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):
- Big Show vs. Randy Orton – 1.2 million views
- Aiden English’s plan is foiled by Rusev & Lana – 931k views
- The Miz stirs the pot between AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan – 694k views
- Becky Lynch defends her title against Charlotte Flair – 612k views
- Relive Randy Orton’s career – 599k views
- Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe – 536k views
- 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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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/15/2019)
Start your Friday off with comments on news regarding Jimmy Uso, The Undertaker, Bray Wyatt, and more!
Jason shuffles in to the homestretch of the week with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on Jimmy Uso, The Undertaker, Bray Wyatt, and more!
Welcome To The Uso Penitentiary
According to TMZ sports, Jimmy Uso was arrested after a drunken dispute with Detroit police today. Naomi and Uso were pulled over earlier today when Namoi was headed the wrong way on a one way street. Police say that the vehicle smelled strongly of alcohol. Upon getting pulled over, Uso reportedly acted like he wanted to fight with police. He was booked and later posted bond.
Undertaker At Starrcast II
Sports Illustrated broke the news earlier today that the Undertaker will be appearing at Starrcast II Memorial Day weekend. According to SI: “I know people might assume this is an AEW event, but that is not true,” said Starrcast founder Conrad Thompson, whose convention is a weekend-long event featuring more than two dozen live wrestling-themed shows. “We have wrestlers appearing from every promotion from all over the world, and Starrcast isn’t just for All Elite Wrestling fans, it’s for all wrestling fans.
Cruiserweight Title Match Moved To Elimination Chamber Kickoff
The Cruiserweight championship match between Akira Tozawa and Buddy Murphy that was scheduled to be a part of the Elimination Chamber pay per view this coming Sunday has been moved to the Elimination Chamber kickoff show according a tweet from the WWE.
— WWE (@WWE) February 14, 2019
Bray Wyatt To Return Soon?
According to PWInsider, Bray Wyatt is “very close” to an in ring return. The last time Wyatt was seen in a WWE ring was at a WWE Live event in Columbus Ohio last December. The thought at the time was Bray Wyatt would return to Royal Rumble, but outside of some odd tweets, he hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Jason’s Thoughts on Today’s News
Undertake is on his way to All Elite Wrestling!!!! I better not say that or some of the AEW marks will get upset. All things considered though, it will be interesting to see what the Undertaker experience will be at Starrcast II. For pretty much the entirety of his career as the Undertaker, he has really never broken character outside of the ring. I would love to see a Q&A with him, a podcast, or a potential shoot interview. If there was one person who would have hours of stories to tell, it would be the Undertaker. I am a bit curious though of his contractual situation with the WWE and if they had any input to the appearance. Many fans will associate Starrcast II with AEW, so it is interesting. Does this mean we wont be seeing Undertaker at WrestleMania?
I am not going to comment on Jimmy Uso or Namoi. Everyone has a personal life outside of the ring. I really don’t have anything of value to add.
I thought Wyatt would be back at Royal Rumble as well, and there were the rumors that the Wyatt family could reunite. Throwing a hypothetical scenario out there, but could the return of Erik Rowan and his siding with Daniel Bryan lead to a potential return scenario for Wyatt? There is history there, and the storyline would pretty much write itself.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/14/19)
Start your Thursday off with comments on news regarding Ronda Rousey, Total Divas, NXT Takeover WrestleMania, and more!
Jason shuffles in to your Thursday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on Ronda Rousey, Total Divas, NXT Takeover WrestleMania, and more!
Chris Jericho On AEW Talent
Chris Jericho recently did an interview with Forbes discussing various elements of All Elite Wrestling. (Read the interview HERE). One of the excerpts of the interview was in regards to homegrown talent in AEW. Jericho said:
“I think we’ve assembled a great roster already of fresh talent,” Jericho said. “We have the seasoned veterans and really untapped rookies, with great people on every level. We have six-to-eight blue-chippers. That’s all you need to do a wrestling company. I think we have enough talent for the first year already.”
“I think what AEW has done is shaken up the big companies, and when I say that I mean WWE and New Japan, to where they’re signing everybody, and signing them to longer deals and more money. And I say to all of them, you’re welcome.”
“We have to work and build the roster that we already have, knowing that we’ll get more, but for right now, we have to assume this is our roster for next year. Let’s build some guys and create some of our own stars, which is mandatory for any wrestling company to survive.”
Ronda Rousey Joining Total Divas ?
Over the past few days, we have found out that Lana will be removed from the upcoming season of Total Divas while Sonya Deville will be added to the show. Now word is coming out that Ronda Rousey may be added to season nine. Crew members have reportedly been filming Rousey the past few weeks on her Browsey Acres farm.
Plans For The Women’s Tag Division Revealed?
WrestleVotes, one of the wrestling Twitter accounts that has a track record in breaking wrestling news, has sources that have revealed some potential information regarding the women’s tag division in a tweet earlier today:
Source: the Women’s division roster is slowly going to be crossing over more between both shows.
The plan is to have the Women’s Tag Team Champions appear on both brands initially, however, not on a weekly basis.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) February 13, 2019
NXT Takeover: Blacklist?
According the ticket website for the WWE, the NXT Takeover event that will be taking place during WrestleMania weekend will be titled NXT Takeover:Blacklist. (You can view the ticket page HERE)
Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News
With one set of tag team titles and lack of depth, it was a given that the women’s tag team division would cross over between brands. If handled right, I think the women’s tag team division will do well and could be a draw for WWE. While we are a ways off from an all women’s weekly show in WWE, the tag team division is the next logical step in that direction. It would be nice to see the NXT women’s division involved in the tag team division as well. Isn’t it interesting though? WWE, a company who has really done nothing with tag team wrestling the last 5 to 10 years trying to revolutionize women’s tag team wrestling in America. #savetagteamwrestling (Speaking of which, pick up a Save Tag Team Wrestling t-shirt from the Chairshot Pro Wrestling Tees store HERE Yeah, I know, cheap plug)
Can AEW run for a year on 6 to 8 names like Jeircho says it can? Is WWE and New Japan really trying to sign all the talent available? Or is Jericho just good at stirring the pot ? Let’s say it’s a combination of all of the above.