An WWE Network Original?

Why isn't the WWE doing more original programming for the Network? They own WWE Studios!


Sure, they'd probably be terrible at it.  But at the very least, shouldn't all of the movies be available on it?  They could even be hyping "Special Network Premieres" for all the upcoming movies. Heck, they might even luck into creating their own "Orange is the New Black", or "Walking Dead", and get more casual fans ordering subscriptions.

Here's a few show ideas they can have:

  • The Marine, The Series (Hell take any movie they've done and add "The Series" to it)
  • Tag Team: Remake the Roddy Piper / Jessie Ventura cop show
  • Welcome to Parts, Unknown: Northern Exposure meets sports enterainment. A young doctor (or lawyer) takes a job in the small town of Parts Unknown with its eclectic cast of masked and face painted residents.
  • 4th and Take Down: A football comedy about a fictionalized West Texas A&M with players based on the actual wrestlers who went to that school (Dusty Rhodes, Tully Blanchard, Tito Santana, Terry Funk, Stan Hansen, Ted Dibiase).
  • Celebrity Tough Enough
  • Learning the Ropes: The New Class

Bonus movie

  • Space Slam: Space Jam – Michael Jordan + John Cena in an 8-man tag match with Bugs, Daffy and the Tasmanian Devil vs Aliens = ALL THE MONEY
Any pitches for shows you'd like to see on the Network?

Mike

Hmm, Orange Is The New Black with the Divas.  Might have something there.

They actually had a list of wacky show ideas they were developing a couple of months ago, before the bottom fell out of the Network, and about the most interesting idea they had was Steve Blackman working as a bounty hunter.  I would watch the shit out of that.  
Definitely the WWE Studios garbage should be on there, just to fill out content if nothing else.  They keep replaying the same fucking 8 hours of live stream over and over!  Stick See No Evil or Chaperone 3: Still Chaperonin' in there to fill two hours, maybe.  I'd sit through Marine 2 for free, for example.  I usually keep enough booze around the house for that.  

What I legitimately WOULD like them see develop into a show is of course Are You Serious, complete with Puppet H.  There should be enough YouTube episodes in the can that they can even edit them into 2 or 3 half hour shows to start and buy time to make new ones.  

Original WWE Network idea discussed 3 years ago.

Hey Scott,

 I stumbled across this while looking through your older content and 3 years ago Vince made mention of creating what we know today as WWE Network you even made a post about the subject on this very blog, which I have linked: http://www.rspwfaq.net/2011/09/vince-goes-completely-insane-film-at-11_23.html Do you still stand by your original comments of how it is the worst move possible the WWE could have made? Cheers.Well it's not like it's doing very well at the moment, and they've basically cannibalized their PPV business.  I'm glad they did it, but I have to think that they're regretting jumping in with all appendages at once like they did.  Yeah, they can make it work by cutting the shit out of all their expenditures, but the launch was kind of a debacle.  But what's done is done.  

The SmarK DVD Rant for Star Trek The Original Series: Origins (Blu Ray)

