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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: The Undertaker & Three Big Matches Advertised For SmackDown 1000

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With the 1000th episode of WWE’s SmackDown Live coming up in October (read about that here), it was believed that the celebration would include some big names and matches. Today that has been confirmed as the website for the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. (site of the episode) is advertising that The Undertaker will be appearing, plus three big matches for the show:

WWE Smackdown 1000

The 1,000th episode of WWE SmackDown Live will air on Tuesday, October 16th from Washington, DC. WWE SmackDown premiered on broadcast television almost 20 year ago on April 29, 1999. The show has switched days and networks several times since. For more information, visit: https://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown

Triple Main Event!

AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe!

~ WWE Championship Match ~

Daniel Bryan vs The Miz!

Jeff Hardy vs Randy Orton!

See your favorite WWE Superstars including:

The Undertaker
United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura
Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers
Women’s Champion Carmella

…and many more!

Card is subject to change

 

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WWE News: RAW Rating Sees Slight Uptick, Reclaims #1 Ranking (8/13/18)

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The road to this coming Sunday’s SummerSlam continued last night with the final edition of Monday Night RAW before the big event. The red brand has been on a pretty good streak in the ratings over the past few weeks, even with a small decrease in viewers last week. So how did last night’s show do?

The numbers are now in and last night’s RAW that saw the return of Dean Ambrose, as well as a vicious attack by Brock Lesnar against Roman Reigns had a minor ratings increase from last week with a 2.825. While this is only a .74% increase over last week, it’s an increase nonetheless. Here’s how the red brand has done in the ratings the past four weeks:

  • July 23rd: 2.779
  • July 30th: 2.901
  • August 6th: 2.804
  • August 13th: 2.825

Last week’s RAW also saw the show drop slightly in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic, however last night they jumped back into the number one spot:

  1. Monday Night RAW (9PM) – USA Network – 0.98
  2. *TIE* Monday Night RAW (8PM)/Love & Hip Hop Hollywood – 0.97
  3. Monday Night RAW (10PM) – USA Network – 0.95
  4. Teen Mom 2 Reunion – MTV – 0.69

Source: Showbuzz Daily

EA’s Take: Such a small increase in ratings this week makes it really difficult to tell what exactly made the difference. While SummerSlam is certainly one of the more anticipated WWE pay-per-views every year, I think it’s been a little 50/50 for fans this year. At least on Twitter anyways, which isn’t always the best gauge on how people overall feel (because there’s way more negativity than you’ll get with the general public that includes your casuals). You can’t really pin the increase on Lesnar because while those in-the-know were aware he was scheduled, he was not advertised. Same goes for Dean Ambrose’s return, which some fans really lost their metaphorical s*** over (I am NOT one of them). I’m more interested to see what WWE can do as we head into the Fall season, which is again usually when we hit another lull before the calendar turns over and things begin ramping up for next year’s Royal Rumble. I’m also wondering if we get a bunch of NXT call-ups next week, which we’ve seen after SummerSlam in the past. Personally, I’m hoping not because the company never seems to have any long-terms plans for these. Just look at everyone brought up after WrestleMania back in April.

 

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WWE News: Sin Cara Dealing With Injury, Possibly Facing Surgery

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Following an injury to SmackDown Live Superstar Tye Dillinger at a Live Event over the weekend (read about that here), today it looks like another WWE Superstar from the blue brand is dealing with an ailment of some sort.

Sin Cara has revealed via Instagram Story that he’s down in Birmingham, Alabama, which is of course where Dr. Jeffrey Dugas is located and where nearly all of the company’s performers go when there’s a likely surgery in their future:

Sin Cara has not competed since August 5th at a Live Event in Albany, Georgia when he defeated Aiden English. While there are no details on what exactly Sin Cara is dealing with, the fact that he is even in Birmingham is generally not a good sign. The Chairshot will provide further updates as they become available.

 

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