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Greg DeMarco’s BOLD WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Predictions

It’s time to get BOLD!

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The WWE Royal Rumble is an event perfect for Bold Predictions, and Greg DeMarco has yours ready to go!

The WWE Royal Rumble kicks off WrestleMania season, as things will begin to take shape tonight (and we’ll see if some things have already taken shape, like Miz vs. Shane McMahon). That all lends itself to a set of BOLD Predictions, which we all know no one does better than me!

As a reminder, BOLD predictions are:

  • Bullheaded
  • Outlandish
  • Lascivious
  • Deplorable

That means they’re not supposed to pan out! But when it happens, you’re gonna head about it from me.

5. Becky Lynch opens up the show

I expect The Man to have a hell of a show, and that starts when she’s the first one out. Becky Lynch vs. Asuka opens the show, and the crowd will be at a fever pitch for it (much like the opener at Takeover last night). Becky Lynch, as a character, needs to be protected, so while I see Asuka retaining her Smackdown Women’s Championship, it comes thanks to interference from Nia Jax. Because THAT. ISN’T. OVER.

4. R-Truth enters the wrong Royal Rumble

R-Truth is a fantastic character, one who brings great joy with his antics. Thanks to him, Carmella didn’t get a trip to a tropical island, rather a fun time in sunny Stamford! We know that R-Truth is the 30th entrant in the Men’s Royal Rumble, but I fully expect to see him enter the women’s at #30! Whether he enters and is eliminated, costing Carmella her opportunity, remains to be seen. It’s more likely he doesn’t make it to the ring until his actual spot in the Men’s Royal Rumble match.

3. The Demon Appears…in the Royal Rumble

Finn Balor told Sports Illustrated that he needs to do this one on his own, and if so, I can see him losing to Brock Lesnar in the middle of the show, giving him enough time for a paint job and a late entry into the Men’s Royal Rumble match at the end of the night. What does that mean? It means The Demon wins the Rumble match and goes on to slay The Beast at WrestleMania.

2. The Man fights with The Men

A lot of people think Becky Lynch and Charlotte could tie the Women’s Royal Rumble, leading to a triple threat at WrestleMania. I don’t see that happening. In fact, Becky’s lone appearance in the Women’s Royal Rumble will simply be to eliminate Nia Jax, keeping their story going. She’ll do that via interference, not as an entrant.

But Becky still won’t be done, as she makes her third appearance as a late entrant into the Men’s Royal Rumble matcb! As the fourth ever woman to compete in a men’s Royal Rumble, she’s not winning (although Becky Lynch vs. Daniel Bryan could be a hell of a WrestleMania story). But she will make her impact. Nia Jax will ultimately pull her out, solidifying their WrestleMania showdown, but not until The Man has her Royal Rumble moment.

1. Number 31

Okay. We’ve had a 20-Man Royal Rumble, many 20-Man Royal rumbles, a 40-Man Royal Rumble, and even a 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble. But Sunday I BOLDly predict we will see the first 31-Man Royal Rumble.

WWE needs to do something big. #30 is set as R-Truth, and I think a backstage attack is too easy. What’s more fun? #30 (R-Truth comes out), and 80 seconds later the countdown starts again! When it hits zero, Vince McMahon makes his way to the entry (or appears on the giant screen), and informs everyone that he arranged for #31 to enter the match.

Who is it? It could be The Rock, it could be Roman Reigns (that would be hard), it could be Velveteen Dream, it could be Finn Balor as The Demon, it could even be Kenny Omega. Either way, it’s gonna get an enormous reaction, and lead to something for WrestleMania. #31 likely doesn’t win (unless it’s Finn), but it’s a huge moment.

Bonus

There aren’t a lot of surprise entrants that could really move the needle on the Women’s side, but I do expect to see some NXT talent like Toni Storm and Shayna Baszler.

But the Men’s? Lots of opportunity there:

  • Batista
  • Pete Dunne
  • Ricochet, Aleister Black, and Ricochet (after their post-Takeover curtain call)
  • The Rock
  • Roman Reigns (again, not likely)
  • Kenny Omega (more likely than most want to believe)

What do you think will happen?


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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Greg DeMarco’s YouTube Performance Report: WWE Smackdown (4/23/19)

How did Smackdown perform on YouTube this week?

