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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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*SPOILERS* Full Results From Tonight’s NXT Television Tapings (7/18/18)

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With tonight’s previously recorded episode of NXT hitting the WWE Network at 8PM EST, the Superstars of WWE’s third brand were at Full Sail University in Orlando this evening for its next set of television tapings that will run up until NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III on Saturday, August 18th, the night before SummerSlam.

Per usual, it’s not known if the events are taped in the same order they will air on the WWE Network, however here are the results courtesy of @MrJacobCohen on Twitter:

  • Two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez is in attendance tonight
  • Jeet Rama defeated Chase Adams
  • Adam Cole defeated Sean Maluta, Ricochet out after the match to challenge Cole to a match at TakeOver Brooklyn. Cole declines and out comes Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly, but War Raiders come out to even the odds. The Undisputed Era looks to sneak away, but runs into Moustache Mountain instead.
  • Lacey Evans defeated Tenilla Price
  • Heavy Machinery defeated The Mighty after a distraction from Street Profits
  • Moustache Mountain defeated State Line
  • EC3 defeated Kona Reeves, The Velveteen Dream attempted to distract EC3 to no avail
  • Shayna Baszler defeated Candice LeRae, Shayna continues attacking after the match and Kairi Sane makes the save
  • NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa defeated Aleister Black to become the new NXT Champion
  • Nikki Cross defeated Amber Nova
  • Ricochet makes his way out for a match, but The Undisputed Era ambushes him
  • Kassius Ohno defeated Adrian Jaoude
  • Keith Lee defeated Marcel Barthel in his NXT debut
  • Mae Young Classic Qualifier: Taynara Conti defeated Vanessa Borne
  • Street Profits defeated The Mighty
  • NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa comes out and cuts a promo about how he’s won again, Aleister Black makes his way out, but Johnny Gargano sprints by him to attack Ciampa. Aleister decks Gargano with Black Mass then blames him for costing him the title.
  • Kairi Sane defeated Aliyah
  • Tyler Bate defeated Roderick Strong
  • The Velveteen Dream comes and cuts a promo on EC3
  • Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black gets thrown out after Tommaso Ciampa attacks both guys. NXT General Manager William Regal makes his way out and announces Black vs. Gargano vs. Ciampa for the NXT Title at TakeOver: Brooklyn

 

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*SPOILERS* Big Title Change At Tonight’s NXT Television Tapings

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While NXT is on the air right now on the WWE Network, the brand is simultaneously holding its next set of television tapings at Full Sail University that will run up to NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III on August 18th. Tonight’s episode has been previewing next week’s big NXT Championship match as Tommaso Ciampa challenges Aleister Black.

Ciampa has had the NXT Title in his crosshairs since defeating Johnny Gargano at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II in a Street Fight. ‘The Blackheart’ has looked to put Gargano behind him and played mind games with the current champion leading up to next week’s contest, however the match was filmed tonight.

Tommaso Ciampa has gone on to defeat Black, becoming the new NXT Champion. According to MrJacobCohen on Twitter, who has been a solid source for spoilers, the referee went down in the match which led to Johnny Gargano making his way out after Ciampa. However, ‘The Blackheart’ was able to thwart off the distraction and Aleister Black, picking up the pinfall to win the title:

 

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WWE News: Titus O’Neil Speaks Out On Hulk Hogan’s Return, Reports He Stormed Out

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The news of Hulk Hogan’s reinstatement into the WWE Hall Of Fame this past Sunday prior to the Extreme Rules pay-per-view has remained a hot topic not only among the fans, but also some of the WWE Superstars as well. After WWE Hall Of Famer Mark Henry offered his thoughts to TMZ Sports this week (find that here), today The New Day addressed their feelings on the situation with a post on Twitter (read that here).

Another Superstar who has been a topic of discussion with rumors swirling regarding how he reacted to the locker room’s meeting with Hogan (find out more about that here) has been Titus O’Neil. A number of false reports surfaced this week claiming Titus stormed out of the PPG Paints Arena in frustration with Hogan’s return and now Titus has issued his own statement on Hulk’s reinstatement to the Hall Of Fame, as well as the rumors surrounding his reaction:

“To my gracious fans and the WWE Universe. 

The reports and rumors concerning my boycotting “Extreme Rules” in Pittsburgh is false and inaccurate. I was not scheduled to attend or be a participant in the “Extreme Rules” match/production and was otherwise not booked for the show.

The talent present in Pittsburgh, which I was a part of, was asked to attend a mandatory meeting in which Mr. Terry Bollea addressed everyone and informed the same that he would be reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. At no point during, after or otherwise did I make any scene concerning Mr. Bollea’s communication to the talent. In addition, let it be known that I did not refuse to shake Mr. Bollea’s hand; we did not have any type of one-on-one interaction whatsoever that would or did necessitate any exchange between us individually. 

As to the reinstatement of Mr. Bollea, I can only communicate that I am a proponent of second and even third chances for individuals that show true remorse, acknowledgment of wrongdoing, fulfill their punishment, if applicable, and otherwise put forth sincere efforts to correct the issues. 

Unfortunately, I must echo the sentiment and dissatisfaction expressed by many of my fellow contemporaries concerning Mr. Bollea’s apology and its lack of true contrition, remorse and a desire to change. Mr. Bollea’s apology “that he didn’t know he was being recorded” is not remorse for the hateful and violent utterances he made which reprise language that has caused violence against blacks and minorities for centuries.

I stand firm in my position that Mr. Bollea is entitled to reinstatement; he was and is a role model, hero and icon to countless people. I hope that Mr. Bollea’s missteps in communicating to the WWE talent in Pittsburgh are not repeated to his fans and I expect that he shall pursue an agenda that clearly communicates to all third parties that his language was inappropriate, wrong and should not be tolerated in a civilized and inclusive society.

As the father of two young black men, I have spent their entire life and the majority of my adult life with a singular focus; being a role model for my children and young black boys and girls. I take tremendous pride in my charity work and the community outreach programs that I have fostered via the platform I have been given. I teach my sons love and tolerance for everybody, but I also teach them to operate in truth and respect.

I hope this clears up any confusion. I, like New Day, will continue to use my platform to positively affect, entertain, embrace, celebrate and love people from all backgrounds both inside and outside of the WWE Universe.

Sincerely,

Thaddeus Bullard aka Titus O’Neil”

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