Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Raw YouTube viewership for the June 3rd broadcast–how many views for an arm wrestling match?
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 6/3/19 edition of WWE Raw:
- Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley (arm wrestling match) – 4.905 million views
- Brock Lesnar’s attack on Seth Rollins – 3.424 million views
- R-Truth hid under the ring and escaped with the 24/7 Championship – 2.261 million views
- Triple H & Randy Orton promo – 1.455 million views
- The Undertaker promo – 915k views
- Bray Wyatt & The Fire Fly Funhouse (Do The Muscle Dance) – 782k views
- Rey Mysterio gives the United States Championship to Samoa Joe – 721k views
- Roman Reigns & The Usos vs. Drew McIntyre & The Revival – 683k views
- Seth Rollins (and Becky Lynch) transported to a local medical facility – 543k views
- Charlotte Flair vs. Lacey Evans – 499k views
- Lars Sullivan does Lars Sullivan things (and attacks the Lucha House Party) – 408k views
- Lacey Evans promo on Charlotte Flair – 308k views
- MizTV with The Miz and Seth Rollins – 240k views
- Nikki Cross vs. Peyton Royce – 222k views
- Ricochet vs. Cesaro – 197k views
- Shane McMahon promo on Roman Reigns – 194k views
- Baron Corbin promo – 67k views
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WWE Raw YouTube Ratings Analysis – My Nerd Numbers
- 6/3 edition of Raw: 17.824 million total views across 17 videos
- 5/27 edition of Raw: 11.959 million total views across 16 videos
- +5.865 million views, 49% increase for this week over last week
- 6/3 Top 5: 12.960 million views
- 5/27 Top 5: 8.206 million views
- +4.754 million views, 57% increase over last week
- 6/3 average: 1.048 million views
- 5/27 average: 747k views
- +301k views per video, 40% increase over last week
Greg DeMarco’s WWE Raw YouTube Ratings Analysis – The Meaning
Raw’s YouTube numbers continue to dominate, with 4 videos over a million views as of Wednesday morning. These are WrestleMania type numbers, or apparently “almost as good as if not better than WrestleMania” type numbers. The Top 5 is where we saw the biggest jump, as The Undertaker’s promo was only good enough for fifth, and it still got 915k views. Shockingly, the arm wrestling showdown between Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley is nearing 5 million views. Brock Lesnar’s attack on Seth Rollins is nearing 3.5 million, and R-Truth’s weekly WWE 24/7 Championship video is over 2 million. The internet may not love it, but the top storylines headed into WWE Super ShowDown and the 24/7 Championship are really clicking with the casual audience.
You have to look all the way down to video #10 to get a true women’s focus (not counting Carmella’s involvement with R-Truth), and it was a really crappy match. Yet we have Ember Moon sitting around reading books on Smackdown after being moved in the Superstar Shake Up…that’s a miss.
My favorite video…R-Truth hiding under the ring!
What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Extreme Rules Match, Mysterio Update, Changes To Raw? and More! (6/25/2019)
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Winner Take All Match At Extreme Rules
To kick off Monday’s RAW, an interesting matchup was announced for the upcoming Extreme Rules pay per view. Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch will team up to face Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. The winners will claim both the Women’s and Universal championships. The match will have a stipulation that if Rollins and Lynch win then Corbin and Evans can never get another match again with them.
This is an interesting matchup. Essentially, a partner losing costs their team their respective titles, so there could be plenty of opportunity for some type of swerve from WWE. I am actually intrigued about this match, and curious what direction the company will take with it.
Betting Odds On WWE Stars Jumping To AEW
Sports Betting Dime has released its betting odds on which WWE superstars are favored to jump to AEW. The current odds and superstars are:
Dolph Ziggler (+200)
Finn Balor (+275)
Shinsuke Nakamura (+300)
Luke Harper (+450)
Sasha Banks (+1000)
The Revival (+1000)
Shinsuke is still in the midst of a long term deal, so he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, neither is Sasha Banks. You have to assume that AEW has a limited amount of potential roster openings for current WWE stars, and I would guess there would be a long thought process internally about who they would be interested in. Maria and Mike, and Mojo Rawley recently re-signed with WWE, when one could say they would be favored to jump ship. It all comes down to money. Yes, Rawley, Mike and Maria aren’t probably used to their potential, and they know that. But if WWE is going to pay them big money for an extension, of course they are going to take it. 99.9% of stars in WWE would most likely rather take the money than be a top name on the card in AEW. Jon Moxley seems to be the lone exception so far. It is fun to play fantasy booker, but if one were to listen to the rumors of which wrestler is leaving WWE, Dolph Ziggler would have been gone from the company at least a dozen times by now.
