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I don't mind him at all on this. Nothing stands out, positive or negative, and that's fine for what he's doing now. I think he's sound enough as the latest bland third-string commentator/interviewer, much better than he was as a wrestler.

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Edge's WWE 24 is probably the best Network content ever. It's surely impossible to sit through it and not see the wonderful side of this silly business.   

RVD is a hell of a lot more iconic to the people who watched wrestling when it mattered than the vast majority of stars they've attempted to create in years since. 

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Currently watching the third episode of Wrestlemania Today, I've come to the conclusion that this is my favourite WWE TV show in ages. It's a totally different approach, and I never thought a kayfabed panel show would really work, but it's genuinely done a spectacular job of promoting Wrestlemania and getting guys and feuds over by doing things differently from the norm.

 

I don't know if they've got different writers, or are simply letting guys say and do whatever they want, but all of the sit down interviews have been fantastic and pretty much every cut away to Axxess has been a proper good laugh, with guys coming across far more fun and interesting than they ever do on RAW. Dolph Ziggler goofing about with fans, Jack Swagger battering a fan at sumo wrestling, Wade Barrett knocking stuff out of autograph hunter's hands, even the Usos clowning around in the T-shift shop. Everyone and everything comes across great. Unless Ric Flair is being an awkward knobhead, of course.

 

Also, it has to be said; I think Alex Riley and Booker T in particular have really found their groove in this format. Josh and Albert are still a bit shit, but those two are really good at carrying the show, bouncing off one another and making points that genuinely flesh out all the stories and matches. Plus, as I've already mentioned, some of these video packages are fucking amazing.

 

A hearty thumbs up.

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Booker's having a ball with it, clearly.

 

This years big WrestleMania packages are all fantastic. The acoustic renditions of Orton and Batista's theme tunes for their respective vignettes are great. The Eminem one with Cena and Wyatt is out of this world. I love it.

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Here is an article on the guy behind the video packages, Adam Pennucci. Based solely on the three videos detailed in the article alone this guy needs to go into the Hall Of Fame. Probably one of the most important guys in that company.
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Here is an article on the guy behind the video packages, Adam Pennucci. Based solely on the three videos detailed in the article alone this guy needs to go into the Hall Of Fame. Probably one of the most important guys in that company.

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That's a great read. I remember now Shawn Michaels outing him during his retirement speech. Definitely an MVP for the company.

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Yep, he's absolutely phenomenal. Triple H, Stephanie, Vince, Cena, maybe Kevin Dunn... Apart from them, Adam Pennucci going would probably be the biggest blow to WWE. It's cool when people do acknowledge him in speeches, Shawn Michaels made a point to do it once or twice that Pennucci had made him look so much better than he really was.

 

One thing I've really liked on WrestleMania Today in the discussion about The Shield is mentioning about how at first Ambrose was the leader, then Reigns, now Rollins. WWE has done great by Seth Rollins over the last couple of months to ensure he won't be forgotten once The Shield splits, and he's definitely warranted that with his performances too.

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I've learned A.J Lee turns into a complete mush-mouth when interviewed live. Keep playing with that microphone sister. Sheamus was pretty bad earlier on when he realised that in putting over Andre he'd started burying Hogan, Warrior and Savage and began to panic.

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WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that WWE Network has 667,2871 subscribers and is well on its way to reaching its goal of 1 million subscribers by the end of 2014 just 42 days after launching in the U.S.

 

They've got to be pretty happy with that. Be interesting to see how many buys Mania gets on traditional PPV channels.

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For some reason in my head I assumed they wanted 1 million subscribers the day after WrestleMania. For some reason I also assumed the fraction of the weekly fanbase who would immediately migrate to the Network would be much higher than that figure. If you're WWE how do you make this grow going forward? More archive content and more original content, yeah, but you would reckon most people make their minds up fairly early what to do with it. I can see them reaching a million and then having a bit of stagnancy with the growth of the platform as long as Raw will still be on the telly.

 

They've really got to make PPV a go to destination again, haven't they. After years of them being inconsequential. There's a knob in me that is looking at a lot of people who haven't bought it thinking "tight cunts" ;).

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over 60% to their 12 month break-even target in just over 6 weeks, they have to be happy with that. Don't they have to reach 500,000 subscribers when they launch internationally to continue breaking even? really hope that they do reach the figures they want so that The Network is a success, some expected teething problems to start with, but its been pretty great so far

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There's a knob in me that is looking at a lot of people who haven't bought it thinking "tight cunts" ;).

 

Or that they just aren't Americans?

Maybe it's Americans I'm looking at. Either way that comment was intentionally a bit of a jape.

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That is not a good number. Proof in the fact of that is the ass has fallen of WWE stock. It's dropped by 6 dollars after they released that number and people are selling. WWE won't be happy with that number although they would never publicly acknowledge that. I think they were looking to get over a million from the start. When u consider that WM was only 9.99 they shoild really have hit a million with ease. Also, how many of that number are people overseas who have the Network. I would think theres a decent chance that it could be in the tens of thousands. Not the news the WWE wanted!

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