When WWE started shopping their television programs around, the feeling was that there would be a bidding war for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. There was a lot of optimism from within the company and from Vince McMahon himself. Disappointment set in, though, when WWE learned that very few networks were willing to pay the same amount as NBC offered.
May 25, 2014
As many of you are already aware, Rey Mysterio was backstage last night at Monday Night Raw. He reportedly met with Vince McMahon about his future in WWE and his contract situation. No word yet on how that went, but the masked performer took a flight from Buffalo to San Diego this morning, meaning that he will not be working the Smackdown taping today in New York. He is also unlikely to head to England with the crew tomorrow as well.
November 4, 2014
The latest episode of Monday Night Raw was a prime example of just how hectic things are backstage in WWE. About an hour and a half before the show was to be aired live to a nationwide audience, Vince McMahon decided to scrap the entire show and write it all over again from scratch. That caused quite a frenzy because the writers were barely given enough time to finish the scripts for the wrestlers.
September 25, 2014
Fans were a bit puzzled in regards to how Monday Night Raw was booked this week. John Cena kept telling fans that Paul Heyman only had until halftime to produce Brock Lesnar before an attack would happen. The incident took place closer to the two hour mark than halfway through the show. Reports have surfaced that WWE did this because Vince McMahon wanted to draw in viewers from the NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles. He used Lesnar and Cena, two of the bigger names in wrestling, to try to get fans to switch channels during halftime of the game.
September 16, 2014
While WWE will continue to put the full court press on, it appears very unlikely that Michael Sam will be making an appearance on Monday Night Raw for Vince McMahon. The defensive end from Missouri University is currently in the process of signing a contract with the Dallas Cowboys after being released by the St Louis Rams. Once the deal goes through, he will more than likely be prohibited from being involved with WWE.
September 2, 2014
Those that watched Monday Night Raw last week saw John Cena being booked dominantly against Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. It has now been revealed that Vince McMahon was the person behind all of that. Someone backstage had informed McMahon that a lot of WWE fans were mocking Cena for being dominated, so McMahon has decided to build Cena back up again.
August 28, 2014
There's been rumors floating around for quite some time now that WWE has lost interest in pushing Adam Rose because several key members of management, including Vince McMahon himself, are reportedly not fans of the character. It has now been noted that Rose has not had a match on Monday Night Raw in about a month, which leads many to believe that the rumors are indeed true.
August 24, 2014
The feeling backstage in WWE is that no one is safe now that Vince McMahon is desperate to cut the losses. That proved to be the case when the company released Eddie Feldman, who was the Senior Vice President of Creative. Other people in the department were released as well, which means that a lot of the segments on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown are going to become a bit more basic.
August 7, 2014
Since Vince McMahon and WWE are desperately trying to reduce the amount of money that they're bleeding, the company is reportedly talking about bringing back the Monday Night Raw and Smackdown super show, where they tape both episodes during the same night. A lot of the performers are against that because it's a lot more work than usual. Some backstage are also against it because the lengthy process can tire out the audience and produce less enthusiastic responses.
August 4, 2014
Even though he has not been with the company for quite a few months now, Jim Ross was actually under contract to WWE. Until today, that is. The legendary commentator revealed to fans through social media that his contract officially came to an end this week. While Ross has stated before that he would love to be the lead commentator for Monday Night Raw again, it does not appear that Vince McMahon is interested in that.
July 23, 2014
In a rather interesting bit of news, Renee Young has been moving up the ladder quite a bit in WWE. The belief is that the company is trying to appease her after finding out that ESPN was interested in bringing the beautiful blonde over to their network. The company had already lost Jonathan Coachman and Todd Grisham to the sports network. They don't want to lose Young as well. There are those backstage that even believe that Vince McMahon could allow her to become a commentator on Smackdown or Monday Night Raw, in order to keep her from bolting.
July 10, 2014
A video from Monday Night Raw of Damien Sandow dressed as WWE CEO Vince McMahon.
July 1, 2014
Reports are surfacing now that Vince McMahon made the decision to do a heel turn with Seth Rollins on Sunday afternoon, shortly before Payback 2014. The belief is that he pulled the trigger on the move as a response to the low ratings that Monday Night Raw has received over the last couple of weeks. WWE is hoping that this provides a quick boost to the numbers.
June 5, 2014
For a while there, things were looking pretty bad for WWE, as viewership for Monday Night Raw kept dropping and dropping. Thanks to some excitement generated from Payback 2014, however, things are turning around. Approximately half a million more fans tuned in for Raw this week than the previous. That should help bring a smile to the recently embattled Vince McMahon.
June 3, 2014
In some troubling bit of news for Vince McMahon, Monday Night Raw lost 400,000 viewers from the previous episode. Numbers go up and down all the time, and WWE is fully aware of that. However, since it is the final episode before Payback 2014, the loss is a bit disturbing for the company. Fan interest is supposed to increase the week before and after a pay per view.
May 28, 2014
Some good news for WWE Network subscribers. The company has now added episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown from this year to the online service. Vince McMahon and company had to wait until a new television deal with NBC was finalized before they could do so. Several subscribers of the service complained about the lack of content on the WWE Network, so this should help appease some of them.
