The ratings are in for this week’s WWE RAW!
After some pretty abysmal weeks for Monday Night RAW in the ratings during December, the red brand was able to turn things around the last couple of weeks with increases in their audience. Could they keep it up for this week’s final edition before Royal Rumble?
While the numbers were delayed this week due to the holiday, they have now dropped and the red brand’s viewership has gone back the other direction with a 2.462 rating, down 9.55% from last week (check out last week’s ratings and ranking report). Here’s how the last four weeks of ratings look for RAW:
- December 31st: 1.968
- January 7th: 2.324
- January 14th: 2.722
- January 21st: 2.462
Meanwhile after a week at the top of the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic, Monday Night RAW has dropped down one spot to second this week. Here’s Monday night’s top five:
- NBA Basketball/Warriors vs. Lakers – TNT – 0.97
- Monday Night RAW (8PM) – USA Network – 0.95
- Monday Night RAW (9PM) – USA Network – 0.85
- NBA Basketball/76ers vs. Rockets – TNT – 0.79
- Monday Night RAW (10PM) – USA Network – 0.77
EA’s Take: So are the ratings down because people were insulted by Alexa Bliss’ “risque” segment last week or are they down because there wasn’t another one? Just curious, but of course I ask that in jest. The last couple of weeks for RAW, I found the show to be much more entertaining that it’s been in quite some time and honestly, I felt it was better than SmackDown Live’s efforts. However, I didn’t feel that way this week and it looks like a lot of others may agree. Personally, I’m thinking people tuned in at the start of the show to see what was going on (which is why the 8PM hour drew the highest rating) and then when they got a glimpse of it, they started tuning out as the show progressed. Going into one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year, I found this week’s RAW to be disappointing.
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.178 ~ 28TH JUNE 2022
New challengers, reunited friendships and the usual Junior division shenanigans! Hisame brings all the NOAH updates!
Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles
Masa Kitamiya had been saying for a long time that he and Michael Elgin, where looking for strong challengers, but lamented that none had come forward yet. The challengers they had been looking for came forward following Timothy Thatcher making Masa Kitamiya tap in Yokohama on the 24th June, and Hideki Suzuki challenged for the belts on their behalf. The title match will take place on the 16th July at the Nippon Budokan.
Go Shiozaki and Shuhei Taniguchi, reunited?
Following their singles match in Yokohama this past week, a fire seems to have been lit between Shuhei Taniguchi and Go Shiozaki. The match was never originally meant to happen, but the card was changed at the last moment. During the match, Taniguchi (the monster is yet to awaken fully), fought Shiozaki in a way that convinced Shiozaki that Taniguchi had finally returned. No doubt Taniguchi’s seniors were pleased too as Taniguchi was even throwing lariats. After the match, Shiozaki hinted about tagging with Taniguchi again and they will do this on NOAH’s next event on July 2nd.
Kenoh and Satoshi Kojima came to a time out draw in Yokohama, and then Kojima’s sense of humor and Kenoh’s hidden one (he’s kind of like Toshiaki Kawada in this) came to the fore when Kojima tried to close out the show. Kenoh snatched the mic and told him this wasn’t New Japan and those who didn’t win, don’t close out the show. The mention of New Japan, made Kojima tell Kenoh to run off home and do 1000 squats. After a few minutes of snatching the mic between them and bickering “You go home!”, “No, you go home!” , Kenoh stalked backstage and did squats very loudly. Yokohama is a small venue and so anything loud (such as the NOAH Juniors fighting) can be heard by the audience, and Kenoh knew this and so everyone could hear him doing squats and counting loudly. Kojima went backstage and confronted Kenoh. Kojima acknowledged that he couldn’t beat Kenoh in a verbal argument, and they got into a physical fight.
