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EA’s Weekly SmackDown Live YouTube Report (10/9/18)



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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, 10/11/18):

  1. Big Show vs. Randy Orton – 1.2 million views
  2. Aiden English’s plan is foiled by Rusev & Lana – 931k views
  3. The Miz stirs the pot between AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan – 694k views
  4. Becky Lynch defends her title against Charlotte Flair – 612k views
  5. Relive Randy Orton’s career – 599k views
  6. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe – 536k views
  7. AJ Styles vs. Shelton Benjamin – 333k views

When you bring back a legendary Superstar, it always leads to great things on YouTube and that’s what we get this week for SmackDown Live. A lot of fans like to rag on the guy, but Big Show is indeed a legend and his first match back in over a year, plus the appeal of Randy Orton who has been on a roll and a World Cup spot on the line leads them to be the only clip to reach a million views. Plus…how good has Orton been lately? ‘The Viper’ is red hot, so much so that a career highlight video is good enough to land him on our list a second time at number five.

Number two was the continuation of the one night in Milwaukee reveal, which hasn’t gone how I hoped. Many fans still wanted to know the payoff and despite my feeling that it has all been a bit of a let down, Rusev and Lana having it blow up in Aiden’s face was a nice and entertaining touch. I just don’t see much coming of this route unfortunately.

Sliding into the third spot is the build to AJ Styles’ next WWE Championship defense against Daniel Bryan at Crown Jewel. There’s nobody better to be the one trying to stir the pot between them than The Miz and was a great way to kick this off, but you have to wonder why this clip didn’t draw more. Is this not the type of match smart fans clamor to see? Seems like this is the quintessential dream match and there would be more excitement for it.

The fiery feud over the SmackDown Women’s Title comes into number four this week with a rematch from Super Show-Down that opened the broadcast. Becky and Charlotte got a large chunk of SmackDown Live’s airtime and produced another quality match, but again the draw feels lower than you’d expect. My best theory would be perhaps it just seemed inevitable we were going to see it again at Evolution and maybe people expected a finish that wasn’t clean.

Lastly, SmackDown Live’s second World Cup Qualifier takes home fifth as Jeff Hardy advanced over Samoa Joe to earn his spot at Crown Jewel. It was Hardy’s return after being off television since Hell In A Cell, but the match left a lot to be desired and ended abruptly via referee stoppage with Joe still selling his damaged knee from Super Show-Down. The important part is that Hardy return however, which is good enough to carry it away from the bottom of the SmackDown Live barrel this week.


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WWE News: Another Match Made For TLC This Sunday



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WWE has added a Chairs Match to TLC on Sunday!

Just as SmackDown Live is about to go on the air (keep up with all the action with Mitchell’s Live Report), another match has been made official for Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view featuring two of the blue brand’s top Superstars.

After their recent encounters and the shocking unmasking, Rey Mysterio will have his shot at revenge against Randy Orton when they go one-on-one. However, it won’t be just any match as the two will clash in a Chairs Match:

Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton will pull out a chair (or two or 10) to settle their scorching rivalry, and the time and place for the hard-hitting encounter will be at WWE TLC, where they will go head to head (and swing for swing) in a Chairs Match.

The bitter hatred between these two Superstars fueled several jaw-dropping moments, including Orton viciously unmasking The Master of the 619 during the Nov. 20 edition of SmackDown LIVE. Given their chaotic brawls in recent weeks, nothing will come close to the battle that awaits them in this steel sharpens steel affair.

Will Mysterio capitalize on his moment for redemption? Or will The Apex Predator claim another “victim?” Don’t miss Mysterio and Orton swinging for the fences in what promises to be a chaotic Chairs Match at WWE TLC, Sunday, Dec. 16, streaming live at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.

Who do you think will get the win at TLC? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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WWE News: RAW Viewership Drops Again, Back To 5th In Rankings (12/10/18)



A look at the ratings for last night’s WWE RAW!

After what could be described as two consecutive brutal ratings weeks for Monday Night RAW (yet still had a good 18-49 number and moved up in the top five rankings), the red brand looked to turn things around last night with its final episode before Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view.


While last night’s numbers were delayed today, they have now dropped and RAW comes in with an overall rating of 2.194, its third straight decrease and a fall of 4% from last week. Here’s how the last month’s worth of ratings look for the red brand:

  • November 19th: 2.493
  • November 26th: 2.368
  • December 3rd: 2.286
  • December 10th: 2.194

Meanwhile, this week is different when it comes to the ratings and rankings comparison, as last week’s show saw a drop in viewership, but was able to rise up a spot in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic. This week, that’s not the case as RAW’s best hour is back down to fifth, while the 9PM and 10PM hours come in sixth and seventh respectively. Here’s the top five:

  1. Monday Night Football – ESPN – 3.46
  2. Monday Night Kickoff – ESPN – 1.36
  3. SportsCenter (12AM) – ESPN – 1.08
  4. Love & Hip Hop – VH1 – 0.79
  5. Monday Night RAW (8PM) – USA Network – 0.78

EA’s Take: At this point, anyone who uses ratings as their be-all, end-all for how WWE’s product or company is doing isn’t going to stop doing so. Especially when the numbers continue to get worse. The 18-49 demographic means nothing to them, but I can only explain its importance so many times, which I’ve done every week for months now. So we’re just going to look at the reasons why. Has the show sucked lately? Yes. Was it improved this week and it just didn’t reflect in the ratings? Yes. The narrative is going to be a lot different come January, believe that.

Do this week’s ratings reflect how much you enjoyed RAW? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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