WWE’s on air Chief Operating Office, Triple H announced the new season of Tough Enough on the USA Network. WWE is looking for 15 men and 5 women to compete for a once in a life time opportunity to get a WWE Developmental contract.
Current WWE World Champion and former UFC Champion Brock Lesnar has signed a new multi-year WWE Contract. This announcement comes just days before he is scheduled to defend the WWE Championship against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 31.
Many insiders had predicted that Lesnar would lose the title this weekend and then walk right into the UFC Octagon. Lesnar announced on ESPN’s Sport’s Center that he was done with UFC.
“Last night, old Vince (McMahon) put the offer on the table that I could not refuse,” Lesnar said in the sit-down interview.
“I am officially closing the door on MMA,” Lesnar said as ESPN flashed a headline on the screen reading: “Brock Lesnar rules out returning to MMA. Will remain with WWE.”
I’ve been a support of WWE for well over 10 years. When WWE announced that they were going to be releasing the WWE Network, I knew that I would be a HUGE fan of this product. I’ve been a subscriber since day one and I haven’t been more disappointed with a product than the WWE Network.
The only reason why I keep my WWE Network is because of a few documentaries I watch on there and the Pay Per Views. Granted, I only seem to watch two of them a year (Wrestlmania & Summerslam), I like being able to tune in if I wanted to.
Here are 5 very specific reasons why I contemplate canceling my WWE Network subscription.
1 – The “original” programming is mediocre at best. I’ll excuse the fact that they recycle old commentary pieces from past documentaries, but I cannot excuse the fact that when they release new documentaries there is little to no new points of view. In the WWE’s original and highly hyped Monday Night War series, 80% of the topics discussed were already mentioned in their previous documentary of the same title. The only difference between the two projects is one was only 2-3 hours long and the other was twenty hours. The other hightly anticipated original program is a show called WWE 24 and was supposed to take you behind the scenes, but in reality was a waste of one hour (for the Wrestlemania 30 episode).
2 – I lose interest in between episodes. I kid you not, it was a month between episode 1 and episode 2 of WWE 24. That is way too long between episodes. It seemed to me like they either (and hopefully) didn’t want to give away an original episode for free during February (WWE Network was free for Feb.) but it hurt my interest in that program. I also recall a few times where I would look forward to a new Monday Night War episode on it’s release day and there wasn’t one that week. Talk about hair pulling frustration.
3 – I want talk shows. But really. Give Dolph Ziggler a WWE Talk show. Give the Miz a chance to host a show. Make the pre/post game shows more entertaining. I WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED. Yes, the WWE Network is great to watch old matches and old PPVs, but what about the future? What about new programming? Not all of us want to watch WWE Classics. Why do you think that they cancelled that “on demand” product….thats right cause no one ordered it.
4 – Show me the WWE Superstars away from the ring. Yes, I want to see what they do when they arent at the arena. Or maybe I want to see what they do while waiting or the show to start. Either way, give me an indepth look at WWE Superstars’ lives. I loved the Daniel Bryan special they did after Wrestlemania 30, do more of those and less Total Divas stuff.
5 – Give me more themes. Okay, maybe not a lot more themes, but at least do something special during Wrestlemania season and Summerslam season where I am interested in the past. Maybe the month leading into Summerslam you take a look at the greatest summerslam feuds. Or maybe talk about the best WrestleMania main events and do a weekly docu-series on the dang thing. ENTERTAINMEN WWE!
I guess we can sum up these 5 reasons into one by saying I WANT MORE ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AND TO BE ENTERTAINED. Sorry for yelling.
Part Time WWE Superstar and Hollywood Megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (And Ex-Wife/Business Partner, Dany Garcia) has announced a new production deal with Viacom’s Spike TV. In an effort to rebrand Spike TV as a more “gender balanced” network, the network unveiled a new logo, tagline and productions coming to the network in the near future.
Along with Johnson’s future programs, the network announced more episodes of Jimmy Fallon created Lip Synch Battle and are producing a new show called Emergency Broadcast.
