WWE NETWORK
Stephanie McMahon
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
Vince McMahon
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
Sting
A picture of Sting being interviewed on WWE Network last night, where the former world heavyweight champion talked about one of his favorite Ultimate Warrior moments.
April 16, 2014
Sting
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
Vince McMahon
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
Vince McMahon
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
Vince McMahon
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
Sting
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
Vince McMahon
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
Vince McMahon
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
Vince McMahon
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
Vince McMahon
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
Vince McMahon
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
Vince McMahon
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
Vince McMahon
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
Hulk Hogan
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
Vince McMahon
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
Jerry Lawler
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
Daniel Bryan
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
Jim Ross
"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
Vince McMahon
While there has been a ton of speculations by both fans and investors alike, Vince McMahon is expected to announce the amount of WWE Network subscribers in a couple of weeks. The company is hoping for three million, but some analysts believe that the number could be closer to 700,000 instead.
March 27, 2014
Vince McMahon
Intrepid Capital Management was the biggest outside shareholder of WWE, owning ten percent of the company. The investors opted to leave WWE by selling their entire shares at a 100% profit, as they do not feel that the WWE Network will be as big of a success as Vince McMahon initially touted. ICM also pointed out that profits for the company have been stagnant over the years.
March 27, 2014
Steve Blackman
Now that the WWE Network has been launched, management has been looking into ideas for some new content for the service. One of the ideas being discussed is doing a reality television show based around Steve Blackman, who is now a bounty hunter in Pennsylvania. The series would follow the former WWE star and his team as they hunt down people.
March 22, 2014
Vince McMahon
In a subtle move, WWE has begun phasing out the logo that they have been using for the last several years. They are replacing it with the logo for the WWE Network, which Vince McMahon reportedly likes more. The company recently pulled the switch at the WWE Performance Center and are expected to do so with Monday Night Raw and Smackdown soon.
March 21, 2014
Vince McMahon
In order to appease their customer base, Dish Network has released a statement, where the company is basically blaming WWE for them not carrying Wrestlemania 30 on pay per view. Vince McMahon has been burning a lot of bridges with the launch of his WWE Network, so it looks like he will be putting a lot of the company resources into ensuring that the project succeeds.
March 21, 2014
Vince McMahon
When Vince McMahon came up with the idea for the WWE Network, he was not planning on having it exclusively in the United States. He wanted this thing to be global, so that the entire world can be potential subscribers. Before the year ends, WWE is hoping to be launched in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordics.
March 20, 2014
Carlos Colon
One of the biggest backstage reasons why Carlos Colon is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 30 is because the company the trying to entice the Puerto Rico legend to sell them the WWC, also known as World Wrestling Council, library footage. Vince McMahon wants it for when he launches the WWE Network internationally.
March 20, 2014
Vince McMahon
Initially, fans were told that they would receive a free trial of the WWE Network to see if they would be interested in subscribing. Since Vince McMahon wanted to boost the numbers, a second free trial is being given to those that canceled after the initial trial period ended. An email was sent out to those people earlier in the week, and the offer expires on Saturday.
March 20, 2014
Tony Schiavone
While he will forever be hated by some fans for his role in the Monday Night Wars, Tony Schiavone actually met with WWE recently. He was spotted at the headquarters. Management filmed some interview segments with him, and those footage will more than likely be utilized for upcoming content on the WWE Network and DVD releases.
March 19, 2014
Hillbilly Jim
A poster of the upcoming Legends House show, which is expected to be one of the centerpiece series on the new WWE Network. It features Jim Duggan, Tony Atlas, Pat Patterson, Howard Finkel, Jimmy Hart, Hillbilly Jim, Roddy Piper and Mean Gene Okerlund.
March 19, 2014
Dixie Carter
Since Vince McMahon is moving his pay per view events to the WWE Network, providers such as In Demand are concerned about the revenue loss, so their executives have been making contact with others in the wrestling industry to see if there is a way to make up the money. Dixie Carter and independent wrestling promoters are being contacted.
March 16, 2014
Chris Benoit
While there were some concerns about his inclusion earlier in the year, it appears that Chris Benoit is basically a non issue right now with the WWE Network. Fans are not making a fuss about him being on the service, and the media has yet to really mention it, either. Management was concerned that there might be some negative media attention brought about by the inclusion.
