Chris Jericho discusses telling Vince McMahon he was signing with AEW and more!
Coming out of Tuesday’s All Elite Wrestling rally in Jacksonville, Florida (check out some great photos from the event here), of course the arguable biggest story was the upstart promotion signing Chris Jericho, a man who has been synonymous with the WWE for nearly twenty years.
Today, the multi-time WWE Champion appeared on Sirius XM’s Busted Open Radio and discussed his decision to sign with AEW in further detail, even revealing how a conversation with Vince McMahon on his choice went:
“A lot of that stuff is private, but I did have a very amicable conversation with him. He knew what I was doing, it wasn’t a surprise. I didn’t just show up in Jacksonville and that was it. The bottom line is The Khan Family isn’t messing around. They want to make a go at this and you know they have a lot of money and they have a lot of capital.”
Jericho would also speak on his goal being a part of the company, stating that his involvement could lead to other top talents seeing AEW as a good destination:
“By me joining the company I think fans and wrestlers most importantly go, ‘Holy s*** this is real’, because if Jericho went there, this is real. Because a lot of people don’t know Kenny or Cody or The Bucks. We know them, but your average fan doesn’t. Your guy in the WWE making a decent living, but thinks they can do better now knows, ‘Wow, Jericho can go there I can go there too.”
Quotes c/o RingsideNews
WWE News: SmackDown Live Rating Back Up A Bit, Climbs To 2nd In Ranks (1/15/19)
A look at the rating and ranking for last night’s SmackDown Live!
Over the two weeks where Monday Night RAW gave us pre-taped episodes taking place on the eve of holidays, the red brand’s ratings took a pretty big hit. Meanwhile SmackDown Live was also pre-taped and fell on those holidays, yet didn’t see as bad of a dip.
Last week, the numbers went down for the blue brand however, although it was their first live episode in weeks (check out last week’s numbers here). The numbers are in for this week’s follow-up and with RAW once again showing significant improvement (more on that here), SmackDown Live has gone back up some with a 2.143 rating, increasing 5.46%. Here’s the last four weeks of ratings for the blue brand:
- December 25th: 1.904
- January 1st: 2.091
- January 8th: 2.032
- January 15th: 2.143
When it comes to the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic this week, RAW dominated while SmackDown Live has moved up a couple of spots from last week to number two. However, their share of the demographic actually decreased ever so slightly by .01. Here is Tuesday night’s top five:
- The Curse Of Oak Island – History – 0.74
- SmackDown Live – USA Network – 0.70
- The Haves And Have Nots – Oprah Network – 0.39
- The Rachel Maddow Show – MSNBC – 0.38
- Body Cam – Investigation Discovery – 0.35
EA’s Take: Most weeks you will catch me trumpeting the fact that week-in and week-out, SmackDown Live has been more consistently the better product than Monday Night RAW. This week, that’s not the case and I don’t think it’s even close. Outside of the incredible Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade match, the blue brand offered nothing that I was interested in. There’s no excuse for it either coming off of pretty hot episode of RAW. I think at this point we can say that as wrestling fans, SmackDown Live is still the better show. However, it very obviously takes more than that to pull in casuals and get the blue brand to beat out RAW.
EA’s Weekly RAW YouTube Report (1/14/19)
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, 1/16/19):
- Alexa Bliss is interrupted in her locker room – 3.7 million views
- Braun Strowman flips Mr. McMahon’s limo – 3.3 million views
- Fatal 4-Way Universal Title #1 Contender’s Match – 1.3 million views
- Superstars look for their shot at Brock Lesnar – 1.2 million views
- Intercontinental Title Triple Threat – 862k views
- Otis Dozovic interrupts A Moment Of Bliss – 835k views
- John Cena praises Finn Balor – 679k views
Well look at what comes in at number one! This segment that a lot of fans seem to be split over with Alexa Bliss being rudely walked in on while she was changing pulls big views. I’m not saying that this segment provided anything other than a little sex appeal to the program, but I really don’t understand why everyone needs to be so sensitive. This is still television people, whether it’s a wrestling company or not. WWE has told you for years they’re competing with every other television show out there, so they’re going to try things that can pull in all ages and groups of people. That includes males, teenage and young adult ones at that. I’m sure some of the same people (males) who have been complaining about how insulting it is are the ones who also drool over Alexa’s Instagram account.
At number two this week we have some more massive numbers as Braun Strowman loses his cool after Mr. McMahon stripped him of his Universal Title shot. News that this may go down broke just before RAW went off the air and the show led off with the angle, two things that I think helped interest in checking it out. Plus, let’s not downplay how big of a change this is either for one of the company’s most anticipated pay-per-views annually. Add all that together and you’ve got YouTube gold.
Sliding into the third and fourth spots are the fallout of Strowman losing his opportunity, as multiple Superstars were put into a position to earn that title shot for themselves. As I’ve explained in the past, a clip that has implications for big pay-per-view matches almost always do well. Add into that the star power of John Cena, still arguably the company’s most recognizable face and it’s hard to not have great numbers. So much so that Cena praising the eventual winner, Finn Balor, does better than other clips such as the reveal of the Women’s Tag Titles at number seven. Not a good start for those championships if you ask me.
In fifth this week is another big change from RAW, this time a title change as Bobby Lashley became the new Intercontinental Champion. Has WWE been reading my YouTube Reports? We’ve got a steady diet of clips this week that check all the boxes it takes to produce numbers. Pay-per-view implications, sex appeal, title change, top stars…RAW will continue to crush SmackDown Live on the regular if they keep this up.
Our final clip to touch on this week is number six, the first appearance of Heavy Machinery on the main roster. I’m hoping fans aren’t expecting the world from these guys because at the end of the day, they’re basically a comedy act, so this was the perfect introduction if you ask me. It was funny, got people who may be unfamiliar a small glimpse of them and it was a way for them to just dip their toes in the water. I’m not a big fan of how WWE is debuting all of the new call-ups, but I thought this was perfect for Otis and ‘Tucky’.