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EA’s Weekly RAW YouTube Report (7/9/18)

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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 RAW YouTube Report (2:30 PM EST, 7/11/18):

  1. Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley brawl – 2.3 million views
  2. Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre – 965k views
  3. Nia Jax & Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James – 619k views
  4. Drew McIntyre challenges Seth Rollins – 501k views
  5. Finn Balor & Bobby Roode vs. Baron Corbin & Elias – 392k views
  6. Kevin Owens hides from Braun Strowman in Kurt Angle’s office – 391k views
  7. Bobby Lashley confronts Roman Reigns backstage – 362k views

This is the final week of Ronda Rousey’s suspension from RAW and the last opportunity for someone to (possibly) take the number one spot with ease. If you saw RAW this week, there’s no denying that the big brawl between Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley was the best segment of the night (and the best in weeks if you ask me), so there’s no surprise that it comes in at the top spot with 2.3 million views. I saw some suggestions that perhaps this segment would pull in the 4-5 million range, but based off of the numbers lately, I didn’t see that as possible. There’s only one person I’ve seen draw those kind of digits and as I said, she’s “suspended”. The lead-up to Reigns and Lashley’s melee also comes in at the seventh position.

‘The KingSlayer’ comes in twice on our top seven, occupying the second and fourth spots as his rivalry against Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre continues. It has seemed like Rollins has lost some momentum since losing the championship, but it’s tough to say how much is really on him, as ratings on cable and YouTube views have all been pretty down over the past month.

The rest of our list falls kind of in the “there was nothing better category”, dropping numbers all between the 400-600k range (roughly). Number three sees Alexa Bliss take on her Extreme Rules challenger via tag team action, posting the usual numbers for the RAW Women’s Champion when Ronda Rousey isn’t involved. Another tag match slides in at number five with Finn Balor and Bobby Roode pairing up against Baron Corbin and Elias. Balor has taken a huge hit in YouTube views lately and I think it shows that he’s not quite the draw some people might think. Clearly, working with Corbin has done him no favors in what’s been a bit of a “filler feud”, however people that can draw well are able to do it with just about anybody else.

Lastly, one of the most entertaining pieces of business on RAW in some time comes in at number six as Kevin Owens continues trying to keep himself away from Braun Strowman as if they’re Tom & Jerry. These two did great last week, but this week they didn’t have much going on outside of some banter backstage. Still, on a week where again, there just wasn’t much else, it’s good enough to make our list.

 

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NXT Takeover War Games: Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream

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Results of the fourth match of WWE NXT Takeover War Games, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream for the NXT Championship!





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Velveteen Dream challenged Tommaso Ciampa for his NXT Championship under the bright lights of Los Angeles at WWE NXT Takeover War Games!

  • Velveteen Dream made his entrance first, emulating the NWO’s Hollywood Hogan with his attire and entrance.
  • During both his entrance and the announcements, Tommaso Ciampa repeatedly kissed the nameplate on his NXT Championship.
  • Ciampa would steal Dream’s “Hollywood” headband, then do the Hogan Ear Cusp, which elicited a huge round of boos from the crowd. Dream would get his headband back, not not after doing the Macho Man throat dive over the top rope and Macho Man double ax-handle off the top.
  • Velveteen Dream would later suplex Tommaso Ciampa over the top rope, sending both men crashing to the floor, doing damage to both competitors.
  • The referee would avoid an errant kick from Dream and catch Ciampa pulling the tights in a roll-up that would have otherwise ended the match.
  • Soon after, Tommaso Ciampa would complete a barrage of offense with a Project Ciampa, but Dream kicked out at two.
  • Dream would hit the Swinging Spike DDT on the NXT Championship, which Ciampa brought into the ring. Ciampa himself would then kick out at two.
  • Late in the match we’d see Ciampa take a shot at Mauro Ranallo, which allowed Dream to take the advantage and eventually connect with the Purple Rainmaker… for two.
  • A short time later, Ciampa would score the pinfall to retain his championship after hitting a Draping DDT on the metal sheet connecting the two rings.

 



 







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NXT Takeover War Games: Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black

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Results of the third match of WWE NXT Takeover War Games, Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black in grudge match!





Check out Mitchell’s WWE NXT Takeover War Games Coverage!

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Aleister Black was out for revenge on Johnny Gargano for his unwarranted attack at WWE NXT Takeover War Games!

  • Johnny Gargano hit the ring first, still acting like a babyface (which he should) but questioning the fans’ somewhat negative reaction to him (which he also should). Aleister Black had his usual theatrical entrance.
  • It was noted that this is Johnny Gargano’s 11th Takeover match, the most of any talent on the roster.
  • Johnny took the early advantage, playing mind games with Aleister and showing why he’s still called “Johnny Wrestling.”
  • Both men would trade strikes mid-match before Gargano nailed a Reverse Rana followed by a Leaping Knee Strike from Black.
  • Black stopped Gargano from going for his DIY strike, instead sitting in his trademark position, center ring, and daring Gargano to give him his best shot. Black moved and rolled Gargano up but did not score the fall.
  • The Staples Center broke out into a “Mama Mia!” chant after Black nailed a knee strike when Gargano dove at him through the ropes.
  • Aleister Black would end the match with an exposed knee strike and two Black Mass kicks to score the pinfall victory.

 









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