WWE Best PPV Matches 2011 DVD

http://bluray.ign.com/articles/121/1213541p1.html I didn’t even know this was coming out, but I guess it makes sense.  Was there one last year?  I have the 2009 one but I don’t recall a best of 2010.  Punk v. Cena is a no-brainer, as is HHH v. Undertaker.  What else was really good this year?  Orton v. Christian (pick one), maybe an Elimination Chamber match, I dunno. 

WWE Best PPV Matches 2011 DVD

http://bluray.ign.com/articles/121/1213541p1.html I didn’t even know this was coming out, but I guess it makes sense.  Was there one last year?  I have the 2009 one but I don’t recall a best of 2010.  Punk v. Cena is a no-brainer, as is HHH v. Undertaker.  What else was really good this year?  Orton v. Christian (pick one), maybe an Elimination Chamber match, I dunno. 

WWE Best PPV Matches 2011 DVD

http://bluray.ign.com/articles/121/1213541p1.html I didn’t even know this was coming out, but I guess it makes sense.  Was there one last year?  I have the 2009 one but I don’t recall a best of 2010.  Punk v. Cena is a no-brainer, as is HHH v. Undertaker.  What else was really good this year?  Orton v. Christian (pick one), maybe an Elimination Chamber match, I dunno. 

The Live Smackdown Thread

Dunno if anyone’s watching this show, but if you are and want a place to discuss it, have at it.  Last minute prediction from yours truly:  Mark Henry retains the title over Daniel Bryan, but Bryan hurts the leg so badly that Henry is unable to get up after the win.  Bryan cashes in the briefcase for an immediate rematch, but Michael Cole slams the cage door in his face to cost him the title and make him the first person to lose his MITB cash-in match. 

The Live Smackdown Thread

Dunno if anyone’s watching this show, but if you are and want a place to discuss it, have at it.  Last minute prediction from yours truly:  Mark Henry retains the title over Daniel Bryan, but Bryan hurts the leg so badly that Henry is unable to get up after the win.  Bryan cashes in the briefcase for an immediate rematch, but Michael Cole slams the cage door in his face to cost him the title and make him the first person to lose his MITB cash-in match. 

The Live Smackdown Thread

Dunno if anyone’s watching this show, but if you are and want a place to discuss it, have at it.  Last minute prediction from yours truly:  Mark Henry retains the title over Daniel Bryan, but Bryan hurts the leg so badly that Henry is unable to get up after the win.  Bryan cashes in the briefcase for an immediate rematch, but Michael Cole slams the cage door in his face to cost him the title and make him the first person to lose his MITB cash-in match. 

WWE Network

Do you think the WWE Network has a chance to succeed? Because I really don’t, unless they move SmackDown and PPVs to the channel — and even then I’m not sure. We’ve seen sports leagues & college conferences eventually make networks profits (Big Ten, NFL, MLB, etc.) but it took a lot of time & most lost money the first year or two, as well as not being a publicly-traded companies that would have investors ticked off at early losses. They even had the advantage of having a surplus of live games to show. WWE can’t move Raw. It could move SmackDown, but do they risk effectively killing that audience off? I know they suggested moving the big PPVs to the WWE Network, but there’s no way the Royal Rumble or SummerSlam is going to be as profitable on a network as it is on PPV. The lesser PPVs, like Money in the Bank or Night of Champions, maybe. It just seems to me that the WWE is rushing into creating a network because it thinks it could solve their problems. But I see it as just the opposite. I don’t see too many folks willing to pay the WWE a HBO-like subscription fee each month and I don’t see too many cable operators lining up to push the WWE onto everyone’s cable bills. If the NFL Network took several years to get clearance with easily the #1 rated TV property out there, how is the WWE going to justify that when its top show gets a fraction of the Monday Night Football rating??

I think it has zero chance to succeed, unless they manage to piggyback off the NFL network in a package deal where cable companies are basically forced to carry it.  But here’s the thing with WWE:  3 hours a week of WWE programming is basically my absolute limit at this point.  I can take 2 hours of RAW and the hour of Vintage Collection, but anything more than that would have me clawing my own eyes out.  Can you imagine hours of the day filled with crap like the Divas going on a road trip or old wrestlers in a house together? 

WWE Network

Do you think the WWE Network has a chance to succeed? Because I really don’t, unless they move SmackDown and PPVs to the channel — and even then I’m not sure. We’ve seen sports leagues & college conferences eventually make networks profits (Big Ten, NFL, MLB, etc.) but it took a lot of time & most lost money the first year or two, as well as not being a publicly-traded companies that would have investors ticked off at early losses. They even had the advantage of having a surplus of live games to show. WWE can’t move Raw. It could move SmackDown, but do they risk effectively killing that audience off? I know they suggested moving the big PPVs to the WWE Network, but there’s no way the Royal Rumble or SummerSlam is going to be as profitable on a network as it is on PPV. The lesser PPVs, like Money in the Bank or Night of Champions, maybe. It just seems to me that the WWE is rushing into creating a network because it thinks it could solve their problems. But I see it as just the opposite. I don’t see too many folks willing to pay the WWE a HBO-like subscription fee each month and I don’t see too many cable operators lining up to push the WWE onto everyone’s cable bills. If the NFL Network took several years to get clearance with easily the #1 rated TV property out there, how is the WWE going to justify that when its top show gets a fraction of the Monday Night Football rating??

