Check out the All Elite Wrestling rally!
- The proceeding kickoff with pyro as Conrad Thompson and Alex Marvez come to the podium hyping the crowd and introduce new AEW signings SoCal Uncensored
- Scorpio Sky, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian plug their new shirt and discussed their big 2018, saying the only way to follow that up was by hopping on wrestling’s newest and hottest brand, then toss out shirts to the crowd with the Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders
- Conrad & Alex bring out Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes next and he talks about how All In started a fire that they need to keep going, which brings them to today and how they look to change the world
- Cody says AEW will change the wrestling economy and will pay performers what they deserve. He also talks about how wins and losses will matter like never before in AEW
- Cody then brings out Co-Executive Vice Presidents The Young Bucks next. Matt talks about the goal of All In and how the event morphed their own goals, leading to them being approached by The Khan Family
- Matt says that AEW will welcome all talent no matter their race, sex or religion as long as you have elite talent, which leads to their next announcement that they have arranged to work with Oriental Wrestling Entertainment
- Matt wants to make another announcement, Cody and Nick debate who gets to reveal it before Nick finally proclaims Double Or Nothing will take place May 25th in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Conrad & Alex come back to the podium to bring out Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes, who talks about her new position and the responsibility it brings, but she’s committed in bringing AEW to where they want
- Brandi talks about the number one question she keeps getting being about a Women’s Division, announcing that there will be one in AEW, but it will be a strong one. Brandi reveals she’s been speaking with talent around the world, most recently in Japan and there will be more info to come. She then announces there will be equal pay for the women with no sliding scale
- Brandi continues and announces they have found one female talent right here in the USA, bringing out Dr. Britt Baker. Britt thanks The Khans, The Young Bucks, Cody and Brandi, then talks about being one of the first athletes AEW signed, showing the company values all talents
- Conrad returns to the podium and gets interrupted by MJF who belittles Conrad and sends him away. He then introduces himself to the crowd and talks about getting the call to be here today making him happy until he learned it was in Jacksonville
- MJF talks about AEW not being able to call itself “Elite” without a fresh, young talent such as himself. The Jaguars mascot walks onto the stage and MJF tries telling him to leave, but Joey Janela cracks him from behind with a crutch
- Penelope Ford joins Joey Janela on the stage and ‘Bad Boy’ announces that in 2019 they will be “All Elite”
- Conrad & Alex are back and they tout how many people are currently watching before bringing ‘Hangman’ Adam Page to the stage
- Page talks about realizing today was his first day on the job and it was his favorite first day on the job because the fans are his boss. He says he will work harder than ever before to make AEW a success because the fans deserve it. He then talks about how working with Cody and The Young Bucks has made him hungry, stating that he plans to be the first AEW Champion in 2019
- PAC makes his way out and goes face-to-face with Hangman, says he’s got bad news for Page because he’s already a champion and he’s here in AEW, then PAC takes his leave
- Conrad & Alex are back again and Conrad teases another surprise before bringing Cody and The Young Bucks back up with the Jaguars Cheerleaders once again
- Cody says they had to come up with another announcement because Nick scooped them earlier, then reveals their second show will be in Jacksonville and a large portion of the gate will go to victims of gun violence
- Cody then says that was his last announcement and Conrad returns to close things out, but Chris Jericho makes his way to the stage
- Jericho states that he is “all in with All Elite Wrestling” and that he’s not here for the money because he believes in something different. He then says he will be at Double Or Nothing and he’s not here to just change the world, but the universe
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’.