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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Sasha Banks, RAW Ratings Low, Hardy Injured and More! (4/24/19)

News today involving Sasha Banks, RAW Ratings, Hardy Injured and more!

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News today involving Sasha Banks, RAW Ratings, Hardy Injured and more!

Sasha Banks Done With WWE?

Unless you have been living under a rock the past few weeks, you know about issues Sasha Banks has with WWE. I’ve covered it in some of the news shuffles that you can read here, and here, and there have also been some great opinion pieces done by Chairshot writers Rob Bonnette, and Tom Clark. Banks has been absent from WWE TV since WrestleMania, and according to the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, there are no plans for her to return. Dave Meltzer stated:

“The situation is unchanged. They are right now at a stalemate and the word is that ‘if she wants to sit out the rest of her contract then she can sit out the rest of her contract. They still want her to come back. She wants things different. Whatever that difference is they haven’t agreed to it because she ain’t back so we’ll have to see.”Jason’s Take

I really think Banks is overreacting. However, she has accomplished a lot in her time in WWE, and seems to be someone who could do without wrestling. Her net worth reportedly 3 million, so if she decided not to wrestle again, she should be fine.

RAW Ratings Hit Low Numbers Again

RAW has been often criticized due to the low ratings that have been occurring the past year. This week’s RAW rating isn’t going to help matters any. This weeks RAW drew 2,374,000 viewers, which is reportedly one of the lowest in the programs history. The hourly breakdown looks like this:

Hour 1 – 2,680,000
Hour 2 – 2,296,000
Hour 3 – 2,146,000

Jason’s Take

Obviously, the superstar shake-up isn’t helping ratings after one week. The scary part about Monday’s ratings is the fact that the show started out strong, but lost viewers each hour. Last fall, many attributed the low ratings due to Monday Night Football. Other than the NBA Playoffs, there isn’t much on TV in terms of sports right now for WWE to compete with. Poor writing? Is 3 hours too long for a show? You have to wonder if FOX isn’t a bit concerned about the bill of goods they paid for in the deal to bring SmackDown Live over from USA. Two different programs, but they must be paying attention.

WWE Stars Pulled From Starrcast II

Many fans were looking forward to the Undertaker’s appearance at the upcoming Starrcast II event. However, they are going to be disappointed in today’s news. Both The Undertaker and Kurt Angle were pulled from the event by WWE. Conrad Thompson spoke with Sports Illustrated regarding the changes. Thompson would state:

“I was told it had gotten WWE’s attention and that Vince McMahon texted The Undertaker about the appearance. ’Taker’s representation, which is a company called Get Engaged, called to tell me, ‘WWE says he can’t do it.’?”

Jason’s Take

Thompson and company had to know they were taking a gamble at signing the Undertaker to appear at Starrcast. Especially being the event is closely associated with All Elite Wrestling, even though the event is a separate entity. I was looking forward to hearing from the Undertaker during his Q&A, as he is the one wrestler fans have wanted to hear stories from for years.

Jeff Hardy Injured?

According to Wrestling Observer Radio and Dave Meltzer, Jeff Hardy was recently injured at a live event this past weekend. According to Meltzer, Hardy suffered what appeared to be a leg injury. Hardy did not work Sunday’s live event, but appeared in the corner of Matt Hardy while showing a significant limp.

Jason’s Take

Hear is hoping for a quick recovery for Jeff Hardy.

Ronda Rousey Unsure About WWE Future

Shortly before WrestleMania, Ronda Rousey was reportedly set to leave WWE for her “impregnation vacation.” While WWE has not commented on Rousey’s status, Rousey posted an update on her YouTube channel not only confirming her reported hand injury, but also the long rumor that she would be leaving the company to start a family.

“As for WWE plans in the future, we wanna have a baby first. I don’t know what it’s like to have a baby. I could look down at this beautiful child and be like ‘f**k everything I don’t care about anything else.’”

Jason’s Take

Regardless of how many feel, Rousey did do a lot for the women’s revolution. She had a big hand in the attention the women’s division was garnering from the mainstream media. Rousey plus WWE equals money. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rousey returns to WWE at some point.

 


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: News Involving Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, NXT, and More! (5/17/19)

News involving Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, NXT Tag Titles, and More!

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Ric Flair Medical Scare?

TMZ Sports broke news Thursday morning that Ric Flair suffered a medical emergency that they quoted as being “very serious.” Later in the day, Conrad Thompson would refute that report and stated that Flair had a planned procedure, but wouldn’t elaborate on any further details. TMZ Sports would post and update from Flair’s wife, Wendy Barlow, and she said:

“Due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure tomorrow morning, after which he expects to fully recovery.”

