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WWE issued the following press release to Prowrestling.net on Friday to announce Tinashe will perform “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania.

WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that platinum selling singer, songwriter, producer and entertainer Tinashe will perform “America the Beautiful,” kicking off WrestleMania 33 on Sunday, April 2 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida and live around the world on WWE Network at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT.

“I’m excited to perform America the beautiful at this year’s WrestleMania,” said Tinashe. “Being part of WWE’s biggest event of the year is an honor and I look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando.”

“Tinashe joins the likes of renowned artists Ray Charles, John Legend, Aretha Franklin, Nicole Scherzinger, and most recently Fifth Harmony, who have opened WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza,” said Neil Lawi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, WWE Music Group. “Tinashe will continue this great tradition and we look forward to her performance at this year’s WrestleMania.”

Yesterday, Tinashe released her brand new single, “Flame.” The track, which was produced by Sir Nolan, is available at all digital retail and streaming partners.

The release of “Flame” follows on the heels of Tinashe’s critically acclaimed Nightride project, released late last year. The 14-track project, a companion piece to her upcoming studio album, includes stand-out track “Company.” The song recently received an attention-grabbing video clip, a full-on dance assault, all done in one take. To view the video for “Company,” click here. Nightride is the first of a two-part series, which will include Tinashe’s sophomore studio album, Joyride.

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18 March, 2017 0 comment
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Impact Wrestling had a rough week 1 last week, but this week they have something to brag about. Viewership for the March 9. 2017 episode was 292,000. On the March 16. 2017, the viewership was up to 344,000.

Commentary: It’s good to see that last week’s episodes drew enough interest to bring a sizable viewership back to the product. I am in the middle of trying to watch it, but Alberto El Patron seems to be moving the needle a little bit. I just hope that they stop whatever they have planned for Josh Mathews/Jeremy Borash and focus on the in ring product.

17 March, 2017 0 comment
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EDITORIAL: Vince McMahon does NOT Understand his audience.

A few notes from the WWE Investor Conference Call.

WWE held their quarterly Investor’s Conference Call in which Vince McMahon and members of the highest executive team announced how much money the company made, the WWE Subscribers count for the Network, and answered questions from their investors. Here summary of one of the comments made by an investor and Vince’s answer.

The caller asked whether the brand extension has been a success, and he asked about TV ratings and future TV deals. Vince said the brand extension has been a success just as they thought it would be. He said there is crossover, but they are also bringing in new viewers for Smackdown. He spoke of fresh talent. He used Roman Reigns as an example, noting that he hasn’t appeared on Smackdown, but it will be a big deal when and if he does.

Source: ProWrestling.net

This segment shows so much of Vince McMahon’s ideology. He doesn’t get it anymore. He’s got two major problems with this particular segment: He doesn’t get what fans think about Roman Reigns and he doesn’t get what fans want out of a “brand extension” or brand split.

Let’s start with Roman Reigns. It is clear to anyone who watches even the smallest amounts of WWE Programming and Reigns is on the screen: fans don’t like him. Kids do. Woman just want to have sex with him. But the hard-working, paying fan does not want to buy a Roman Reigns shirt. They don’t want to see him on their TV and they don’t buy tickets to see him. If you see a the poll inserted below, I am asking you who you buy tickets to see in a WWE event. I bet it’s not Roman Reigns.

 

Reigns draws the worst kind of heat. People like to justify it by saying that John Cena had the same kind of hate as did The Rock. But there is one big difference between both cases: fans bought tickets to boo and hate John Cena and the Rock. Fans won’t be making that transformation for Reigns, at least not anytime soon.

Vince’s opposition to turn Reigns heel also shows that he’s out of touch with what fans want from Reigns. If fans boo him, give them a reason to BOO! Let Reigns being the cocky douche bag that he probably is in real life. After a few years of that, build up a proper face turn and BAM, Reigns will be loved. Or close to it.

Now, the brand split.

When WWE announced the brand split last summer, I was so excited to finally be able to see potential stars being made. I was excited that I wouldn’t be able to see all the wrestlers (erm…Superstars) on both shows. I was excited to see that they were going to invest in brand specific pay-per-view events. And so far, that’s been pretty good.

However, the idea of Roman Reigns showing up on Smackdown! Live does not excite me nor does the idea of anyone showing up on the brand they are not on excited me. WWE Fans wanted to see WWE stick to a narrative for once. WWE switching things up so fast and makes decisions on the fly that it’s crazy to understand why they still have a loyal audience. I understand when they pulled the turn on Seth Rollins after Fin Balor got hurt. I understand if they put someone else in Rollins’ place. But doing brand switches for the sake of being bored is not what fans want. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised that WWE announce a draft or trade season during the summer. I would be surprised if fans accept it.

