The belief within the industry is that Vince McMahon will start doing live versions of Smackdown each week, and those beliefs were solidified even further when the CEO preached the value of live showings during a WWE Network conference call.
January 14, 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
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
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
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
Some rumors floated around this week that WWE was looking to sell their entire tape library to Warner Bros. That caused a lot of gullible fans to believe that Vince McMahon was giving up on the WWE Network. Rumors are false, as the article was filled with quite a bit of inaccuracies, including the statement that Cinadigm was the actual owner of the footage.
September 12, 2014
Despite losing millions and millions of dollars, Vince McMahon still has a way of generating hope among investors. WWE stock is currently on the rise, and the reported reason for that is because people think that the subscribers count for the WWE Network is expected to skyrocket since it has now been launched internationally. Management has not been promoting the international launch too hard for fear of being accused of misleading investors again.
September 9, 2014
When Vince McMahon decided to take the WWE Network north of the border, they decided to partner up with Rogers Communications. That led to a lot of upset fans because the full online service was not being made available in that country. Rogers has now announced that they are working on a plan to bring the full WWE Network experience to their customers in the near future.
August 17, 2014
Apparently, there is a deal in place where the wrestlers are supposed to receive a portion of the money made from the WWE Network. No word yet on how big of a percentage that Vince McMahon is giving out. Unfortunately for the performers, though, no money is being paid out right now because the online service is losing a ton of money and forcing the company to release employees left and right.
August 15, 2014
WWE is really desperate to increase the subscribers count for the WWE Network, and it might prompt them to pull the trigger on something that fans have long been waiting to see. In addition to providing their online service for free during the entire month of November, management is now seriously discussing the possibility of having Sting make his official on screen debut for the company.
November 22, 2014
It looks like the relationship between Mick Foley and WWE has greatly improved. The former world heavyweight champion eagerly announced to his fans that he will be doing a special one man comedy show in Brooklyn for the WWE Network later on this month. The two sides have long discussed the possibility of doing such a deal, but the company never pulled the trigger. The belief was that there were those within who were upset with comments that Foley had been making about WWE.
November 13, 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
Some major trouble is reportedly brewing behind the scenes in WWE, as a new power struggle has just been revealed. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are trying to take some power away from George Barrios and Michelle Wilson, two high ranking executives within the corporation. HHH and Stephanie are using the early failures of the WWE Network against Barrios and Wilson.
September 25, 2014
Before the WWE Network was shoved down the throats of fans on a weekly basis, the company was promoting a social media website called Tout. They constantly mentioned the service, and they had several of their performers utilizing it to interact with the fans. WWE invested approximately $5000 into the company and signed a two year agreement. Stephanie McMahon was even on their board of directors. It looks like the deal is now over, as reports has surfaced that WWE was not interested in renewing the contract.
September 3, 2014
With Night of Champions 2014 being a crucial pay per view in terms of drawing in WWE Network subscribers, management is going to be stacking the deck a bit. They knew that they needed their two biggest draws in the main event. That's why it has now been officially announced that John Cena has activated his rematch clause against Brock Lesnar, and the two will tangle again for the world heavyweight championship.
August 20, 2014
The success of Guardians of the Galaxy has changed things up a bit backstage in WWE. It has given Batista a bit more leverage now that his name value has increased with the general public. Management is being careful with how they spend their money nowadays because of the major losses due to the WWE Network, but many feel that they would pay for Batista because he can bring a lot of attention to the company.
August 13, 2014
It appears that a free subscription of the WWE Network is being given to employees who are being given a release from the company. Evan Bourne revealed that management gave him a full account when he was let go. The belief is that others were afforded the same benefit as well. Management is probably doing this as a way of keeping things well with departing employees.
August 10, 2014
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H have revealed a bit of news about the WWE Network that might help the company secure more subscribers. The real life couple stated that episodes of WCW Nitro are being added to the online service. There is a good amount of people who have been hesitant to sign up for the WWE Network because it lacked the full archive of former television shows.