According to Hollywood reporter, “Johnson and Dany Garcia‘s $7 Bucks Productions banner will create and produce programming from live events, specials, sports and initiatives surrounding troops and veterans with a goal of tapping into humanity, touching lives and inspiring and entertaining the audience.”
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WWE Superstar and future of the company, Roman Reigns has won the Royal Rumble. Tonight marks the second year in a row that WWE is trying to push their own will over the WWE Universe that clearly wanted Daniel Bryan to win. Fans instantly chanted “Bullsh*t” when Roman won.
Leave a comment below and tell us who you wanted to win the Rumble.
TLC came and went with a whimper this past sunday night, with only a few real high points on an otherwise unimportant ppv. However, that does not mean the night wasn’t entertaining. Although some of the gimmick matches were a little hokey (looking at you, chairs and stairs), the added violence always increases interest. Lets get down to who came out of this show looking good, and who came out looking weak.
In his first singles ppv match of his career, Luke Harper absolutely killed it, despite losing the IC title in his first major defence. Harper took some pretty impressive bumps and was cut open, showing WWE fans why he was so popular on the indie circuits.
Dolph got a loud pop from the hometown cloud here in Cleveland, even wearing some custom trunks with the OG Cleveland Browns mascot doing the Johnny Manziel “Money” sign. The way he bumped around the ring with the ladder was very similar to Shawn Michaels. Besides going over and taking the IC title back, he effectively made Luke Harper look like the bad guy in a horror movie. Like he seems to do every time we see him, Ziggler stole the show.
This guy doesn’t stop being funny to me. When he did the handstand in the corner while the Uso’s had The Miz in a vertical suplex, I laughed out loud. He is so good at this gimmick that it makes you very hopeful that it will have a good payoff when him and The Miz finally split up. That being said, the WWE doesn’t have a good track record for this stuff, so don’t be surprised if he’s dressed like a bunny or something next month.
Not only did the dude have a TV magically blow up in his face, he put his body through hell in his second ppv main event match in three months. He came out as the loser, as he seems to usually do in big matches, but for some reason it doesn’t seem to matter with this guy.
I know wins and losses don’t matter too much, but I just think having your newest babyface lose in his first big singles match is a poor decision, especially in such clean fashion. We’ll see how they book him over the next few weeks, but this was not a good night for the former Wyatt family member.
It remains to be seen whether or not the demise of The Authority is gonna help or hinder Seth Rollins, but right now he is looking pretty directionless. A match with John Cena on a pay per view is normally a big deal, but this match felt very secondary despite Cena’s number one contendership being kind of on the line. Plus, Cena got past Rollins despite numerous interferences from J & J Security, making Rollins look a tad weak in the process. I still have high hopes for Rollins come Mania season, but right now is a bit of a lull in his breakout year.
I’m not quite sure what could help Ryback here in his second babyface run, but a chairs match with Corporate Kane is definitely not the answer. Chairs matches are pretty much the DMV of gimmick matches, as in nobody likes them.
When Reigns got hurt in September, there had become a growing consensus amongst a certain sect of the WWE Universe that he was lacking a few things, most notably wrestling and mic skills. I figured the time off would be a great time for them to tweak his character, but so far it seems like they never even thought of that.
Winners and Losers From Survivor Series
The 2014 edition of Survivor Series came and went with a major bang this past sunday night in St. Louis, wrapping up the biggest storyline of the past 15 months, while leaving many new questions unanswered. Survivor Series has been home to quite a bit of history throughout the years. From the debut of the Undertaker, to the screwjob, to The Rock capturing his first title, it seems like they always save the good stuff for Survivor Series. Well, tonight was no exception, with possibly the biggest debut in WWE history. But for every awesome moment and standout performance, there was a dud segment it seemed. Lets take a look at some of the winners and losers from the 28th edition of the WWE’s november classic.
Mizdow: After what seemed to be an entire year of the company treating Damien Sandow poorly, it seems as if they’re finally realizing what they have here. He has been stealing the thunder from everyone he’s shared the screen with over the last couple months, so to see him get the pinfall and win the tag titles was an awesome moment for him and the fans.
