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

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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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