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ROH News: UK vs. USA Tournament Announced For ROH Return To UK

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After their most recent trip to the United Kingdom for its Honor United events, today Ring Of Honor has announced its return to the UK this August which will feature the first annual Ring Of Honor International Cup, a tournament of matches pitting the United Kingdom stars against the stars of the United States:

Coming off the highly successful Honor United Tour, the Best Wrestling on the Planet, Ring of Honor, returns to the UK with the HONOR RE-UNITED TOUR, featuring an eight-man, United States vs. United Kingdom Tournament!

The tournament is the First Annual Ring of Honor International Cup with the first round taking place in Edinburgh on Thursday August 16, the Semi Finals and Finals on Saturday August 18 in Doncaster, with the winner challenging for the Ring of Honor World Championship in the Main Event on Sunday August 19 in London!

The tournament marks the first of many anticipated International Cups, all of which possess endless possibilities, including the United States vs. Japan, United States vs. Germany, United States vs. Mexico, and more!

As we have seen from the recent Reach For The Sky, War of the Worlds – UK, and Honor United Tours, Ring of Honor brings in the very best UK stars to compete against its own stars year after year! Previous tours have brought stars like “The Villain” Marty Scurll, Will Ospreay, Mark Haskins, NWA Worlds Champion Nick Aldis, and others to ROH competition, with all making the most of their opportunities. Will we see a breakout star make the most of this opportunity or will an established star win the first-ever ROH International Cup?

The best way to experience ROH is to be there LIVE! There is nothing like the hard-hitting, in-your-face-action Ring of Honor can deliver LIVE. Be sure to get your tickets NOW!

1st ANNUAL RING OF HONOR INTERNATIONAL CUP
– UNITED STATES VS. UNITED KINGDOM –

Thursday, August 16 – Edinburgh Corn Exchange

Edinburgh, Scotland – 7:00pm GMT

4 FIRST ROUND MATCHES – USA VS. UK in each first round match

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Saturday, August 18 – Doncaster Dome

Doncaster, England – 5:30pm GMT

SEMI FINALS & FINALS

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Sunday, August 19 – York Hall

London, England – 5:00pm GMT

INTERNATIONAL CUP WINNER VS. ROH CHAMPION

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DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Viewership Report (5/21/19)

R-Truth and the WWE 24/7 Championship on Smackdown delivers nearly 3 million YouTube total views.

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Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Smackdown YouTube viewership for the May 21st broadcast!

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 such, YouTube has joined social media as a metric as important to WWE as television ratings (if not more). The weekly WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report, compiled overnight Thursday (about 36 hours after Smackdown went off the air), for the 5/21/19 edition of WWE Smackdown:

  • Roman Reigns vs. Elias – 1.539 million views
  • R-Truth chased by Smackdown roster members – 1.311 million views
  • Dolph Ziggler attacks Kofi Kingston – 818k views
  • Carmella vs. Mandy Rose – 801k views
  • Becky Lynch & Bayley vs. Lacey Evans & Charlotte Flair – 616k views
  • Big E returns – 508k views
  • Dolph Ziggler explains attack on Kofi Kingston – 498k views
  • R-Truth asks Carmella for help – 421k views
  • Carmella creates R-Truth’s disguise – 366k views
  • Promo video for Triple H vs. Randy Orton – 365k views
  • Ali vs. Andrade – 227k views
  • Kayla Braxton interviews Bayley – 96k views
  • Elisa and Shane McMahon backstage promo – 81k views

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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Ratings Analysis

Numerical analysis!

  • 5/21 edition of Smackdown: 7.647 million total views across 13 videos
  • 5/14 edition of Smackdown: 4.226 million total views across 10 videos
    • +3.421 million views, 80% increase for this week over last week
  • 5/21 Top 5: 5.085 million views
  • 5/14 Top 5: 3.614 million views
    • +1.471 million views, 40% increase over last week
  • 5/21 average: 588k views
  • 5/14 average: 422k views
    • +166k views per video, 39% decrease over last week

The overall views are WAY UP over last week’s Smackdown, but WWE produced 3 more videos. However, the average per video was way up, 166k per video. So you can’t attribute the overall view count to the fact that more videos came out. You can attribute it to more people watching the videos–and that’s the goal! Smackdown also improved in the TV ratings this week, so it’s all positive all around for the blue brand.

Roman Reigns leads the way, but Elias has the odd distinction of being in the first place AND the last place videos this week. The WWE 24/7 Championship delivered once again, coming in at #2 and driving nearly 2.9 million total views across 4 videos. The title may be ugly, but the results aren’t. Dolph Ziggler’s return was enough to garner a 3rd place spot this week, and his two videos combined to hit over 1.3 million views. Big E’s return finished outside the Top 5, which surprised me.

Strong showing for the women’s division as Carmella and Mandy Rose finished #4, and Becky Lynch & Bayley vs. Laecy Evans & Charlotte Flair finished #5. Thanks to the 24/7 Championship, Carmella appeared in 4 different videos with R-Truth this week.

Sad stat of the week: Ali vs. Andrade only drew 227k views, more than 100k less than the promo package for Randy Orton vs. Triple H at Super ShowDown (365k views). For a comparison, the video of the match Ali shared on Twitter did 102k views at the time of this writing:

My favorite video…Ali vs. Andrade! Both men delivered in a great way.

What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?


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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown Rating Analysis (5/21/19): #2 For Cable

Did Smackdown retain it’s footing in the ratings this week? (Spoiler: it did.)

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Greg DeMarco chimes in with your May 21WWE Smackdown rating. What does it really tell us? Greg tells you!

We now have your May 21 edition of WWE Smackdown rating, and it’s good news for the show! Let’s start with the breakdown:

  • 1.983 million viewers
  • .61 rating in the all important 18-49 demographic
  • ranked #2 among all cable shows for the night

Here are last week’s results:

  • 1.87 million viewers
  • .56 rating in the all important 18-49 demographic
  • ranked #6 among all cable shows for the night

(Available via ShowbuzzDaily)

But what does the WWE Smackdown Rating really mean, Greg?

After sitting outside the Top 5 for two weeks, Smackdown made a triumphant return coming at #2 for the night, narrowly losing out to the NHL Conference Finals (won by the St. Louis Blues and apparently Patrick O’Dowd). Interesting of note is that Smackdown outdrew the NHL in terms of overall viewership (hockey drew 1.807 million viewers), but fell just short in the share (Smackdown’s .61 versus hockey’s .62). Once again, the only thing that tends to knock WWE out of the top spots is live sports (and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 8).

This is good news for Smackdown and WWE in general, as Money In The Bank and the return of Brock Lesnar did in fact garner more eyeballs. Add in the WWE 24/7 Championship, which I am inclined to believe had at least a short term impact based on the fact that R-Truth and Robert Roode came in #1 in the 36 hour YouTube views for Raw, and things being thrown at walls are sticking right now. Let’s hope it continues! Also of note, Miz & Mrs came in at #5 with 1.037 million viewers and a .37 rating, strong for the show. Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills and The Last OG came in #3 adn #4, respectively.


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