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To many longtime wrestling fans, it’s obvious that WWE and, therefore, the wrestling business is at one of the lowest points in history. Attendance is down all over the country for all events, TV ratings have gone down to their lowest point in nearly 20 years, and mainstream acceptance of wrestling and wrestlers is non-existent.
Since WWE is a monopoly, they reflect the wrestling industry in North America. Fans of Tna and Roh can pretend that their promotions matter but they are essentially independent companies with television exposure. For better or worse, WWE is the reflection of the wrestling business and their business is in the toilet.
Wrestling fans, almost exclusively under the age of 25, defend the product to the bitter end because, quite honestly, they have never seen great wrestling. Their only exposure to the product is the WWE monopoly and all the problems that come with that. »
- Mike Shannon
Did somebody say “turf war”? Thursday’s Vampire Diaries season premiere (The CW, 8/7c) formally introduces viewers to the Heretics, Lily’s wicked “family” of witch-vampire hybrids, who quickly learn just how un-welcoming Mystic Falls can be to evil outsiders.
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“They’re different from anything the show has seen before, which is really exciting,” Elizabeth Blackmore, who plays Heretic Valerie, tells TVLine. “They’re going to have some issues adjusting into this new world, especially once they start interacting with the other characters who have already been here.”
In addition to »
You could hear Scott Armstrong telling the 23 year old diva that the language was unacceptable. However, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has been told that the incident isn’t behind Paige’s clean loss. Furthermore, there are still plans stemming from Paige’s heel turn and recent worked shoot promo. Still, there was clearly something at play with the Natalya loss, as the clean tap out came from nowhere.
Paige has gained a bit of a reputation in the past year, for being that little bit too cocky. She’s only 23 years old and still has a lot to learn in the ring and wider industry. Maybe WWE are just trying to peg her back a few notches, »
- Grahame Herbert
Read More: 'Cartel Land' Director on How to Insert Yourself Into Dangerous and Impossible Situations Two de facto vigilante groups come up against the violent Mexican drug cartels in "Cartel Land," a documentary directed by Matthew Heineman and executive-produced by Kathryn Bigelow. The film picked up the Directing Award and the Special Jury Award for Cinematography for Documentaries at Sundance earlier this year. In an extended scene from the movie, an armed citizen group called the Autodefensas corners two cartel assassins who have murdered their loved ones. "Cartel Land" is currently available on iTunes and through VOD. The clip is an iTunes Extra. Watch it above. Read More: How I Shot That: Director and Dp Matthew Heineman on Shooting 'Cartel Land' in a Virtual War Zone »
- Karen Brill
It’s sad that this is the kind of article that we can revisit every calendar year and have trouble editing down to a manageable top ten list. Whatever else it is, WWE is the biggest wrestling promotion in the world, with the greatest production values the industry has ever seen, footholds in markets worldwide and possibly the most talented roster of performers in living memory.
So why do they keep stuffing up so badly? Every year, why is there more and more ammunition for articles like this? Why are so many of WWE’s long term fans frustrated viewers of Monday Night Raw instead of avid weekly watchers? Why are so many long term fans actually asking – begging – the company they’ve devoted so much of their spare time and money to, to drop their weekly flagship television show back down from three hours to two? When has that ever happened before, »
- Ben Cooke
Stephen Amell may have busy this Summer by turning up in the ring at WWE Raw, but the rest of us are dying of boredom without new episodes of Arrow. Fortunately, so much information about season four has come out over the Summer, that we have a great idea of which new characters we're about to meet, what's up with Oliver and Felicity, and when the show will return. Take a look ahead to find out everything we know so far, and check back as we update with more information! »
- Maggie Pehanick
WWE had a Beast in their back pocket as they brought Monday Night Raw to Boston, Ma. With the Live From Msg special complete, the build to Hell in a Cell began in earnest and several new matches were announced for the upcoming pay-per-view. It’s the Raw Report…
The show opened with a video package recapping the antics of Demon Kane on last week’s episode of Raw. We can’t be far away from a formal announcement that it will be Kane who challenges Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Hell in a Cell.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman arrived, accompanied by an enormous pop and fresh from destroying Big Show at Live From Msg, to open the show. Lesnar smiled as a “Suplex City” chant filled the arena. Heyman spoke of the successful beginning to Lesnar’s “Road to Hell Tour” and said that »
- Tom Beasley
Paige tapped out in a surprising clean loss to Natalya on WWE Raw this week, and it could be because she’s got backstage heat. Dave Meltzer has stated that “something happened with Paige” because she’s been taken out of title contention and was booked to lose by tap out. This is just a few weeks into her new heel character, and the clean tap is the sort of move that WWE uses to bury talent.
