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WWE News: SmackDown Live Audience Rises Heading Into Extreme Rules (7/10/18)

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Last week’s episode of WWE’s SmackDown Live fell on the eve of the Fourth Of July holiday here in the United States, which seemed to be reflected in the program’s ratings. Following a historically bad week for RAW this past Monday (the lowest rating in the show’s history, which you can find here), would the blue brand be able to turn it around last night? The numbers are in and the answer is, “Yes”.

The final edition of SmackDown Live last night featured Team Hell No and The New Day against The Bludgeon Brothers and SAnitY in the main event, came in with a rating of 2.183, up 8.44% from last week’s 2.013, which was the lowest rating since Halloween 2017. SmackDown Live also clocked in at the number one spot in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic, beating out MTV’s The Challenge (2nd), Below Deck Mediterranean (3rd), Chrisley Knows Best (4th) and Haves And Have Nots (5th). Last week, the blue brand was knocked out of a weeks-long trend of being ranked number one by FIFA World Cup action.

Here are the last four weeks of ratings for SmackDown Live:

  • June 19th: 2.315
  • June 26th: 2.135
  • July 3rd: 2.013
  • July 10th2.183

Source: Showbuzz Daily

EA’s Take: It’s not superb news, but still a step up from last week which was undoubtedly due to the holiday (I know, soccer’s the most popular sport in the world, but not here in America and it never will be). It’s funny to think that RAW can pull its worst rating ever, but the number is still a good bit higher than anything SmackDown Live has drawn over the past month and nobody seems to bat an eye. I also still wonder how much this could change once the move to FOX is made because there’s a number of factors to consider. If WWE does “load up” SmackDown Live for the move, having the show on Friday nights I think will hurt, specifically in that crucial 18-49 demographic. Unlike myself, most people have some semblance of a life and aren’t going to stay home to watch wrestling. Just something interesting to consider.

 

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/19/19)

Start your Tuesday off with commentary on DX in the Hall Of Fame, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!

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Jason shuffles into Tuesday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on DX, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!

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Why Becky Lynch Won The Royal Rumble

Many fans have been questioning why Becky Lynch won the Royal Rumble if the goal was to have Charlotte inserted in to storyline with Ronda Rousey. The current storyline between the three would have made more sense had Charlotte won. Dave Meltzer stated on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that Vince McMahon was insistent that Becky Lynch win the Royal Rumble.

Are You Ready?

It was announced earlier today that the first members of the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2019 will be none other than D-Generation X. Xpac, Shawn Michaels, HHH, The New Age Outlaws and Chyna will all be a part of the induction.

Big Plans For Lacey Evans?

Since debuting on the main roster and participating in the Royal Rumble, fans have wondered what creatives plans are for Lacey Evans. According to Dave Meltzer and the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Lacey Evans is in for a gigantic push, and there are many backstage officials that are very high on her.

Lio Rush Has Heat ?

Sunday nights finish to the Intercontinental title match between Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley has people scratching their heads. Perhaps there is reason to the breakup of Lashley and his hype man Lio Rush. According to PWI Insider Elite, Rush has heat backstage.

“It appears as if Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin.”

“There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people — including other workers the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”

Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News

DX is getting a well deserved Hall Of Fame Induction, but I have mixed feelings on it. This feels like an easy way out for WWE to have Chyna included into the HOF, rather than have her inducted as an individual. Also, I am probably in the minority on this, but there are others more deserving to be in before DX. I personally would have went with the NWO, but I am a mark for the NWO, so that’s just me.

Lacey Evans has the look, and her mic skills aren’t bad, however, she is green as grass. It will be interesting to see what type of program they come up with for her. A clash with Alexa Bliss perhaps?

 

 


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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!

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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!

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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:

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.

 


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