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Old 10-11-2012, 01:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Will the WWE network ever happen? I really hope so, and hope they show old stuff.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if they can convince some cable or satellite company's to pick it up
that seems to be what there problem is
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Well they're definitely moving towards it, all these new wrestling programs are not a coincidence. Just they're not going to get the financial backing required. Vince is struggling to keep his one current product afloat in an era where there's not only demand for it, but one in which he still has majority control over the industry. Who is going to look at that and decide to invest in his company knowing they should be able to expect similar leadership company-wide once the expansion takes off.

How many people who get past that severe initial concern and actually meet with Vince would be satisfied that this guy knows what he's doing. Over the years he's expanded past wrestling three times, maybe even more, but everytime he fails and loses money. WWE Studios isn't making money, and it never has since it's productions became WWE exclusive. Here's a guy who just keeps pouring his money into movie projects that fail horribly, and then turns around and pours even more money into films being produced to the exact same method and standard. And he expects to make money doing that, and he expects people to give him money so he can flush money down multiple television shows at the same time?

Anyway, no, it won't happen.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No TV provider wants to pick it and why would they? Vince, like Regnes said, is not that great of a businessman outside of the pro wrestling business. He had blown money on the WBF, XFL, and WWE studios and two of those three have failed miserably (to the point where the people that do remember the XFL just remember it as a joke) and WWE studios is hemorrhaging money (only 2 of their movies make a profit).

It was ridiculously stupid for Vince to announce the network so early too. It just help reinforce the pessimistic attitude everyone had when it didn't even come close to it's original launch date.

At this point, I think WWE should try to go the netflix route and just run it thru a website and apps.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, it will eventually.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Maybe they need to expand the variety of coverage and make it a "wrestling" channel, like their developmental and maybe a lucha and Japanese minor league type stuff to show, so it's not pure WWE. A bunch of WWE related reality tv to fill won't cut it, needs to be more like a dedicated sports league channel or like a motorsports channel.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Maybe they need to expand the variety of coverage and make it a "wrestling" channel, like their developmental and maybe a lucha and Japanese minor league type stuff to show, so it's not pure WWE. A bunch of WWE related reality tv to fill won't cut it, needs to be more like a dedicated sports league channel or like a motorsports channel.
The thing is, that's what the majority of WWE fans would like to see happen, but that's not what Vince wants to see happen.

Weren't plans for the initial shows on WWE Network going to be things like a cookery show, and a Big Brother style show with ex-wrestlers living in a house together? Why the fuck would wrestling fans want to watch stuff like that? Especially when there's already tons of these kinds of shows available on other channels already. It's ludicrous even thinking about it.

And that's the problem. Vince has built his successs on wrestling, but he's hellbent on expanding outside of it even to the point of damaging the quality of the shows that made him a success in the first place. As RDClip says, Vince isn't that great of a businessman outside of pro wrestling and has a proven track record of huge faliure with the likes of WBF, the XFL, and WWE Studios bleeding money as it is. Nobody takes Vince seriously outside of the wrestling business, and probably never will.

If WWE was still as successful as it was a decade ago, and the intention of WWE Network was to fill it with great and entertaining wrestling related content, tnen it might have had a chance of being picked up. As it stands, with Vince expecting wrestling fans to tune into a load of garbage cooking and reality shows and the likes just because they happen to feature wrestlers....then no, it's not going to happen. No TV provider in their right mind will pick that up.

Anyone thinking the WWE Network would show old stuff is kidding themselves as well. Like it or not, rebroadcasting the Attitude Era stuff and late 1990's WCW shows would be the best way to get a lot of the older lapsed wrestling fans interested again. But because they can't show any footage of Chris Benoit, and also have to check every bit of commentary outside of his matches as well just in case he was mentioned (which would also need to be edited out), then there's likely literally hours and hours of classic footage that we'll never see again. Plus, considering their recent purge on Youtube, they're not going to show anything that goes against their current 'family friendly' image either so a lot of the Attitude Era stuff that doesn't even feature Benoit wouldn't be used either. So what actually would be the appeal of the WWE Network, if you realistically think about it?
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I doubt it. And if it does, it will kill WWE.
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You know, I'm sick of hearing about WWE. Like Regnes said, every time Vince has gone beyond the core product, he fails. Perhaps if this network weren't advertised ahead of time, this wouldn't be an issue. This is just another broken promise and pipe dream.
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I'll honestly believe it when I see it, all of the "exclusives" planned for the network have moved on and locked contracts with other forms of media to get aired, so the Network doesn't even have launch programs of interest besides RAW & SD re-runs, and perhaps NXT, Superstars, and Main Event. Vince fucked himself and WWE over, the network and Linda's campaign are both depleting the WWE's cash flow like crazy, and Vince is basically paying for the former for no reason because it isn't and most likely won't be coming out anytime soon. This is why the midcards weren't getting paid for that time that cause JTG to go ballistic because they can't take it anymore. Most everyone in the company but Vince knows that the campaign and network are causing nothing but problems for the WWE, and it'll continue because Vince won't let the WWE Network go.
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