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EA’s Weekly RAW YouTube Report (8/6/18)

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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, 8/8/18):

  1. Ronda Rousey vs. Alicia Fox – 3.2 million views
  2. Paul Heyman sits down with Renee Young – 1.5 million views
  3. Roman Reigns addresses Baron Corbin’s lack of action last week – 1.1 million views
  4. Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin – 988k views
  5. Braun Strowman vs. Jinder Mahal – 666k views
  6. Braun Strowman tips over The Kevin Owens Show – 506k views
  7. 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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WWE Rumors: Possible Plans For WWE Evolution Main Event

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Ronda Rousey WWE RAW Debut

After the news that WWE’s first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, on October 28th from the Nassau Coliseum will feature a match of past vs. present when Alexa Bliss goes one-on-one with WWE Hall Of Famer Trish Stratus, there’s reportedly been early talk of another such match to main event the show.

According to Dave Meltzer on the newest Wrestling Observer Radio, the main event discussion right now is for Ronda Rousey to take on Nikki Bella in an effort to bring more mainstream media attention to the event:

“So the plan for Ronda Rousey early in the week was Nikki Bella. They’re the two most famous women’s stars in the company and they should be the main event of the first women’s pay-per-view. They are the two best at getting mainstream attention and that was the idea.

There were other options batted around like everything, it could change tomorrow but that was the idea.”

While plans can always change on a daily basis as noted by Meltzer, the thought behind this would be to give Rousey another ‘dream match scenario’ early on in her WWE tenure, especially considering the long-term in-ring future of Nikki Bella due to her battle with neck injuries. Additionally, it’s also being said that the angle could be setup as early as tonight at SummerSlam.

Nikki is of course no longer a full-time competitor after having another scare with her surgically repaired neck in the lead-up to her WrestleMania 33 match last year when she teamed with John Cena to face The Miz and Maryse. Her last match came back in January of this year, taking part in the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble where she made it to the final two before being eliminated by Asuka.

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EA’s Take: Let the pissing and moaning begin (actually, it already has). While I personally don’t care to see the match and think Nikki should just give it up already with the shape her neck is in, that doesn’t mean I don’t understand the decision should this be the case. What better way to draw more attention to the company’s first all-women’s show than with the two most mainstream Superstars? Lest we forget, Nikki was vastly improved in the ring during her last full-time run, so it’s not as if she can’t have a good match. I think people complain just for the sake of complaining at this point.

 

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WWE Rumors: Speculation On An Asuka Heel Turn In The Near Future

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After going undefeated in the WWE for 914 days, SmackDown Live Superstar Asuka has seen her stock in the eyes of some fans drop considerably, succumbing to multiple losses this year at the hands of Charlotte Flair and current SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella.

While ‘The Empress Of Tomorrow’ was about as hot as any Superstar during her historic run from NXT to the main roster, the entirety of her WWE career has been as a babyface. However, that could very well be changing in the near future.

According to Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, there’s been talk within WWE of turning Asuka heel. There’s no word on when the switch could take place and very likely wouldn’t be tonight at SummerSlam, as she’s not scheduled to appear. However, it’s been added that WWE does in-fact have plans for her even though she is no longer being booked as unbeatable over the past number of months.

Currently, there’s speculation that the turn could take place before the company’s first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, taking place on Sunday, October 28th from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

EA’s Take: I’d certainly be all for an Asuka heel turn, she needs something to happen as all the momentum she had previously is now gone. Not that it’s any surprise, we’ve seen multiple examples of performers who have had a long-running winning streak lose their luster once it comes to an end. Ryback, Goldberg and even Wrath in WCW immediately come to mind. So as I said, I’d be good with a heel turn for her. We already saw it teased previously in NXT during her feud with Bayley, so why not pull the trigger this time.

 

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WWE News: Stipulation Added To Tonight’s Cruiserweight Championship Match

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With WWE’s SummerSlam now just a mere few hours away from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, there’s been a stipulation added to the scheduled Cruiserweight Championship match on the Kickoff, which will see Cedric Alexander defending against the number one contender, Drew Gulak.

Over the past few weeks on 205 Live, Cedric has had his hands full not only with the challenger, but Gulak’s cohorts in The Brian Kendrick and ‘Gentleman’ Jack Gallagher. Due to Gallagher and Kendrick continuously inserting themselves into Alexander’s matches and in essence his life on the purple brand, General Manager Drake Maverick announced today that both Kendrick and Gallagher have been banned from ringside:

You can catch all the action from the SummerSlam Kickoff live on the WWE Network, as well as on YouTube beginning at 5PM EST. Also, don’t miss Mitchell’s Live SummerSlam Coverage, as well as instant reactions from members of The Chairshot on Twitter (@theCHAIRSHOTcom).

 

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