Meltzer doesn’t know what she did and is going to look into it, but it sounds like she is being punished for something.
Any fan can tell you that Paige’s ego has been overly inflated in 2015. She’s been noticeably cocky on social media and television. It wouldn’t be surprising if she’s rubbed someone up the wrong way. As much as she goes on about being in »
- Grahame Herbert
PWInsider reports that McMahon was responsible for all the creative decisions at Saturday night’s WWE live Network special from Madison Square Garden and although Triple H was backstage, it was McMahon firmly calling all the shots.
It’s being reported that whenever WWE creative comes up with new ideas, the response from officials is usually “we’ll have to check with Vince” or “see if Vince likes it”. In other words, all decisions are going through him more than they usually would as McMahon attempts to micro-manage his company out of the TV ratings slump they’ve found themselves in.
After a series of lacklustre matches and incredibly peculiar booking last week, it will be interesting to see »
- Matt Holmes
“One neurologist who specializes in concussions — who was the neurologist for the Super Bowl last year — cleared me with no limitations. All my testing came back excellent,” he said. “But the WWE’s medical doctor [Joe Maroon] is sceptical, because of my history of concussions and that sort of thing. So they will not clear me.”
However, Bryan sounded upbeat with the following statement “They’re going to send me to a third doctor at some point in the near future and that doctor will decide my fate.”
But he did admit, that if two out of three doctors advise against his return, he isn’t going to go against such professional advice. That would probably mean retirement.
IGN then asked him »
- Grahame Herbert
Brock Lesnar is set for a huge angle on WWE Raw tonight. The expectation is that he’ll call The Undertaker out, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that the deadman will be there in Boston, Massachusetts.
What could be the case is that Lesnar cuts a promo, and then Undertaker responds via a pre-recorded video. Either that, or Taker’s dark lighting and smoke effects are used to scare Brock. There’s always the possibility of The Undertaker being there, but WWE would have probably advertised such an appearance beforehand.
Tonight’s Raw is the first big opportunity to really push the Lesnar Undertaker narrative for October 25th’s Hell In A Cell. Then again, maybe Brock’s angle will be unfinished business with the Big Show.
He beat the giant at Saturday’s Live From Madison Square Garden event, but perhaps Big Show will interrupt Lesnar »
- Grahame Herbert
This past week after Monday Night Raw, WWE must have been horrified to learn the TV rating for the show. Incredibly, this particular episode was the lowest-rated edition of the program since the company shifted to a full-time 3-hour format in 2012. That’s obviously not good news, and it’s clear some major changes must be made in order to rectify this fact.
The big question remains over why WWE continue their ignorance over what’s not working. Recently, viewership has decreased with each passing hour, making it fair to surmise that people watching aren’t being hooked by what the show has to offer. As time progresses, fans become less enamoured with what’s being presented, and decide to slowly tune out as a result.
There’s hopes that Brock Lesnar will be able to change that. The ‘Beast’ will appear on Raw mere days after his »
- Jamie Kennedy
[[tmz:video id="0_zwqmzna6"]] Forget Ben Stiller or Andy Warhol (yes, seriously) ... the greatest WWE celebrity cameo Ever was executed (painfully) by Jon Stewart ... so says WWE legend Scott Hall. Stewart was famously Slammed to the mat by John Cena during "Monday Night Raw" back in August -- earning him Tons of respect from the wrestling faithful. And when we saw Hall out in NYC ... along with Diamond Dallas Page and Jake 'The Snake' Roberts ... they all seemed to »
- TMZ Staff
As almost every regular viewer of WWE programming knows, Smackdown is often treated as an afterthought by the creative team. Mental burn out must take effect following each epic 3-hour Monday Night Raw broadcast, so the Thursday night show is routinely left out in the cold. There’s no real excuse for that, because Smackdown shouldn’t simply feel like a Raw re-tread.
All too often, that’s exactly what happens. This week was certainly no different, but that’s not to say there wasn’t a lot to enjoy on the show. WWE’s focus is definitely on Raw, although even the WWE Network seems more important to the company than Smackdown. That’s abundantly clear, but it’s a testament to the talent and skill of the actual workers that the matches are often worthwhile.
