Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:28
We go into detail on WWE finances with the new television deal, the new WWE prospectus, exactly what the company needs out of the network to break even for 2015, to make up for lost PPV in 2015, to make profits back to 2010 levels, and how many subscribers it needs over the next five years to actually break even to actually cover all the start up costs. We also look at the new TV detail with more information as to where it looks to fit, why they didn't get what they wanted, why the number may be actually less than anyone is indicating, the conference call, vague numbers and why Wall Street threw them for a loop.
We now have available personally autographed copies of Tributes II, our latest book, as well as a DVD that comes with it talking more about the subjects in the book. The book covers the life stories of Lou Thesz, Wahoo McDaniel, Elizabeth, Fred Blassie, Road Warrior Hawk, Andre the Giant, Curt Hennig, Johnny Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Terry Gordy, Owen Hart, Stu Hart, Gorilla Monsoon, The Sheik and Tim Woods..
-- Supposedly, last night was Batista's last Raw for the time being. But you know how those things go.
-- Besides being advertised for upcoming house shows, the belief is that Daniel Bryan will be wrestling Kane when he returns, likely in a Buried Alive match.
-- HHH will be doing a conference call tomorrow talking Thursday's NXT takeover. As noted on the front page, Christian returns on that show to work as part of the pre-show panel.
-- There is a preview show for NXT Takeover Wednesday at 10 PM ET. Also, a half-hour pre-show Thursday night at 7:30 PM ET. The company's plug for the show: Adam Rose and the Exotic Express kick-off NXT Takeover, the two-hour action-packed special that will once again showcase the best and brightest from WWE’s Performance Center. NXT Superstars are center stage when Adrian Neville defends the NXT title against Tyson Kidd. WWE Legends Bret “The Hitman” Hart and the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair are in opposite corners when WWE Diva Natalya and NXT Diva Charlotte battle for the NXT Women’s Championship. The Ascension will defend the NXT Tag Team Championships and Sami Zayn battles “Prince Pretty” Tyler Breeze in a No. 1 contender’s match.The show, obviously, airs exclusively on the WWE Network.
-- Jim Ross talks his boxing commentary debut on FS1 last night here.
-- Regarding a discussion on the show last night (not Alicia Fox), we heard from someone who said they tried to get some friends to sign up for the Network through the free merchandise gimmick WWE ran a few weeks back, but their friends backed out over the belief that there weren't enough Raw shows from 1995-2000. Why, after three years of development, they launched the Network without the entire Raw and Nitro TV libraries from the boom period is beyond me.
-- Speaking of Alicia Fox, Raw Backstage Fallout with her here.
-- NBC Sports Group and World Series of Fighting (WSOF) have reached a multi-year agreement extending and broadening NBCSG’s exclusive rights to televise the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts promotion's events through 2017, it was announced today. The multi-year renewal extends the partnership, which began with World Series of Fighting’s debut in November 2012, and includes multi-platform rights to the organization’s events, which will be televised on NBCSN and NBC and featured on NBC’s digital platforms. NBC Sports Group will televise live 14 World Series of Fighting events this year, including NBC’s first-ever broadcast of mixed martial arts when “World Series of Fighting 11: Gaethje vs. Newell” takes place July 5, followed by a year-end card on NBC on December 27. Additional events will be added to the NBCSG schedule in ensuing years. To date, NBCSN has televised all World Series of Fighting events live, as well as two World Series of Fighting Canada events and seven unique editions of “WSOF Future Champs” and “Unstoppable: Best of World Series of Fighting.”
-- The former Romeo Roselli plays one of the main characters in JERSEY SHORE MASSACRE, which hits theatres in late August.
-- Another look at EA Sports UFC here. It's Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate in this trailer.
-- More information on the game, including details on how the REAL TIME EXERTION and STRATEGIC SUBMISSION BATTLES work, up at this link, plus ordering details. STRATEGIC SUBMISSION BATTLES sounds like something Rener Gracie should be screaming.
-- From TNA: n response to incredible demand from IMPACT WRESTLING fans, TNA Entertainment is adding three televised events in New York City August 5, 6 and 7 at the famed Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom. Tickets for the August New York City IMPACT WRESTILNG Live! events, which will broadcast on Spike TV in the U.S. and to millions of fans in more than 120 countries across the globe, go on sale this Fri., May 30 at 10 a.m. ET, and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets start at $20 and elite front row ringside seats are available for $75. A pre-sale for the August events will start at 10 a.m. ET on Wed., May 28. For exclusive pre-sale codes follow TNA President Dixie Carter on twitter @TNADixie. A limited number of VIP Packages, which include premiere seating, a meet and greet autograph session with select TNA Superstars and a commemorative souvenir, are also available starting Wednesday at 10 a.m. via ShopTNA.com. TNA has now announced a total of six televised IMPACT WRESTLING Live! events this summer at The Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center; June 25 –27 and Aug. 5 – 7.
-- The History of Professional Wrestling: World Championship Wrestling 1989-1994, just released this week. Next to be released in terms of wrestling books is The All-American Boy: Lessons and Stories on Life from Wrestling Legend Bob Backlund, out July 1st.