Then it went slightly off the rails again, when Kenoh pulled out the platform truck that held the folding chairs, to which Kojima told him that if he broke any equipment, then he would have to pay for it. Kenoh said he didn’t care, Kojima said he knew he did…Kenoh was a “cheap bastard”. Kenoh stamped off, telling Kojima to go back to New Japan.
Sickness bug hits NOAH
A sickness bug hit NOAH over the N-Innovation and Yokohama Radiant Hall events when Daisuke Harada (for whom it is very unusual to be ill) and Alejandro came down with fevers, and Rene Dupree came down with gastroenteritis. The result of this was that Daisuke Harada was replaced by Xtreme Tiger (see below for more), Shuhei Taniguchi moved from the opener to the singles with Go Shiozaki and Atsushi Kotoge and Satoshi Kojima filled in. Kojima happily took part in working the N-INNOVATION and the opening match at that, he even appeared without the GHC Heavyweight Championship. Kojima had a fight with Shuji Kondo, which was a continuation of a long dormant rivalry, while Atsushi Kotoge (who took part in the heavyweight Yokohama Night) and Kinya Okada managed to bruise the neck of Akitoshi Saito so much that he even put it on his official Twitter.
Seiki Yoshioka, Yuya Susumu & HAYATA
The Hiroshima Boys have fallen apart in a spectacular fashion.
Yuya Susumu attempted a reconciliation at the N-Innovation, but both before the match and after it, Seiki Yoshioka (who won the match) refused to shake hands. First time he attacked, the second time he just left the ring. Susumu (who I get the impression knows what both Yoshioka and HAYATA are like and how to handle them best) said that he would wait for Yoshioka to return, as he knew that he would eventually. This wasn’t Yoshioka’s last appearance of the evening, as when HAYATA defeated Hajime Ohara, in a match that HAYATA found Ohara had studied for, Yoshioka came to challenge for the GHC Junior. HAYATA, believing that he and Yoshioka were still friends, said he would be happy to put the belt on the line against him and went for a handshake. Yoshioka treated him the same way he had treated Susumu, with a swift kick.
Backstage, Yoshioka elaborated on his decision to leave STINGER. He had done this in order to challenge HAYATA. It was unavoidable, if he wanted to go to the top of the NOAH Juniors, then that road led through HAYATA. Title match has been set for the 16th July at the Nippon Budokan.
Open The TriangleGate update & GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Challenge
As ever in the NOAH Juniors, things can get a little complicated.
To explain from the beginning. With Daisuke Harada falling ill with a fever and being unable to compete, DragonGate GM Ryo Saito advised that the Open The TriangleGate would be vacated and Perros Del Mal De Japon (NOSAWA Rongai, Eita and Kotaro Suzuki) would face the NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge, YO-HEY and Xtreme Tiger) for them. Perros won and once again became the champions. That same night, Yoshinari Ogawa crashed their backstage promo, and slapped Kotaro in the face. Ogawa was beaten down by all three and thrown in the ring, where Eita challenged Ogawa and Chris Ridgeway for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag titles (Nippon Budokan, 16th July). Chris Ridgeway says that they will defend their titles and take their Open The Triangle Gate titles.
Despite Perros show of unity, and Eita challenging for the GHC Junior Tag titles with Kotaro Suzuki as his partner, there are cracks appearing in Perros. In particular between NOSAWA and Kotaro, as once again NOSAWA interrupted him backstage and treated him as if he did not know how to act like a heel (Kotaro has been winding up the NOAH Juniors since his debut, which he went straight back to when he returned to NOAH) and mocked him for sounding like a babyface. Kotaro did not turn up in Dragon Gate the next day (Ryu Saito asked where he was), but he did for the title defense against Natural Vibes. Following this, NOSAWA nominated YAMATO to be the next challenger. YAMATO will come to NOAH to challenge for the belts on the 21st July alongside DragonKid and Kagetora.