May 25, 2014
Whatever money that WWE spent on bringing Sting on board, has apparently started to pay off. The legendary performer made his official debut at Survivor Series 2014, and that generated a ton of hype with fans across the globe. Many wanted to see if he would become a regular part of the television shows, enough to increase the amount of viewers for Monday Night Raw this week by approximately half a million.
November 26, 2014
Some speculations are floating right now about Mark Henry after how his character has been booked as of late. The belief is that the former world heavyweight champion is being punished by WWE for something. Henry was knocked out in a matter of seconds at Survivor Series 2014. Plus, he also suffered a clean loss to Ryback on Monday Night Raw. No word yet on whether or not there is actual backstage heat, though.
November 26, 2014
Fans who tune into the next episode of Monday Night Raw will get an opportunity to see Santino Marella making his return to WWE. However, it is not the long rumored permanent one. The former Intercontinental Champion has been asked to make an appearance, so that he can promote his new movie with Larry the Cable Guy, who also happens to be the guest host of Raw. Marella is still working on making an official comeback some time in 2015.
November 21, 2014
Someone in the WWE front office has not been paying attention to the story lines. On Monday Night Raw, Jack Swagger was injured by the Authority and removed from Survivor Series 2015. However, when the show runners needed someone to work against Bray Wyatt on Main Event this week, they accidentally chose Swagger as the opponent, not realizing that he should be kept off of television for a couple of weeks.
November 19, 2014
After checking out the live event that WWE ran opposite Monday Night Raw yesterday, it is clear that Chris Jericho was definitely a much needed addition because star power was very low. Dean Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro and Bray Wyatt were the three top stars at the event, none of which have extended stays in the main event scene. The rest of the card was filled with lower card performers, so Jericho was the main attraction for many of the people in the audience.
November 11, 2014
The always busy Chris Jericho is packing his bags and traveling over the Atlantic Ocean soon, as he will be joining WWE on their tour of Europe. The company desperately needed the star power to draw in audiences, and the former world heavyweight champion saw an opportunity to promote his brand new book in a couple of foreign markets. No word yet on whether or not Jericho will be appearing on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, though.
November 9, 2014
Those that watched Monday Night Raw this week, saw an interesting video that showcased a repackaged Xavier Woods. While the new gimmick has drawn some criticism from certain fans, it has also sparked curiosity about the long rumored stable with Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston. The latter two were not featured in the video. There is still a chance that WWE repackages Kingston and Langston as well.
November 4, 2014
After Monday Night Raw went off the air, WWE Network subscribers were treated to a bonus match. Alexander Rusev challenged Sheamus for the United States Heavyweight Championship, a match which was originally planned for Survivor Series 2014. The Russian heel ended up winning the title after Sheamus passed out from the Camel Clutch submission. No word yet on why WWE opted to do the match earlier than scheduled.
November 4, 2014
A resolution could be near for the backstage heat between Rey Mysterio and WWE. Reports have surfaced that the masked performer is going to be backstage at Monday Night Raw in Buffalo tonight. No word yet on why he is there, but there are plenty of speculations. A few feel that he is going to make a return to television, while many believe that he is just there to discuss his contract with officials.
November 3, 2014
Since it has been heavily rumored for months now and the seeds are clearly visible on Monday Night Raw, the Randy Orton baby face turn is taking place very soon. The former world heavyweight champion, however, is said to not be extremely happy about the switch. Orton has long felt more comfortable portraying a heel. He is said to be willing to go through with the turn, if it increased his chances of moving up the ladder and moving more merchandise.
October 31, 2014
With Ryback making his return on Monday Night Raw, many are wondering about the fate of his former tag team partner, Curtis Axel. It looks like management will utilize him as a role player in the singles division. The former Intercontinental Champion worked a match this week against Kofi Kingston on WWE Main Event. The company really likes having a veteran performer like Axel around, so job security should not be an issue anytime soon.
October 29, 2014
Since he was no longer a topic of discussion, Ryback managed to have his return to Monday Night Raw fly under the radar. That, in part, helped to generate a much better reception for the former main event performer than expected. WWE fans in the arena chanted his catchphrase and cheered for him, while online fans helped his name become a trend on various social media websites.
October 28, 2014
Monday Night Raw was held in San Antonio last night. Since the event was so close to their home, Michelle McCool and Undertaker decided to pay a visit backstage to some of their friends in WWE. There were never any plans for either of them to make an appearance on television, especially since Undertaker is still on vacation mode physically. The two of them still maintain a close relationship with management.
October 28, 2014
Rumors are floating around that Randy Orton suffered a serious injury during the handicap street fight tag team match on Monday Night Raw. It took place early in the match when Dean Ambrose dove out of the ring and on to the heels. Orton reportedly told the trainer that the ruptured disc in his back was messed up. No word yet on whether or not he can work Hell in a Cell 2014, but as a precaution, WWE kept Orton from working Smackdown this week.
October 22, 2014
When news broke that Justin Roberts had been given a release by WWE, fans naturally speculated as to who would replace him in the role. Initially, the belief was that Lilian Garcia would be remaining on Smackdown because it suits her schedule more, but it has now been revealed that she will be making a return to Monday Night Raw. Some are saying that the move will be temporary until WWE can find someone who can fill the position permanently.