I think it has zero chance to succeed, unless they manage to piggyback off the NFL network in a package deal where cable companies are basically forced to carry it.  But here’s the thing with WWE:  3 hours a week of WWE programming is basically my absolute limit at this point.  I can take 2 hours of RAW and the hour of Vintage Collection, but anything more than that would have me clawing my own eyes out.  Can you imagine hours of the day filled with crap like the Divas going on a road trip or old wrestlers in a house together? 

WWE Network

Do you think the WWE Network has a chance to succeed? Because I really don’t, unless they move SmackDown and PPVs to the channel — and even then I’m not sure. We’ve seen sports leagues & college conferences eventually make networks profits (Big Ten, NFL, MLB, etc.) but it took a lot of time & most lost money the first year or two, as well as not being a publicly-traded companies that would have investors ticked off at early losses. They even had the advantage of having a surplus of live games to show. WWE can’t move Raw. It could move SmackDown, but do they risk effectively killing that audience off? I know they suggested moving the big PPVs to the WWE Network, but there’s no way the Royal Rumble or SummerSlam is going to be as profitable on a network as it is on PPV. The lesser PPVs, like Money in the Bank or Night of Champions, maybe. It just seems to me that the WWE is rushing into creating a network because it thinks it could solve their problems. But I see it as just the opposite. I don’t see too many folks willing to pay the WWE a HBO-like subscription fee each month and I don’t see too many cable operators lining up to push the WWE onto everyone’s cable bills. If the NFL Network took several years to get clearance with easily the #1 rated TV property out there, how is the WWE going to justify that when its top show gets a fraction of the Monday Night Football rating??

I think it has zero chance to succeed, unless they manage to piggyback off the NFL network in a package deal where cable companies are basically forced to carry it.  But here’s the thing with WWE:  3 hours a week of WWE programming is basically my absolute limit at this point.  I can take 2 hours of RAW and the hour of Vintage Collection, but anything more than that would have me clawing my own eyes out.  Can you imagine hours of the day filled with crap like the Divas going on a road trip or old wrestlers in a house together? 

Hogan v. Flair

Hey Scott, Long time reader way back from Wrestleline etc. Question – what was the real story behind WM VIII, ie why didn’t Vince book Hogan vs Flair and build it up as the biggest match of all time? I would guess that no one wanted to do the job, but Flair clearly had no problem jobbing to Hogan 2 years later in WCW, so what gives? To my mind there were three epic Hogan Wrestlemanias, WM III vs andre, WM VI vs warrior, and WM XVIII vs Rock, (all btw in a dome which I think was necessary for all three) so why did this one (also in a dome) not happen? And if Vince was trying to save it for a later time, when was that going to be?

He wasn’t trying to save anything, he just didn’t have confidence in Flair-Hogan as a main event and never actually intended to go with it.  And to be fair, the house show run in 1991 was a success the first time around, but by the second swing business was way down and Flair was pretty much just another Hogan challenger.  There was no evidence that the Hogan-Flair dream match was going to do any kind of business, so they went with the more storyline heavy double main event instead. 

Hogan v. Flair

Hey Scott, Long time reader way back from Wrestleline etc. Question – what was the real story behind WM VIII, ie why didn’t Vince book Hogan vs Flair and build it up as the biggest match of all time? I would guess that no one wanted to do the job, but Flair clearly had no problem jobbing to Hogan 2 years later in WCW, so what gives? To my mind there were three epic Hogan Wrestlemanias, WM III vs andre, WM VI vs warrior, and WM XVIII vs Rock, (all btw in a dome which I think was necessary for all three) so why did this one (also in a dome) not happen? And if Vince was trying to save it for a later time, when was that going to be?

He wasn’t trying to save anything, he just didn’t have confidence in Flair-Hogan as a main event and never actually intended to go with it.  And to be fair, the house show run in 1991 was a success the first time around, but by the second swing business was way down and Flair was pretty much just another Hogan challenger.  There was no evidence that the Hogan-Flair dream match was going to do any kind of business, so they went with the more storyline heavy double main event instead. 

Hogan v. Flair

Hey Scott, Long time reader way back from Wrestleline etc. Question – what was the real story behind WM VIII, ie why didn’t Vince book Hogan vs Flair and build it up as the biggest match of all time? I would guess that no one wanted to do the job, but Flair clearly had no problem jobbing to Hogan 2 years later in WCW, so what gives? To my mind there were three epic Hogan Wrestlemanias, WM III vs andre, WM VI vs warrior, and WM XVIII vs Rock, (all btw in a dome which I think was necessary for all three) so why did this one (also in a dome) not happen? And if Vince was trying to save it for a later time, when was that going to be?

He wasn’t trying to save anything, he just didn’t have confidence in Flair-Hogan as a main event and never actually intended to go with it.  And to be fair, the house show run in 1991 was a success the first time around, but by the second swing business was way down and Flair was pretty much just another Hogan challenger.  There was no evidence that the Hogan-Flair dream match was going to do any kind of business, so they went with the more storyline heavy double main event instead.