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WWE News: Huge Drop In SmackDown Rating, Falls In Top 5 (12/4/18)



A look at the ratings for last night’s WWE SmackDown Live!

While things on the ratings side for Monday Night RAW have not been going swimmingly of late (check out this week’s numbers for the red brand), WWE’s SmackDown Live continues to dominate Tuesday nights, although they still pull much less viewership than RAW. Would that hold true this week?

The ratings for last night’s SmackDown Live are in and not only are they also rough, but they are historically rough as the blue brand pulls a 1.948, down 13.9% from last week. Here’s how the last four weeks of ratings for SmackDown Live look:

  • November 13th: 2.312
  • November 20th: 2.150
  • November 27th: 2.264
  • December 5th: 1.948

With that big of a drop in viewership also comes a dip in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic, something that the blue brand generally isn’t found outside of the top two. This week is one of those weeks, as SmackDown Live is down to number three. Here’s the top five:

  1. The Curse Of Oak Island – History – 0.74
  2. Below Deck – Bravo – 0.69
  3. SmackDown Live – USA Network – 0.66
  4. The Challenge: Reckoning Reunion – MTV – 0.40
  5. Chrisley Knows Best – USA Network – 0.37

EA’s Take: When I first took a look at the numbers, I had to do a double take…then a triple take and make sure I wasn’t being bamboozled. There’s no way two ways about it. If ratings are how you judge WWE’s product, it doesn’t get much worse than this week with either show. Unusual, considering no matter what’s going on with RAW, SmackDown Live still performs on-screen (which they did this week) and fans generally look at that as their “saving grace” when Monday nights are boring them to death. But, we’ve come close to these numbers just recently in early November, so hitting them this time of the year isn’t that big of a surprise. Just kind of catches you off-guard at first.

What do this week’s numbers for SmackDown Live say to 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!


A Magical Interview With Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW)

Learn more about Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW)!



Malaysia Pro Wrestling

This evening was a special event for me, as I was working on my next article. I was in the mist of researching one of the rising stars in Asia, Malaysia Professional Wrestling (MyPW) and the promotion’s representative quickly replied to my initial contact over Facebook.  It is important to understand the story of such promotions and with the gracious opportunity before me, I seized the moment to conduct the following interview.  I can not thank Malaysia Pro Wrestling enough for taking time out of their schedule and agree to this with no prior warning.  I will always be in their debt.

SC: Thank you for spending time to speak with me.

MYP: It is a pleasure, we are truly grateful for any feedback we can receive from our fanbase.  It is very important to MYPW to maintain strong relations with our fans.

SC: Since most fans in the United States are unfamiliar with your promotion, please tell us about how Malaysian Pro Wrestling began.

MYP: Professional wrestling has always been popular in Malaysia, beginning in the 1980s with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Class Wrestling (WCW).  Fans in the country couldn’t attend live events, so we established fan clubs which became a tight community.  Our founder, Mr. Ayez Shaukat Fonseka grew up being a fan, but believed our fans deserved a promotion of our own.  In April 2014, Malaysian Pro Wrestling was born.

SC: The fanbase sounds remarkable.

MYP: It is true, we didn’t just meet to watch events on television.  We also coordinated with each other for other activities.  We became more than friends, we became family.

SC: What were some of the challenges MYPW faced during those early years?

MYP:  Malaysia didn’t have a wrestling school or a professional trainer in the beginning.  One of our volunteers, Mr. Shaukat took a three week course under Rick Drasin (trained by WWE HoF Mae Young) and he found a mentor in form of Dr. Tom Prichard.  Mr. Shaukat became our head trainer and we began as a wrestling school.   It took two years before we were able to hold our first event in 2016 MyPW Uprising.

SC:  What are some of the biggest challenges MYPW faces today and how do you overcome these?
MYP:  The biggest challenge has always been our financial limitations.  We literally practice the word “independent” or “indie” for short.  We are unable to attract sponsors as well. The promotion is single handedly funded by our co-director, merchandise sales, and tickets to cover the show venue.  As for the developmental center, the running cost is covered by the monthly fees.
SC: What do you see as your greatest accomplishments?
MYP: I humbly am not sure, however our talent has worked extremely hard to provide top level entertainment at every performance and our fans demonstrate their appreciation by filling our shows most of the time.  This success has provided us opportunities to appear on local news stations and several talk shows.  We have also been able to expand our fan base across the Asian and Pacific regions including Australia and the United States.

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Angle/Corbin, IMPACT and OVW working together, Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and more! (3/20/2019)

News here! Commentary today on backlash on Angle/Corbin, IMPACT and OVW working together, Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and more!!



News here! Commentary today on backlash on Angle/Corbin, IMPACT and OVW working together, Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and more!!

Backlash Regarding Kurt Angle’s WrestleMania Opponent

There has been much backlash making its way around the internet today regarding Kurt Angle wrestling Baron Corbin at WrestleMania in his retirement match. Angle’s wife Giovana responded “Very” to Jim Ross’ Tweet of “Underwhelming” (she has since deleted it).

PWInsider is reporting that Corbin is the match for angle, and there is no planned swerve to substitute someone else into the match. It is also being said that Angle did not know who his opponent was until he arrived at RAW Monday night.

Jason’s Take

I said in yesterday’s shuffle that they could have done much better. I am not and have never been a fan of Angle, but he does deserve something better, and that is not a slight against Corbin.

Undertaker Featured On WrestleMania Production Truck

With Undertaker not being the opponent of Kurt Angle, there hasn’t been much rumored for a match for the Deadman at WrestleMania. However, a fan on Twitter pointed out that Undertaker is pictured on one of the WrestleMania production trucks that was in Chicago for RAW on Monday.

Jason’s Take

Who knows what WWE has planned for the Undertaker. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cena/Undertaker II and it be announced 2 hours into the pay per view.

IMPACT And OVW Back Together Again

IMPACT Tweeted today that they have re-established a working agreement with OVW to be the developmental and training territory for IMPACT wrestling.

Jason’s Take

This should be beneficial for both parties, and allow IMPACT to continue to add to its own homegrown talent.

First Participant In The Andre The Giant Memorial Battler Royal Is….

It was announced on RAW that Braun Strowman is the first participant named for the Andre The Giant memorial battle royal.

Jason’s Take

It has been an interesting last six months for Strowman. From rumored to win the Universal Championship from Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble, to now being in the Andre battle royal. Seems like a bit of a fall for the “Monster Among Men.”

Roman Reigns Opponent Set For WrestleMania

And the WrestleMania news continues. Hey, that rhymes! Last night Drew McIntyre challenged Roman Reigns for a fight at WreslteMania.

Jason’s Take

This should be a good match for WrestleMania, however, it is most likely Roman will win, with McIntyre being in line for a huge push after WrestleMania.


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