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):
- Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley brawl – 2.3 million views
- Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre – 965k views
- Nia Jax & Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James – 619k views
- Drew McIntyre challenges Seth Rollins – 501k views
- Finn Balor & Bobby Roode vs. Baron Corbin & Elias – 392k views
- Kevin Owens hides from Braun Strowman in Kurt Angle’s office – 391k views
- 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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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/18/19)
Start your Monday off with comments on news regarding Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch and more!
Jason shuffles into Monday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch, and more!
More On IMPACT Offer To Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho was recently a guest on Wrestling Observer Radio, and during the broadcast he discussed the offer that IMPACT wrestling made to him a few months ago: (credit to Fightful for the transcription below)
“In my mind, from a pure business standpoint, I’m worth as much as Brock Lesnar to WWE as far as what I bring to the table. That’s the watermark that I had. For me to go back to Vince, I want that kind of a deal. When I was starting to talk with Tony (Khan) and New Japan and Impact as well– Impact offered me a hell of a deal for a four match series. We’re talking mid-seven figures. They have some cash as well.”
AEW Double Or Nothing Ticket Sale Notes
Cody Rhodes took to Twitter a few days ago and provided some interesting stats on ticket sales for AEW Double Or Nothing:
• Tickets purchased from all 50 states domestically(plus Puerto Rico / D.C)
• 9 countries. Canada, UK, Mexico, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Panama, Austria
• 1st same day sellout for pro-wrestling in Vegas ever!
Thank you fans for going “all in” on this dream. pic.twitter.com/F5oi8A7uDu
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) February 13, 2019
Why The Women Didn’t Headline Elimination Chamber
Initially, it was thought that the historic Women’s Tag Team Championship match would headline the Elimination Chamber pay per view, however, according to Fightful, Vince McMahon made the change to swap the match out with the men’s Elimination Chamber match. McMahon felt the women’s match would get the reaction desired to close out the show.
Becky Lynch Re-Injures Knee At Live Event
While it appears to be only in storyline, Becky Lynch appeared to re-injure her knee after attempting to attach Charlotte Flair at a house show Saturday evening.
— WWE (@WWE) February 17, 2019
WWE Elimination Chamber Results: WWE Championship Match
Was Daniel Bryan able to walk out of WWE Elimination Chamber still BOTH the Planet’s and WWE Champion?
Six men fought it out in the main event of WWE Elimination Chamber for The New Daniel Bryan’s WWE Championship. Did the Planet’s Champion retain?
The six men involved were:
- Kofi Kingston (with Big E and Xavier Woods, starting in the near right pod)
- Jeff Hardy (starting in the far right pod)
- Randy Orton (starting in the near left pod)
- AJ Styles (starting in the near left pod)
- Samoa Joe (starting in the ring)
- WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (with Eric Rowan, starting in the ring)
Does he have an advantage? All 4 of the last 4 (non-tag) Elimination Chamber matches have been won by first time entrants.
— WWE Stats & Info (@WWEStats) February 18, 2019
Kofi Kingston was THE fan’s favorite headed into this match. But he started in a pod, as the first two men in the match were Samoa Joe and WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (the Ring Of Honor fan in me is happy).
Order of events:
- Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe started the match at 0:00
- Kofi Kingston entered the Chamber at 5:16
- AJ Styles entered the Chamber at 10:27
- AJ Styles eliminated Samoe Joe at 14:34
- Jeff Hardy entered the Chamber at 15:14
- Daniel Bryan eliminated Jeff Hardy at 17:58
- Randy Orton entered the Chamber at 19:57
- Randy Orton eliminated AJ Styles at 22:21
- Kofi Kingston eliminated Randy Orton at 24:01
- The final two men in the match were WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston
- Daniel Bryan pinned Kofi Kingston at 36:35 to retain the WWE Championship
.@TrueKofi with the trust fall!
— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) February 18, 2019
Daniel Bryan last eliminated Kofi Kingston to win the Elimination Chamber match and retain the WWE Championship
Follow along with Mitchell’s WWE Elimination Chamber Coverage!