Vince McMahon & Hot Crowds, Wrestlemania In London, WWE Network Launch Date, Hogan Back In WWE

How does Vince McMahon react to hyper crowds? Does he find it funny or get upset when the crowd “flips the script,” like what we saw for Raw in New Jersey or the crowds overseas?

I think WWE would take a hyper and over-enthusiastic crowd over a dead one any day of the week. WWE knows there are some cities with “smarter” fans that do not always follow along with current storylines but they book around it. Vince McMahon is rather quirky and there’s really no guessing his mood behind-the-scenes, however, there is a method to his madness as he’s the reason WWE is the clear worldwide leader. The company pays a lot of attention to how crowds react and they play an important part in booking and other decisions.

With John Cena lobbying for WWE to bring Wrestlemania to London, can you ever see it happening?

If there’s one thing I’ll stress in every question I answer it’s that anything is possible in the pro wrestling business. Just when we think something is impossible, Bret Hart ends up back in a WWE ring shaking the hand of Shawn Michaels. However, I tend to agree with Jim Ross on this one and that is not being live in North America on a Sunday night at 7 PM ET is a deal breaker. Wrestlemania plays an integral part in WWE’s business and even though they’re a company focused on global expansion, they rely on the benefits of their flagship show of the year being live in this continent. John was playing to the crowd and I’ve heard from several people that attended that he was great.

With WWE Classics ON Demand ending on January 1, 2014, does this signal the arrival of the WWE Network next year?

This is a piece of news you may have missed over the weekend. WWE is in the process of contacting carriers to inform them of the cancelation of WWE Classics on Demand. We’ve been here before, as the same thing happened two years ago, but yes this is being done in preparation for the WWE Network. The plan as of now is for the WWE Network to launch at some point next year but again, it was expected to launch in 2012 as well.

You make a clear and compelling case for why Hulk Hogan should not work John Cena at Wrestlemania XXX. But let’s say Hogan was willing to participate in Wrestlemania in some other capacity and his asking price was not too unreasonable: how would you use him? Do you think he could handle a tag team match, maybe teaming up with someone in line for a major push against The Real Americans? Or maybe the guest referee in one of the main events? Is there a scenario you can think of where Hogan would be a good fit?

I would just rather see someone other than Hulk Hogan get the opportunity. There’s no way Hogan is going to be able to have a good match, in any scenario, so why force feed him just to get his name on the show (remember Bret Hart at Wrestlemania XXVI)? Hulk Hogan is a legend, the most iconic name of the pro wrestling business, but it’s time to move on. I loved Michael Jordan but I don’t want to see him play an NBA game at 50. It’s the same situation here.

From the Ask WNW vault…

February 2012: What’s the latest on the launch of the WWE Network? – The proposed April 1, 2012 launch date of the WWE Network has been delayed. The hang-up has to do with the lack of clearances on cable and satellite systems. WWE went forward with a plan to promote the network despite no firm plan of clearances in hopes the public demand would help speed up negotiations with provides. So far, no firm clearance plan is in place so the launch date has been pushed back. I’m hoping we will find out more in the investor conference call with Vince McMahon later this month.

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  • Mike McCarthy

    Though I agree Hogan has no business wrestling, I do like the idea of having him used as a special referee, as long as he isn’t force fed.

    • Bob’s Diner

      I feel like Richard ignored that part of the question. Realistically, what’s wrong with having Hogan in Cena’s corner as he takes on HHH with Vince in his corner? Cena wins, Hogan gets in and lays out Vince – show ends with Cena and Hogan celebrating together… that’s WrestleMania spectacle right there

      • Jbreed

        We’ve been seeing Hulk Hogan and John Cena celebrating at the end of shows for the past 30 years do we really need to see them doing it together too?

        • Bob’s Diner

          Hey, I’m not saying I WANT to see it… but if I have to see John Cena and Hogan act like the heroes of WrestleMania I would prefer it to happen without Hogan actually wrestling.

          I don’t believe for a minute that the matches I would want to see headline WrestleMania will take place. Maybe in the undercard, but WrestleMania the last 3 years has been about John Cena and part time wrestlers. I don’t think that is going to change any time soon

          • Jbreed

            Unfortunately you’re right about the last part of your comment.

