Do you think in due time that Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling can be a viable competitor to WWE it can set off another pro wrestling boom?
There's no way to predict the future but I can tell you if Global Force Wrestling tries to compete with WWE out of the gate, they will fail. TNA Wrestling rose to prominence as a WWE alternative, where they were more of a "Ring of Honor type promotion" with higher production value. When they tried to be WWE, they stopped growing their audience. We can even accuse TNA just looks at what WWE is doing and tries to replicate it. That's not the best course of action. WWE is much bigger than any promotion in the world so Jeff Jarrett and company need to do all they can to present fans with something different. Also before I get accused of being a "typical TNA troll," I realize WWE replicates some of TNA's storylines. However, WWE is much bigger and because of that, they can get away with it.
Right now with my 6 month subscription to the WWE Network, I will be able to watch Summerslam and I don't see any reason to renew later in the year (will probably hold off until WM 31) Can we expect WWE to hold two really big, Wrestlemania-like shows per year, exactly 6 months apart in order to entice people to renew their subscriptions to the WWE Network?
People that signed up for WWE Network on the first day of availability will have access through SummerSlam 2014 before making the decision as to whether or not they'll renew. I am one of those people and currently have committed to the $9.99/month price until Sunday, August 24, 2014. As you can imagine, I will be renewing. Due to the fact fans will be able to opt-out after SummerSlam, I would expect the show to be particularly strong, however, WWE will aim to make all of their "special events" (formerly pay-per-views) as attractive as possible in order to entice people to signup. The "big four" shows (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series) are still the big four shows and WWE will continue to look to capitalize on all opportunities to monetize their network. From strictly a fan's perspective, I don't see why anyone that avidly follows WWE would not subscribe to WWE Network at $9.99/month. It's an incredible bargain for what you get and as long as they're at the price point, I will recommend it to friends and readers alike.
Any updates on Undertaker and his future?
Undertaker came out of Wrestlemania 30 in rough shape, suffering a severe concussion that saw him spend the night of the show in the hospital. It was my belief due to the streak ending and Undertaker suffering a serious injury, this year would be his last. However, I'm told that's not necessarily the case he could still opt to work again. As for an immediate update, there is none as he continues to recover.
With the number of subscribers to WWE Network not as high as expected, could you see it bring released in other countries sooner than the end of the year?
WWE announced on April 7, 2014 they had a total of 667,287 WWE Network subscribers, which I took as neither good nor bad. The numbers were simply middle of the road. It's my belief WWE would have liked to announce they had already topped their 1 million-subscriber threshold, however, they were still able to provide a number that was more than halfway there. They later followed-up with the claim that nearly 400,000 domestic homes ordered the pay-per-view in a traditional manner, which is both good and surprising. Considering these factors, there is no panic over the WWE Network. The company is pleased with how things are progressing and will look to stick to their phase one plan of international launch, which will take place in the fourth quarter of this year or in the first quarter of 2015.
From the Ask WNW vault…
October 2012: What is your take on CM Punk striking the fan? - There is no excuse to ever get physical with a fan. We could try and make an argument that the fan “deserved it” but Punk assaulted the wrong fan. The one pestering him walked away unscathed while the tape shows an incident onlooker got struck and his glasses broke. However, I’m not going to put the blame completely on Punk, as event staff and security are at fault for not containing the crowd around Punk. It’s their job to keep the workers safe when they go into the crowd and they failed at that on Raw. With that being said workers have a responsibility to remain composed no matter what.
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