New Observer Alert: WWE Business Examined In-Depth
Our quarterly look at every aspect of WWE business is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We break down why WWE had such a strong financial three months and why the stock price increased, looking at where the increases were, what it says about the long-term trends, and why WWE itself said that even with the big quarter that 2012 will end up on a cash flow basis behind 2011.
We look at profits, losses, dividends, how much money was lost so far on "Bending the Rules," why three overseas events that only drew 5,000 people each night were so profitable, expenses on starting a new network, an update on the new network, how much money was made on WrestleMania week before Mania itself happened, international expansion and the company's forecasts for the rest of the year.
We also look at how much the company looks to be spending on movies, as well as a look at house show business, merchandise, PPV, toys, video games, action figures, DVDs, 24/7 on demand, the magazines, the web site and more.
We look at all numbers compared to last year, including the actual revenue the company has taken in so far on PPV for Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber this year and last and some notes on why talent payoffs for wrestlers are so far behind those of other athletes who generate less revenue.
We look at what percentage of profits each revenue stream is for the company.
We also have a look at the return of Paul Heyman to WWE, including how everything went down the night he returned, and his role going forward.
We have a look at the ratings of UFC on FOX and what they mean, and why the August UFC show on FOX when it comes to long-term could be the most important show in company history. We look at the reasons the show didn't do well, and why people with ideas for a simple fix may be missing the biggest point. We look at the competition from boxing, as well as the history of MMA around the world and what that history has shown. We also look at the marketability of the next show, FOX's role, why people skipped the show based no polling, as well as a rundown of the card.
We've got match-by-match coverage, business of the show and poll results from the show.
The issue will be up on the site shortly. We also have a new back issue on the site that was put up late last night which previewed what at the time would be a stream of major shows, including the most attended pro wrestling match in history, and the year WrestleMania wasn't even the biggest show in wrestling on that day.
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We also look at the firing of Dustin Runnels and why. We've got an Over the Limit update, Vince McMahon's plans for political action, reaction to the You Tube prelims before Extreme Rules, HHH's funny weekend at the Mayweather fight and even funnier description of his injuries and the double standard in place. We look at C.M. Punk on twitter getting both positive and negative reactions to a controversy this past week the new rival campaign, an apparent change at the TV tapings, an update on the career of Steve Austin after signing a new deal, WWE star in a movie, the future of top babyfaces and WWE notes from France.
We have notes on WWE's debut in Brazil, strange weekend house shows and reports and business from all the events.
We also have a look at a name virtually no American wrestling fans would know, but who behind the scenes was one of the most influential players in the Japanese wrestling industry over most of the last 50 years in a story on the death of Gong Magazine founder and television announcer Kosuke Takeuchi. We look at his role in the business as well as the people he got started.
We also have a look at this year's Champion Carnival finals, as well New Japan's PPV show this past week and where both lead.
We also have more on the legal issues between Martha Hart and the WWE including aspects of one lawsuit being thrown out and a new lawsuit being filed. We talk about the issues and what points she has in her favor and what points she is making that are likely not to wind up in her favor.
We also have a story on the death of Mexican star MS 1.
We also have our in-depth look at the ratings of the national shows, including how every segment of Raw and Impact did, what gained in audience, and what lost in audience.
We also have our weekly features with the results from the major events held around the world over the past week, as well as reviews of the major television shows.Also in this week's issue:
--How the unmasking of a wrestler in recent weeks became a giant local television event
--Notes on TripleMania
--The last AAA TV tapings
--Superstars from Mexico coming to Japan later this month
--Former TNA star getting high marks outside the U.S.