Jason’s Take

It’s hard to believe everything you read when it comes to wrestling, so that’s why you should be reading the Chairshot everyday. We sort through the bullshit so you don’t have to. On that note, hopefully things are ok with the Nature Boy. Reading news on Flair like this makes me a little nervous, especially with the medical scare he had in 2017. But it looks like even death itself taps out to the Figure Four.

Alexa Bliss Pulled From Money In The Bank

WWE Tweeted this morning that Alexa Bliss has been pulled from the Money In The Bank ladder match, and has been replaced by Nikki Cross. The reason given by WWE is that Alexa has not been medically cleared to compete. Dave Meltzer is reporting that the reason is indeed injury related, and possibly due to Alexa’s concussion history.

Jason’s Take

If the company was worried about her concussion history and her participating in a ladder match, why did they attempt to put her in it in the first place?

NXT Tag Titles Vacated

WWE has announced that the NXT Tag Team Championships have been vacated. This shouldn’t be a surprise with the Viking Raiders being called up to the main roster. WWE’s storyline reasoning is due to the controversial ending of the title match between The Viking Raiders and The Street Profits that aired on Wednesday’s episode of NXT. This show was taped on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from Winter Park, FL at the Full Sail University. William Regal will address the situation on next week’s episode of NXT.

Jason’s Take

I’m not really shocked that the Viking Raiders were stripped of the titles. The real question is who the next team is that will be crowned champions? Could the Undisputed Era regain the titles?

Kurt Angle On AEW

Kurt Angle is one of the handful of wrestlers who is no stranger to leaving WWE, and re-vitalizing his career with another promotion. So, rightfully, Angle would be someone to ask on thoughts of AEW competing with WWE. Angle spoke with Wrestling Inc on Thursday, and gave some of his thoughts on AEW.

“I want the fans to be excited about it. I’m gonna tell you this though, and I don’t wanna come around in five years and say ‘I told you so.’ Listen, WWE is the No. 1 brand and will always be No. 1…There’s no way in heck anybody’s gonna catch up to them. If this company… I’m not daring them, I’m just saying it’s not bad to be No. 2. If you’re gonna set out to be No. 1, then you’re gonna spend a lot of F’n money,”

Jason’s Take

WWE will always be around in some way, shape, or form. WCW Monday Nitro wasn’t going to catch WWE. Paul Heyman famously said that Nitro would be dead in 3 months. While the odds will be stacked against AEW, never say never.

Ashley Massaro Passes Away At 39

In a bit of shocking news, former WWE Diva, Ashley Massaro, has passed away at 39 according to TMZ sports. Massaro was transported from her home in Suffolk County, NY to a nearby hospital where she died early Thursday morning.

Jason’s Take

WOW. Only 39 years old, 3 years older than myself. Thoughts and prayers to her family in this difficult time

 


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DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report (5/14/19)

Did the blue brand deliver on YouTube? Well…Roman did!

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Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Smackdown YouTube performance for the May 14th broadcast!

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. As such, YouTube has joined social media as a metric as important to WWE as television ratings (if not more). The weekly WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report, compiled overnight Wednesday night (a few hours more than  24 hours after Smackdown went off the air), for the 5/14/19 edition of WWE Smackdown:

  • Roman Reigns & The Usos vs. Shane McMahon, Elias, Daniel Bryan & Erick Rowan – 1.203 million views
  • Shane McMahon & Elias attack Roman Reigns & The Miz – 1.057 million views
  • Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn attack Kofi Kingston – 601k views
  • Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair history/feud video package – 384k views
  • Finn Balor vs. Andrade vs. Ali vs. Randy Orton – 369k views
  • Asuka & Kairi Sane vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville – 310k views
  • Shane McMahon makes the handicap match – 111k views
  • Lacey Evans promo for Money In The Bank – 82k views
  • Ms. Money In The Bank promo – 56k views
  • Aleister Black promo – 53k views

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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Ratings Analysis

No numbers comparison as I wasn’t able to compile last week’s videos. Roman Reigns delivered big time this week, with two videos both over a million views. Those were the only two videos to cross 1 million.

The overall views were down, much like Raw on YouTube this week. But Raw’s TV ranking improved, and it was not opposed by the NBA. That said, if you’re WWE you have to be happy with the performance of Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston.

My favorite video…The IIconics on commentary!

What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?


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