March 16, 2014
CM Punk
TMZ recently caught up with Hulk Hogan at the airport, and the legendary WWE performer gave a quick interview. He plugged his return to the company and the launch of the WWE Network. When asked about CM Punk, he stated that he was not aware of the details behind the situation, but also stated that he hopes Punk is just on a short vacation.
March 9, 2014
Vince McMahon
Recently, Forbes magazine revealed that Vince McMahon had a net worth of over a billion dollars again. The main reason is because WWE is worth a lot more now than it was previously. Stocks are doing extremely well, and the company is valued at around $2.24 billion right now. The launch of the WWE Network helped gain the trust of investors.
March 8, 2014
Vince McMahon
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
Adrian Neville
When officials recently informed the developmental wrestlers that WWE NXT would be featured more heavily because of its addition to the WWE Network, a lot of people were pleased. However, there were some that believed that it meant a harder road to get to the main roster now. Guys like Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn could be waiting a lot longer than usual.
March 6, 2014
Brock Lesnar
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
Hulk Hogan
Just to give you an idea of how valuable WWE considers Hulk Hogan to be as a marketing asset, the company has been plastering him everywhere, from Monday Night Raw to WWE Network to commercials. They are even posting this legendary entrance theme video on their YouTube account.
March 4, 2014
Vince McMahon
WWE Main Event is looking like it will be moved to the WWE Network soon, as the television deal between Vince McMahon and ION is set to expire in a month. Reports have surfaced that the network is not interested in renewing the deal. Since WWE is currently negotiating a lucrative new television deal for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, other shows are being pushed into the background for the time being.
March 4, 2014
Vince McMahon
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
Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon is a pretty clever business man. Since he knew that many would sign up for the free trial of the WWE Network, he opted to only include a certain amount of footage on there. The intent was to just whet the appetite of fans and entice them to sign up for the six month commitment. WWE will be adding a lot more content after the free trial period ends.
March 1, 2014
Adrian Neville
After Adrian Neville defeated Bo Dallas to capture the WWE NXT Championship on the WWE Network last night, he and the audience received a bit of a surprise. John Cena, the centerpiece of the company, made an appearance after television cameras went offline, and gave his seal of approval and a congratulations to Neville on becoming the new champion.
February 28, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since they were launching the WWE Network, many were under the belief that WWE would be pulling their content from Netflix, in order to increase demand on their own service. However, it has now been revealed that Vince McMahon has no intentions of severing that business relationship, as Netflix has provided a stable source of revenue.
February 27, 2014
Hulk Hogan
While there are many who do not fully understand the value of having him in a company, Hulk Hogan is already paying off for WWE. Aside from being prominently featured in television commercials for the WWE Network, Hogan also made an appearance on the Today Show to promote the company and its products.
February 26, 2014
Bill DeMott
While several wrestlers have already signed up for the WWE Network, Joey Ryan refuses and posted this message on Twitter to explain why performers should not spend money on such things. Ryan made headlines recently when he made some highly critical comments about the WWE developmental program and Bill DeMott.
February 26, 2014
Ashley Flair
Through Twitter, Ashley Flair wished her father a happy birthday, and she also revealed that Ric Flair was heading down to Florida to see her. It's a big week for the developmental wrestlers as WWE NXT will be making its debut on the new WWE Network on Thursday. Both Flair and his daughter are expected to be a big part of that show.
February 26, 2014
Big Daddy V
In a rather interesting move, WWE opted not to make a mention of the death of Big Daddy V on Monday Night Raw this week. The belief is that the company did not want to bring negative attention to an episode that was heavily hyped due to the launch of the WWE Network. The company did mention his passing on their website, though.
February 25, 2014
Kevin Nash
Initially, Shawn Michaels was scheduled to be a part of the big WWE NXT show that is taking place this week. However, he is no longer making that appearance. The company really wanted this show to be special since it is on the new WWE Network, so they're bringing in some familiar faces. Kevin Nash is still signed on at this point.
February 25, 2014
JTG
If you're looking to watch JTG, then the WWE Network may be the way to go, as management has kept him off of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown for more than a year now. The former Cryme Tyme member posted this message on Twitter, stating that he was watching his own debut match on the network.
February 24, 2014
Mick Foley
Like many of us wrestling fans, Mick Foley was hoping for an amazing episode of Monday Night Raw this week because the company needed to promote the new WWE Network and kick start the build for Wrestlemania 30. In this Twitter post, he expressed his disappointment and admitted that he was wrong for having faith in WWE.
February 24, 2014