RASD 3/26/19: Charlotte wins SD women’s title, Kofi Kingston receives ‘Mania match

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/03/27/rasd-3-26-19-charlotte-wins-sd-womens-title-kofi-kingston-receives-mania-match/


John Pollock and Wai Ting review Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown from Uncasville, Connecticut.

Tuesday’s episode features a Tag Team Gauntlet match involving Big E. and Xavier Woods running the table for Kofi Kingston’s last chance to face Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania, Asuka defended the SmackDown women’s title against Charlotte Flair causing changes to the WrestleMania card, a stipulation has been added to Shane McMahon’s match with The Miz, and more on a busy edition of the program.

NEWS OF THE DAY: Our interview with Kenny Omega from Tuesday, Conor McGregor being investigated and his retirement tweet, Cain Velasquez attends AAA’s TripleMania press conference, the latest news on WrestleMania, Raw’s viewership from Monday & more.

Plus Café feedback, comments & questions from the POST Wrestling Forum.

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  • John Pollock and Wai Ting review the Omega Man: A Wrestling Love Story that will air this week as part of TSN’s Engraved on a Nation documentary series
  • Episode 144 of Being the Elite “C2E2” with the announcement of AEW’s show in conjunction with CEO Gaming, Matt Jackson’s obsession with Michael Nakazawa, and the Elite go to the C2E2 convention in Chicago.
  • Finally, Wai Ting reviews the season finale of Total Bellas featuring another retirement announcement!

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My theories on why WWE viewership has declined since last Wrestlemania season:

The Brock Effect: Brock is no longer as big of a draw as he once was. He feels stale in the role as champion.

Undertaker and John Cena both have not been present in this year’s build: Sure, the Cena-Taker match wasn’t official until the actual day of the show last year but not having either star at least teased in a big match on the show definitely leaves a void in star power.

AEW on the rise: With the hype of AEW launching soon, fans now have an alternative product and have gotten a tease of what that product would be like with All In and Being The Elite. The anticipation for Double Or Nothing may trump the anticipation for Wrestlemania for some fans. WWE probably did not do themselves many favors by restricting AEW shirts at their events.

The Crown Jewel Debacle: A lot of fans said they were cancelling their network subscription in the wake of what happened this fall with Jamal Khashoggi, and WWE choosing to run a show in the near immediate aftermath. I wouldn’t be surprised if this deterred many viewers permanently away from WWE.

Stop/Start Face and Heel Turns: Braun Strowman is probably the strongest example in this one. He felt like WWE’s next big draw for a while then fizzled out and turning heel really hurt him. They had to turn him face quickly before Crown Jewel and probably should have put the belt on him there instead of Brock. He hasn’t fully recovered since

Part of WWE’s Fanbase Grows Up and Out of the Product: Probably the least proven theory, but it might not be too farfetched. Fans who were teenagers when WWE was experiencing a change of the guard with The Shield, Kevin Owenes, and Daniel Bryan pushes of the early/mid 2010s are now at college age and are young adults. They may have grown out of the product, and WWE hasn’t replaced that void yet.

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