WWE Partnering with Yahoo for Online Content

While the WWE hopes to launch its network in the near future, the company continue to make other in-roads in online content.

 

Today, Yahoo announced during its NewFront event that it is teaming with WWE for new digital content.  The web portal will be the “premiere global video distribution partner” for WWE.  The partnership includes Yahoo launching a new WWE online hub hosting exclusive Monday Night Raw pre-show content.  That includes a 30-minute preshow for Raw that will only air online.

 

Yahoo will have exclusive access to WWE’s archives of historical full matches, shows, highlights and other events, and Internet portal will air a live preshow content for every pay-per-view event. Plus, short-form clips from all WWE television programs will now be available on Yahoo.

 

With these programming agreements, it shows that there are plenty of online company (including YouTube and Hulu) that are excited to work with the WWE.  At the same time, you have to wonder what all of this does to a potential WWE Network and when — and even if — it will ever launch.

UFC 159′s Steven Siler: “I’m Not a Fan of Canada”

silerWe talk UFC featherweight Steven Siler as he prepares for his fight tonight against Kurt Holobaugh. Siler also discusses his loss against Darren Elkins at UFC 154, why he isn’t a big fan of Canada, WWE Royal Rumble and much more. You can listen to the audio below and give us your thoughts.

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UFC 159′s Pat Healy: “I Was Worried That I Wasn’t Going To Get Into the UFC”

healyWe talk to Pat Healy as he prepares for his fight with Jim Miller at UFC 159. Healy discusses the fight with Millerand his final Strikeforce fight in January. We also get Healy’s thoughts on if he ever thought he would get into the UFC, thoughts on Gilbert Melendez vs Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 7 and much more.

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WWE: WrestleMania 29 Highest Grossing Mania Ever

WWE sent out this press release touting WrestleMania 29 at the Highest Grossing WrestleMania in history.

STAMFORD, Conn., April 25, 2013 – WWE® (NYSE:WWE) today announced that WrestleMania 29, held Sunday, April 7 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, grossed in excess of $72 million, the highest grossing event in WWE history. In addition, WrestleMania 29 will once again exceed 1 million global pay-per-view buys and attracted a sold out crowd of 80,676 fans from all 50 states and 34 countries at MetLife Stadium.

New Orleans, Louisiana will be the site of next year’s WrestleMania, which will take place Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Ticket information will be announced later this year.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Miami, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Video: Backstage Pass to UFC on Fox 7

The UFC lately has come out with videos with backstage footage from the day of the event through the main event of the show.

In this latest backstage pass video from this past Saturday’s UFC on Foc 7, we see UFC Site Coordinator Burt Watson coordinating everything for when the fighters arrive to the arena. Then we get a sneak peek before and after the main event featuring UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez.

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Video: Dana White UFC 159 Vlog Day 1

You will never see a head of a major sports organization make themselves more accessible as Dana White.

The President of the UFC engages almost daily with fans on Twitter and various MMA forums. One thing White hasn’t done in awhile is a video blog. In this vlog to help promote UFC 159 this Saturday, White gives fans behind the scenes access of UFC 158 from last month.

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E! and WWE Teaming Up For All WWE Divas Reality Show

e_logoThe WWE sent out a press release today talking about its newest venture:

Adored by millions of fans, the gorgeous women called WWE Divas have earned their places as sports entertainment icons through more than just their pretty faces and red hot figures. It takes a lot of work and guts to enter the competitive WWE family, where youth is golden. This summer, E! will take viewers into a whole new world of drama when “Total Divas” explores life beyond the ring for seven WWE Divas who must wrestle with the challenges of life in the spotlight, a grueling work and travel schedule, and the intense competition for prominence in a career that leaves little time for a personal life.

“I’m thrilled for E! and WWE to join forces and pull back the curtain on one of pop culture’s most fascinating arenas,” said Suzanne Kolb, President E! “With tens of millions of weekly fans at their disposal, these glamorous, entertaining and powerful women prove that behind the glitz of the spotlight, the locker room drama and the jockeying for position within the organization, they are all drawn to one thing: stardom.”

“We are excited to work with E! on the launch of ‘Total Divas,’ a series that will showcase the professional and personal lives of WWE’s multi-talented female performers,” said Kevin Dunn, Executive Vice President, Television Production, WWE. “There is no series on the air that can rival the charm, beauty, larger than life personalities, drama and glamour that this show will deliver.”

