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New Japan News: Two Championship Matches Set For Dominion

See what’s set for Dominion so far…

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New Japan presents Dominion in Tokyo on June 9 in Osaka, and the top two matches are announced.

New Japan has their mid-year supershow in June at Osaka-Jo Hall in Osaka, Japan, and we have matches set for the top two titles in the company:

  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (champion) vs. Chris Jericho
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (champion) vs. Tetsuya Naito

Both Okada and Ibushi won their titles at G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden. For Okada, this is shaping up to be his 5th straight Dominion main event, and his seventh overall.


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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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Andrew’s WWE Raw Star Ratings (6/3/19)

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Andrew gives you his immediate reaction to the June 17 WWE Raw with his star ratings! How many snowflakes did Andrew give?

The 6/17/19 WWE Raw is history, and here are Andrew’s ratings:

  • #1 Contender for US Title Elimination: Bobby Lashley vs Cesaro vs Braun Strowman vs Ricochet vs The Miz: Ricochet wins via 630 Senton – ** ¼
  • Viking Raiders vs Jobbers: Raiders win via Viking Experience – N/A
  • 2 out of 3 Falls: The New Day vs Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin & Sami Zayn: New Day wins via Trouble in Paradise (2-0) – ** ½
  • The Usos vs Gallows & Anderson: Usos win via Double Superkick – N/A
  • Women’s Tag Team Championship: The IIconics (c) vs Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss: IIconics retain via Roll-Up – * ½
  • Seth Rollins vs Daniel Bryan: Rollins wins via Stomp – ***

Nerd stats:

  • Top performers: Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins
  • Total matches = 6
  • Total snowflakes = 9.25
  • Average = 2.31 (N/A ratings are not included in the average calculation)

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