Sunday, 25 May 2014

WWE Loses $350 Million, Is Vince Mcmahon losing his business and creative Touch?

WWE Lose $350 Million, Is Vince losing his Touch?

This blog is inspired by Pro Wrestling Report and their conversation on Pro Wrestling Report Primetime regarding WWE business please see video below.

As always all views expressed here are my own I'm not a "wrestling expert" and I don't proclaim to be one I am a wrestling fan with an opinion and my opinion is expressed below please read and enjoy Thanks :) @jon422002

Business Touch
Over the last week  Vince McMahon lost over $350 million dollars due to investors in WWE (as WWE is a public traded company) losing confidence in McMahon following release of WWE Network subscribers numbers which reportedly are well below what was promised to investors. Also add in a new announcement of a TV for rights for WWE programming in USA being considerably less what WWE Promised investors also.WWE signed a Deal with NBCU for a 25% rise in TV rights, however this was not enough to please investors and WWE share price plummeted from $20 a share to $11.

WWE Need to be able to increase  WWE Network subscribers, the way to do this is to get the WWE Network out to the rest of the world. WWE Network was released in USA in Feb 2014 however UK fans like myself and fans all across the world have not been able to access the WWE network yet. The sooner WWE release the Network to fans across the world the sooner they can make up some if not all of the losses they have around WWE Network subscribers and start to make that part of that process possible.

WWE specifically Triple H stated in the interview below that Hulk Hogan would be coming to the UK on Smackdown from UK on 23rd May and that Hulk Would have an "announcement" regarding the WWE Network, it was expected that WWE were going to announce when the network was coming to WWE however Hulk Hogan appeared talked about the WWE Network but did not give any date to UK fans, so at this time of writing we are still aware of when WWE Network will debut in the UK.

I also saw a great video from Chair Shot Reality Justin Labar reagarding when WWE Network could be coming to UK and Canada Justin states that WWE could be launching WWE Network around Summerslam 2014, Justin CSR video can be viewed at the link below

In Regards to WWE TV deal they in my view have secured a great deal still with NBCU and getting $150 million for programming isn't a bad deal by WWE at all, apparently this is a 25% rise from the last deal but this is not as much as was promised. Vince McMahon stated in a conference call that WWE Network launch did effect the NBCU deal and could of had an adverse effect,

Creative Touch
WWE has had a challenging year so far in terms of creative and what WWE have been able to do in regards to making the product engaging and exciting for the fans. WWE did a great job at Wrestlemania 30 telling the story of Daniel Bryan through the evening to go and win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Unfortunately since then Daniel Bryan got married and was off from Raw, then the following week sadly this father passed away then following this Daniel Bryan had to have neck surgery and could be out for 2-3 months and could get stripped of the WWE world heavyweight championship. Away from Bryan just after Wrestlemania Ultimate Warrior very sadly passed away also and before that CM Punk left the company, AJ Lee is currently having some time off and WWE find themselves in a position with only a few established main event stars namely John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista.

Cena vs Wyatt, Shield vs Evolution have been great and I have enjoyed those programmes however WWE World Heavyweight Championship has got lost in the shuffle since Wrestlemania and has lost most of its importance.  I think that WWE need to put the title on Triple H and here is the reason why.

Triple H is a great catalyst for a feud and can have a great match with anybody, not only that his years of experience and building a program and making it feel important are invaluable and at this time WWE need Triple H as the man, then Daniel Bryan when he returns can continue his fight (and in the process rebuild his momentum) to again become WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Raw ratings are down at the moment and it is becoming a downwards trend less people are tuning in to WWE Raw week after week currently ratings are going down, WWE needs something to bring them back up and creatively I think that the only answer is CM Punk, however only CM Punk has the answer to that question as to whether he wants to come back. If Bryan is out longer than expected a red hot returning CM Punk Feuding with Triple H, airing his issues with WWE and why he left and wanting to get his hands on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship now that's a feud that could write itself and one man doesnt make a company however i feel at this time a Punk vs Triple would be perfect timing for WWE.

In my view WWE has done a lot of business recently but the most important piece of Business this year is in Chicago, WWE are there soon for WWE payback and if I was Vince McMahon I'd knock on the door on the apartment of CM Punk in Chicago and get a deal done.

