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EA’s Weekly SmackDown Live YouTube Report (1/22/19)

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A look at the YouTube performance for this week’s 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, 1/24/19):

  1. Asuka sucker punches Becky Lynch – 886k views
  2. 2/3 Falls: Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade – 772k views
  3. AJ Styles & WWE Champion Daniel Bryan go face-to-face – 754k views
  4. Mandy Rose vs. Naomi – 463k views
  5. Mustafa Ali vs. Samoa Joe – 446k views
  6. Charlotte Flair has a warning for Carmella before Royal Rumble – 364k views
  7. The Miz vs. Cesaro – 345k views

Comparatively speaking to RAW (see the RAW YouTube Report), a pretty disappointing showing yet again for the blue brand. Taking the top spot this week is ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch and Asuka as they prepare to clash this Sunday at Royal Rumble for the SmackDown Women’s Title. Are people finally starting to have enough of Becky’s schtick? I’m seeing a bit more of that sentiment on social media, but there are certainly still a large amount of fans who think everything she does is the second coming. I’ve been beating this drum for a while now, but she’s only popular with the die-hards and I’m not seeing any indications that her mainstream appeal has grown at all. Still a lot of work to do for Becks.

At number two is the most anticipated match from SmackDown Live, a rematch of last week’s instant classic between Rey Mysterio and Andrade, but this time it was 2/3 Falls. Another drum I’ve been beating is my stance that great wrestling matches don’t equate to drawing power/YouTube views. Why else would this clip fall below a simple promo from Becky Lynch when we all knew these two would give another amazing performance?

The third position goes to the final step in SmackDown Live’s top title feud before Royal Rumble, as Mr. McMahon moderated a “face-to-face” between AJ Styles and WWE Champion Daniel Bryan. I spoke about the blue brand not really having any “needle movers” in my take for this week’s SmackDown ratings (see that here) and we’ve seen on a weekly basis now with these guys how true that it. Again, they’re both tremendous. I don’t have a bad word to say about either, especially Bryan who has been such a great heel lately that even someone who’s smartened up has been looking at him cross. I’m expecting this one to steal the show on Sunday, but I don’t picture a title change taking place.

This week’s number four clip comes from the feud that crushed the competition last week with over two million views. That’s not the case this week, as Mandy Rose vs. Naomi falls into the “best of the rest” category. I’m just wondering, are people not interested in this match because they’re disgusted by what they saw last week? Is it because they found it insulting? Of course these are rhetorical questions.

The rest of our list also falls under my “best of the rest” as there’s really not much else to write home about with numbers five, six and seven, all building to Sunday. I can tell you that personally, this whole The Miz/Shane McMahon/The Bar feud does absolutely nothing for me and after a surprising showing last week with The Miz vs. Sheamus, this is much more what I would expect.


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Brooke Injured, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More! (6/19/2019)

News Involving: Brooke Injury, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More!

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News here! Brooke Injured, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More!

Scarlett Bordeaux Released

One of the bright spots on Impact has been Scarlett Bordeaux. However, she is no longer a part of Impact as the company announced today that she has been released. Reportedly, Scarlett had asked for her release a month ago due to unhappiness regarding her pay.

Jason’s Take

I think Impact really dropped the ball with her by not having her be a part of the knockouts division. While I get the fact she is attractive, she also is a very talented wrestler. In the ever present battle for talent between WWE and AEW, I am sure Scarlett will come out a winner.

Tag Team Division In AEW?

One of the many complaints fans and media have had with the weekly WWE product is the lack of focus in the tag team division. On Tuesday, Tony Kahn appeared on the Steven Austin Show podcast and had the following to say about the tag team division in AEW:

“We’re super focused on it. One of the things we’re going to be focused on and something we’re going to do is establish a great tag team division. When we launch our weekly television show in the fall, we’re going to be doing a tag team tournament that’s going to have some of the greatest tag team matches ever on TV. We’re going to be starting that, it’s going to be one of the main focuses of our TV. There’s going to be team’s competing to get a first-round bye in that tournament, which is a big deal. And we’ve got some of the best tag teams in all of wrestling competing for our tag team championship coming up in the fall.”

