Ring of Honor Announces Toy Licensing Deal

Ring of Honor Announces Toy Licensing Deal
Baltimore, MD (October 28, 2014) – Ring of Honor Wrestling® (ROH) and Figures Toy Company today announced a licensing agreement to develop, market and manufacture a line of collectible figures and accessories based on the wrestlers and world of Ring of Honor Wrestling.     For the first time ever, Ring of Honor fans will be able to collect their favorite ROH wrestlers while younger fans can relive classic ROH matches and moments with some of ROH’s most popular stars now available in toy form.  This will include a “throwback” line of figures as well as replica title belts.    “There’s been an overwhelming demand for a line of Ring of Honor figures and collectibles,” states Ring of Honor Chief Operating Officer Joe Koff.  “Figures Toy Company has exceptional expertise in developing high quality goods.  It’s really a fabulous opportunity for Ring of Honor and its fans.”   Ring of Honor will reveal the ROH Series 1 line of figures exclusively at: www.ROHwrestling.com shortly.  
What the world wants to know is if:
a)  Any of these ROH figures will get poached by the WWE's developmental toy system?b)  The throwback line includes a Rob Feinstein figure that will be barred from getting within 100 feet of your child's dolls?
Other than that, good for them.  
 

Another TV Deal Factor

Scott – it's me, Tom the Actuary.  There is another thing that effected the TV deal that I'm surprised no one has hit on.  Who else but WWE is trying to sell advertising for a TV show, while simultaneously pushing (on the air, repeatedly) an app for people to watch instead of the commercials?  Do they not think this might devalue any TV deal they have?

​Greetings, Tom the Actuary!  Long time no talk.  And yeah, USA already smacked them on the nose when they were driving people to the website during commercials years ago, so I'm kind of surprised that they're getting away with it now via the app.  I'm not sure if they're just flying under the radar or what.  ​

The Deal Is Done!

…and the stock is plunging as a result.  WWE didn't actually announce the real number, merely that all the TV deals put together total $200 million, which puts the value of the new deal around $160 million, or even lower than I guessed.  It's an increase, but nowhere near the double or even triple they were promising for months.  So, uh, not good.  Hopefully they don't start purging the roster now.  

Prediction for WWE TV Deal?

Dear Scott,

1- Do you think NBC will announce a new TV deal with WWE during its upfronts on Thursday?

2- If yes, how much do you think WWE will receive?  WWE received $106 million for US TV rights last year, and Vince said a stock analyst could put him in a hammerlock if the new deal isn't at least double 2013's number.

​1.  That appears to be the impending announcement, yes.
2.  ​I think they'll get an increase, but not crazy, and not double.  I'd say $180 million.  

Mick Foley Not Signing New WWE Legends Deal

This was posted on Foley’s Facebook account:

To deal..or not to deal – that is the question. As some of you may have heard, at this point, I am opting not to sign my Legends Marketing Deal, which gives #WWE the right to market my likeness on video games and action figures. I’ll be writing in more detail about this in the next week or so, but it would be fair to say that, despite strong sales, I have found the payoffs for the past two video games to be extremely weak – in the 25% range of what most talent was expecting.  

Last year, the explanation had something to do with the video game company going bankrupt – a real shame for me, since I was heavily featured as three characters from the “Attitude” era, complete with voice work. I haven’t heard this year’s explanation yet, but, personally. I think the #WWE just wants to see if the talent will accept a far lower percentage than had previously been given. If so, it would proably be a good business move for #WWE, since very few current wrestlers are going to jeapordize their standing with the company by offering resistance – and most legends will probably come to feel like anything they get from merchandise is better than nothing.
As for me: until I hear a valid reason, I’m opting out.

Looks like the Legend’s Deals are making people unhappy. Wonder if more will follow suit with Mick

wwe tv deal

would vince accept a deal from someone that asks raw be moved to Tuesdays from September- december?  or would that just screw up tapings and house shows too much.
did i hear that the nfl once offered wwe money to move raw to tuesdays?  if so how much and why didnt vince take the deal? pretty sure the answer is hubris

Yeah, Vince wishes they made that offer.  I think that rumor falls under the category of "things Vince tells people that no one bothers to fact-check."  

WWE/NBC Universal not making a deal?

Apparently, the WWE has asked NBC (parent of USA/SyFy) for a lot more money and, so far, NBC is saying no. Kind of interesting – wonder if the WWE Network announcement is hurting them here:
http://nypost.com/2014/02/08/valentines-breakup-nbcuniversal-and-wwe-may-split-up/

Yeah, I personally would be SHOCKED if Vince's strategy of bragging about tripling his rights fees and then launching his own competing network somehow hurt his chances of getting more money out of USA.  I think when all is said and done they'll still end up back with USA again for slightly more money, just because it's too much of a boondoggle for either side to give up that security and try something new.  

What’s The Deal With Daniel Bryan?

Why do they push him, bury him (rinse-repeat), give him this great storyline about having a gold-ticket to headline WM, bury him again, give him another great storyline where the issue is whether he really has what it takes to headline and then they just give him the title? If they have no faith in Bryan, why do they keep putting him in these amazing positions?

Because it amuses Vince McMahon to do so, I think.  If they had legitimate faith in Bryan, then they wouldn’t keep spending money to fly Mark Henry around on a torn groin.  Heel Daniel should be fun, though.  Plus, if nothing else, he’s done something that no one ever thought would be possible based on being that size, so he’ll always have that. 

What’s The Deal With Daniel Bryan?

Why do they push him, bury him (rinse-repeat), give him this great storyline about having a gold-ticket to headline WM, bury him again, give him another great storyline where the issue is whether he really has what it takes to headline and then they just give him the title? If they have no faith in Bryan, why do they keep putting him in these amazing positions?

Because it amuses Vince McMahon to do so, I think.  If they had legitimate faith in Bryan, then they wouldn’t keep spending money to fly Mark Henry around on a torn groin.  Heel Daniel should be fun, though.  Plus, if nothing else, he’s done something that no one ever thought would be possible based on being that size, so he’ll always have that. 

What’s The Deal With Daniel Bryan?

Why do they push him, bury him (rinse-repeat), give him this great storyline about having a gold-ticket to headline WM, bury him again, give him another great storyline where the issue is whether he really has what it takes to headline and then they just give him the title? If they have no faith in Bryan, why do they keep putting him in these amazing positions?

Because it amuses Vince McMahon to do so, I think.  If they had legitimate faith in Bryan, then they wouldn’t keep spending money to fly Mark Henry around on a torn groin.  Heel Daniel should be fun, though.  Plus, if nothing else, he’s done something that no one ever thought would be possible based on being that size, so he’ll always have that.