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WWE Raw: 5/18/2020 YouTube Viewership Report

Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Raw YouTube viewership for the May 18th 2020 broadcast!



WWE Raw YouTube Viewership Report

Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Raw YouTube viewership for the May 18th 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 Raw YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE Raw YouTube Performance Report, compiled Wednesday (about 36+ hours after Raw went off the air), for the 5/18/2020 edition of WWE Raw:

  • Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin – 879k views
  • Edge accepts Randy Orton’s challenge – 573k views
  • Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy – 500k views
  • Seth Rollins helped Rey Mysterio? – 455k views
  • Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs. The IIconics – 441k views
  • Nia Jax confronts Asuka – 435k views
  • Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya Submission Match – 351k views
  • Kevin Owens & Apollo Crews vs. Andrade & Angel Garza – 343k views
  • Nia Jax attacks Kairi Sane – 325k views
  • The Street Profits vs. The Viking Raiders…in Axe Throwing – 298k views
  • Bobby Lashley vs. R-Truth – 232k views
  • Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott – 227k views
  • Kevin Owens The KO Show with Zelina Vega and company – 209k views
  • Humberto Carrillo vs. Buddy Murphy – 191k views
  • Liv Morgan promo video – 164k views

WWE Raw YouTube Viewership – Greg’s Nerd Numbers

  • 5/18/2020 edition of Raw: 5.623 million million total views across 15 videos
    • -4.784 million over last week, a 46% decrease
  • 5/18/2020 average: 375k views
    • -318k over last week, an 46% decrease
  • 5/18/2020 Top 5: 2.848 million views (51% of the total views)
    • -4.461 million over last week, a 61% decrease

WWE Raw YouTube Viewership – Greg’s Nerd Analysis

The entire show was down for YouTube viewership over last week, which is a bit of an anomoly. Last week you had Becky Lynch’s pregnancy announcement, and that raised the entire total as it leads to viewership of the other videos (autoplay, yo!). WWE is now without Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns, a huge hit as their biggest stars aren’t available for television. Now is the time to build new stars (they’re doing that with Drew McIntyre), but it doesn’t happen overnight.

The aforementioned Drew McIntyre jumped back up to #1 this week, bringing Baron Corbin with him. That video accounted for 16% of the overall views, but failed to crack a million. Kevin Owens shocks me, as his videos finished 9th and 13th, which is second from the bottom.

Speaking of building new stars, Aleister Black was #3 this week for his match against Buddy Murphy. Yes, I will always call him Buddy Murphy. It does seem like WWE is sitting on its next major star in Black, and the slow burn is smart since they’re still building McIntyre.

What do these numbers tell you about Monday’s Raw?

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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