Archive for the ‘business’ Category

Linda McMahon considering running for US Senate

August 14, 2009

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According to the Morning Fix on the Washington Post’s website, a source close to Linda McMahon says she is “seriously considering” running for the US Senate seat representing Connecticut that is currently held by Democrat Chris Dodd.  I got nothin’.

Brock Lesnar v. Strikeforce?

August 12, 2009

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Strikeforce has done it now! They’ve woken the sleeping giant. UFC President Dana White is going at them now with both barrels. MMA fans will now have a choice this weekend: they can watch Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg in the first ever major show headlined by women, OR they can watch select bouts from UFC 100 on SPIKE TV. The show was headlined by a UFC Heavyweight title fight between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir.

The UFC now seems likely to counter program any major card by a competitor. It made a similar move last year when it went head to head with Affliction: Banned. In that case, the UFC actually aired a live Fight Night card. Although this show isn’t big enough to warrant it, I suspect Fedor Emelianenko’s debut in October will be met with stiffer resistance.

Full PWI 500 for 2009

August 11, 2009

The great big annual list of arbitrarily ranking professional wrestlers has been released.  Great big long list after the jump.  Spoiler: you’ve never heard of most of these guys before certainly, considered #500 is someone or something named “Shockwave the Robot”

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D’Amore Back in TNA

August 11, 2009

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Last week we reported on the firings of Jeff Jarrett allies Savio Vega and Dutch Mantell. The creative shakeup at TNA continues today, with the word that Scott D’Amore, who left the company last year, is coming back to help the Knockouts division.

Insiders speculate that D’Amore will soon transcend the Knockouts and be back on the creative team proper.

History of Wrestling: Tommy Rich’s World Title Run

August 10, 2009

Tommy “Wildfire” Rich started his career in 1974 in the Georgia territory at the age of 18. After a few years working the area, he moved on to Memphis, where he wrestled as a heel managed by Jimmy Hart. A year later, he returned to Georgia and redebuted as one of the hottest faces working in the nation.

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Jim Ross: Brock not offered $40 million by WWE

August 9, 2009

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Jim Ross is back again, blogging like the kids do. In between BBQ plugs, he talks a bit about WWE’s final offer to Brock Lesnar before he left for football, failed, then fell back to MMA.

Yes, the story that I blogged recently about the WWE NOT offering Brock Lesnar something like $40M for a seven year deal is accurate. Those numbers are not even close. Lesnar was likely offered a $1M guarantee with the opportunity to earn much more. There’s a legit chance that Lesnar could have earned close to that much over a 7 year period as he made it north of the $1M mark faster than any one, I think, in WWE history. I think it would be cool to see WWE do a Lesnar DVD and pick up some of his comments from his WWE days and get comments from Lesnar’s WWE peers about their thoughts on Brock then and Brock now. That’s just a suggestion by the way so before the bus runs over me remember the key word here is “suggestion.”

It looks like Lesnar did well to make the move to the UFC. The downside guarantee is a bit higher on that proposed WWE deal, but it would take him much longer to earn the money from the much smaller pot of WWE PPV revenue. Besides, in wrestling he was on the road every night. In the UFC he is at home all but a few weeks out of the year, shooting bears, chopping logs, and making babies. Win-Win for Mr. Lesnar.

WWE: To ESPN in the UK?

August 7, 2009

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The WWE’s BSkyB contract runs out next year and there is suddenly a new player on the UK TV scene. ESPN recently snapped up the UFC rights from the late Setanta and WWE could be next.

The Disney-owned company have also secured rights to a number of top sports over the summer following the collapse of Setanta Sports.

From what we understand, talks between WWE and Sky have already taken place at some level regarding a new contract to commence in early 2010 and at this point there is nobody else available to give WWE the level of coverage they currently get in the UK.

When contacted by iFight365.com earlier today, an ESPN spokesman told us: “We’re interested in all rights, where they are available and when they make business sense.”

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WWE Reports 2009 Second Quarter Results

August 6, 2009

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Vince McMahon said it all in a single sentence:

“I think we did a pretty good job in the second quarter.”

Major points from the conference call:

-Outdoor setup at Wrestlemania 24 cost millions. Wrestlemania 25 ended up being way more profitable. I wouldn’t expect many outdoor shows in the future.

-Jakks Pacific is on the enemy list. Mattel will get the toy contract in 2010.

-12 Rounds was a “bit of a disappointment.” They are still in the movie business with a new three-year plan.

Complete Report Follows

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PWI 500 Top Ten Announced

August 6, 2009

Pro Wrestling Illustrated is set to release its annual PWI 500 issue at the end of August.  Wrestlers all over the world hope to get included in this list every year, and the top ten names have been announced.  Who made this exclusive list?

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GREATEST NEWS EVER

August 5, 2009

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TruTV has green-lit what may very well be the pinnacle of our culture.  Broadcasting and Cable reports:

TruTV has given a series order to Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, a series which will send the former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler around the world examining various conspiracy theories. The series will premiere on TruTV in late 2009.

I am positively giddy that crazy and thoroughly incredible Jesse Ventura is going to be globetrotting in search of nutballs who think that Jack the Ripper was actually Winston Churchill or something.  Every episode should end with him socking the conspiracy theorists in the mouth and just walking away.