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.
WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From Venice, Florida (12/8/18)
Results from the other NXT Live Event last night in Florida!
Last night while a portion of the WWE NXT roster featuring the brand’s champions and top Superstars were in action for a Live Event in St. Paul, Minnesota (find the results here), another portion containing more of the newer talent and Performance Center recruits continued their own weekend tour.
Following Friday night’s action in Fort Pierce (check those results out here), things moved along to Venice with a lineup that featured War Raiders back in tag team action, Keith Lee partnering with The Street Profits to take on The Forgotten Sons, in addition to Nikki Cross versus Deonna Purrazzo and more. Below are the results:
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch defeated Mansoor Al-Shehail & Rick Boog
- Xia Li defeated Vanessa Borne
- Babatunde defeated Fabian Aichner
- Aliyah & Reina Gonzalez defeated Jessie Elaban & MJ Jenkins
- Shane Thorne defeated Riddick Moss
- War Raiders defeated Brennan Williams & Punishment Martinez
- Nikki Cross defeated Deonna Purrazzo
- Keith Lee & The Street Profits defeated The Forgotten Sons
Results c/o Fightful
— Naturally Phenomenal (@NaturallyP1) December 9, 2018
#NXTVenice it was an awesome match between @NikkiCrossWWE and @DeonnaPurrazzo with as beloved Nikki is, it was awesome seeing Deonna getting a fairshare of support from the crowd as well, she is awesome pic.twitter.com/lpHPVxKOEO
— Kyle Feeley (@ScorpioKyle) December 9, 2018
Thank you #NXTVenice
Lee Profits. pic.twitter.com/uIQqH2PaqI
— King Tez (@MontezFordWWE) December 9, 2018
WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From St. Paul, Minnesota (12/8/18)
Results from NXT’s Live Event in St. Paul, Minnesota!
As we’ve noted, the WWE NXT roster has been divided up this weekend with some of the fresher faces staying home in Florida while the majority of the top Superstars have been north in Wisonsin and Minnesota.
After Friday night’s show in Green Bay (check out the results here), last night’s card a TakeOver: War Games II rematch as The Velveteen Dream challenged Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Championship. Plus, Kairi Sane looked to recapture the NXT Women’s Title from Shayna Baszler, The Undisputed Era in a 6-Man Tag and much more. Below are the results:
- Matt Riddle defeated Kassius Ohno
- Jessamyn Duke defeated Candice LeRae
- Bobby Fish defeated Humberto Carrillo
- Dominik Dijakovic defeated Kona Reeves
- Aleister Black defeated Johnny Gargano
- Ricochet & Heavy Machinery defeated The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong)
- NXT Women’s Title: Kairi Sane defeated Shayna Baszler by DQ
- NXT Title: Tommaso Ciampa retained over The Velveteen Dream
Results c/o WrestleZone