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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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WWE Survivor Series 2018: Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan

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Results of the final match at WWE Survivor Series 2018, Champion vs. Champion as Raw’s Universal  Champion Brock Lesnar  fought Smackdown’s WWE Champion Daniel Bryan.





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The final match of WWE Survivor Series 2018 saw Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (representing Raw, and accompanied by Paul Heyman) fight WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (representing Smackdown, freshly turned heel).

  • After Paul Heyman reminded everyone just how over Brock Lesnar is, Daniel Bryan played his new heel role to perfection by sticking and moving, and mocking Brock Lesnar.
  • Once Brock Lesnar got his hands on Daniel Bryan, it was clobberin’ time for The Beast.
  • Ten minutes in, Brock picked Bryan up in a pinfall attempt, and Bryan fought back. The official was taken out, and Bryan hit a low blow on Brock. Bryan would hit the Knee Plus, but Brock kicked out at two.
  • The action spilled to the outside, but Daniel Bryan would score another near fall with the Knee Plus at 15:45.
  • Bryan locked in the YES Lock at 17:45, and Brock nearly tapped out. Bryan would lock it in again, but Brock got out again as well.
  • A few seconds later, Brock Lesnar would hit an F5 to score the fall at 18:42.
  • Even though it was already over, Brock Lesnar’s win gave Raw the clean sweep over Smackdown (since the kickoff didn’t count). It was Raw’s third win in a row.

 










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WWE Survivor Series 2018: Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair

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Results of the sixth match at WWE Survivor Series 2018, Champion vs. Not Champion as Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey fought Smackdown’s Charlotte Flair, who was standing in for Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.





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The sixth match of WWE Survivor Series 2018 saw Charlotte Flair substitute for Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and face Raw Women’s Champion, the Baddest Woman on the Planet, Ronda Rousey.

  • Right after the introductions, the Staples Center crowd broke out into a “BECKY!” chant once more, but quickly subdued (for now).
  • The action was physical early, as Ronda was bleeding from the mouth five minutes in.
  • Nine minutes into the match, Ronda was getting fired up but Charlotte nailed her with a Spear for a super close near fall. Flair would follow-up by avoiding an armbar and locking in the Figure Four, but Rousey was able to reverse it.
  • Charlotte would nail Ronda with a kendo stick and blasted Rousey with it, losing by disqualification at 14:10.
  • Charlotte continued the onslaught, including Pillmanizing Rousey’s neck with a chair, which brought WWE officials out to the ring to stop the attack.
  • The ending of this match sets up the build for WrestleMania 35, where we can still expect to see Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair.

 










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