WWE is negotiating new television deals for 2014, and the company is willing to go live with Smackdown and move it to another night if an acceptable deal with the network can be reached. The fee would have to be increased to cover the cost, however.
December 17, 2013
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
After weeks of speculation, it has now been confirmed that WWE will indeed be moving Smackdown from Friday to Thursday. Rumors popped up a couple of weeks ago because a picture of a production truck showed the new day. SyFy has now confirmed the switch. The move puts WWE head to head with the NFL, which is a move that Vince McMahon will be heavily scrutinized for.
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
There are rumors floating around right now that WWE is moving Smackdown back to Thursday nights. The speculations arose when fans spotted a production truck stating that the show is aired on Thursday night. A picture has even surfaced on social media. There has been no official word from Vince McMahon or WWE, so there are those that believe that it might have simply been a typo.
August 6, 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
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
In what appears to the creative department amusing themselves and Vince McMahon, Xavier Woods will be changing up his gimmick for the next episode of Smackdown. He will be donning the red, white and blue ring gear, similar to what he wore in TNA as Consequences Creed, when he faces Alexander Rusev. WWE is doing a Russia vs United States theme.
June 5, 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
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
With rumors swirling that WWE is set to sign a gigantic television contract this month, there are talks that one of the provisions of the contract is that the company starts doing live versions of Smackdown. The show would air on Tuesday nights instead of Friday in that scenario. Vince McMahon is said to be all for the move if it meant that he receives the type of deal that he was shooting for.
May 15, 2014
One of the big reasons why Wade Barrett is receiving a push in WWE right now is because he has a strong supporter in Vince McMahon, who absolutely loves the Bad News Barrett gimmick. The character was shown to McMahon not too long ago, and he was the one that pushed for it to be brought to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on a weekly basis.
April 28, 2014
Wrestlemania 30 was guaranteed to be a busy week for the WWE stars already, but is going to be even more hectic the day after, as Vince McMahon and Triple H have decided that it would be best to tape both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown at the same venue on the same night. With at least five hours of footage needed, it will become an all day affair.
March 26, 2014
In a subtle move, WWE has begun phasing out the logo that they have been using for the last several years. They are replacing it with the logo for the WWE Network, which Vince McMahon reportedly likes more. The company recently pulled the switch at the WWE Performance Center and are expected to do so with Monday Night Raw and Smackdown soon.
March 21, 2014
Since the show has become one of the main focal points for the entire company, WWE officials are extremely disappointed that the ratings for the season premiere of Total Divas were among the lowest that they have seen for a first run episode. It failed to crack the top 100 for Sunday night. Vince McMahon could order his company to do more promotions on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown to help.
March 18, 2014
In a rather interesting development, it has now been announced that CM Punk will be making his return to television next week. Unfortunately for WWE fans, however, it will not be done on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown. The former world heavyweight champion will be making another appearance on the Talking Dead, his first time in public since walking out on Vince McMahon.
March 9, 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
Now that Justin Roberts has been given a release by WWE, fans are speculating as to who will replace him as the announcer for Monday Night Raw. Lilian Garcia is said to be ruled out because the Smackdown schedule works much better for her pursuit of music. Byron Saxton is just the backup for now. Brandi Rhodes and JoJo Offerman are the two primary candidates for the role.
October 16, 2014
In the past, Vickie Guerrero was receptive towards a potential return to WWE some day, but her tone has definitely changed since starting a new career. Guerrero was recently contacted by the company to make an appearance on the special episode of Smackdown that aired this week. She rejected WWE and stated that it was time for her to move on with her life. John Laurinaitis and Theodore Long worked the segment instead.
October 11, 2014
As many of you already know, Edge recently made a cameo appearance via video on Monday Night Raw to promote the Smackdown anniversary. Word going around is that Christian played a heavy part in recruiting and convince Edge to make the appearance. Since retiring from the ring, Edge has distanced himself greatly from WWE, only making a couple of appearances.
October 11, 2014
Even though he is now off doing his music thing, Chris Jericho has agreed to help WWE out on their upcoming tour of Europe. Management does not have a lot of top level talent on the active roster nowadays, and Jericho still is enough of a draw to overseas fans. He might be making a couple of appearances on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown before taking off again.
October 9, 2014
Even though he is one of the most popular and entertaining performers, WWE is planning on keeping Paul Heyman off of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown until at least January. The belief is that management does not want to draw attention to the fact that their world heavyweight champion is not around for television shows. Lesnar and Heyman should be back in time to promote Royal Rumble 2015.
October 9, 2014
If you are a big fan of Edge and Christian, then you might want to tune into Monday Night Raw this week. WWE revealed earlier today through Twitter that the two of them have just arrived. A picture was also posted of the former tag team champions getting out of a vehicle. No word yet on where they are, but there is a chance that they could appear on television tonight to promote the Smackdown week.
October 6, 2014
There were some speculations from online wrestling fans that Bray Wyatt had some sort of injury since he has not been utilized much on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown as much recently. However, the truth is that he is just fine. Wyatt continues to work matches on a regular basis during WWE live events. Management seems to be purposely not using him much on television.
October 4, 2014
Yesterday, it was revealed that a couple of the WWE NXT performers have been booked for upcoming episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some further details have now been reported. Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze are only booked for a couple of weeks, while Adrian Neville, who is currently the heavyweight champion in developmental, is scheduled until the end of October.
September 14, 2014
During a recent interview, Sami Zayn revealed that Antonio Cesaro actually made the request to management to go down to WWE NXT and work there. Zayn explained that the motive behind the move was to let certain people backstage see what he was capable of since it is harder to get the spotlight on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. According to Zayn, Triple H was really impressed with what he saw in Cesaro.
September 11, 2014
There might be some backstage heat towards Zack Ryder. After working the live events this week for the company, he noted that he was flying back to New York. He also stated that he was not sick, which has led many fans to believe that this involves some sort of disciplinarian issues. WWE usually flies in performers for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, even if they're not being utilized on television.
August 25, 2014
There are rumors floating around right now that Zeb Colter is going to be dropped from television and removed as the manager of Jack Swagger. Many are assuming that since WWE kept him off of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Colter is said to be making a return soon and is only selling the kick from Alexander Rusev. Management still views him as an asset.
August 22, 2014
Since neither man was involved in a feud, it looks like WWE is about to pair Antonio Cesaro and Sheamus in a feud for the United States Heavyweight Championship. The story between the two might have been initiated during WWE Main Event. Management has been known to drop stories abruptly, so if this does not make it to Monday Night Raw or Smackdown, then the feud is not going forward.
August 20, 2014
When it was announced that Dean Ambrose was going to be starring in an upcoming WWE Studios movie, the belief was that he was going to need to take some time off to film his part. It looks like the former United States Heavyweight Champion might only be missing the live events, as management still wants him around on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown to further his feud with Seth Rollins.
August 16, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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