Paul Heyman Talks WrestleMania 30, His Friendship with Brock Lesnar and Looking Ahead

Brock-Lesnar-Paul-HeymanPaul Heyman talks about WrestleMania 30 where he will be in the corner of Brock Lesnar as he faces The Undertaker, how his close friendship with Lesnar came about, being in the wrestling business for almost three decades now, if his work comes naturally to him, his future in the business, who he thinks are the stars of the future, the WWE Network and more.

WrestleMania 30 takes place on April 6th from the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and airs live on the WWE Network.  You can follow Paul Heyman on Twitter @HeymanHustle.

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WWE Network Review: Does Vince McMahon’s Latest Gamble Pay Off?

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Last Monday, after weeks of hype and promotion, and literal years of speculation, WWE unveiled the newest iteration of pay-tv sports-entertainment. There were a few issues out the gate. Fans lashed out on Twitter. Even by Thursday, major problems still kept cropping up at inopportune times. But this was a new streaming revolution, and as such, growing pains were to be expected. So the real question is: did WWE manage to overcome those obstacles to deliver a service worth investing in, or have early bandwidth issues created an uphill battle for McMahon & company? Read on to find out. [Read more...]

WWE Releases Financial Statistics For The Fourth Quarter And 2013

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The WWE today held their fourth quarter conference call as Chairman Vince McMahon, CFO George Barrios, and Investor Relations Michael Weitz were on the call. The company released their financial numbers for the quarter.

WWE stated that revenues totaled $508 million for 2013, compared to $484.0 million in 2012, and $483.9 million in 2011. Operating income came in at $5.9 million compared to last years $43.2 million

The company also announced total revenue of $118.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $115.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.

“During the past year, we laid the foundation for future growth and enhanced our brand strength,” stated Vince McMahon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We have now announced the renewal of our television distribution agreement in the U.K., are continuing the negotiations regarding our domestic content, and are poised to launch our global WWE Network in the next few days. With preparations for WrestleMania 30 fully underway, we look forward to celebrating our enduring legacy and ushering in a new era as we blaze new trails in the media industry.”

You can view the full report here.

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CM Punk’s Latest Pipe-Bomb is Friendly Fire

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Let the ranting and raving begin.

At some point last night, news broke that CM Punk wasn’t just off from Monday Night Raw this past week – he actually walked out of the company. Punk told people he was “going home” or some other such nonsense. And he left WWE. Done.

We don’t know the real story here, or what finally pushed Punk over the edge enough to just walk-out before Raw. What we do know is that he’s been pulled from all upcoming advertising. This includes house shows, Elimination Chamber, and even the grandaddy of ‘em all, Wrestlemania, where he was penciled in going one-on-one with Triple H. CM Punk also revealed late last week that his contract was signaled to end this coming Summer, and that negotiations hadn’t even started. [Read more...]

Dana White On The WWE Network Airing PPV’s: “It’s Ridiculous”

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The UFC debut their online digital network called “Fight Pass” at the beginning of this month. Then about three weeks ago, the WWE announced that they will be debuting the WWE Network digital network starting on Monday, February 24th. Each network will cost $9.99, but with the WWE Network you have to buy it six months at a time instead of paying for it monthly.

Fans of both products have made the correlation between the UFC and WWE product. You can make that case for sure considering UFC fans are WWE fans and vice versa.

UFC president Dana White has been repeatedly asked about the WWE Network at various UFC shows and has been complimentary in wishing the WWE luck with their network.

During a media luncheon yesterday to promote UFC 169 that takes place on Saturday night, White was asked about whether Fight Pass will ever air live pay-per-views like the WWE will be doing.

“It’s ridiculous. I hate to sound like I’m attacking the WWE or de-value what they did because Vince McMahon, say whatever you want and he’s always smashing us and talking s—t about us, but I will tell you this – I was watching WWE I was a little kid and Vince was the commentator in WWE. This guy has been kicking ass, breaking rules and doing things that people said he couldn’t do over and over and over again. Now I’m older I don’t get the whole thing, it doesn’t work for me, but what he’s able to do, the ratings he’s able to pull and the things he’s done and when I look at his model and he’s basically taking everything in and de-valued it. Saying everything we do is worth $10. That doesn’t make sense to me,” White said during a media luncheon on Monday.

