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EA’s Weekly SmackDown Live YouTube Report (10/30/18)



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, 11/1/18):

  1. AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Title – 1.4 million views
  2. Big E faces Cesaro in a Trick Or Street Fight – 1 million views
  3. Rey Mysterio & Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton & The Miz – 877k views
  4. Shane McMahon makes a stipulation for SmackDown stars in World Cup – 586k views
  5. The New Day’s entrance as The Brood – 484k views
  6. Becky Lynch sends out a warning to Ronda Rousey – 452k views
  7. AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan won’t wait until Crown Jewel – 328k views

With Roman Reigns’ announcement dominating not only last week’s RAW YouTube Report, but SmackDown Live’s as well, this week brought the opportunity for a blue brand Superstar to retake the top spot. To no surprise, the WWE Championship Match takes it as AJ Styles retained over Daniel Bryan in a match that had nearly the entire first hour of the program devoted to it. I think there was a lot of interest in seeing not only the match, but what would happen regarding Bryan’s Crown Jewel status, which helps their pre-match promo also make it into our top seven.

Number two likely will catch people off-guard as this gimmick match between Big E and Cesaro is able to pull in a million views. There’s no history of this thrown together feud drawing well at all, so you have to surmise that the interest comes from both the gimmick and the costumes New Day wore, as their Brood entrance also makes our list at fifth. I mean, the Trick Or Street Fight sounds stupid and it is, however we’ve seen WWE go with this match for Halloween the last few years now and they’ve proven to be entertaining.

Sliding into third is what I would have figured would come in at number two, the main event of the evening pitting SmackDown Live’s World Cup entrants against one another in tag team action. WWE really looked to load up the World Cup with its biggest names not yet booked, as guys like Orton, Hardy, Mysterio and Miz all bring varying degrees of mainstream appeal with them. Then, you add in Shane McMahon’s stipulation from an earlier segment that if any of them lose to RAW in the Finals, they will be fired and that’s good enough to get you into fourth place also.

Lastly, coming in at number five is the SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, giving out a verbal warning to her Survivor Series opponent, the RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. In our RAW YouTube Report, I spoke about how I expect Becky’s numbers to do better with this feud, but I probably should have clarified. Becky Lynch will do better on YouTube in segments that Ronda actually appears. You know it. I know it. When Ronda shows up, so do YouTube 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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