Haoh leaves NOAH…and vanishes
Haoh lost the very first “Loser Leaves NOAH” match against Tadasuke and left NOAH. He has deleted his main Twitter account, but not that of his masked character, and has seemingly vanished. As far as I know he has not been booked anywhere else. Tadasuke is elated at Haoh’s departure saying he had no choice in kicking him out, but then again he didn’t care; Haoh stole his friends name and his hair, and had left Kongoh on his own accord. Tadasuke quipped that now Haoh wouldn’t have to see his face.
To promote the N-1, NOAH will be holding events in Nagoya, Sendai, Osaka and Hiroshima over the 23rd and 24th July. Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kaito Kiyomiya and Go Shiozaki will be taking part each partner alternating between talk shows and lotteries on one date and autographs and photo sessions on the other.
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
– El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior defeated Manabu Soya, and then declared war on the rest of Kongoh who he said he would take out one by one.
– Naomichi Marufuji joked on Twitter that since he cannot drink currently, he will offer the prize money for the drinking challenge to the host who could out drink everyone and that he was looking for a powerful wrestler to host his YouTube show.
– Kai Fujimura made the mistake of trying to attack Yoshinari Ogawa the moment the bell rang. I need not elaborate on the outcome.
– YO-HEY says he is growing a beard.
– Takashi Sugiura will be back in ZERO1 on the 18th July when The Bullet Yankees reunite, to take on Koji Kanemoto & Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
– Katsuhiko Nakajima has posted a video of himself having his hair curled with the comment that he would be returning to something that “has been a year since then”.
– Seiki Yoshioka has returned to his pre STINGER ring clothes.
– Naomichi Marufuji is aiming to return to the ring in August.
– Yoshiki Inamura had a rough N-Innovation evening. First of all he had to very gently remove a chair from an angry Kaito Kiyomiya who was going to use it on Shuji Kondo, had to move fans for a move that Eita didn’t do in order to confuse YO-HEY, and was then used as a weapon by NOSAWA Rongai.
EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH INTERVIEWS
- N-Innovation – Thursday 23rd June 2022, Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo
- Sunny Voyage 2022 – Friday 24th June, Yokohama Radiant Hall
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Satoshi Kojima
Challenger: Kenoh, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Michael Elgin
Challengers: Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
Challengers: Eita & Kotaro Suzuki, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
- Saturday, July 2nd
Venue: Fukushima Big Palette, Fukushima
Time: 18:00 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (VOD)
- Sunday, July 3rd
Venue: Yamagata Big Wing, Yamagata
Time: 17:00 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (VOD)
Donmai-Donmai (Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary)
– Mitsuharu Misawa said that Kotaro Suzuki and Go Shiozaki were a pair of nerds, and no matter how many times they asked him, the answer was “nope”, he would never be going on their “tour” of Akihabara.
With thanks to: Metal NOAH
GIF taken from WrestleUniverse.
Bandwagon Nerds #137: A Little Debut
After two weeks away, Patrick O’Dowd returns to the Bandwagon ready to talk all things Nerd…and he didn’t return alone. After listening to the Nerds discuss the disappointing reviews surrounding Disney’s Lightyear, Patrick decided to invite a very special guest and Disney target audience member, the Little O’Dowd! Making his podcasting debut, The Little O’Dowd shares his thoughts on Lightyear and Obi Wan Kenobi with Rey, PC Tunney, and Christopher Platt. Did Disney meet the pint-sized critics expectations? Plus, the Nerds discuss the much anticipated “Herogasim” episode of The Boys on Amazon. Finally in News around the Nerdosphere, the guys give their thoughts regarding some Marvel Studios News, a Jon Snow Game of Thrones sequel series and major studios’ reactions to the recent Roe v. Wade decision.
About Bandwagon Nerds
Join Patrick O’Dowd, David Ungar, PC Tunney and Rey Cash as they keep everyone up on all things nerd, and maybe add some new nerds along the way. It’s the Bandwagon Nerds Podcast!
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