WWE Network Hurting Talent?, Who Would Replace Vince McMahon, Draw At WM30, Did The Authority Go Too Far?

Do you know if WWE performers are being compensated for money lost due to the WWE Network? How are they offering to make up the difference or are people just taking a cut in pay?

How WWE will handle pay-per-view bonuses are still a mystery. For those unaware, the way WWE has handled pay-per-view bonuses is that workers on the card are given a percentage of show’s revenue. With the WWE Network, that’s going to change as WWE is sacrificing the pay-per-view business in favor of the Network. The majority of the roster wasn’t excited about the WWE Network because they immediately thought about their pay-per-view bonuses. Vince McMahon was scheduled to address the issue at one point but I haven’t heard if that meeting has taken place. In the long run I think it will work out, however, the WWE Network is an investment for the company until they reach 1 million subscribers.

If Vince McMahon was to step down in the immediate future, who would replace him?

Vince McMahon is grooming Triple H as his inevitable successor. I know there’s a NEWZ story making rounds that it would be another WWE executive that would take over for Vince if he were to unexpectedly depart but I don’t believe that for a second. That said, WWE still considers Vince McMahon a critical part of their success and detailed the following in a recent SEC filing, where they elaborated on risk factors:

The unexpected loss of the services of Vincent K. McMahon could adversely affect our ability to create popular characters and creative storylines or could otherwise adversely affect our operating results.

Vince is once again in charge of the WWE creative team, a role he took back from Stephanie McMahon last fall.

Could you see Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H at Wrestlemania XXX ending in a double count out/draw, resulting in both men in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, making it a Fatal 4-Way?

It’s possible and something I talked about in the latest WNW Premium Mailbag, however, I don’t think it’s likely. There is a lot of money in Daniel Bryan as the proverbial underdog but everyone has to get a payoff sooner or later. Wrestlemania is the time for Daniel Bryan to get that payoff and I hope WWE executes it. If not, I fear it will be a mistake.

Did Triple H and Stephanie McMahon take their kayfabe beatdown on Daniel Bryan too far? The head shots, the choking and screaming from Stephanie McMahon.

I agree with Mick Foley’s reaction to the final segment of this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw. I don’t think they went too far, I think they went just far enough. They pushed it about as far as you can push it with the banned elements you mentioned but I felt it was needed. It was needed to sell the significance of Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania, explain it as a significant hurdle to get in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match and cause fans to take interest . This is another reason why I don’t see it ending in a draw. Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan matters, it’s a very big part of this year’s show. The story of the ultimate underdog overcoming the odds and enshrining himself in Wrestlemania glory is there for Daniel Bryan. Let’s hope WWE does the right thing.

May 2012: Why does WWE keep airing WWE NXT online? - WWE has been “sitting on” WWE NXT for several months, however, major changes are underway. Beginning on Thursday, WWE will tape the show from the campus of Full Sail University. Triple H is leading up the changes which will feature a new feel as the company is still looking for a way to bring developmental talent to television via WWE NXT. While no TV deal has been announced, it’s expected the company has one for the series. You can read more here and here.

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  • Jbreed

    What ability to create popular characters and creative storylines?

  • Mysterion

    Reading that statement is it safe to assume WWE unexpectedly lost the services of Vince just before 2002?

  • King A sshole

    If anybody thinks that WWE went to far in the beat-down on Monday, I’d hate to see your reaction to the ENTIRE Undertaker/Mankind feud, or the time Jake Roberts had a cobra bite Randy Savage, or Katie Vick. They have gone over the line in the past, but Monday was not anywhere near to what they have done in the past, but it got people talking about it and that’s what they want. And in doing so they showed that WWE can still have a violent and brutal attack that will shock people, without any blood, and that’s a big accomplishment.

    • Jbreed

      Unfortuanately times have changed and some people might actually be sensitive to some of the stuff they’re not used to seeing, even if it’s fiction. Immagine The undertaker throwing somebody off the top of the cell in todays WWE.

    • Padres4life

      but the thing is, they HAVE to let DB give Triple H a beatdown..its been one sided so far…all DB has done is disrespected them with Occupy Raw..he hasn’t laid a hand on Triple H yet…..Triple H has given him two pedigrees and beat his ass all over the building…..they need Bryan to give him a beatdown to make it even going into WM.

