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EA’s Weekly SmackDown Live YouTube Report (9/11/18)

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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 SmackDown Live YouTube Report (2:30 PM EST, 9/11/18):

  1. Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – 1.2 million views
  2. Rusev Day vs. The Bar – 1 million views
  3. Brie Bella vs. Maryse – 973k views
  4. Charlotte Flair vs. Sonya Deville –  464k views
  5. AJ Styles talks candidly about Samoa Joe – 281k views
  6. Samoa Joe has a bedtime story for AJ Styles – 260k views
  7. Asuka reveals why she helped Naomi – 198k views

A stark contrast once again this week for the SmackDown Live YouTube numbers compared to Monday Night RAW. An edition of the blue brand that was similar to RAW with a lot of video packages and segments, the action from SmackDown Live controls the board this week. Number one is taken by our opening contest as the Hardy/Nakamura feud was revitalized for the night. It was a great match and you knew Randy Orton would get involved in some fashion.

Our second spot is for the finale of the SmackDown Tag Title #1 Contenders Tournament, as Rusev Day continues to roll with a big win over The Bar. While the participants here are not known for drawing well on YouTube, it was a match with Hell In A Cell implications and as we all know by now, anything with an affect on an upcoming pay-per-view usually gives any clip a boost. Add that to the fact that SmackDown Live seemingly mailed it in for the most part this week (similarly to RAW) and you’ve got a great week for Rusev Day.

Number three is set aside this week for a match that showcased the blue brand roster’s small amount of mainstream appeal with Brie Bella taking on Maryse. This is about as big of a “mainstream media” match as you can get on SmackDown Live, as evidenced by it having the main event spot on the program. While I personally had no interest in Brie and Maryse being infused to the angle between their husbands, it has certainly added a new layer to the rivalry and given it longer legs.

Sliding into fourth is almost a default this week with the only other match on the show. Charlotte Flair vs. Sonya Deville isn’t very appealing, but again, it wasn’t the blue brand’s best effort this week. Perhaps the expectation of Becky Lynch getting involved, a feud with Charlotte that has had its ups-and-downs on YouTube Reports, may have helped out a little with this getting the fourth position.

The Charlotte/Sonya match could probably also fall under this umbrella, but numbers 5-7 are for the weekly “best of the rest”. It didn’t take a whole lot to make our top seven as we see with all of these clips falling under 300k views. It has been a bit of a trend with the final couple of spots when it comes to SmackDown Live the last couple of weeks, meaning to me there has been too much filler content of late.

 

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Viking Name Change, Star Moved To Raw, AEW Signings and More! (4/23/2019)

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News here! Viking Name Change, Star Moved To Raw, AEW Signings and More!

Vikings Get A Name Change

Many fans and wrestling personalities commented on the War Raiders name change to the Viking Experience. Now, it looks like the WWE has changed the teams name again. They will now be known as the Viking Raiders according to their WWE.com bio.

Jason’s Take

I get that WWE wants to name outside teams with their own in house names, but I still don’t understand why they were renamed from War Machine. I could have lived with War Raiders as well, but what do I know.

Cesaro Moved To RAW

Earlier today, we told you about the superstars that are moving to SmackDown Live. Now it appears that a superstar from the blue brand will be moving to RAW. POST Wrestling is reporting that Cesaro will be moving to RAW, effectively ending The Bar.

Jason’s Take

Cesaro and Sheamus had a great run as a tag team, and its a shame that both of them are not moving over to RAW, as I feel there is still some mileage left in the team.

AEW Signs 4 More

AEW continues to add talent to what is already shaping up to be an impressive roster. The signings include Leva Bates, Peter Avalon, and the tag team Private Party.

Jason’s Take

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; AEW is already shaping up to have one of the more impressive female rosters in North America. Here is hoping that it will live up to the hype.

WWE Holding Tryout In China

WWE continues to hold tryouts on foreign soil as the company will hold a tryout in China on July 15th to the 18th. According the press release:

SHANGHAI, China and STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE today announced that it will return to China in search of the next generation of Superstars by holding a talent tryout in Shanghai, its largest tryout in China to date. The four-day tryout, from Monday, July 15, through Thursday, July 18, will give up to 50 male and female athletes from China the opportunity to showcase their abilities, with the goal of being selected to begin training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.

“We are excited to return to Shanghai following the huge success of the first tryout in 2016,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “I have a personal message to every athlete and performer in China who has a dream of becoming a WWE Superstar: I am coming to Shanghai to help you make that happen. This is real, this is your chance. Step up and take this opportunity to change your life forever.”

Jason’s Take

This isn’t your father’s WWE. Hell, this isn’t the WWE from when I was younger. WWE continues to search and find talent to bring in to the company. You can say what you want, but the company does a great job in tapping into the foreign talent markets.


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Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black Moved to WWE Smackdown

Did Charlotte Flair have anything to do with this?

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Three talents get shaken up once more: Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black head to WWE Smackdown in a WWE Superstar Shake-Up reversal.

In a surprising move, WWE has changed the profiles for Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black to the blue brand, WWE Smackdown. Black was assigned to Raw during the Superstar Shake-Up, and Andrade and Vega were moved there in a spot that saw Andrade get a clean victory over Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor.

The internet, of course, immediately jumps to conclusions about the Latin representation of Smackdown (Rey Mysterio was also moved to Raw), as well as the relationship between Charlotte Flair and Andrade. Aleister and Zelina are married, and WWE has been trying to keep couples together. Do you think Charlotte Flair is responsible for this move?

Greg DeMarco’s Take on this WWE Superstar Shake-Up Reversal

I stand in the middle! I know, I don’t do that often. But Andrade to Raw made a ton of sense, as he can be a workhorse there and eat up TV time by putting on great matches. Smackdown is loaded (even more so), and I really hope 3 people move back to Raw in the process. As for why? This can definitely be a case of “LOLCHARLOTTEWINS” as she and Andrade are of course an item. If so, that shows how strong of a pairing Zelina and Andrade are if she went with him, and since Zelina and Aleister are married, Black goes as well. I could see the four of them traveling together, honestly.

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