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WWE HALL OF FAME LIVE ON THE WWE NETWORK, WATCHING WWE PPVS ON A DELAY, DID TNA DROP THE BALL AT GENESIS AND MORE

By Dave Scherer on 2014-01-20 09:59:00

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How do you think WWE will determine what shows work and what should be cancelled? A 3.6 rating on TV is one thing vs. All TV shows but if you have 1 million subscribers, what do you think would be considered successful? And...if you are like me and have a family that makes it hard to watch Wrestlemania live...will you be able to record that for later viewing through the app?

All PPVs will be archived on-demand. They made a point of saying that if you get home fifteen minutes after the PPV starts, you can watch it from the beginning at that point. So you will have no issues. With the network, unlike Nielsen ratings WWE will get exact numbers on how many subscribers actually view a show. At this point, I don't know what number they consider a success. A lot of it will have to do with what it costs to produce a show. For example, if a show costs $250,000 an episode, and it has a low watch number, it will be gone.

Would WWE be seriously interested or relatively interested in purchasing TNA, in the near future?

WWE has no desire to buy TNA for anything other than their video library. They would not pay top dollar to buy the promotion as it is now.

Any early word if WWE NETWORK will carry the Hall of Fame ceremony live? Certainly would be great instead of the overly-edited versions we've seen in past years on USA.

WWE hasn't commented on it yet (we have asked). My gut feeling is that they will since it's a great way to get people to buy the Network. I am hoping they will air it.

You guys reported a few days ago that John 'Big' Gaburick is heading up creative for TNA. Why him? I didn't think it was possible, but current TNA creative has me longing for the days of Vince Russo in charge. It's that bad.

I agree, I have hated the last few weeks of shows from TNA. One of the reasons is booking big, huge Magnus as a coward (or the TNA version of Randy Orton). I hate booking a guy (especially one that isn't made yet) as a coward. I hate it more when the guy is BIG. The other is Dixie Carter being on my TV WAY too much. Gaburick comes with a WWE pedigree and that is something Carter has always placed a high value on.

I thought TNA was just going through the motions to tie up loose ends from the Hogan and AN Styles era and were going to start really trying to get the ball rolling with Genesis but in the reports I have read for the next two weeks, it feels like the shows were thrown together despite announcing a lineup ahead of time. Did TNA drop the ball here?

I think the did. They promised us a new beginning at Genesis and they opened with a half hour talk-a-thon. They promised new talent, with super smart fans knowing it would be Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards. And what did those viewers get when they tuned in? The two talking, not wrestling. Yes, I think they dropped the ball for sure.

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