--Next major All Japan matches
--New Japan copies of former WWE concept
--Return to action of one of the greatest in-ring performers of modern times
--More notes on Chief Jay Strongbow including the story on his first Madison Square Garden main event
--More on Ricky Steamboat's story told at the Cauliflower Alley Club
--Update on the Vachon brothers
--Wrestler pleads guilty to a second round of charges of sexual assault
--Former WWF and NWA star who was murdered gets honored
--Former wrestling TV announcer gets honored
--Son of former WWF wrestler gets five ear probation on assault charge
--A look at a major arena indie show that got incredible media coverage
--Hulk Hogan claims two former WWE stars are calling up looking to come in
--More on Hogan's "game-changing" ideas
--TNA plans for big shows the rest of the year
--TNA's weekend house show notes
--The Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz situation, where it goes from here, if they will meet again
--Looking at the top contenders for face Faber on 7/7
--What happened to UFC in New York
--Tons of new fights and upcoming UFC and Strikeforce shows
--Plans for major events in conjunction with what UFC expects to be a huge UFC 148 event
--Upcoming Ronda Rousey fight
--Dana White says if things fall into place about plans for doing a huge show soon
--More on company drug testing
--More areas regulating MMA
--A UFC major draw appearing on iPPV while competing in a different sport
--Thoughts on the UFC/Strikeforce/Showtime relationship and what needs to be changed
--Notes on the rest of the Ultimate Fighter season
--Bellator's last and next show
--MMA promotion and pro wrestling promotion planning on working together and jointly promoting each other
--Bobby Lashley's most recent fight
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Wednesday's News Update
--The new Observer radio with Bruno Sammartino
is up with about 90 minutes on everything under the sun from weightlifting, wrestling, his background, his first big break in Toronto, his marriage, his mother, Jay Strongbow, the movies on his life and where they stand, his recovery from heart surgery, his favorite promoter to work with, details on his getting the WWWF title the second time, Buddy Rogers, Billy Graham and his in-ring incidents with Kintaro Oki, working in Japan, mountain climbing at 75 and more. It's the usual great Bruno show.
--Former UFC fighter Chris Lytle lost in his bid for the Indiana State Senate in an election that took place yesterday. Lytle garnered 30% of the vote, finishing second to Mike Crider (41%) in the Republican primary. Lytle was a popular fighter who got one of the highest number of best match bonuses in the history of UFC.
--The MMA Live event scheduled for this weekend in Birmingham, England, where tons of the biggest names in MMA were coming has been canceled. Their web site reported that they have been forced to postpone the show due to "circumstances beyond our control." Ticket holders can still attend The Marital Arts Show live at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 5/12 and 5/13 free of charge. All ticket holders will get replacement tickets for the new scheduled dates of 10/20 and 10/21 or you can get refunds
. As you can imagine, a lot of people are unhappy about this going down less than a week before the event. Tons of major names, about 50 in all, including Randy Couture, B.J. Penn and Dan Henderson, were scheduled. (thanks to Andrew Ryan and others)
--Raw will be Monday night from Pittsburgh. Matches being advertised (likely dark) are C.M. Punk vs. Chris Jericho anything goes and John Cena & Randy Orton & Sheamus vs. Lord Tensai & Kane & Daniel Bryan. HHH is scheduled to be there live talking about Brock Lesnar.
--Raw was the highest rated show on cable last week, beating all NBA playoff games. However, TNT with the NBA playoffs averaged 3.4 million viewers in prime time to beat USA at 2.7 million. FX was fourth at 1.9 million, Syfy was No. 13 at 1.1 million and Spike was No. 23 at 0.8 million. In 18-34, the second hour of Raw awas No. 10, behind nine NBA games. In 18-49, the hours were No. 7 and No. 8 with nothing but NBA ahead of it.
--C.M. Punk threw out the first pitch last night at the Cubs game at Wrigley Field before the game with the Atlanta Braves last night and sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning. ESPN.com noted that he could sing that song without having to read the words like it was an accomplishment. I'd be disappointed in almost anyone except Bryan Alvarez that grew up in the U.S. who couldn't sing that song without having to read the words.
Here's a WWE story on the rise of Punk and Daniel Bryan
, building their match in Raleigh. (thanks to Kevin Powers)
--Alberto Del Rio arrives in Tokyo late tonight. He as be on Arigato on TV Kanagawa at Noon to 2 p.m. on Friday. He has a Saturday autograph session that is sold out. He will attend the Hanshin Tigers vs. Yokohama Bay Stars baseball game at Yokohama Stadium on Saturday and will shoot T-shirts into the crowd. Finally, e'll be at Tower Records in Shibuya at 6 p.m. on Saturday. (thanks to Jose Gonzalez)
--Showtime Extreme next week will be promoting the 5/19 show from San Jose. On 5/14 at 10 p.m. they will be airing the second Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson fight -- one of the best MMA fights in history. On 5/16 at 10 p.m., they will air Melendez vs. Tetsuji Kato. On 5/17 at 10 p.m., they will air Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov and Daniel Cormier vs. Bigfoot Silva. And 5/18 at 10 p.m., they will air the first Melendez vs. Thomson fight which wasn't as good as the second one.
Should UFC change the Stann vs. Lombard main event on 8/4 on FOX?
Which of these shows do you have the most interest in?