      • JR Texx (Jamie)

        No they don’t, they’ll probably be trying to make Bryan look weak going into Wrestlemania, making it that much bigger when he wins

        • ClintMurphy

          yeah lets remember the good times folks remember when guys got concussions and nobody cared, yeah the old days were great but if people are worried why do any of you care hell if people were worried back in the day maybe the benoit incident wouldnt of happened

    • opie

      Let’s be real. Katie Vick was kinda too far lol

  • Isaac

    Batista vs Lesnar
    Undertaker vs Cena
    daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton
    HHH vs CM Punk
    The wyatts vs The shield
    tag team fatal 4 way
    battle royal

    if this was the mania card i honestly think that Batista wouldnt have as much heat as he does now

    • Rayner Chee-bai

      once he returned I always thought it will be Batista vs Lesnar at Mania XXX but hey, one can dream right?

  • BIG M

    Don’t suppose anyone knows how many people have signed up for the Network so far.

    • Frisco

      999,999

      • BIG M

        Ha ha I was actually being serious guys anyone have a real number.

        • Padres4life

          last time I heard it was close to 400,000

          • BIG M

            That’s what I heard as well 2 weeks ago apparently they hit that number after the first week.
            They must have doubled it by now or the Network would be a big flop.
            Something tells me they won’t get to a million till it goes international.

          • Matt

            They are releasing official figures in early April. I have a feeling it will be strong, especially with a lot probably signing up in the next few weeks for WrestleMania.

          • Scott Davies

            You know I think they will be close. I think WWE will add shows after the free trial & announce old shows WCW nitros & others each month to get people more interested as it goes on.

          • Bob’s Diner

            They’ll need to do something for the international market – by the time they get around to releasing it to other countries, their fans would have been paying for many other shows and missing out on a lot of stuff, while their American fans have been enjoying all that. I’m not against the network, but considering their international fans will all have to pay for (or illegally download) WrestleMania while their American fans get it as part of the network package, it is something WWE should consider and find a way to make it up to them. While they may be smaller in numbers, their fanbase in the UK is still sizeable.

          • Bob’s Diner

            It could be why they are making all these ‘exclusive to the network’ things and airing Main Event – the numbers aren’t as big as they expected so trying to entice more to sign up

          • BIG M

            Well speaking personaly I think NXT would be enough incentive to sign up.
            I’m lucky I live in Australia and have been watching NXT on pay tv for over a year now got to see guys like Bray Wyatt and Big E work NXT long before people in the US did.
            Got to see NXT Arrival free too good stuff.

  • Padres4life

    I don’t know why current main eventers would care about ppv bonuses…have you seen their base pays? almost a million dollars is the average base pay for main eventers, so I don’t feel bad if they’re not getting their ppv bonuses, they still make way more than the average American….but a guy like Kofi and Ryder I do feel bad for. As for Triple H taking over after Vince, I fear that the storylines will be too NWA-esque with the dusty finishes often happening and the heels taking over..he’ll do the opposite of Vince and he’ll even continue to push bigger guys….So I fear for the future.

    • Bob’s Diner

      I also see him continuing the trend of being the main focus of the show. For some reason, for the last 15 years WWE have had the opinion that McMahons = ratings, so I think HHH is just now setting himself up to be the onscreen version of Vince for the next 20 years

      • ron

        The thing is facts prove it out. When McMahons are on Raw rating go up Fact

    • J Vomkrieg

      Because a big pay day is a good thing in an industry where one bad bump or mistake can end your career in a second.

  • Matt

    I thought that the beat down of Bryan was reminiscent of the Attitude Era. It was a nice change of pace from how things have been lately. I wasn’t too pleased with the headshots as those can be real life dangerous (him falling on his head was worse).

  • Jay El Bee

    Ultimate underdog now that’s funny. Bryan has been booked more like Cena than an underdog for the last 9 months.

    • monty

      really just being in the main event and loosing every time is something you called booked as Cena?

      • Bob’s Diner

        Ignore him – he is adamant people don’t like Daniel Bryan, just because he and his ‘friends’ don’t. Despite, you know, every crowd at every show for the past few months cheering him non-stop

      • Jay El Bee

        The guy has lost about 2-3 matches clean in the last 9 months, and one of those was a 3 on 1 handicap match. Sounds like Cena booking to me.

        • Mysterion

          Because smart booking would hear the crowd going completely mental for this guy and have him lose every time. You have literally zero idea about wrestling, the business or promotion. Bryan sells. And is more over than Batista and Orton. End of.

          • Jay El Bee

            I have no clue what you are trying to say in your first sentence, are you agreeing with me or disagreeing with me. Also if Bryan is more over than Batista & Orton then how come every show since the night after the RR when they started making Bryan the main focus of the shows again has lost viewers except for one, and that would be the week Hogan returned. Oh and another thing Bryan only sells more at the moment because he’s got almost twice as much merchandise as Orton and 7 times as much as Batista.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I love how your arguments fail yourself – by stating Daniel Bryan only sells more than others because he has more merch available, you are negating the selling power of John Cena, Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan who all had considerably more merch available than anyone else and are without a doubt the biggest merch movers in history.

