Ring Of Honor is only a mere few days away from Glory By Honor weekend with the pay-per-view coming up Friday night in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by television tapings on Sunday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Despite the big weekend being right around the corner, ROH is already looking ahead to Survival Of The Fittest on November 4th from Columbus, Ohio. With less than a month remaining before the event, today ROH has announced that ‘Hot Sauce’ Tracy Williams will be making his Ring Of Honor debut as a part of the annual tournament and is this year’s first entry:
The 13th annual Survival of the Fittest returns to Ring of Honor on Sunday November 4, emanating LIVE from Columbus, OH’s Express Live, broadcasting LIVE for all HonorClub Members! First-round match winners will compete in a six-man elimination match at the end of the night. The winner of the Survival of the Fittest Finals will receive a future Ring of Honor World Championship opportunity!
Eleven individuals have won the previous twelve Survival of the Fittest Tournaments, with seven out of eleven individual winners eventually winning the ROH World Championship! With the list of former winners a true who’s who of professional wrestling, including current ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, the only three-time ROH World Champion Adam Cole, Bryan Danielson, Roderick Strong, and more, this year’s winner has a chance to add their name to a list of legends with an opportunity to write their name in the history books as a potential future ROH World Champion.
The first entrant in this year’s tournament is one of the hottest free agents in professional wrestling, “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams!
Since his debut in 2009, Williams has earned a reputation for being one of the best pound-for-pound grapplers and strikers in professional wrestling. The Brooklyn native is one of the most talked about, in-demand stars in wrestling and will make his ROH debut in Columbus, OH with an opportunity to leave the number one contender for the ROH World Championship!
Can Williams make history and win Survival of the Fittest in his very first night? Join us in Columbus or stream Survival of the Fittest LIVE for HonorClub to find out!
Survival of the Fittest returns on Sunday November 4 and will be broadcast LIVE for all HonorClub members! But there is no better way to experience the hard-hitting, in-your-face action of ROH than to do so LIVE! Limited tickets remain to this marquee event! Get yours NOW!
RING OF HONOR SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST 2018
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 04TH
MEET & GREETS @ 05:00 PM EDT
BELL TIME @ 07:00 PM EDT
405 NEIL AVE
43215 COLUMBUS, OH
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST PARTICIPANTS
“HOT SAUCE” TRACY WILLIAMS
& MORE INTERNATIONAL STARS TO BE ANNOUNCED
SIGNED TO APPEAR:
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions “The American Nightmare” Cody & The Young Bucks
ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes
ROH World TV Champion Jeff Cobb
Women of Honor Champion Sumie Sakai
“The Villain” Marty Scurll
“Hangman” Adam Page
SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky)
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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown Rating Analysis (5/21/19): #2 For Cable
Did Smackdown retain it’s footing in the ratings this week? (Spoiler: it did.)
Greg DeMarco chimes in with your May 21WWE Smackdown rating. What does it really tell us? Greg tells you!
We now have your May 21 edition of WWE Smackdown rating, and it’s good news for the show! Let’s start with the breakdown:
- 1.983 million viewers
- .61 rating in the all important 18-49 demographic
- ranked #2 among all cable shows for the night
Here are last week’s results:
- 1.87 million viewers
- .56 rating in the all important 18-49 demographic
- ranked #6 among all cable shows for the night
(Available via ShowbuzzDaily)
But what does the WWE Smackdown Rating really mean, Greg?
After sitting outside the Top 5 for two weeks, Smackdown made a triumphant return coming at #2 for the night, narrowly losing out to the NHL Conference Finals (won by the St. Louis Blues and apparently Patrick O’Dowd). Interesting of note is that Smackdown outdrew the NHL in terms of overall viewership (hockey drew 1.807 million viewers), but fell just short in the share (Smackdown’s .61 versus hockey’s .62). Once again, the only thing that tends to knock WWE out of the top spots is live sports (and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 8).
