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Everyone knows that pro wrestling just isn’t what it used to be.

Whether we’re referring to the talent that WWE has, the type of programming it has or the quality of the product in general, it’s pretty clear that wrestling fans aren’t as happy with what we see today as we were 15 years ago.

That is often reflected in how well the WWE does as a business, with ratings going down, pay-per-view buys decreasing and so on and so forth.

Well, the WWE fans have spoken once again, and according to the company’s business figures for the first quarter of 2012, business isn’t exactly booming like it once did.

WWE’s new business figures as updated today indicate that business is down through the first quarter of 2012 compared to the previous two years. The company, which will report its official Q1 results on May 3, reported the following:

* US live event attendance averaged 6,200 per show, which is down from 6,400 per show in the first quarter of 2011 and 7,300 per show in Q1 of 2010. The company ran four less shows when compared to last year.

* International live event attendance was 3,400 for six events, including three in Abu Dhabi and three in Central America. The Abu Dhabi shows did 6,000 for two of the three nights, indicating that the Central America shows did not do well to make the average what it was. International attendance in the first quarter of last year averaged 8,400.

* The “effective Home Video price” this year to date was $10 per unit shipped, which is down from $13 in 2011 and $14 in 2010. The lowest price before last quarter was $12 per unit in the third quarter of 2010.

* Total PPV buys averaged 311,000 for two events (Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber); WrestleMania was not included in the Q1 results, being just outside the date range. Last year’s first quarter average was 321,000 for the Rumble & Chamber.

* Online merchandise sales dropped 20 percent compared to last year, but were slightly up compared to 2010

* WWE’s online traffic shows that pageviews were about the same as last year, but unique visitors were down 11%.

* The company also updated DVD sales. The Rock’s Epic Journey has shipped 137,000, up from the 115,000 reported last month. Steve Austin’s DVD from November currently tops the nine-month chart with 143,000 units shipped.


This doesn’t mean that the WWE is in any sort of financial jeopardy. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

But it does, of course, show that the WWE is losing steam in several different areas.

Pay-per-view buys, DVD prices, WWE.com viewership, live-event attendance and merchandise sales are all down from 2011, and in most cases, have been going down over the course of the last couple of years.

While the decreases aren’t dramatic (for the most part), they are an indication of a big problem: Interest in the WWE is decreasing.

The company is still raking in millions of dollars, but it’s evident that the fans are slowly but surely losing interest in the WWE product and in multiple different areas.

You could really blame this on any number of things, but the natural thing for us fans to do will be to put the blame on the creative team for failing to come up with, well, creative storylines.

I’m just not sure what we can put the blame on, and to be honest, I think there are too many factors to even consider.

At the end of the day, though, the WWE has to find out exactly why it is driving fans away and then do whatever it can to make sure that those fans come back.
 

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How about WWE Studios? Cut BAIT. They lost more than 10 million dollars on that nonsense in just one year.
Jesus Tapdancing Christ the next 2 projects are Marine 3 and Leprechaun 7. Yes, you heard me. Leprechaun 7.
Pretty soon they'll start giving them generic names with numbers at the end like porno flicks.

Somebody's Family Gets Kidnapped Number 19. Ex Convict On Redemptive Journey Number 28.
 

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How about WWE Studios? Cut BAIT. They lost more than 10 million dollars on that nonsense in just one year.
Jesus Tapdancing Christ the next 2 projects are Marine 3 and Leprechaun 7. Yes, you heard me. Leprechaun 7.
Pretty soon they'll start giving them generic names with numbers at the end like porno flicks.

Somebody's Family Gets Kidnapped Number 19. Ex Convict On Redemptive Journey Number 28.
LOL
 

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shit happens
 

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Things will only get worse, wrestling as a whole is in a deep state of 'nobody giving a shitness'

WWE and TNA both having the same issues right now, lack of interest.

Wrestlemania is a one-off event, dont let that fool you.
 

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Business is just a little bit down, but none of those figures should really scare Vince. The only eyebrow raising statistic there is the merchandise dropping 20% from last year, but I can see the huge Punk angle in the summer last year being the cause for the high 2011 merch sales.
 

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Not surprising Austins DVD outsold Rocks, thats a given. As for Rock, his comeback really hasnt done anything to help business, seems like.
 

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The Austin DVD is selling since November 2011, Rock's since March 2012. Rock is going to surpass the number in a few months anyway, his DVD is the best selling sports DVD of 2012 so far.

About the numbers, not surprising, besides the special attraction stars like Rock and Lesnar, there's nothing to see on the regular WWE program. Another year where Rock carries their financial success on his back with the biggest money show in wrestling history for the second year in a row and saving Vince the year and from the embarrassment in the stockholders meetings.

Business is going down every year in every aspect. And unless they throw out the entire roster besides Cena and Orton and start again with some marketable, charismatic and believable performers, there's nothing they can do. It's the coldest period of all time where wrestling awareness is at an all-time low. Merchandise is down from the huge numbers Rock did in 2011 with his return. So big that even with a 20% drop, it's still bigger than 2010, amazing. House Show business is down as expected and the only thing that draws even the few people is the WWE machine. PPV domestic is at an all-time low.
 

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In case Vince hasent noticed theres a recession on, the world is in debt. He needs to realise things are not easy right now
 

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How about WWE Studios? Cut BAIT. They lost more than 10 million dollars on that nonsense in just one year.
Jesus Tapdancing Christ the next 2 projects are Marine 3 and Leprechaun 7. Yes, you heard me. Leprechaun 7.
Pretty soon they'll start giving them generic names with numbers at the end like porno flicks.

Somebody's Family Gets Kidnapped Number 19. Ex Convict On Redemptive Journey Number 28.
Can't wait to see Leprechaun 7, its going to be amazing! The original is still Jenifer Aniston's best film.

I reckon most companies are probably showing relatively similar figures to WWE's. Business just seems to be bad everywhere
 

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Not surprising Austins DVD outsold Rocks, thats a given. As for Rock, his comeback really hasnt done anything to help business, seems like.
Austin's DVD sales are just 6000 higher even after being released 4 months before The Rock's DVD. If you are decent at Mathematics, you will realize your mistake
 

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US live attendance was down by only 200 but they ran 4 less shows. That's not bad, its not bad at all.

Rumble & EC buyrates suffered because nobody cared. The 'mania main event was already settled and announced a year ahead of time. People saved their money for the big event.

For business being "down", they didn't do that bad honestly. You obviously down want to hear that "business is down" but if you don't have stock then it shouldn't matter. Besides its all a matter of scale. How far down is business? It doesn't seem to be that far down.
 

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im sure they still have multi millions, they'll be fine
 
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