The series will focus on a select group of seven women from the ranks of the WWE Diva corps. Five are established Divas who are no strangers to the life, and two are newbies, girls who have entered into the Diva training program, but have yet to prove themselves worthy of the title. Throughout the series, we will see these women attempting to establish their own pecking order, as the new girls attempt to handle the jealousy and pressure that comes with working your way up the ladder for the most airtime, ring time and top celebrity status. With no two days alike and juggling their constant demands, the Divas definitely find time to celebrate their star status by traveling the world for their various charities, appearing in feature films, attending star-studded red carpets and glamorous photo shoots. Through it all, the everyday challenges of maintaining relationships with their boyfriends, as well as their families, in their over the top lifestyles start to take their toll on the girls.

Appearing in the series are the Bella Twins, Brie and Nikki, a pair of seasoned veterans who have reached superstar status in the WWE ring and earned their places in the spotlight. The duo will work harder than ever to maintain this level of excellence, whether the newbies like it or not. Naomi and Cameron are two knockouts whose dance routines have made them stars on the tour. When conflict and success collide head on between these two, will both be left standing? They don’t call them Divas for nothing! Natalya is a third-generation sports entertainment star who knows the ropes and knows them well. She’s seen lots of doors open for other Divas, but often finds herself left behind when it comes to achieving superstar status. Can she continue to soldier on as a perennial “bridesmaid”? And tagging into the ring as the newest member of the Divas is Eva Marie, a passionate, sexy, extremely competitive force that wants stardom more than anyone else. Also joining in on the action is Jo–Jo Offerman, an entertainer at heart, young and energetic who will no doubt be a charismatic force in the ring.

The show kicks off with an unprecedented look inside the most-anticipated WWE event of the year, WrestleMania®, marking the first time that any television series was granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access to WWE. Following the drama, the series heads to WWE’s flagship television program, Monday Night Raw®, with a match between the Bellas in one corner, and Naomi/Cameron (aka “The Funkadactyls”) in the other. They bring on the drama from the very start, and alliances are quickly formed on the road as the new girls choose sides. And with some WWE Superstars vying for the romantic attention of the girls, the drama comes to a boil quickly, and shows no sign of slowing down.

Total Divas is produced by WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions. Jon Murray, Gil Goldshein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are Executive Producers for Bunim-Murray Productions.

About E! Entertainment

E! is television’s top global destination for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 98 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. and E! content is available on all platforms anytime and anywhere from E! Online to social media to mobile to VOD to the latest emerging platforms. Popular programming includes E! core franchises, “E! News,” “The Soup,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Fashion Police” and “True Hollywood Story,” as well as the network’s popular series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,” “Married to Jonas,” “After Lately” and “Playing with Fire.” Additionally, E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family-friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 600 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

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The Rock Discusses If Wrestlemania 29 Was His Last Match, Missing Raw, Brock Lesnar

We haven’t heard The Rock speak publicly since he lost the WWE Title match at Wrestlemania 29 against John Cena. Rock was supposed to be on the Monday Night Raw the following night due to injuries suffered in the main event.

The Rock spoke to Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg about his reality show “The Hero”, which premieres in June. Naturally Rosenberg asked The Rock questions pertaining to Wrestlemania 29 and the aftermath that has ensued.

The Rock on Wrestlemania 29 being his last match: “Possibly,” Rock said. “The goal three years ago was, sat down with Vince McMahon and strategized about it and talked about three WrestleMania’s back to back, boom, boom, boom, and building to this. I committed myself to the company.

“I was very proud of that moment. It didn’t matter if I lost or did the job or not. It’s was an honor to do the honors. And in the wrestling world, there is no better way to give back to the business than to do the honors. I know there are a lot of fans who say it shouldn’t have been done or it should have been someone else, that’s not for me to say.”

Missing Raw the night after Wrestlemania: “I talked to Vince (McMahon) that night when I was hurt that night. Vince (McMahon) came to my locker room at WrestleMania. Vince and Triple H by the way, and John Cena came and C.M. Punk came. It’s easier and more salacious and more entertaining if “The Rock just left.” That’s now how I do business by the way.”