Vince, please give us at least 2 years of solid rosters before you do a draft. Or if there is a draft, make it an NXT Call up draft where each show gets 2 singles stars and a tag team. But a full-fledged company wide draft would be stupid a year into the split.

But I know that things will probably begin changing after WrestleMania.

9 February, 2017 0 comment
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Anthem Sports & Entertainment purchased a majority share in TNA Wrestling. With the new buy out, Dixie Carter is no longer directly involved in the company and Jarrett is now taking on “key management roles”. We are not sure if this will be a long term deal or just part of creative transition.

“We are thrilled to have acquired TNA IMPACT Wrestling,” said Ed Nordholm, Executive Vice President of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., the parent of Fight Network. “As we grow Anthem’s linear, digital and mobile platforms globally, top tier content with global appeal is key to that success and this acquisition is a perfect strategic addition to our portfolio. IMPACT has been a dominant wrestling brand around the world for more than a decade and we are confident that Anthem can leverage its assets and strategic partnerships to take IMPACT Wrestling to even greater heights.”

5 January, 2017 0 comment
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AXS TV is proud to announce it will premiere New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest show of the year, “Wrestle Kingdom 11,” in a four-part TV event starting Friday, Jan. 13, the week after it takes place at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. In addition to WRESTLE KINGDOM 11, AXS TV also renewed the popular weekly wrestling series for over 50 episodes in 2017 and it will premiere an hour earlier at 8pE/5pP.

AXS TV’s acclaimed commentary duo, WWE Hall-of-Famer Jim Ross and former UFC Heavyweight Champion and NJPW veteran Josh Barnett, will call the action for WRESTLE KINGDOM 11. The first of four Friday night WRESTLE KINGDOM episodes kicks off Jan. 13 with WRESTLE KINGDOM 11’s scheduled main event featuring four-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, who defends his championship against 2016 G1 Climax Tournament Champion Kenny Omega. The highly anticipated bout is the first meeting between Okada and Omega, who was a breakout star in 2016.

The second episode on Friday, Jan. 20 will feature the scheduled co-main event match between NJPW legend Hiroshi Tanahashi and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito. The scheduled matches for the final two episodes from WRESTLE KINGDOM 11 will be announced at a later date.

“The response and critical acclaim for the NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING weekly series has exceeded our wildest expectations and we are looking forward to furthering our relationship in 2017,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. “We appreciate that TV Asahi and New Japan Pro Wrestling are allowing us to broadcast WRESTLE KINGDOM 11 to their loyal fans in the United States just a week after the event in Japan. This is a huge step for our companies and we hope to offer more events in this timely format in the future.”

“Wrestle Kingdom is a pro wrestling broadcaster’s dream event,” said Ross. “It’s the Japanese equivalent to the Super Bowl. The biggest NJPW stars in the most important bouts on the most lucrative card of the year where everyone brings their ‘A’ game in the Tokyo Dome!”

“Wrestle Kingdom is one of the greatest events in the world of professional wrestling year after year!” said Barnett. “The Tokyo Dome sets the stage for the biggest and best New Japan has to offer.”

Opinion: AXS TV is doing a great job at making New Japan Pro Wrestling feel like a main priority for them. I just hope to see a better turn around on getting fresh content out.

28 December, 2016 0 comment
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WWE Superstar John Cena is set to host Saturday Night Live on December 10th. Cena is taking his time to branch out away from his time in the ring. Cena has spent a lot of time over the last year or two setting himself up as a multitalented performer.

Are you excited to see John Cena on SNL?

3 December, 2016 0 comment
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During the third quarter conference call, WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon was asked about a potential sale of the organization. The question came from an investor citing the sale of UFC to WME.

McMahon stated that he is “open” to hearing offers. However, McMahon said that he isn’t sure how much control he would lose, leading suspicions that McMahon doesn’t want to lose control of WWE but also wants to secure the future for his daughter Stephanie McMahon and son-in-law Paul Levesque.

According to Forbes, WWE is worth about $1.5 Billion.

28 October, 2016 0 comment
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WWE released the following graphic.

 

26 October, 2016 0 comment
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TNA Wrestling has been around for almost two decades, and since day one there have been rumors of the company going out of business. In 2016, Panda Energy (TNA’s parent company prior to 2016) pulled out of the company.

Early in the Summer of 2016, rockstar Billy Corgan announced he had a minority stake of the company and became President of TNA (Impact Wrestling).

“I have had to step up the last three rounds of tapings to fund, and we negotiated what I got for that funding.” said Corgan on the Busted Open Radio show.

Now, rumors are going around that TNA might not make the Pay-Per-View scheduled for this weekend and might not making be able to pay for the next set of TV Tapings.

One of Corgan’s last comments was, “If you order the pay-per-view, and I’m standing in that ring, it will be one crazy pay-per-view.” (Source. PWTorch)

28 September, 2016 0 comment
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