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.
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Mike And Maria Re-sign With WWE
Last month in the shuffle, I discussed the news that Mike and Maria Kanellis had expiring contracts with WWE. Many of you discussed their potential jump to AEW on the Chairshot Facebook page. In what many are considering to be a bit of a shock, the couple has reach a long term agreement to re-sign with WWE, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet. No contract terms were disclosed.
I am a bit shocked that they re-signed with WWE, and figured a move back to ROH or a jump to AEW seemed logical. While many, including myself, feel that WWE hasn’t done much with the couple, Mike Kanellis did have a substance abuse battle last year in which the company stood by him during his difficult time. Perhaps due to the loyalty the company showed then, and mostly likely a decent wage, were the reasons the couple chose to re-sign. What if Maria re-signed and Mike didn’t?
All Out Sold Out
In what must be considered great news for AEW, the All Out show sold out in less than 15 minuets. According to various outlets, ticket sites for the event have over 70,00 people in online waiting rooms waiting to purchase tickets. The Sears Center in Chicago will hold roughly 12,000 people for this event.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) June 14, 2019
It is great that the company has been so successful in ticket sales when WWE is hurting to sell tickets to Stomping Grounds. However, can the company sell out venues week after week for live television ? Not taking any credit away from the company, but many are comparing AEW ticket sales to WWE ticket sales. It is a little tough to be doing that when the company has yet to air a weekly product.
Bray Wyatt On RAW?
One of the most entertaining segments on RAW lately has been the Firefly Funhouse and Bray Wyatt. According to PWInsider, Wyatt is scheduled to appear on RAW during tonight’s episode.
Many agree that Wyatt has been the most entertaining segment of RAW. How they re-debut Wyatt will be key. My hope is is that the company finally does something with Wyatt, as Wyatt is money.
Latest On WWE Talent Exodus
Since the formation of AEW last October, it’s been almost weekly that we hear about someone leaving WWE to jump to AEW. According to Dave Meltzer, many inside WWE are turning down big money deals to potentially jump to AEW.
“They were just in town and everybody wants out. I won’t say everybody because that’s not fair. Roman Reigns doesn’t want out. But the amount of people who have contacted AEW would blow your mind,” Meltzer said. “There are people that are counting down the days. There are guys who have told me, including guys in AEW now, that they cannot believe that they turned the offer down [from WWE] but they did. I know people in WWE right now who are not interested in signing again and they can’t believe they are turning down the money.”
Let’s be honest, we are going to hear news of someone wanting to leave WWE daily. AEW isn’t going to, nor are they going to be interested to, sign every ex-WWE star. Many people that I had felt would have left WWE (Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Mike and Maria Kanellis) have re-signed with the company. You could make the argument for many of WWE’s stars jumping to AEW in order to add some life to their careers. Wrestling is one of the most unpredictable forms of entertainment as far as determining what talent will head where.
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New Wrestling Promotion Launches
2019 has been a very busy year for wrestling, especially when it comes to new promotions launching. Former WWE stars Alberto Del Rio and Chavo Guerrero have partnered together to launch Nacion Lucha Libre. Some of the announced roster includes MVP, Carlito, Del Rio’s former ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez, LAX, and Pentagon. Del Rio has also hinted in signing currently contracted WWE stars when their contracts run up.
— Nación Lucha Libre Oficial (@NacionLucha) June 11, 2019
Obviously, this won’t be direct competition with the WWE, however it can draw fans away from the Mexico fan base the company has attempted to build. I am wondering if even though fans are unhappy with WWE, if all these new promotions are leading to an over saturation of product.
Moxley vs Omega At All Out
You have to hand it to AEW, as they are creating some very interesting matchups. Today, the company announced that Jon Moxley will take on Kenny Omega at the August 1st All Out event.
Saturday, August 31st, 2019 – @Sears_Centre@JonMoxley vs @KennyOmegamanX
Tickets on sale tomorrow Friday,June 14th!https://t.co/h4nYfXfHAT Noon Eastern / 11am Central / 9am Pacific pic.twitter.com/ZJr2Z2aAxs
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) June 13, 2019
This matchup is intriguing to say the least. Two completely different styles of wrestling, creating what I hope to be a great match. This one shouldn’t dissapoint.
CM Punk All In On All Out?
One of the big names that has long been rumored to join AEW is CM Punk. Punk seems to be done with wrestling, but every time AEW has announced an event, fans start up the rumor mill. With the upcoming All Out show taking place in Punk’s hometown of Chicago, many speculate Punk will make an appearance. Punk seems to have shot down that speculation in his latest Tweet.
— CM Puck🏒 (@CMPunk) June 13, 2019
Wrestling has always been a business where a person never could say never. While it is unlikely that Punk signs with AEW, there will always be the speculation that he will. But what would Punk offer to the upstart company? Name recognition ? Could Punk still go in the ring ?
SmackDown On FOX Commercials Start To Air
We all know that SmackDown will be moving to FOX this October, and the network paid a lot of money for WWE programing. FOX looks like it has the wheels in motion for the promotional blitz informing network viewers that SmackDown is heading to the network. Below is a commercial that has been airing, and many are pointing out that the advertisement contains a redesigned logo for the show.
— WrestlingNews.co – WWE/AEW News (@WrestlingNewsCo) June 13, 2019
FOX spent a lot of money to get WWE programming, so it’s no surprise that they are airing commercials four months in advance. Or could it be that FOX is worried about the low ratings that WWE programming has been generating?