WWE Network Thoughts, New Programming, Roman Reigns upstaged by Jake?, $9.97 JR's Package at WWEShop.com

Big day for WWE fans and those that earn a living within WWE. The long awaited announcement regarding the new, WWE Network is set for later today in Las Vegas. This will be a critical day in WWE history, one way or another. More to come after this....

Millions of dollars and thousands of man hours have been invested in the WWE Network to be able to get to this point and to announce the long awaited specifics of what many feel could be a game changer for WWE.

Since the days when I was with the company, going back in the 90's, we were actively pursuing buying old, wrestling tape libraries. So the goal of having a WWE channel or network has long been discussed.

Even though I am no longer employed by WWE nor do I foresee ever becoming a WWE employee again, I am certainly pulling for their success with the Network concept.

The Network will re-introduce some of the great old school memories that many of us long time fans have plus educate an entire demographic of young fans as to the vanishing art form of in ring story telling and extemporaneous speaking.

One major key to the success of this Network is the development of NEW programming as it cannot be only about the old, tape libraries. I can see live, interactive programming being produced on a daily basis which, if true, then it provides several talents with opportunities to contribute to the brand and the network.

It also provides an opportunity for some talents to essentially reinvent themselves if they can bring something to the table.

Pre and post game shows on the network of live, WWE televised events are seemingly a lay up and hopefully they will be produced in a more compelling manner than what we see connected  to WWE PPV's.

Talk shows, call in shows, uniquely themed programs, etc will likely all be a part of the new, WWE Network. I am not espousing these ideas from insider knowledge but merely from someone who has been involved and thinking about this project for well over a decade.

The other key to the network's success is the airing of ALL the PPV's live. Right now, WrestleMania is the most, "must see" PPV in WWE and some might argue it is the only "must see' PPV in WWE. That point is arguable and is dependent upon the attraction.

Being able to see WWE PPV's, original programming that's exclusive to the network, and the organized and systematic airing of the episodically produced, wrestling territory shows are among the elements that it will necessitate to make the WWE Network a hit.

I will be ordering it without question and feel that the network, with all the new elements and systematic airing of the older taper libraries, will rival today's creative that we see on current first run programming from all TV wrestling producers.

Hopefully, the "writers" or "creative team" people will invest ample time in studying the past in order to better navigate the future because the present, in my opinion, isn't anything to write home about.

Except for Sinclair Broadcasting which owns ROH Wrestling, this is a giant year within the biz for the negotiation of TV rights fees for both WWE and TNA. Ironically, both obviously HAVE to have basic cable to survive but both entities seem to be dealing within different degrees of 'power.' 

I see WWE getting a major bump in their rights fees from a cable network but I don't hold the same optimism for TNA. Trust me, I hope that both companies score big time but its all about leverage in these types of negotiations (as in what have you done for me lately?) plus the ability to go LIVE on a weekly basis that most networks find very desirous.

The less than $10 JR's package deal now available at http://www.wweshop.com is selling like crazy. The personally, signed art work is a $20 value and these packages are $9.97 plus shipping. Helluva deal!!

Congrats on Matt Morgan on leaving the wrestling biz and getting an excellent day job where he can be a full time Dad and earn a great living with benefits.

I've updated all the Q&A's here on the site and invite you to check them out.

What was the last or most memorable thing that you remembered about Monday Night Raw's Old School broadcast? Was it Roman Reigns HUGE, signature win over top superstar CM Punk OR Jake Roberts having a surprise walk on/cameo with his traditional snake in a a bag routine?

For me, it was Jake who stole the show and the spotlight from Roman Reigns whose "moment" got cut short. Then again, I'm old school and could be "out of touch."

Thanks for stopping by don't be afraid to tell folks about our site. Big things are happening in my business life and I hope to make a couple of major announcements this week or early next week. Business has definitely picked up!

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J.R , Do You Think Batista Will Win The Royal Rumble Match Or Alberto Will Eliminate Him ??

As a long distance (from Scotland) Miami Dolphins fan, I am personally pleased that my team have finally decided to make a change @ GM. Never like to see anyone lose their job but do you agree JR that the basic lack of talent evaluated/recruited warranted a change even ignoring the dismal W/L ratio under Ireland's watch?

it's too bad you're no longer with WWE, you could have had your own program on the network

They need to rerun WCCW syndicated/ESPN programming, AWA syndicated/ESPN programming and M-S/UWF syndicated programming as well as rerunning WWE, WCW, ECW programming. There are not doing enough for the hardcore fan.

The WWE. Network sounds awesome, and at the $9.99 a month price you would have to be crazy not to sign up on day one. Especially if you are a person who buys PPV's every month. $9.99 vs the $50 you pay to get the shows through a cable or satellite carrier is just too big of a difference to pass up on in my opinion. The only issue I could possibly see there being is if there is connection problems during the shows. Or if there is some type of technical issue that screws things up. From what I've read WWE was smart and used the same company as Major League Baseball uses for their online channel. A lot of companie have had a ton of issues that have angered a lot of customers, but MLB is one that has had no issues and who's service has continually gotten better and better. When I read that I was sold. I was worried about the tech problems until I read it because I know example Ring of Honor has had nothing but problems with their IPPV's. But it sounds like WWE did it right. I sure hope so because I'm looking forward to seeing all that content from all the tape libraries that WWWE has been hoarding.