Archive - 2013

WrestleMania 29 special on NBC disappoints in viewer numbers

WrestleMania 29

The WrestleMania 29 World Television Premiere special on NBC this past Saturday pulled in only 1.92 million viewers, down from the 2.73 million that last year’s special did. It’s the second worst rating for the show since NBC started airing the special in 2009 with WrestleMania 25. WrestleMania 26 holds the worst viewership with just...

Will Daniel Bryan get the corporate look tonight on RAW?

Daniel Bryan

The main angle on tonight’s Monday Night RAW is the proposed corporate makeover of Daniel Bryan courtesy of the McMahon family. A previous corporate makeover – that of Stone Cold Steve Austin – didn’t go fairly well for the Chairman and CEO so it will be interesting to see what happens tonight. Is the beard going away? The...

WWE names new Vice President of Kids Entertainment

WWE HQ

WWE announced the appointment of Michele Martell as Vice President, Kids Entertainment. Martell, who will report to WWE Executive Vice President, Creative, Stephanie McMahon, will be responsible for overseeing the strategic development, execution, and promotion of WWE’s kids entertainment strategy. Martell will focus on production, digital...

Orton’s South African attacker pleads guilty in court

Randy Orton

Tshepo Sekhabi, the 20 year old fan who attacked Randy Orton during the WWE stop in Cape Town, South Africa earlier this week, pleaded guilty in court. Sekhabi was charged and ordered to either pay a fine of 500 Rand or serve 30 days in jail for his actions. 500 Rand is approximately around $51. He was also given a 3 year suspended sentence and...

Kurt Angle arrested for DWI, entering rehab

Kurt Angle

TNA’s Kurt Angle was arrested for DWI again according to TMZ following the live Impact Wrestling television tapings in Decatur, Texas. Angle was busted after police received a call about someone who was driving recklessly and after he was pulled over, the police officers noted the alcohol smell and arrested him. He was released on a $2,000...

Smackdown TV report for 08/03/2013

Smackdown

The Smack is being laid Down for us tonight in Houston Texas. Heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio is the first man to the ring. Alberto wants to thank us for NOTHING. He claims we never supported him when he was champion before. Alberto does however, want to thank SmackDown GM Vickie Guererro. Vickie gave Alberto the same deal Brad Maddox on Raw;...

Tito Ortiz revealed as August 1 Warning mystery man

Tito Ortiz

The August 1 Warning mystery was revealed yesterday night on Impact Wrestling and it ended up being former UFC champion Tito Ortiz. Just 24 hours before, Ortiz made a surprise appearance at the Bellator show on Spike TV where it was announced that he would be facing another TNA part-timer – Rampage Jackson – in November on...

TNA signs new big television deal in India

TNA

SONY SIX, India’s premier sports entertainment channel has acquired broadcasting rights to TNA Wrestling’s full catalog of programming and will air more than 500 hours of wrestling content across key Asian markets. The channel will now air Impact Wrestling, Xplosion, Greatest Matches and Unfinished Business, along with the four...

Breakdown of revenues for each WWE department for 2013 Q2

WWE HQ

Eight of the ten WWE money-making departments made more money or remain unchanged in the second quarter compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Live Event revenues increased 13% to $40.1 million mainly thanks to WrestleMania and Axxess, venue merchandise increased 28% to $6.9 million from $5.4 million, television revenues increased 17%...

Phenom Edition of WWE 2K14 announced

The Undertaker

2K Games today announced the Phenom Edition of WWE 2K14, a special edition which will be dedicated to the one and only Undertaker. The limited edition will include a tin coffin box, a collectible art card autographed by the Undertaker, an exclusive playable version of the Undertaker in his American Badass gimmick, an Undertaker-themed controller...

WrestleMania 29 fails to match last year’s PPV buys

WrestleMania 29

The three pay-per-views that were screened during the second quarter of this year all did less buys than what they did the previous year including WrestleMania. WrestleMania 29 did 1,039,000 buys compared to the 1,217,000 that WrestleMania 28 did. Extreme Rules was down around 30,000 buys, getting 231,000 versus the 263,000 of 2012. Payback did...

Fan who attacked Orton did it to “make a name for himself”

Randy Orton

The fan who attacked Randy Orton after his match during the tour in Cape Town, South Africa, was identified as 20 year old Tshepo Sekhabi, a WWE fan who (surprise, surprise) admits that he hates Randy Orton. In a report by South Africa-based ENCA.COM, Sekhabi said that the attack was premeditated in order to make a name for himself after he quit...

WWE announces financial results for 2013 Q2

WWE HQ

WWE today announced announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2013. Revenues increased $10.7 million or 8%, to $152.3 million from $141.6 million in the prior year quarter. Operating income, however, declined to $8.8 million as compared to $19.6 million in the prior year. The drop in income was due to increased staff...

WWE to report 2013 Q2 financial results tomorrow

WWE HQ

WWE will be reporting their 2013 second quarter results tomorrow before the market opens and then at 11AM EST there will be a conference call held with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and other senior management officers. These results will include all the money generated from WrestleMania 29, held in April at the MetLife Stadium in East...

Total Divas replay on USA Network reaches even more viewers

Total Divas

The first episode of Total Divas that aired after Monday Night RAW, a day after the premiere on E!, did more viewers than the original airing at a later time slot. Total Divas on USA Network did an additional 1,530,000 viewers, up 200,000 from the E! broadcast. The USA airing started at 11:05PM versus the 10PM airing on Sunday. The first replay of...

RAW rating for 07/29/2013

RAW

Monday Night RAW did a 2.87 rating and an average of 3,768,000 viewers for this week’s taped version, down 238,000 viewers from the previous week. Hour one did 3,662,000 viewers, followed by 3,896,000 in the second and 3,746,000 in the third and final hour. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by PWInsider.com)

Randy Orton attacked by fan in the ring in South Africa

Randy Orton

Randy Orton was attacked by a crazy fan in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday after his match against Big E. Langston finished and Orton was celebrating. The incident occurred as Orton was celebrating in the corner, doing his usual pose and while the lights were dimmed, a fan jumped in the ring, waited a bit, and then low-blowed the Money in the...