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Exclusive: What’s Happening With The NXT North American Championship?

Explaining the confusion at the NXT taping.

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Greg DeMarco has the exclusive details on exactly what happened with the North American Championship at the NXT taping!

Online wrestling fans have been put through the ringer this week, complete with an emotional Royal Rumble win for Becky Lynch, to the announcement of Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania, followed almost immediately by news that Charlotte Flair is expected to be added to the match, to the hard to believe revelation that Dean Ambrose is leaving WWE after in April, and the news that AJ Styles has signed a new WWE deal (or has he?).

Lost in the shuffle is the fact that Velveteen Dream won the NXT North American Championship from Johnny Gargano at Wednesday’s NXT taping at Full Sail in Orlando. Shortly after the initial news broke, more details surfaced about a re-tape that happened in the aftermath, which ended with Gargano holding the championship and celebrating once again with NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.

As always, news should be taken with a grain of salt. However, the word I received from within NXT gave me enough to go on.

Here is what happened:

  • As was reported, Velveteen Dream used his Worlds Collide title shot to challenge Johnny Gargano for the North American Championship, and won–that win is expected to stand
  • The aftermath saw Gargano finish the segment with the championship, revisiting the familiar pose with Tommaso Ciampa that ended the Takeover: Phoenix broadcast–this is done to cause some confusion due to the prevalence of spoilers
  • One interesting note to make is that WWE.com didn’t spoil the results, something the company almost always does with pretaped title changes–the reason for this simple: Halftime Heat
  • This all revolves around Halftime Heat, which runs against the Maroon 5 halftime show today during the Super Bowl
  • It’s expected that Gargano will be the North American Champion at Halftime Heat, since the title change hasn’t aired yet, but the title will move in the coming weeks on NXT

As is often the case, the most logical scenario is what happened. The company didn’t spoil the results because if Halftime Heat draws new fans to the next two NXT broadcasts, it would be confusing to the new fan if Dream was the North American Champion during Halftime Heat, but Gargano held the championship during what could be potentially be the first NXT broadcast they watch. Gargano is also holding the championship in all of the promo materials WWE has used for Halftime Heat.

Halftime Heat is a HUGE deal for NXT, as WWE is trusting a coveted timeframe (Super Bowl Sunday) with the brand that is dedicated to the future. Many in NXT (including Triple H) don’t see it as developmental, but as a viable brand for the company (touring results have been good, so it makes sense). Despite the minimal risk (the match is expected to take place at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando and the broadcast is on the WWE Network and their social media platform partners), this is a major opportunity for all six men involved.

A key to this storyline is Johnny Gargano still being focused on the NXT Championship. If you remember, this all started when Tommaso Ciampa placed the bug into Gargano’s ear about going after the North American Championship, averting his focus away from “Goldie,” Ciampa’s NXT Championship. We could see a 4-way for Ciampa’s championship at Takeover during WrestleMania weekend, with Ciampa defending against Gargano, Aleister Black and either Ricochet or Adam Cole (with the other challenging Velveteen Dream for the North American Championship). The long-term story is still Gargano-Ciampa, and Gargano winning the NXT Championship without pinning Ciampa would do a ton to advance that story–one of the longest running storylines in the entire WWE today.

Think about it–Tommaso Ciampa turned on Johnny Gargano the same night that Pete Dunne won the WWE UK Championship from Tyler Bate, and that title reign is constantly touted for it’s length.


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Brooke Injured, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More! (6/19/2019)

News Involving: Brooke Injury, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More!

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News here! Brooke Injured, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More!

Scarlett Bordeaux Released

One of the bright spots on Impact has been Scarlett Bordeaux. However, she is no longer a part of Impact as the company announced today that she has been released. Reportedly, Scarlett had asked for her release a month ago due to unhappiness regarding her pay.

Jason’s Take

I think Impact really dropped the ball with her by not having her be a part of the knockouts division. While I get the fact she is attractive, she also is a very talented wrestler. In the ever present battle for talent between WWE and AEW, I am sure Scarlett will come out a winner.

Tag Team Division In AEW?

