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WWE News: SmackDown Live Rating Goes Up, Stays 2nd In Top 5 (10/9/18)




Ever since their post-SummerSlam episodes, it’s been nothing short of rough showings for WWE’s RAW and SmackDown Live ratings on a weekly basis with numbers seemingly going down for both brand’s each passing week. This week however, the red brand was finally able to turn that around. Could Team Blue do the same?

The numbers for last night are in and SmackDown Live scored a 2.135, up 1.9% from last week. It’s not a big jump, but still a step in the right direction. Here’s a look at the last four weeks of ratings for the blue brand:

  • September 18th: 2.281
  • September 25th: 2.193
  • October 2nd: 2.095
  • October 9th: 2.135

Also, while Monday Night RAW has struggled to stay inside the top five of the Cable Top 150 Rankings in the 18-49 demographic, SmackDown Live has found things much easier without weekly competition from Monday Night Football. That being said, this week the blue brand again ranked second, falling behind more MLB Playoff baseball:

  1. MLB Playoffs – TBS – 1.92
  2. SmackDown Live – USA Network – 0.67
  3. Inside The MLB – TBS – 0.60
  4. Mayans MC – FX – 0.52
  5. The Challenge: Final Reckoning – MTV – 0.49

EA’s Take: Just like Monday Night RAW this week, SmackDown Live capitalizes coming off of Super Show-Down on Saturday to basically hold strong with their numbers from last week. Although, the blue brand doesn’t need to “load up” quite like RAW does just to stand a chance on Tuesday night’s. A slight increase in the ratings, but a small drop in the 18-49 demographic of only .02 for SmackDown on a night with a big MLB Playoff elimination game between the Red Sox and Yankees. It says a lot about not only the popularity of baseball, but also the popularity of the WWE as the brand is able maintain better than nearly any other programming when faced with some of the toughest competition any show could face. Yet, there are still those who buy into ratings as proof that “WWE is a failing product”, proving that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him eat…or something like that.


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WWE News: RAW Live Event Results From Bakersfield, California (12/15/18)



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Results from last night’s WWE Live Event in Bakersfield!

On the eve of tonight’s TLC pay-per-view, last night the WWE Superstars of Monday Night RAW continued their run of Live Events leading up to the show as they were in Bakersfield, California.

As was noted, Finn Balor returned to action after missing some time with a cold or flu bug (see that here), meaning his scheduled match against Drew McIntyre at TLC tonight is still on. Also among the action in Bakersfield was Kalisto look to take the Cruiserweight Championship from Buddy Murphy, Apollo Crews teaming with his Mixed Match Challenge partner Bayley and other matches very similar to the previous night in Nashville (find those results here). Below are the results:

  • Triple Threat: Drew McIntyre defeated Dolph Ziggler & Finn Balor
  • Apollo Crews & Bayley defeated Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox
  • Cruiserweight Title: Buddy Murphy retained over Kalisto
  • RAW Tag Title Triple Threat: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable retained over The Revival & AOP
  • Elias defeated Baron Corbin, then Corbin re-started the match as a No DQ 3-on-1 Handicap
  • No Disqualification Handicap Match: Elias defeated Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley & Drew McIntyre
  • Ember Moon, Natalya & Sasha Banks defeated The Riott Squad
  • Intercontinental Title: Seth Rollins retained over Dean Ambrose

Results c/o Fightful

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WWE News: Finn Balor Returns To Action At Tonight’s Live Event



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Finn Balor was back in action tonight at WWE Live in Bakersfield!

Ahead of tomorrow night’s TLC pay-per-view in San Jose, California, WWE’s RAW roster was in action last night with a Live Event in Nashville, Tennessee (see the results here) and noticeably absent was Finn Balor, who hasn’t been seen since he was sent home early from last weekend’s South American tour.

Earlier today, it was reported that Balor had yet to be cleared from an illness (find that story here), as a number of WWE Superstars had come down with what sounds like the cold or flu bug (check out that story here). As for Finn’s scheduled match at TLC tomorrow night, it was speculated to possibly be in jeopardy since he had yet to be cleared for any physical contact.

However, it looks like all systems are a go for Balor tomorrow night, as he returned to the ring this evening as WWE is live in Bakersfield, California for another RAW Live Event:

Balor was in action in a Triple Threat, facing Dolph Ziggler and his TLC opponent, Drew McIntyre. You can catch TLC live on pay-per-view or the WWE Network tomorrow night at 7PM EST, with the Kickoff beginning at 6PM. As always, you can follow along with the action right here on The Chairshot with Mitchell’s Live Report. Plus, join the conversation on Twitter with various members of the team (@theCHAIRSHOTcom).

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