Post by PatriotPaine on Oct 25, 2015 15:36:32 GMT -6
Just watched the debut episode of Breaking Ground. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Going to be a must watch show for me going forward.
They're getting a lot better with these Network original programs. Table For 3 is another show that I've been enjoying, and there's still some episodes of that that I need to watch. That's a very entertaining show.
I wish the Stone Cold podcast could be a weekly thing and a little more "McMahon hands off."
The Legends With JBL interview with Eric Bischoff was fantastic and I definitely hope we get a lot more stuff like that. Was fun seeing Bischoff back on a WWE program and actually getting to tell his stories.
Unfiltered with Renee Young is good, but could be a lot better. Should be a weekly 30-minute interview show. Frankly I'm surprised they don't do a lot more with Renee Young on the Network. She should have several shows, IMO.
One thing I don't get is why they still don't do a live studio show. Monday through Friday, 5pm to 7pm CT should be a WWE Today show broadcasted live from WWE Headquarters. There's so much potential for a show like that and should be a fairly cheap thing for them to do. Granted it'd be more useful I suppose if kayfabe were still a thing, but nevertheless it just makes too much sense.
Agreed on the Austin podcast. Since the Vince show I've been kinda disappointed as all his interviews have been more or less conversational instead of him really pressing hot issues--not that they haven't been enjoyable in different ways mind you.
I got to get around to Breaking Ground when I find time. I really like the premise, and think it would be a cool deal to start some new kid's "story" off on this show who could hopefully go on to be a main event player someday.
I try and give most of the Network shows a chance at least once. That said, really wasn't a fan of Ride Along. Watched the first two episodes and I just didn't see the point. Best part was The New Day but even that was pretty standard stuff.
Jury is still out on the Edge and Christian show though I suspect it'll be way too random for some. First episode was hit or miss with mostly misses honestly, I did like the overdub of the Bash at the Beach promo with Sting/Bulldog and Vader/Vicious. Second episode was a little better so I'll see if the trend continues.
Am looking forward to Camp WWE though, seems like it could be a decent concept. Plus I'm a sucker for grown up cartoons.
I wish they'd do more of the old Legends roundtables, those were always good too.
Balor/Nakamura was awesome. Nice to see Nakamura sell so much since it's really the first time he spent that long selling offense. He did to a smaller degree against Aries but him selling the pain Balor was inflicting on his knee really showed a new side to him for the NXT audience.
First week of CWC was good. Was a little underwhelmed by Lun/Davari but I wouldn't go as far to say it was bad. Timing just seemed a little off on some spots. Ibushi had a great showing and I fully expect him to make it to the finals. Looking forward to seeing Zach Sabre Jr., I've only seen a little bit of his stuff but was very impressed. I think his grappling and submissions bring something very unique to the tournament.
I also agree about the announce team, so refreshing to hear an announce team actually put over the action the entire time. Also really makes it stand out even more how awful Cole and JBL have become.
In unrelated news I can tell you they are at least entertaining the idea of raising the price on the network. Just did the Fan Council survey where they were gauging interest in various things I'd deem worth paying more towards my subscription for. Or at the very least they are gauging interest in a "Premium Package" with added benefits at an additional cost. Suggested "Preminum Package" price was $12.99
I think it's not a bad idea to try out, to have a tiered service level as long as they don't take away anything from the basic 9.99 package. I can maybe see regular average subscribers feeling miffed about being excluded from the fancy new services, but if you just target hardcore fans here and whatever you do, don't in any way mess with or screw up the current network experience for people who just want the standard deal.
Downloads for offline viewing on mobile devices.
That would be huge for me. I am on a limited data plan, and the ability to DL something and put it on my S6 would be amazing--without having to resort illegal means that is.
Providing the ability to buy merchandise such as video games and WWE apparel before they are available to the public, travel package discounts.
Don't really care about this one, but I'm sure heavy gamers would be all over it.
The ability to vote for WWE Hall of Fame inductees.
Random, and dare I say pointless idea. Don't care as the HOF is a "work" anyway--although a nicely done work, and in the end, it's all Vince's choosing. Not gonna pay them money to vote in a poll.
Offering discounted subscription bundles. Examples given were one year for $99.99 or 6 Months for $49.99.
Someone will have to explain this one to me better. Do they mean, if I pay more for an "upgraded" account, I then have the power to tack on a regular discounted account to give to a friend? Or I'm paying more to pay less. It's been a long day, so maybe that's just going over my head at the moment.
Offering a discount for Hulu Plus and/or a combined WWE Network/Hulu Plus plan, in order to allow fans to have access to Raw and Smackdown via Hulu Plus.
A combined Hulu deal would be big as well. Gives you access to the much beter 90 minute Raw minus a lot of fluff.
Providing one free month of the WWE Network after every 12 consecutive months of being a paid Network subscriber.
Sure, why not. Would ease over some of the people complaining about other people's free-months.
Post by PatriotPaine on Oct 8, 2016 13:58:39 GMT -6
So apparently they are looking at a $15 a month plan that would include independent wrestling content including TNA and ROH, and I would imagine Evolve as well. In addition to some of the other stuff mentioned above.
WWE has confirmed to F4Wonline.com that Hall of Famers Lita and Jerry Lawler have been removed from regular weekly WWE programming. As noted, the two were pulled from the RAW Pre-show, along with Scott Stanford, beginning this week. The pre-show was also cut down to 10 minutes from 30 minutes. The new RAW Pre-show hosts are Charly Caruso and Booker T, and a similar change is expected for the SmackDown Pre-shows.
Both Lawler and Lita have been moved from full-time deals to WWE Legends contracts and the decision was made to remove them from the RAW, SmackDown and pay-per-view panels.
It was noted that both are still loosely affiliated with the company and may be brought back to TV on the WWE Network for special occasions.
As noted, WWE is experimenting with new pay-per-view panel guests as Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg worked the TLC panel on Sunday.
Post by PatriotPaine on Jan 14, 2017 22:20:14 GMT -6
No idea about any of the possible upgrades.
Just finished the UK tournament. Definitely an enjoyable show, and yes McGuinness is good on commentary.
This tournament, and the news that WWE is suppose to be launching a full time weekly UK show at some point, or at least considering it, reminds of an old report from the Wrestling Observer. I coudn't find anything by Google searching, but I did eventually find it on the old boards because I remembered discussing it and that it was potentially huge news.
The new CFO of WWE, Michael Selick, revealed in Financial Week that the company is exploring the possibility of establishing separate WWE promotions running full-time in separate international markets. If everything went ahead, it would go so far as to include separate TV tapings and storylines for each region, turning WWE from an overseas novelty into a local promotion.
If ever there were a time that such a thing could be feasible, although still I think unrealistic, then it's certainly now with the Network.
I watched Starrcade '95 this week (IMO the best Starrcade of the Hogan era, probably because Hogan wasn't on it lol). Really, more than anything in wrestling, would love to see WWE work together with NJPW to co-promote a yearly show. And as much as I'd love for them to call it Starrcade and do it in December, I think Super Brawl would be better event name for it. A WWE vs. NJPW "World Cup of Wrestling" would be fantastic.