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EA’s Weekly SmackDown Live YouTube Report (7/10/18)

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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 (2:30PM EST, 7/12/18):

  1. James Ellsworth vs. Asuka in a Lumberjack match – 1.5 million views
  2. Team Hell No gets ambushed on MizTV – 1.2 million views
  3. Team Hell No & New Day vs. SAnitY & Bludgeon Brothers – 739k views
  4. AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – 610k views
  5. AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev – 502k views
  6. Paige puts a stipulation on Carmella vs. Asuka at Extreme Rules – 363k views
  7. Team Hell No & New Day make their battle plan – 321k views

In three out of the last four weeks now, James Ellsworth and Asuka take the top spot in our YouTube report with 1.5 million views, up .2 million from last week. Does this make Ellsworth a YouTube “titan”? I’d hold the mustard there, but this has to mean something for intergender matches moving forward. It’s not Asuka drawing these kind of numbers and it’s not Ellsworth himself, but as much as I don’t care for it, it tells me there’s a genuine interest in intergender matches. I think WWE has recognized it. We’ll also see the trio of Ellsworth, Carmella and Asuka, along with General Manager Paige coming in at number six. This is more of a “Welp, more interesting than anything else” kind of number.

At two, three and seven comes the reunited Team Hell No, who opened the show on MizTV which is good for 1.2 million, teams with New Day in a 10-Man tag to close out the show and then round out our top seven with a backstage segment. Bryan has probably been the most consistent “earner” for SmackDown Live since I’ve covered these, so nothing shocking to me that his angle heading into Extreme Rules shows up three times on our list and the primary focus of the blue brand. While I’m thinking this reformed partnership with Kane will be short-lived, you’ll see no affect on Bryan’s drawing whatsoever.

As was the case in the last two paragraphs, we see repeated names coming in at fourth and fifth this week. AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura revisited their rivalry in a singles match, which broke down when Styles’ Extreme Rules challenger, Rusev, got involved. Jeff Hardy would make the save, leading to a tag team match that pulls less views than what it followed. AJ feels like he’s really lost a lot of steam by having to take so much ring time off, not just in YouTube views, but fan interest in general. This was also Nakamura’s return to the ring on television after missing a couple of weeks, so it just feels like the numbers are low. I do see a lot of complaining about how many times they’ve squared off over the past few months though, which could play a part.

 

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Joey Ryan Gives Details On His Injury, Will Be Undergoing Surgery

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Joey Ryan has updated everybody on his injury status!

As we noted in our spoiler coverage, Joey Ryan competed alongside Swoggle at Major League Wrestling’s Fightland television tapings last week in Chicago, however could not use his left arm and revealed after the match that he was injured (see the spoiler results here).





While Joey had yet to see a doctor and learn the full extent of his injury, the belief was he had suffered a torn pec, an injury we also just saw Triple H suffer at WWE Crown Jewel. Ryan has since had an MRI and revealed the full results today via Instagram:

“The MRI revealed that I have an acute tear of the left pectoral major, including a high-grade tear of the clavicular head at the myotendinous junction and a high-grade intratendinous tear of the sternal head with retraction and hemorrhage into the muscle belly. Disorganized fibers of the muscle-tender tear identified within the deltiopectoral groove.

The doctor is recommending surgery and I’m to call the surgeon on Monday or Tuesday to set up an appointment to see them.

A timetable on recovery will be determined by the surgeon.”

While of course nothing concrete can be said until surgery, the recovery time for a torn pec can be as little as five months on the low end, but up to nine months on the higher end of the spectrum should no complications arise.





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ROH News: Jeff Cobb To Defend ROH World TV Title At Final Battle PPV

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An ROH World Television Title Match has been announced for Final Battle!

Exactly four weeks from tonight, Ring Of Honor will present its next big event as they go to the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for the Final Battle pay-per-view on December 14th, followed by the Final Battle Fallout television tapings the next night in Philadelphia.





