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.
Thaddeus Bullard aka Titus O’Neil”
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DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Viewership Report (5/21/19)
R-Truth and the WWE 24/7 Championship on Smackdown delivers nearly 3 million YouTube total views.
Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Smackdown YouTube viewership for the May 21st broadcast!
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 such, YouTube has joined social media as a metric as important to WWE as television ratings (if not more). The weekly WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.
As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report, compiled overnight Thursday (about 36 hours after Smackdown went off the air), for the 5/21/19 edition of WWE Smackdown:
- Roman Reigns vs. Elias – 1.539 million views
- R-Truth chased by Smackdown roster members – 1.311 million views
- Dolph Ziggler attacks Kofi Kingston – 818k views
- Carmella vs. Mandy Rose – 801k views
- Becky Lynch & Bayley vs. Lacey Evans & Charlotte Flair – 616k views
- Big E returns – 508k views
- Dolph Ziggler explains attack on Kofi Kingston – 498k views
- R-Truth asks Carmella for help – 421k views
- Carmella creates R-Truth’s disguise – 366k views
- Promo video for Triple H vs. Randy Orton – 365k views
- Ali vs. Andrade – 227k views
- Kayla Braxton interviews Bayley – 96k views
- Elisa and Shane McMahon backstage promo – 81k views
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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Ratings Analysis
- 5/21 edition of Smackdown: 7.647 million total views across 13 videos
- 5/14 edition of Smackdown: 4.226 million total views across 10 videos
- +3.421 million views, 80% increase for this week over last week
- 5/21 Top 5: 5.085 million views
- 5/14 Top 5: 3.614 million views
- +1.471 million views, 40% increase over last week
- 5/21 average: 588k views
- 5/14 average: 422k views
- +166k views per video, 39% decrease over last week
The overall views are WAY UP over last week’s Smackdown, but WWE produced 3 more videos. However, the average per video was way up, 166k per video. So you can’t attribute the overall view count to the fact that more videos came out. You can attribute it to more people watching the videos–and that’s the goal! Smackdown also improved in the TV ratings this week, so it’s all positive all around for the blue brand.
Roman Reigns leads the way, but Elias has the odd distinction of being in the first place AND the last place videos this week. The WWE 24/7 Championship delivered once again, coming in at #2 and driving nearly 2.9 million total views across 4 videos. The title may be ugly, but the results aren’t. Dolph Ziggler’s return was enough to garner a 3rd place spot this week, and his two videos combined to hit over 1.3 million views. Big E’s return finished outside the Top 5, which surprised me.
Strong showing for the women’s division as Carmella and Mandy Rose finished #4, and Becky Lynch & Bayley vs. Laecy Evans & Charlotte Flair finished #5. Thanks to the 24/7 Championship, Carmella appeared in 4 different videos with R-Truth this week.
Sad stat of the week: Ali vs. Andrade only drew 227k views, more than 100k less than the promo package for Randy Orton vs. Triple H at Super ShowDown (365k views). For a comparison, the video of the match Ali shared on Twitter did 102k views at the time of this writing:
— ALI / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) May 22, 2019
My favorite video…Ali vs. Andrade! Both men delivered in a great way.
What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?
Greg DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown Rating Analysis (5/21/19): #2 For Cable
Did Smackdown retain it’s footing in the ratings this week? (Spoiler: it did.)
Greg DeMarco chimes in with your May 21WWE Smackdown rating. What does it really tell us? Greg tells you!
We now have your May 21 edition of WWE Smackdown rating, and it’s good news for the show! Let’s start with the breakdown:
- 1.983 million viewers
- .61 rating in the all important 18-49 demographic
- ranked #2 among all cable shows for the night
Here are last week’s results:
- 1.87 million viewers
- .56 rating in the all important 18-49 demographic
- ranked #6 among all cable shows for the night
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But what does the WWE Smackdown Rating really mean, Greg?
After sitting outside the Top 5 for two weeks, Smackdown made a triumphant return coming at #2 for the night, narrowly losing out to the NHL Conference Finals (won by the St. Louis Blues and apparently Patrick O’Dowd). Interesting of note is that Smackdown outdrew the NHL in terms of overall viewership (hockey drew 1.807 million viewers), but fell just short in the share (Smackdown’s .61 versus hockey’s .62). Once again, the only thing that tends to knock WWE out of the top spots is live sports (and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 8).
This is good news for Smackdown and WWE in general, as Money In The Bank and the return of Brock Lesnar did in fact garner more eyeballs. Add in the WWE 24/7 Championship, which I am inclined to believe had at least a short term impact based on the fact that R-Truth and Robert Roode came in #1 in the 36 hour YouTube views for Raw, and things being thrown at walls are sticking right now. Let’s hope it continues! Also of note, Miz & Mrs came in at #5 with 1.037 million viewers and a .37 rating, strong for the show. Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills and The Last OG came in #3 adn #4, respectively.
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