This was the card of results for this week’s episode of WWE Smackdown… »
- Jamie Kennedy
We’re firmly in the middle of prime ‘Wtf’ season now, at least in terms of WWE’s annual schedule. With WrestleMania firmly behind us, SummerSlam in the books, and a good four months to burn before the Royal Rumble, we’ve reached that part of the year when angles make a desperate grab for attention – often by getting downright weird.
A prime example is the current WWE Championship programme between Seth Rollins and Kane, which took another bizarro turn on this week’s edition of Smackdown. We also saw another convoluted twist in the tale of Team Pcb (a storyline which seems to be unfolding in reverse), a slew of questionable crowd signs, and the New Day…doing their usual thing.
Here are 21 of the strangest moments from this week’s Smackdown, starting with a peculiar twist on the classic “return from injury” trope – a return to injury. »
- Jack G King
Hot on the heels of an eventful Monday Night Raw, WWE brought SmackDown to Albany, NY with a starry episode of the B-show. WWE Champion Seth Rollins continued to tangle with the Demon Kane, as the Director of Operations stepped up his bizarre mind games. It’s the SmackDown Report…
The show opened with a recap of the collision between Seth Rollins and the Demon Kane on Raw. Rollins then emerged, infuriated that everyone seemed to be falling for Corporate Kane’s cover-up of his other, more violent persona. Kane came out, limping on crutches and said Rollins had re-injured his ankle, but the champion wasn’t having it and informed Kane that he had a severe personality disorder. The Director of Operations retorted that it was, in fact, Rollins who needed help. Kane booked a match, in which Rollins and New Day would take on the Dudley Boyz and the Demon. »
- Tom Beasley
Total Divas is running a storyline in which Dolph Ziggler looks to steal Nikki Bella away from John Cena. Reportedly, this narrative could also be crossing over to WWE Raw, with Ziggler and Cena feuding over Nikki.
Ziggler did previously have a relationship with Bella, the history is real, but what viewers will be seeing on Total Divas is all scripted to create drama. Can that in turn create conflict for a feud on Raw? Mixing Raw and Total Divas is an idea that could please some fans, and anger others.
On the one hand, it leads to John Cena versus Dolph Ziggler, which will be a great series of matches. They have fantastic chemistry with each other and their bouts from a few years ago were excellent.
But some fans can’t get past the phoney cheesiness of Total Divas, and there’s a feeling that it could »
- Grahame Herbert
Though Damon isn’t completely reverting back to his Season 1 ways, Ian Somerhalder assures TVLine that his character will be taking Elena’s final words to heart when The Vampire Diaries returns for Season 7 (Oct. 8, The CW).
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“Elena said, ‘Go have fun and live your life,'” Somerhalder reminds us. “He waited for Katherine for 150 years and he sure as hell wasn’t a saint in that time. Damon’s a pretty sadistic guy, but he’s also very logical — even if his logic is a little skewed sometimes. »
Right now in WWE, there are well over 50 full-time characters regularly appearing on television. That number takes into account Monday Night Raw, Smackdown, Main Event, Superstars and other fresh WWE Network content. Given the amount of hours the creative team have to fill, and the sheer weight of numbers on the roster, there’s a lot of work that goes into writing WWE TV.
Perhaps for that reason, more than a few wrestlers on the rosters are failing badly. Whether these stars have been neglected by the creative staff is up for debate, but there are certain characters that simply aren’t clicking with the core audience. That needs to be addressed, because absolutely every performer that appears on WWE programming should contribute to the show’s success.
It’s been said that Vince McMahon changes his mind routinely, and often within the span of just a few minutes. »
- Jamie Kennedy
It’s not the greatest time to be a fan of professional wrestling.
The business appears to be strong when you see WWE Raw arenas seemingly brimming, and the staggering levels of attendance WrestleMania generates every 12 months. But the fact remains that the WWE just isn’t as strong as it used to be. Creative is bad and Raw ratings are in decline.
The decline of wrestling isn’t a new thing, but the attention being paid to it has been upped in recent weeks. WWE’s flagship show on a Monday night is garnering record low viewing figures at the moment, and even though these figures are blurred slightly due to technological advances such as DVR and the eternal battle with shows like Monday Night Football, they do abide to the notion that the business has seen better days.
This isn’t the first time Vince McMahon has seen his business decline. »
- Ross Tweddell
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