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WWE News: SmackDown Live Audience Only Sees Slight Increase This Week

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Last week saw a very unusual up-and-down trend when it came to WWE’s viewership of RAW and SmackDown Live on cable and YouTube. Last week’s RAW (which I felt was not the best show) did much better than the blue brand (who I thought had a better product) both on cable and YouTube. This week, RAW’s cable audience continued its trend upward over the past two weeks (which you can read here), meanwhile the red brand dropped some huge YouTube numbers (you can find that here).

The “scores” are in for last night’s final edition of SmackDown Live before Sunday’s Money In The Bank pay-per-view and while it’s not significant, the audience number has started back in the right direction with a 2.183. This is up 2.1% from last week’s 2.138, the lowest viewership for the blue brand since October 2017.

This week’s SmackDown Live remained at the number one spot for the 18-49 demographic in the top 150 cable rankings, putting it ahead of Below Deck: Mediterranean, Deadliest Catch, Chrisley Knows Best and Expedition Unknown.

Here’s a look at the ratings for SmackDown Live over the past four weeks:

  • May 21st: 2.195
  • May 28th: 2.195
  • June 5th: 2.138
  • June 12th: 2.183

Source: Showbuzz Daily

EA’s Take: Again, this is quite strange. I found last week’s episode of SmackDown Live to be better than this week’s, yet this week draws better with both basically having no competition that I’d deem as “tough”. It was a “go-home” show before a PPV though, which always helps out at least a little bit. My biggest question is, “What are the FOX executives thinking about this?”. You have to wonder if they’ve received some assurances from WWE that there will be more emphasis put on the product when it moves, but putting the blue brand on Friday’s will only hurt in my opinion because FOX is clearly after that younger demographic. That’s the night younger people are going out because it’s time to get drunk, time to get laid or do whatever else it is they do now. Just something I’m looking forward to seeing play out.

 

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NJPW News: Results From Today’s Fantastica Mania At Korakuen Hall (1/20/19)

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Today’s NJPW Fantastica Mania results!

After another one day break, New Japan Pro Wrestling was back at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall today for the next event of the Fantastica Mania 2019 tour with CMLL (see Thursday’s results here).

With one, final show tomorrow at Korakuen Hall to close out the tour, today’s action featured many of the same stars we’ve seen for the rest of the shows. The lineup today consisted of some more quality action including a main event where the CMLL Family Tag Tournament winners met the CMLL Brothers Tag Tournament winners. Plus, Satoshi Kojima took on Terrible in singles competition and much more. Below are the results:

  • Taiji Ishimori & Gedo defeated Flyer & Ryusuke Taguchi
  • Angel de Oro & Titan defeated Cuatrero & Templarino
  • BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito defeated Fujin, Raijin & Toa Henare
  • OKUMURA, Forastero & Sanson defeated Atlantis Jr, Atlantis & Jyushin Thunder Liger
  • Relevos Increibles (Incredible Relays): Caristico, Barbaro Cavernario & Namajague defeated Volador Jr, Audaz & Soberano Jr.
  • Terrible defeated Satoshi Kojima
  • CMLL Family Tournament Winners vs. CMLL Brothers Tournament Winners: Mistico & Dragon Lee defeated Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero

Results c/o NJPW1972


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WWE News: Segment Added To Next Week’s SmackDown Live

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More has been added to next week’s SmackDown Live!

Next week we will see the final episodes of WWE’s RAW and SmackDown Live before next Sunday’s Royal Rumble event and over the weekend we’ve had some announcements regarding what we will see on both shows (see the latest for RAW here).

Today, we learned that Tuesday’s edition of the blue brand will not only see Mustafa Ali take on Samoa Joe, but Rey Mysterio and Andrade will clash again in a rematch of last week’s epic encounter. Except this time around, it will be in a 2/3 Falls Match (read about that here).

Now, a segment has been revealed for SmackDown Live that will see Royal Rumble opponents AJ Styles and WWE Champion Daniel Bryan going “face-to-face”. What will make this interesting is the addition of a third body however, which will be none other than WWE Chairman Vince McMahon himself:

Tensions between WWE Champion “The New” Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles have continued to escalate over the past several weeks, and now, with their WWE Title Match in sight, the two will meet face-to-face this Tuesday night with Mr. McMahon moderating.

With both Superstars having attacked each other in arena concourses over consecutive weeks, animosity is running at an all-time high in this incredibly personal rivalry. And now, with Mr. McMahon moderating, who only a few weeks ago urged The Phenomenal One to bring out “the real” AJ Styles, will matters boil over just five nights before they square off at Royal Rumble?

Find out this Tuesday night on SmackDown LIVE!


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