WWE SELLING WrestleMania 36?! Sasha Banks INJURED! WWE / AEW CLASH Firings! | WrestleTalk News

WWE SELLING WrestleMania 36?! Sasha Banks INJURED! WWE / AEW CLASH Firings! | WrestleTalk News


Coming up on today’s episode: is WWE selling
WrestleMania 36? Sasha Banks confirms she’s
injured, and the recent major WWE firings
were supposedly over AEW!
Hello and welcome to the WrestleTalk STACKED
News! I am Chopper Pete Quinnell.
WWE held an investors call yesterday for 2019
Q4, and with the continued decline in ratings,
WWE not putting on so many live shows because
they were losing them money, and the recent
firings of George Barrios and Michelle Wilson,
there certainly was an awful lot to dive into.
But in fact it’s none of these things which
we’re going to talk about first, because
Vince McMahon is considering selling WrestleMania?
What the Dickens?
This all came from one part of the investors
call, where Vince McMahon laid out potential
plans for a major shakeup of content on the
WWE Network. One of the plans he spoke of,
was selling Network content to other streaming
services, which would increase revenue for
WWE.
Now it’s all well and good if Table For
3 starts showing up on your local TV channel,
but you’d expect the big stuff, the PPVs
at least, to be secure and safe locked up
on the WWE Network, right?
Well, not exactly. After the investors call
was over, Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer
Live revealed that he received a text from
someone with WWE that mentioned that they
were considering selling WrestleMania to Fox,
so it could be broadcast on their network
instead.
So get ready for your WrestleMania main event
to be laced with shrink screen ad breaks and
to miss most of the action, because Fox is
coming to town. I wonder if their war room
is celebrating like they did when they acquired
the services of Roman Reigns.
While this is just a rumour and not a confirmed
plan as of right now, McMahon seemed very
keen to get the ball rolling on any potential
deals, stating:
“We also have an option right now, there’s
no more better time, to exercise the selling
of our rights to all the majors, quite frankly.
All the majors are really clamoring for our
content. So that could be a significant increase,
obviously, in terms of revenue.”
Vince would then go on to say that if they
went into business with any of these major
streaming platforms, that an announcement
could be made before the end of the first
quarter, which is in like, a month. If the
turnaround time is that quick, perhaps a deal
is already being worked out.
Does this mean WWE are abandoning the Network
entirely? Well ever since its launch in 2014,
it’s never quite reached the numbers that
WWE were hoping for and expecting, and while
it eventually picked up and has become a solid
platform, with the ever-declining ratings
numbers and public interest in wrestling waning,
the Network continues to be less and less
profitable.
There was talk of the WWE Network becoming
a tiered system, with different pay options,
and they even did a soft launch of the tier
system, though free for now, and on the investors
call it was mentioned that once more data
becomes available about it, they would consider
launching it completely onto the Network.
Network subscribers have been dropping beyond
the expected rate as well. At the end of Q3
in 2019, the WWE Network had 1.585 million
paid subscribers, with that number expected
to drop to 1.43 million in Q4 of 2019. The
actual number provided for Q4 was 1.419 million
subscribers, which is the lowest that number
has been since 2016.
One other avenue of increased revenue McMahon
mentioned on the call would be to introduce
adverts onto the WWE Network as well. So get
ready for your WrestleMania main event to
be laced with shrink screen ad breaks and
to miss most of the action…again.
One of the other major talking points going
into the investors call was the recent firings
of George Barrios and Michelle Wilson, the
former WWE Co-Presidents. Interestingly enough,
they were barely mentioned on the call, being
simply a footnote on one of the slides of
Vince’s presentation.
During the time where people could ask McMahon
questions however, he was asked about the
departures of Barrios and Wilson in more detail,
and how that would affect the company moving
forwards. Vince responded with:
“Well, I think this is for sure, in terms
of changing or re-imagining our culture, the
way we do business, it’s going to be far more
inclusive and quite frankly, that’s in our
strong management team currently as well,
and going forward we’re attracting world class
individuals to our company. Who wouldn’t want
to work for WWE? I mean, come on. It’s exciting.”
Ah, the politician’s response I see.
Once again though, Vince was asked about why
Barrios and Wilson left the company, and if
the decision was based on disagreements on
strategy.
“A lot of it was execution relation. A lot
of it was the focus as well, and as well as
reallocation of resources. Again, looking
at the way we do business, it’s going to be
different and more successful.”
Interestingly, there’s been a more expansive
insight into this particular comment by Dave
Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio. This
particular disagreement on the focus of the
company seemed to be one of the leading factors
in their dismissal, and it potentially seems
to have been about AEW.
According to Meltzer’s report, Barrios and
Wilson’s focus for the company was to try
and allocate resources to make the company
