WWE Wrestlemania 30 Seen In Over One Million Homes

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 took place nine days ago at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Highlights of the show included Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at the biggest wrestling event of the year.

A big question heading into the show was how many people would watch on pay-per-view since the show was also available on the WWE Network. The number was released as we were sent a press release touting how many people watched WWE Wrestlemania 30 overall.

STAMFORD, Conn., April 15, 2014 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that WrestleMania 30 reached a record 1 million households in the U.S. alone on WWE Network and pay-per-view combined, the first time WrestleMania has eclipsed this mark domestically. With more than 667,000 WWE Network subscribers in the U.S. and nearly 400,000 domestic pay-per-view buying homes for WrestleMania 30, WWE is confident that it will reach its goal of 1 million subscribers by the end of 2014.

WWE Network launched on February 24 in the U.S. and successfully streamed six hours of live coverage of WrestleMania 30 on Sunday, April 6. Additionally, more than 7.1 million hours of video content was viewed on WWE Network during WrestleMania Week from Tuesday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 8.

WWE Network will be rolled out in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordics in late 2014/early 2015.

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DirecTV Will No Longer Air WWE Pay-Per-Views

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When the WWE launched the WWE Network in February, people were wondering if cable and satellite providers would stop carrying WWE pay-per-views. Dish Network didn’t carry the Elimination Chamber show in February but did air Wrestlemania 30 eight days ago. Now the first company has dropped pay-per-views for good.

PWTorch.com is reporting that DirecTV will no longer air WWE PPV’s. We had reported back in January when the Network was announced that DirecTV wasn’t happy with the fact the Network would be carrying pay-per-views if you subscribed to it. WWE released a statement to the Torch confirming DirecTV dropping the events.

“Yes, DIRECTV has decided to stop offering our PPV’s residentially and commercially. The only other option would be to work through the local cable provider.”

Is it a mistake for DirecTV to drop WWE pay-per-views?

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Dave Meltzer Talks Ultimate Warrior, WrestleMania 30 and WWE Going Forward

davemeltzerDave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer talks about the passing of the Ultimate Warrior and his legacy, WrestleMania 30 which saw the end of The Streak with Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker and when that decision was made, Daniel Bryan getting his big win, how to best use both Lesnar and Bryan going forward, young talent in the WWE, the WWE Network so far and their subscribers, the upcoming WWE TV deal and more.  And follow Dave on Twitter @davemeltzerWON.

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The Ultimate Warrior Looked “Very Sick And In Pain” During WWE Wrestlemania 30 Weekend

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WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior passed away last night at the age of 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters. More details have come surface regarding his death.

TMZ is reporting that witnesses in New Orleans for WWE Wrestlemania 30 this past weekend, that Warrior was looked very sick and in pain. The report also states that Warrior looked like he was on the verge of a medical catastrophe all weekend looking sweaty and stressed, like he was about to “burst at the seams”.

The last time we saw Warrior was this past Monday on Raw and after he cut a promo, one person who saw him stated, “we all felt like he looked like he was going to blow a gasket. It was pretty easy to see.”

We will have more updates as more information comes to us.

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WWE Raw Recap, WrestleMania 30 Thoughts from New Orleans

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The Ultimate Warrior Passes Away At The Age Of 54

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It has been confirmed by the WWE that Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior has passed away at the age of 54. The WWE released a statement a short ago on his passing.

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 VI, 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 and his two daughters.

The cause of death is unknown at this time and our condolences go out to Warrior and his family. We will have more on this story as it becomes available to us.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Draws Hightest Number Since July 2012

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Last night was the Raw after Wrestlemania which usually draws a high number, but this number blew away expectations. Last night’s show drew a 3.7 rating with an average of 5.14 million viewers. That is the highest rating since Raw 1,000 in July of 2012, which drew a 3.84 rating.
Last year’s post-Mania number was a 3.45 rating with an average of 4.63 million viewers.