This is good news for Smackdown and WWE in general, as Money In The Bank and the return of Brock Lesnar did in fact garner more eyeballs. Add in the WWE 24/7 Championship, which I am inclined to believe had at least a short term impact based on the fact that R-Truth and Robert Roode came in #1 in the 36 hour YouTube views for Raw, and things being thrown at walls are sticking right now. Let’s hope it continues! Also of note, Miz & Mrs came in at #5 with 1.037 million viewers and a .37 rating, strong for the show. Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills and The Last OG came in #3 adn #4, respectively.
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DeMarco’s WWE Raw YouTube Viewer Report (5/20/19)
Did R-Truth and Robert Roode really have the most viewed Raw YouTube video???
Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Raw YouTube viewership for the May 20th broadcast!
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 such, YouTube has joined social media as a metric as important to WWE as television ratings (if not more). The weekly WWE Raw YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.
As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE RAW YouTube Performance Report, compiled mid-day Wednesday (approximately 36 hours after Raw went off the air), for the 5/20/19 edition of WWE Raw:
- R-Truth wins the WWE 24/7 Championship from Robert Roode – 1.764 million views
- Brock Lesnar Money In The Bank briefcase celebration – 1.674 million views
- Mick Foley introduces the WWE 24/7 Championship – 1.568 million views
- Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston vs. Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley – 763k views
- Lucha House Party attack Lars Sullivan – 700k views
- Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross, & Alexa Bliss vs. The IIconics & Lacey Evans – 678k views
- The Miz vs. Drew McIntyre – 467k views
- Firefly Fun House promo video – 454k views
- Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn – 398k views
- The IIconics & Lacey Evans interrupt A Moment Of Bliss – 383k views
- Shane McMahon promo on Roman Reigns – 365k views
- WWE 24/7 Champion Robert Roode hides backstage – 364k views
- AJ Styles slaps Baron Corbin backstage – 231k views
- The Usos vs. The Revival – 202k views
- Triple H informs Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston that they’re teaming up – 184k views
- Ricochet vs. Cesaro – 161k views
- Nikki Cross gets herself a cohosting gig with Alexa Bliss – 142k views
- Samoa Joe backstage promo – 102k views
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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Raw YouTube Ratings Analysis
Let’s take a look at the numerical analysis!
- 5/20 edition of Raw: 10.600 million total views across 18 videos
- 5/13 edition of Raw: 8.648 million total views across 17 videos
- +1.952 million views, 22% increase for this week over last week
- 5/20 Top 5: 6.469 million views
- 5/13 Top 5: 6.197 million views
- +272k views, 4% increase over last week
- 5/20 average: 588k views
- 5/13 average: 508k views
- +80k views per video, 15% decrease over last week
Let’s start at the top: three videos above a million views, with the top spot going to R-TRUTH AND ROBERT ROODE! Man, that’s a win for R-Truth and the new WWE 24/7 Championship. The Top 5 videos for Raw approached 6.5 million views total, a 4% increase over last week. The make up of the Top 5 was very different this week, with the aforementioned Truth and Roode, plus Brock Lesnar, Mick Foley, Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, and The Lucha House Party?!?!
Last week we saw a tremendous drop after the Top 5, and this week the lower tiered videos more than doubled those from last week. Nothing dipped below 100k views, where 3 did last week (we also had one more video this week, for 18 total). This weeks #6 video (just outside the Top 5) was over 100k higher than last week’s. That’s telling, as last week’s interest was more at the top of the card.
Raw’s TV rating went up this week. But it still dipped down in the Top 5. That didn’t seem to impact the distribution of the YouTube views this time around.
Two big shockers to me:
- The obvious…R-Truth and Robert Roode come in at #1!
- Cesaro follows up his Top 5 performance from last week with a 161k video this week, against Ricochet.
My favorite video…The Usos and The Revival crushing it!
What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?