as profitable as possible, you know, like
a company tends to try and do. McMahon on
the other hand, wanted to invest in the wrestlers
themselves and pay them extra, so they wouldn’t
leave for the competition, namely AEW, but
also with New Japan and ROH’s talent war
going on too, they’ve also got to have been
a consideration.
It’s said that this disagreement was one
of the leading factors in Barrios and Wilson’s
dismissal, and it appears to have been backed
up by the actions of WWE as of late, offering
crazy amounts of money for talent to stay
in the company, including The Revival, who
we already knew had turned down offers of
$500,000 per year, but now according to Booker
T on his podcast, they turned down a new offer
of $700,000 per year, each. That is some bonkers
levels of money for a team they want to turn
into a comedy act.
But with alternative options springing up
across the wrestling world, Vince’s checkbook
can’t bank everyone, and it seems there
are some wrestlers that are just determined
to be on their way out, regardless of the
money offered. We’ve already seen it happen
with Jon Moxley, and now it seems to be happening
with The Revival and other talent too.
In general terms for WWE though, they recorded
record highs for revenue, increasing from
$930.2 million in 2018 to $960.4 million in
2019,
with the new TV deals from Fox and USA being
a prime reason for the increase in revenue.
Plus, you know Saudi Arabia. That little chestnut.
So despite everyone saying WWE is going down
the pan, and Raw and SmackDown are bad shows,
and it’s so boring and repetitive and uncreative,
which is basically everything I say every
week I review SmackDown, WWE are somehow making
more and more money every year. Credit where
credit is due.
All of this talk of competition and AEW has
got me thinking, how did the ratings go this
week for AEW and NXT?
Well in good news for both shows, they both
saw an increase in ratings, however AEW is
still ahead once again.
Dynamite managed to pull in an average of
928,000 viewers, an increase of about 100,000
viewers from this time last week, while NXT
managed to draw 770,000 viewers, an increase
of about 58,000 viewers.
Overall, that’s good news for Wednesday
nights, and it will be interesting to see
the ratings for both shows in the coming weeks,
with both brands putting on PPVs in the near
future, with NXT Takeover Portland next Sunday,
and AEW Revolution on February 29.
Phew, enough of the serious company talk and
numbers and all that nonsense, let’s talk
about the usual stuff. Sasha Banks hasn’t
performed on WWE television for quite some
time, with the reported reason for this absence
being an ankle injury.
The angle itself played out on SmackDown,
with an unseen backstage brawl between Banks
and Lacey Evans resulting in Banks picking
up the ankle injury.
Well Banks has seemingly confirmed the injury
as legitimate, though in her own, heelish,
kayfabe way. Appearing on Corey Graves’
After The Bell podcast, Banks spoke on her
absence, saying:
“If you guys watch Friday Night SmackDown
a couple of weeks ago, the evil, un-role model,
terrible mother, Lacey Evans tripped me backstage
and hurt my ankle. I can barely walk! It’s
terrible. I’m a person that always wants to
be 125%. Right now, I’m just at 100%. So,
you guys have to wait. It’s unacceptable.
I’m taking my time so I can come back bigger
and better than ever.”
This seems like a way of covering up her legitimate
ankle injury and placing the blame on Evans
in order to further the story, but it’s
also worth noting that on the same podcast,
her WrestleMania goal this year was to wear
the best outfit, and to be on the pre-show,
so her word may not be exactly trustworthy.
Someone who may have slightly different goals
however, is Timothy Thatcher, who recently
signed with WWE following an extensive and
successful career on the indie scene.
With Thatcher’s links to RingKampf, the
former stable including Walter, which has
essentially been rebuilt as Imperium in WWE,
there were calls for Thatcher to join the
company for a long time, however I don’t
think people realise how long the offer for
him to join was there for.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer
Radio, Thatcher impressed WWE backstage officials
during WrestleMania 31 weekend back in 2015,
and he has essentially had an open offer to
join the company since then. Thatcher had
other goals in mind, but the offer was always
there.
Those goals in mind seem to have also been
revealed, as the supposed reason why the 36
year old chose now to sign with WWE was because
he wanted to sign with a major promotion in
Japan, but that offer never came.
Damn you Gedo.
With Japan no longer an option, and the indie
scene already conquered under Thatcher’s
awesome time wrestling there, WWE was the
next step for the former RingKampf talent,
and now he might join Imperium in NXTUK, or
maybe he’ll just be awesome in NXT. Or on
the main roster. Or something else, I don’t
know. But he’s really, really good.
Now if you’ve somehow missed the news in
the last couple of days that Adam Blampied
is now part of the WrestleTalk team, well
there you go I just gave you the news. He’ll
be doing monthly Fantasy Booking videos, and
weekly videos starting this Sunday! But what
videos will they be? Well listen
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WWE! Press the video to the right to find
out more, and the video below that to find
out more about Samoa Joe potentially being
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Quinnell, and that, was wrestling.

