TMZ recently caught up with Hulk Hogan at the airport, and the legendary WWE performer gave a quick interview. He plugged his return to the company and the launch of the WWE Network. When asked about CM Punk, he stated that he was not aware of the details behind the situation, but also stated that he hopes Punk is just on a short vacation.
March 9, 2014
Recently, Forbes magazine revealed that Vince McMahon had a net worth of over a billion dollars again. The main reason is because WWE is worth a lot more now than it was previously. Stocks are doing extremely well, and the company is valued at around $2.24 billion right now. The launch of the WWE Network helped gain the trust of investors.
March 8, 2014
An interesting stat about the WWE Network has surfaced this week. Vince McMahon decided to air WWE Main Event live on his new subscription service, yet ratings for when the episode aired on ION actually increased from the week before, leading many within the company to believe that fans might prefer to watch things on television instead.
March 7, 2014
When officials recently informed the developmental wrestlers that WWE NXT would be featured more heavily because of its addition to the WWE Network, a lot of people were pleased. However, there were some that believed that it meant a harder road to get to the main roster now. Guys like Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn could be waiting a lot longer than usual.
March 6, 2014
Despite all the hype about a potential return by CM Punk, ratings for Monday Night Raw surprisingly dropped this week. Vince McMahon was hoping that the ratings would have remained strong after an episode in which Hulk Hogan, Brock Lesnar and Undertaker all made a special appearance for WWE to promote both the WWE Network and Wrestlemania 30.
March 5, 2014
Just to give you an idea of how valuable WWE considers Hulk Hogan to be as a marketing asset, the company has been plastering him everywhere, from Monday Night Raw to WWE Network to commercials. They are even posting this legendary entrance theme video on their YouTube account.
March 4, 2014
WWE Main Event is looking like it will be moved to the WWE Network soon, as the television deal between Vince McMahon and ION is set to expire in a month. Reports have surfaced that the network is not interested in renewing the deal. Since WWE is currently negotiating a lucrative new television deal for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, other shows are being pushed into the background for the time being.
March 4, 2014
Forbes has been covering the launch of the WWE Network. The magazine pointed out that Vince McMahon and his company have spent $75 million over the past two years to make this happen. While WWE is predicting that they will have approximately 2 to 4 million subscribers, analysts believe that they should be closer to 6 to 8 million subscribers.
March 2, 2014
Vince McMahon is a pretty clever business man. Since he knew that many would sign up for the free trial of the WWE Network, he opted to only include a certain amount of footage on there. The intent was to just whet the appetite of fans and entice them to sign up for the six month commitment. WWE will be adding a lot more content after the free trial period ends.
March 1, 2014
After Adrian Neville defeated Bo Dallas to capture the WWE NXT Championship on the WWE Network last night, he and the audience received a bit of a surprise. John Cena, the centerpiece of the company, made an appearance after television cameras went offline, and gave his seal of approval and a congratulations to Neville on becoming the new champion.
February 28, 2014
Since they were launching the WWE Network, many were under the belief that WWE would be pulling their content from Netflix, in order to increase demand on their own service. However, it has now been revealed that Vince McMahon has no intentions of severing that business relationship, as Netflix has provided a stable source of revenue.
February 27, 2014
While there are many who do not fully understand the value of having him in a company, Hulk Hogan is already paying off for WWE. Aside from being prominently featured in television commercials for the WWE Network, Hogan also made an appearance on the Today Show to promote the company and its products.
February 26, 2014
While several wrestlers have already signed up for the WWE Network, Joey Ryan refuses and posted this message on Twitter to explain why performers should not spend money on such things. Ryan made headlines recently when he made some highly critical comments about the WWE developmental program and Bill DeMott.
February 26, 2014
Through Twitter, Ashley Flair wished her father a happy birthday, and she also revealed that Ric Flair was heading down to Florida to see her. It's a big week for the developmental wrestlers as WWE NXT will be making its debut on the new WWE Network on Thursday. Both Flair and his daughter are expected to be a big part of that show.
