• SmackDown Live Draws Very Low Viewership Once Again With The Show Being Built Towards Daniel Bryan
This week’s episode of SmackDown Live, which featured Daniel Bryan & Kane teaming up in a match for the first time in 5 years to face The Usos in the main event, drew 2.01 million viewers.
This is down from previous week’s 2.14 million viewers. This is the second lowest viewership for SmackDown Live since the show moved to Tuesday nights in 2016 (with the lowest viewership since then being 1.92 million viewers).
In comparison, this week’s RAW drew 2.71 million viewers, up from previous week’s 2.66 million viewers.
SmackDown Live’s recent low viewership numbers ever since Daniel Bryan being pushed as the main character of the show has begun speculation regarding fans becoming tired of Bryan being pushed as a top guy once again. All recent SmackDown Live episodes which had Bryan in the main event (or as the main character around which the story of that episode revolves) have drawn very low viewership.
Below are the results from this week’s SmackDown Live:
– The Usos confronted the reunited Team Hell No
– United States Champion Jeff Hardy def. The Miz in the Independence Day United States Open Challenge
– SAnitY spoil The New Day’s First Annual Third of July Pancake Eating Contest
– Asuka vs. James Ellsworth ended in a double count-out
– WWE Champion AJ Styles def. Aiden English
– Becky Lynch def. Peyton Royce
– Team Hell No def. The Usos
Below are the top 10 moments from the show:
• WCW Veteran Doesn’t Understand Brock Lesnar’s Universal Title Reign
During a recent appearance on Sky Sports’ Lock Up podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff was asked about Brock Lesnar’s current modern era record breaking Universal Title reign.
Below is what Bischoff said:
“I’m ambivalent about it. I don’t understand it. And I like Brock Lesnar. I think he’s an amazing performer, he’s an amazing character. As an athlete, I don’t think there’s anybody, other than perhaps Kurt Angle, that’s anywhere near his stratosphere. So there’s a lot of things I like about Brock Lesnar, but his presence in WWE to me is almost a non-issue. I hate to say irrelevant, but the title doesn’t really mean all that much.
Brock’s character, the way it is being positioned, doesn’t really mean anything to me as a fan or a viewer. I don’t feel like there’s any real focus on him or his title. So, it seems to be a convenient afterthought more than anything else.”