The first hour averaged 5.31 million viewers, which featured the opening segment of a promo by the new WWE World Heavyweight Daniel Bryan and a six man tag featuring John Cena, Sheamus and Big E vs The Wyatt Family. The second hour averaged 5.09 million viewers, which featured the Paul Heyman/Brock Lesnar promo and the final hour averaged 5.03 million viewers, which featured a promo by The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan presenting the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy to Cesaro and the final segment featuring the non-match with Bryan and Triple H and the inclusion of Kane, Randy Orton, Batista and The Shield.

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Brock Lesnar Shouldn’t Lose Until He Leaves WWE

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Brock Lesnar did the unthinkable at WWE Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday and defeated The Undertaker to end the WrestleMania undefeated streak at 21. When the three count was made, shockwaves were sent throughout the world as headlines were circulating online regarding the end of “The Streak”. On last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman cut one of the greatest promos of all time touting how Lesnar ended the streak. The question is now, what do you with Brock Lesnar?

With Lesnar’s limited schedule it is a little tricky unless he agrees to do more dates as his current contract expires after next year’s Wrestlemania 31.

Heyman stated earlier in the year that Lesnar should be competing for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. That case is definitely for real now that Lesnar did break “The Streak”. You can’t put him in there with Daniel Bryan just yet, as the new champion would have to go over and would make Lesnar’s win at Mania seem pointless.

You don’t have to even put Lesnar in with Bryan. If you do that program, it shouldn’t be until Royal Rumble at the earliest, but preferably Wrestlemania 31 with Lesnar going in as the champion. I would have Lesnar run through everybody until that point as you have to make him look like a monster. For the next year, I would have Lesnar beat guys like Batista, Randy Orton, John Cena until he loses.

Lesnar broke the greatest streak in the history of professional wrestling. The guy who beats Lesnar has to be the guy who is going to be the number one guy in your company and will be building the WWE around. Your options include Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Roman Reigns to name a few.

No one knows if Brock Lesnar will sign another deal with the WWE when his contract near expiration, but he shouldn’t lose until he leaves the WWE for good.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From WWE Wrestlemania 30

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 took place last night from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the main event, Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The show featured “The Streak” ending as Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker and John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt.

As we do after every Monday Night Raw, let’s give our the good, the bad and the dirty from the biggest wrestling event of the year.

The Good

1) The Main Event: This was the ending that everybody was wanting with 75,000 people chanting YES! The match delivered as all three guys came off really well and got the crowd behind them as they were still reeling from The Undertaker loss to Brock Lesnar. Really liked the added wrinkle of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon coming from the crowd and the stretcher spot was well executed. The only shocking thing was the fact Batista was the guy Bryan submitted, but that was the right move as it means more since that’s Batista’s first defeat since coming back in January. The Daniel Bryan Era now begins!

2) The Opening Segment featuring Hulk Hogan, The Rock and Steve Austin: This was definitely my favorite moment of the night and was the best way to open the show. You had the three biggest stars in our generation in the same ring at the same time. Was a cool moment when Austin and Hogan the staredown as goosebumps were running down my body when that happened and a great moment when they shook hands. It was very symbolic to see The Rock acknowledge what Austin and Hogan did for him at previous WrestleMania’s. Good to see all three acknowledge the current WWE stars and then do the catchphrases and drinking beer in the ring.

3) Daniel Bryan vs Triple H: We had stated all week that this match should start the show. The story building to the match was done to perfection. Thought it was a very good video package showing the career of Bryan leading into the match. The match started with a slow build and was well paced throughout. Stephanie McMahon was very good here making comments at Bryan in certain points in the match. The crowd was very into the match and was good to HHH take the pin with the buskai knee. The post-match attack was the most logical to sell the fact that maybe Bryan wouldn’t compete in the main event or at the very least not be 100% going into the match.

The Bad

4) Divas Invitational: Felt really bad for the ladies here as they had to follow the Lesnar/Taker match. The crowd was flat and really didn’t care about it whatsoever. The match was a total mess as you had 14 women in there when it would been better having four at the absolute most. The finish was at least correct with AJ Lee retaining the title.