“If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he’s crushing it. So it’s a risky move, it’s a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy s—t since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it.”

“If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he’s crushing it. So it’s a risky move, it’s a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy s—t since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it.”

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Some of the quotes were obtained from FoxSports.com.

Forget Hipster Wrestling, This is Something Much Bigger

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(note: This is a response to David Shoemaker’s Hipster Wrestling column published in July 2013)

When it comes to professional wrestling, perspective changes everything.

For example: Daniel Bryan wasn’t seen as a bona fide superstar. Until he was. And then, when he was saddled with a gimmick so bad that everybody thought it might spell the end of his main-event career, he proved that being bff with The Big Red Machine was precisely the platform he needed to break-through Vince McMahon’s glass ceiling. His meteoric rise stopped short of a lengthy WWE championship run (to which internet fans, including myself, cried foul), but left us with a severe case of ‘Daniel Bryan deserves more’ syndrome, “Yes!” chants and all. [Read more...]

WWE Conference Call Highlights

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The WWE held a conference call this morning discussing the WWE Network. Chairman Vince McMahon and Chief Strategy & Financial Officer George Barrios were on the call. We were on the call and here are highlights from the call:

-McMahon says that the Network will also help increase ratings for WWE television.

-Barrios says WWE believes that the Network will help in other lines of business in TV ratings, consumer products and more.

-Online viewers is expected to overtake traditional TV viewers soon and is quickly growing in younger people.

-Financial impact of domestic @WWENetwork estimate that can make $50-$100 million at a steady rate.

-WWE financials for year could be a wide range depending on immediate impact of the Network and loss of PPV revenue.

-By the end of 2014, WWE expects to have over 1 million subscribers domestically and then adding to the VOD library.

-Question on how Network will increase TV ratings: Vince McMahon says value of Raw is live and also a value USA Network sees.

-Believed they will have something to announce on new TV deals by end of April or early May.

-Range of 2-3 million people showed in research would be interested in paying for the Network.

-As to why you cannot sign up for WWE Network right now, Barrios said because of PPV deals and events.

-Barrios: If we get to 2-3 million subscribers, we will be reinvested heavily in WWE programming.

-1 million subscribers by the end of the year is the target. That would be before WWE Network goes into international markets.

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DirecTV Threatens To Get Rid Of WWE Pay-Per-Views, Vince McMahon Responds

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On Wednesday night, the WWE announced the launch of their network, which will debut on Monday, February 24. One of the bright spots of the network is if you purchase it, you will get all 12 pay-per-views this year including WrestleMania 30. We didn’t get a response from any cable or satellite providers until now.

In an article that was published in the Los Angeles Times, satellite company DirecTV told the paper it is considering dropping the WWE from their PPV schedule.

“Clearly we need to quickly re-evaluate the economics and viability of their business with us, as it now appears the WWE feels they do not need their PPV distributors,” DirecTV said in a statement, adding that the audience for its events “has been steadily declining, and this new low-cost competitive offering will only accelerate this trend.”

The Times talked to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon regarding how this affects the cable and satellite companies since they will be taking a hit monetarily.

“I think it’d be foolish for them not to want to carry the pay-per-view anymore,” McMahon said. “It’s found money for them.”

The WWE then released a statement in direct response to DirecTV.

“To the contrary, WWE hopes to continue to be in business with our pay-per-view distributors, ultimately giving our fans the choice between the two offerings.”

Will DirecTV drop the WWE from its PPV schedule?

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The Announcement Of The WWE Network (Audio)

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The WWE last night made the long awaited announcement of the WWE Network. The network will debut on February 24. You will hear from Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and John Cena. Listen in as the announcement is made, when the Network will debut and much more.

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Are You Going To Buy The WWE Network?

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Just a few moments ago, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced the launch of the WWE Network. The network will debut on Monday, February 24 at 11:05 p.m. ET, right after Monday Night Raw ends.

