week’s 295,000 viewers, an increase of 10.5%.

This is a great sign that things are on the upswing for Impact after two weeks in a row of low viewership numbers. This is also the highest for the month of May. Impact was ranked #108 on the top 150 this week while last week was ranked #133. Once again this week, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation topped the Top 150 list for the 18-49 demographic.

Below is breakdown of Impact’s weekly ratings for 2018:

January 4th Episode: 309,000 viewers
January 11th Episode: 276,000 viewers
January 18th Episode: 309,000 viewers
January 25th Episode: 310,000 viewers (Genesis episode)
February 1st Episode: 319,000 viewers (Reboot)
February 8th Episode: 294,000 viewers
February 15th Episode: 300,000 viewers
February 22nd Episode: 262,000 viewers
March 1st Episode: 365,000 viewers
March 8th Episode: 325,000 (Crossroads episode)
March 15th Episode: 350,000 viewers
March 22nd Episode: 362,000 viewers
March 29th Episode: 399,000 viewers
April 5th Episode: 294,000 viewers
April 12th Episode: 381,000 viewers
April 19th Episode: 373,000 viewers
April 26th Episode: 308,000 viewers (post-Redemption episode)
May 3rd Episode: 299,000 viewers
May 10th Episode: 295,000 viewers
May 17th Episode: 326,000 viewers

2017 Total: 16.147 million viewers
2017 Average: 311,000 viewers per episode

Source: Showbuzz Daily

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WWE Rumors: Possible Injury To Big Cass

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It hasn’t been very long since WWE Superstar Big Cass made his return on SmackDown Live back in April. The seven footer had been off since the previous Summer recovering from a torn ACL, but was thrust immediately into a feud with Daniel Bryan upon his comeback.

As it’s been noted, the WWE’s tour of Europe continues this weekend and tonight, the Superstars of SmackDown Live were in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Cass was in tag team action with The Miz to face Bryan and Tye Dillinger and it looks as if the big man has suffered another leg injury:

At this time, there are very little details on what happened or when the possible injury occurred.

EA’s Take: As always, I’m a little weary of any and everything at first. Initially, I had only seen the second video which shows Cass walking out under his own power at the very end. My first questions were; Did they work the leg during the match or is he simply just selling? Then I saw the first video and it quelled those questions for me. Cass was visibly frustrated, slamming his hand on the mat in anger, therefore something is definitely not right. Some are jumping to the conclusion that he may have re-injured his knee, however to me I’m wondering if perhaps it’s a foot/ankle injury just based off how he walked. Personally, I’m hoping it’s just minor.

 

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