-- Don't forget, our most recent free shows are always playing nonstop 24/7 at f4wlive.com. We've also got a channel on TuneIn Radio that you can access by searching "F4WLIVE". The shows are pretty fun to listen to in hindsight, particularly some of the pre-WrestleMania stuff previewing things like the Undertaker match. Subscribers have full on-demand access to over 5,000 shows covering every single show and news story dating back to 2005, plus full access to the Wrestling Observer, Figure Four Weekly, archives and more. Sign up today!.
-- Sin Cara/Mistico update from Kris Zellner: The original Mistico debuted last Saturday night at the TV taping in Tuxtla Gutierrez where he attacked Averno after the main event. Mistico was in classic Mistico gear but removed the mask to reveal an all-white mask with gold trim around the eyes. Whoever posts on the AAA Twitter feed posted the debut as Mistico but then quickly deleted although the poster for the Verano de Escandalo show lists him as Mistico. This is going to be highly interesting to follow to see how EMLL reacts to this.
-- Dave has a look at UFC 173 here.
-- PREDICT THE RAW RATING
2.4 or less 14.7%
3.5 or more 1.1%
WILL RAW DO ITS LOWEST RATING OF THE YEAR THIS WEEK?
WHAT WAS THE BEST OF THESE RECENT SHOWS?
ROH War of the Worlds 34.3%
WWE Extreme rules 17.7%
UFC 173 12.1%
ROH Global Wars 9.6%
TNA Sacrifice 7.1%
New Japan Yokohama Arena 6.1%
UFC Erick Silva vs. Matt Brown 5.6%
UFC 172 4.0%
Bellator PPV 2.0%
New Japan Dontaku 1.5%
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST TITLE MATCH UPSET IN UFC HISTORY?
Matt Serra over GSP 76.6%
T.J. Dillashaw over Renan Barao 19.3%
Frankie Edgar over B.J. Penn 4.1%
WHO IS THE BEST OF THE CURRENT WORLD CHAMPIONS?
Daniel Bryan 63.8%
A.J. Styles 18.2%
Adam Cole 5.8%
Eric Young 3.6%
Yuji Nagata 2.9%
El Terrible 1.8%
El Texano Jr. 0.7%
-- ROH has Supercard of Honor VIII plus Kevin Steen merch on sale right now here.
-- CZWrestling.com - This Saturday, May 31, Combat Zone Wrestling heads to Dayton, Ohio for 'Prelude to Violence' at the Rockstar Arena, 1106 E Third ST, Dayton, OH with a 7:30 pm bell time.
-- 1956 - Doug and Red Donovan defeated Herb Freeman & Larry Chene for the Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title. 1957 - Red Bastien ends the second NWA Texas Junior Heavyweight Title reign of Rito Romero in Fort Worth, Texas.
1959 - Eddie & Dr. Jerry Graham defeated Mark Lewin & Don Curtis for the WWWF Tag Team Title in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
1960 - Thor Hagen defeated Lee Henning to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in St. Joseph, Missouri.
1967 - Billy and Jimmy Hines won the Mid-America version of the NWA World Tag Team Title by defeating The Blue Infernos in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1968 - Ken Lucas & Dennis Hall defeated Don Carson & The Red Shadow for the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1974 - Mr. X (Guy Mitchell) & The Brute defeated Leo Madril & Dan Kroffat to win the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1976 - Jackie West & Yukari Lynch defeated The Beauty Pair (Jackie Sato & Maki Ueda) for the World Women's Wrestling Association World Tag Team Title in Kawasaki, Japan.
1977 - Jimmy Snuka defeated El Gran Goliath in Houston, Texas for the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title.
1978 - Carlos Colon & Chief Thunder Cloud defeated The Hollywood Blondes (Jack Evans & Larry Sharpe) for the WWC North American Tag Team Title in Bayamon, Puerto Rico
1988 - Owen Hart defeated Hiroshi Hase in Sendai, Japan to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title.
1989 - Steve Strong defeated Carlos Colon to win the WWC Universal Heavyweight Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico
1990 - Villano III defeated Sangre Chicana for the WWF World Light Heavyweight Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.
1997 - Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace defeated Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Title in Sapporo, Japan
2001 - D'Lo Brown & Shane defeated The Starr Corporation (Chicky Starr & Victor the Bodyguard) and Los Boricuas (Miguel Perez Jr. & Jesus Castillo, Jr.) for the IWA World Tag Team Title in Puerto Rico
-- Greg writes: I ran across a new show on The Learning Channel called OMG! EMT!, which features real EMTs in reenactments of their most unusual cases. In the episode "Private Parts", one of the stories involved a man with a very nasty testicular injury (pixellated out, but one of the EMTs said they were the size of a grapefruit), which he got after getting kicked in the groin during a "backyard wrestling" match (with a ring consisting of four twin mattresses tied together). The guy who kicked him ended up with a broken foot, and a third guy was found lying in the backyard with his Mexican wrestling mask glued to his face.
-- Big Time Wrestling May 31 Belltime 7 pm Autographs 5 pm. Featuring" The Nature Boy " Ric Flair, Matt & Jeff The Hardy Boyz, " The Million Dollar Man " Ted Dibiase, Jimmy Valiant, The Barbarian, & more. May 31 Charleston S.C. Charleston Convention Center; June 1 Hickory N.C. LP Fran Stadium Home of the Hickory Crawdads