The Network will include all WWE pay-per-views, original programming, showing of all old WWE/WCW/ECW PPV’s and much more.

WWE Network Officially Announced

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It’s official!  The WWE Network is “everywhere on any device.”  According to WWE, it’s “the first streaming network with live 24/7 content.” [Read more...]

Watch The “Groundbreaking” WWE Announcement On BetweenTheRopes.com At 9:30 PM ET

The WWE will be making a “Groundbreaking Announcement” tonight from the Wynn Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas At the CES Convention at 9:30 p.m. ET. It is expected that the announcement will be the launch of the WWE Network. Expected to be there are Vince and Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austion, John Cena and Shawn Michaels.

You can watch on the video stream above and BetweenTheRopes.com will be updating you throughout the announcement and the aftermath.

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Triple H Promises Big Surprises In Tonight’s Groundbreaking Announcement

The WWE released today Triple H’s weekly sitdown video interview with Michael Cole. Cole tried to pry what the big announcement that will be taking place tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET in Las Vegas at the CES convention. It is expected that the announcement will be the launch of the WWE network.

HHH stated that he will be there with his wife Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Cena. Cole tried to get HHH to divulge the news. All HHH would say is that big surprises will be revealed and this will change the WWE forever.

We will have live coverage of tonight’s announcement on BetweenTheRopes.com at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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WWE To Make A “Groundbreaking Announcement” on Wednesday

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The WWE sent out a text message from the WWE App earlier today stating that a “groundbreaking announcement” will take this Wednesday night from Las Vegas. Vince McMahon, John Cena, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Triple H will be at the event. You will be able to watch the event live on WWE.com, WWE You Tube page, the WWE App, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Google+, Pinterest and Pheed starting at 9:30 p.m. ET.

This announcement will be made at the CES convention that is currently going on right now and this is expected to be the long awaited announcement of the WWE Network.

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The Rock Confirms He Will Not Be At Wrestlemania 30

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WrestleMania 30 takes place on April 6 from The Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. No matches have been confirmed for the show, but The Rock will not be apart of the show.

During a chat on Twitter called #RockTalk, he was asked if be appearing at WrestleMania 30.

Do you want to see The Rock next year at WrestleMania 31? If so, against who?

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WWE TLC 2013 Reaction: “Fifty Years in the Making”

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So WWE TLC 2013 wasn’t a complete bust. In fact, the first and last hours were surprisingly entertaining, and the stuff in-between was just alright. Best of all, no Hornswaggle! [Read more...]

Randy Orton Defeats John Cena To Become The WWE World Heavyweight Champion

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In what was announced as the biggest match in the history of the WWE, Randy Orton defeated John Cena to unify the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the TLC pay-per-view.

The match was billed as a tables, ladders and chairs match and the match lived up to the billing as Cena and Orton throughout the match used the weapons that were as advertised. The ending of the match was when Orton was able to handcuff Cena to the bottom rope of the ring. Orton grabbed the ladder and slowly went up the ladder and Cena was able to rip the rope off. Cena was able to go up the ladder and try to stop Orton and was able to land some punches. Orton was able to bounce back and knock Cena off the ladder, who went through the table. After a few moments, Orton unhooked the belts to win the match.

The match ended and then Vince McMahon’s music hit and he came out with The Authority to head to the ring. They entered the ring and clapped for Orton, with Stephanie giving him a hug and receiving a handshake from HHH. The show ended with Orton raising both belts and Cena looking towards him.

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WWE Network is Coming, WWE TLC 2013, Slammys and AJ Styles Possibly Done with TNA Wrestling

WwenetworklogoThe Flagship is back as Brian, Steve and Michael first get into a heated discussion about our college teams and Steve finally pays up on a bet. Then the guys talk about some promotions within the WWE which are leading to the impending launch of the WWE Network, how exactly the network could work and the many possibilities, Triple H now in charge of the creative team along with Vince McMahon, the WWE TLC 2013 pay-per-view which is less than two weeks away, their disappointment in WWE storylines and if they see that changing anytime soon, the Slammys coming to Raw on Monday and also the possibility of TNA Wrestling original AJ Styles leaving the company.

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