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Andrew’s IMPACT YouTube Ratings & Analysis (2/8/2019)

How did the Impact YouTube views shake out this weekend?



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A look at the YouTube performance for this week’s IMPACT!

As we all know, social media and other outlets have become a huge means of drawing in interaction and viewers for wrestling. 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 this with WWE product, let’s continue the Impact Youtube! Here is this week’s IMPACT YouTube Report, compiled approximately 48 hours after IMPACT went off the air:

  1. LAX vs Lucha Bros Impact Tag Team Championships – 82k
  2. Dark Allie vs Kiera Hogan – 81k
  3. Top 5 Must See Moments from IMPACT! Feb 8,2019 – 62k
  4. Sami Callihan vs Puma King – 34k
  5. Rich Swann & Willie Mack vs oVe – 34k

Ratings Analysis:

So the Dark Allie storyline had the most views last week, and it was a very close number 2 this week. So not sure if it’s support for the story, or just that most of the women involved are quite attractive. But it’s nice to see some consistency start to build with these YouTube numbers.

LAX vs Lucha Bros edges out our edgy Supernatural storyline. Given that there’s a title change, and a solid match with characters people love, I’m not surprised this did well.

The fact they do a Top 5 is interesting, I’m curious if that cuts into their individual segments, maybe I’ll click on it next week to see what it exactly consists of. But hey, it shows a decent amount of interest in a truncated version of the show.

The 4 and 5 spot are all the Sami Callihan storyline. I wonder if my little bit of chiding towards his ego, helped spur this intrigue. Yeah right, I know I don’t have THAT much influence. But, we see Sami Callihan get some momentum for Team Impact leading up to the Team Impact vs Team AAA match next week, and Swann takes care of oVe as a way to move closer to a match with Sami.  Playing with their past, and it coming off gritty and real is definitely something WWE doesn’t do well, so it’s a unique flavor to the angle.

As for overall views:

2.1.2019 – 311,000

2.8.2019 –  293,000

Not a huge enough dip to be a talking point, just something to track moving forward.

Now, something I suppose I will continue from last week. The number 1 video of the weekend!

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Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black Moved to WWE Smackdown

Did Charlotte Flair have anything to do with this?



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Three talents get shaken up once more: Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black head to WWE Smackdown in a WWE Superstar Shake-Up reversal.

In a surprising move, WWE has changed the profiles for Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black to the blue brand, WWE Smackdown. Black was assigned to Raw during the Superstar Shake-Up, and Andrade and Vega were moved there in a spot that saw Andrade get a clean victory over Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor.

The internet, of course, immediately jumps to conclusions about the Latin representation of Smackdown (Rey Mysterio was also moved to Raw), as well as the relationship between Charlotte Flair and Andrade. Aleister and Zelina are married, and WWE has been trying to keep couples together. Do you think Charlotte Flair is responsible for this move?

Greg DeMarco’s Take on this WWE Superstar Shake-Up Reversal

I stand in the middle! I know, I don’t do that often. But Andrade to Raw made a ton of sense, as he can be a workhorse there and eat up TV time by putting on great matches. Smackdown is loaded (even more so), and I really hope 3 people move back to Raw in the process. As for why? This can definitely be a case of “LOLCHARLOTTEWINS” as she and Andrade are of course an item. If so, that shows how strong of a pairing Zelina and Andrade are if she went with him, and since Zelina and Aleister are married, Black goes as well. I could see the four of them traveling together, honestly.

This was originally reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet:

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Dolph Ziggler Reveals He Was Added To The 2019 Royal Rumble The Night Before

How did Dolph Ziggler end up in the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble?



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When, and how, was Dolph Ziggler added to the 2019 Royal Rumble match?

In a sit-down interview with Chris Van Vliet (seen above), Dolph Ziggler reveals that he wasn’t booked for the WWE Royal Rumble until the night before, and he earned a payday for his comedy show and the Royal Rumble appearance.

“Oh my God. That’s a great story. Can I tell this story? When I talked to you, I was not booked for the Royal Rumble and I have no reason to lie to anybody or be like ‘Hey listen, I don’t know what the deal is’. I was just on hiatus and I got a call to be there. And if I wasn’t in town for a booking for a comedy show that night I would not have even been in Phoenix. I got a call the night before saying ‘Hey, you gotta get here.’ … I was one of the last people in the ring that night and my comedy show three blocks away had to start an hour late because I was running over with sweat and my bags. I almost went in my gear but I was like I’m going to have to shower.”

Dolph Ziggler hasn’t appeared for WWE since the Royal Rumble, and in the interview above he maintains that he on an extended vacation from the company. You might remember that Ziggler made first contact with Nia Jax during the Rumble, nailing her with a Superkick.

With thanks to WrestleZone for the quote.

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