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The WWE Network Finally Launches Internationally. Sort Of.

Danielle Matheson:

What we were able to figure out between us was that the WWWE Wrestling Channel [sic] would only be available to Rogers cable subscribers. For $11.99 a month, you can access original series, documentaries, live shows, and live PPVs. She also mentioned WCCW and ECW, but couldn’t be specific on whether these were just the WCCW shows and ECW PPVs the Network originally had, or if the ECW coverage also includes episodes of ECW Hardcore TV. Rogers will be “looking into” device streaming “at some point in the future.”

I’m still confused as to why WWE would launch the network in Canada in a completely different (and severely limited) way than the rest of the world. Could Rogers have really given them enough money to add so much extra complication to the process, and weakening the ability to get to end users? I mean, I guess they must have.

The greater narrative.

alluctor:

If WWE is truly about story and character, as Triple H had to explain to investors recently, it now needs to sell its fans - casual, hardcore, every other loose definition in between - on the greater story of professional wrestling. Discount pay-per-views should probably be a unique enough selling point for the Network, but perhaps the greater appeal could be this - if you want to get the full story, dig into the archives.

Exactly.

Money in the Bank

Dan O’Sullivan:

This — the notion that pro wrestling is a fixed, low-rent travesty, undeserving of serious mainstream scrutiny — is the single greatest angle ever sold by the wrestling industry.

Just about any great article on wrestling is pretty sobering. It’s a difficult history to portray in any sort of positive light, and it’s just as difficult for the present day.

Wrestlers, writers, fans all do this because we love it, even when we know it will destroy us.

Alberto Del Rio released

WWE announced the release of Alberto Del Rio due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee.

All that sentence does is make us ask more questions. And I don’t just mean about what Del Rio did. I mean just what the hell is in the water in WWE in 2014.

WWE in 2015 is going to look nothing like WWE in 2013. When was the last time that happened? 1995?

$9.99 the villain

The problem is that you’re giving the Network’s low price point heat. I signed up for WWE Network on day one and think it’s the greatest thing in the world, and you’ve got me mad about how it’s ten dollars a month. When you inevitably hike the price up to $12.99 or $19.99 — still both great values for the amount of content you get — it’s gonna create heel heat. You’re basically telling me as a fan that by paying for the Network, I’m singing along with all the wrestlers I’m supposed to hate. What the f*ck?
If WWE were actually cool, they’d never once mention money, and none of the wrestlers would ever wear their own shirt. Money is always, *always* evil. Never bring it up.

What if WWE isn’t pushing Raw and Nitro from the 90s on Network subscribers yet because they know there’s just no way the episodes will match up to our memories?

What if they are literally leaving the memories alone?

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon Discuss Creative at Needham Fireside Chat

Chris Harrington:

The CFO defended the “slow roll-out” that WWE has adopted with adding video-on-demand content to the WWE Network. He insisted that they need to “promote it as it comes alive.”

They know that Raw’s and Nitro’s from the attitude era is the content everyone wants, so they’re going to roll those out slowly. PPVs? Who cares. Total Divas? Have them all. Saturday Night’s Main Event? All you can eat. A 1998 episode of Nitro, though? Patience, young padawan.

That, or they fear that releasing episodes of shock tv from the late 90s just won’t play as well in 2014, and the illusion of the attitude era as something great will totally fizzle.

A Short Note about Wanting to Ditch the Divas Division

TH:

Court Bauer, who is an employee of Ring of Honor in its creative department, suggested on the August 1 episode of his call-in show, that WWE should ditch the Divas and women’s wrestling in order to save on its budgetary concerns right now. He said that the wrestlers don’t sell any merch or push ratings, so the collective should be scrapped.

Can someone point me to one opine quote from Ring of Honor that doesn’t make that company seem like a piece of shit operation?

WWE Confirms It's Shutting Down Magazine Division

Chris Harrington:

WWE isn’t alone in its battle to keep a viable magazine division. Print publishers have been struggling for years with falling advertising revenue…. Now, WWE’s WWEShop.com website provides fans with easier access to order products directly.

WWE Magazine probably should have died ten years ago. Now that the website (and the shop) legitimately rocks, there’s simply zero need for it to exist.