Most viewed WWE YouTube videos from Raw and SmackDown (Dec. 11 - 12, 2017)

These, once more, are the uploaded segments which had the most views on the official WWE YouTube channel about three-quarters of a day later, late afternoon EDT on Tuesday and Wednesday:

1 Samoa Joe and the Bar beat down the Shield (Raw) 1.33m views as of ~4pm Dec. 11
2 Braun Strowman vs Kane (Raw) 1.06m
3 Absolution attack Asuka, the locker room make the save (Raw) 941k
4 Roman Reigns vs Cesaro (Raw) 782k
5 AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal exchange words (SmackDown) 684k views as of ~4pm Dec. 12
6 Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kevin Owens (SmackDown) 544k
7 Seth Rollins vs Sheamus (Raw) 523k
8 Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt's exchange (Raw) 511k
9 Enzo Amore is distracted by Nia Jax (Raw) 387k
10 Charlotte Flair vs Ruby Riott (SmackDown) 383k
11 Paige & Mandy Rose vs Bayley & Mickie James (Raw) 336k
12 Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn occupy SmackDown 329k
13 Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler (SmackDown) 277k
14 Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers ambush AJ Styles backstage (SmackDown) 276k
15 Bludgeon Brothers vs Colin Delaney & Juan Francisco de Coronado Joe Malone (SmackDown) 221k


Let's start by addressing an elephant in the room - yes, that attack did set up a match on this week's Raw involving Samoa Joe and a member of the Shield. That match is at number 17 with 205k views. Even 24 hours later it hasn't broken 400,000 views. You could put that down to the distraction finish or that Dean Ambrose's defeat, unlike the other two singles matches the Shield members had on Raw, didn't tie into a title picture, but this column has mentioned before how Joe has constantly underachieved at least since his return from injury on this metric and we know anything with The Shield in the headline does big business on YouTube. Even so, a figure that low is surprising and quite worrying even if Joe's interactions with Reigns and Jordan are keeping him strong. I'd be interested in your theories as to why Joe, who appears to be over with both TV crowds and online fans, is stumbling on this side so much.

Whatever we think of it, and the #1 contender reward may have helped here, Braun vs Kane is picking up interest week on week, and checking while compiling the SmackDown views reveals it's now all but level with the leading video.

The womens' beatdown followed by beatdown return has drawn closer to that Raw opening segment in that extra time too, having already more than trebled the last most popular upload to prominently feature Asuka. It's interesting that with Paige's return having been so hot what people next wanted to see was Absolution getting their comeuppance, as it's not like the three people prominently featured in the clip's thumbnail, Sasha, Nia and Alexa, have been drawing huge numbers.

That is to say without Enzo in Nia's case, although both that exchange and Woken Matt, the two segments that really picked up steam in viewership levels as the week went on, have levelled off already, or people were anticipating that it would pretty much be the same thing again. (Talking of Enzo, his match with Tony Nese was the first time in a month something on 205 Live broke the 100,000 views barrier, maybe because it represented actual story advancement)

On the SmackDown side it still seems the AJ/Jinder face-offs have steam in them from Mahal's subcontinent following and AJ's perennial popularity, even if little else about Mahal now does. That's more than can be said for the weekly showdowns between Owens, Zayn and Shane. Are people waiting for something to happen in that storyline other than GMs getting in each other's way?

Another note on SmackDown is that Rusev Day might not be being picked up by the wider WWE Universe as quickly as many of us - Rusev and Aiden English's match with the Usos down at #18 with 201,000 views. The odd thing about the SmackDown tag team scene is while it's been delivering well in both story and in-ring the interest is fading away for everyone - except for the Bludgeon Brothers, unless Colin Delaney nostalgia is much greater than any of us thought.

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