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DeMarco’s WWE Raw YouTube Performance Report (5/6/19)

Did Roman Reigns and the Wild Card Rule spark interest in streaming for Raw?



A look at the WWE Raw YouTube performance for the May 6th 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).

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE RAW YouTube Performance Report, compiled Wednesday night (approximately 36 hours after Raw went off the air), for the 5/6/19 edition of WWE Raw:

  • Roman Reigns sparks the Wild Card Rule with Vince McMahon – 1.5 million views
  • Samoa Joe meets Rey Mysterio’s son Dominick – 1.3 million views
  • Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan – 1.041 million views
  • Braun Strowman throws Sami Zayn in the trash – 904k views
  • Becky Lynch brawls with Lacey Evans – 888k views
  • Shane McMahon & Elias attack Roman Reigns in match with Drew McIntyre – 661k views
  • Shane McMahon and The Miz brawl backstage – 646k views
  • Mercy The Buzzard consumes Rambling Rabbit on Firefly Fun House – 465k views
  • Lars Sullivan gets Mr. McMahon to change the Wild Card Rule – 446k views
  • Lars Sullivan attacks No Way Jose – 439k views
  • Mr. McMahon forces AJ Styles & Seth Rollins to team up – 425k views
  • Seth Rollins & AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley – 353k views
  • The Usos prank on The Revival – 288k views
  • Ricochet vs. Robert Roode – 265k views
  • Seth Rollins (really bad) backstage promo – 159k views
  • The Viking Raiders vs. Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder – 143k views
  • Lucha House Party squash match – 101k views

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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Raw YouTube Ratings Analysis

So bringing in Roman Reigns worked this week, as he accounted for over 2 million YouTube views across two videos, including 1.5 million for his show opening interaction with Vince McMahon. That’s a big impact on these numbers, as Raw far outperformed last week’s numbers….

  • 5/6 edition of Raw: 10.024 million total views across 17 videos
  • 4/29 edition of Raw: 8.430 million total views across 16 videos
    • 19% increase for this week over last week
  • 5/6 Top 5: 5.633 million views
  • 4/29 Top 5: 4.737 million views
    • 19% increase over last week
  • 5/6 average: 589k views
  • 4/29 average: 526k views
    • 12% increase over last week

Increases across the board this week, at the overall viewership went up by about 1.6 million (with one more video), The Top 5 had about a million more viewers, and the per video average was up about 63k views. That’s a lot and there are some light rumors that WWE waited longer to make these videos available in hopes of keeping people tuned to the TV broadcast. I can’t speak to that as I first hit the videos to do my Three Stars article, but if it it’s true then this performance is that much better.

Three videos crossed the million mark, which is great for a post-WrestleMania show. The major focus of the show wasn’t the Money In The Bank PPV that airs in less than two weeks, but the Wild Card Rule definitely sparked some interest on YouTube.

Two big shockers to me:

  • Samoa Joe coming in at #2 for his backstage interaction with Rey Mysterio’s son Dominick
  • Lars Sullivan getting nearly 900k views for his two videos

Great news for both Joe and Lars, as they are moving the needle. Tag team wrestling sadly isn’t, but let’s hope that changes thanks to Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan (we might as well have them Wild Card themselves to Raw and win those titles, too). Becky Lynch’s appearance had a strong showing with 888k views. Given her overexposure, this was a good way to use “The Man” this week.

My favorite video…an Attitude Era style brawl for The Miz and Shane McMahon!

What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Mickie James Update, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More! (7/17/19)

News Involving: Mickie James, Finn Balor, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More!



News Here! Mickie James Update, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More!

Latest On Jeff Hardy

In Monday’s shuffle I discussed the news on Jeff Hardy’s latest public intoxication arrest. Since then, more details have been released regarding the incident. TMZ is reporting that Hardy smelled of booze and was passed out in a public stairwell before being arrested.

Jason’s Take

Once again, Hardy’s struggles with addiction have been well documented in the past, so I am not going to comment on them. Here is hoping that he is able to get things in order and get his life on track.