100 thoughts on “WWE SELLING WrestleMania 36?! Sasha Banks INJURED! WWE / AEW CLASH Firings! | WrestleTalk News”

  1. PETE: Would you want the WWE Network to stay exclusive? Let us know in the comments…

    WWE Selling WrestleMania? – 0:21 / Recent Firings Over AEW Disagreement? – 3:38 / Sasha Banks Injured – 7:25

  2. Main reason I cancel my network. Was because it just never ran probably during pay-per-views. And there was never anyone to talk to and customer service.

  3. Seriously, why are all the top YT wrestling review channels based in England?

    How is there not a popular channel out of America?

  4. If they want the Network to be a major success, then they need to put all shows on it and get rid of the tv deals.

    There is zero reason for me to pay for the Network when every show minus PPVs are on other channels. (And it's not hard to find a PPV stream these days)

  5. Put Smackdown and Raw on the Network on the same day the show is on and not a month later and boom make money. I don't fucking get it.

  6. the revival are dumb as shit to turn down 700k, they wont get that from khan. They will only be going over teams like best friends, they'll be jobbing to the elite and scu. Once the newness wears off the crowd will not react to them at all, they are far more boring in ring than the dork order and the dork order gets no reaction.

  7. So how about I follow write the reason why those two head honchos is not because of a disagreement over aew. It was because there has been investigations over security fraudit is very funny how these investigations star and they all of a sudden get let go. With no we wish them good luck in their future endeavors… if you want to know the truth about anything all you have to do is follow the money. You guys need to do your own investigating sometimes instead of listening to sources.

  8. NXT IS THE MAIN ROSTER! It airs live weekly on the same network as Raw. And it’s AT LEAST as entertaining as Raw or Smackdown if not better (always better in my opinion) at this point it’s just the third brand. Yes, it doesn’t have the same main stream spotlight that Raw or Smackdown do but those shows have also been around about 10+ years longer than NXT. Back in even 2017 yes NXT was simply developmental, entertaining but developmental non the less. Now a large majority of the wrestlers have been wrestling for 10+ years. (Johnny Gargano, Finn Bálor, Pete Dunne, Tommaso Clampa, Adam Cole, Rodrick Strong, Toni Storm, Candice LeRae, IO Shirai) There’s only maybe 1 (sometimes 2) matches a week that I would consider include developmental superstars. NXT is the development territory but the show is equal if not superior to both Raw and Smackdown. Saying “called up” is suggesting they are moving to a superior brand. I think “jumping ship to (show)”, or “called over” (like Lilian Garcia now call’s it) is better and more appropriate.

  9. I don't want to see you WrestleMania or any other pay-per-view with f**** commercials in it. I'll be looking at it on the network and they better keep it on the f**** Network.

  10. I hope Sasha is permanently injured in her mouth so she can't ever wrestle again and we never have to hear her God damn "rap" album.

  11. The #1 problem with WWE is THE LEAKS PERIOD!!!!!! Also is these superstars want to leave let them. Not 1 or 2 or 3 ppl etc. is bigger than the company. It be the same in other companies as well because you can’t put everyone on TV or give them the main event.

  12. WrestleMania without ads is 7 hours
    WrestleMania with ads will be 12 hour, fox would like to add a halftime show

  13. HOLY SHIT that add at the end was the BEST CONTENT YOU HAVE EVER PRODUCED. Im now unsubscribing because i know it cant get any better than that. Thanks boys.

  14. I could see them selling the rights to Mania for maybe 2-5 years simple to build those relationships with the"majors" but then reeling it back in afterwards. Possibly so they can pitch the XFL to more investors?

  15. Ugh… God, please no, no, no, no, no! Anyone but Blampied! Can't stand that insufferable douchebag. His face makes me wanna punch my phone.

