TOTAL DIVAS SEASON THREE
While the WWE Network has not been working out as the company had hoped, Total Divas has been excelling much more than everyone was expecting. E! has announced that they are renewal the show for a third season. The show returns to the air on September 7, 2014. With that announcement, you can expect that Vince McMahon and WWE will be pushing the cast members even more.
May 19, 2014
Since it's only a couple of weeks away from the end of the six month commitment, WWE has already sent out renewal notices to subscribers of the WWE Network. Interestingly enough, there are no special deals to entice people to remain customers. The belief is that with Vince McMahon in cost cutting mode, the company simply wants to make as much money as they can, so there might not be a loyalty discount.
July 19, 2014
With the company desperately needing to boost the subscribers count, the WWE Network is set to go international soon. Emails were sent out to various fans to let them know that a trial run was being offered. Vince McMahon and company are wisely taking the cautious approach by testing things out with a small group of people overseas before opening up the gates for everyone else.
July 17, 2014
When it comes to public relations, Vince McMahon is one of the best in the business. Knowing that investors have their eyes closely on the WWE Network, the CEO has made sure that the numbers are kept a secret. It is being reported that even some of the top level executives are being kept in the dark about how well the project is doing.
July 14, 2014
Another person that has been hurt by the recent crash of the WWE stock is Steve Blackman. He was in talks with the company for a brand new show on the WWE Network, where the former hardcore champion would be showing off his new career as a bounty hunter. Unfortunately, though, Vince McMahon has placed a hold on all new series due to budget cuts.
July 7, 2014
Since the company has been undergoing budget cuts, a lot of things are changing in WWE. In addition to several long time performers being given a release from their contract, Vince McMahon and company have also scaled things back on the WWE Network. Tough Enough has been pushed back, and there might not be a second season of Legends House. At one point in time, it was a certainty that the show would be receiving another season.
July 6, 2014
Since it has failed to reach expectations, the WWE Network has been a bit of a black eye for Vince McMahon and company. Things might be getting worse really soon, as quite a few subscribers attempted to cancel their service because of technical issues during the streaming of Money in the Bank 2014. WWE was already concerned about how to entice new people to sign up, so that they can finally break that million subscribers mark.
June 30, 2014
Some interesting things might be revealed soon in WWE, as the company is just now getting around to issuing out bonuses from Wrestlemania 30. A lot of people backstage have been wondering how Vince McMahon was going to handle the pay per view bonuses now that the events are shown for free on the WWE Network. McMahon did not help the situation by avoiding his performers on the topic.
June 26, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE has yet to inform the performers of how pay per view bonuses will be handled now that the shows are being aired for free on the WWE Network. Vince McMahon was initially going to tell the wrestlers during a meeting backstage, but that was postponed. It is being said that this particular issue played a big part in CM Punk walking away from the company.
June 23, 2014
While a lot of fans are downplaying the amount of money that WWE is losing this year, those within the company, especially Vince McMahon, certainly are not overlooking the current drop. As of right now, WWE is on pace to lose approximately $52 million, most of which is due to the WWE Network. That amount is the second biggest loss by a wrestling company in history. WCW dropped $62 milloin one year.
May 27, 2014
With the company hoping to salvage the online subscription service, there are talks within WWE of making some major changes to the WWE Network in the near future. Aside from the long rumored price increase, there are now talks that Vince McMahon might put advertisement on there. These moves would help WWE in case they do not pick up a lot more subscribers over the next few months.
May 27, 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
While the WWE Network has not been working out as the company had hoped, Total Divas has been excelling much more than everyone was expecting. E! has announced that they are renewal the show for a third season. The show returns to the air on September 7, 2014. With that announcement, you can expect that Vince McMahon and WWE will be pushing the cast members even more.
May 19, 2014
There are talks that when the current round of WWE Network subscriptions expire, a price increase will follow. With investors souring on the online service, Vince McMahon and company know that they need to do something to make it work better. A dollar increase would potentially bring in an additional $7 million a year in revenue for WWE.
May 18, 2014
While the company has been touting the success of the WWE Network, there are still some concerns internally. Management recently made the decision to fire Matt Singerman, who was the Executive Vice President of Programming for the online subscription service. It appears that Vince McMahon had a different vision in mind when it comes to original programming on the WWE Network.
