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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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 💯💯💯💯👌👍👍

  11. 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?

  12. 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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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 😀

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. I would delete the Network and never watch wwe again! Life long fan and you give us nothing we want in the past 10 years!

  24. Vince needs Vince Russo LOL ……Maybe a new person who knows Wrestlings or indie wrestling with bright ideas could save this. It's like global warming.

  25. "Who wouldn't want to work for WWE? I mean, come on. It's exciting."

    Sure bud. Tell that to the other wrestlers whom you released and others wrestlers who wants to leave your company.

    SMH! I swear, this guy couldn't be anymore delusional.

  26. honestly Adam Blampied was the only guy i really liked from "other" wrestling culture :P, but i m glad hes back! <3 that guy.

    ps to Adam. Are you able to make any of those content you made from before again? cause ive always liked your take and ideas on wrestling(while i may not agree with everything) i still enjoy listening in and hearing your reasons.

  27. I cancelled my WWE Network subscription. Even at a low price it didn’t seem worth it to me anymore due to the crappy product WWE puts on TV.

  28. Ratings are down. Quick! take away all their shit they love by killing the network (attitude era shows). That'll increase ratings! Dude is so out of touch

  29. Wrestling just needs to go more extreme cut the B's stop predictable booking stop stupid gimmicks I am not saying legit fights like the UFC but there doing what wrestling should do they make you think people are going to battle and they hate each other and that shit sales

  30. Sasha's "legitimate ankle injury"???

    Dude, just admit it. Sasha Banks doesn't even give a shit about being a wrestler anymore

  31. I would love to see an interaction between chopper and plumpy in one of this news videos… Also nice tf2 soldier by fakidor

  32. I think that Vince is using the same trick a lot of US companies are using. Reporting the money they saved in taxes as profits to boost quarterly earnings. Causing many false positives in the market which is why is the market appears to be doing so good right now.

  33. So I've been hearing about the Revival for months now… Are they that good and popular that is so important for WWE to keep them?

  34. No doubt takeover will be a better card, then think about it with nxt men and woman titles both held. Raw smack down woman. Universal and wwe championship. Tag titles female and male. Intercontinental and United States. At least 3 non title feuds. It’s just too long a day now. They need to make it a two day show

  35. If Vince McMahon wants it in the company it most likely happens.
    Next week Virtual reality wrestling show your vote to decide who wins matches

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