Some more bad news for Vince McMahon. It has now been revealed that WWE has lost their television deal with NT1. The two companies have been doing business for approximately eight years now. NT1 has decided to drop WWE from their programming due to declining ratings. McMahon still has his deals with cable and satellite companies in France, but there are fears that those deals could be dropped as well.
June 14, 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
While WWE will attempt to come up with ways to change the course of the television ratings drop for Total Divas, Vince McMahon and company still have a lot of faith in the series. A good amount of fans went online last year to search for full episodes of Total Divas, which leads many in WWE to believe that some people simply did not get a chance to tune in.
March 18, 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
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
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
While some backstage, including Vince McMahon himself, were said to be concerned that the Olympics would affect the ratings for Monday Night Raw, WWE managed to maintain a firm grip on their viewers this week. Numbers actually went up slightly, despite NBC drawing in 22.4 million viewers to the global sports competition.
February 12, 2014
"It's ridiculous. I hate to sound like I'm attacking the WWE or (I) devalue what they did because Vince McMahon, say whatever you want -- and he's always smashing us and talking s—t about us, but I will tell you this, I was watching WWE I was a little kid and Vince was the commentator in WWE -- this guy has been kicking ass, breaking rules and doing things that people said he couldn't do over and over and over again. Now I'm older I don't get the whole thing, it doesn't work for me, but what he's able to do, the ratings he's able to pull and the things he's done ... And when I look at his model and he's basically taking everything in and devalued it. Saying everything we do is worth $10. That doesn't make sense to me," White said during a media luncheon on Monday. If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he's crushing it. So it's a risky move, it's a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy s—t since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it."
- UFC president Dana White on Vince McMahon and WWE Network
January 29, 2014
Rumors are heating up that the Rock might make an appearance tonight on Monday Night Raw. The speculations were fueled when it was discovered that the former world heavyweight champion was in New York City right now. WWE is holding their live event tonight in nearby Brooklyn. The belief is that he will not be showing up because management would have advertised the appearance ahead of time to increase ratings.
October 6, 2014
When the decision was made between TNA and Spike to move Impact Wrestling to Wednesday nights instead of Thursday, both sides were aware that it might take some fans time to get used to that. As expected, the ratings dropped initially. However, Dixie Carter and company have been slowly turning things around, and a lot of the viewers are now aware that they are on a different day.
September 19, 2014
Since WWE wants to make this is a big edition of Monday Night Raw, the company has enlisted the help of Hulk Hogan and friends to help spike the ratings. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash have already been confirmed for an appearance, and there are talks that an nWo reunion could be taking place. Another person from Hogan's past has now been added as well. Paul Orndorff is scheduled to make an appearance tonight.
August 11, 2014
The white and black is headed back to WWE next week when Monday Night Raw comes to us live from Portland. Hulk Hogan will be celebrating his birthday on air, and he has a couple of buddies coming back to join him. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash have reportedly been confirmed for the event, and the belief is that WWE will be doing some sort of nWo reunion to boost television ratings.
August 6, 2014
TNA is really hoping to spike the ratings for Impact Wrestling this week. The company has already filmed footage of Bully Ray putting Dixie Carter through a table, and they're using that to draw in viewers. The company has even released a public statement, calling August 7th, "National Put Your Boss Through A Table Day". The belief is that TNA is trying to convince Spike to give them a new television deal.
August 4, 2014
Rumors going around is that WWE decided to do a heel turn for Seth Rollins at the last minute because they wanted to generate some hype and spike up the television ratings. If that's the case, then management is sure to be disappointed because Monday Night Raw actually lost some viewers this week. It wasn't a big loss, but many were expecting a huge increase.
June 11, 2014
The belief backstage in WWE is that the company is setting things up to where there will be an episode of Total Divas that will be centered around the wedding of John Cena and Nikki Bella. No word on whether they are getting married in real life or not, but the belief is that they can spike the television ratings by doing that on Total Divas.
April 3, 2014
In Memphis, WWE did a segment on Monday Night Raw where Triple H finally caved in and gave Daniel Bryan what he wanted at Wrestlemania 30. That was unanimously praised by fans online immediately afterwards. However, that crowd pleasing moment did not translate to the ratings, as the numbers for this week has continued to go down.
March 20, 2014
During a recent interview, Buff Bagwell stated that nothing can save TNA at this point. He also made sure to mention that he was not upset with the company for refusing to hire him. Bagwell questions Dixie Carter and her decision to not bring in bigger names, including himself, to help increase the ratings. Interestingly enough, he stated that even the Rock could not save TNA.
March 10, 2014
I've said for years even when I was with WWE that I want TNA to do well, I never saw TNA as the enemy – that would be ridiculous, I love professional wrestling. Part of the reason why I chose to go to TNA was because it's not good for the fans or for the industry when there is just one conglomerate and nowhere else to go. The most prosperous and entertaining time in our business was during the Monday Night Wars – you had two companies that were fairly evenly matched, both with top tier stars, and they were battling with each other for ratings. That meant everything had to be fresh, everything had to be edgy and everyone really had to rack their brain to come up with exciting storylines, all of the guys had to work really hard and there were 12 million people a week tuning into wrestling. Now there is less than half that, if you're in the wrestling industry now in the States there are only two places to go centrally, WWE or TNA. I would like to try and help facilitate, creating a situation where the WWE has to recognize TNA as a potential competitor and if you know like I do, WWE holds all the marbles then for the artists, the talent it's not good for our business, competition is good for business." - MVP discusses competition within the business
February 22, 2014
Since Sting is not signed to a contract yet, it appears that WWE is now considering Hulk Hogan for the role of on screen general manager. The company feels that he is still a draw and believes that he can help boost ratings on Monday Night Raw. Management wants someone to counter Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
February 22, 2014
The expectation was that ratings for Monday Night Raw would rise this week because fans would tune in to see if CM Punk would make his return or not. However, the opposite took place. WWE saw a 12 percent drop in viewership, which has to be a bit alarming since it is the time period between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania 30.
February 4, 2014
When Batista made his return on Monday Night Raw, WWE officials were said to be rather upset with the lackluster reaction from the audience. However, management then saw the television ratings for the segment and placed the blame on the Dayton crowd instead.
February 1, 2014
Impact Wrestling drew in one of the highest ratings that the show has seen in a couple of years this week. The belief is that WWE fans tuned in this week to see what would happen during the match between Sting and Brutus Magnus, as many are hoping that the legendary performer will end up at Wrestlemania 30 this year.
January 25, 2014
AJ Styles might have a little more leverage in his ongoing negotiations with TNA, as Impact Wrestling managed to score a dramatic increase this week. Approximately 25% more people tuned into the episode, which featured Styles's final match, than they did the previous week.
January 10, 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
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