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EA’s Weekly RAW YouTube Report (12/3/18)



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):

  1. Ronda Rousey & Ember Moon vs. Nia Jax & Tamina – 2.2 million views
  2. Dean Ambrose subdues Seth Rollins – 1.9 million views
  3. Dolph Ziggler interrupts Drew McIntyre Appreciation – 957k views
  4. Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre – 860k views
  5. The Riott Squad sends Natalya through a table – 590k views
  6. Ronda Rousey vows to get retribution on Nia Jax & Tamina – 552k views
  7. 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.

What do this week’s YouTube results for RAW tell you? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Viking Name Change, Star Moved To Raw, AEW Signings and More! (4/23/2019)

News involving the Viking Name Change, Star Moved To Raw, AEW Signings and More!



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News here! Viking Name Change, Star Moved To Raw, AEW Signings and More!

Vikings Get A Name Change

Many fans and wrestling personalities commented on the War Raiders name change to the Viking Experience. Now, it looks like the WWE has changed the teams name again. They will now be known as the Viking Raiders according to their bio.

Jason’s Take

I get that WWE wants to name outside teams with their own in house names, but I still don’t understand why they were renamed from War Machine. I could have lived with War Raiders as well, but what do I know.

Cesaro Moved To RAW

Earlier today, we told you about the superstars that are moving to SmackDown Live. Now it appears that a superstar from the blue brand will be moving to RAW. POST Wrestling is reporting that Cesaro will be moving to RAW, effectively ending The Bar.

Jason’s Take

Cesaro and Sheamus had a great run as a tag team, and its a shame that both of them are not moving over to RAW, as I feel there is still some mileage left in the team.

AEW Signs 4 More

AEW continues to add talent to what is already shaping up to be an impressive roster. The signings include Leva Bates, Peter Avalon, and the tag team Private Party.

Jason’s Take

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; AEW is already shaping up to have one of the more impressive female rosters in North America. Here is hoping that it will live up to the hype.

WWE Holding Tryout In China

WWE continues to hold tryouts on foreign soil as the company will hold a tryout in China on July 15th to the 18th. According the press release:

SHANGHAI, China and STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE today announced that it will return to China in search of the next generation of Superstars by holding a talent tryout in Shanghai, its largest tryout in China to date. The four-day tryout, from Monday, July 15, through Thursday, July 18, will give up to 50 male and female athletes from China the opportunity to showcase their abilities, with the goal of being selected to begin training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.

“We are excited to return to Shanghai following the huge success of the first tryout in 2016,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “I have a personal message to every athlete and performer in China who has a dream of becoming a WWE Superstar: I am coming to Shanghai to help you make that happen. This is real, this is your chance. Step up and take this opportunity to change your life forever.”

Jason’s Take

This isn’t your father’s WWE. Hell, this isn’t the WWE from when I was younger. WWE continues to search and find talent to bring in to the company. You can say what you want, but the company does a great job in tapping into the foreign talent markets.

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black Moved to WWE Smackdown

Did Charlotte Flair have anything to do with this?



Andrade Cien Almas Zelina Vega WWE Superstar Shake-Up

Three talents get shaken up once more: Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black head to WWE Smackdown in a WWE Superstar Shake-Up reversal.

In a surprising move, WWE has changed the profiles for Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black to the blue brand, WWE Smackdown. Black was assigned to Raw during the Superstar Shake-Up, and Andrade and Vega were moved there in a spot that saw Andrade get a clean victory over Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor.

The internet, of course, immediately jumps to conclusions about the Latin representation of Smackdown (Rey Mysterio was also moved to Raw), as well as the relationship between Charlotte Flair and Andrade. Aleister and Zelina are married, and WWE has been trying to keep couples together. Do you think Charlotte Flair is responsible for this move?

Greg DeMarco’s Take on this WWE Superstar Shake-Up Reversal

I stand in the middle! I know, I don’t do that often. But Andrade to Raw made a ton of sense, as he can be a workhorse there and eat up TV time by putting on great matches. Smackdown is loaded (even more so), and I really hope 3 people move back to Raw in the process. As for why? This can definitely be a case of “LOLCHARLOTTEWINS” as she and Andrade are of course an item. If so, that shows how strong of a pairing Zelina and Andrade are if she went with him, and since Zelina and Aleister are married, Black goes as well. I could see the four of them traveling together, honestly.

This was originally reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet:

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