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WWE NXT: 5/27/2020 YouTube Viewership Report

My look at the WWE NXT YouTube viewership for the May 27th 2020 broadcast, including an odd match WWE left off of their NXT YouTube playlist.



Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE NXT YouTube viewership for the May 27th 2020 broadcast!

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 NXT YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE NXT YouTube Performance Report, compiled Thursday (about 24+ hours after Raw went off the air), for the 5/27/2020 edition of WWE NXT:

  • Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher Fight Pit Cage Match – 396k views
  • Tommaso Ciampa vs. Leon Ruff (Scarlett & Karrion Kross promo) – 145k views
  • Keith Lee & Mia Yim dinner promo – 141k views
  • Shotzi Blackheart vs. Raquel González – 113k views
  • Johnny Gargano Invitational – 86k views
  • KUSHIDA & Drake Maverick promo – 70k views
  • Adam Cole & William Regal Negotiation – 64k views
  • Candice LeRae promo – 58k views
  • Finn Balor promo on Damian Priest – 55k views
  • Imperium promo – 39k views

WWE NXT YouTube Viewership – Greg’s Nerd Numbers

  • 5/6/2020 edition of NXT: 1.167 million views across 9 videos
  • 5/6/2020 average: 116k views
  • 5/6/2020 Top 5: 881k views, 75% of the total views
    • The #1 video accounted for 12% of the total views

WWE NXT YouTube Viewership – Greg’s Nerd Analysis

I don’t have data for last week to compare, but this week the numbers were down in comparison to my last NXT YouTube Viewership Report.

This week’s big winner is Timothy Thatcher, who got the biggest win of his career over Matt Riddle in the NXT Fight Pit cage match. The match was unique, and might have been better served in a cinematic environment. Regardless, it was crazy entertaining, and could be Thatcher’s calling card. Thatcher is not a good promo at all, so that will need to be addresses, but he has all the tools to be a big star if paired with the right mouthpiece or booked in a manner that doesn’t have a heavy promo emphasis. This match also featured Kurt Angle as the referee.

Once again, Finn Balor doesn’t deliver big YouTube numbers for the black and gold brand. This is so surprising to me, and I can’t help but wonder if Balor going back to NXT was a mistake.

The biggest surprise? WWE didn’t add the Charlotte Flair & Chelsea Green vs. Io Shirai & Rhea Ripley match to YouTube, at least as part of their NXT playlist. This was the second highest profile match on the program, and probably had a chance at being the #1 video. Not sure if there is a reason or if this is just an over sight on someone’s part. They also left out the entertaining video package on the Brit-Am Bruisers, Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan.

What do these numbers tell you about Wednesday’s NXT?

Greg DeMarco is a life-long wrestling fan who has been providing analysis and perspective online since 2010. He’s also worked for various wrestling promotions including the NWA and Ring Of Honor, and currently promotes IZW Wrestling in Arizona.

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AEW Coverage

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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