RAW Ratings See An Increase

RAW continues to slowly climb out of the ratings hole, as this weeks ratings showed an increase in viewership. The hourly breakdown looks like this:

Hour 1 – 2.379 million viewers
Hour 2 – 2.503 million viewers
Hour 3 – 2.478 million viewers

Jason’s Take

This is good news for WWE, RAW, and USA, as RAW typically has had a hard time keeping viewers into the third hour. RAW was actually a very solid show last night, and one of the first RAW’s in a very long time that I watched from start to finish while it aired live. Slowly, but surely, WWE will do what they can to climb out of the hole.

Mickie James Undergoes ACL Surgery

Earlier today, WWE star Mickie James went under the knife to repair her injured ACL. The injury looks to keep her out of the ring into next year. Her husband, Nick Aldis, took to Twitter to update fans on the successful surgery.

Jason’s Take

Mickie James is still a very talented wrestler who adds depth to the women’s division. There is still a place for her on the roster, and one can assume that the WWE will want to keep her when she fully recovers.

Finn Balor Taking Time Off?

Finn Balor lost the Intercontinental championship at Extreme Rules, and the loss had many scratching their heads. However, it appears there is reasoning behind it according to Pro Wrestling Sheet, as Balor has requested time off from WWE to recharge. Though he requested time off, it appears that it will not be granted until after the upcoming SummerSlam pay per view.

Jason’s Take

It will be interesting to see how Balor will be written off of TV. One could assume a SummerSlam match with Bray Wyatt will lead to his exit. Perhaps on his return, he could join his friends in The Club ?



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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More! (7/15/19)

News Involving Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More!



Jeff Hardy

News here! Jeff Hardy, RAW Reunion, Paul Heyman and More!

Jeff Hardy Arrested

According to various news outlets this weekend, WWE star Jeff Hardy was arrested for public intoxication Saturday in South Carolina.Police said they received a report of an intoxicated person in Myrtle Beach about 11 a.m. Shortly after, authorities arrested Hardy without incident and charged him with public intoxication.Hardy posted a $153 bond and was released the same day.In a statement, WWE said, “Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions.”

Jason’s Take

Jeff Hardy’s battles with substance abuse over the years have been well documented. After period of staying off the radar, Hardy has been in court twice over the past year for alcohol related issues. Here is hoping that Hardy can get things under control.

Huge RAW Planned For Next Week

During Sunday nights Extreme Rules pay per view, WWE aired a commercial for RAW Reunion that will take place on July 22nd. Some of the big names advertised include Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Ric Flair.

Jason’s Take

This seems like a reach for a quick ratings grab, but it is always cool to see the legends return. Potentially we could see some involvement from some of the legends for SummerSlam storylines ?

Paul Heyman Appears At EVOLVE Show

For those of you who didn’t catch the EVOLVE 10th Anniversary show on the WWE Network Saturday night, you missed out on a hell of a show. You also missed out on an appearance from none other than Paul Heyman. Most wrestling fans know that Heyman mentored EVOLVE founder Gabe Sapolosky back in ECW.

Jason’s Take

Those of you have followed my daily news shuffles, and the random In This Corner articles I put together, know that I rarely follow the indie wrestling scene. However, I took in both the EVOLVE show and AEW Fight For The Fallen. I was extremely impressed with the talent in EVOLVE, and my hopes are that WWE continues to broadcast their shows on the WWE Network.

Enzo and Cass Done With ROH ?

During April’s G1 Supercard Show at Madison Square Garden, fans were shocked to see Enzo and Cass jump the guard rail and started attacking ROH stars. Many felt initially that this may have been a shoot, but it appeared to be a work to lead to a potential appearance in ROH for the two. However, according to Dave Meltzer on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, it appears the relationship between the former WWE stars and ROH is over before it truly began. According to Meltzer, NJPW was unhappy as they were not notified before hand of their appearance, and the company has cut their loses with the two.

Jason’s Take

It’s Enzo and Cass. I mean, with what little I follow ROH, I can’t really see the two of them fitting with the company long term. However, if you want a team to be a legit heel right out of the chute, you could have that with those two.



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