May 5, 2014
"Personally, I find the WWE Network addictive. Should it come with a surgeon general's warning?" - Vince McMahon jokes on Twitter about how popular his WWE Network has become
May 2, 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 a recent interview, Santino Marella informed the media of something that wrestling observers were already aware of. His in ring career is winding down soon. The former WWE Intercontinental Champion did leave open the possibility of staying with the company as an on screen character or as a host of a WWE Network show. To his credit, Marella has also prepared for life after the ring by opening up a wrestling school.
July 2, 2014
Since she was given a respectable departure from the company, the belief is that Vickie Guerrero is highly regarded by WWE management. The speculation has even more credibility now that the company is airing a special tribute show for her on the WWE Network. The show is basically a highlight reel of her best performances during her longer than expected tenure with the company.
June 29, 2014
"Obviously this is going to be a big financial changer because you're not going to get all those buy rates. I've had a brief experience with the WWE Network. I signed up for it. I'm not a real gadget guy. I've had an iPad for damn near two years, but I hardly ever use it. I put the WWE Network on there, and I typed in certain matches, they didn't have certain things from NWA or WCW. So I've been going more to YouTube. I think they need a little bit more original content. I need to get on there more to familiarize myself with it. One of the things I've enjoyed is the old Garden stuff and from World Class (Championship Wrestling). I think it was smart to come out with the network. I think it's going to catch on more in the next two or three years, and that's when it will pay off." - Steve Austin shares his views on the WWE Network
June 27, 2014
The Smackdown taping had some familiar faces backstage this week. Ric Flair, Scott Hall and Jake Roberts were all visiting the company yesterday. Hall, who was there with his son Cody Hall, was there to tape some footage for the WWE Network. Flair was rumored to be there to discuss his upcoming role with officials. Roberts stated that he was simply visiting since the show was in Atlanta.
May 28, 2014
A potentially interesting situation is developing with Scott Hall again. The former Intercontinental Champion is scheduled to show up at the next Smackdown taping to film an interview segment that will be aired on the WWE Network. Hall recently skipped out on an independent event because of a rumored relapse. It will be interesting to see if he makes it for his WWE appearance.
May 24, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE purposely kept John Cena off of Monday Night Raw this past week because they wanted to spike viewership for the Main Event. Management felt that the move would encourage fans to tune into the WWE Network to see him. They were also hoping that some fans would be enticed into signing up for the online subscription due to the move.
May 8, 2014
Yesterday, news broke out that Tough Enough was being brought back and being aired on the WWE Network. Now, some details are swirling around. Rumors have it that the company will be filming the series at the WWE Performance Center. Some of the lesser known developmental wrestlers like CJ Parker, Sylvester Lefort and Travis Tyler are also rumored to be a part of the show as well.
May 2, 2014
Despite doing a good job of generating interest from fans the last time around, Tough Enough was put on the shelves. Now, it appears that the reality television show is being brought back as part of the WWE Network. No word yet on the involvement of Steve Austin, but since he did such a great job last time, management should be quite interested in bringing him back again as the host.
May 1, 2014
When it comes to value to the company, Kofi Kingston has been on the rise backstage. Aside from being utilized in promotional campaigns for the WWE Network, the former Intercontinental Champion was heavily involved in charity work in New Orleans during Wrestlemania 30 and is routinely sent to other countries as an ambassador for WWE. His job security is extremely high right now.
May 1, 2014
While his footage does appear on the WWE Network, Ahmed Johnson is essentially banned by the company. The former Intercontinental Champion has been heavily vocal against the company over the years, claiming that racism is prevalent backstage. WWE will never induct him into the hall of fame, and he will never be invited to show up on Monday Night Raw.
April 27, 2014
Officials are said to be really pleased that the WWE Network is around because the Extreme Rules 2014 buyrate is no longer a priority. Vince McMahon is said to be a little easier to deal with because he is not obsessed with boosting those numbers like he normally is. If the buyrate was still a priority, then it would be unlikely that we see Daniel Bryan and Kane headlining Extreme Rules 2014.
April 27, 2014
A familiar face made an appearance backstage at the Smackdown taping this week. Steve Blackman, who has been rumored for a brand new show on WWE Network, was visiting with friends in Pennsylvania, where he lives. The belief is that he spent some time talking briefly with management about hosting his own show, which is rumored to focus around Blackman as a bounty hunter.
