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DeMarco’s WWE Raw YouTube Performance Report (5/13/19)

An interesting split in the Raw YouTube numbers this week. Quite top heavy…

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Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Raw YouTube performance for the May 13th 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 Raw YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE RAW YouTube Performance Report, compiled mid-day Wednesday (approximately 36 hours after Raw went off the air), for the 5/13/19 edition of WWE Raw:

  • Bray Wyatt’s ‘Dark Secret’ Revelation – 2.039 million views
  • Roman Reigns & The Miz vs. Bobby Lashley & Elias – 1.541 million views
  • Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair & Lacey Evans Double Contract Signing – 1.002 million views
  • Rey Mysterio vs. Cesaro – 851k views
  • Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn – 764k views views
  • Roman Reigns on MizTV – 531k views
  • Nikki Cross Backstage Promo With Alexa Bliss – 327k views
  • Natalya vs. Dana Brooke vs. Nikki Cross vs. Natalya – 273k views
  • Video Package for Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles – 254k views
  • Ricochet vs. Baron Corbin – 194k views
  • Apollo Crews vs. Mojo Rawley – 170k views
  • Seth Rollins Backstage ‘Backbone’ Promo – 164k views
  • Cesaro Questions Rey Mysterio About Dominick – 158k views
  • Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn Falls Count Anywhere announcement – 132k views
  • Samoa Joe Promo On Dominick – 94k views
  • AJ Styles Backstage ‘Bold Statement’ Promo – 79k views
  • The Revival Promo on The Usos – 75k views

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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Raw YouTube Ratings Analysis

Let’s take a look at the numerical analysis!

  • 5/13 edition of Raw: 8.648 million total views across 16 videos
  • 5/6 edition of Raw: 10.024 million total views across 17 videos
    • 14% decrease for this week over last week
  • 5/13 Top 5: 6.197 million views
  • 5/6 Top 5: 5.633 million views
    • 10% increase over last week
  • 5/13 average: 508k views
  • 5/6 average: 589k views
    • 14% decrease over last week

Interesting results this week for Raw. Let’s start at the top: three videos above a million views, including Bray Wyatt passing 2 million views The Top 5 videos for Raw topped 6 million views total, a 10% increase over last week. Some of the usual suspects like Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, and Becky Lynch. We also see Cesaro coming in at #4, and other stars being elevated by the “backbone” stars like Lacey Evans, the aforementioned Cesaro (thanks to Rey Mysterio), Sami Zayn, and The Miz.

So the Raw Top 5 did so well, but we saw overall decreases in the YouTube views. Why? Because the bottom videos did not perform well compared to recent weeks. The #5 video this week was over 100k views lower than last week, and that trend continued. Just to take a few random snapshots: this week’s #7 pulled in half of the eyeballs as last week’s; #10 was less than half of last week’s, etc.

But that above paragraph makes sense. Raw’s TV rating was impacted by NBA basketball last week. Thanks to that, the YouTube views went up, so the “lower level” videos were more important as fans got caught up. With no NBA competition, Raw’s occupied the Top 3 spots for Monday on cable, so this week as many people didn’t need YouTube to find out what happened.

Two big shockers to me:

  • Cesaro in the Top 5. Even if it’s due to Rey Mysterio, that’s why it’s called “getting the rub.”
  • Such low views for the promos/videos for Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles

My favorite video…Dana Brooke reaching for that brass ring!

What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?


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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Raw (5/27/19)

Dolph, Brock, and an amazing in-ring performance!

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WWE Raw hit the airwaves for a holiday edition, and Box Office Brock is officially Boom Box Brock. Who stood out to Greg DeMarco?

WWE Raw was live on Memorial Day, and the show provided some memorable moments. Here’s what I think are the most memorable performances of the night.

The Third Star for WWE Raw: Boom Box Brock Lesnar

So Brock Lesnar didn’t know that he has a year to cash in Money In The Bank? Of course he didn’t! Brock was dancing, smiling, and having the time of his life. But if he wanted to, he could still kill you. His interactions tonight were fabulous, especially the moment when he realized he had a year to cash in the contract. Brock rarely speaks or makes decisions, but when he does it’s so carries to much impact. Well done!


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The Second Star: Dolph Ziggler

I know there is some confusion around Dolph’s character. He’s technically still a Raw superstar (as listed on WWE.com), and he came back out of nowhere. But his delivery has been spectacular, and I am interested to see what he does in the ring at Super ShowDown. Will he change his in-ring style to match his persona? Will he stick around after the PPV?


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The First Star for WWE Raw: Ricochet and Cesaro

You owe it to yourself to watch this match. They killed it, and busted out some stuff you don’t normally see. I don’t care about 50/50 booking or any other internet complaint. Go. Watch. This. Match.


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
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In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: AEW Double Or Nothing (5/25/19)

“Cody Rhodes can now take his place among the greatest in-ring storytellers of all time, a seat right next to Triple H himself.”

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ALL Elite Wrestling made its debut with AEW Double Or Nothing. Who stood out from the talented crowd?

AEW Double Or Nothing is history, and it was quite the history making event. From the stellar matches, to the surprise debut of Jon Moxley (the former Dean Ambrose), the show delivered in a million different ways. It’s nearly impossible to pick three standout performances from a night like this, but I am the man for the task!

Featured image credit James Musselwhite, courtesy of All Elite Wrestling.

The Third Star for AEW Double Or Nothing: SCU

AEW Double Or Nothing SCU

There will only ever be one first PPV match for All Elite Wrestling, and it will always belong to SCU. Yes, Strong Hearts were also involved, and yes, Al Linda Man is an unsung hero of this match, but Christopher Daniels (one of the true greatest of all time), Frankie Kazarian (one of the greatest in-ring workhorses of all time), and Scorpio Sky (one of the most underrated wrestlers in the entire world, of all time), delivered a performance that is worth remembering as the first PPV match ever for AEW. This match in general hit on all cylinders, and the talent deserves a nod for their performance.


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The Second Star: Kenny Omega

AEW Double Or Nothing Kenny Omega

Image Credit: Ricky Havlik/AEW

Kenny Omega wanted to give the fans a main event they deserved, and he did just that with Chris Jericho. It wasn’t as spot-tastic as the tag team match that preceded it (and that’s a good thing), but the story involved and Jericho working a new style that suits his age (and conditioning) meant that Omega needed to nearly kill himself to deliver the match he wanted everyone to see. In the end he put Jericho over, but is obviously on a collision course with Jon Moxley–potentially at ALL OUT. But on this night, Kenny Omega put the AEW brand on his shoulders and carried it into the stratosphere.

Honorable Mention: Jon Moxley

He needed to give everyone a memorable moment to end the show, and he did just that.


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The First Star for AEW Double Or Nothing: Cody Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes

AEW Double Or Nothing Cody Rhodes Dustin Rhodes

Image Credit: Ricky Havlik/AEW

This match is what pro wrestling is all about. The amazing story told in the ring was sold by two true brothers, and in the end it was Cody who stood tall. That’s not enough to give one man the nod over the other, as this was obviously a team–no–a family effort. Dustin took the lead for most of the match, and you can tell both wanted to put on a performance that would make Dusty Rhodes proud. There was an old school moment when DDP carried Brandi Rhodes backstage kicking and screaming, but that doesn’t take away from what this was. It wasn’t old school, it was pro wrestling. Cody Rhodes can now take his place among the greatest in-ring storytellers of all time, a seat right next to Triple H himself.


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom,
and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


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