October 20, 2014
During the meeting with Rey Mysterio last week, it was made very clear that Vince McMahon was in charge of the situation. He is the one that desperately wants the popular masked performer back in the ring, even though Mysterio has made it clear that he does not want to make a return. McMahon reportedly pushed the former world heavyweight champion to return on a full time schedule, even though Mysterio does not feel that his body can hold up for that.
November 13, 2014
Last night, subscribers of the WWE Network were heavily disappointed when the online service went down. Vince McMahon was said to be furious over the incident because the company cannot afford any bad publicity for the project, especially when it has failed to reach the subscribers count that they were hoping for. The situation has been resolved, and the company has made a public announcement and apology to its users.
November 13, 2014
Since his departure from WWE was so abrupt and controversial, many are under the impression that Alberto Del Rio has backstage heat towards Vince McMahon. The former world heavyweight champion actually revealed that he holds no grudges against McMahon. Del Rio stated that his former boss was always professional and courteous towards him. His issues with the company are with others in the front office.
November 10, 2014
Fans in England are not pleased with Vince McMahon this week. The heat towards the WWE CEO came after he announced at the last minute that the WWE Network launch in the country was going to be delayed. It got bad enough to where McMahon even taped an apology. That footage was shown at live events in England this week, and the fans booed when it was aired, signifying that they are not pleased with his decision.
November 8, 2014
Earlier in the week, Chael Sonnen caught the attention of the professional wrestling industry when he revealed that WWE had offered him a $5 million contract, which he claims to have turned down because he was dedicated to UFC at the time. However, sources within WWE are stating that the story is completely fabricated. Vince McMahon reportedly does not view Sonnen as someone worth that high amount of money.
November 6, 2014
With rumors swirling around about why the WWE Network launch was delayed in England, Vince McMahon took it upon himself to film a public apology to the fans in that country. It was essentially a generic message, where the CEO reminded fans of how important they are to his company. Conflicting reports have surfaced behind the reason for the delay, and Sky TV has denied that they are negotiating with WWE.
November 5, 2014
When Vince McMahon announced at the very last minute that the WWE Network launch in England had been postponed, many wondered about the reasons behind it. Sources stated that the delay was so that WWE can continue to negotiate with Sky TV about airing their content. Representatives from Sky TV, though, have been telling people that there is no negotiations, and they do not plan on providing the WWE Network.
November 4, 2014
Fans in England are forced to wait a bit longer for the WWE Network, as the company announced at the last minute that there is yet another delay. Management posted a statement on Twitter about half an hour before the launch was to take place. Vince McMahon really wants the online service in the country, as they are one of his better markets. However, complications keep arising in that particular project.
November 3, 2014
While a lot of fans are under the assumption that there will be a huge number of international subscribers for the WWE Network, the latest financial reports tell an entirely different story. Over the last three months, the online service has picked up 31,000 more subscribers. Since 3,000 of those are domestic, that means that only 28,000 subscribers signed on from 170 different countries. It's a positive, but not nearly what was needed to get to the 1 million subscribers mark that Vince McMahon desperately wants.
October 31, 2014
In response to the lower than expected subscribers count, Vince McMahon has decided to give away the WWE Network for free to new subscribers. There will be no charge during the month of November. The move is being done to entice people to sign up on a more permanent basis, as the company knows that they really need to get to at least a million subscribers, in order to win back the trust of investors.
October 30, 2014
A good amount of investors have bailed on WWE after their much anticipated announcement today. Vince McMahon and company revealed that they only have 731,000 subscribers for the WWE Network, a number which falls way short of what they were aiming for. Since they were not able to break the 1 million mark, expect some changes to be made to the product. The project has been deemed a failure by many, and all eyes will now be on McMahon to see what he does to rectify the situation.
October 30, 2014
Anyone that has followed WWE for a couple of years already knows that things are pretty hectic from January through April. It looks like management is looking to alleviate some of the clutter by removing the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Vince McMahon still loves the gimmick, however, so the cage match might be moved towards the summer or fall.
October 26, 2014
Bad news for Vince McMahon today. He lost some more money, as WWE stocks was hit with quite the drop. The belief is that investors are jumping ship before quarterly results are announced at the end of October. Many are under the impression that the company will not reach their goal of breaking a million subscribers for the WWE Network. Another major drop could take place when the announcement is made.
October 22, 2014
Chalk up another victory for Vince McMahon and his quest to draw in a younger audience. The company has reached a deal with Nickelodeon. The network will start airing episodes of Slam City this week. For those that are not aware, it is a cartoon based on the WWE performers getting jobs outside of wrestling. It had previously been airing solely on the WWE Network, but it is now available on television.
October 21, 2014
As has long been speculated, the WWE Network has now announced that they will include advertisement on the service. Vince McMahon has yet to reach the subscribers count that he was looking for, so additional revenue was needed. Subscribers have been quite vocal about the possibility of being forced to watch commercials on a service that they are paying a monthly fee for.
October 13, 2014