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WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From Sanford, Florida (7/12/18)

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For the Superstars of WWE’s NXT brand, their weekend begins earlier than the main roster as they hit the road tonight in Sanford, Florida. Fans in attendance not only had the chance for a meet and greet with the likes of Kairi Sane, but were also treated to action from some of NXT’s top stars.

Tonight’s card featured Kassius Ohno, War Raiders, Candice LeRae in tag team action, plus The Undisputed Era in the main event that also featured the return of the Street Profits (Montez Ford had taken time off for his wedding to fellow NXT Superstar Bianca Belair). Below are the results:

  • War Raiders defeated Adrian Jaoude & Cezar Bononi
  • Kassius Ohno defeated Mars, then issues a challenge for some real competition
  • Kassius Ohno defeated Danny Burch
  • Candice LeRae & Jessie defeated Aliyah & Reina Gonzales
  • Chris Dijak defeated Brennan Williams
  • Kairi Sane defeated Taynara Conti
  • Kona Reeves defeated Tucker Knight
  • Wesley Blake defeated Jason
  • The Undisputed Era defeated The Street Profits & Babatunde

Results c/o PWInsider

 

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Press Release: New Episode Of X-Pac 12360 With WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T

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The Chairshot was sent along the following press release for the newest episode of X-Pac 12360 featuring WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T:

SEAN ‘X-PAC’ WALTMAN WELCOMES BOOKER T ON X-PAC 12360. BOOKER T TALKS ABOUT HULK HOGAN, BROCK LESNAR/BOBBY LASHLEY AND MORE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE- Los Angeles

X-PAC 12360

Get it on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E5xBB4C4bE or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-12360/id1150124693?mt=2 or download the podcast version for Android: https://omny.fm/shows/x-pac-12360/xpac-2018-07-17-mixdown

Booker T on Hulk Hogan Being Reinstated Into the Hall of Fame

The thing is when people say stuff behind closed doors…I’m sure you’ve said things behind closed doors {direct to Sean}, I’m sure everyone in that room has said stuff behind closed doors that they’d never say in public… Why is the person taping your conversation? They’re obviously looking to get something out of it. You gotta look at it from that perspective as well. You don’t know if someone was drinking or not. There are so many variables that go into that one little episode. And I just don’t think that in the wrestling business coincide with each other. Do we got to set this thing down, reprimand, suspend him? Of course. But for him to be banned from professional wrestling for that one incident? I mean c’mon. That I don’t agree with. Let’s put in the past and move forward.

Booker T Talks About Bobby Lashley Possibly Facing Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar got a whole lot going on, on his plate right now. With his UFC thing, USADA, getting back in the lineup, there’s a lot of work involved with that right there. I’m sure he’s gonna have to prepare for it. The thing with him and Bobby Lashley; I think it be good for Bobby to actually get in there and mix with Brock Lesnar. It might be a rough night for him… but a good rub. People have been wanting to see Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley for many many years. Both of them have the ameteur background… Bobby is definitely ready to step into the fire… as well as we wonder what Bobby’s still got left in the tank after ten years of being away from the company. We’re fired up, we’ll find out very soon.

Booker T on David Arquette’s Return To Pro Wrestling

I love it, man I’m a big fan of David Arquette. People don’t know about the WCW story and if they don’t I’ll tell you. When David Arquette won the world title he was back in the locker room and he was just sitting across from me and he was looking at the title. He was pretty happy for a minute and he goes, “Man that’s pretty cool isn’t it?” And I go, “yeah that’s pretty cool.”  He looks at me and he goes, ” Booker how many times have you won the World Championship?” And I go, “Man. I’ve never one it. I’ve never won it before.” He took a big breath his eyes got big he couldn’t believe it. And the following night he went out on television and he goes, “I don’t deserve this championship. People like Booker T should have this championship.” So he’s probably one of the biggest reasons I became World Champion and people don’t even really understand or realize that. That he was just in a position and if anyone else would have been in the position that David Arquette was in they would have taken it as well.

Booker T On Why He Chose To Go To WWE After WCW Buyout

Time off in this business is one’s worst enemy. Ric Flair always used to always say, “time off is a wrestler’s worst enemy.” For me, I had momentum. You know the money issue…I gave up a lot of money. I’ve never done any interviews about that or anything like that. But I gave up a lot of money to keep going. I felt like the money would come right back. I truly, honestly, believe this; I make the money, the money don’t make me. And that’s the way I feel in life still right now today no matter what happens. As long as I got my legs, I got my health. I’m going to make money. That’s just who I’ve been all my life, so to keep going as well as to test myself with the so-called best wrestlers in the world. I wanted to see exactly how good I really was I wanted to push myself to see if I was top notch or were these guys actually better than me? That’s one thing I always believed in was my talent. I always knew that I could perform with the best.

Booker T On Transitioning From WCW to WWE and The Advice He Gives His Students

When I came to WWE, I left every accolade that I’d ever accomplished in WCW behind. I did not come into WWE/WWF thinking ‘ Hey man, these guys need to give me my props because I’m a former world champion…I came in World Champion/ United States champion so I need to get my props.’ No. I left all of that behind. I tell my students  ‘if you can’t make it in the locker room , you have no chance of making it in the ring.’ I tell my students you can be great at what you do, but if people don’t like you, you’re not gonna last.

Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman On The Passing of Masa Saito

Go down the Masa Saito rabbit hole if you have a chance because there’s some great stuff there. If you Google or you go on Youtube and type in Masa Saito several matches will come up. There’s a singles match with him and the original Tiger Mask Satoru Sayama. From here, from the states, commentary by Vince McMahon. There is some other great stuff. There’s a match with Saito and Hulk from St. Paul Civic Center. with David Schultz, Dr. D, David Schultz out on the floor on Saito’s side and the heat is just amazing. When you go back and listen to the crowd during their matches it’s amazing. You’re going to be missed Masa. Personally, speaking for myself I love you and  I’m very grateful for everything you’ve done to help me in my career.

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WWE News: SmackDown Live Rating Increases Again, Stays Ranked #1 (7/17/18)

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With the WWE in the wake of this past Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Monday Night RAW saw an increase in viewership this week despite being matched up against the MLB Home Run Derby (read more about that here). SmackDown Live has also struggled over the past few weeks, so could the blue brand also turn it around? The numbers are in for last night’s show and it’s more good news.

Last night’s edition of SmackDown Live came in with a 2.293 rating, a 5% increase from last week’s 2.183 and a 13.9% increase over the past two weeks. Here’s a look at the last four weeks of ratings for the blue brand:

  • June 26th: 2.135
  • July 3rd: 2.013
  • July 10th2.183
  • July 17th: 2.293

SmackDown Live also remained at the number one spot in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic (many may wonder where the MLB All-Star Game ranked, however that was on Network television, not cable). This is now the second week in a row that SmackDown came in at number one. Here’s the top five along with their share of the 18-49 demo:

  1. WWE SmackDown Live – USA Network – 0.74
  2. Haves & Have Nots – Oprah Network – 0.51
  3. Chrisley Knows Best – USA Network – 0.50
  4. The Challenge: Final Reckoning – MTV – 0.49
  5. Below Deck Mediterranean – BRAVO – 0.47

EA’s Take: This is one of those rare weeks where I was only half-tuned into SmackDown Live, a program which nine times out of ten, I find to be more entertaining than RAW. That doesn’t always necessarily reflect in ratings and I do think the number for this week’s episode would have been higher had it not been for the MLB All-Star Game which pulled an 8.342 and averaged a 1.53 in the 18-49, nearly double that of SmackDown Live. A lot of times people look at these and think doom and gloom, but forget that it’s JUST CABLE. It doesn’t take into account streaming services or any other way people consume television now. Just a point that gets completely lost on those who take a negative viewpoint on seemingly everything.

 

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EA’s Weekly RAW YouTube Report (7/16/18)

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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, 7/18/18):

  1. Ronda Rousey brutalizes Alexa Bliss & Mickie James – 3.3 million views
  2. Paul Heyman answers Kurt Angle’s ultimatum – 1.3 million views
  3. Bobby Lashley vs. Seth Rollins vs. Elias – 1 million views
  4. Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Balor – 995k views
  5. Sasha Banks is finally honest with Bayley – 345k views
  6. Dolph Ziggler vs. Bobby Roode – 275k views
  7. Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Dana Brooke & Alicia Fox – 272k views

Move over, Roman. Ronda Rousey returned to RAW this past Monday (although her suspension was still in effect) and was able to get her hands on Alexa Bliss again, plus the top spot in our YouTube Report once again. Reigns was the top dog (no pun intended) for the red brand in Rousey’s absence, but seemingly all she has to do is show up to smash the competition. In her last three YouTube segments on RAW dating back to June 11th, Ronda has surpassed 3 million each time (one of which was over 6 million). I implore those against her to continue trying to argue against her drawing power or say she “doesn’t deserve” her spot in the title picture.

The next three spots in the top seven are all reserved for the Universal Championship situation after General Manager Kurt Angle gave an ultimatum to Brock Lesnar the night before at Extreme Rules. At number two, Brock’s advocate, Paul Heyman, returns to begrudgingly accept Angle’s terms, but also featured Roman Reigns and a cast of others stating their claim for the title. Numbers three and four give us the fallout of that opening segment, with Angle making two Triple Threat matches where the winners advance to a singles match next week to see who faces Lesnar at SummerSlam. With so many parties involved in these segments, it’s tough to pin the credit on any one man. I can say this though, we’ve seen everything Roman does fall in the 900k-1 million range while everyone else (Lashley, Elias, Balor, McIntyre and even Rollins) have all struggled or seen dips in views recently. I think the interest in seeing who will challenge Brock next is also another clear explanation.

Numbers five and seven are reserved for the ongoing drama between Sasha Banks and Bayley, but quite frankly, outside of the top four, no other segment on RAW pulled good numbers. Again, this is merely a case of the “best of the worst”. Before I get misinterpreted, I’m not saying the segments were bad, just the amount of views. RAW’s primary focus surrounded the Universal Title situation and there was no other storyline advancement outside of what was going on with Sasha and Bayley, so it makes sense that it would make the cut, even when pulling lower than their average.

 

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