Rumors about potentially facing Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 next year: “The original plan was possibly Brock (Lesnar) and myself,” Rock said. “That was the next thing that made sense to me because I love Brock and we’ve been friends for over a decade now and we could have great, athletic match. So that was the plan, but then when I tore the two tendons off my pelvis, then I had to fly home that day. We couldn’t do what we wanted to do at Raw that day, so possibly, possibly with Brock down the road.”

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MMA, More Than A Sport

                                                                                                                      

When it comes to full contact sports, mixed martial arts represent a very special combat type of a sport that focuses on grappling and striking procedures. MMA revolves around a wide series of ground fighting techniques, along with standing fighting technique that are characteristic to a wide array of combat sports. The history of mixed martial arts is quite impressive and it takes a while back – Ancient Olympus back, to be more precise, in a time when the pankration was a special combat sport that combined numerous full range combat procedures that did not require the use of arms. Ever since, the sport continued to grow, develop, improve, climaxing in recent years with the MMA we all know and witness today.

 

Modern MMA History

The American and Japanese MMA originate in shoot wrestling and the Jiu-Jitsu grappling style that is characteristic to Brazilians. The vale tudo occurrences in the twenties in Brazil were soon copied by the Japanese shoot wrestling events. The Gracie family is associated with the Gracie challenge, while the first Japanese MMA wrestlers had their bouts on Japanese soil in the seventies. The USA held the first Ultimate Fighting Championships years later, back in 1993 and the worldwide recognition of the sport soon followed ever since. The amazing popularity of the sport was triggered by Royce Gracie, the famous jiu-jitsu fighter who was the winner of the very first UFC. He remains an important part of the history of mixed martial arts for having submitted three adversaries in no more than 5 minutes.       

Japan also witnessed its very own vale tudo tournaments in 1994, followed by the contests organized in 1995, and Riskson Gracie won both of the events. Soon followed the development of the International Vale Tudo competition and the Pride Fighting Championships was created in 1997.

 

New MMA History Peaks

 

Mixed martial arts as a sport has reached new high peaks of popularity in the United States of America at the end of 2006, at the end of the rematch between Chuck Lidell, the heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Tito Ortiz. Price FC was brought by Zuffa LLC in 2007, and they managed to create a highly successful merger.    

Besides the Pride Fighting Competition that took place in between 1997 and 2007, important MMA events such as the World Extreme Cagefighting, DREAM, EliteXC, or the Bellator Fighting Championships that are currently underway are also worth mentioning.  Also, the presence of women is not uncommon in Mixed Martial Arts. While you would expect to hear about women who like to play casino online for fun in their spare time and not be interested in a sport many consider to be violent, there are plenty of fine ladies who choose to embrace it. Names like Gina Carano, Valkyrie, or Miesha Tate are just a few of the best MMA female athletes. There is even a special competition that solely addresses the ladies, called the Invicta Fighting Championships. MMS is legally regulated in countries like the USA, Russia, China, Japan, Thailand, or South Africa, to name just a few.  
 

Between The Ropes MMA Podcast 2- Percy Crawford

On this weeks MMA podcast, we speak to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford. We speak to Crawford about the week that was in MMA and boxing. Crawford previews with us this Saturday’s UFC on Fox 7 and the Canelo Alvarez vs Austin Trout boxing fight. Take a listen below and give us your thoughts.

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Video: WWE Press Conference Announcing New Performance Center in Orlando

WWE Press conference announcing the new Performance Center in Orlando with WWE Executive John Saboor, Florida Governor Rick Scott, WWE Executive Vice President Paul Levesque, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Full Sail University President Garry Jones.

Video: Triple H Talks New Performance Center in Orlando

WWE Executive VP of Live Events and Talent Paul Levesque (Triple H) talks about the new Performance Center in Orlando, FL, the future for WWE developmental, trying to recruit elite athletes to the WWE and his own recent arm injury.

Video: Mason Ryan Looking Forward to New WWE Performance Center

WWE developmental wrestler Mason Ryan talks about the new performance center that is being built in Orlando and what it means for people like him in developmental as well as how his training is going.

WWE Announces New Performance Center Opening

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STAMFORD, Conn., April 18, 2013 – Opening this summer, the WWE state-of-the-art Performance Center will serve as the new home to WWE’s talent developmental system, recently re-branded NXT® and create nearly 100 high-wage jobs in Orlando, Florida.

