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The Weekly Brainbuster: WWE 2019 Year In Review

Matt brings us The Brainbuster breakdown of 2019!



Welcome to the first ever Chairshot Brainbuster: WWE Year In Review! Here we will discuss all the happenings from January to December, stats, facts, streaks, trends, analysis, and everything else!

There will be no Brainbuster: Power Rankings this week!

Without further adieu, an opportunity to write about wrestling wouldn’t be possible without the groundbreaking, memorable, legendary founding fathers who paved the way so many years ago, so my first fact will be a run down of some notable names we have lost this year. Thank you for all the dedication, for the blood, sweat, and tears. Thank you!

1) In Memorium: Harley Race, King Kong Bundy, Mean Gene Okerlund, Pedro Morales, and many others. Let the bell toll for these men who came before us and left us all too soon.

2) Debuting on the main roster on February 18th, six weeks after the start of the year, Ricochet paces the roster with 66 total televised matches, counting NXT, main roster, and no contests; winning the Workman Wrestler of the Year.

3) Seth Rollins was second with 54, counting four no contests.

4) Bayley wrestled the most matches of any woman with 48.

5) Becky Lynch was second, with 41.

6) Ricochet had the most televised wins, with 42.

7) Bayley had the most televised wins of any woman with 32

8) The Viking Raiders had the best winning percentage with at least 10 matches, winning 82%

9) Becky Lynch had the most wins on PPV, with 9 wins, including the main event of WrestleMania

10) Seth Rollins had the second most wins on PPV, with 8, including a tag team match with Becky Lynch at Stomping Grounds.

11) Jinder Mahal had the lowest winning percentage overall, winning only 1 match (8%)out of 13

12) In one of the most joked about stats of the year, of the 664 matches on WWE television which finished with a pinfall, they finished with a roll up or an inside cradle 83 times (12%).

13) 94 matches, only 11 more, finished with a submission.

14) There was only one battle royal in 2019 which did not happen at Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, or in Saudi Arabia

15) Seth Rollins won that match on RAW on July 15th, 2019

16) There was only one Ladder match in 2019 which did not happen at TLC or Money in the Bank

17) Kevin Owens won that match on SmackDown on October 4th, 2019

18) There were only two Steel Cage matches in 2019, both on PPV

19) There were 57 DQ, 6 countout, and 24 no contest finishes in 2019.

20) There were two gauntlet matches on SmackDown that went over 1 hour of television time. One other gauntlet on RAW went 51 minutes. Three other gauntlets went 30+ minutes (One on RAW, one on SmackDown, one at Crown Jewel)

21) The longest non-Gauntlet or Royal Rumble match was a 37 minute elimination ten man tag on “205 Live” on August 20th, 2019. The final two were Humberto Carrillo and Angel Garza

22) The next longest non-Gauntlet, Royal Rumble, or Elimination Chamber match was the elimination 15 man RAW vs SD vs NXT mens match at Survivor Series which went 29 minutes and 25 seconds

23) Only ten matches in 2019 went over 30 minutes

24) Four of the top 25 longest matches of the year happened at WrestleMania.

25) Royal Rumble (3), TLC (2), Survivor Series (2), and Elimination Chamber (2) totaled 9 others of the top 25 longest matches

26) There were 360 matches on RAW, 220 matches on SmackDown, 123 matches on “PPV”

27) The average PPV match was 13 minutes and 57 seconds

28) The average RAW match was 7 minutes and 50 seconds

29) The average SmackDown match was 8 minutes and 57 seconds

30) Only one match on Main Event went over 7 minutes, an 11 minute tag match between The Revival vs Ryder/Breeze on January 4th, 2019. I see they tried competing with Wrestle Kingdom

31) The state of California had the most televised matches with 59. New York was next with 56

32) Six different states only had 4 televised matches (one show) aired from their state. Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and South Dakota

33) Chicago had the most televised matches, with 32!

34) New York City was second with 29

35) The WWE Cruisweight Championship was defended 17 times, changing 4 times

36) The WWE Intercontinental Championship was defended 13 times, changing 5 times.

37) The RAW Tag Team Championships were defended 19 times, changing 7 times

38) The RAW Women’s Championship was defended 12 times, changing 1 time

39) The SmackDown Tag Team Championships were defended 13 times, changing 7 times

40) The SmackDown Women’s Championship was defended 14 times, changing 6 times

41) The WWE Universal Championship was defended 14 times, changing 4 times

42) The United Championship was defended 20 times (on television), changing 7 times (on television)

43) Andrade would win the US Championship at an untelevised house show at Madison Square Garden on December 26th

44) The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships were defended 14 times, debuting February 17th, 2019, and changed 5 times in 10 months

45) The WWE Championship was defended 18 times, changing 2 times.

46) Kofi Kingston had more successful championships defenses than any other champion in 2019, with 11 WWE title defenses.

47) Kofi also has successfully defended the SmackDown Tag Team Championships twice during his current reign, giving him 13 total

48) Kofi Kingston has held a championship 232/365 days in 2019

49) The NXT Championship was defended 10 times, changing 2 times

50) The NXT North American Championship was defended 8 times, changing 3 times

51) The NXT Tag Team Championships were defended 9 times, changing 4 times

52) The NXT Women’s Championship was defended 8 times, changing 1 time

53) The NXT UK Championship was defended 5 times, changing 1 time

54) The NXT UK Women’s Championship was defended 6 times, changing 2 times

55) The NXT UK Tag Team Championships were defended 6 times, debuting January 12th, 2019, changing 3 times

56) The WWE 24/7 Championship changed 78 times, debuting May 20th, 2019

57) R-Truth won the 24/7 Championship 29 times

58) R-Truth’s version of “Old Town Road” is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Thanks for the memories R-Truth! Now that’s what’s up!

59) Seth Rollins was in 26 main events, winning 13 of them

60) Kofi Kingston was in 20 main events, winning 10 of them

61) Cesaro had the most televised losses with 30, he was pinned 22 times

62) Drew McIntyre was second with 27 losses. He was pinned only 6 times.

63) On December 27th, 2019, Daniel Bryan won a match with the Labell Lock/Yes Lock for the first time all year, after 24 failed attempts to win a match with it

64) In 2019 on RAW, SDL, and PPV/Network shows, there were 1,269 finishing moves attempted. 91 were missed, 234 were countered (25% fail rate), 28 submission finishers were broken up by a rope break (2%), 230 resulted in no pin attempt after the attempt (18%), 142 were kicked out of (11%), and 540 (43%) resulted in a pinfall or submission victory.

65) AJ Styles attempted 59 finishers, winning 18 matches with either the Calf Crusher (3), Phenomenal Forearm (10), or Styles Clash (5)

66) Seth Rollins attempted The Curb Stomp 67 times, winning 18 matches. The Fiend Bray Wyatt absorbed the move 20 times across two matches combined, 18 no pin attempts and 2 kickouts

67) Karl Anderson is the only person to kickout of the Viking Warriors Thor’s Hammer, and he did it twice

68) Karl Anderson is the only person to kick out of Braun Strowman’s Running Powerslam

69) Karl Anderson is the only person to kick out of Ricochet’s Recoil

70) Rey Mysterio is the only person to kick out of Andrade’s Hammerlock DDT in the United States, and he did it twice

71) No one has kicked out of Aleister Black’s Black Mass in 20 attempts. 2 missed, 4 no pin attempts. Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Scott Dawson fell victim twice each.

72) Baron Corbin won 3 matches with the Deep Six, his “set up”. It was kicked out of 17 times

73) Brock Lesnar won more matches with the Kimura on PPV (2) than the F5 (1).

74) The F5 was attempted 6 times on PPV, countered 3 times and kicked out of 2 times

75) Charlotte Flair won 3 matches with the Natural Selection and only 8 matches with the Figure Eight. She attempted a finisher 40 times

76) From January 7th to April 7th, Finn Balor’s Coup de Grace was attempted 11 times and never missed, and won 8 times

77) From April 8th to August 11th, the Coup de Grace was attempted 9 times, reversed or missed 5 times, and won 3 times

78) Humberto Carrillo has attempted 12 Moonsaults since October 21st, he’s missed 5 of them

79) On December 23rd, Kevin Owens won his match of the year with the Pop Up Powerbomb, in 15 attempts since his return on February 26th

80) Kofi Kingston attempted Trouble in Paradise 58 times, winning 26 matches with it

81) Sami Zayn was pinned by the Trouble in Paradise 5 times, more than anyone else

82) Randy Orton attempted the RKO 6 times at WrestleMania, the most of any single finishing move in one match not involving Seth Rollins. It was countered 4 times, no pinfall once, and kicked out of once in the match

83) Triple H’s Pedigree was kicked out of twice combined, once by Batista, once by Randy Orton

84) Across five NXT Takeover (Not counting UK) events, there were 85 finishers attempted. 4 were missed (5), 23 were countered (27%), 1 submission finisher resulted in a rope break (1%), 11 finishers resulted in no pin attempt (13%), 27 were kicked out of (32%), 17 resulted in pinfall or submission victories (20%).

85) There is a kickout after a finisher is connected 3x more (32 to 11%) on NXT than on the main roster

86) ADAM COLE BAY BAY attempted 16 finishers across three Takeovers, 20% of all attempted finishers on all Takeovers

87) Adam Cole attempted the Last Shot 8 times, missing 3 times, 3 kick outs, and 2 victories. He also attempted it 3 times on main roster shows, with 1 kickout and 2 victories.

88) Johnny Gargano won three falls on Takeover with the Gargano-Escape, but only one ended a match

89) Pete Dunne attempted Bitter End at three different Takeovers, failing to win any of the matches with the move

90) Shayna Baszler attempted the Kirifuda Clutch 11 times, it was countered 8 times

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