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):
- Roman Reigns gets his retribution on Jinder Mahal – 2.9 million views
- MITB Qualifier: Bobby Lashley vs. Elias vs. Kevin Owens – 1.3 million views
- Kurt Angle denies Roman Reigns another MITB Qualifier – 1.1 million views
- Braun Strowman & Finn Balor vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre – 795k views
- IC Title: Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens – 784k views
- MITB Qualifier: Bayley vs. Mickie James vs. Alexa Bliss – 643k views
- 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.
WWE News: SmackDown Live Event Results From Tucson, Arizona (9/22/18)
Before heading into the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado this coming Tuesday, WWE’s SmackDown Live roster hit up Tucson, Arizona for a Live Event.
Fans who attended got some great action including NXT’s Nikki Cross in a 6-Woman Tag Team match, Shinsuke Nakamura defended the United States Championship in a Triple Threat, as well as Samoa Joe challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Title in the main event. Below are the results:
- SmackDown Tag Titles: The New Day retained over SAnitY
- Harper defeated Tye Dillinger
- R-Truth defeated Shelton Benjamin
- Rusev defeated Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
- SmackDown Women’s Title: Becky Lynch retained over Charlotte Flair
- Asuka, Naomi & Nikki Cross defeated Carmella & The IIconics
- United States Title Triple Threat: Shinsuke Nakamura retained over Jeff Hardy & Randy Orton
- WWE Title: AJ Styles retained over Samoa Joe
Results c/o Gerweck
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WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From Largo, Florida (9/22/18)
After spending Friday night in Sanford, Florida for an event that featured the debut of Matt Riddle, WWE’s NXT continued their weekend run of shows last night in Largo, Florida.
While Riddle was not in action last night, the card still featured some other great NXT Superstars as Johnny Gargano met The Velveteen Dream in the main event, Lars Sullivan went one-on-one with Keith Lee, on top of 205 Live Superstar Tony Nese facing off against ‘The Top One Percent’ EC3. Below are the results:
- EC3 defeated Tony Nese
- Reina Gonzalez defeated Xia Li
- War Raiders defeated Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendonza
- Babatunde defeated Brennan Williams
- Heavy Machinery & Jessie Elaban defeated The Forgotten Sons & Lacey Evans
- Lars Sullivan defeated Keith Lee
- Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir & Shayna Baszler defeated Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Kairi Sane
- Johnny Gargano defeated The Velveteen Dream
Results c/o LordsOfPain
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NJPW News: Results From Today’s Destruction In Kobe (9/23/18)
New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Road To Destruction tour came to a close today with Destruction In Kobe, as the promotion will be heading to the United States next Sunday for Fighting Spirit Unleashed in Long Beach, California.
Today’s event at Kobe Hall was loaded with action as Best Friends were in action against the Killer Elite Squad, the Semi-Finals of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title tournament, plus Hiroshi Tanahashi squared off against Kazuchika Okada in a preliminary for the IWGP Heavyweight Title at the Tokyo Dome. Below are the results:
- Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura went to a Time Limit Draw
- SHO & YOH defeated Ren Narita & Shota Umino
- Tiger Mask & Jyushin Thunder Liger defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
- Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi & Satoshi Kojima defeated Ayato Yoshida, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma
- Best Friends defeated Killer Elite Squad
- Jay White, Will Ospreay & YOSHI-HASHI defeated Toa Henare, David Finlay & Juice Robinson
- EVIL, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito defeated TAKA Michinoku, Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament Semi-Finals: KUSHIDA defeated BUSHI
- IWGP Heavyweight Title Preliminary: Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kazuchika Okada
Results c/o NJPW1972
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