The SmarK DVD Rant for Star Trek The Original Series: Origins Pretty simple compilation disc here, as we get the “origins” of the major players in Star Trek Into Darkness in case new viewers want to know where they came from. Which means 5 episodes of the original series, four of which were in the first season. So basically a few episodes of the first season repackaged into a new single disc. But they’re all good ones, at least. Note: Although the season sets allow you to switch between the new-fangled computer graphics and the original pie plates on strings, this disc only gives the fancy new versions. “The Cage” (First appearance of Spock and the Enterprise and Christopher Pike.) So this was the very first, unaired pilot episode, originally presented in black & white but shown in color here. Not to be confused with The Menagerie, which was the two-part episode cut together from this one later on. So instead of Kirk, we have Jeffrey Hunter as super-angsty Captain Christopher Pike, weary of these years of travelling in space with his Martian science officer Spock and female First Officer. Sadly, his moping is interrupted by a distress signal (delivered by intergalactic teletype), and off they go. The top-flight CGI shots intercut with the zero-budget sixties bridge set is jarring to say the least. The bulk of the episode takes place on Talos IV, as Pike and his crew find a group of crash survivors and one hot chick, who once again proves that dames ain’t nothing but trouble by luring Pike into a kidnapping via big-headed aliens. Spock is much more emotional and hotheaded here, literally shooting first and asking questions later. The Talosians screw with Pike’s mind while the bridge crew sits and talks and talks and talks and then decide “Maybe we should go with an EVEN BIGGER CANNON” as their solution to the problem. Finest minds in the galaxy, these guys. The talking continues as Pike debates with the aliens, and then talks with dream girl Vina in a variety of scenarios created by the Talosians and holy shit does this episode start dragging badly. No wonder NBC rejected it as a pilot. Majel Barrett as Number One is basically Spock as a woman, it should be noted. After some “everything was an illusion” double-crossing back on itself, Pike escapes and flies off into space again. At 63 minutes, this was WAY too long and talky and it’s no wonder that it went nowhere. Sadly, Jeffrey Hunter died in 1969 and wasn’t able to cash in once the show exploded. “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. (First appearance of JAMES FUCKING T. KIRK) Third episode aired, but the first one shot (not counting “The Cage” of course) and stuff is drastically different here. The uniforms are all different, most notably, and there are cosmetic differences in the ship. Plus there’s no McCoy, only Dr. Piper. So the plot sees the Enterprise voyaging to the edge of the galaxy, where a giant barrier awaits to put the cosmic smackdown on anything that comes near. And in this case, Lt. Gary Mitchell suffers that fate which so many Trek characters would suffer after him: Godlike powers without the godlike instruction book. You can tell he’s godlike because he has silver contact lenses after his exposure to the barrier. Kirk, it should be noted, is 100% fully formed as a character here, as Shatner nails the thing in one episode and doesn’t look back. Spock, on the other hand, shows emotion (despite his claims to the contrary) and is frankly kind of a dick at times. Speaking of being a dick, once Gary Mitchell starts showing superpowers, the crew switches from supporting his lifestyle choice of godhood to “let’s take him down to the planet and blow the shit out of him”. Can you blame him for going crazy and trying to kill everyone? Things get a bit silly as Gary Mitchell and his silver-eyed bride-to-be Dr. Hot Lips try to craft a paradise, and Kirk is having none of that. Dig the overacting on Kirk as he’s tortured by Mitchell! There’s just no “off” switch with Shatner, is there? Luckily, they needed an action show to sell this version of the pilot, so instead of philosophical debate we get the first ass-whooping delivered by Kirk to settle things, as it should be. Remember kids: For all the talk about Roddenberry’s visions of peace, more often than not the solution was Kirk beating the hell out of someone and then dropping a rock on them. Usually metaphorically speaking, but in this case literally. “SPACE SEED” (First appearance of KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!) Yes, this will do. The caps are mine. The Enterprise finds a dead ship in space, apparently the USS Botany Bay, which is filled with leftovers from the Eugenics Wars who have been frozen and left to drift as punishment for, you know, trying to conquer the world and all. Thus we meet Ricardo Montalban as Khan Noonien Singh, a combination of Hitler and Alexander the Great. So you know this is gonna lead somewhere bad. He immediately tries to shank McCoy after miraculously recovering from being mostly dead, and has an electric conversation with Kirk where you can just feel the alpha male posturing bleeding from the screen. This carries over into a supposedly-civil dinner where Spock is needling Khan like a swordsman while Kirk watches for weakness, and Khan even points that out to gain the upper hand again. Meanwhile, hottie crew-woman Marla falls in love with the ultimate bad-boy and agrees to help him in his quest to re-establish his empire of cloned super-soldiers. And Khan comes THAT close to taking over the ship and killing everyone, only losing out because of a dramatic stunt double battle. And Kirk banishes him and his crew to Ceti Alpha V, noting that it might be interesting to return later and see what’s become of him. Awesome, awesome stuff. “Errand of Mercy”. (First appearance of the Klingons) After a quick battle with them (off-screen to save money) to save the planet Organia from invasion, Spock and Kirk beam down to check on them and make sure no one’s been slaughtered. Oh, and to offer protection from the big bad Klingons. The Organians are stubbornly against any help from either side. One really cool bit of new CGI here sees the awesome nerds inserting an entire Klingon fleet into what was previously just a one second shot of the Enterprise taking a hit. Michael Okuda has the best job in the whole world. So back to the episode, as the Klingons declare themselves the new rulers of the most peaceful planet in the universe and Kirk has to hold his tongue under the guise of being an Organian, and this is clearly a US v. Russia allegory. The Klingons here are more of a general evil menace rather than the specifically honourable warlike race they became later on. But while the Organians have no interest in fighting back, undercover Kirk and Spock are all too willing to blow some shit up to make their point. Kirk readily admits that he’s a soldier and not a diplomat, and that’s a key difference between him and Picard. Kirk and Kor actually start bonding over how annoying these pacifistic Organians are because they just want to wage some WAR, baby, whether their Organian friends want to help them or not. Everything is a just a little too weird, as the Organian leader calmly leads Kirk out of any predicament set up by Kor, with little regard for any potential consequences. Finally Kirk has just had enough and launches a two-man war on the Klingons (complete with another great little bit of dialogue with Spock about their odds of survival…approximately 7824.7 to 1) and finally the Organians step in and declare that shall be no violence on or around their planet, and that’s that. And then the big twist: The Organians are not even human beings, they’re energy beings who are supremely powerful and morally superior and even correctly foretell the future alliance between the Klingons & Federation. Spock again notes that it’s life, but not as we know it. This one kind of loses something without the Vietnam war as context (The lesson is that you shouldn’t interfere unless asked, you see) but it’s the KLINGONS! “The Trouble With Tribbles” (First appearance of…do I really have to tell you?) This is of course one of the best Trek episodes of all-time and one of the funniest as well. You know the story and love it already: The Klingons and Federation are arguing about who can develop a planet most efficiently, and Kirk ends up answering a distress call on a space station. The emergency: Guarding 2 tonnes of wheat. So Kirk, who with barely-concealed hatred of bureaucracy, gives everyone shore leave, wherein they meet scuzzy trader Cyrano Jones, who sells Uhura a Tribble. And then the Klingons take shore leave on the station and things go downhill for Kirk rapidly from there. The most famous scene of course sees Scotty getting into a barfight with the Klingons over harsh words said about the Enterprise. This marks the first time someone calls Kirk a “swaggering, tin-plated dictator with delusions of godhood.” Although he would be far from the last. Kirk’s followup chat with Scotty (“…and THAT’S when you hit him?”) and the visual gag of the multiplying Tribbles are classic understated Trek comedy. And of course, the only creatures in the universe who despise Klingons more than James T. Kirk does are the Tribbles, so everyone ends up getting what they deserve. This one became even more famous when DS9 did a time travel episode that saw Worf participate “behind the scenes” and act as a meta-commentary on the episode. The Pulse Five great (or in the case of the Cage, historic if nothing else) episodes of the Original Series for cheap! Not exactly essential, but hardcore Trekkies already have the seasons sets anyway, so this is aimed squarely at casual fans and it’s a fine selection of Kirk goodness.

