On Thursday’s WWE investors conference call, Vince McMahon revealed the company is in talks with major stream service providers to sell the rights to major events such as WrestleMania. McMahon cited the potential deal as “transformative” as distributing more content to “the majors” could increase company revenue. It would also cannibalize the WWE Network. Continue reading “‘Transformative Changes’ Coming to the WWE Network”
WWE announced a few weeks ago that it will soon crown their first United Kingdom Champion. Triple H made the announcement at a press conference in London and confirmed that a two-day tournament will be held to decide the inaugural champion.
The tournament will air live on the WWE Network and be held at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England on January 14th and 15th. It was also announced that Nigel McGuiness, who recently left Ring of Honor, will join the broadcast team for the event.
WWE has been aggressively signing British talent and Triple H stated that WWE’s UK expansion is the next step in developing talent. The UK’s wrestling scene has exploded in the last few years while featuring some of the best wrestlers in the world. Continue reading “WWE to Crown Inaugural United Kingdom Champion”
After the WWE Cruiserweight Classic reignited the fire of a once great division, it became the exclusive property of Raw where its light started to dim due to short matches supported by ham-fisted narratives. Then, the newest WWE Network show, 205 Live, served as a staunch reminder that Cruiserweight wrestling is a compelling series to engage in. Continue reading “WWE 205 Live Enlivens the Cruiserweight Division”
Camp WWE is the newest original program from the WWE Network. This animated series breaks from the norms of the current PG environment with a TV-MA rating that is chock-full vulgarity and laced with all sorts of crude overtones. Think South Park or Robot Chicken as your inner wrestling fan indulges in the obscene with most of your favorite WWE superstars as children. Continue reading “Camp WWE Review”
Break out that big ’ol cage! The Elimination Chamber returns as an exclusive WWE Network offering on May 31. This will be the second pay-per-view this month, and will most likely overshadow this Sunday’s Payback event since the event often produces a fun night of wrestling with some memorable moments.
It was reported by the Wrestling Observer that almost nobody watches the older content (I do), so there is no rush to add more of it. However, the most popular offerings happen to be the newer stuff, such as monthly pay-per-views, network specials, and NXT. Last week, Chris Jericho’s interview with Stephanie McMahon was one of the most watched shows. Continue reading “WWE Network Revives The Elimination Chamber”
I crawled into bed late last night to watch TV. Channel after channel, nothing tickled my fancy until I said “Hey, you have the WWE Network.” I logged onto my iPhone and fell asleep watching WrestleMania Rewind chronicling the iconic confrontation between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. When I woke up, I realized I’d just experienced something that my ten year old self could only dream of. Continue reading “WWE Network Recommendations”
The Body Slam crew takes a break from the big news items of the week. Shane Daly discusses the past, present, and future of the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak, Todd Graham gives his thoughts on what he wants to see on the WWE Network, and Atlee Greene shares his unique experience with a WWE Hall of Famer.
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The WWE Network is the talk of the town and everyone is making their own judgment. Will this usher in a new era for wrestling and beyond or is it the next XFL? It’s too early to predict the extent that such an undertaking will reach. However, it is clear that cable and satellite providers are going to take a financial loss because this network will change the landscape of Pay-Per-View in one form or another.