WWE NETWORK NEWS
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rey Mysterio
While rumors have been floating around that Rey Mysterio has left WWE after skipping Monday Night Raw to take his family to Hawaii this week, there are still talks that he is still with the company. On a leaked script that managed to find its way to the internet, Mysterio is listed on there as being injured. His name still remains on the official talent roster.
April 17, 2014
Brock Lesnar
It was heavily speculated that Brock Lesnar would be taking time off after Wrestlemania 30, and it looks like the rumors are true. WWE has removed him from their list of available performers backstage. There are talks that he could be out until Summerslam 2014, unless management can convince him to work some dates before then.
April 17, 2014
Great Khali
While he worked the battle royal at Wrestlemania 30, the Great Khali is not actively back on the road with WWE after all. The former world heavyweight champion is being given another four weeks off. He is scheduled to return to television in the middle of May. No word yet on why he is being give time off, but there are some rumors that he is injured.
April 17, 2014
Fandango
One of the big reasons why WWE put Layla El with Fandango is because Summer Rae is taking a couple of weeks off of television to film a sequel to the Marine with the Miz. WWE wanted to keep Fandango on television, but they did not feel that his act would be nearly as popular without a female companion. Thus, Layla was chosen to take over the role.
April 17, 2014
Drew McIntyre
On WWE Main Event, Hornswoggle teamed up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre, which has caused some speculations to arise. Rumors over the past several weeks have stated that Heath Slater was unhappy backstage because he was not receiving a push. However, his absence on this show was unrelated, as Slater missed the show because he is heading to Saudi Arabia for a tour with WWE.
April 17, 2014
AJ Lee
One of the biggest reasons why WWE opted to put the Divas championship on Paige is because AJ Lee really needed to take some time off from the road. Aside from being stuck in the figurative storm after CM Punk walked out on the company, AJ has been on the road constantly over the last year. Both her body and mind needed the break.
April 16, 2014
Darren Young
Days after disputing internet reports about his injury, it has now been revealed that Darren Young has suffered a torn ACL, which will keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of the year. The injury took place at a WWE live event last Saturday night. Since Young wasn't being pushed on television, management does not have to change much.
April 16, 2014
Batista
Even though he is one of the more known performers in the company, WWE is allowing Batista to skip out on the Saudi Arabia tour taking place this week. The belief when the former world heavyweight champion was brought back was that he would help with global marketing due to his history in the company and being a movie star.
April 16, 2014
Sami Zayn
When several of the WWE stars take off for Saudi Arabia this week, Sami Zayn will be joining them. He's the only developmental wrestler going on the tour. WWE wanted to get a better look at him, and some backstage feel that he might have some marketing appeal overseas. There are still rumors floating around that Zayn could be one of the WWE NXT stars to be called up to the main roster in the coming weeks.
April 16, 2014
Brie Bella
Since he is currently on his honeymoon with Brie Bella, Daniel Bryan is not on the list of WWE stars who are heading over to Saudi Arabia this week for a quick tour. Management event allowed him to skip Monday Night Raw and Smackdown this week, despite being the world heavyweight champion. He is expected to be be with WWE by next Monday.
April 16, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
After being heavily rumored to be leaving the company after Wrestlemania 30, Vickie Guerrero has continued to be on the road for WWE. This week, she worked the Smackdown taping. Afterwards, the wrestlers got together and threw her a little birthday party once the television taping was done. She turned 46 today.
April 16, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
The WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony was sent over to On Demand to be aired this past week. However, management opted to make a couple of changes. One of those omissions was the part of the Ultimate Warrior speech where he talked about WWE losing the legal battle against WWF in court. Management did not want that to cause any further legal issues.
April 16, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
Since there was still a buzz surrounding the professional wrestling industry, many had expected viewership for Monday Night Raw to increase this week because the company was doing a tribute to the Ultimate Warrior, who died last week. WWE was disappointed to learn that fewer people tuned in this week than for the episode after Wrestlemania 30.
April 16, 2014
Brooke Tessmacher
Since he is one of their more underrated performers, TNA has managed to sign Robbie E to a long term contract extension. Some within the company view that he can be a star down the line, especially since he is still just 30 years of age. There were some questions as to whether or not Robbie was going to stay with the company since the status of his girlfriend Brooke Tessmacher has been up in the air.
April 16, 2014
Batista
Since he was on such a roll, many wondered if Daniel Bryan was actually going to be given time off after his wedding to Brie Bella to enjoy his honeymoon. The WWE champion was not on Monday Night Raw this week, and there are rumors that the Total Divas camera crew were with him on his break. WWE filled in his spot by having Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton reforming Evolution.
April 16, 2014
Gunner
With so many of their performer contracts expiring this year, TNA officials have been busy with negotiations and signings. The latest person to put pen to paper is Gunner, a rising star in the promotion. With the deal, he is expected to remain with the company for a couple of years, and he is also expected to continue on his push since splitting with James Storm.
April 16, 2014
Chavo Guerrero
Throughout the past several months, Chavo Guerrero has been taking in quite a few business meetings, in order to set up his career outside of professional wrestling. It looks like one of those ventures has come to fruition, as Guerrero is now doing a talk show for GeekNation.com, called Where Men Come To Be Men. Rampage Jackson and John Morrison recently filmed an episode with him.
April 16, 2014
Lita
Since they really are best friends in real life, Trish Stratus and Lita have decided to capitalize on that relationship by doing a tour together. The former WWE divas will be hitting up various locations across the country to meet with fans and sign autographs. Aside from generating an income, the two of them will get a chance to spend some time together on the road as well.
April 16, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
In times of tragedy, the worst of the worst comes out, in order to take advantage of the situation. Several people have been selling illegal Ultimate Warrior merchandise shortly after the WWE legend died last week. Lawyers for his marketing company have already sent out cease and desist letters to over 100 different people, demanding that they quit selling products with his likeness attached.
April 16, 2014
Sting
In a rather peculiar move, WWE instructed the security personnel at Monday Night Raw to remove any signs that involves Sting. Rumors have spread this week that the legendary performer was close to signing a deal to finally join WWE. The belief is that management wants to ensure that his arrival is a surprise, even though most fans online have already heard about the possibility of his debut.
April 15, 2014