Original Ziggler plan?

Hey Scott, any idea what the original plan was for Dolph Ziggler pre-concussion? It seems as though they've temporarily moved him out of the title picture again to maybe make way for a Del Rio/RVD feud. Was the plan always to have Ziggler lose the title back to Del Rio and stick him in a feud with Langston instead? Also while I'm at it, do the people in charge believe in Ziggler's all-round ability the way we do? Because I don't recall anyone of prominence speaking particular highly of him the way they do Bryan, Punk etc. Thanks

Well it couldn't have been too long-term because they wanted Del Rio to be the big Latino babyface star for the next generation and such.  I know they really like Ziggler but I don't know how much, if any, they trust in him as a big star, as evidenced by the constant jobs and total non-protection.  I think they're trying for that 95 Shawn vibe where they make him a sympathetic babyface and create demand for the chase until he wins the Rumble. It's kind of a weird vibe though because Dolph is kind of an unlikable dick thus far.  Although Dolph getting screwed over by a crazy ex is something that guys of the target age can relate to, at least.  The AJ stuff seems long-term enough that Dolph's title loss was probably planned beforehand, I'd guess.  

Brand-new original Newsday content from WrestleMania week

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> Hope all is well.
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> Updated original WrestleMania XXIX pics from Axxess and Hall of Fame. (Will be updated all day long.)
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> http://www.newsday.com/sports/pro-wrestling/wwe-wrestlemania-29-comes-to-new-york-new-jersey-1.3535682
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> Women of professional wrestling (with new Trish Stratus pics).
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> http://www.newsday.com/sports/pro-wrestling/women-of-professional-wrestling-1.5018715
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> Mick Foley through the years (with Hall of Fame induction pics).
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> http://www.newsday.com/sports/pro-wrestling/wwe-hall-of-famer-mick-foley-through-the-years-1.4734082
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> WWE Hall of Fame inductees (New pics of all the inductees from Saturday night.)
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> http://www.newsday.com/sports/pro-wrestling/wwe-hall-of-fame-inductees-2013-1.4623671
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> Mick Foley Hall of Fame induction story
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> http://www.newsday.com/sports/pro-wrestling/li-pro-wrestler-mick-foley-joins-wwe-hall-of-fame-1.5021872
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> Hope you can use! Thanks much!
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Original Wrestlemania & WWE Music Mix

If you’re wrestling history buff scour YouTube you can find original Wrestlemania downloads up. The super old school broadcast.

In hindsight it’s pretty rough as Lord Alfred Hayes looked really uncomfortable in his role as a…whatever the hell they used him for. I love how everyone called Gorilla Monsoon “Gino” as well since that was probably what they all called him off air.

If you’ve never seen the original, full-of-kinks broadcast it’s worth the two hours to see WWF in its mega-event infacy.

Now for the important stuff, it time for the Princess to prove that she runs the Castle.

As loving as my family is we’re equally competitive and somehow the heir to the throne has convinced himself that he can beat my time this year in one of the triathlons we are competing in. Silly youth.

And naturally Mr. Princess wants in as well (and will quickly get left as he can’t swim as well and swimming 9/10th of a mile in open water is very tough).

Anyway I wanted to do some different music for my training. I wanted to do about 90 minutes of WWF entrance music. I have a few that I want on there like “The Game” and “I Walk Alone” and “Metalingus” and of course the Ultimate Warrior theme. But otherwise I’m open and looking for suggestions. Help me!