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WWE News: RAW’s Weekly YouTube Report (5/21/18)



WWE Raw YouTube

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 you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s RAW YouTube Report (2:30 PM EST, 5/23/18):

  1. Nia Jax vs. Ronda Rousey MITB Contract Signing – 2 million views
  2. Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal – 1.5 million views
  3. Stephanie McMahon Addresses Reigns Situation – 1 million views
  4. Braun Strowman vs. Finn Balor – 993k views
  5. Bobby Lashley Interrupts His ‘Sisters’ & Sami Zayn – 924k views
  6. Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens – 557k views
  7. MITB Qualifier: Natalya vs. Liv Morgan vs. Dana Brooke vs. Sarah Logan – 511k views

Just as I had predicted, the MITB contract signing not only challenged Roman Reigns for the top position this week, but unseated him. Ronda is by far the most recognizable person, male or female, in the WWE and she proves it week-in and week-out with the amount of views she brings in. While viewership for RAW on television took a slight decline, it has zero affect on Rousey’s star power. Anyone working with her is going to see big numbers.

Our weekly number one guy drops to the number 2 spot, but also appears at 3 and 6 as well. I find it to be odd that the Reigns vs. Owens match pulled in a large portion less than the tag with Rollins against Owens and Jinder, as well as the opening segment of the show with Stephanie and Angle. How do you explain this? I’d venture to say that people realized, “Hey, if Owens vs. Roman is followed by a tag with the same two guys involved, than the match must have ended screwy”. Simple logic would be my answer there. Why watch Owens vs. Reigns when you know it just leads to a tag match?

RAW’s main event slides in at number 4 this week with two big fan favorites. Braun has been showing his worth with good numbers on a weekly basis, while Balor can be up-and-down depending on who he’s working with, but still solid. It’s a good sign that these two nearly cracked a million because as I said earlier, viewership on TV was down some and it always drops during the third hour.

What many are calling the worst segment of the year (some are even saying ever), the Lashley/Sami segment clocks in at number 5. This was bad, but I’m not going as far as “worst ever”. As is the case with today’s society, there was controversy surrounding this as many felt that three dudes portraying Lashley’s “sisters” was somehow a big deal. They were just playing goons you fools! Anyways, I think that all helps this segment gain attention. Almost like watching a car crash, but ultimately, Lashley was able to show a little personality and that was the goal of it all to begin with.

Lastly at number seven, the continuation of decent numbers for Money In The Bank qualifying matches is seen again this week. There’s really no other explanation for it outside of the interest in MITB. Nattie certainly has a little mainstream appeal due to being on Total Divas forever now (slight exaggeration), while Liv, Logan and Dana are just the beneficiaries here.


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Mitchell’s AEW Continental Classic Update! (11/27/23)

What a start to the tournament!



Did your picks win points?

The AEW Continental Classic is underway, with almost everyone competing. Check in here if you haven’t seen the winners and losers of week 1!

Here are your Gold League standings!

  • Jon Moxley: 1-0, 3 points
  • Swerve Strickland: 1-0, 3 points
  • Jay White: 1-0, 3 points
  • Rush: 0-1, 0 points
  • Mark Briscoe: 0-1, 0 points.
  • Jay Lethal: 0-1, 0 points


Here are your Blue League standings!

  • Brody King: 1-0, 3 points
  • Claudio Castagnoli: 1-0, 3 points
  • Daniel Garcia: 0-1, 0 points
  • Eddie Kingston: 0-1, 0 points
  • Bryan Danielson: Yet to Compete
  • Andrade El Idolo: Yet to Compete


My Thoughts:

Nothing too crazy, nothing too wild, this tournament only just got started. The only disappointing point is that they could not get Bryan “cleared to compete” Saturday night. Not sure how much of that is shoot given the bad eye, but this was kinda the problem of wanting him in the tournament over tons of other choices. Bryan wants to face Okada for WrestleKingdom 18, how is Bryan supposed to do that at his best if he’s also gonna be in a round robin, doing five top level matches in about as many weeks? And it takes away from Andrade being able to do something. Also a little surprised we didn’t even hear from Andrade on Saturday.

Now as we heard on Saturday, round two’s matches are set. Gold League will see Mark Briscoe VS Rush, White VS Swerve, and of course, Moxley VS Lethal. Nice variety there, a couple 0-1 guys facing off, as well as two 1-0 guys, and then 1-0 VS 0-1. No offense to Lethal, but he feels like an 0-2 going up against Moxley. Hard to call the other ones but that’s the fun of it. Meanwhile, Blue League sees Brody VS Claudio in a showdown to be 2-0, then Bryan and Andrade finally jump in, Bryan against Eddie and Andrade against Garcia. Sadly, feels like Eddie and Garcia are going 0-2, no way Tony Khan is booking Bryan and Andrade to lose their first shots.

In fact, that could be half the reason they did wait on those two, that’s almost too good for just a first round opener. But I still would’ve done it, same as NJPW does stuff like that for round robins, which this is all modeled after anyway.

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AEW announces Continental Classic entrants

The C2 is set!



Tony Khan Reveals the Blue and Gold “Leagues!”

Originally livestreamed, Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone officially announced the twelve total entrants and divided them into the two round robin blocks known as the “Blue League” and “Gold League.” If you don’t feel like sifting through the almost 30 minute video, the groups are:

Blue League

  • Bryan Danielson
  • Andrade El Idolo
  • Brody King
  • Claudio Castagnoli
  • Daniel Garcia
  • Eddie Kingston

Gold League

  • Jon Moxley
  • Swerve Strickland
  • Rush
  • Mark Briscoe
  • Jay Lethal
  • Jay White


Tony Khan also explains the rules for the Continental Classic:

  • Every match has a 20 minute time limit
  • The winner of each match earns 3 points, losers earn 0, 1 point for a draw
  • EVERYONE ELSE is banned from ringside for true 1v1 action


Eddie Kingston also joined the selection special as his “life’s work” is on the line in this tournament, both the ROH World Championship and NJPW Strong Openweight Championship on the line as part of the modern day North American Triple Crown Eddie, Tony Khan, AEW, ROH and NJPW are looking to create together. Gold League competes tonight on Dynamite while Blue League will have their start this Saturday on Collision. Look for more articles like this one to keep up with the Continental Classic standings over the next six weeks of tournament action!

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