  16. 3:38 I think the CP's that Vince fired presented how well AEW is doing and they needed to spice things up and differnt marketing promotions to over lapped AEW success and that if they didn't try to change the "culture" they will keep getting declined in the ratings etc while AEW rises, Vince wasn't brave enough to accept that CHANGE bc of how he does business (his simulated format) hence the firings or the step down of his CP's

  17. I don't know about any of you guys but I'm interested to see what a wrestling list is like. Pretty revolutionary stuff.

  18. Oh boy Vince if only there was someone responsible for the shitty storylines and unfair treatment of employees, I mean I wonder who in the WWE would love pooper scooper lines.

  19. Vince: Who wouldn't want to come and work for WWE?
    Me: Looks at all the people who have left WWE lately and who want to leave and are just waiting out their contracts at this point.
    Many people don't want to work for WWE Vince and some of those are people currently in your company right now.

  20. Being more successful at business is literally the absolute very last thing WWE need to worry about. WWE needs to focus on being more successful at producing wrestling shows.

  21. LISTSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! ☄️💥🔥🔥🔥🔥⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️☄️💥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥☄️☄️💥💥🔥⚡️🔥💥💥🍆🔥🔥🔥🔥💥

  22. I here about all this revenue. But WWE has lost over a billion dollars. That's unsustainable. WWE is being investigated for taking stock money from the wrestling product to reboot the XFL. That is illegal. Hope it's not true.

  23. Kill the network or package it with netflix or Disney plus since they own fox. Netflix would benefit more and have all wwe content plus now have a live event each month to promote.

  24. Vince, The Networks, and Company all need to stop sweating the ratings so much. They're never going to achieve the numbers from 20-25 years ago. It's simply not possible, given the amount of content available to viewers these days, especially with their old/tired/boring strategies and storytelling processes. Even given a prompt turnaround and dedicated campaign to make some actually compelling television for a change, they're only going to be able to gain so much ground in the ratings. I don't know why they can't seem to figure this bullshit out, as it ain't exactly rocket surgery.

  25. They deleted my comment again
    6:33 you whine too much, you're by far the worst member of this channel, and that's saying A LOT, can't you wait for the storyline to develop instead of trashing it in the very first angle? And it's predictable because you dumbasses got your head's inside of those dumb observer's asses (specially Dave meltzer)

  26. Whoever was responsible for 10:04 THANK YOU. I COULDN'T STOP TEARS OF JOYING LMAO Seriously make that it's own video… FANTASTIC work guys! Keep it up!!! WRESTLETALK RULES!!! I'm still crying so hard from laughter 5 mins after replaying this video 💯💯💯💯👌👍👍

  27. Can Adam Blampied's first "how I would have booked.." videos be Lashley/Lana and Rusev? a 20 minute video of him just looking really pissed and not saying anything?

  28. well if they sell the PPV's there goes the WWE Network as most only have it for the PPV's…the channel will die a fast death

  29. That sounds a lot less like they're "selling Wrestlemania". More that they're selling Wrestlemania broadcasting rights? no?

  30. WWE can do what it wants. i only see highlights on youtube from them anyways since they put out sub par performances. AEW is where quality wrestling lives.

  31. Or instead of selling, the senile old McMahon could put out a better product. I highly doubt any network is clamoring for the trainwreck that is modern WWE

  32. WWE is losing money because Vince McMahon surrounds himself with glad handed nonsensical douchebag Yes men who tell him what he wants to hear.

  33. I will NOT ignore. I need an answer to the Keith Apicary riddle! What happened there? Did Nathan Barnatt work you guys? Was it audience backlash? Why'd the partnership get broken off? I must know!

  34. No one watches TV like they used to. The network should air the live weekly shows like Raw, Smackdown and NXT and other streaming services. Plus I'm sure if they count the number of people watching but not watching it live the numbers look better

  35. offering cray amount of money you say? could history repeat itself but this time wwe endng up geting bought out by the competition, i mean in a way it does sound like the wwe is useing the more money strat that wcw used

  36. banks again… injured. vince needs to sell himself to the devil. he is proving half his idea arent for the new generation. and i hope aew keeps kicking their ass 😀

  37. Vince knows the ship is sinking. WWE’s revenue figures have been hollow for quite some time. Vince is deconstructing what he has and selling it off because he doesn’t know what to do with his actual product anymore because……..(wait for it)…….

    He doesn’t actually know his customers. And he hasn’t for quite some time, nor does it appear that he even cares.

    When the golden goose is sick, time to start selling those eggs.

  38. As long as they keep the NXT/NXT UK PPV'S on the WWE Network then I'll just watch the main roster PPV'S only for the big 5 events.

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