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WWE News: SmackDown Live Weekly YouTube Report (5/22/18)

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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 SmackDown Live YouTube Report (2:30 PM EST, 5/24/18):

  1. Daniel Bryan vs. Jeff Hardy – 1.1 million views
  2. Shinsuke Nakamura reveals his stipulation for MITB – 1 million views
  3. MITB Qualifier: Lana vs. Billie Kay – 878k views
  4. Big E vs. The Miz – 554k views
  5. MITB Qualifier: Naomi vs. Sonya Deville – 523k views
  6. Tag Title #1 Contender’s Match: The Usos vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson – 452k views
  7. MizTV with The New Day – 353k views

Coming in at number one for the second week in a row is the new face of SmackDown Live, Daniel Bryan, in the night’s main event against US Champion Jeff Hardy. These numbers are nearly identical to what Bryan took in the week before, except this week it was against a much more known opponent and the match had MITB implications. Except last week was not a match, but just merely a segment involving Big Cass. With viewership down again this week on television following a slight uptick last week, I chalk Bryan’s drop up to that.

At number two is our WWE Champion yet again, as Nakamura and AJ Styles keep with their consistent numbers and hover around the one million mark once again. This also had MITB implications and doesn’t appear that the viewership decline affected (what I still believe to be) SmackDown Live’s hottest feud.

Moving onto number three, this is a complete outlier. Is Billie Kay responsible for this? Absolutely not. Some have griped about people (male fans) only caring about Lana for her looks, but also like to leave out that a lot of women feel the same about someone like Roman Reigns. WWE is a business and even though Lana needs work in the ring, PEOPLE CARE. That’s all that matters.

Numbers four and seven are intertwined with The New Day and The Miz. We’ve seen The New Day struggle recently with drawing YouTube views and even with The Miz’s appeal outside of WWE, it doesn’t help at all here. On a night when there was something on the line in every match, this wasn’t the case here and it had to only hurt. How do I know this? Numbers five and six. Both had outcomes that affect MITB and weren’t too far off from matching what the opening Big E/Miz match did. Naomi and The Usos have been a bit of a “powerhouse” for YouTube views in the past, but only when they’ve been together.

What you won’t see here is one of SmackDown Live’s newest Superstars, Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas. Granted, it was another squash match against an enhancement talent, but a massive dip from his debut last week as he pulls in less than 200k. This is more proof in my eyes that fans who watch RAW and SmackDown Live don’t necessarily watch NXT. If they did, Almas would do better.

 

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WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From Venice, Florida (10/20/18)

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After being split up for two separate Live Event tours last weekend, the gang was back together as WWE’s NXT roster traveled through Florida this weekend for house shows.

Last night, some of the NXT Superstars were in Venice, Florida for an event that saw a lot of the brand’s top stars as The Undisputed Era took on Ricochet and The Street Profits in the main event, NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley faced Deonna Purrazzo, on top of a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match. Below are last night’s results:

  • Roberto Del Rios defeated Mohammed Faheen
  • Aliyah defeated MJ Jenkins
  • Hanson of War Raiders defeated Keith Lee
  • Jaxson Ryker & Lacey Evans defeated Amanpreet Singh & Kavita Devi
  • Matt Riddle defeated Luke Menzies
  • Fatal 4-Way Tag Team #1 Contenders Match: The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake) defeated Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Adrian Jaoude & Cezar Bononi and Heavy Machinery
  • NXT UK Women’s Title: Rhea Ripley retained over Deonna Purrazzo
  • Ricochet & The Street Profits defeated The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish & Roderick Strong) w/Adam Cole

Results c/o PWInsider

 

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WWE News: Miz TV With Rey Mysterio Set For SmackDown Live

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As we saw on this week’s edition of SmackDown Live, the 1000th episode of the broadcast, Rey Mysterio made his long-awaited WWE return, defeating United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura to qualify for the World Cup at Crown Jewel on November 2nd.

Also qualifying for the World Cup earlier that same night was The Miz, who earned a quick and cheap victory over Rusev with help from a distraction created by Aiden English. Now, ‘The A-Lister’ and Mysterio will return to the blue brand this coming Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina as Rey will be the guest on an all new edition of MizTV:

Rey Mysterio made his return to WWE in grand fashion at SmackDown 1000, defeating Shinsuke Nakamura to earn a spot in the WWE World Cup at WWE Crown Jewel. This Tuesday, The Master of the 619 will come face-to-face with one of his fellow competitors when he appears on “Miz TV.”

What does The A-Lister have in store for The Biggest Little Man? Find out on SmackDown LIVE, this Tuesday at 8/7 C on USA Network!

The Miz also had the following to say regarding next week’s SmackDown Live:

While matches for the World Cup (which will also feature John Cena, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins) have yet to be announced, it’s possible this segment is being used to lead into The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio at Crown Jewel as part of the tournament.

 

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ROH News: Big Matches Announced For Survival Of The Fittest

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Coming up after Ring Of Honor heads to Pittsburgh on November 3rd for Steel City Excellence, they will be off to Express Live! in Columbus, Ohio for the annual Survival Of The Fittest.

The Survival Of The Fittest tournament will pit all of the first round winners into a Six-Man Elimination Match where the winner receives a future shot at the ROH World Championship, currently held by Jay Lethal. While Survival Of The Fittest is described to see six one-on-one matches where winners go to the Six-Man Elimination, there are currently fourteen participants announced with reportedly more to come. So far Tracy Williams, Andrew Everett, Luchasaurus, Colin Delaney, Flip Gordon, Silas Young, Guerrero Maya Jr, Stuka Jr, Adam Page, PJ Black Jonathan Gresham, Marty Scurll, Beer City Bruiser and now Dalton Castle have been announced. At this time, it’s believed first round matches could consist of multiple Fatal 4-Ways this year, however that has not been confirmed.

As far as matches go, outside of the tournament we now know of two for the event as Ring Of Honor has revealed Cody and The Young Bucks will defend the ROH World Six-Man Tag Titles against The Kingdom. Additionally, we will see a Champions Challenge Match as ROH World Champion Jay Lethal teams with ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb to take on the ROH World Tag Team Champions, SoCal Uncensored’s Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky.

You can catch all the action live on Sunday, November 4th at 7PM EST on Honor Club.

 

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