Your weekly look at the YouTube performance for WWE NXT, airing Wednesdays on the WWE Network.
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.
WWE NXT YouTube Report (12:30 AM EST, 11/15/18):
- Lacey Evans vs Karissa Rivera – 85k views
- Relive Aleister Black and Johnny Gargano’s history – 72k views
- Hanson vs. Kyle O’Reilly – 54k views
- Mia Yim vs. Bianca Belair – 31k views
If you listed out each video from this week’s edition of WWE NXT (there were 6), I would have placed Lacey Evans vs Karissa Rivera in the bottom two. Instead it comes in at #1! I wonder how much credit can be given to Rivera here, as looking at the Google trends she moved the needle a little, from a “who is that?” perspective. WWE takes notice of things like that, so we’ll see if a contract is in her future.
Even at #1, this match couldn’t exceed what the #3 video did last week.
Remember what I said last week about Johnny Gargano? He’s NXT gold. I am glad they didn’t rush him to the main roster, he’s become a driving force for the black and yellow brand, and coming in second this week is no different.
Hanson vs. O’Reilly did well, as it’s the final sales pitch for the major selling point of this Takeover. I don’t really care that War Games doesn’t have a roof on the cage, but the one thing would change from last year’s event is the way talent entered the match. This year’s return to the traditional format makes me happy, and that was the major focus of this match.
Mia Yim’s proper NXT debut coming in third surprised me, especially since Evans-Rivera nearly tripled it. She comes in with a ton of love from the internet crowd (all of it deserved, too), so hopefully she’ll draw in even more eyeballs once she’s in a program.