WWE Autobiographies, GFW’s Start Date, Sting vs. Undertaker, Too Much Raw

Do wrestlers actually write their autobiographies and do they have to be careful content-wise to avoid potential libel suits or drawing WWE criticism?

Many of the autobiographies are done with authors. For example, Steve Austin’s WWE-released “The Stone Cold Truth” was written by Dennis Brent but with Austin. Mick Foley wrote his own books but he’s an actual author and has done other projects such as children’s books and fiction. Daniel Bryan’s upcoming autobiography we wrote about on Thursday will be done with Craig Tello. The problem with a Daniel Bryan autobiography is that it’s too soon, something WWE has a bad habit of doing. As for certain information being withheld in WWE-released books, that’s always something to hold in consideration and why a book like Bret Hart’s independently released autobiography has more credibility.

When is Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling scheduled to begin and will it be televised?

There is no start date for Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling promotion. We heard they were having a hard time getting domestic television clearance and investors were hesitant to start signing talent until they had assurance regarding TV. You can read our latest report at this link.

I love the idea of Sting vs. Undertaker but who should win?

There are still a lot of things that must happen for Sting vs. Undertaker to become a reality in WWE. First, an agreement between Sting and WWE for him to wrestle must be reached. Sting clearly has a working relationship with WWE as he has deals with Mattel and 2KSports and the company is selling Sting t-shirts. However, no deal for him to perform has been agreed upon. Next, Undertaker was banged up pretty bad in his match against Brock Lesnar this year and he could very well be finished competing. Lastly, if Sting agreed to a deal and Undertaker was able and wanted the match, it would have to fit into the company’s creative plans. I agree the booking would be difficult but it’s premature at best until aforementioned issues are worked out.

I am 38 years old and have been watching WWE since I was 5 years old. With Raw being on three hours long I find myself skipping through the matches and simply watching key segments. Is WWE aware of this?

In short, yes WWE is aware the length of Raw has changed viewing habits. Prior to Raw going three hours in 2012, the company would generally see an increase in viewership from hour one to hour two. Now, more often than not, Raw loses viewership and even if the audience grows from hour one to hour two, it almost always drops off for the third and final hour (sometimes as the lowest viewed hour). We monitor the trends in our Raw viewership archive at this link. WWE is also internally aware that people tune in and out of the show, trying to pinpoint key segments. This is why Triple H has pushed for the company to “hide” feature segments and not just put them at the top of each hour.

The reason Raw has remained three hours despite the change in viewership habits is because WWE makes more money with the extra hour from the USA Network. Because of this and the fact the show is the highest rated program on the network, it remains untouched. I’ve said it since the beginning and my position has not changed. Raw being three hours is too much and requires too much of a commitment from the fan base week in and week out. Not only that but WWE has expanded the show with the Raw Pre-Show and Backstage Pass (which has been on hiatus recently but is scheduled for next Monday) on WWE Network and the show is essentially four hours long. Taking into account the WWE App keeps the show going during commercial breaks and it’s just too much.

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2011: Do you feel that if the WWE Network was to turn out to be a miserable failure that this might impact the financial viability of the WWE as a whole? Do you believe we would see changes in the WWE as we know it? - Some people I’ve spoken with in the company feel if the network fails it could be the project to put Vince McMahon in financial trouble. McMahon seemed convinced in yesterday’s conference call it was going to be a success but offered very little in terms of encouragement. While I completely see the need and reasoning for the WWE Network, it’s not going to be easy to get clearance and I want to see the company’s model before passing judgment. With that being said, there have been some “interesting” ideas for non-wrestling programming.

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  • Venom

    Man that AskWNW vault question from 2011 is completely outdated since at the time the Network was meant to be on TV and not a Netflix kind of thing.

  • Brandon van Reenen

    Download RAW the next day, and I can watch the show with key segments in about 1 hr 40 mins.

  • Ant_C

    If sting and undertaker were to have a match I would like to see it go to a no contest. I know I will probably get a lot of down votes for this but it would be a good ending. Granted an ending like that in a big match at a PPV is usually a “cheap ending.” Since it would most likely be the last match either of them have they can have a good physical match then in the end they are both down, have nothing left to offer and can’t go on. Thus symbolizing the end of their in ring carriers.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      It shouldn’t end in a no contest, I’d be pissed if I went to one of the biggest matches in history, probably at Wrestlemania, and for it to end in a no contest.

  • David F

    Sting v Taker should have happened in 2011 now streak is over no point in Taker wrestling again. I would rather see Sting guest host similar to Hogan but not wrestle

  • jdl

    It doesn’t really matter who wins if Taker and Sting have a match. The streak is dead and therefore whether or not Taker wins or loses at Mania is no longer of any significance whatsoever. It just needs to have an ending, and Sting, whether he’s victorious or not, should be the one still standing. Taker gets carried off in his casket with his greatest rivalries as pallbearers, with Sting leading the precession. Undertaker’s monks do some ceremonial stuff with torches to the casket, and that’s the last we ever see of Taker. Both competitors retire, and are inducted into the Hall of Fame in the following years. Treat the match as the true end of the Monday Night Wars era.

  • Smark Twain

    This may sound weird but I don’t think creative should decide who wins nor should we as fans contemplate who we think “should” win. I think that honor should go solely to Sting and Taker. Undertaker picked the outcome of his Wrestlemania 30 match and he (and Sting) should pick this one. There can be justifiable reasons that either of them can go over, especially depending on the story they decide to use to build up to the match. I’m not sure how many actual Dream Matches came to fruition in wrestling history but this should be one where we just enjoy history being made before our eyes (if it happens) and leave the rest to Sting/Taker instead of putting on our creative team thinking caps.

  • John

    I will be genuinely shocked if John Cena vs. Sting does not take place at WrestleMania 31. I don’t see the Undertaker match happening at all. I actually don’t think Undertaker will even wrestle at WrestleMania next year. He will return for his retirement match (hopefully against Lesnar) at WrestleMania 32 in his home state of Texas.

  • Venom

    I believe The Miz still has an undefeated WM streak. Minus the Andew The Giant battle royal. Maybe they can start to build on that.

    • John

      Didn’t he lose the year before he was the main event?

  • Xavier

    The Undertaker/Sting ship sailed years ago

  • BigMike

    If DB does a book, IMO it should be about his life in the Indy circuit, and learning from HBK and his life BEFORE NXT and WWE………save his SECOND book for his life and journey inside WWE, getting fired and everything