WWE App Content, More On Sponsorships, What WWE Network Will Include, Powerslam

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Do you think the ratings for this week's Monday Night Raw would have been higher if they would have included Bret Hart Appreciation Night?

I haven't heard why WWE didn't want to include Bret Hart Appreciation Night on the live Raw broadcast but it was broadcast on The Score in Canada in addition to the WWE App in the United States. WWE wants more exclusive content for their App in order to encourage fans to download it and this was seen as a test for possible Raw post-shows. I haven't heard how the segment drew in Canada but I'm not sure it would have had a big impact on the ratings. Memorial Day is usually an off holiday for WWE in terms of Raw viewership.

I read your response to Brock Lesnar keeping sponsorships he previously had before entering WWE, do you think this could open the door for talent not signed to WWE to seek out sponsorship prior to signing with WWE, or does WWE force them to Cancel those sponsorships?

Brock Lesnar is a different case and receives special treatment due to his name value. In order for a name to come in like Lesnar with their own sponsors, they would have to be considered a major draw. Vince McMahon made it a priority that WWE would be the only place Lesnar would work following his UFC career. Vince was very aware of how well he drew for UFC and didn't want to miss out on "his guy."

If a fan subscribes to the WWE Network, what are they all entitled to as far as a viewer standpoint? Are PPV's included?

WWE's monthly pay-per-views will be the centerpiece of the forthcoming WWE Network. Every pay-per-view except Wrestlemania will be included at no extra charge. While this may change, I have been under the impression that non-subscribers will still be able to order the shows at their normal price tags. In addition to the pay-per-views, the WWE Network will provide content 24/7 365 days a year. From original programming such as reality shows to retrospective content from their tape library. All for a price ($13-$15 per month) that is lower than currently ordering one pay-per-view event. Internally, WWE is looking for one million subscribers to begin making a profit. Under that, the WWE Network will be seen as an investment.

What is the Powerslam Newsletter I see promoted here on the website?

The Powerslam Newsletter is the newest feature to WNW Premium (signup here). It features top stories and exclusive backstage news from WWE and TNA. We've ran a new issue every day since its debut on last Friday, May 24, 2013. We also send it to Premium Members via email if they choose to have it sent to them. Members are high up on it and I've had a blast doing it. Check it out.

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