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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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*SPOILERS* Tonight’s NXT TV Taping Results, Aleister’s Attacker Revealed (10/17/18)

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Tonight’s episode of NXT on the WWE Network was the final episode that the brand had in waiting, therefore it was time to take back to Full Sail University this evening for another set of television tapings.

While it’s not known if tonight’s matches will air in the order they occurred, here are the results of tonight’s tapings to run into the month of November courtesy of @MrJacobCohen on Twitter:

  • The first thing taped is a segment for Up Up Down Down with Xavier Woods in which WWE Superstars Seth Rollins, Ruby Riott, Cesaro and Tyler Breeze play League Of Legends against NXT Superstars Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, Shayna Baszler and Dakota Kai
  • NXT kicks off with a backstage promo in which General Manager William Regal tells security he needs to see Aleister Black as soon as he arrives
  • The Undisputed Era comes to the ring for a promo and says they demolished the War Raiders so the rest of the roster should be on notice until EC3 interrupts
  • Ec3 defeated Adam Cole, The Undisputed Era take out EC3 at the knee after the match
  • Mia Yim defeated Aliyah
  • Kassius Ohno defeated Justin Xavier, Nikki Cross comes out after the match and just laughs at Kassius
  • William Regal makes his way out to announce the challenger for the NXT Title at War Games, but NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa interrupts. Velveteen Dream comes out and tells Regal to say his name, followed by Lars Sullivan coming out to claim the title shot for his own. Nikki Cross is back out and says that “he’s coming”, followed by Aleister Black hitting the ring and dropping Sullivan. Johnny Gargano then comes in from out of nowhere and lays Black out with a superkick, then puts his hood up to imply he was the one who attacked Aleister
  • The Street Profits defeated The Mighty
  • Nikki Cross defeated Merdeces Martinez, Candice LeRae comes out after the match and confronts Nikki. Aleister Black comes back out to stop Nikki from leaving, says something to Candice and then exits
  • Matt Riddle defeated Luke Menzies
  • Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch defeated Raul Mendoza & Humberto Carrillo
  • The video screen shows a big brawl out in the parking lot between War Raiders, Ricochet and The Undisputed Era. Pete Dunne shows up and joins in, leading to Regal announcing this year’s War Games match will be Ricochet, Dunne & War Raiders vs. Undisputed Era (including Bobby Fish)
  • Heavy Machinery defeated The Forgotten Sons (Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler)
  • Dakota Kai defeated Taynara Conti
  • Bianca Belair defeated Mia Yim
  • Lacey Evans defeated Karissa Rivera
  • Winner Receives Advantage At War Games: Kyle O’Reilly defeated Hanson of War Raiders
  • Lars Sullivan defeated The Velveteen Dream after a distraction by Tommaso Ciampa who attacks Dream after the match. The Dream battles back and referees have to break them apart

 

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ROH News: Three More Names Announced For Global Wars

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Now that Glory By Honor weekend is wrapped up, next up for Ring Of Honor is Chris Jericho’s Cruise, Steel City Excellence, Survival Of The Fittest and the 2018 Global Wars tour with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

This year’s Global Wars will kick off at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine on November 7th and end on November 11th in Toronto, Canada. To this point, we’ve only heard of two names added to the tour as Los Ingobernables de Japon members Tetsuya Naito and EVIL were the first to be revealed.

Since then, Juice Robinson, LIJ’s SANADA and now a fourth man from the LIJ unit have all been added as Ring Of Honor today also officially announced the participation of BUSHI:

New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s BUSHI makes his return to Ring of Honor when the two companies join forces for November’s Global Wars tour, which will be streamed LIVE for HonorClub.

BUSHI, who has been a champion in NJPW and Mexico’s CMLL, is the fourth member of Los Ingobernables de Japon to be signed for the tour, joining Tetsuya Naito, EVIL and SANADA.

One of the most accomplished junior heavyweights in the sport, BUSHI is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight and CMLL World Welterweight champion. He also has won the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles three times with EVIL and SANADA.