            More merchandise is made available when someone is selling lots. If Daniel Bryan wasn’t moving merch, they wouldn’t make new t-shirts.

            And you still haven’t answered why John Cena vs Randy Orton for the WWE title at a PPV shouldn’t be considered a draw, even if it wasn’t the last match of the show

          • Jay El Bee

            Why are you bringing up names that have nothing to do with what Mysterion & I were talking about. At no point did either us bring up the names Austin, Hogan & Cena other than to point out that Bryan has been booked similar to those guys since last Spring, we were comparing Batista, Orton & Bryan. Also as far we know Bryan might not be selling that much in merchandise compared to how much merchandise he has, sure he was #2 & 3 on those lists that were released a couple of weeks ago but that could just mean Cena’s bringing in $10 million while #2-10 were bringing $1-2 million each and Bryan just barely beat out the others because he had more items for sale.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I’m bringing up names because once again you can’t make an argument that doesn’t expose you as either hypocritical, ignorant or just a troll. Or maybe all three.
            You hate him all you want, it doesn’t stop Daniel Bryan being popular. If it makes you sad that he is selling more merchandise than Randy Orton and Batista, well you need to deal with it

          • Jay El Bee

            You didn’t expose anything, you just brought up a few names that weren’t even being discussed by me or the other guy as far as merchandise goes until you stuck your nose into a conversation that was already over for no good reason apparently. If Bryan is popular then how come the ratings have tanked on this years road to WM, even though he’s been the main focus of almost every Raw for the past 2 months. Also it doesn’t make me sad at all since we don’t even know if there is any truth to those merchandise rankings, for all we know Meltzer or whoever came up with those rankings made them up since there were no dollar amounts given.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Hahahaha you are funny. He is always your go to for why the ratings are bad. It never stops being entertaining

          • Jay El Bee

            The ratings don’t lie. For only the second time in the last 2 months the ratings went up, even though it was announced in the very first segment of the show that Bryan wasn’t going to be on the show at all. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the ratings went up for a Daniel Bryan free show, right.

          • Bob’s Diner

            We go over this millions of times but you just can’t see any other point of view because in your head Daniel Bryan is the worst things ever in wrestling, Or something like that. Or you are just a super troll – which is what I am starting to believe, since you can never leave anything alone and repeat the same argument over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over

            Like I said, you are a joke. It is hilarious to watch you get all worked up with everyone and make a fool of yourself time and time again

          • Jay El Bee

            And like I’ve said before if you think I’m a troll why do you waste your time responding to me? It’s really not that hard to ignore someone comments, I should know I ignore your ridiculous comments all the time unless they are direct responses to me. Also I don’t think Bryan is one of the worst things ever in wrestling. He’s a pretty good midcard talent but not main event material, and definitely not someone you build the show around as ratings have proven over and over again.

          • Bob’s Diner

            You should take your own advice – you seem obsessed with always getting the last word. I get it – you are lonely and want to impress me. That’s fine. I just find this rather entertaining.

            Cue response from you again in another 12 hours…

          • Jay El Bee

            I’m obsessed, I’m the one that usually ends these stupid conversations once you start going full moron on me. Also why would I be trying to impress an idiot like you, that would be like finding the ugliest chick I can and trying to have sex with her.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Oh sorry I was an hour off…
            Look at that – 8 days later this is still going over nothing. Just more pointless insults. What other names you want to call me? It hurts… the pain… is too much…

            Cue your next response in another 13 hours, I guess

          • Jay El Bee

            8 days more like 5, you didn’t even respond to me directly until my original comment was already 3 days old. By the way you see how I ignored your comment to monty from 8 days ago that had absolutely nothing to do with what I said, maybe you could learn something from that although I doubt you will. Also you said I’m always trying to get in the last word yet you’re doing the exact same thing you’re accusing me doing, even though you haven’t really had any point to your comments since the first one other than to call me a troll.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I could very easily stop replying here, but I’m testing my theory. See, I’ve not posted anything of worth for days now. Yet every time I do, you reply with name calling and such. It is hilarious. I really don’t have do anything here. I could just post “Hi” and you would probably reply with more name insults

            I guess I’ll hear from you tomorrow…

          • Jay El Bee

            Blah blah blah.

  • Calvin Tanner

    It’s going to be a Fatal 4 Way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Mania 30 Evolution vs Daniel Bryan.

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    I thought the HHH V Bryan was a non-PG moment, but then that makes me think, people want non-PG, then one segment comes out way and people are complaining about it.

    It was a great segment, it proved how good HHH V Bryan at Wrestlemania could be.

  • ClintMurphy

    I think triple h will win with out interference and then hogan will come out and make it a fatal four way