ROH has wasted no time in building the card for their last PPV of 2018, already announcing the ROH World Title and WOH World Women’s Championship will both be on the line, in addition to Matt Taven’s ‘Real World Title’ when he faces Dalton Castle (see that announcement here). Today, another championship match official as Jeff Cobb will defend his ROH World Television Title against ‘Hangman’ Adam Page:

Ring of Honor’s seminal event, Final Battle, emanates from Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday Dec. 14. Final Battle is ROH’s biggest card of the year and has been the site of some of ROH’s most memorable matches.

All roads lead to the G1 Supercard, co-promoted by ROH and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, at sold-out Madison Square Garden on April 6, 2019, and the results at Final Battle undoubtedly will have an impact on the historic show.

ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb will be appearing at his first Final Battle, and his title will be on the line against “Hangman” Adam Page of “The Elite.”

ROH WORLD TELEVISION TITLE MATCH
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION JEFF COBB vs. “HANGMAN” ADAM PAGE

Both champion and challenger are among the very best competitors in ROH, but they’ve taken very different paths to the top.

Cobb stormed onto the scene in ROH over the summer by interrupting Top Prospect Tournament matches and destroying the competitors. After the third attack, Cobb declared that the tournament was over because he is the top prospect.

The former Olympic wrestler representing Guam wasted no time in making good on his bold assertion. In his first ROH match, which took place at the end of September, Cobb won the ROH World Television Title by steamrolling Punishment Martinez in 90 seconds. Martinez, who had been a dominant champion, was no match whatsoever for the powerhouse from Honolulu, who put him down with his devastating Tour of the Islands powerslam.

Since capturing the title, Cobb has scored one impressive victory after another, including over the likes of Grand Slam Champion Christopher Daniels, New Japan Pro-Wrestling star EVIL and Shane Taylor. The nine-year pro also won the prestigious Battle of Los Angeles tournament.

After Cobb’s win over Taylor, Page came down to the ring and got in the champion’s face. On an episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling” two weeks prior, Page made it known that he was looking for a shot at a singles title, and it was now apparent that his sights were set on Cobb and the ROH World Television Title. (Tune into upcoming episodes of “Ring of Honor Wrestling” to see how this rivalry escalates.)

Unlike Cobb, Page’s rise in ROH has been more gradual. Page competed in the 2013 Top Prospect Tournament, but he was eliminated in the first round by Silas Young. The following year, Page served as a “young boy” for The Decade, a faction led by BJ Whitmer. Page eventually left The Decade and began realizing his vast potential in 2016, especially after joining Bullet Club.

Page was named ROH’s Breakout Star of 2017, as he established himself as one of the best all-around competitors in the company. He got his first taste of championship gold in ROH by teaming with The Young Bucks to win the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Titles. Their reign lasted a record 201 days. Singles gold has remained elusive for Page, but he is looking to rectify that at the expense of Cobb at Final Battle.

Will Cobb make “The Hangman” his next victim,, or will Page bring home the ROH World Television Title to “The Elite?”

Find out LIVE as very limited tickets remain to join us in New York City for Final Battle!

Watch Final Battle LIVE on pay-per-view or stream FREE as an HonorClub VIP member or 50% off with an HonorClub Standard membership through the ROH App and ROHHonorClub.com!

ROH FINAL BATTLE

Friday, Dec 14, 2018 8 p.m. EDT
The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom
311 W 34th Street
New York, New York 10001

ALREADY SIGNED:

MAIN EVENT
ROH WORLD TITLE MATCH
ROH WORLD CHAMPION JAY LETHAL vs. CODY

ROH WORLD TELEVISION TITLE MATCH
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION JEFF COBB vs. “HANGMAN” ADAM PAGE

FOUR CORNER SURVIVAL FOR WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD TITLE
WOH WORLD CHAMPION SUMIE SAKAI vs. MADISON RAYNE vs. KAREN Q vs. WINNER OF KELLY KLEIN/JENNY ROSE

MATT TAVEN vs. DALTON CASTLE





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