GFW announces shows!

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/103-indies/42962-global-force-wrestling-first-weekend-lineups

What a pair of barnburners.  Running shows for a 500 person crowd in a baseball stadium with Chris Masters on top and doing 13 weeks of TV tapings without a TV deal.  Clearly this is a company that has learned from TNA's numerous mistakes of the past and has decided to … uh, I forget.  

WWE announces Network numbers, Wall Street unimpressed.

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/96-wwe-news/41858-wwe-network-update-and-lots-of-news

1.3 million subs for the Network, stock drops almost $3.00 as a result.  That's kind of a disastrous number, actually.  Unless Wrestlemania did about 700,000 regular PPV buys, there's not really any way to spin this as a positive.  Plus they're doing another free month in April.  I'm sure Chris Harrington will chime in shortly and I'll link there when he does, since he actually knows what he's talking about with this stuff.  

WWE Announces New Network Series

Source
The WWE sent out the following listing of original programming that
will be coming to the WWE Network, and in that announcement was news
that the NXT brand will be doing monthly, two-hour specials. Here is the
listing…

NEW ORIGINAL SERIES:

CAMP WWE – COMING LATE 2015: WWE, in partnership with Seth
Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, will debut a new, animated short-form
comedy series entitled Camp WWE. Imagine WWE Superstars and Divas when
they were kids at their favorite summer camp…which happens to be run by
none other than Mr. McMahon – add in shock-value, slapstick humor and
social satire – and you have WWE’s first adult comedy, which will debut
later this year.

SWERVED – COMING IN MAY: WWE teams up with the Director of
Jackass and Bad Grandpa, Jeff Tremaine, to give you the hilarious
original series, Swerved. Swerved is a half hour series and will
premiere in May.

DIVA SEARCH – COMING THIS FALL: WWE spans the globe in search
of the most beautiful, athletic and charismatic women to find the next
stunning WWE Diva. This competition will give viewers the opportunity to
witness the challenges, trials, drama and rewards that accompany the
journey of these women, as they vie for superstardom. Coming this Fall.

JERRY SPRINGER PRESENTS WWE TOO HOT FOR TV – COMING IN APRIL:
Hosted by legendary talk show host Jerry Springer, this series will
re-introduce the WWE Universe to the most outrageous stunts and
cringe-inducing moments in TV history. The series will be chock full of
insane situations and racy romps from WWE’s past that will have members
of the WWE Universe asking, “Did they really do this?!” Springer will
inject his own brand of humor into each episode with themes such as
“Love Hurts,” “All in the Family” and “Weddings and Funerals.” The
half-hour series will be available beginning in April in WWE Network’s
video-on-demand library with new episodes weekly.

LIVE! WITH CHRIS JERICHO – DEBUTS MONDAY, APRIL 6 WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOHN CENA:
Podcast host Chris Jericho challenges his guests in provocative, candid
conversations about their careers, their lives, past controversies and
the overall state of WWE. The monthly series kicks off Monday, April 6
immediately following Raw, with its first one-hour episode featuring WWE
Superstar John Cena.

UNFILTERED: WITH RENEE YOUNG – DEBUTS IN MAY: WWE announcer
Renee Young interviews WWE Superstars and other pop-culture celebrities,
covering just about everything, except what they are famous for. In
this short-form series, Renee’s guests include Grammy Award winner Wiz
Khalifa, five-time Grammy nominee Skylar Grey and WWE Superstars Roman
Reigns and Seth Rollins. Unfiltered will debut in May.

CULTURE SHOCK: WITH COREY GRAVES – PREMIERING IN JUNE: WWE
commentator Corey Graves reveals a variety of unique venues, customs,
music, food and people as WWE’s tour travels around the world. From
Marvel comic headquarters to a tattoo shop on the lower east side of
Manhattan, Graves examines the local culture with his unique perspective
and style. This short-form series will premiere in June.

WWE THE LIST – COMING IN JUNE: WWE The List is the best, the
worst, the most bizarre and interesting of everything and anything WWE.
If it’s amazing, outrageous, sexy or just plain fun, it just made
#TheList.

