Most viewed WWE videos from Raw and SmackDown (May 14 - 15, 2018)

More Money In The Bank qualifiers, more Roman development and hot takes, and a major title related story that wasn't set up on TV at all. That's this week on WWE TV, and here's how their YouTube and Facebook following reacted to what went on.


1 Roman Reigns assaults Jinder Mahal backstage (Raw) 1.8m views as of ~6pm ET May 15
2 Bobby Lashley vs Kevin Owens vs Elias (Raw) 1.15m
3 Daniel Bryan attacks Big Cass (SmackDown) 1.12m views as of ~6pm ET May 16
4 AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura (SmackDown) 943k
5 Kurt Angle denies Reigns another title shot (Raw) 932k
6 Asuka confronts Carmella (SmackDown) 788k
7 Seth Rollins vs Owens (Raw) 704k
8 Braun Strowman & Finn Balor vs Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler (Raw) 646k
9 Bobby Roode vs Baron Corbin vs No Way Jose (Raw) 547k
10 Alexa Bliss vs Bayley vs Mickie James (Raw) 528k
11 Becky Lynch vs Mandy Rose vs Sonya Deville (SmackDown) 481k
12 Sasha Banks, Natalya & Ember Moon vs Riott Squad (Raw) 409k
13 The New Day vs The Bar (SmackDown) 398k
14 Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs the Revival (Raw) 382k
15 Andrade 'Cien' Almas vs Jake Constantinou (SmackDown) 358k
16 B Team vs Breezango (Raw) 304k
17 Sami Zayn threatens to expose Lashley (Raw) 263k
18 Rusev, Lana and Aiden English look forward to Money In The Bank (SmackDown) 186k
19 Samoa Joe promo (SmackDown) 148k
20 Owens & Zayn interview (Raw Fallout) 110k


1 Roman and Jinder backstage (Raw) 2m
2 Roman spears Jinder through a wall (Raw) 1.7m
3 Paige announces Carmella's next opponent (SmackDown) 998k
4 Strowman & Balor vs McIntyre & Ziggler (Raw) 747k
5 Lashley vs Owens vs Elias (Raw) 611k
6 Bryan confronts Cass (SmackDown) 558k
7 Almas vs Constantinou (SmackDown) 551k
8 Styles vs Nakamura (SmackDown) 501k
9 Sasha, Natalya & Ember vs Riott Squad (Raw) 494k
10 Alexa vs Bayley vs Mickie (Raw) 471k
11 New Day vs the Bar (SmackDown) 424k
12 Lynch vs Rose vs Deville (SmackDown) 382k
13 B Team vs Breezango (Raw) 366k
14 Rollins vs Owens (Raw) 342k
15 Tyler Bate uses TJP as a weapon (205 Live) 339k
16 Hardy & Wyatt vs Revival (Raw) 328k
17 Rusev, Lana and English promo (SmackDown) 318k
18 Roode vs Corbin vs Jose (Raw) 297k
19 Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Flash Morgan Webster vs Drew Gulak, James Drake & Joseph Conners (205 Live) 283k
20 Owens wants another IC title shot (Raw) 220k

- That's not all, though - both posted several hours before the TV output and not technically counting for this feature's purposes, Ronda Rousey challenging Nia Jax for her Raw women's title had clocked up 1.02m views on YouTube and 922k on Facebook by this week's cut-off time, both a solid third place. Both good figures but not as good as Rousey-focused segments had done previously, which for an angle designed to attract widespread attention due to where it took place and for Ronda's biggest move within the actual full-time women's division may be slightly concerning.

- The Roman debate will continue, especially when added to by the fact 24 hours later another 1.1m people have watched the clip, a next day viewer climb only recently seen on Rousey's early appearances (by comparison Roman's showdown with Angle has put on around 200,000 views, slightly fewer than the triple threat) I wonder how much of that increased viewership is his fanbase reacting to him actually getting to see their man just go postal on a hated heel after so many weeks of whining and losing, and how much is the famous Jinder Mahal Indian sub-continent support that had ebbed badly away in recent weeks but are now seeing their man involved with the Big Dog, maybe doubly so given they booed him at their own country's show.

- Maybe the former applies to Bryan getting his own back on Cass? The Carmella effect doesn't appear to be evaporating that quickly even if her heat can't catch up, but again let's ask how much of that Facebook figure is her, as she's usually much stronger on YouTube, and how much is due to Paige showing up. In terms of the world title scene it's at least getting to where it should be on YouTube but lagging behind Almas on Facebook, which may be cultural specifics as much as anything else.

- Apart from that it had stakes - which would explain why three Raw women who have been hot but tend to struggle when not in the spotlight got over half a million YouTube views and three on SmackDown who haven't pulled up trees at all nearly did the same - there's no clear reason why the Raw triple threat did so well when Owens' own match with a hot commodity didn't (especially not on Facebook, where Seth has lagged behind for a while now) Elias has really struggled after Braun finished with him and Lashley's own story can't get ignited. You'd have thought Strowman would have done better, teamed with the winner of last week's big match and against a team with a lot of interest over the last few weeks.

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