Most viewed WWE videos from Raw and SmackDown (May 7 - 8, 2018)

Backlash has been and gone, which came straight after Greatest Royal Rumble came and went, which was off the back of WrestleMania being here today and gone tomorrow, and the four months before that were just the build to that event anyway. So now we're pitched onto the road to Money In The Bank as we see what's caught the eye of WWE's YouTube and Facebook communities from this week's television:


1 Roman Reigns vs Finn Balor vs Sami Zayn (Raw) 1.1m views as of ~5.30pm ET May 8
2 Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens (Raw) 1.03m
3 Daniel Bryan vs Rusev (SmackDown) 1.00m views as of ~5.30pm ET May 9
4 Jeff Hardy vs the Miz (SmackDown) 910k
5 Sasha Banks vs Ember Moon vs Ruby Riott (Raw) 664k
6 Seth Rollins vs Mojo Rawley (Raw) 558k
7 Strowman demands Money In The Bank entry (Raw) 542k
8 Charlotte Flair vs Peyton Royce (SmackDown) 391k
9 Becky Lynch vs Mandy Rose (SmackDown) 306k
10 Kurt Angle, Jinder Mahal and Zack Ryder backstage (Raw) 302k
11 Cesaro vs Xavier Woods (SmackDown) 293k
12 Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre vs Heath Slater & Rhyno (Raw) 286k
13 Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel (Raw) 263k
14 No Way Jose & Titus Worldwide vs Baron Corbin & the Revival (Raw) 239k
15 Bobby Lashley montage (Raw) 212k
16 Jinder Mahal vs Chad Gable (Raw) 203k
17 Shinsuke Nakamura interview (SmackDown) 190k
18 Bobby Roode vs Elias (Raw) 155k
19 AJ Styles interview (SmackDown) 152k
20 Rusev, Aiden English and Lana (SmackDown Fallout) 119k


1 Balor wins the MITB qualifier (Raw) 1.5m
2 Strowman vs Owens (Raw) 1.1m
3 Jeff Hardy vs Miz (SmackDown) 874k
4 Bryan vs Rusev (SmackDown) 778k
5 Paige's introduction (SmackDown) 601k
6 Corbin & Revival vs Jose & Titus (Raw) 585k
7 Ziggler & McIntyre vs Slater & Rhyno (Raw) 478k
8 Angle deals with Strowman's demand (Raw) 453k
9 Woods vs Cesaro (SmackDown) 444k
10 Rollins vs Rawley (Raw) 419k
11 Hardy & Wyatt vs Dallas & Axel (Raw) 398k
12 Moon vs Banks vs Riott (Raw) 397k
13 Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado vs Jack Gallagher & Brian Kendrick (205 Live) 388k
14 Nakamura interview (SmackDown) 380k
15 Reigns vs Balor vs Zayn (Raw) 363k
16 Angle, Mahal and Ryder (Raw) 359k
17 Lynch vs Rose (SmackDown) 347k
18 Mustafa Ali vs Buddy Murphy (205 Live) 302k
19 Flair vs Royce (SmackDown) 298k
20 Roode vs Elias (Raw) 230k

- Roman wins out again, but with less than half the amount of people on YouTube who wanted to see him make excuses this time last week. Balor has been dragging his feet in terms of building a following but not anywhere near as much as Joe has (and he came out of the loss to Rollins well), and this was still a match with actual stakes going into a big PPV. If anything it's surprising, and maybe telling off the back of Backlash's reception, that I'd have thought the top four would still have done better than those numbers.

- Talking of investing in a match with consequences, a good comeback for the Raw women who had been struggling since 'Mania in the non-Rousey division, especially given Riott Squad were basically DOA on red brand arrival after how Ruby's Charlotte feud failed to take off at all. It's interesting that Charlotte and the Iiconics had done so well in the last three weeks but their first in-ring meeting only makes #8 thanks to drastically dropping viewing figures - maybe people really are still that invested in Carmella?

- Talking of dead in the water on SmackDown, even if Jinder hasn't been the viewership overachiever for a few weeks now that really doesn't look good for Chad Gable. Meanwhile, in case you were wondering about that Bobby Lashley interview given just some clips of him in action made the list, it was the least watched Raw segment on both counts apart from the women's Money In The Bank promo cut-ins.

- In contrast to YouTube, the numbers on Facebook were better overall than last week, yet look at Lucha House Party taking off and beating some big names (yes, they did split up mid-match action from the finish for the triple threat, and the latter was advertised as Balor winning) for a match currently standing at 33k on YouTube. What's also interesting is it had recently been Murphy appearances pulling in by far the best numbers among the Tuesday night roster, and his match with Ali is #21 on YouTube, so it's not a case of lucha fandom being the pull.

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