Just to give you an idea of how important the company views the Tough Enough series, Vince McMahon has started to skip out on the Smackdown taping each week so that he can fly down to Florida to be on the set of the reality television show. For years, the CEO would always be on set to direct things, so this is quite the change in mentality.
July 25, 2015
Generally, when you are doing the final week of promoting a pay per view, the interest level in the product increases. That is not the case with the latest episode of Smackdown. It received the lowest amount of viewers for a non holiday in years. Hopefully, this prompts Vince McMahon to make some changes with how the creative department handles things.
July 17, 2015
While the company would never admit this, WWE has been rather disappointed with the move that Smackdown made from Friday nights to Thursday. Management was hoping for a considerable boost in the numbers because they were moving to a night where people do not go out as much. Unfortunately, though, the improvement was marginal. Vince McMahon is desperately hoping that the move to the USA Network will bring better numbers.
April 8, 2015
Despite the fact that they have consistently put up tremendous numbers, WWE has never been able to earn the trust of the USA Network to allow them to have their secondary show on the same channel. That all changes at the end of the year, when Smackdown finally makes the move to the same network as Monday Night Raw. Vince McMahon is said to be quite pleased with the development because his viewership should increase.
April 7, 2015
Vince McMahon caused a bit of an uproar with the internet wrestling community when he stated that Antonio Cesaro was missing something that prevented him from being elevated to the main event. In a recent interview, Daniel Bryan decided to defend Cesaro, stating that if the two of them were to work a lengthy match together on Smackdown, it would easily generate a huge reaction from WWE fans.
March 18, 2015
The northeastern portion of the United States is being pounded by a storm that some are predicting to be one of the worst in history, and that does not bode well for WWE. An official statement was released by Vince McMahon earlier today, letting fans know that Monday Night Raw and Smackdown will not be taking place as usual. It is being said that Raw will be shown on Thursday this week. No word yet on when the traveling ban will be lifted.
January 26, 2015
During this time of year, Vince McMahon already has a million headaches because he is trying to make things perfect between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania. He has another problem to deal with this week. Monday Night Raw and Smackdown are being held in Hartford and Boston respectively, and there is a severe snowstorm headed that way. Weather reports are stating that as much as 24 inches of snow could pound the area.
January 25, 2015
When Dixie Carter signed a television deal with Destination America, it was revealed that Impact Wrestling would be moving to Friday nights. The move coincided with WWE announcing that Smackdown was moving to Thursday nights. Many wondered what Vince McMahon was going to do with NXT since it aired on the same night. Reports have now surfaced that the developmental program is being moved to Wednesday night to avoid conflict.
January 2, 2015
In a very depressing bit of news, WWE is losing a lot of their market share in Mexico now. Monday Night Raw is no longer being aired on free television in the country. It is still available for those who pay for premium channels, but that is a severe drop in viewership. Smackdown has already been removed from the country. Vince McMahon has been desperately trying to resolve things down there because he views it as a major market and asset.
December 29, 2014
Back in November, Vince McMahon gave fans a free month subscription to his WWE Network. It was a way to entice people to sign up as permanent members. Apparently, not everyone got the notice, even though it was heavily advertised on every episode of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown for several weeks. Buy rate for the Survivor Series, which was available for free, have come out, and it shows that approximately 100,000 fans still paid for it.
December 21, 2014