Vince McMahon's Reaction To Earnings, Lesnar vs. HHH, Pushing Damien Sandow, Content For The WWE Network

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We all know Vince McMahon is obsessed with ratings and earnings, yet with the PG initiative enforced to help Linda McMahon's Senate campaign and media image these elements seem to be suffering. With the release of WWE's Q3 earnings showing a decline from last year, do you think the company needs to decide whether they want to make money or keep up appearances in the media?

Vince McMahon was pleased with the company's 2012 quarter three earnings and said they were slightly better than expectations. He pointed to the increased pay-per-view buys and social media being "through the roof." He acknowledged being down from the year prior and said it was due to home video and licensing being off, and pointed to the canceled WWE All Stars video game. Vince is very happy with how Raw's expansion is going and touted the fact that Raw and Smackdown are their respective networks top programs. He didn't address the lackluster ratings in recent weeks or declining audience as shows go on, however, that's his position as of the call on Tuesday morning.

Did WWE drop the program between Brock Lesnar and Triple H?

The program between Triple H and Brock Lesnar was ran as a hot shot angle to headline SummerSlam. It did it's job by blowing up the buyrate and WWE officials are very pleased with the result. There was talk earlier in the year about using Lesnar at Survivor Series but as I discussed here in the WNW Premium Mailbag, it's going to be difficult to get Lesnar on the pay-per-view given the fact they are overseas for all but one episode of Raw leading into Survivor Series.

In Richard Reacts to WWE Hell in a Cell you mentioned about WWE possibly breaking up Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. Don't you think this would be a mistake considering how good they look as a tag team?

From what I've been told Vince McMahon is growing impatient and really wants to push Damien Sandow as a singles star. If/when Vince decides to do this, it's inevitable he will have to break away from Cody Rhodes. However, given the fact all we know is Vince wants to push Sandow, it's not enough to say they are going to split the tag team anytime soon. Vince is currently high up on the tag division but no one knows how long that will last. I agree that Team Rhodes Scholars has been impressive.

In light of the new details regarding the WWE Network how is WWE going to fill an entire network full of programming without the shows that already have television deals?

WWE officials maintain content is not their problem and immediately point to their massive tape library in which only a portion has been digitized. They will also point to the shows they have already taped for the network as well as the WWE Studios library, their developmental system and other programming prospects. This is one area where I am in agreement with WWE as they have more than enough content it's just will they be able to get enough clearances from cable/satellite providers and will people then buy the network? Vince said on Thursday all the major players plan to carry the network and revealed a detailed survey that a consulting firm did on WWE's audience. The big question now is when the network will launch which I think is pretty clear won't be this year.

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  • Rayner Chee-bai

    Vince is always impatient with everything. Take some time to push Sandow to the sky rather than keep pushing him down our throat week-in and week-out just like your poster boy John Cena and the WWE Championship.

  • BigMike

    the WWE net work might be cool if they ran their old NWA/WCW and the old AWA archives they have run someold ECW shows and the Legends roundtable plus their WWE Studio films yes they do have plenty of stuff for the programming and some of the STUPID reality shows they have been considering

  • The Breaker

    Vince must be the only one who is happy with how things have gone since RAW has expanded to three hours.

  • Lenny

    Sandow should be in the World title picture but he should at least hold a lesser title to give him more credential… You're welcome!

  • Monty

    If just going away from PG can solve everything than how come TNA isn't doing better than raw?

    I would be interested in wwe network but let's see the content

    • partyjereme

      Exactly, also the WWE has been losing viewers for almost 12 years now and for most of that time they weren't even a PG company.

  • Stoney

    Don't push Sandow immediately, like WWE did with McIntyre and Del Rio (even though he's still jammed down our throats)

  • Robert

    Sandow doesn't bring half the people that Lilian does and your not ever smart enough to show Lilian. You just watch how Smackdown goes down now that Lilian has been hurt. I know I won't be watching until she comes back.

  • Kevin

    As badly as I've wanted to see a wrestling network over the past 2 decades, I won't be subscribing to it as a premium channel unless I can get a good deal. If it's offered as a channel all its own, like HBO or Cinemax, rather than in a bundled package, I would be interested. Unfortunately, the chances are very good that it will cost between $8 and $12 a month, and I'm not willing to pay that much to see old wrestling footage. Even the new shows they have don't draw me in; I'm not a fan of reality shows. Of course, I'm but one wrestling fan among the masses, and I'm probably in the minority in my feelings of trepidation toward the WWE Network.

  • Raven

    WWE cancelled the All Stars video game? Whoops. Better send my game back to them then.