April 23, 2014
During a WWE Business Partner Summit, Stephanie McMahon revealed that the company will be completely shifting over to a new logo, which happens to be the current one used for the WWE Network, by Summerslam 2014. Management has been slowly replacing the logos over the last several weeks and will keep doing so until August.
April 16, 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
As late as Saturday, management had plans in place for Bray Wyatt to beat Chris Jericho at WWE Battleground 2014. However, Vince McMahon called an audible and had Jericho winning the match. No word yet on why McMahon made this decision, but it is being said that a lot of people backstage were against the idea because Wyatt had already started losing momentum with the audience.
July 22, 2014
Vince McMahon decided to take a huge gamble at WWE Battleground 2014 when he had Lana and Alexander Rusev cutting a promo that hinted about the recent airplane disaster in the Ukraine. That received plenty of backlash from the media and from fans on social media websites. It got to the point where WWE even released a official statement with a veiled jab at those who are complaining.
July 21, 2014
With the real life incident of an airplane being shot down in war torn Ukraine, there are rumors going around that WWE may be forced to tone down the ongoing story line with Alexander Rusev and Lana. Since a lot of people died in the incident, the company may need to be sensitive to the public right now. Vince McMahon loves pushing the envelope, but with WWE struggling financially, now would not be the time for such a move.
July 20, 2014
In a sign of how tight money is becoming in WWE, Vince McMahon has decided to take away the tour bus that the production crew used to travel in. This has reportedly upset several of the workers, as they were able to sleep while being transported to the next city to set up the arena. Now, they're being forced to drive themselves, which means that they are receiving very little sleep.
July 16, 2014
While the event is still several months away and nothing has been decided yet, Sting is already planting the seeds for a legendary match at Wrestlemania 31. The former WCW champion wants the Undertaker, and he is not shy about stating that publicly. Sting told the Mirror that he has already informed WWE of his wish for next April, so it is now up to Vince McMahon and Undertaker to decide if it will happen or not.
July 16, 2014
Since his contract is expiring in a few days, there were many who believed that WWE was going to extend their contract with CM Punk since he has been gone for an extended period of time. However, reports are surfacing that Vince McMahon is opting against that because he does not see a reconciliation on the horizon. Plus, WWE cannot afford to pay a performer to sit at home.
July 14, 2014
While morale is really low backstage due to the recent and severe drop in royalty checks, WWE performers are not speaking out on the matter because they are afraid of Vince McMahon. Many saw what happened to JTG when he voiced his opinion about low pay per view bonus checks. The former Cryme Tyme member was buried for more than a year and recently was given a release form his contract.
July 14, 2014
Since the company is expected to lose several millions of dollars this year, WWE has decided to scale back on their catering at live events. Vince McMahon was well known for being rather generous with his performers when it comes to food being served backstage. Sometimes, the dishes were very lavish. Food will still be served at WWE events, but they will be much simpler.
July 12, 2014
In another sign that the company is concerned about the huge amount of money being lost, WWE is going to be scaling back on their traveling budget. Several of the top performers in the company are allowed to fly first class when they travel to and from the live events. Vince McMahon is now going to have them flying coach like the mid card and lower card performers.
July 12, 2014
With his career in MMA coming to a close soon, Rashad Evans wants to make the jump from UFC to WWE. Rumors are floating around right now that he has already contacted WWE to gauge their interest in signing him. Vince McMahon is not a huge fan of MMA, but he does know that UFC fighters have name value. Triple H is reportedly said to be interested in bringing Evans on board.
July 10, 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
Morale has taken a bit of a hit backstage in WWE now that management has instituted new fines for the performers. This goes along with the recently implemented dress code, which requires the performers to constantly be dressed formally when in public. Failure to do so will result in a fine. It is also being said that Vince McMahon and company are fining the performers even if they're just a minute late to the arena.
July 10, 2014
While the company publicly states that they do not view any wrestling promotion as competition, the actions being taken by WWE at Wrestlemania 31 tell a different story. Vince McMahon and his staff have worked diligently to prevent independent wrestling companies from being able to do shows in the San Francisco and San Jose areas during the same weekend as their big event. A lot of the buildings in the area have agreed to boycott independent promoters from renting the place.
July 10, 2014
Rumors going around right now is that the impersonation gimmick that Damien Sandow has been doing is basically a way for the creative department to appease Vince McMahon, who has been known to find humor in stuff like this. To his credit, Sandow has embraced the role, in hopes that it will convince WWE to finally give him the push that he deserves.
July 7, 2014