Thanks for Reading
Jonathan Orchard

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

State of WWE - 5 Months into 2014

 State of WWE - 5 Months into 2014

Instead of doing a half year progress report like many others do I thought I would buck the trend, be different and a bit out of the box and do a WWE 5 month 2014 progress report, my opinion and what I think the state of the WWE is up to May 2014.

below are the top stories for each month with my opinion on what took place

January 2014

CM Punk From Royal Rumble to Going Home

WWE kicked off 2014 in fine fashion with one of my favourite pay per views of year the royal rumble. I am a huge fan of the rumble and have been since I was a child. 2014 ppv offering was a mixed bag it was highlighted by the return of Batista to the royal rumble match (a match he would eventually win. Also CM Punk went from number 1 in the rumble and was eventually eliminated by Kane to came to ringside and eliminated CM Punk before chokeslamming him through the announce table.

We would not know this at the time but this turned about to be the last appearance of CM Punk in a WWE (up to this time of writing May 2014). Paul Heyman says it best when in interviews withthe press he says "Only CM Punk, Vince Mcmahon and Triple H were in that room that day when all that when down, only those 3 men know about what took place and what happened and when they are ready to talk about it they will"

Some Reports state that CM Punk was not happy over not having assurances of what his pay would be after WWE network launched and how he would be paid and how this would be calculated. Now no one knows whether this is true or not however I go to work to earn money same as everyone else and if i wasn't happy with the pay or structure I'd leave & look for something else, if that is the case for CM Punk then i don't blame him for leaving

Remember we all go to work to earn money, anyone how says they don't is lying, a hypocrite or isnt telling the truth, we might love what we do but money is a motivating factor.  

No One knows for sure why CM Punk Left but one thing is for sure I feel that his departure has left a gap that WWE Cannot fill. I hope that CM Punk returns soon however the only person that holds that answer is CM Punk.

February 2014
WWE Officially launches the WWE Network

although as a fan from great Britain I have not been able to experience this yet the launch of WWE network was one of the most critical things that WWE has been trying to do for the last few years and from the fans perspective it is one the the greatest platforms to watch wrestling on ....ever. feedback from my American friends is that this network is incredible a massive back catalogue of WWE, WCW and ECW PPV with more content being added as the weeks and months go on along with lots of original programming and so much depth to it fans cannot seem to get enough of it and for $9.99 a month who could blame them? Along with NXT specials showcasing the next generation of stars WWE Network truly is an amazing platform that can be viewed on nearly every device you can think of. WWE  network is a game changer for WWE in my opinion and once this hit UK, Canada, Australia and rest of Europe there will be no stopping WWE as long as they don't overcharge fans abroad to make up for lost money in the /USA.

Rumours are that fans in Europe will still have to pay full ppv price for ppv on WWE network this move would dissuade a lot of people from joining the network so as far as this goes and the future WWE need to be careful how they handle that but so far so good.

March 2014
Wrestlemania 30

In March WWE presented Wrestlemania 30 the first ppv to be shown on the WWE Network  the results of the pay per view are below

Daniel Bryan def. Randy Orton and Batista to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion (

Divas Champion AJ Lee won The Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational

Brock Lesnar def. The Undertaker

John Cena def. Bray Wyatt

Cesaro won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

The Shield def. Kane & The New Age Outlaws

Daniel Bryan def. Triple H

WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos won a Pre-Show Fatal 4-Way Match

April 2014
Ultimate Warrior passes away

In the most shocking, saddening story Ultimate Warrior passed away aged 54 below is the official statement from WWE.

"WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior
Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at Wrestlemania 6 defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter.
We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans.
Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana, his two daughters, his mother, his two sisters and his two brothers"

This hit me really hard it was such an incredible shock and something i had to check 4-5 times time to make sure it was true, Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the hall of fame a few days before and just a day earlier had appeared on WWE Raw in what would be has last promo. this is the saddest news of the year no matter what happens losing the warrior will be the saddest news of the year RIP.

May 2014
WWE is investigated by Law company 

Below is the news story from popular wrestling news site 

According to, WWE is currently being investigated by an unnamed law firm for "potential securities laws violations."
The law firm is investigating whether or not a series of statements made by World Wrestling Entertainment regarding its business, its prospects and its operations were materially false and misleading at the time they were made.
Shareholders Foundation is a portfolio monitoring site that alerts stock holders when a company in which they own stock is under investigation, and although the site did not reveal the name of the law firm investigating WWE, they did note to stock holders that some type of investigation is currently underway.

As you can see from the above WWE has had a very up and down past 5 months so far in 2014. positives being launch of WWE Network and Wrestlemania 30 and negatives being CM Punk leaving, Ultimate Warrior Passing away and WWE reportedly coming under investigation from a law company. I believe that WWE are currently going through a very challenging period and a period of change which will only increase as the year goes on with expansion of WWE services and Network I think this will be a transitional year for WWE, with some talents also reportedly not happy regarding pay both from a talent and pure business perspective this could be a year where WWE  has to try and keep alot of people happy.

Thanks for Reading 

Jonathan Orchard