ROH on Saturday 53.9%
UFC on Tuesday 30.4%
TNA on Sunday 12.6%
Bellator on Friday 2.9%
If you watched Lockdown, will you watch Sacrifice on Sunday?
Rarely watch TNA will watch this 1.0%
Rarely watch TNA, not watching this 69.0%
Sometimes watch TNA and don't like this card 12.5%
Sometimes watch TNA, like this card 2.4%
Poll on Raw
16.6% of those responding didn't see the show
--For a comparison with the UFC number, FOX for last week averaged a 4.1 rating and 6.8 million viewers in primetime, so UFC was barely one-third of their average.
--Former UFC star Anthony Johnson, cut after missing weight by nearly 12 pounds, debuts with Titan Fighting Championships on HDNet on 5/25 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City. Johnson battles David Branch on a show that also includes L.C. Davis vs. Bill Kamery, Jose Vega vs. Andrew Whitney, Fabio Mello vs Nick Mamalis and Rudy Bears vs. Nick Nolte (isn't he a little old for this?).
--Brian Soscia interviews Chyna
--The New York Post
had a note about Alex Rodriguez being at an after-game party
at Crown with girlfriend Torrie Wilson and her friend Stacy Keibler. It also talked about Wilson and Keibler later ditching Rodriguez, dancing at the Electric Room.
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 6/1 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center features Great Muta & Kai vs. Sami Callihan & Anthony Nese, Mil Mascaras vs. Samuray del Sol, 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Vader, AR Fox vs. Teddy Hart plus Tommy Dreamer and the Brisoces.
--Some new wrestlers available for bookings through Bill Behrens (
include T.J. Perkins (based in Los Angeles), Matt Bentley (Nashville), Luke Hawx (New Orleans) Robert Gibson (Atlanta, Amazing Red (New York), Christopher Daniels (Los Angles), Jay Lethal (Tampa), Delirious (Philadelphia), Jimmy Rave (Atlanta), Alex Koslov (Los Angeles), Doug Williams (Tampa), Gunner (Greensboro), Robbie E (New York), Shane Helms (Raleigh, no wrestling only appearances), Sonjay Dutt (Washington DC), Eric Young (Nashville), Young Bucks (Ontario, CA), Jesse Neal (Orlando), Nunzio (New York), Tommy Dreamer (New York), Rodney Mack (Lafayette, LA), Al Snow (Louisville), David Taylor (Atlanta), Vince Russo (Denver), Fit Finlay (Atlanta) Devon (Orlando), Scott Norton (Houston), Kip James (Orlando), DDP (Los Angeles), Kevin Nash (Daytona Beach), Rick Steiner (Atlanta), Scott Steiner (Atlanta) and tons more.
--The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame inductions on 7/13 and 7/14 at the Dan Gable Museum will honor the new class with Kurt Angle, Don Curtis, John Layfield, Joe Laurinaitis (Animal), Dan Severn and Bill Apter. Dan Gable, Gerald Brisco, Danny Hodge, Larry Hennig, Baron Von Raschke and Mad Dog Vachon are all scheduled to appear.
--UFC has added two new fights, Matt Mitrione vs. Rob Broughton and Oli Thompson vs. Phil De Fries, to the 8/4 show at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
--On this day last year, web site member Chris Steffey passed away. His family will be the guests of honor at this web site's Las Vegas convention on 7/6.
--Rima Fakih of Tough Enough (the former Miss USA) was sentenced to six months probation and 20 hours of community service as well as more than $600 in fines after pleading no contest to driving while visibly impaired. She also must attend alcohol safety class and victim impact class. Fakih claimed that she had never even drank any alcohol until she was 23 years old. She agreed to serve her probation in California, where she now lives. The charge was from Highland Park, MI. She also agreed to speak with teens at Highland Park High School about the dangers of drinking and driving. Fakih is scheduled to appear on a celebrity dating show called "The Choice" on FOX that debuts on 6/7.
--Jean-Claude Van Damme today on Howard Stern challenged Chuck Zito to a fight in the Octagon. He said that he was friends with Zito but a woman came between them. He said he was drunk the night Zito knocked him out and that he built his entire reputation based off that. He said they could donate the proceeds to charity. (thanks to Jeff Miller)
--The beginnings of the Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman promotion:
Kaufman recently on Twitter
: "Sprints, weights, pads and bjj already complete and it's only 1:45! Great day of training so far. Ronda Rousey, enjoy the belt while you can."