Rey Mysterio Injury Update
PWInsider has an update regarding Rey Mysterio’s injury. It looks like Mysterio is targeted to return in July at the July 8th in Newark, NJ if he passes medical evaluations.
This would be just in time for an angle/program for the SummerSlam pay per view. Perhaps a match with Samoa Joe?
New Structure To Matches On RAW And SmackDown?
With the sagging television ratings, WWE has tried to do various changes to the weekly program to generate ratings. One of the changes Vince McMahon is looking into making involves adding rounds to matches similar to boxing according to Bryan Alvarez and Wrestling Observer Radio. This is too allow matches to not occur during commercial breaks.
Many long time, hardcore wrestling fans may remember the round system that was apart of the matches in the short lived AWF promotion in the mid 90’s. It didn’t work out to well for them, and I can’t see it working for WWE. This seems like one of those attempted get rich quick schemes. It isn’t going to draw ratings. The WWE match format has been the same for over 50 years, don’t change it.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Lars Injured, ICW Champ Passes, UK WrestleMania and More! (6/21/19)
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Lars Sullivan Injured
Last week, it had been widely reported that Lars Sullivan had suffered a knee injury. Dave Meltzer has reported that the injury is serious, and could keep Sullivan out 6 to 9 months.
Many say that this is karma. I won’t say if I agree or not. Sullivan appeared to be in line for a big push, but, even with the injury, that could still be the case. The return timeline would put Sullivan on track for a return during WrestleMania season.
ICW Champion Passes Away
According to the official Twitter account of UK bases promotion ICW, ICW Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum, has passed away at 36. No cause of death was revealed.
We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum. Adrian was a mainstay of ICW and British professional wrestling. Most importantly, he was our friend. His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew him. pic.twitter.com/qmjnZTb5Lb
— ICW (@InsaneChampWres) June 19, 2019
Another sad and early death in wrestling. Many of you may remember Lionheart as back in 2014 during a match with AJ Styles, his neck was broken in two places, and was thought to never walk, let alone wrestle, again,
Nikki Bella’s In Ring Career Is Over
Wednesday evening, the Bella Twins made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Nikki Bella revealed that he in ring career is over due to a cyst on her brain.
“I really wanted to go back and fight for the tag titles. I’ve always had my neck issues and after neck surgery, it hasn’t been ok. I feel like I needed to get that check up before we went back for the tag titles. I herniated the disc above where I had surgery. I had all this inflammation around the metal and I have a cyst on my brain.”
Regardless of what you think of them and their in ring ability, their contribution to the WWE Divas division and the the exposure they brought to it cannot be understated. Sending well wishes Nikki’s way
WrestleMania Coming To A City Near You?
In an interesting note, WWE recently sent out a survey to fans to look at interest in a list of cities that could potentially host WrestleMania in the future. The list of cities include:
— Boston, MA
— Toronto, ON
— Mexico City, MX
— Phoenix-Glendale, AZ
— Houston, TX
— Los Angeles, CA
— New Orleans, LA
— Tampa, FL
— Seattle, WA
— San Diego, CA
— San Francisco-Santa Clara-San Jose, CA
— London, UK
— Indianapolis, IN
— Las Vegas, NV
— Miami, FL
— Chicago, IL
— Philadelphia, PA
— Atlanta, GA
— Orlando, FL
— Dallas-Fort Worth -Arlington, TX
— Jacksonville, FL
— San Antonio, TX
It has long been rumored that the company has had interest in an international WrestleMania, so it isn’t a surprise to see London on this list. I would expect that we will see a WrestleMania occur their soon.