Rollins: Even though he was on the losing end of the final pinfall of the night, Rollins walked away a winner, no question. For the second straight month he has been in the main event of a pay per view, this time opposite Cena. Few would have predicted him to be the breakthrough member of the Shield 6 months after their demise, yet here we are. Even though The Authority lost, Rollins was clearly the most importanr team member, lasting till the end, and dictating most of his teams moves.
Ziggler: The curious case of Dolph Ziggler is puzzling to every wrestling fan. Here they have a guy who is one of the best in ring workers and one of the most athletic guys in history while oozing charisma, yet they seem to refuse to properly book him. Well, tonight that changed (at least just for the night). With Cena getting eliminated after Big Shows 7546th heel turn. Ziggler took the majority of the beating throughout the match, and eliminated the last 3 guys after being put in a 3 on 1 position, which was really more like seven on one once Trips, Steph, and the midget bodyguards got involved. Even though he had his moment outshined by the big ending, Ziggler was the real star of the show.
Sting: Its been 13 years since Sting appeared with a major wrestling company (sorry TNA), but when he walked out at the end of the show, it felt like he never left our minds at all. Rumors ran rampant the day of the show regarding Stings status, but many still had doubts, myself included. However when Sting walked out it was as if a whole wave of nostalgia swept over the show, leaving people excited to see what direction they take Sting in heading into Mania season.
The Authority: Although they ended the night as the biggest losers, in a way they were the biggest winners following the masterful performances of Triple H and Stephanie. The power couple turned in arguably their best performance during this angles run. They do exactly what great heels are supposed to do, they make you want to cheer for the good guys, an artform lost in most of todays product.
Bray Wyatt: Don’t get me wrong I love Bray Wyatt ,but for the love of god can they figure out what to do with the guy? He has only been involved in like 17 matches since debuting last year at Summerslam, and he loses more often than not. So whats the appeal? I like his promos as much as the next mark but there still needs to be more to him for fans to truly get behind em either way.
Tag Division: This might seem hypocritical given my comments on Mizdow earlier, but as a whole, the tag team division is awful. All 4 teams in the match had some sort of hokinesss to the gimmick, making it tougher to really care about this match. And seriously, in what world are Los Matadores title contendenders? With so many good teams sitting around in NXT it makes you wonder if they really just dont care enough to fix things. Anyone who had to sit through the first two hours: let’s be honest here, this was a pretty top heavy show, and the first two hours dragged along pretty painfully. From the dud of a divas title squash match to the “bonus” match with the dude in the bunny suit tagging up with the guy who looks likea strung out and poorly dressed Jack Sparrow, it was all pretty bad. Even the Bray Wyatt vs Dean Ambrose match was more of an advertisement for next months TLC ppv. It was rough.
Ryback: What’s the deal with this guy? Two weeks ago the show seemed to be all about him, but at Survivor Series he was nothing more than a bit player. The WWE did such a good job of seemingly rebuilding him as a babyface when he returned a month ago but Ryback’s push seems to have simmered.
Roman Reigns: This dude…it seems as if Roman Reigns has lost all the buzz surrounding him, and his glaring weaknesses have started to be exposed. These “live via satellite” promos that they so obviously record backstage come across as so painfully awkward and vanilla it makes me lose all excitement I feel towards his impending return. Also, how come he gets to say bitch?
After months of bullying from Stephanie McMahon to Brie and Daniel Bryan, it was coming to a head tonight on WWE Payback. And it did. Stephanie McMahon made it clear that either Daniel Bryan gives up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, or Brie would be fired.
Well, Brie quit, then slapped Stephanie. You know this isn’t the end of it.
WWE Announced today in their shareholder’s conference call that a new season of WWE”s Tough Enough will be returning. The new season will air on the WWE Network.
As you may or may not remember, Tough Enough aired on the USA Network following Raw a few years back and was hosted by Stone Cold Steve Austin. Here’s to hoping this season’s as entertaining as the last.