BUSHI, who made his U.S. debut with ROH in 2017, last competed in ROH this past June, when he, EVIL and SANADA defeated Bullet Club (The Young Bucks and “Hangman” Adam Page) and SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) in a three-way six-man tag match.

Global Wars events have been must-see shows since their inception four years ago. All roads now lead to the ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 6, 2019, and what transpires on the Global Wars shows could play a significant role in what the historic card looks like.

Experience Global Wars LIVE by securing your tickets now or streaming as an HonorClub member!

Nov 7 – Lewiston, ME – Androscoggin Bank Colisee
Nov 8 – Lowell, MA – Memorial Auditorium
Nov 9 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo RiverWorks 
Nov 11 – Toronto, ON – Mattamy Athletic Centre  

 

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Press Release: New Episode Of X-Pac 12360 With Special Guest Brian Cage

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The following press release was issued today to The Chairshot for this week’s newest episode of X-Pac 12360, as Sean Waltman is joined by special guest Brian Cage:

SEAN ‘X-PAC’ WALTMAN TALKS ABOUT THE AUSTIN ARIES/ JOHNNY IMPACT SITUATION, NJPW, AND WELCOMES BRIAN CAGE ON THE SHOW.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE- Los Angeles

X-PAC 12360

Get it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3oQbzJ_ZjA

or download the podcast version on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-12360/id1150124693?mt=2 or download the podcast version for Android: https://www.omnycontent.com/d/clips/a7b0bd27-d748-4fbe-ab3b-a6fa0049bcf6/d98d3d05-3220-4066-b8a5-a87301119c23/931d5dd1-2931-493a-8c2d-a97b01555be7/audio/direct.mp3     

Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman Has Some Advice For The Head Of New Japan Talent Relations, Michael Craven

You kinda had to see some of this stuff coming as far as, the business, the industry is heating up. You have All In, you have the New Japan expansion here in the United States. The big buzz with wrestling and truthfully there is a little bit of brand confusion. With ROH, New Japan, and Impact. Even NWA and a lot of the talent can be seen on a lot of these different shows…  So eventually when the money starts… higher stakes are involved here. I can see how companies are going to get,’ Hey, you can’t go do this because you’re with us and all that.’ And I understand that. However, you have to have somebody that deals with the talent that knows how to deal with the talent properly. Let moral go down in your company and see how quickly all that forward momentum you have going on comes to a halt.  Trust me. So what’s his name (Michael) Craven? This is a message for you. You have to understand that… you’ve got some big egos that you want, that you have to have for people to care about these guys, they have to have an ego, a colorful character, an eccentric personality with them. That’s what makes people brilliant, that people want to get behind. And you have to understand that this is not some corporate job where you are dealing with a bunch of people that are working at the Amazon plant or whatever you call it. You can’t do that because they will leave. Trust me, as much as you think, ‘Okay everyone is happy here’. Trust me, there can be a mass exodus to WWE in a second (Snaps Fingers) because WWE will cherry pick every single one of your guys you have. Just to have them. Just to put them on the shelf and pay them good money if you don’t want to make them happy. Trust me on that.

Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman Comments On Austin Aries/Johnny Impact Bound For Glory Ending

I’m just going to say that you just never know. When it comes to Aries that’s just something that he would do… He’s done shit like that before you know so to sit and go ‘okay this was a work, this wasn’t’ how about we just enjoy it? How about that… He sold the move, he took the pin, and then he got up. It wasn’t really a no-sell, he just quit selling it.

Brian Cage Talks About The Austin Aries/ Johnny Impact Match Finish

Just dumbfounded I guess is the best word…I didn’t even see Austin {Aries} afterwards, it was bizarre…It was a pretty snug match, they were working it a little like a work shoot type of match. What surprised me the most about the ending was Austin being such a traditionalist if you will, I feel that if that would have been done to him especially on the same show he’s on, he would have lost his shit so bad…I don’t know what happened… Just Austin being Austin, I don’t know what the goal or the plan was there.

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of Westwood One’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

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