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WWE News: Steel Cage Match Added To Extreme Rules On RAW, Updated Card

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Monday Night RAW is now wrapped up and there were a handful of noteworthy news items happening during the show, one of which regarding WWE’s Extreme Rules this Sunday. With Kevin Owens hanging out in General Manager Kurt Angle’s office through out the show tonight in Boston, Massachusetts, Braun Strowman would march in by invite of the GM. Angle would go on to say that because Owens keeps running away from ‘Mr. Monster In The Bank’, they would meet at Extreme Rules with a stipulation:

With only tomorrow night’s SmackDown Live remaining for the main roster before the pay-per-view, here’s a look at the updated card from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. You can catch Extreme Rules live this Sunday at 7PM EST on the WWE Network with the Kickoff beginning at 6PM:

WWE Championship
(C) AJ Styles vs. Rusev

30-Minute Iron Man Match for the Intercontinental Championship
(C) Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins

SmackDown Tag Team Championship
(C) The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Team Hell No

Extreme Rules Match for the RAW Women’s Championship
(C) Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax

Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley

SmackDown Women’s Championship
(C) Carmella vs. Asuka

Steel Cage Match
Kevin Owens vs. Braun Strowman

United States Championship
(C) Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin

RAW Tag Team Championship
(C) The Deleters Of Worlds vs. The B-Team

 

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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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Former MLB All-Star Jose Canseco Signs With World Class Revolution

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Former Major League Baseball All-Star Jose Canseco is back in the news today, but not for baseball reasons. The former star of the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and others has signed a professional wrestling contract with World Class Revolution based out of Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Canseco is of course most known for controversy these days than his baseball career, being at the forefront of MLB and the United States Senate’s probe into the use of performance enhancing drugs, speaking very openly about his part use of steroids.

World Class Revolution issued the following regarding Canseco’s signing:

World Class Revolution is very proud to announce we have come to terms with former Major League Baseball Superstar Jose Canseco. 
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Jose into our family that represents equality, diversity, family, and love. Jose is without a doubt one of the greatest athletes professional baseball has ever seen being the first ever 40 home run/40 stolen base athlete in history. He was AL MVP, 6-time All Star, 2-time World Series Champion, and hit an amazing 462 home runs in his career. Professional wrestling and our other avenues of business have enabled us to start becoming a multimedia company which has always been our goal. We’re starting to effectively combine pop culture with our wrestling product and we’re seeing great results thus far and we’re just getting started. I would like to personally thank both Jose and his agent Morgan for this opportunity to do business together.”
Jerry Bostic
World Class CEO
www.worldclassprowrestling.com

World Class Revolution is very proud to announce we have come to terms with former Major League Baseball Superstar Jose…

Posted by World Class Revolution Pro Wrestling on Monday, July 16, 2018

 

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