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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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IMPACT News: Abyss & Sonjay Dutt Depart IMPACT, Possibly Going To WWE

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Abyss & Sonjay Dutt have left IMPACT Wrestling!

Some breaking news this evening for fans of IMPACT Wrestling, as PWInsider is reporting they have confirmed that Abyss and Sonjay Dutt have parted ways with the promotion.

According to PWInsider, the decision for both men to leave the company is said to be “amicable”  for all parties and IMPACT informed the roster of Abyss and Dutt’s departures in an email today. Additionally, it’s being said that IMPACT officials did not want to hold either man back from taking a bigger opportunity, which also according to PWInsider looks to be WWE, where they reportedly will begin shortly. At this time their possible roles in WWE are not known, however it’s believed that both will be working in a backstage capacity.

Abyss had recently re-signed with IMPACT last year (see that story here) and was inducted into the IMPACT Hall Of Fame over Bound For Glory weekend. Since then, ‘The Monster’ has been filling a producer’s role behind-the-scenes. As for Sonjay Dutt, he had been a member of IMPACT’s creative team and it’s believed he will take on similar duties for WWE, should that turn out to be the destination.

Regarding what this means for IMPACT’s current creative team, PWInsider is also reporting they have confirmed that Tommy Dreamer and Konnan have now stepped in.


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ROH News: Latest Match Added To Road To G1 Supercard San Antonio

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Another match revealed for Ring Of Honor’s G1 Supercard in San Antonio!

With just a few days left before the third and final of a trifecta of Road To G1 Supercard events coming up in San Antonio, Texas this Saturday, Ring Of Honor has begun revealing the first matches for the show today.

After announcing that Marty Scurll will meet either Jonathan Gresham or Mark Haskins (depending on what happens in Dallas and Houston for Tag Wars), plus adding a WOH World Title Match that will see Kelly Klein defending against the former champion Sumie Sakai (more on that here), Ring Of Honor has now revealed that Bandido will be in action as he takes on Rocky Romero:

The road to Madison Square Garden begins deep in the heart of Texas as the stars of Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling do battle on Road to G1 Supercard – San Antonio on Jan. 26!

Your favorite stars will be in action, jockeying for position as ROH heads toward 17th Anniversary in Las Vegas, the final stop on the Road to G1 Supercard in Baltimore, and finally, The World’s Most Famous Arena!

ROH’s return to San Antonio features Night 3 of Tag Wars, the semifinals and finals of a 12-team tournament for a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Titles at 17th Anniversary on March 15 and a spot in the Crockett Cup, a tag team tournament co-promoted by the NWA and ROH, on April 27.

A first-time ever bout pitting ROH newcomer Bandido against New Japan Pro-Wrestling star Rocky Romero is the latest big match to be signed for the show.

BANDIDO vs. ROCKY ROMERO

Bandido was one of pro wrestling’s breakout stars in 2018, as the 23-year-old sensation wowed audiences all around the globe. The fourth-generation luchador competed in the prestigious Battle of Los Angeles in September and made it all the way to the finals. Also that month, he participated in the six-man tag match that headlined the All In pay-per-view before more than 11,000 fans at the sold-out Sears Centre near Chicago.

He recently signed an exclusive contract with ROH to test his skills against the best wrestlers in the world, and he will face one of the best in Romero

The veteran from Los Angeles has become one of the best player-coaches in wrestling, leading Roppongi 3K to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship while also maintaining an active schedule. Romero is a three-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion and is one of only two wrestlers to hold championships in ROH, NJPW and CMLL (Matt Taven is the other).

Will Bandido score one of the biggest victories of his career over the highly decorated Romero? Or will Romero school the young star? Join us LIVE in San Antonio or watch on HonorClub to find out!

All three nights of Road to G1 Supercard in Texas Jan. 24-26 will stream LIVE worldwide for HonorClub. Keep it locked to ROHWrestling.com and the ROH App for more match announcements.

ROAD TO G1 SUPERCARD – SAN ANTONIO
SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2019
BELL TIME @ 07:00 PM CT
AUSTIN HIGHWAY EVENT CENTER
1948 AUSTIN HWY
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78218

ALREADY SIGNED:

WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPION KELLY KLEIN vs. SUMIE SAKAI

TAG WARS FINALS

TAG WARS SEMIFINALS

“THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL vs. JONATHAN GRESHAM OR MARK HASKINS

BANDIDO vs. ROCKY ROMERO

OTHER MATCHES FEATURING COMPETITORS FROM THE FIRST ROUND OF TAG WARS

SIGNED TO APPEAR:

ROH World Champion Jay Lethal
ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia)
PCO
Brody King
Dalton Castle

PLUS MUCH MORE!

CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE


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