• SmackDown Live Viewership For This Week Revealed
This week’s episode of SmackDown Live, which featured the aftermath from Extreme Rules 2018 and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship in the main event, drew 2.29 million viewers.
This is up from previous week’s 2.18 million viewers.
In comparison, this week’s RAW drew 2.87 million viewers, which is up from previous week’s 2.47 million viewers (which was the lowest viewership of RAW of all time).
Below are the results from this week’s SmackDown Live:
– An enraged Jeff Hardy addressed Shinsuke Nakamura
– WWE Champion AJ Styles def. Andrade “Cien” Almas
– Becky Lynch def. Mandy Rose
– Samoa Joe def. Tye Dillinger
– Daniel Bryan interrupted The Miz’s “funeral” for Team Hell No
– Eric Young def. Kofi Kingston
– Jeff Hardy def. United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura via DQ
Below are the top 10 moments from this week’s show:
• Reason Behind WWE Booking Very Short Matches For Brock Lesnar At Live Events & How It Backfired
WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar will be making his return to UFC sometime next year. As we previously reported, WWE is trying to use this as an angle to get heat on Lesnar.
Dave Meltzer discussed an idea during Wrestling Observer Radio where WWE officials used Lesnar’s Live Event matches as a way for people to start disliking him.
Meltzer said that Lesnar’s house show matches are usually 3-5 minutes long. But eventually, WWE got it down to like 30-40 seconds because they want fans to think Lesnar is lazy and wants to do what he wants. In this way, fans might start cheering Roman Reigns (who was scheduled to feud with him for WrestleMania) who works far more longer matches than the Universal Champion.
Lesnar would show up, hit a couple German suplexes and an F5 and usually call it a day. However, this idea doesn’t look so successful so far as it got Lesnar more heat but Reigns did not get over with the fans through it.