February 26, 2014
In a rather interesting move, WWE opted not to make a mention of the death of Big Daddy V on Monday Night Raw this week. The belief is that the company did not want to bring negative attention to an episode that was heavily hyped due to the launch of the WWE Network. The company did mention his passing on their website, though.
February 25, 2014
Since management was disappointed at the crowd reaction that was received during the match between Darren Young and Titus ONeil at Elimination Chamber 2014, the former Prime Time Players are being scaled back a bit, and their respective pushes are being placed on hold. Their feud has not being featured on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown since the pay per view.
March 9, 2014
In a grudge match between the Prime Time Players, Titus ONeil defeated Darren Young at Elimination Chamber 2014.
February 23, 2014
WWE has issued a press release, informing the world that Darren Young will be participating in GaymerX this year. It is an event held in San Francisco, where gay and lesbian video game enthusiasts get together. Management views this as a great public relations move, which means that Young will continue to have some job security within the company.
February 21, 2014
While they were in Colorado Springs for the Smackdown taping this week, Darren Young and Mark Henry decided to train together at the Olympic Training Center. This was the facility that Henry utilized years ago when he was an Olympic athlete.
February 20, 2014
In case you missed the announcement on Monday Night Raw this week, Darren Young and Titus ONeil will be having their grudge match on the main Elimination Chamber 2014 pay per view next Sunday night. Many were under the belief that it was going to be the kickoff match, but management decided to step things up a bit.
February 19, 2014
Since he did receive a lot of media attention when he decided to reveal to the world that he was gay, Darren Young has been criticized for doing it for the wrong reasons. He defended himself on Twitter by stating that he told TMZ his story because he wants the respect from staying true and living an honest life. He denies that it was done for marketing.
February 10, 2014
Fans have been wondering when Wade Barrett was going to be wrestling again, as he has only been doing the Bad News Barrett segments on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. It looks like that might be happening soon, as the former Nexus leader was given a match against Darren Young at a WWE live event in Oakland this weekend.
February 8, 2014
While many are under the assumption that Titus ONeil is the one that will be receiving the push since he was the one that pulled the heel turn, the rumors of Darren Young being pushed is gaining some steam, as the latter was given the victory over the former at a live event in Oakland. At this point, the match appears unlikely to make it on the Elimination Chamber 2014 main card.
February 8, 2014
There has been some back and forth backstage recently over the push that Titus ONeil is set to receive. Some feel that management will not be giving him a huge one, so there are plenty of people keeping an eye on WWE to see if they will give he and Darren Young a coveted spot at Elimination Chamber 2014, which would mean that the company is serious about elevating ONeil.
February 7, 2014
In preparations of an upcoming feud against his former Prime Time Player teammate and real life good friend, Darren Young has gone with a shorter haircut. While many are expecting Titus ONeil to be on the receiving end of the push, WWE may be elevating both performers.
February 3, 2014
Darren Young received quite a bit of media attention in 2013 when he revealed that he was gay, marking the first time a WWE star has done that. He even made an appearance on Ellen to discuss the situation. By doing that, he has been nominated for a GLAAD award.
January 30, 2014
A shocking heel turn took place in WWE at the Smackdown taping tonight. Titus ONeil turned on his Prime Time Player teammate Darren Young during a match against Curtis Axel and Ryback. ONeil turned heel and vicious assaulted Young after proclaiming that he was tired of losing all the time.
January 28, 2014
"If you're good at your job, I don't judge. Darren Young is really good at his job, he's a wonderful performer, he's a great entertainer and it's a very, very bold move that he made to come out. So he certainly is very a brave individual for doing that... He can be himself and nobody judges him around here."
- John Cena
January 22, 2014
While management abruptly took away his planned push a couple of months ago, the feeling is that Darren Young is safe in WWE. He has a lot of public relations value and he's a solid performer, so he has a good amount of job security nowadays.
December 22, 2013
3MB filmed a segment this week where they dressed up as the Fabulous Freebirds, but WWE opted against showing their match against Darren Young and Titus O'Neil on Smackdown.
November 23, 2013