August 6, 2014
"Catching Monday Night Raw on my DVR. Just saw all I needed to see. Dolph Ziggler with a huge win. I bought the WWE Network just to keep up with Ziggler." - Kevin Nash praising Dolph Ziggler
August 5, 2014
While there was a bit of rumblings backstage that WWE was going to pursue legal action against CM Punk for walking out of his contract, rumors are floating around that management is hesitant to do so. For starters, now might not be a good time to sink money into a lawsuit since there are so many employees being released. Secondly, Vince McMahon is really focused on the WWE Network at the moment, so a lawsuit might be a bit of a distraction from the CEO.
August 2, 2014
When Vince McMahon announced that they were releasing seven percent of their workforce due to the under performing WWE Network, many within the company feared for their jobs. Today, five developmental wrestlers were given their releases. Garrett Dylan, Travis Tyler, Slate Randall, Mac Miles and Dani Jackson are no longer under contract with WWE.
August 1, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that Vince McMahon would be interested in purchasing the TNA library to add to his WWE Network. It could simply just be all speculation right now, as the company has been focused on cutting back their spending because of how much money has been lost over the last several months. Obviously, no negotiations have taken place since Dixie Carter is still trying to find a new television deal for Impact Wrestling.
July 29, 2014
At WWE Battleground 2014, Miz won the battle royal to become the new Intercontinental Champion. Sheamus is the reigning United States Heavyweight Champion. The two of them are feuding. That has led to rumors of a title unification match taking place at Summerslam 2014. The belief is that WWE really wants to stack up this pay per view to build momentum for the upcoming subscription rush for the WWE Network.
July 21, 2014
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 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
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
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
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
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
A touching moment took place at an independent wrestling circuit show this week. Bret Hart entered the ring and addressed the audience. He then called out Earl Hebner, who agreed to join him. Hart told the fans that Hebner was simply doing his job because it was what Vince McMahon ordered. The two embraced one another and buried the hatchet.
October 12, 2014
Back in 2011, WWE needed a marketing gimmick for the Royal Rumble, so the company decided to add another ten competitors and brand the event as being the biggest ever. Management is going back to the well again for Royal Rumble 2015. Vince McMahon and company have decided to go with a 40 man battle royal this time around, and a lot of surprise appearances are expected.
October 8, 2014
Vince McMahon reportedly has a rule about the cast of Total Divas. None of them are allowed to hold the championship while they are a part of that reality show. No word yet on why McMahon has that rule in place right now, but it is quite peculiar since WWE basically scripts a lot of their segments based on what is happening on Total Divas.
September 25, 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
In a bit of news that is sure to cause mass speculations about Vince McMahon and company, it has now been announced that there will be a delay in the launch of WWE 2K15. The video game was initially scheduled to be released in North America on October 28. It has ow been pushed back to November 18. The official word given for the move is because both companies wanted to produce the best possible game before releasing it to the fans, but as many already know, that is simply public relations talk.
September 16, 2014
Over the last couple of weeks, there has been a bit of a struggle backstage in WWE. On one side is Vince McMahon, who wants John Cena to be booked as dominant as possible, so that fans will buy into his upcoming rematch against Brock Lesnar at Night of Champions 2014. On the other side is everyone else, who does not believe that Cena should be dominating the other performers on the roster that much.
September 12, 2014
During a podcast interview with Chris Jericho, Batista revealed that he has some lingering backstage heat towards Vince McMahon over an incident that happened a couple of years ago. The former world heavyweight champion was fined $100,000 by WWE because he purposely cut himself during a match to draw blood. Batista felt that the amount was unfairly high, and he noted that was the day when he knew that things would never be the same with WWE.
September 8, 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
While there are some concerns backstage about going up against the NFL, the move to Thursday for Smackdown is being viewed as a good thing for WWE. Vince McMahon and company been wanting to make the switch for quite some time now, as Friday nights are really difficult to draw because a lot of their targeted demographics is out of the house.
August 30, 2014