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EA’s Weekly SmackDown Live YouTube Report (12/4/18)



A look at the YouTube performance for this week’s WWE SmackDown Live!

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 (2:30 PM EST, 12/6/18):

  1. AJ Styles crashes MizTV with Daniel Bryan – 919k views
  2. Asuka, Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair sign their TLC contract – 591k views
  3. AJ Styles vs. The Miz – 525k views
  4. Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy – 490k views
  5. Charlotte Flair & Asuka vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville – 420k views
  6. Xavier Woods vs. Jey Uso vs. Cesaro – 327k views
  7. The Miz seeks answers from Shane McMahon – 242k views

After what can’t be called anything other than a rough week in the ratings for RAW and SmackDown Live, the red brand still pulled off some strong YouTube numbers (see those here). Unfortunately for the blue brand, there’s a dip at the top with no clips reaching a million views after three accomplished it last week. At the top of the leaderboard comes our WWE Championship feud, which I personally felt was the most interesting thing advertised for the broadcast. Bryan is certainly not as hot as Becky Lynch is right now, but my feeling is that what’s new is always good and this is still fresh. We’re seeing Daniel make strides with his heel character quickly and while you would think that the TLC contract signing might have garnered more, I think this shows that segment was too predictable. Again, this is still fresh, also why the follow-up comes in at number three.

Sliding into second this week is the aforementioned Becky, along with Asuka and Charlotte Flair to sign the contract for their upcoming Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match. Keeping in mind again that views are down for everything on SmackDown Live this week, I still think these types of segments are too predictable. It went down exactly as I said it would (outside of the brawl, instead it led to a match which comes in at number five). Perhaps a lot of other people shared my sentiment:

The number four spot this week goes to a rivalry revisited, as Randy Orton met Jeff Hardy. Again, you’ve got two names here and the match was good as you’d expect from these guys, but predictable. In contrast to pegging what would go down during the contract signing correctly, I knew this one would end do to some kind of a distraction. I just thought it would be Rey Mysterio and not who did pop up on the video screen, bartender Samoa Joe. I love when the company uses elements of real-life in storylines, but certainly in this day and age a lot of other people will find it to be crossing the line.

Rounding out our list in a case where nearly everything could fall under the “best of the rest” tree, I’ll reserve that specifically for numbers six and seven. Not exactly a fair assessment based on the overall picture and lack of competition for the last positions. More of a given that a Triple Threat Match or match of any kind would beat out two backstage segments for sixth. Then for seventh, I’ll take The Miz and Shane McMahon in a segment over a Rusev backstage interview and general video package any day.

What do this week’s YouTube results for SmackDown Live 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 (2/18/19)

Start your Monday off with comments on news regarding Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch and more!



ALL IN Chris Jericho

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:

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.


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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?



WWE Elimination Chamber WWE Championship Match

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)

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

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!


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