The Dirty

5) The Streak Ending: No one and I mean NO ONE so this coming. When the referee hit the mat for the three count, it seemed like the world was ending. People were ready to stop watching WWE, wanting to break their TV’s, etc. The match wasn’t nothing to get excited about even down the stretch with the near falls as no one was believing that “The Streak” would end. At the end of the day, this was the best move for business and give WWE and The Undertaker credit for pulling the trigger on this.

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John Cena at WrestleMania 30 Press Conference

John Cena speaks to the media before WrestleMania 30 about the event, the young crop of stars in the WWE and who he would like to work with, wrestling The Rock the last two years, movies and more.

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Backstage With Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin And The Rock At WWE Wrestlemania 30

Last night’s WWE Wrestlemania 30 was one of the biggest events of all time. The opening segment of the show was something to remember as we saw three of the biggest names in the history of wrestling in the same ring as we saw Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock.

All three guys gave each other adulation for what they have done in their respective careers, put over the current talent and said their respective catchphrases.

The WWE has released a video with all three guys before they came out to the ring.

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Report: The Undertaker Sent To The Hospital After WWE Wrestlemania 30, Possible Concussion

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In perhaps the greatest upset in WrestleMania history, The Undertaker’s streak ended at 21 as he lost Brock Lesnar. The crowd was in a stunned silence when the fall happened as it like it was a dream. The loss didn’t come without some bumps and bruises for “The Deadman”.

ProWrestling.net and The Wrestling Observer that Undertaker was taken to the hospital after WrestleMania and it is believed that he suffered a concussion. The Observer also reported that Taker suffered a possible neck injury and would be staying overnight in the hospital and the injury was believed to happen when he took bad fall off a single leg.

As of right now, no word has come out on whether The Undertaker will be appearing at tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw.

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Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 30 Press Conference

Hulk Hogan talks to the media before WrestleMania 30 about the big event, the WWE Hall of Fame, running into The Rock for the first time in years, seeing the Andre the Giant statue which brought him to tears, returning to the company and more.

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WrestleMania 30 Post Show: The Undertaker Streak Ends, Daniel Bryan Wins Championship

streakoverBrian Fritz is joined by Scott Fishman from the Mercedez Benz Superdome following WrestleMania 30 as they recap the event including Daniel Bryan coming away as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, The Undertaker’s streak coming to an end after losing to Brock Lesnar, what that means for Taker going forward, John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt and the rest of the show including Cesaro standing out and more.

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 Recap: Daniel Bryan Wins the Championship, The Streak is Over

Between The Ropes breaks down everything that happened at WrestleMania 30, including Daniel Bryan’s historic WWE World Heavyweight Championship win, and The Undertaker’s streak coming to an end. Plus, John Cena vs Bray Wyatt! [Read more...]

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WWE Wrestlemania 30 Predictions, CM Punk Sightings, The Rock in New Orleans

Join us right before the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’ as we give our last-minute predictions and thoughts on tonight’s big event. What’s been happening in New Orleans with Daniel Bryan, Paul Heyman, CM Punk sightings, and more. Plus, we’ll be taking your questions LIVE!

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Final Lineup and Predictions for WrestleMania 30

BjL73kNCYAAQaR9It’s the biggest show of the year, the Superbowl of sports entertainment, WrestleMania 30 takes place tonight at the Merdedez Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA in front of what will likely be more than 70,000 fans and also airing live on the WWE Network beginning at 7p ET.

The card is now set with one match on the two hour pre-show and then seven more on the main show which will last nearly four hours.  Here is the lineup and my predictions for the matches.

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Ultimate Warrior Headlines Unique WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony

warriorhofMany people wondered what exactly The Ultimate Warrior would say on his long-awaited return to the WWE.  And he did not disappoint headlining the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA as one of seven new members.

After becoming one of the top stars in the WWE during the late 80’s and 90’s, Warrior — which is his real name after changing it from his given name Jim Hellwig years ago — and the company parted ways in 1996.  Since that time, both sides had been very outspoken about one another especially after the WWE released the DVD “The Self-Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior”, a scathing portrayal of the man behind the character.

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