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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: WWE Updates Rey Mysterio’s Schedule, More Dates Added

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After all the back-and-forth the majority of 2018, the day has finally come when Rey Mysterio officially returns to the WWE full-time tonight for the 1000th episode of SmackDown Live when he faces United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in a World Cup Qualifier.

With his return set, many fans have wondered what type of schedule the multi-time World Champion will have as the amount of dates he would work for the company was reportedly a point of emphasis for Mysterio during negotiations. Previously, Rey had been added on for six shows at the end of this month and into early-November for SmackDown’s northeast loop and then events in the United Kingdom (see that here).

Now, WWE has added more dates for Mysterio. Here’s a look at his updated schedule for the remainder of 2018:

  • October 20th – Hartford, Connecticut (Live Event)
  • October 21st – Boston, Massachusetts (Live Event)
  • October 22nd – White Plains, New York (Live Event)
  • October 23rd – Newark, New Jersey (SmackDown)
  • October 30th – Atlanta, Georgia (SmackDown)
  • November 3rd – Cardiff, Wales (Live Event)
  • November 4th – Aberdeen, Scotland (Live Event)
  • November 5th – Birmingham, England (Live Event)
  • November 6th – Manchester, England (SmackDown)
  • November 13th – St. Louis, Missouri (SmackDown)
  • November 18th – Los Angeles, California (Survivor Series)
  • November 20th – Los Angeles, California (SmackDown)
  • November 24th – Cincinnati, Ohio (Live Event/Starrcade)
  • November 27th – Minneapolis, Minnesota (SmackDown)
  • December 4th – Austin, Texas (SmackDown)
  • December 16th – San Jose, California (TLC)
  • December 29th – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (SmackDown)

 

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NJPW News: NJPW Announces Will Ospreay Out Of Road To Power Struggle With Injury

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With New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Road To Power Struggle and Super Jr. Tag League kicking off today in Tokyo, many fans wondered the whereabouts of Will Ospreay, who was scheduled to take part in the tour, but was nowhere to be seen.

Following the conclusion of today’s show, NJPW announced the following, revealing that Ospreay has suffered from a rib injury and will be taking some time off to recouperate:

Will Ospreay suffered injury to his rib in Britain and will miss Road to POWER STRUGGLE ~SUPER Jr. TAG LEAGUE 2018~ tour to focus on the Never openweight championship match in Osaka on November 3rd, from October 19th in Hiroshima to November 1st in Shizuoka, it was decided today.

As a result of Ospreay’s absence, Never openweight champion Taichi will be also out of action, from October 19th to November 1st.

We apologize to fans who were looking forward to seeing both competitors wrestle, and appreciate your understanding.

Details on the changes to affected cards can be found here: https://www.njpw1972.com/schedule/

Ospreay’s last appearance for NJPW came on October 8th at King Of Pro Wrestling, picking up the win over Taichi, Takashi Iizuka and Minoru Suzuki while he teamed with Tomohiro Ishii and Hirooki Goto.

 

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NJPW News: Road To Power Struggle Tokyo Results (10/16/18)

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New Japan Pro Wrestling will present Power Struggle and the 2018 Super Jr. Tag League on November 3rd in Osaka, but kicked off the Road To Power Struggle today at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo for the first of two straight shows at the venue.

Today’s card of course featured the start of the 2018 Super Jr. Tag League with four matches including last year’s winners, Roppongi 3K. Additionally, other top stars were in action such as Kazuchika Okada, IWGP Tag Team Champions The Guerrillas Of Destiny, Jay White, Kota Ibushi and more. Here are today’s results, you can catch all of tomorrow’s action on NJPW World at 5:30AM EST:

  • Ren Narita, Shota Umino & Toa Henare defeated Yuya Uemura, Ayato Yoshida & Yota Tsuji
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma defeated Chase Owens, Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Jay White, Bad Luck Fale & The Guerrillas Of Destiny defeated Best Friends, Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano
  • Super Jr. Tag League: Robbie Eagles & Taiji Ishimori defeated Jyushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask
  • Super Jr. Tag League: Volador Jr. & Soberano Jr. defeated ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi
  • Super Jr. Tag League: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Chris Sabin & KUSHIDA
  • Super Jr. Tag League: Shingo Takagi & BUSHI defeated Roppongi 3K

Results c/o NJPW1972

 

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