Jason’s Take

If AEW is trying to do the opposite of what the competition is doing, than focusing on the tag team division is the way to go. Having it a part of weekly television will also be good for ratings, as many fans miss the days of a solid tag team division.

EC3 Unhappy In WWE?

Fans felt that EC3 was destined for big things in WWE, especially after picking up a victory against Dean Ambrose earlier this year. However, since then, the company really hasn’t seemed to have much creatively for EC3. It appears that after Monday’s segment with Baron Corbin and the New Day, EC3 has become frustrated.

Jason’s Take

To me this feels like another instance of WWE not knowing how to properly push an NXT star after they call them up to the main roster. He can talk, he has the look, and he can wrestle, so I really don’t understand where the disconnect is here with WWE.

Dana Brooke Injured?

In news that has been making its way across various outlets, Dana Brooke appeared to be injured during a Main Event taping before RAW when taking on Sarah Logan. Brooke was busted open during the match, and the match was promptly stopped by the referee.  Video is below, but be aware, it is a bit gruesome.

Jason’s Take

Brooke is another talent that I feel the company really hasn’t done anything with since they brought her up from NXT. Many have commented that she has been working hard, putting in the extra time to become a better in ring performer. Here is hoping for a speedy recovery.

 

 

 


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DeMarco’s WWE Raw Rating Analysis (6/17/19): Raw Finishes #1, #2, & #4

What rating did the go-home Raw for Stomping Grounds deliver?

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Greg DeMarco chimes in with your WWE Raw Rating Analysis for the June 17th episode, the last Raw before Stomping Grounds!

The WWE Raw Rating is in for the June 17 edition, and it’s another tale of WWE dominating everyone not named NBA:

  • Hour 1: 2.235 million viewers, .74 rating in the important 18-49 demographic (#1 ranked hour)
  • Hour 2: 2.303 million, .71 in the 18-49 demo (#2 ranked hour)
  • Hour 3: 2.078 million, .67 in the 18-49 demo (#4 ranked hour)
    • 7% drop in viewership from Hour 1 (8 PM) to Hour 3 (10 PM); -157k viewers

For comparison, here are ratings from last week:

  • Hour 1: 2.380 million viewers, .75 rating in the important 18-49 demographic (#1 ranked hour)
  • Hour 2: 2.086 million, .65 in the 18-49 demo (#3 ranked hour)
  • Hour 3: 1.909 million, .59 in the 18-49 demo (#4 ranked hour)
    • 19% drop in viewership from Hour 1 (8 PM) to Hour 3 (10 PM); -471k viewers

(Available via ShowbuzzDaily)

But what does the WWE Raw Rating really mean, Greg?

So another interesting week for WWE Raw ratings. The show averaged more viewers this week, and had two hours higher in the Top 5, but is being spun as a worse rating around the internet. the ratings improved, the viewership drop from Hour 1 to Hour 3 improved, and Raw continued to deal with a really difficult summer.

One thing we can’t ignore is the impact of two major network shows on WWE, as The Bachelorette drew big numbers for ABC, and American Ninja Warrior did the same for NBC. Both aired from 8 PM – 10 PM, the first two hours of Raw. One is a reality show, and the other is a sports-reality show, both targeting an audience similar to Raw (whose audience isn’t–no matter how hard y’all try–wrestling fans).

This was a go-home Raw for Stomping Grounds, but it’s for a PPV that many aren’t at all excited about. One problem we don’t discuss enough is the over-saturation of the WWE product. It’s all-WWE, all-the-time, 52 weeks a year. That is another challenge facing WWE that can’t be overlooked. We will have YouTube numbers tomorrow as usual!


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