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, 8/8/18):
- Ronda Rousey vs. Alicia Fox – 3.2 million views
- Paul Heyman sits down with Renee Young – 1.5 million views
- Roman Reigns addresses Baron Corbin’s lack of action last week – 1.1 million views
- Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin – 988k views
- Braun Strowman vs. Jinder Mahal – 666k views
- Braun Strowman tips over The Kevin Owens Show – 506k views
- Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre – 432k views
RAW’s top dog on YouTube returns to the number one position this week, as Ronda Rousey made her RAW in-ring debut against Alicia Fox. Consistency is the name of the game when it comes to Ronda, who only was outdone last week by Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in our YouTube Report. I think this is a perfect example of what I wrote about yesterday in the RAW ratings article (find that here). People aren’t tuning in anymore on cable just to see what one specific Superstar is up to because of the convenience of YouTube clips. Case in point, Rousey vs. Fox was the main event of RAW, yet the hour the match was in did the lowest of all three hours of the red brand. Meanwhile, another whopping amount of YouTube views.
The number two position is reserved for the greatest wrestling manager in the game (in my opinion), Mr. Paul Heyman with a follow up from last week’s events when Brock Lesnar surprisingly put hands on his advocate. People can say what they will about WWE booking Roman vs. Lesnar once again this year, but the bottom line is that the angle is interesting. Anything revolving around it has drawn big YouTube numbers the last two weeks. So in the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Stop whining!”.
Sliding in at the third and fourth spot this week was RAW’s opening segment and match, focused once again around what happened last week with Lesnar while Roman Reigns had been “kicked out of the building”. Again wrestling fans, not everything on the show is FOR YOU. Despite what you all may think or believe to be real, casual fans matter. Just look at ANY of the YouTube reports on weeks where Roman is involved. Numbers never lie is more than just the name of a crappy, cancelled show on ESPN.
‘Mr. Monster In The Bank’ Braun Strowman continues to rank in our top seven on a weekly basis, coming in at numbers five and six this week despite seeing a drop in views from previous weeks. Is it an indication that fans are tiring of his angle with Kevin Owens? Possibly, but I see it more a problem with today’s society more than the booking. People have zero attention span anymore and granted, some longer running feuds have definitely gotten stale (for example, Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor), but I see nothing wrong with a storyline that runs for a couple of months. You can’t have Superstars moving on to a new feud every month because eventually, the well runs dry.
Lastly, the slide continues for the Seth Rollins/Dolph Ziggler/Drew McIntyre angle, another case of people getting just plain tired of a storyline. Again, I don’t fully understand it. Nobody was hotter than Rollins coming into the Summer, these guys continue to put on excellent matches, yet the feud has been too long for some fans. So go ahead and continue to poo-poo things like you did at Extreme Rules because clearly, some fans have shown that no matter what you do they will not be happy.
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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More! (7/15/19)
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Jeff Hardy Arrested
According to various news outlets this weekend, WWE star Jeff Hardy was arrested for public intoxication Saturday in South Carolina.Police said they received a report of an intoxicated person in Myrtle Beach about 11 a.m. Shortly after, authorities arrested Hardy without incident and charged him with public intoxication.Hardy posted a $153 bond and was released the same day.In a statement, WWE said, “Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions.”
Jeff Hardy’s battles with substance abuse over the years have been well documented. After period of staying off the radar, Hardy has been in court twice over the past year for alcohol related issues. Here is hoping that Hardy can get things under control.
Huge RAW Planned For Next Week
During Sunday nights Extreme Rules pay per view, WWE aired a commercial for RAW Reunion that will take place on July 22nd. Some of the big names advertised include Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Ric Flair.
It’ll be the BIGGEST reunion in Monday Night #RAW HISTORY.
— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019
This seems like a reach for a quick ratings grab, but it is always cool to see the legends return. Potentially we could see some involvement from some of the legends for SummerSlam storylines ?
Paul Heyman Appears At EVOLVE Show
For those of you who didn’t catch the EVOLVE 10th Anniversary show on the WWE Network Saturday night, you missed out on a hell of a show. You also missed out on an appearance from none other than Paul Heyman. Most wrestling fans know that Heyman mentored EVOLVE founder Gabe Sapolosky back in ECW.
