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
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
Reports have surfaced that the WWE Network has become the primary priority for Vince McMahon nowadays. He is obsessed with getting the online service launched internationally. McMahon is also looking into a lot of options on how to increase the subscribers count. The belief is that he feels that everything with the stocks will work itself out once he can show the shareholders that the Network can reach its full potential.
August 13, 2014
Fans in Canada have access to the WWE Network now, but it is not like what their counterparts in the United States are used to. Instead of it being an online service, Vince McMahon made a deal with Rogers that puts his product on television. Fans will have access to the scheduled programming, but they will not be able to browse through the catalog. It is also $11.99 instead of $9.99. In addition to that, Rogers is only available in a portion of the country, so everyone else is left out. That has caused some criticism from fans online.
August 13, 2014
Initially, rumors floated around that the WWE Network was going to be available on a monthly basis without commitment to subscribers for $19.99. However, it looks like Vince McMahon and company are going to reduce that down to $12.99. Many felt that doubling the price would be too much for people, so the new price was agreed upon. The belief is that a lot of subscribers who were on the six month commitment may switch over to the monthly plan.
August 12, 2014
After announcing the disappointing subscribers count for the WWE Network, management had to let quite a bit of employees go. Among them were fourteen members of the WWE Magazine staff. That effectively shut down internal operations and the publication has ceased. There are talks, though, that Vince McMahon could license out the publishing rights to an outside company.
August 5, 2014
One of the problems that Vince McMahon and company is trying to fix involves people sharing WWE Network accounts. There's a good amount of people doing that, and it has hurt the subscribers count a bit. Some backstage believe that they might have been closer to the million subscribers mark if people were prevented from doing that. Since the company has now public acknowledged the problem, look for a solution to come soon.
August 4, 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
When the WWE Network first launched, the belief was that there were going to be quite a bit of people who canceled their subscription after the six month commitment expired. Apparently, some people could not wait that long to leave. Several subscribers have found various ways to end their commitment to the WWE Network. A lot of people have discovered that they can simply quit paying Vince McMahon.
July 31, 2014
Some really bad news was announced by Vince McMahon and company today. The official subscribers count for the WWE Network is only sitting at 700,000. There are rumors floating around that the company is rounding up. The online service actually lost some customers, despite the six month commitment being in place. Apparently, some found various ways out of the deal.
July 31, 2014
While the official WWE Network subscribers count will not be revealed until tomorrow, there are already speculations that the company will be doing a massive layoff due to what is predicted to be lower than expected numbers. It is being said that Vince McMahon will be releasing close to ten percent of his workforce in an attempt to appease the investors.
July 30, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Roddy Piper recently did a one man show, and he took that opportunity to bash Vince McMahon. The WWE legend pointed out that his longtime employer has failed miserably as a concert promoter, bodybuilding promoter and football promoter. Piper went on to say that McMahon has only succeeded as a promoter in the business that his father handed to him.
August 25, 2014
There's been rumors floating around for quite some time now that WWE has lost interest in pushing Adam Rose because several key members of management, including Vince McMahon himself, are reportedly not fans of the character. It has now been noted that Rose has not had a match on Monday Night Raw in about a month, which leads many to believe that the rumors are indeed true.
August 24, 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
When WWE announced that they were moving Summerslam 2015 from Los Angeles to New York, the company did not reveal the actual location of the pay per view. There are rumors floating around now that Vince McMahon may try to do the event at the massive MetLife Stadium that was the host of Wrestlemania 29. It's quite the risky endeavor, so the belief is that WWE will eventually end up choosing the Barclays Center or the IZOD Center instead.
August 21, 2014
When Rey Mysterio decided to make a video appearance at TripleMania for AAA, the belief was that he was doing it as a shot at WWE. Rumors have surfaced that he is quite upset with the company in regards to his contract situation. Reports are now surfacing that Mysterio had a handshake agreement with Triple H that would have enabled him to walk away from the company. However, Vince McMahon reportedly decided to overrule that and force to remain under contract to WWE for another year.
August 20, 2014
There are rumors floating around right now that Vince McMahon is not interested in seeing Kurt Angle making a return to WWE. However, that appears to just be speculation. While management has been trying to cut back on spending, the belief is that they would open the check book for Angle since he is a superb performer who can draw in a good amount of fans.
August 18, 2014
Reports are surfacing that there is some backstage heat between Vince McMahon and Triple H at the moment over the main event of Wrestlemania 31. McMahon wants Brock Lesnar to defend the title against the Rock, as he feels that those two guys would produce the biggest draw of a match for WWE. HHH, however, wants the company to elevate Roman Reigns by having him challenge Lesnar.
August 18, 2014
During an interview with Primera Noticias, Alberto Del Rio revealed some details about his release from WWE. He stated that while Vince McMahon did admonish him, he was also told to go back to work. Del Rio found out the following day that he was then given a suspension. Shortly afterwards, Triple H called and told him that he was being fired instead of just suspended.
August 18, 2014