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WWE News: SmackDown Live Rating Takes A Drop, Still Ranked #1 (8/7/18)

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For four straight weeks now, WWE’s SmackDown Live has steadily increased its viewership as we inch closer and closer to SummerSlam on August 19th. Despite this, the blue brand has yet to catch up with Monday Night RAW’s ratings, even on weeks when fans mostly believe SmackDown Live has been the better show. Did this week offer the same results?

Unfortunately, the answer is, “No”. This week’s episode of SmackDown Live came down to a 2.197, a decrease of 8.49% and as stated, the first time in a month where the rating did not move upward. Here’s a look at the last four weeks of ratings for the blue brand:

  • July 17th: 2.293
  • July 24th: 2.340
  • July 31st: 2.401
  • August 7th: 2.197

However, SmackDown Live has maintained its hold on the number one spot in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic for the second straight week:

  1. SmackDown Live – USA Network – 0.73
  2. Below Deck Mediterranean – Bravo – 0.54
  3. Miz & Mrs – USA Network – 0.47
  4. Animal Kingdom – TNT – 0.44
  5. The Challenge: Final Reckoning – MTV – 0.41

Source: Showbuzz Daily

EA’s Take: I have to be honest here, I’m a big fan of the blue brand on a weekly basis, but this week felt lackluster to me. At this point, it feels as if we’re just killing time until SummerSlam. The main event of The New Day vs. The Bar was tremendously entertaining, but as we all know by now, the masses don’t tune in for the in-ring product. None of SmackDown Live’s biggest stars were in action this week (unless you want to make a case for Shinsuke Nakamura), as Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, The Miz, Daniel Bryan…none of them wrestled. We got a rematch from last week with Lana vs. Zelina Vega (another rough outing) and the aforementioned Nakamura taking on R-Truth, in addition to Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair vs. The IIconics. Real big lineup, right? Ultimately, with no real big name matches advertised ahead of time, there wasn’t much reason to tune into SmackDown Live this week. With next week being the go-home show for SummerSlam, I’d expect that in itself to increase the rating much as I think it will for RAW.

 

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WWE Elimination Chamber Results: WWE Championship Match

Was Daniel Bryan able to walk out of WWE Elimination Chamber still BOTH the Planet’s and WWE Champion?

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Six men fought it out in the main event of WWE Elimination Chamber for The New Daniel Bryan’s WWE Championship. Did the Planet’s Champion retain?

The six men involved were:

  • Kofi Kingston (with Big E and Xavier Woods, starting in the near right pod)
  • Jeff Hardy (starting in the far right pod)
  • Randy Orton (starting in the near left pod)
  • AJ Styles (starting in the near left pod)
  • Samoa Joe (starting in the ring)
  • WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (with Eric Rowan, starting in the ring)

Kofi Kingston was THE fan’s favorite headed into this match. But he started in a pod, as the first two men in the match were Samoa Joe and WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (the Ring Of Honor fan in me is happy).

Order of events:

  • Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe started the match at 0:00
  • Kofi Kingston entered the Chamber at 5:16
  • AJ Styles entered the Chamber at 10:27
  • AJ Styles eliminated Samoe Joe at 14:34
  • Jeff Hardy entered the Chamber at 15:14
  • Daniel Bryan eliminated Jeff Hardy at 17:58
  • Randy Orton entered the Chamber at 19:57
  • Randy Orton eliminated AJ Styles at 22:21
  • Kofi Kingston eliminated Randy Orton at 24:01
  • The final two men in the match were WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston
  • Daniel Bryan pinned Kofi Kingston at 36:35 to retain the WWE Championship

Daniel Bryan last eliminated Kofi Kingston to win the Elimination Chamber match and retain the WWE Championship


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WWE Elimination Chamber Results: Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman

Did Baron Corbin survive a No DQ Match against Braun Strowman? #WWEChamber

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Baron Corbin fought Braun Strowman in a No Disqualification Match in the fifth match at WWE Elimination Chamber.

Before Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey could get out of the ringside area, Baron Corbin made his entrance. He was followed by Braun Strowman and I had to wonder if we were running behind on time. Corbin threw his vest at Braun, and it allowed him to get an early advantage. Corbin got a Kendo Stick out from under the ring (they’re always under there!) and attacked Braun. Strowman got the stick, but (and I quote) “I don’t need a Kendo Stick to kick your ass!” Corbin would brilliantly throw a chair at Strowman during his “run laps around the ring” gimmick, and take control using the stairs.

Baron Corbin could only do so much, as the match was nearly put to rest thanks to a Braun Strowman powerslam at 6:21 (through a table). That would queue up Drew McIntyre’s music, as the Scottish Psychopath would serve as a distraction for Bobby Lashley to attack Braun. A Triple Powerbomb through two tables officially ended the match at 10:46.

Baron Corbin pinned Braun Strowman at 10:46 of a No Disqualification Match with help from Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley.


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