Rousey in response to Ariel Helwani
: "So I was like alright, cool, you wanna play Twitter, bitch? I'm good at this game. I just got a creativity award. BJPenn.com put out Miesha talking about how everything on Earth was torn off in her elbow and somebody put with that, `Don't f with Ronda Rousey!' So I linked to that and put under it, `Keep running sprints, that's probably what will help you the most."
--Evolve is giving away two sets of ringside seats for both Friday night's show in Charlotte and Saturday night's show in Concord, NC. To enter, send an e-mail to
with "Free Ticket Contest" in the headline by 3 p.m. tomorrow. In addition, if you purchase three third row seats, you can get a fourth one free. Charlotte has AR Fox vs Sami Callihan, Ricochet vs. El Generico, Low Ki vs. Jigsaw and Fit Finlay vs. Jon Davis. Concord has Johnny Gargano defending the Open the Freedom Gate title against the winner of a four-way with Ricochet vs. AR Fox vs. Jigsaw vs. Samuray del Sol.
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on 5/19 in Porterdale, GA at 2001 Main St.
--In Your Face Wrestling on 5/18 in Amsterdam, NY at America's Best Value Inn has Fit Finlay & Bobby Fish vs. Bobby Ocean & Drake Evans, Val Venis vs. Fronz Roddy and Lanny Poffo appearing.
--Legends of the Ring convention
on 6/2 in Monroe, NJ at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Among those appearing are Ultimate Warrior, Maryse, Matt Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Don Muraco, Sean Waltman, Lance Storm, Godfather, Boogeyman, Del Wilkes, Larry Zbyszko, Headbangers, Judy Martin, Leilaini Kai and Hugo Savinvoch as part of the show. Vendor guests appearing include Vince Russo, The Bella Twins, Mil Mascaras, Nasty Boys, Bob Backlund, Jimmy Snuka, Taryn Terrell (Tiffany), Harry Del Rios, Rosita, Greg Valentine, Brutus Beefcake, Brooke Tessmacher, Steve Richards, Mike Bucci, Blue Meanie, Tommy Dreamer, Beulah McGillicuddy, Stacy Carter, Ahmed Johnson, Gene Snitsky, Mike Knox, Paul Diamond, Pat Tanaka, Bobby Heenan, Paul Orndorff, John Nord, Val Venis, Stan Lane, Madison Rayne, Itsuki Yamazaki (Jumping Bomb Angels tag team in the 80s), Robbie E and Viscera.
--Steve Corino vs. Ryan Bisbal headlines for Northeast Pro Wrestling on 6/2 in Providence, RI, at the Davey Lopes Rec Center.
--Indie dates in West Virginia include 6/1 in Ansted, WV at the VFW Post, 6/2 in Mullens, WV at the American Legion Hall, 6/9 in Hinton, WV at the Summers County Memorial Building, 6/16 in Alderson, WV at the Community Center, 6/23 in Baileysville, WV at the Community Center Old High School and 6/30 in Mount Hope, WV at the Old High School.
--WPW on Sunday in Santa Ana, CA before 102 fans: Lee Steel b Frankie Segura Jr., Yumi b Terremoto Jr., War Hawg b Red Spider, Gallito de Tijuana b Tigre Del Fuego, CybersRam & Jalapeno Lopez & Mariachi Loco b Red Rum & Infernal & Don Ramon (thanks to Roy Lucier)
--Rob Van Dam is doing an autograph signing on Saturday from 1-3 a.m. at Direct Auto Insurance in Kissimmee, FL. Autographs and photos are free.
--Today on the Global BC TV News at Noon, sportscaster Jay Durant had a segment about things he missed the most from the 80s. The first thing on the screen was a photo of Roddy Piper and said that he was a big Piper fan and used to love pro wrestling. (thanks to Ed Ludwig)
--Earl Hebner is doing a seminar for talent to be evaluated for $30 on 6/2 at the Golds Gym in Fayetteville.
--Stevie Richards vs. Marty Jannetty and Perry Saturn vs. Danny Doring headline 6/9 in Middle Village, NY for Showcase Championship Wrestling at St. Margaret's School. Also appearing are Nunzio, Sal E. Graziano, Chris Harris Danny Inferno and Matt Borne.
--NWA Anarchy on Saturday night in Cornelia, GA features Azrael vs. Shaun Tempers in a cage match.
--Former NFL player Tyler King faces Travis Barlett as part of the 6/16 New England Fights show in Lewiston, ME. The show is headlined by Tim Sylvia vs. Randy Smith.