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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
It appears that the WWE Network was launched at just the right time. Buyrates for Royal Rumble 2014 and Elimination Chamber 2014 suffered a considerable drop from the previous year. Vince McMahon no longer has to tout these numbers to his investors, though, because the company can state that the viewers have shifted over to the WWE Network.
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
WWE has issued a statement touting the fact that a record number of households watched Wrestlemania 30 this year. That total comes from both the WWE Network and traditional pay per view buys. One of the reasons why Vince McMahon wanted to launch the online service was to draw in more people for the pay per view with the lower monthly pricing.
April 16, 2014
A buzz was created in the world of professional wrestling earlier tonight when Sting made his official debut on the WWE Network. The former world heavyweight did an interview segment, where he talked about his former tag team partner, the Ultimate Warrior. Sting revealed that Warrior used to blend tuna and orange juice into a drink.
April 15, 2014
Since the company was not exactly pleased with the amount of subscribers that have already signed up, Vince McMahon and company are offering another free trial for the WWE Network. Management wants to get a lot closer to the one million mark before the year ends, so that they can tout the project as a success. A replay of Wrestlemania 30 is being included with the free trial.
April 14, 2014
Since all the important monthly shows have been moved to the WWE Network, Vince McMahon and company have decided that they will no longer use the term "pay per view". Instead, WWE will be calling them "special events". PPV buy rate is no longer a vital thing for the company because they can now tell investors that the business has shifted to the WWE Network.
April 11, 2014
Earlier this week, Vince McMahon and company revealed that they had fewer than 700,000 subscribers for the WWE Network. Those numbers were lower than what investors expected, so many of them abandoned the company. That caused WWE stocks to plummets. Since Monday, the drop has been approximately 21%, as people do not feel as confident in the company now.
April 10, 2014
Even though he did not show up at Wrestlemania 30 or the following Monday Night Raw, things between Sting and WWE are not over and done with. There are many backstage that believe that management will still continue to negotiate with Sting, as they feel that he can be a valuable marketing asset for the WCW library that they currently air on the WWE Network.
April 9, 2014
Strategically, there are some concerns backstage in WWE on how Vince McMahon and the company would handle the Wrestlemania 30 replay rates. While it would make sense to appease WWE Network subscribers by making it readily available, there are those that are concerned that it might have an adverse effect on Wrestlemania 30 DVD and Blu Ray sales.
April 8, 2014
Since the monthly price for the WWE Network is so low, Vince McMahon and company are expecting a lot fewer people to look for Wrestlemania 30 download links online this year. The hope is that fans will simply just purchase the WWE Network and watch Wrestlemania 30 through there instead. Pay per view downloads have been a problem for the company for quite some time now.
April 8, 2014
When the company gave away free trials of the WWE Network, there were a lot of concerns because of the amount of technical issues that were being reported. Vince McMahon put an emphasis on resolving those issues before Wrestlemania 30. Considering how smooth things went this past weekend, the CEO has to be quite pleased with the efforts of the technology side of the company.
April 7, 2014
As promised, Vince McMahon revealed the amount of subscribers that the WWE Network has amassed. After just six weeks of being launched, the online service has garnered 667,287 subscribers. WWE set a goal of acquiring a million subscribers for the Network before the end of 2014, and it looks like the company is well on their way of accomplishing that.
April 7, 2014
For years, buyrate was always an indicator of how successful a pay per view was, but the WWE Network has now changed that. No longer does Vince McMahon and his company need to worry about that figure because it is not something that he needs to tout to investors. Instead, WWE can tell shareholders that the customers have shifted to the online service instead.
April 7, 2014
Since the pay per view game has now been changed thanks to the arrival of the WWE Network, Vince McMahon and his staff will be keeping a close eye to see just how many fans attempt to watch Wrestlemania 30 again throughout the next few weeks. The focus will be on seeing how many fans look for the full show instead of just clips.
April 7, 2014
Since they have now launched his WWE Network, Vince McMahon and company are keeping a close eye on the Wrestlemania 30 stream activities today. WWE wants to know if the low monthly cost of their online service is enough to curb the amount of people who go online to look for free streams of Wrestlemania 30 to watch.
April 6, 2014
Depending on how well the show draws in the audience, there might be a second season of Legends House on the WWE Network. If it were to happen, then Hulk Hogan becomes a candidate to become the star of the show. Management wants to keep on using him after Wrestlemania 30 since he is under contract, so several ideas are being discussed currently.
April 5, 2014
Despite convincing a lot of fans to pay a monthly fee to watch pay per view events on the WWE Network, Vince McMahon and company are still concerned about fans going online to find a Wrestlemania 30 live stream to watch. The company believes that a lot of WWE fans will still resort to live streams to watch Wrestlemania this Sunday.
April 5, 2014
While the company already owns much of the coveted tape libraries over the last couple of decades, WWE is looking to finalize a deal to purchase the Memphis area footage from Jerry Lawler. Some of the best wrestlers and moments went through that territory back during the 1980s, and those segments would be great additions to the WWE Network.
April 3, 2014
Millions of fans are rooting for him to receive his big moment at Wrestlemania 30, and it looks like Daniel Bryan might actually be given that opportunity by WWE, as the company has a camera crew following Bryan around this week. A special feature will be airing on the WWE Network next week, which has heated up rumors about him walking away as the champion on Sunday.
April 2, 2014
"There's nothing unresolved. My relationship with WWE is exactly what we want it to be. I'm staying very busy and doing something for WWE Network on an ongoing basis would be challenging. They've moved on and so have I with no regrets." - Jim Ross on his backstage heat with Vince McMahon and WWE
April 1, 2014