Re: WWE Had Talks With ESPN for Smackdown Live, ESPN Couldn’t Make It Fit the Schedule
As someone who follows ESPN too, WWE dodged a massive bullet there imo. Way more than meets Vince's dollar-sign eyes with being on "The Worldwide Leader."
It's well known that ESPN in recent years way overextended on tv deals and personality contracts, leading to a current scorched earth cost-cutting spree. WWE on ESPN would feel those effects immediately. Many of the former cornerstones who have left/been forced out note how much Disney has ESPN by the balls these days, which would completely dull any ability WWE has to be edgy for the duration of the deal. Furthermore, whereas apparently USA has historically solidly backed WWE well, Vince's ego and Disney's infamous micromanaging would be a match made in hell. One of the primary problems I could foresee is a power struggle over WWE personnel with ESPN personnel and the plethora of problems associated with that. In particular, I could see WWE on ESPN essentially becoming another Stephen A Smith Show over time.
Albeit times have changed, let us also not forget how awful the dying days of the AWA while on ESPN were.
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Last edited by WrestlingOracle; 05-14-2019 at 02:46 PM.