3 Up 3 Down Pro Wrestling Edition: Trending Up

Welcome back to “3 Up 3 Down” our version of power rankings. Usually we here at inthefight.net save “3U3D” for the radio show or MMA but after the past week we need to start sprinkling some good ole fashion ‘rasslin’ into the mix!

Why now?

Well, unless you’re living under a rock you’re fully aware that live crowds have retuned to pro wrestling over the past few weeks. It’s been refreshing to say the least. No more bland and boring ThunderDome or Daily’s Place. Live people!

So without further ado here’s my “3 Up 3 Down” pro wrestling edition!

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AEW Outpacing WWE in NYC Ticket Sales

All Elite Wrestling’s New York City debut is already off to a fast start. According to WrestleTix (you should follow), AEW has sold approximately 8,500 pre-sale tickets for their September 22 show at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens.

The venue is current set for 16,500 fans with potential expansion to 19,000 if demand calls for it. It’s safe to say there’s a demand considering all the ringside and floor seats are gone.

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Wanted: Someone Stole Stuff from WWE ThunderDome

University of Southern Florida police are looking for an individual who “allegedly” walked off with something from the Yuengling Center (aka WWE ThunderDome) on campus.

We are unable to confirm that the individual depicted below stole the good creative ideas from the WWE creative room. Based on the timing it’s unlikely since WWE has been embroiled in bad creative for a while now.

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Watch: John Cena Apologizes in Mandarin for Calling Taiwan a Country

I know from watching the Little League World Series that it’s offensive to China to call Taiwan a country on mainstream media. Putting the politics of the equation aside, it’s just easier to call Taiwan an island and move on. You’d think that John Cena, or more aptly John Cena’s publicist, would’ve know the same thing and frequently reminded the 15-time world champion of this little nugget leading into Cena’s Fast 9 interviews in Asia.

You’d think…but nope. Cena DID call Taiwan a country angering billions of his Chinese fans. Sensing that fans thought he finally turned heel the leader of Cenation took to Chinese social media to apologize and quell the situation:

WWE Confirms Return to the Road

WWE is following AEW’s lead and returning to the road. The sports entertainment giant will return live for SmackDown on July 16 from Houston. They will continue the mini-tour of Texas with Money in the Bank on July 18 from Fort Worth and Raw on July 19 from Dallas.

The events will serve as the kickoff of a 25 city tour according to WWE with additional dates being added in the future. WWE initial expected to return to live touring closer to the end of the summer but rumors were FOX was pressuring them to get back on the road quicker.

SmackDown Viewership Holds Steady against NFL Draft

Like Raw, NXT, and Dynamite, SmackDown lost viewers but it was only slightly and it was against stiff competition from the NFL Draft. Average viewers for the show came in around 1.9 million in the overnights and held steady in the key 18-34 and 18-49 demographics. The number will probably turn out to be flat when the viewership is adjusted later this week.

SmackDown viewership has held relatively steady for the past six-to-nine months usually falling in the 1.9 to 2.1 million range. This trend is interesting considering that every other major wrestling show has wild swings up and down. This is something that might be worth further discussion.

Ratings: ShowBuzz Daily

Daniel Bryan’s Contract Up Soon, Uncertain About His Future

This one came out of the blue or it least it seems like it did. Daniel Bryan gave a lengthy interview with BT Sport where he discussed his WrestleMania 37 match, his storyline going into the show of shows, and what does his future in WWE look like.

We highly suggest watching the interview below:

Some of the finer take-a-ways from the interview:

Bryan’s “out of body-like” experience:

“It was really bizarre. Just really, really bizarre… It’s taken me, it’s been nine days now since it happened, and it’s taken me time to fully process what the experience was like because it wasn’t like a normal thing. It was really weird. I felt very – like out of body in it. It was so weird.

On thoughts about his future:

“So it was interesting, it was like maybe it’s a sign that this is the time to let go of being a full-time wrestler, which is kind of what I’ve been thinking for a while.”

On his WWE contractual status:

“My contract’s actually up relatively soon, so I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life.”

Bryan has mentioned his intent to leave a full-time schedule in past interviews but this seems to put some focus on the immediate nature of that type of move.

The real question is would WWE allow Bryan to simply leave when his contract is up or will they do everything in their power to make him talent friendly part-time offer.

h/t Cageside Seats (must read) for the quote transcription