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WWE News: RAW Rating Sees Slight Uptick, Reclaims #1 Ranking (8/13/18)

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The road to this coming Sunday’s SummerSlam continued last night with the final edition of Monday Night RAW before the big event. The red brand has been on a pretty good streak in the ratings over the past few weeks, even with a small decrease in viewers last week. So how did last night’s show do?

The numbers are now in and last night’s RAW that saw the return of Dean Ambrose, as well as a vicious attack by Brock Lesnar against Roman Reigns had a minor ratings increase from last week with a 2.825. While this is only a .74% increase over last week, it’s an increase nonetheless. Here’s how the red brand has done in the ratings the past four weeks:

  • July 23rd: 2.779
  • July 30th: 2.901
  • August 6th: 2.804
  • August 13th: 2.825

Last week’s RAW also saw the show drop slightly in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic, however last night they jumped back into the number one spot:

  1. Monday Night RAW (9PM) – USA Network – 0.98
  2. *TIE* Monday Night RAW (8PM)/Love & Hip Hop Hollywood – 0.97
  3. Monday Night RAW (10PM) – USA Network – 0.95
  4. Teen Mom 2 Reunion – MTV – 0.69

Source: Showbuzz Daily

EA’s Take: Such a small increase in ratings this week makes it really difficult to tell what exactly made the difference. While SummerSlam is certainly one of the more anticipated WWE pay-per-views every year, I think it’s been a little 50/50 for fans this year. At least on Twitter anyways, which isn’t always the best gauge on how people overall feel (because there’s way more negativity than you’ll get with the general public that includes your casuals). You can’t really pin the increase on Lesnar because while those in-the-know were aware he was scheduled, he was not advertised. Same goes for Dean Ambrose’s return, which some fans really lost their metaphorical s*** over (I am NOT one of them). I’m more interested to see what WWE can do as we head into the Fall season, which is again usually when we hit another lull before the calendar turns over and things begin ramping up for next year’s Royal Rumble. I’m also wondering if we get a bunch of NXT call-ups next week, which we’ve seen after SummerSlam in the past. Personally, I’m hoping not because the company never seems to have any long-terms plans for these. Just look at everyone brought up after WrestleMania back in April.

 

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NJPW News: Results From This Weekend’s Lion’s Break Project 1 (11/10 & 11/11)

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With some of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s roster finishing things up with Ring Of Honor’s Global Wars Tour this weekend, some of the promotion’s other top stars took part in the weekend’s Lion’s Break Project 1 shows in Anaheim, California.

While Saturday and Sunday’s events were a chance for some of the young stars of NJPW to shine, matches also featured familiar faces such as Hirooki Goto, ACH, Jyushin Thunder Liger and IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega. Below are the results from both nights of action, with the roster all coming back together for the World Tag League beginning on November 17th:

November 10th

  • Karl Fredericks vs. Alex Coughlin ended in a Time Limit Draw
  • Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Rocky Romero
  • David Finlay defeated Jyushin Thunder Liger
  • Hirooki Goto defeated ACH

November 11th

  • ACH defeated Karl Fredericks
  • Jyushin Thunder Liger defeated Clark Connors
  • Jeff Cobb & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Rocky Romero & Hirooki Goto
  • IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega defeated David Finlay

Results c/o NJPW1972

 

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WWE News: How Much Money Did WrestleMania 34 Bring Into New Orleans?

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WrestleMania New Orleans

As we approach WWE’s Survivor Series on Sunday, that means we’re inching ever closer to the end of 2018 and the company kicking off the road to WrestleMania 35 as the calendar turns to 2019.

The 2019 ‘Showcase of the Immortals’ is set for MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and will certainly bring an economic impact to the New York/New Jersey area. How much of one? Today, WWE issued the following to reveal what WrestleMania 34 brought into New Orleans, Louisiana this past April, boasting $175 million in impact to the city:

WRESTLEMANIA® GENERATES $175 MILLION FOR NEW ORLEANS

 STAMFORD, Conn., November 12, 2018 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced today that WrestleMania 34 generated $175 million in economic impact for the greater New Orleans region this past April, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation. This marks a significant increase from the $142 million generated for WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans and the seventh consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

Over the past 12 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.2 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event.  WrestleMania 34 also generated approximately $23.7 million in federal, state and local taxes.

“Yet again, WWE delivered on its promise to offer a spectacular event in New Orleans and a boost to the local economy,” said Governor John Bel Edwards.  “I would like to thank the WWE fans from around the world that descended on New Orleans for WrestleMania Week.  We hope they enjoyed their visit, and more importantly, we hope to bring WrestleMania back to New Orleans in the future.”

“We were thrilled to have been a cornerstone event as part of the city’s Tricentennial Celebration, and that WrestleMania’s triumphant return to New Orleans once again generated an incredible economic windfall for the city,” said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events.  “The success of our weeklong celebration would not have been possible without the tireless support of the State of Louisiana, the City of New Orleans and all of the public and private sector partners throughout the region. We now turn our attention to New York and New Jersey for what will be a historic WrestleMania Week celebration.”

A record crowd of 78,133 fans from all 50 states and 67 countries attended WWE’s pop-culture extravaganza this past April, making it the highest-grossing entertainment event in the history of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Key highlights from the study include:

  • $175 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by visitors to New Orleans for WrestleMania 34.
  • 77% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the New Orleans region and stayed an average of 3.9 nights.
  • $22 million was spent on hotels and accommodations within New Orleans.
  • The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,583 full-time jobs for the area.
  • $9.9 million was spent by visitors to New Orleans at area restaurants.

Next year, WrestleMania 35 will take place Sunday, April 7 live from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.  Tickets will be available this Friday, November 16 at 10 AM ET through Ticketmaster.  The event will be streamed live around the world on WWE Network.

About Enigma Research Corporation

Enigma Research Corporation is an international consulting firm which specializes in measuring the economic impact of special events. Enigma’s economists developed a customized model which converted expenditures into economic impact, employment supported and taxes generated as a result of the event.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The Company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The Company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/

 

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WWE News: SmackDown Live Event Results From Glasgow, Scotland (11/11/18)

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As the WWE hits its final episodes of Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live prior to Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view, yesterday saw the conclusion of its recent European Tour before heading back to the United States today.

The SmackDown Live roster finished up things yesterday in Glasgow, Scotland with a Live Event that was very similar to other weekend shows in London and Brighton, England. WWE Champion AJ Styles faced two challengers in a Triple Threat main event, Shinsuke Nakamura defended the United States Title against Jeff Hardy, plus The New Day went after the SmackDown Tag Team Championships in a Triple Threat match-up with The Bar and The Usos. Below are the results:

  • United States Title: Shinsuke Nakamura retained over Jeff Hardy
  • SAnitY vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson ended in a Double DQ
  • Asuka & Naomi defeated Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
  • Wolfgang defeated Kenny Williams
  • SmackDown Tag Title Triple Threat: The Bar retained over The New Day & The Usos
  • Rusev & Lana defeated Carmella & R-Truth
  • Shelton Benjamin defeated Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
  • SmackDown Women’s Title: Becky Lynch retained over Charlotte Flair
  • WWE Title Triple Threat: AJ Styles retained over Daniel Bryan & Samoa Joe

Results c/o WrestleYard

 

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