A look at the YouTube performance for this week’s editions of WWE Raw and 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.
A note of apology: As some of you know, the real job took a dump on everyone back on 1/22/19, leaving a now 900 employees jobless. That took some priority this week, as Big Daddy is starting his new job on Monday! Thus, this is late. However, we have placed a priority on YouTube ratings, and here they are! This should resume its normal schedule next week. No one covers YouTube like The Chairshot!
WWE Raw on YouTube
Here are the YouTube views for Monday’s Raw, as of Sunday night:
- Braun Strowman & Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre: 2.48 million views
- Becky Lynch attacks Stephanie McMahon: 2.36m views
- Dean Ambrose tries to turn “A Moment of Bliss” into “The Ambrose Asylum”: 1.58m views
- EC3 vs. Dean Ambrose: 1.45m views
- Finn Balor vs. Lio Rush: 1.06m views
- Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Logan: 1.06m vuews
- Becky Lynch is forced out of the arena: 943k views
- Jeff Jarrett vs. Elias: 542k views
- Ronda Rousey vs. Liv Morgan: 500k views
- Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre interrupt Kurt Angle’s emotional address: 462k views
- Banks & Bayley vs. Fox & Cross – WWE Women’s Tag Title Qualifying Match: 442k views
- Paige presents a special look at “Fighting with My Family”: 298k views
- Lucha House Party vs. Heavy Machinery vs. The B-Team vs. The Revival: 290k views
- Natalya inadvertently gives Dana Brooke the silent treatment: 212k views
- Elias disrespects Jeff Jarrett, Road Dogg and the people of Portland: 202k views
- Mojo Rawley refuses to be a team player: 188k views
- Ruby Riott on why she didn’t get in the ring with Ronda Rousey: 166k views
- Rezar confronts Apollo Crews in the locker room area: 163k views
- Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins won’t be losers for long: 168k views
- Finn Balor is still standing: 149k views
Dean Ambrose eclipses 2 million views between his two videos this week (also good for EC3), but Kurt Angle proves why WWE is still using him by topping 3 million between his two videos. Hopefully it can turn into more of a push for Drew McIntyre, because Kurt needs to stop.
Not a good look for the tag team division, as operation #SaveTagTeamWrestling isn’t doing so well with 290k views for the 4-way. Also surprising to see Finn Balor coming in dead last with his backstage moment.
WWE Smackdown on YouTube
Here are the YouTube views for Tuesday’s Smackdown, as of Sunday night:
- Becky Lynch slaps Triple H: 3.00m views
- Jeff Hardy vs. Daniel Bryan: 914k views
- Mustafa Ali vs. Randy Orton: 658k views
- Gallows & Anderson vs. Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura: 411k views
- Naomi & Carmella vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. The IIconics: 398k views
- Daniel Bryan files a complaint against WWE: 371k views
- Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles exchange heated words: 269k views
- Relive Asuka’s path of destruction: 165k views
- Andrade & Zelina Vega vow to end the legend of Rey Mysterio: 130k views
- The Usos tell The Co-Besties to beware ahead of “McMiz TV”: 123k views
Becky Lynch and Triple H delivered in a big way this week, surpassing 3 million views and beating any video on Raw (despite Raw videos being out a week longer). #SaveTagTeamWrestling did a little better on Smackdown with the Good Brothers vs. RuNak getting above 400k views.
All total, Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, and Charlotte Flair were responsible for 6.92 million YouTube views this week–and that’s huge. If you didn’t already see it, you should see it now: this is why all three women will be in your WrestleMania 35 main event. Kudos to WWE for letting it happen, and to Becky Lynch for making it happen.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/19/19)
Start your Tuesday off with commentary on DX in the Hall Of Fame, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!
Jason shuffles into Tuesday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on DX, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!
Why Becky Lynch Won The Royal Rumble
Many fans have been questioning why Becky Lynch won the Royal Rumble if the goal was to have Charlotte inserted in to storyline with Ronda Rousey. The current storyline between the three would have made more sense had Charlotte won. Dave Meltzer stated on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that Vince McMahon was insistent that Becky Lynch win the Royal Rumble.
Are You Ready?
It was announced earlier today that the first members of the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2019 will be none other than D-Generation X. Xpac, Shawn Michaels, HHH, The New Age Outlaws and Chyna will all be a part of the induction.
— WWE (@WWE) February 18, 2019
Big Plans For Lacey Evans?
Since debuting on the main roster and participating in the Royal Rumble, fans have wondered what creatives plans are for Lacey Evans. According to Dave Meltzer and the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Lacey Evans is in for a gigantic push, and there are many backstage officials that are very high on her.
Lio Rush Has Heat ?
Sunday nights finish to the Intercontinental title match between Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley has people scratching their heads. Perhaps there is reason to the breakup of Lashley and his hype man Lio Rush. According to PWI Insider Elite, Rush has heat backstage.
“It appears as if Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin.”
“There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people — including other workers the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”
Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News
DX is getting a well deserved Hall Of Fame Induction, but I have mixed feelings on it. This feels like an easy way out for WWE to have Chyna included into the HOF, rather than have her inducted as an individual. Also, I am probably in the minority on this, but there are others more deserving to be in before DX. I personally would have went with the NWO, but I am a mark for the NWO, so that’s just me.
Lacey Evans has the look, and her mic skills aren’t bad, however, she is green as grass. It will be interesting to see what type of program they come up with for her. A clash with Alexa Bliss perhaps?
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/18/19)
Start your Monday off with comments on news regarding Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch and more!
Jason shuffles into Monday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch, and more!
More On IMPACT Offer To Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho was recently a guest on Wrestling Observer Radio, and during the broadcast he discussed the offer that IMPACT wrestling made to him a few months ago: (credit to Fightful for the transcription below)
“In my mind, from a pure business standpoint, I’m worth as much as Brock Lesnar to WWE as far as what I bring to the table. That’s the watermark that I had. For me to go back to Vince, I want that kind of a deal. When I was starting to talk with Tony (Khan) and New Japan and Impact as well– Impact offered me a hell of a deal for a four match series. We’re talking mid-seven figures. They have some cash as well.”
AEW Double Or Nothing Ticket Sale Notes
Cody Rhodes took to Twitter a few days ago and provided some interesting stats on ticket sales for AEW Double Or Nothing:
• Tickets purchased from all 50 states domestically(plus Puerto Rico / D.C)
• 9 countries. Canada, UK, Mexico, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Panama, Austria
• 1st same day sellout for pro-wrestling in Vegas ever!
Thank you fans for going “all in” on this dream. pic.twitter.com/F5oi8A7uDu
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) February 13, 2019
Why The Women Didn’t Headline Elimination Chamber
Initially, it was thought that the historic Women’s Tag Team Championship match would headline the Elimination Chamber pay per view, however, according to Fightful, Vince McMahon made the change to swap the match out with the men’s Elimination Chamber match. McMahon felt the women’s match would get the reaction desired to close out the show.
Becky Lynch Re-Injures Knee At Live Event
While it appears to be only in storyline, Becky Lynch appeared to re-injure her knee after attempting to attach Charlotte Flair at a house show Saturday evening.
— WWE (@WWE) February 17, 2019