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WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 PPV Predictions

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And so it comes down to this.  Elimination Chamber 2014 will be the 297th WWE pay-per-view event and the last one before the launch of the fabled WWE Network.  WWE will no doubt be hoping that they can bow out of their traditional PPV model on a more positive note than last month’s Royal Rumble, which was turned on by the fans mid-way through the show.

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Why CM Punk Quit WWE

On 27 January, half an hour before the start of Monday Night Raw, C.M. Punk informed Vince McMahon that he was “going home”, in essence quitting WWE.  Having one of its top three babyface stars quit in the middle of the build up to WrestleMania 30 has thrown WWE for a loop, in particular as it came on the back of a rather controversial Royal Rumble.  There has been a lot of discussion and speculation as to why Punk decided to leave, yet the reasons for his decision appear to be quite evident. Read more…

WWE Royal Rumble 2014 PPV Review

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Oh, my.  WWE had big plans in place for the Royal Rumble 2014 PPV.  Problem was, those plans were in no way, shape or form aligned with what their audience wanted to see – and the audience was more than willing to express their dissatisfaction, turning the Rumble into a glorious farce…

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WWE Royal Rumble 2014 PPV Predictions

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Onwards and upwards now, as WWE kicks off 2014 with its penultimate PPV – the Royal Rumble.  Just one more to go after this and then we’re onto the brave new world built around the WWE Network, of which you can read more here.

A quick word about that Rumble poster first.  WWE rarely takes much interest in ensuring the relevance of these things but this one is rather loose, even by their standards.  Mark Henry is bald, which happened after Kane took off his mask and started wearing a suit, only Kane is still shown in his old masked get-up – and Mark Henry is supposed to be out hurt and not even on this show.   Oh, and they’re wasting time putting Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Kofi Kingston into prominent positions.  Sure, one of these men recently got a clean win over the reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion and all but, c’mon now, let’s keep things in perspective. Read more…

WWE Network – The Launch, The Facts & The Future

wwe-network The recent announcement of the WWE Network is going to make 2014 the biggest turning point in the professional wrestling industry since the start of Hulkamania thirty years ago.  Whether or not this turning point will move things in a positive direction for WWE fans, wrestlers, owners, investors and partners is anybody’s guess at this juncture.  Indeed, the only party who definitely stands to gain from this is UFC, for reasons we will get onto in a moment. First, however, let’s just run down the facts:

  • WWE Network launches at 9am EST on Monday 24th February, the day after the Elimination Chamber PPV, with the first live broadcast a post-Raw show at 11:05pm EST that same day;
  • WWE Network will cost $9.99 per month for a six-month contract, which will automatically renew for another six-month period unless advance notification of cancellation is given;
  • There will be a free one-week trial period at launch, which will include a live, two-hour edition of NXT on Thursday 27th February, head-to-head with TNA Impact, including a Sami Zayn vs Antonio Cesaro two-out-of-three falls match;
  • All 12 of WWE’s current pay-per-view events will air on WWE Network, starting with WrestleMania 30;
  • All prior WWE, WCW and ECW PPVs will be available on WWE Network at launch;
  • Regular weekly programming for WWE Network includes repeats of Raw (likely the 90-minute version currently uploaded to Hulu), Smackdown and Main Event, after they have aired on regular TV that week, plus NXT and Superstars.  There will also be 30-minute pre- and post-game shows for Raw and Smackdown;
  • Other content includes Legends House (a reality show about retired wrestlers that was filmed in 2011 but never aired), WrestleMania Rewind (retrospective reviews of specific matches), Countdown (a self-explanatory rankings show), Monday Night War (a recap of the Raw/Nitro era), Total Divas (repeats of the first season that aired on E!), plus a daily live studio show that will launch in the summer, as well as “uncut and uncensored” classic matches;
  • At launch, around 1,500 hours of on-demand content will be available, with the remainder of the 100,000 hour video library being brought online in due course;
  • WWE Network will be accessible at launch through PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Roku, Kindle Fire, Android devices, iOS devices, as well as on desktops, laptops and smartphones via the WWE App.  It will become available on Xbox One and select smart TVs later in the year;
  • Most shows on the network are to air without commercials, yet WWE will sell a “limited amount” of sponsorship and advertising time;
  • The network will broadcast in 720p HD;
  • WWE Network will be handled by MLB Advanced Media, the operators of the MLB.tv and ESPN streaming services, which will manage the streaming infrastructure, app development and operational support;
  • The aim is to launch the network in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordics by the end of 2014 or early 2015, largely dependent on the terms of existing TV contracts in each region

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WWE TLC 2013 PPV Review

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WWE saw out their PPV calendar for 2013 with TLC, a show that started out strong, dipped along the way and could not overcome its inherent flaws at the end… Read more…

WWE TLC 2013 PPV Preview

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Well, well, well.  WWE’s December PPVs have traditionally meant very little and have done pretty weak business over the years.  However, for some strange reason, this year’s TLC event is built around a pretty significant match – albeit one that would have meant a hell of a lot more a few years ago… Read more…