NEW EPISODES: In addition to the eight new original series,
WWE Network will also debut new episodes of the highly-acclaimed
docu-series WWE 24 as well as WWE Countdown and Rivalries. WWE will also
add more children’s programming by bringing back the popular 1980s
animated series, Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling. In addition, WWE
Network will produce compelling specials and short form content, while
continuing to add 1,000 hours to its robust video-on-demand library,
which currently has more than 3,000 hours of content.

WWE 24: The acclaimed 30-minute docu-series takes you on a
lightning-fast journey through a day in the life of WWE’s most
intriguing Superstars and groundbreaking events.

WWE COUNTDOWN: WWE Countdown settles the great debates across
WWE history. Who was the most dangerous Diva? Who had the best
catchphrase? This one-hour series allows the WWE Universe to determine
the top 10 in each category and have the final word on who tops each
list.

RIVALRIES: This docu-style series takes a look at the greatest
rivalries in WWE history, as never told before. Get the real stories
behind WWE’s most exciting matches and entertaining feuds through the
eyes of the Superstars who created them. Each one-hour episode leaves no
story untold.

HULK HOGAN’S ROCK ’N’ WRESTLING: Harkening back to 1985, this
Saturday morning cartoon, which originally aired on CBS, features Hulk
Hogan, Andre the Giant, Junkyard Dog, Captain Lou Albano, and Roddy
Piper in a series that is both nostalgic and entertaining, 30 years
later.

SPECIALS:

FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. THE BIG SHOW: THE BIGGEST VS. THE BEST – PREMIERES MONDAY, APRIL 27:
WWE Network will look back at this epic David vs. Goliath encounter at
WrestleMania 24 (2008) and its shocking conclusion coming just in time
for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which is expected to be one of the biggest
boxing matches in history.

NXT TAKEOVER – LIVE! – AIRS MONTHLY ON WEDNESDAYS The future
is here. WWE’s hottest up-and-coming Superstars compete to prove they’ve
got what it takes. More than just evolution, it’s a revolution! Witness
these WWE Superstars of tomorrow as they take over WWE Network with
live two-hour specials.

So we have a bunch of shows most people won’t watch, Takeover going monthly, new episodes of shows they already have, and Jerry Springer hosting something that sounds like Are You Serious but without the puppet.  But we can’t get 1997 Nitro?

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.  
 

WWE Announces a “Show us Your Superstar” Contest .

STAMFORD, CONN. AND MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 10, 2014 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) and Totino’s™ BOLD have partnered to offer one lucky fan the ultimate WWE experience – a chance to create their own WWE Superstar. The “Show Us Your Superstar” contest will allow fans to submit their best WWE Superstar characters in a short video online at www.wwe.com/TotinosBOLD.
The winner will travel to WWE’s biggest event of the summer, SummerSlam®, on Sunday, August 17 in Los Angeles where the journey will be showcased to a sold-out crowd at Staples Center and millions watching around the world. Totino’s BOLD, a General Mills brand, will be the presenting sponsor of SummerSlam and the “Show Us Your Superstar” contest.
Fans can submit videos no longer than three minutes showcasing their ultimate WWE persona and one lucky winner will be selected and sent to WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, where just like an aspiring WWE Superstar, their journey will begin and the winner’s character will be developed.
At the Performance Center, WWE will follow the winner’s journey from average fan to ‘spotlight ready’ and capture content for a series of digital videos. The videos will be released beginning Monday, July 21 and lead up to SummerSlam, when the entire experience will be revealed for the first time.
“Totino’s BOLD is excited to continue our relationship with WWE through this fan contest, and the sponsorship of SummerSlam 2014,” said Brad Hiranaga, Associate Marketing Director for Totino’s. “We are launching two new flavors to our BOLD product line this summer and together with WWE we are bringing both flavors and fan experiences to the next level.”
“WWE has the most passionate fans in the world and we’re thrilled to partner with Totino’s BOLD to offer a once in-a-lifetime chance for fans to create their own WWE Superstar,” said Michelle Wilson, Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, WWE.  “We’re excited to leverage WWE’s expansive TV, digital and social media platforms to help Totino’s BOLD Launch its new products.”