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 RAW YouTube Report (1:00 PM EST, 11/7/18):
- RAW & SmackDown’s Survivor Series captains are announced – 2 million views
- Dean Ambrose attacks Seth Rollins after his match – 1.4 million views
- Kurt Angle vs. Drew McIntyre – 1.3 million views
- RAW Tag Team Title Match: Seth Rollins vs. AOP – 794k views
- Braun Strowman on the hunt for Baron Corbin – 688k views
- Ronda Rousey reminds Becky Lynch who she’s dealing with – 651k views
- Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad – 407k views
After last week’s report saw the issues between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins take over the top spot, we have a new man leading the charge this week. The number one spot goes to RAW’s opening segment in which captains for each brand’s Survivor Series teams were revealed, but also focused around Kurt Angle and setting up his match for the night, which also came in at number three.
The Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins rivalry slides down a spot to number two this week, as the WWE Universe, along with Rollins, still await an explanation from ‘The Lunatic Fringe’. A stark contrast to how intrigued the fans are by this feud is Rollins’ other spot in our list this week at number four, losing the RAW Tag Titles to AOP which comes in with just under 800k views. You had a title change and Seth dragging that match up the board and there’s no doubt that’s the only reason it is ranked so high with the state of the tag team division currently on the red brand.
We see another drop for one of RAW’s top Superstars at number five with Braun Strowman’s search for Acting RAW General Manager Baron Corbin throughout the program. If anybody ever wants to argue against why Brock Lesnar is still around, look at what Braun pulled last week for his clip with ‘The Beast Incarnate’. It’s a difference over over a million views compared to what Strowman did this week. ‘Nuff said.
More sliding down our top seven is again the story for number six this week, as RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey surprisingly doesn’t hit great numbers with just 651k. This is definitely not what I had predicted, Rousey’s proven to be a force in her short WWE career on YouTube. I still don’t expect that to change and see this week’s performance as an aberration more than the start of a trend. After all, this week’s RAW was pre-recorded and absolutely could have had an affect on not just ratings, but people checking out the highlights as well.
Finishing up this week’s RAW YouTube Report was the opening match from the red brand, a rematch from Evolution that saw Bayley, Sasha Banks and Natalya face The Riott Squad. Much like every other week, number seven is always under my “best of the rest” category, as this beats out the likes of Nia Jax vs. Ember Moon and Apollo Crews vs. Jinder Mahal to make the cut.
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IMPACT News: Abyss & Sonjay Dutt Depart IMPACT, Possibly Going To WWE
Abyss & Sonjay Dutt have left IMPACT Wrestling!
Some breaking news this evening for fans of IMPACT Wrestling, as PWInsider is reporting they have confirmed that Abyss and Sonjay Dutt have parted ways with the promotion.
According to PWInsider, the decision for both men to leave the company is said to be “amicable” for all parties and IMPACT informed the roster of Abyss and Dutt’s departures in an email today. Additionally, it’s being said that IMPACT officials did not want to hold either man back from taking a bigger opportunity, which also according to PWInsider looks to be WWE, where they reportedly will begin shortly. At this time their possible roles in WWE are not known, however it’s believed that both will be working in a backstage capacity.
Abyss had recently re-signed with IMPACT last year (see that story here) and was inducted into the IMPACT Hall Of Fame over Bound For Glory weekend. Since then, ‘The Monster’ has been filling a producer’s role behind-the-scenes. As for Sonjay Dutt, he had been a member of IMPACT’s creative team and it’s believed he will take on similar duties for WWE, should that turn out to be the destination.
Regarding what this means for IMPACT’s current creative team, PWInsider is also reporting they have confirmed that Tommy Dreamer and Konnan have now stepped in.
ROH News: Latest Match Added To Road To G1 Supercard San Antonio
Another match revealed for Ring Of Honor’s G1 Supercard in San Antonio!
With just a few days left before the third and final of a trifecta of Road To G1 Supercard events coming up in San Antonio, Texas this Saturday, Ring Of Honor has begun revealing the first matches for the show today.
After announcing that Marty Scurll will meet either Jonathan Gresham or Mark Haskins (depending on what happens in Dallas and Houston for Tag Wars), plus adding a WOH World Title Match that will see Kelly Klein defending against the former champion Sumie Sakai (more on that here), Ring Of Honor has now revealed that Bandido will be in action as he takes on Rocky Romero:
The road to Madison Square Garden begins deep in the heart of Texas as the stars of Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling do battle on Road to G1 Supercard – San Antonio on Jan. 26!
Your favorite stars will be in action, jockeying for position as ROH heads toward 17th Anniversary in Las Vegas, the final stop on the Road to G1 Supercard in Baltimore, and finally, The World’s Most Famous Arena!
ROH’s return to San Antonio features Night 3 of Tag Wars, the semifinals and finals of a 12-team tournament for a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Titles at 17th Anniversary on March 15 and a spot in the Crockett Cup, a tag team tournament co-promoted by the NWA and ROH, on April 27.
A first-time ever bout pitting ROH newcomer Bandido against New Japan Pro-Wrestling star Rocky Romero is the latest big match to be signed for the show.
BANDIDO vs. ROCKY ROMERO
Bandido was one of pro wrestling’s breakout stars in 2018, as the 23-year-old sensation wowed audiences all around the globe. The fourth-generation luchador competed in the prestigious Battle of Los Angeles in September and made it all the way to the finals. Also that month, he participated in the six-man tag match that headlined the All In pay-per-view before more than 11,000 fans at the sold-out Sears Centre near Chicago.
He recently signed an exclusive contract with ROH to test his skills against the best wrestlers in the world, and he will face one of the best in Romero
The veteran from Los Angeles has become one of the best player-coaches in wrestling, leading Roppongi 3K to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship while also maintaining an active schedule. Romero is a three-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion and is one of only two wrestlers to hold championships in ROH, NJPW and CMLL (Matt Taven is the other).
Will Bandido score one of the biggest victories of his career over the highly decorated Romero? Or will Romero school the young star? Join us LIVE in San Antonio or watch on HonorClub to find out!
All three nights of Road to G1 Supercard in Texas Jan. 24-26 will stream LIVE worldwide for HonorClub. Keep it locked to ROHWrestling.com and the ROH App for more match announcements.
ROAD TO G1 SUPERCARD – SAN ANTONIO
SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2019
BELL TIME @ 07:00 PM CT
AUSTIN HIGHWAY EVENT CENTER
1948 AUSTIN HWY
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78218
WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPION KELLY KLEIN vs. SUMIE SAKAI
TAG WARS FINALS
TAG WARS SEMIFINALS
“THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL vs. JONATHAN GRESHAM OR MARK HASKINS
BANDIDO vs. ROCKY ROMERO
OTHER MATCHES FEATURING COMPETITORS FROM THE FIRST ROUND OF TAG WARS
SIGNED TO APPEAR:
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal
ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia)
PLUS MUCH MORE!
CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE