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EA’s Weekly SmackDown Live YouTube Report (11/6/18)

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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 (2:30PM EST, 11/8/18):

  1. Paige reveals the SmackDown Women’s Survivor Series Team – 931k views
  2. Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas – 850k views
  3. Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy to qualify for Survivor Series – 837k views
  4. Daniel Bryan and The Miz are named Survivor Series co-captains – 835k views
  5. The New Day vs. The Usos to be named Survivor Series captains – 493k views
  6. Nikki Cross accepts Becky Lynch’s challenge – 484k views
  7. Becky Lynch responds to Ronda Rousey’s words from RAW – 461k views

After last week’s SmackDown Live YouTube Report saw multiple clips reaching the million view mark, this week it only takes 900k-plus to top our list. Really, in order to have any spot on this list, it was related to Survivor Series in some fashion as the company quickly has to prepare with just over a week remaining. So sliding into number one this week is SmackDown General Manager Paige revealing that the blue brand will be represented by Asuka, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Carmella and Charlotte Flair (should she finally accept) at Survivor Series.

Coming in second this week is Rey Mysterio, who has held between 800k and a million since his full-time return back at SmackDown 1000. This was easily the most anticipated match on the show, as WWE gave fans a quintessential “dream match” that also saw Mysterio earn his spot at Survivor Series. Again, that was the main theme of the evening with another match to determine a spot on SmackDown’s squad coming in third, the main event in which Samoa Joe qualified.

At fourth this week is the reveal of the Men’s SmackDown team captains, as Daniel Bryan takes a big slide from last week when he drew over a million views in a WWE Title Match against AJ Styles. More captains are named at number five, this time through tag team action as The Usos and The New Day give another superb showing. Ultimately, does it really matter who is named team captain? Does anybody care? I don’t think they do.

We see a long-awaited debut at the sixth spot this week, the follow-up match to the promo by SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch as Nikki Cross rejoins SAnitY, but loses to ‘The Lass Kicker’. On a week of taped WWE programming, I think the number six clip is a perfect example of what spoilers can do for viewership on television and other platforms like YouTube. This was a debut by a Superstar that’s quite popular in the NXT circles and with that fan base, yet the clip can’t even pull 500k views. Certainly a disappointment, but like the performance of the promos by Rousey and Lynch. It’s a shame they couldn’t have found a way to get these two actually in the same place/room/ring for some of their brief build to Survivor Series because the YouTube views would be a much different story.

 

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Former AWA/WWE Star To Run Wrestling Academy

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Former AWA/WWE tag team star Pat Tanaka will be running a wrestling academy with North Dakota based wrestling promotion Fully Loaded Wrestling. Tanaka recently ran a four day camp in Fargo, North Dakota that lead to the announcement of the Fully Loaded Wrestling Academy.

For those who are unfamiliar with FLW, the company has had current WWE stars Ruby Riot and Ariya Daivari wrestle in the company, along with former stars such as Tommy Dreamer, X-Pac, Gangrel, and Ken Anderson. Also, one of the woman I wrote about a few weeks ago as one of the up and coming women to watch out for in 2019, Kara Noia, got her start there. Those who are interested in learning from a former world tag team champion can visit the Fully Loaded Wrestling Academy on Facebook by clicking here. A video of Tanaka and FLW owner Donny Dahl discussing the training camp held last week can be seen below.

Jason’s Take
This is an academy that will be very beneficial to wrestlers in the mid-west. Minnesota has always been a hot bed for wrestling, and now a school in North Dakota, along with the FLW promotion, will only benefit from another outlet to work on their craft. I might be a bit bias being from the area, however FLW has been putting out a quality product with the right mix of homegrown talent mixed in with some of the top indie talent in the midwest including Arik Cannon and Darin Corbin. Hopefully, this academy will add an infusion of young talent into the indie scene.

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Wrestlemania 35 Main Event Plans

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We are at that point and time of the year where rumors of Wrestlemania matches begin to swirl. According to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that Vince McMahon is heading in the direction of Ronda Rousey vs Becky Lynch as the main event.

The original match plans were for Charlotte to take on Rousey, however, with the injury to Becky Lynch on this weeks RAW, plans have changed.

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One of the last “first ever” women’s matches/events that WWE has yet to book is a female main event at Wrestlemania. There should be no worry about the Rousey/Lynch feud losing momentum, and in a way, the injury to Lynch on RAW benefits Lynch, Charlotte, and Rousey. Lynch is the most over superstar on both rosters, and the injury only has added fuel to her push. WWE made sure to push her injury on Smackdown this week, and have talked about it all week on WWE.com. It could also be beneficial to Nia Jax, as this can lead to a potential angle with Lynch. If their Twitter exchange this week was any indication, it appears they are headed that way. This does make me ask the question however if WWE has dropped the ball with the women’s revolution by not pushing Becky Lynch sooner, as Lynch has clearly been one of the most talented women on the roster.

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