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EA’s SmackDown Live Weekly YouTube Report (7/3/18)



WWE Smackdown 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 SmackDown Live YouTube Report (2:30 PM EST, 7/5/18):

  1. Asuka vs. James Ellsworth – 1.3 million views
  2. Team Hell No is confronted by The Usos – 930k views
  3. Team Hell No vs. The Usos – 826k views
  4. US Title Open Challenge: Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz – 527k views
  5. AJ Styles vs. Aiden English – 342k views
  6. SAnitY attacks during New Day’s pancake eating contest – 291k views
  7. Becky Lynch vs. Peyton Royce – 232k views

We’re doing things “bass ackwards” this week, as the ratings for SmackDown Live on cable have been delayed due to the holiday and aren’t out yet as of this writing. While it seems as if being on the eve of Fourth Of July hurts SmackDown Live overall, James ‘Freaking’ Ellsworth is again in the number one spot for his intergender bout against Asuka, the second time in the last three weeks. It’s stunning, quite frankly, that his segment hits the million mark again and I’m wondering if WWE may start doing more intergender stuff just based off of how well it’s been drawing.

The second and third position is reserved for the reunited Team Hell No, their opening segment coming in with a bit higher of a number than the main event match. I felt like The Usos really saved the opener some and there’s really not a better tag team you could have stuck Bryan and Kane in there with to possibly knock off some of that rust of working together. Bryan’s segments have continued to be a bit of a struggle to hit a million views, seemingly becoming more of an on-again, off-again trend.

At number four is the United States Championship Open Challenge and in my opinion, the best match of the night as Jeff Hardy retains over The Miz. ‘The A-Lister’ seems to be in a bit of a purgatory right now, playing a side role in a couple of feuds over the past few weeks and with Nakamura still suffering from his dog bite, this was a good spot to give Jeff a big win. Personally, I’d love to see Miz get a run with the US Title and do what he did with the Intercontinental, but all signs are pointing towards a Shinsuke title win if you ask me.

Five, six and seven on the list this week are again “the best of the worst” in a sense. WWE Champion AJ Styles finally returned to action and made Aiden English tap out, but it didn’t seem to advance his story with Rusev much so close to their match at Extreme Rules. Does anybody else feel like Rusev has no shot? If you do, that’s because (as I’ve said before), HE’S NOT OVER. At six SAnitY ambushes The New Day and then seventh is the only other match on the show, Becky vs. Peyton. There’s really no other competition for these two spots outside of a backstage segment with Team Hell No (that wasn’t far behind Becky vs. Peyton at 229k views).


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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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