A look at the YouTube performance for this week’s WWE RAW!
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 (2:30 PM EST, 12/5/18):
- Ronda Rousey & Ember Moon vs. Nia Jax & Tamina – 2.2 million views
- Dean Ambrose subdues Seth Rollins – 1.9 million views
- Dolph Ziggler interrupts Drew McIntyre Appreciation – 957k views
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre – 860k views
- The Riott Squad sends Natalya through a table – 590k views
- Ronda Rousey vows to get retribution on Nia Jax & Tamina – 552k views
- Loser Gets Fired: Heath Slater vs. Rhyno – 534k views
While this week’s RAW had some brutal ratings numbers (see more on that here), it has no affect at all when it comes to YouTube and in a sense, may even boost it. The RAW Women’s Champion is once again in our top spot this week as she continues to be the top draw for the brand with Roman Reigns out and Brock Lesnar off. With three spots in our top seven (number five still revolves around Ronda), her dominance on YouTube is well established at this point. On the other hand, clearly she has little to no affect on ratings like some people think, seeing how she was a major focal point of this week’s historically low-rated show.
Back at number two this week is Seth Rollins, but mostly Dean Ambrose as their feud continued on with the next possible tweak to Ambrose’s character. I’ve called for Dean to turn heel for a very, very long time now, but I haven’t been as satisfied with it due to how it’s been handled. I don’t want Ambrose making jokes or trying to be funny because…quite frankly…he’s not. This week felt like more of a step in the right direction, I’d like to see the siren incorporated into his music moving forward and if he were to continue wearing the gas mask during his entrance would be a cool change. Still though, he needs to stop with the wise cracks. Be the vicious son of a bitch you should be.
In the third spot this week is RAW’s unquestioned rising star, Drew McIntyre, as the partnership with Dolph Ziggler officially came to an end. I think there’s a couple factors in play with regards to the amount of views for this breakup, one of which is the breakup itself. Any clip that has something of significance storyline-wise usually will do better than say, a random match of little importance. Plus, I think that we’re seeing the ascension of McIntyre as a main event player and if he can keep numbers up like these, it may translate over to the casuals in the long haul.
Finishing our list could be considered “best of the rest”, but my aforementioned point about clips with storyline significance doing better than others is shown here again. Make any jokes you want about Heath Slater and Rhyno’s usage, but the fact is that any Superstar getting “fired” is a significant storyline. If more people tuned into a clip of Bobby Lashley showing us his favorite pose again did better, I’d be worried.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/18/19)
Start your Monday off with comments on news regarding Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch and more!
Jason shuffles into Monday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch, and more!
More On IMPACT Offer To Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho was recently a guest on Wrestling Observer Radio, and during the broadcast he discussed the offer that IMPACT wrestling made to him a few months ago: (credit to Fightful for the transcription below)
“In my mind, from a pure business standpoint, I’m worth as much as Brock Lesnar to WWE as far as what I bring to the table. That’s the watermark that I had. For me to go back to Vince, I want that kind of a deal. When I was starting to talk with Tony (Khan) and New Japan and Impact as well– Impact offered me a hell of a deal for a four match series. We’re talking mid-seven figures. They have some cash as well.”
AEW Double Or Nothing Ticket Sale Notes
Cody Rhodes took to Twitter a few days ago and provided some interesting stats on ticket sales for AEW Double Or Nothing:
• Tickets purchased from all 50 states domestically(plus Puerto Rico / D.C)
• 9 countries. Canada, UK, Mexico, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Panama, Austria
• 1st same day sellout for pro-wrestling in Vegas ever!
Thank you fans for going “all in” on this dream. pic.twitter.com/F5oi8A7uDu
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) February 13, 2019
Why The Women Didn’t Headline Elimination Chamber
Initially, it was thought that the historic Women’s Tag Team Championship match would headline the Elimination Chamber pay per view, however, according to Fightful, Vince McMahon made the change to swap the match out with the men’s Elimination Chamber match. McMahon felt the women’s match would get the reaction desired to close out the show.
Becky Lynch Re-Injures Knee At Live Event
While it appears to be only in storyline, Becky Lynch appeared to re-injure her knee after attempting to attach Charlotte Flair at a house show Saturday evening.
— WWE (@WWE) February 17, 2019
WWE Elimination Chamber Results: WWE Championship Match
Was Daniel Bryan able to walk out of WWE Elimination Chamber still BOTH the Planet’s and WWE Champion?
Six men fought it out in the main event of WWE Elimination Chamber for The New Daniel Bryan’s WWE Championship. Did the Planet’s Champion retain?
The six men involved were:
- Kofi Kingston (with Big E and Xavier Woods, starting in the near right pod)
- Jeff Hardy (starting in the far right pod)
- Randy Orton (starting in the near left pod)
- AJ Styles (starting in the near left pod)
- Samoa Joe (starting in the ring)
- WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (with Eric Rowan, starting in the ring)
Does he have an advantage? All 4 of the last 4 (non-tag) Elimination Chamber matches have been won by first time entrants.
— WWE Stats & Info (@WWEStats) February 18, 2019
Kofi Kingston was THE fan’s favorite headed into this match. But he started in a pod, as the first two men in the match were Samoa Joe and WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (the Ring Of Honor fan in me is happy).
Order of events:
- Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe started the match at 0:00
- Kofi Kingston entered the Chamber at 5:16
- AJ Styles entered the Chamber at 10:27
- AJ Styles eliminated Samoe Joe at 14:34
- Jeff Hardy entered the Chamber at 15:14
- Daniel Bryan eliminated Jeff Hardy at 17:58
- Randy Orton entered the Chamber at 19:57
- Randy Orton eliminated AJ Styles at 22:21
- Kofi Kingston eliminated Randy Orton at 24:01
- The final two men in the match were WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston
- Daniel Bryan pinned Kofi Kingston at 36:35 to retain the WWE Championship
.@TrueKofi with the trust fall!
— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) February 18, 2019
Daniel Bryan last eliminated Kofi Kingston to win the Elimination Chamber match and retain the WWE Championship
Follow along with Mitchell’s WWE Elimination Chamber Coverage!