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, 1/10/19):
- Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Carmella – 819k views
- Naomi attacks Mandy Rose backstage – 742k views
- Rey Mysterio & Mustafa Ali vs. Samoa Joe & Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas – 492k views
- The Usos vs. The Bar – 439k views
- Daniel Bryan is sick of consumerism – 430k views
- Daniel Bryan vs. R-Truth – 359k views
- Rusev seeks out Shinsuke Nakamura – 305k views
Yikes, quite the disparage in views between SmackDown Live and RAW (see that here) this week on YouTube. The red brand sports nearly a full top seven of clips with at least a million views, meanwhile the blue brand doesn’t have one. Topping SmackDown Live was the main event of the night that saw Becky Lynch, Carmella and Charlotte Flair battling for a shot at Asuka’s SmackDown Women’s Title at Royal Rumble. I may have addressed this before, but can we stop with comparing Becky to people like ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin? There may be some similarities, but it’s still way too early in her rise to go there. If anything, interest has dropped since her initial hot streak if you go off of YouTube numbers.
Sliding into second this week is another clip that will go into my “Evidence Of Prior Statements” book with Naomi going after Mandy Rose after she had cost The Usos their match against The Bar, which comes in at number four. This doesn’t seem like a clip that should be this high up on the list on any given week, especially considering what it’s beating out. Hardcore wrestling fans will deny the importance of mainstream or casuals until they’re blue in the face, but they consistently show up for Naomi and Jimmy Uso clips. Why? Total Divas. So you may wonder why Mandy’s interference in the number four clip doesn’t help it out some. I’d say it’s because of no Naomi.
In third for SmackDown Live this week was easily the best match of the night, but honestly all of the clips from here on down performed poorly. This tag match was a bit of a Men’s Royal Rumble Match showcase with all four Superstars being entrants, but outside of a good match, there was nothing on the line and was of little importance.
The WWE Champion Daniel Bryan continues to stay low on the YouTube charts, coming in this week at numbers five and six with our opening segment and first match of the night. R-Truth doesn’t move the needle on YouTube, so that certainly isn’t helping Bryan’s YouTube performance this week. At the same time, it’s pretty fascinating to see how easy it was for Bryan to make the WWE Universe hate him after loving him for so long. Finishing things up at number seven is the next step in the feud between Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura, which really is only here because there was nothing else on SmackDown Live to challenge it on our list. Just a disappointing effort from top-to-bottom really.
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New Wrestling Promotion Launches
2019 has been a very busy year for wrestling, especially when it comes to new promotions launching. Former WWE stars Alberto Del Rio and Chavo Guerrero have partnered together to launch Nacion Lucha Libre. Some of the announced roster includes MVP, Carlito, Del Rio’s former ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez, LAX, and Pentagon. Del Rio has also hinted in signing currently contracted WWE stars when their contracts run up.
— Nación Lucha Libre Oficial (@NacionLucha) June 11, 2019
Obviously, this won’t be direct competition with the WWE, however it can draw fans away from the Mexico fan base the company has attempted to build. I am wondering if even though fans are unhappy with WWE, if all these new promotions are leading to an over saturation of product.
Moxley vs Omega At All Out
You have to hand it to AEW, as they are creating some very interesting matchups. Today, the company announced that Jon Moxley will take on Kenny Omega at the August 1st All Out event.
Saturday, August 31st, 2019 – @Sears_Centre@JonMoxley vs @KennyOmegamanX
Tickets on sale tomorrow Friday,June 14th!https://t.co/h4nYfXfHAT Noon Eastern / 11am Central / 9am Pacific pic.twitter.com/ZJr2Z2aAxs
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) June 13, 2019
This matchup is intriguing to say the least. Two completely different styles of wrestling, creating what I hope to be a great match. This one shouldn’t dissapoint.
CM Punk All In On All Out?
One of the big names that has long been rumored to join AEW is CM Punk. Punk seems to be done with wrestling, but every time AEW has announced an event, fans start up the rumor mill. With the upcoming All Out show taking place in Punk’s hometown of Chicago, many speculate Punk will make an appearance. Punk seems to have shot down that speculation in his latest Tweet.
— CM Puck🏒 (@CMPunk) June 13, 2019
Wrestling has always been a business where a person never could say never. While it is unlikely that Punk signs with AEW, there will always be the speculation that he will. But what would Punk offer to the upstart company? Name recognition ? Could Punk still go in the ring ?
SmackDown On FOX Commercials Start To Air
We all know that SmackDown will be moving to FOX this October, and the network paid a lot of money for WWE programing. FOX looks like it has the wheels in motion for the promotional blitz informing network viewers that SmackDown is heading to the network. Below is a commercial that has been airing, and many are pointing out that the advertisement contains a redesigned logo for the show.
— WrestlingNews.co – WWE/AEW News (@WrestlingNewsCo) June 13, 2019
FOX spent a lot of money to get WWE programming, so it’s no surprise that they are airing commercials four months in advance. Or could it be that FOX is worried about the low ratings that WWE programming has been generating?
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AEW Fyter Fest To Stream For Free
This week is the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo being held in Los Angeles. During Tuesday’s festivities, Kenny Omega appeared and announced that the upcoming Fyter Fest will stream live, and be free for everyone. It is not known where it will air, but many are assuming it will air on B/R Live. Fyter Fest is June 29th @ 8pm EST.
This will only help broaden the exposure of AEW, and I am all for this airing live for free. I have to hand it to AEW, because it seems like they are everywhere. Fyter Fest looks like it will be a stacked card so far, with Jon Moxley taking on Joey Janella. I am going to go out on a limb here, and say that the match will be a violent one.
All Out News
Speaking of AEW, they do have another big show coming up on August 31st, entitled, All Out. The main event of the show will see the crowning of the first AEW Champion, as Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page. On Tuesday, Cody Rhodes announced ticket prices for the event. Tickets will range from $30 to $190. Rhodes also Tweeted a seating chart of the event.
– ALL OUT – pic.twitter.com/2v9CjuMnfE
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) June 10, 2019
All Out will most likely be the last pay per view event before weekly TV starts in October. So I fully expect that the company will go all out (no pun intended) in terms of matches, etc.
Chris Jericho On Goldberg/Undertaker
In Monday’s shuffle, I discussed the much talked about match (and not in a good way) at Super ShowDown between Undertake and Goldberg. Many people throughout the wrestling world have weighed with their opinions on the match, and the latest to do so is Chris Jericho.
Both @undertaker & @Goldberg are once in a lifetime, TOP LEVEL performers and money draws. And even though they might not be at their peak & had an outing that wasnt perfect, they are still better than most. I think @MickJagger & @OzzyOsbourne would agree. #Respect
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) June 11, 2019
It is an interesting perspective from Jericho. Though, Ozzy Osbourne can’t sing at all anymore, and it’s embarrassing to watch. Anyway……Both Undertaker and Goldberg are legends from their era, but I do think it’s time they hang it up or move into non performance roles.
Cesaro Injured On RAW?
During the six man tag team match on RAW, it appeared that Cesaro was inured when Ricochet landed badly on his leg when he hit the 630 splash. After the match, Cesaro was helped to the back by WWE officials. According to Dave Meltzer, the chatter backstage is that he was not injured during the spot.
— Kayla Livin For Liv 💙 (@LivLifeWWE) June 11, 2019
One of those times where a painful spot just happens. I thought for sure Cesaro either broke or pulled something right after the move, so here is hoping he is ok.