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A look at the YouTube performance for the April 23rd edition of WWE Smackdown!

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 such, YouTube has joined social media as a metric as important to WWE as television ratings (if not more).

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s RAW YouTube Report, compiled Wednesday morning, for the 4/23/19 edition of WWE Smackdown:

  • Kofi Kingston vs. Shinsuke Nakamura / Kevin Owens attacks Kofi & Xavier Woods – 1.18 million views
  • Shane McMahon & Elias attack on Roman Reigns – 865k views
  • Lars Sullivan attacks Chad Gable, R-Truth, and The Singh Bros – 531k views
  • Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair promo – 478k views
  • Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley – 404k views
  • Kairi Sane vs. Peyton Royce – 365k views
  • Finn Balor vs. Andrade – 289k views
  • Becky Lynch announcement (2 MITB title matches) – 221k views
  • The New Day (with Kevin Owens) promo – 212k views
  • Roman Reigns accepts Elias’ challenge – 191k views
  • Aleister Black promo – 181k views
  • Elias’ challenging Roman Reigns for Money In The Bank – 144k views

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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Ratings Analysis

Kofi Kingston and The New Day continue to dominate the top of Smackdown, and man does it feel good to say that. It’s good to see this act getting so much attention. The attack from Kevin Owens was a matter of when, not if. It happened here, and that’s our lone Smackdown video over a million views.

Roman Reigns and Shane McMahon are elevating Elias to the top of the Smackdown card, and that’s a good thing. Elias was part of the #2 video of the week with 865k views thanks to the Samoan Sex Machine and the Boss’s Son.

Biggest surprise for me was LARS. Lars Sullivan occupied the #3 position thanks to his brutal attack on Chad Gable, R-Truth, and the Singh Bros. He was followed by the women, who are in the midst of a resetting process but came in at #4, #5, #6, and #8. I think the Becky Lynch Fatigue is a real thing (article coming soon?), but the focus is there.

I am sad for Aleister Black bringing up the rear, as he is such a talented performer shifted to Smackdown because of someone else’s relationship. Let’s boost that video up now!

What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?


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Greg DeMarco’s YouTube Performance Report: WWE Raw (4/22/19)

You shouldn’t be surprised at the video that topped Raw on YouTube this week.

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A look at the YouTube performance for the April 22nd edition of 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 such, YouTube has joined social media as a metric as important to WWE as television ratings (if not more).

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s RAW YouTube Report, compiled Wednesday morning, for the 4/22/19 edition of WWE Raw:

  • Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House – 2 million views
  • Seth Rollins’ challengers emerge – 1.58m views
  • AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin – 904k views
  • The Miz vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin – 815k views
  • AJ Styles vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe – 775k views
  • Becky Lynch & Lacey Evans promo – 450k views
  • Robert Roode vs. Ricochet – 440k views
  • Becky Lynch vs. Alicia Fox – 395k views
  • Naomi vs. Billie Kay – 332k views
  • Cedric Alexander vs. Cesaro – 325k views
  • The Revival and The Usos Backstage – 292k views
  • Sami Zayn runs down the WWE Universe – 282k views
  • The Viking Raiders decimate The Lucha House Party – 225k views
  • Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins discuss The Viking Raiders – 126k views

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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Raw YouTube Ratings Analysis

It should be no surprise that Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Funhouse comes in at #1 for the week, surpassing 2 million views. We are in the post-Easter week, so numbers are down overall (only 2 videos over 1 million views), but this one definitely has people talking. It’s also the #18 trend on all of YouTube.

Seth Rollins also topped a 1.5 million, as we had the show opening multi-man promo scheme designed to set up the matches for later. The set-up and those matches were the major focus on Raw on YouTube this week, ranking #2-#5 in terms of views.

Becky Lynch didn’t deliver this week, as she might be suffering from a bit of overexposure. The Raw women’s division continues to rebuild, making me wonder why they broke up The Riott Squad. The division occupied spots #6, #8, and #9, and cumulatively they barely broke a million views. But let’s be honest, the less people that see Becky Lynch vs. Alicia Fox, the better.

Also bad news for the tag team division, as they occupied 3 of the four bottom videos.

My favorite video…the Robert Roode pornstache!

What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?


Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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