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#1 Strummer

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:30 AM

just announced

 

 

 

http://www.espn.com/...-smackdown-live



#2 Matt D

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:32 AM

Well, things are never boring.

#3 Strummer

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:38 AM

starting October 2019.  And it will be moving to Friday Nights.

 

wonder if this means it's going to be taped again.  That would be much easier on the production crew



#4 Kadaveri

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:46 AM

No way. A big selling point of WWE programming nowadays is that it's live TV so people won't watch it on demand and skip the ads.



#5 Jmare007

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:47 AM

If it continues to be live it would make them change their house show schedule, I think they will go back to taping it.

 

I wonder if FOX will cancel it out of nowhere like they do with all their shows.



#6 Matt D

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:52 AM

If it continues to be live it would make them change their house show schedule, I think they will go back to taping it.

 

I wonder if FOX will cancel it out of nowhere like they do with all their shows.

 

It can become a procedural with no meanungful week to week connectivity.



#7 Johnny Sorrow

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 12:23 PM

FOX notoriously will cancel shows they don't own. So they must be counting on ad revenue.

#8 topropepodcast

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 12:23 PM

My guess would be that all it would do, schedule wise, is change the Friday live show into a live SD. They might take the Tuesday live shows off the table, but the rights increase will more than cover a Tuesday night house show. That would leave both shows as traveling Friday-Monday, save the international tours.



#9 Jmare007

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 12:42 PM

Yeah, I changed my mind. After reading the deal is for 5 years/1 billion, it's has to continue to be live, no way they give that much money for a taped show.

 

 

Vince can't write/book a compelling wrestling show to safe his life nowadays, but he continues to show he's the GOAT promoter. Dude got that Saudi money and now this.



#10 KawadaSmile

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 02:57 PM

In tears. Vincent McMahon is the best promoter of all time and never was out of touch. It was him, Austin. It was him all along.



#11 Matt D

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 03:00 PM

Eh. He just lucked into an environment which was impossibly advantageous? That he couldn't get more during the last round of negotiations was embarrassing. This is a massive success but he didn't create the situation. He just kept a steady ship that could benefit from it.

#12 Mad Dog

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 03:08 PM

Yeah, live sports are in a bubble right now. They were going to clean up on this TV deal. The problem for them and all of the other sports leagues is what they do when the TV money starts drying up in the next decade. The NFL in particular is going to get fucked when that happens because they've refused to embrace technology.



#13 El-P

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 03:50 PM

The Trump Wrestling Federation finally on FOX. All is well in the best world possible.



#14 Seabs

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 04:13 PM

Now also being reported the plan is for it to move to 3 hours as well. Great.

#15 Mad Dog

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 04:13 PM

Jesus. Just what we need, more filler.



#16 KawadaSmile

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 04:32 PM

Maybe they can finally start giving the women's division more than one segment, now.



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Posted 21 May 2018 - 04:34 PM

Vince is now wealthier than Ted Turner.



#18 Matt D

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 04:41 PM

Vince is now wealthier than Ted Turner.

 

Maybe he'll finally start a rasslin' company.



#19 El-P

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 05:01 PM

Vince is now wealthier than Ted Turner.

 

And he'll probably die sooner than later at this point too...



#20 WingedEagle

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 06:30 PM

This is a massive success but he didn't create the situation. He just kept a steady ship that could benefit from it.

 

This is pretty important and I think deserving of quite a bit of credit.  I haven't been a fan of much of the main roster creative over the last 18 months, but he built a model that grew to and could sustain business at this level while never letting creative fall to a point that it imperiled the business as a going concern.






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