CableFax.com has a story pointing out that for the eighth year in a row, USA will be the top ranked cable network in prime time where total viewers are concerned when the recording year ends tomorrow. They, correctly, point out WWE's role in that with Raw bringing in about four million viewers for three hours every Monday night. Without WWE, USA falls to number four or five. As the number one network, USA can charge much more for their advertising and WWE is well aware of that as they negotiate their new TV deal. The first quarter of next year is going to be very interesting as WWE will announce the winner of their TV rights by March. You can read the CableFax article by clicking here.
Speaking of the first quarter of next year, pretty much everyone I have spoken to around the company believes that WWE's announcement on 1/8 in Las Vegas will be about the debut of The WWE Network. I have heard from a few sources that it very well may be that WWE does a network similar to the new venture by the UFC, and will be streamed via the internet as opposed to being carried by traditional carriers. Personally, I think that is a great idea, for a few reasons. One, they would cut out the large fees that they would have to pay the cable/satellite companies. For another, WWE would be in complete control of the project, as opposed to having to fight with carriers for positioning on their boxes. Every year, more and more people are cutting the cord from cable and are using the internet to watch their television programming. There is no reason WWE can't do the same thing, especially with smart TVs. And if they get, say, 1 million people to sign up, then they can go to the cable/satellite companies and negotiate from a position of strength and get a better deal for their product.
Chris Jericho announced that Bret Hart will be the guest on his podcast for the 1/8 and 1/15 episodes.
Eric Sturrock sent this item. ... Snooki was interviewed last week on "OK! TV" about her stint on "Dancing with the Stars". Snooki said "It was the scariest thing she ever did besides WrestleMania."
NJ Today has a great story about Acting NJ Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the Division on Civil Rights helping 8-year-old boy that has cerebral palsy get tickets for tonight's show in Newark, NJ after his father was unable to get him seats in the handicapped section. You can read it by clicking here.
As mentioned above, WWE is running in Newark, NJ tonight. The other group is in Detroit, MI. If you are going to one of the shows and can send a report, please drop me a line.
Thomas Rude sent these videos.
WWE Inbox (100th Episode): http://youtu.be/0nTRr3lRD3Q
12/27 WWE Smackdown "Backstage Fallout": http://youtu.be/WQmTftIRTUo
Cody Rhodes' Amazing Moonsault From the top of a Cage at MSG!: http://youtu.be/ni3kgHn212k
The JBL & Cole Show (Episode 57): http://youtu.be/rIsxzsryyJM
Famous Musicians Honor the United States Military: http://youtu.be/omeN0-mLraA
Media Personalities Honor the United States Military: http://youtu.be/PW5WoAMNWcc