      • Mike McCarthy

        I’m fine with that, just not with John Cena. If Cena is the face of the company (which he is) he shouldn’t be booked like he needs the help of Hulk Hogan to win a match. He mentioned something important in another article is that a lot of scenarios involving Cena & Hogan could wipe away the importance of Hogan vs. The Rock and The Rock vs. John Cena

  • Matt Johnson

    You may not want to see Jordan play at age 50,but he’s talked about doing. People believe he may play 1 game this season for the Bobcats,all so he can have a new jersey to sell. I wouldn’t be shocked if he did it. Also,Tom Brady claims that he wants to play until he is 50.

    As far as Hogan goes,I think he deserves one final match at WM & to walk away from the ring for good. He needs to stay in WWE,maybe on screen.Maybe the next GM?

    • Jbreed

      The difference is this, Michael Jordan would probably only play a few minutes in some meaningless game. Tom Brady, let’s just say for the sake of arguement he does play until he’s 50 even though we all know it would be impossible, would play most of those years as somebody’s backup. Hulk Hogan, on the other hand, would most likely be involved in a man event match, taking away the oppurtunity away from an active, more deserving, wrestler. And we all know the main event spots are already very limited for the young guys because of guys like The Undertaker, Triple H, Brock Lesnar and even Goldberg if the rumors are true.

  • Frenchfry

    Hell Id love to see MJ play another game, especially since im only 21 and never REALLY got to watch him

    • Bob’s Diner

      It isn’t the same – seeing someone completely past their prime playing the game they used to dominate in no way represents how they played when they were the greatest. I love Formula 1, and Michael Schumacher returning after retiring only damaged his reputation and sent him out on a very low note. As a fan, it was not fun to watch

    • Bob’s Diner

      It isn’t the same – seeing someone completely past their prime playing the game they used to dominate in no way represents how they played when they were the greatest. I love Formula 1, and Michael Schumacher returning after retiring only damaged his reputation and sent him out on a very low note. As a fan, it was not fun to watch

  • StingWCW

    Although Hogan has done a lot to help the wrestling business, in the past few years he’s done a lot to hurt it. I’m talking about even back in the end of WCW days. He only cares about heself

    • StingWCW

      Himself

  • Bob’s Diner

    I don’t agree that WWE books around the ‘smarter’ fans or pays any real attention to the crowds in certain ways. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have had the same John Cena getting booed in almost every city for the past 5 years.

    They pay attention to a degree, otherwise guys like Daniel Bryan wouldn’t get title matches. But most of the time they have their own agenda and don’t really care if the crowd doesn’t want to see it.

    • Jbreed

      Except for the crowd in the 5 to 10 year old range.

      • Bob’s Diner

        And the ‘loyal WWE for life’ – the people that believe every bit of hype WWE sells them. Anyone who actually wants to see Big Show vs HHH should go find videos from 1999/2000. It wasn’t exciting the first time, it won’t be exciting this time.

  • Justin Lal

    The hot crowds are getting real tiresome to me. Fans chanting “We are Awesome” takes away from the in ring product. As a far I would rather watch a program with a traditional WWE crowd any day over one of those smark filled crowds.

    • Bob’s Diner

      I actually agree with you to an extent. The crowd for that Raw after WrestleMania were right to act the way they did. After sitting through the boring predictable boredom that was WrestleMania 29, the last thing anyone wanted to see was Randy Orton vs Sheamus. But it feels like so many crowds lately are just trying to be like that crowd was instead of being there for the show

    • Mysterion

      Traditional in this case being used as a substitute for the words “boring” and “sheep”. Hot crowds make or break shows. You think Rock/Hogan would still have been that amazing if that Canadian crowd didn’t rip it? Or what about Bret/Bulldog in London? Look, American crowds suck at live WWE shows. A dead “traditional” crowd sucks the life out of a three hour show and if they aren’t interested and they paid to be there why the hell should I be? European and Canadian audiences are magnificent and being piss poor shows to absolute life. Go ahead. Thumbs me down. Disagree. Call me names. It is the norm around these parts these days.

      • Bob’s Diner

        That’s probably why they won’t do PPV’s in Canada or UK anymore – they are worried about the crowd reactions. Imagine how a UK crowd would have handled a show like Battleground…

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    • Bob’s Diner

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  • sam

    hmmmm what about Rock vs Cena 3? With Hulk Hogan as the special enforcer? that could be an interesting one…. Hogan passed on the torch to Rock! we could see the rock do the same to Cena with Hogan rock and Cena celebrating to close Wrestlemania… just an idea!

    • Bob’s Diner

      I thought that he already did this year? You know, raising his arm as they left the arena? Good thing Rocky did too, because with 14 world title reigns this John Cena kid has a bright future