 

With 26,000 square-feet, seven training rings, a world-class strength and conditioning program and cutting-edge edit and production facilities, the new Performance Center will give WWE the ability to train more potential performers than ever before through a comprehensive program including in-ring training, physical preparedness and character development. The new center will be the training ground for talent that includes former professional and collegiate athletes, Olympians and entertainers, and will offer a best-in-class sports medicine program creating a central location for all WWE talent to receive the best care both in and out of the ring.

 

“Our economy has created nearly 300,000 new private sector jobs in just over two years, meaning that thousands of Florida families now have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” said Governor Rick Scott. “WWE could have chosen anywhere in the world to house this new global performance center – and they chose the Sunshine State. Today’s announcement that WWE will create nearly 100 more jobs for families in Central Florida is further proof that everything we do is geared towards job creation and it’s working.”

 “We are so excited that WWE has chosen to establish its training and talent development operations in Central Florida,” said Teresa Jacobs, Mayor of Orange County. “In addition to strengthening our burgeoning entertainment production industry, the WWE Performance Center brings high-value jobs, capital investment and continued economic expansion to our area.”

 

Today’s announcement solidifies WWE’s presence in Orlando and evolves WWE’s partnership with Full Sail University. Last year, WWE and Full Sail announced an innovative partnership that moved live tapings of WWE NXT series, WWE’s weekly one-hour show that broadcasts on WWE.com and in more than 60 countries worldwide, to Full Sail Live, the university’s state-of-the-art performance venue. The partnership, which created a new student scholarship fund, also allows students of the university’s entertainment-focused degree programs, including Film, Show Production, Digital Arts and Design, Internet Marketing and Entertainment Business, to gain real-world experience alongside WWE production staff during WWE NXT tapings.

 

“The WWE Performance Center and our partnership with Full Sail University are critical to the future of our company,” said Paul “Triple H®” Levesque, Executive Vice President, Talent and Live Events, WWE. “Orlando is now the home to the next generation of WWE Superstars.”

“Collaborating with WWE has elevated the education experience here at Full Sail University by creating many opportunities for our students to gain hands-on experience by being mentored by some of the best minds in the entertainment production industry,” said Garry Jones, President of Full Sail University. “We are excited to welcome WWE to the neighborhood and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this evolving partnership.”

UFC on Fox 7′s Tim Means on Sauna Incident: “I Couldn’t Sit and Dwell on It and Pout About It”

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We talk to UFC lightweight Tim Means as he prepares for his bout with Jorge Masvidal this Saturday at UFC on Fox 7. We discuss with Means the sauna incident that caused him to miss his fight at UFC on Fox 5 in December. We also discuss football, Strikeforce vs UFC on Saturday’s card and much more. Take a listen below and give us your thoughts.

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UFC on Fox 7′s Lorenz Larkin Ready to Put The Strikeforce Days Behind Him and Move Forward in the UFC

larkinWe talk to UFC middleweight Lorenz Larkin, as we preview Lorenz’s fight coming up this Saturday at UFC on Fox 7 against Francis Carmont. Larkin discusses the controversy of not getting the Luke Rockhold fight in Strikeforce and finally being in the UFC. We also discuss reality TV, motorcycles, rugby and if he would ever fight Michael Bisping. Take a listen below and give us your thoughts.

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Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast – Filmmaker John Philapavage

Barbed-Wire-CityIt has has been a long time in the making but filmmakers John Philapavage and Kevin Kiernan have completed their documentary “Barber Wire City” on the original Extreme Championship Wrestling.  The premiere of the movie is set for this Saturday, April 20 and the former ECW Arena in Philadelphia.  It is also being shown on on iPPV Saturday night via Highspots.com.

Brian talks with John about the film finally being done, the ups and downs of making it, how long the movie is, how difficult it was to edit the movie, the special things planned for the premiere, upcoming screenings, what is next for the documentary and what is next for himself and Kevin.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast 1- Duane Finley

We have decided to not only get more into the pro wrestling side, but we are now getting more into the MMA side as well. We will be doing a weekly podcast with either me and Brian Fritz or one of us with another journalist.

BetweenTheRopes.com talks to MMA Columnist Duane Finley as we preview the UFC TUF 17 Finale that takes place tomorrow night. We also get Duane’s thoughts on the Matt Mitrione/Fallon Fox controversy. We then get into a variety of topics in the world of MMA.

So take a listen below and give us your thoughts.

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