One of the many complaints fans and media have had with the weekly WWE product is the lack of focus in the tag team division. On Tuesday, Tony Kahn appeared on the Steven Austin Show podcast and had the following to say about the tag team division in AEW:

“We’re super focused on it. One of the things we’re going to be focused on and something we’re going to do is establish a great tag team division. When we launch our weekly television show in the fall, we’re going to be doing a tag team tournament that’s going to have some of the greatest tag team matches ever on TV. We’re going to be starting that, it’s going to be one of the main focuses of our TV. There’s going to be team’s competing to get a first-round bye in that tournament, which is a big deal. And we’ve got some of the best tag teams in all of wrestling competing for our tag team championship coming up in the fall.”

Jason’s Take

If AEW is trying to do the opposite of what the competition is doing, than focusing on the tag team division is the way to go. Having it a part of weekly television will also be good for ratings, as many fans miss the days of a solid tag team division.

EC3 Unhappy In WWE?

Fans felt that EC3 was destined for big things in WWE, especially after picking up a victory against Dean Ambrose earlier this year. However, since then, the company really hasn’t seemed to have much creatively for EC3. It appears that after Monday’s segment with Baron Corbin and the New Day, EC3 has become frustrated.

Jason’s Take

To me this feels like another instance of WWE not knowing how to properly push an NXT star after they call them up to the main roster. He can talk, he has the look, and he can wrestle, so I really don’t understand where the disconnect is here with WWE.

Dana Brooke Injured?

In news that has been making its way across various outlets, Dana Brooke appeared to be injured during a Main Event taping before RAW when taking on Sarah Logan. Brooke was busted open during the match, and the match was promptly stopped by the referee.  Video is below, but be aware, it is a bit gruesome.

Jason’s Take

Brooke is another talent that I feel the company really hasn’t done anything with since they brought her up from NXT. Many have commented that she has been working hard, putting in the extra time to become a better in ring performer. Here is hoping for a speedy recovery.

 

 

 


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DeMarco’s WWE Raw Rating Analysis (6/17/19): Raw Finishes #1, #2, & #4

What rating did the go-home Raw for Stomping Grounds deliver?

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Greg DeMarco chimes in with your WWE Raw Rating Analysis for the June 17th episode, the last Raw before Stomping Grounds!

The WWE Raw Rating is in for the June 17 edition, and it’s another tale of WWE dominating everyone not named NBA:

  • Hour 1: 2.235 million viewers, .74 rating in the important 18-49 demographic (#1 ranked hour)
  • Hour 2: 2.303 million, .71 in the 18-49 demo (#2 ranked hour)
  • Hour 3: 2.078 million, .67 in the 18-49 demo (#4 ranked hour)
    • 7% drop in viewership from Hour 1 (8 PM) to Hour 3 (10 PM); -157k viewers

For comparison, here are ratings from last week:

  • Hour 1: 2.380 million viewers, .75 rating in the important 18-49 demographic (#1 ranked hour)
  • Hour 2: 2.086 million, .65 in the 18-49 demo (#3 ranked hour)
  • Hour 3: 1.909 million, .59 in the 18-49 demo (#4 ranked hour)
    • 19% drop in viewership from Hour 1 (8 PM) to Hour 3 (10 PM); -471k viewers

(Available via ShowbuzzDaily)

But what does the WWE Raw Rating really mean, Greg?

So another interesting week for WWE Raw ratings. The show averaged more viewers this week, and had two hours higher in the Top 5, but is being spun as a worse rating around the internet. the ratings improved, the viewership drop from Hour 1 to Hour 3 improved, and Raw continued to deal with a really difficult summer.

One thing we can’t ignore is the impact of two major network shows on WWE, as The Bachelorette drew big numbers for ABC, and American Ninja Warrior did the same for NBC. Both aired from 8 PM – 10 PM, the first two hours of Raw. One is a reality show, and the other is a sports-reality show, both targeting an audience similar to Raw (whose audience isn’t–no matter how hard y’all try–wrestling fans).

This was a go-home Raw for Stomping Grounds, but it’s for a PPV that many aren’t at all excited about. One problem we don’t discuss enough is the over-saturation of the WWE product. It’s all-WWE, all-the-time, 52 weeks a year. That is another challenge facing WWE that can’t be overlooked. We will have YouTube numbers tomorrow as usual!


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