“You’re going to watch this match, and you’re going to say to yourselves ‘that was the moment we all knew that this industry is going to EVOLVE.'”@HeymanHustle makes a surprise appearance at #EVOLVE131 ahead of the Winner Takes All Match between @austintheory1 and @RealJDDrake! pic.twitter.com/7ugS1xMr60
— WWE (@WWE) July 14, 2019
Those of you have followed my daily news shuffles, and the random In This Corner articles I put together, know that I rarely follow the indie wrestling scene. However, I took in both the EVOLVE show and AEW Fight For The Fallen. I was extremely impressed with the talent in EVOLVE, and my hopes are that WWE continues to broadcast their shows on the WWE Network.
Enzo and Cass Done With ROH ?
During April’s G1 Supercard Show at Madison Square Garden, fans were shocked to see Enzo and Cass jump the guard rail and started attacking ROH stars. Many felt initially that this may have been a shoot, but it appeared to be a work to lead to a potential appearance in ROH for the two. However, according to Dave Meltzer on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, it appears the relationship between the former WWE stars and ROH is over before it truly began. According to Meltzer, NJPW was unhappy as they were not notified before hand of their appearance, and the company has cut their loses with the two.
It’s Enzo and Cass. I mean, with what little I follow ROH, I can’t really see the two of them fitting with the company long term. However, if you want a team to be a legit heel right out of the chute, you could have that with those two.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Latest On Extreme Rules, SummerSlam Changes, Alexa Missing RAW and More! (7/12/19)
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Original RAW Main Event Plans
This past Monday’s RAW featured the main even of Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre taking on Roman Reigns and a partner of his opponents choosing. The mystery partner of Reigns was masked the entire match, and was eventually revealed to be Cedric Alexander. According to PWInsider, the decision to use McIntyre was not made until hours before the show. Original plans called for the company to use an extra or local indie wrestler. The report also notes that there will be storyline follow up for Cedric Alexander that will play out the next few weeks.
Some people didn’t care for the choice, but I think it makes sense with the changes that are occurring with the weekly shows. The company hasn’t really done a lot with Alexander since his main roster call up, so my hope is that pairing him with Reigns helps establish him on the RAW roster.
SummerSlam Changes Coming ?
Speaking of changes to the WWE, the Twitter account of WrestleVotes Tweeted that any plans involving the SummerSlam card are subject to change this week with the Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman officially starting in their new roles. WrestleVotes has been very accurate with rumors involving WWE in the past.
Was told recently that anything WWE had planned for SummerSlam in advance was all subject to change once Bischoff & Heyman fully start their roles this upcoming week. Good on Vince & Co to allow a legitimate clean start. No forced agendas off the jump. That’s how it should be.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) July 11, 2019
The company had to finish up story lines before letting Heyman and Bischoff loose, so changes to the SummerSlam plans make sense. RAW and SmackDown have shown some improvement the past couple of weeks, so I am excited to see what changes will continue to occur.
Reason For Alexa Bliss RAW Abscence
The rumor mill was buzzing this week with Alexa Bliss and her absence from RAW. Dave Meltzer noted on the latest addition of Wrestling Observer radio that the reason she missed RAW, and the reason Nikki Cross was added to the match at Extreme Rules is that Alexa is suffering from a bad sinus infection.
“Alexa Bliss has a real bad sinus infection. Originally, they were not going to do the handicap match. The handicap match was a late change and everything that happened on TV on Monday and Tuesday with no Alexa Bliss was because of her sinus infection and they rewrote that whole storyline.”
I though things seemed out of sorts on RAW with Nikki Cross winning the beat the clock challenge. I am going to assume the plan is for Bayley to win at Extreme Rules, with Nikki and Alexa planting the seeds for a potential feud.
Extreme Rules Betting Odds
The Chairshot staff picks for the upcoming Extreme Rules pay per view will be up later this weekend, but if you are a betting person, the odds for the winners have been released.
Mixed Tag Team Winners Take All Extreme Rules Match:
Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch -400 vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans +250
No Holds Barred Tag Team Match:
Roman Reigns & The Undertaker -400 vs. Drew McIntyre & Shane McMahon +250
WWE Title Match:
Kofi Kingston -350 vs. Samoa Joe +225
WWE SmackDown Women’s Title Handicap Match:
Bayley -140 vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross EVEN
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match:
Drew Gulak -300 vs. Tony Nese +200
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title Match:
Daniel Bryan & Rowan 5/8 vs. Heavy Machinery 7/4 vs. The New Day 3/1
WWE United States Title Match:
Ricochet -150 vs. AJ Styles +110
Last Man Standing Match
Braun Strowman -180 vs. Bobby Lashley +140
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title Match:
The Revival -170 vs. The Usos +130
Aleister Black -140 vs. Cesaro EVEN
If the card plays out in the odds favor, there doesn’t appear to be any real surprises with the outcomes.
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