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    The latest is that Malenko is leaving wrestling period and retiring home to his family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LibSuperstar View Post
    The latest is that Malenko is leaving wrestling period and retiring home to his family.
    I wouldn't be surprised. He's almost 60. Everyone is entitled to ride off in the sunset and leave on their own terms.

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    Already confirmed for Starrcast, they must have been straight on the phone.

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    He’s also apparently already signed in for Starrcast, as well.

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    And PWInsider is now also saying, in addition to Barrasso, Satin and Sean Ross Sapp, that Malenko quit as opposed to just being let go. Perhaps he is going to retire and go spend time with his family, but if that were the case I'm not sure why the stories would be framed as him quitting.


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    Rumor is he also couldn't cut the ketchup.

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    My guess? Catering was Kosher enough.


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    https://lordsofpain.net/what-luke-ha...d-in-november/

    It's kinda hard not to call WWE for being petty. If they're going to keep him locked into his contract, they should at least let him do something, like being in a program with Bray.

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    Nope, the WWE is and always will be petty.

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    I get that the WWE takes the Saudi shows because of the boatload of money that they get paid, but then why do they also allow them to book the shows?

    The three matches that have been reported so far are:

    HHH vs Orton (yawn)
    Goldberg vs The Undertaker (yawn again)
    50 man Battle Royal (triple yawn)

    Why doesn't the WWE use this PPV/Network event to further their own plots? The WWE should dictate the matches, not the Saudis.

    I know that money talks, but isn't the USA Network kind of pissed at the ratings? if so, that is a bigger contract than the Saudi show, so why not fix your weekly product to get better ratings to make more money?
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    You're asking for different things....

    The Saudi show is filler and one you can't really book storyline heavy, because some talent might not want to go like last year, the women can't go and its on at a weird time which is a disservice to the majority of your fans.

    Booking the weekly product has zero to do with the Saudi show.

    I skipped it last year and i will skip it again.

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    Or be like me and skip everything on the Network.

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    Just wait until Orton unites the two top titles. You'll be back. Cult, too.

    II think you mispelled "T.O."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Farrell View Post
    Just wait until Orton unites the two top titles. You'll be back. Cult, too.

    There's only three things that'll get me to watch an episode of anything WWE related again; WWE finding the tape for the AAA classic Mascara Sagrada vs. Black Cat, Gran Metalik winning the WWE Championship and the signing of Western Canadian wrestling legend Sydney Steele. No dice otherwise.


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    Do all three have to happen, or just one of the three?

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    Preferably all three, although I'd strongly consider it if it were just Western Canadian wrestling legend Sydney Steele coming in. That guy is a freakin machine!


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    I could kick his ass.

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    Fat chance. Sydney Steele had Moose running for the hills. Kyle Sebastian has nightmares about Steele to this day. Canadian legends Carrot Adams and Camikaze were left in such awe by Sydney Steele that they retired because they would never be that good. Sydney Steele is the real deal dudes. Plus I'm pretty sure he's the only one that could make Rock-Cena III happen.


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    I had to be precise searching for Sydney Steele as it's very close to a porn star's name I see.

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    Always knew coach wanted to be the Joey Ryan of Canadian wrestling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cult Icon View Post
    Fat chance. Sydney Steele had Moose running for the hills. Kyle Sebastian has nightmares about Steele to this day. Canadian legends Carrot Adams and Camikaze were left in such awe by Sydney Steele that they retired because they would never be that good. Sydney Steele is the real deal dudes. Plus I'm pretty sure he's the only one that could make Rock-Cena III happen.
    I kicked his ass last weekend at Caesar's Palace, LIVE on Pay Per View.

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    Not sure if this was repoted on the main page or not, but Ashley Massaro has passed away. There was an apparent false report that it was suicide.

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    I truly believe this. Just like Baby Boomer Vince McMahon changed the business and killed the promoters of the past, mostly members of the Greatest Generation; I am convinced AEW will be the end of Vince McMahon and the Millennials Tony Khan and Cody Rhodes will push Vince out the way. WWE wouldn't die, but Vince's is meeting it's end soon. He can't compete with AEW in this Millennial era, where millennials are the largest generation in US history, and will be for a long while judging by birth rates, and are majority of the WWE workforce right now. Like the promoters of the Greatest Generation couldn't adjust to the 80's and Baby Boomers, Vince can't adjust to the new era we are in and reaching millennials. The problem with being a business man and writing off a whole generation as a work force is that you still need to sell your product to that generation. And Vince never adjusted his company with work with or sell to millennials, and now a bunch of Millennials are going to push him out of the business. The sad part is the millennials were three when Hulk Hogan beat the Sheik and this is the generation Vince has basically raised on wrestling, selling them toys, feeding them rebellion as teenagers, and hip hop with John Cena. Now it's the generation that's tuned out. When I heard Cody was doing AEW, I feared he'd try to get the lapse southern fan, but what see is that AEW is going for the disillusioned millennial who grew up on wrestling but it's tired of WWE, but didn't want to feel like they are watching a cheap knock off.

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    The problem is, who has the ability to push Vince out? I wouldn't count on his health giving out, unless I'm mistaken his mom is still kicking so he could be around for a long time yet. Does he volunteer to step away and focus on the XFL? Possible but far from certain. Could his own company push him out? Also possible, but if he's able to broker big TV deals or latch onto other ways to succeed in spite of falling audiences, I'm sure it'd be difficult. I'm not saying it won't happen, just thinking about what the backstage dealings of WWE might look like in the next few years.

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    Vince ain't going anywhere until he dies as you alluded to. He's a well-reputed workaholic and even in him considering selling the WWE one condition is that he be involved in some capacity. Triple H's role will grow more in the next few years.

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    Just announced, BT Sport have won the rights to Raw and Smackdown here in the UK. They had been on Sky Sports for the best part of 25 years
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    I have noticed when I illegally stream UFC show, I often get BT Sports feeds. What is the main difference between BT and Sky?

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    They are owned by different people, and BT is a relatively new player in the TV market compared with SKY, who were really the originators of satellite TV in the UK. BT are the biggest phone company, who basically only went into sport broadcasting as a way of boosting their home deal subscribers - initially it was take our phone/internet package and you can have the sports channels for free.

    It's a bit of a risk for WWE, to be honest - BT sports have approximately 10% of the number of subscribers that SKY have, and with no Network access to RAW and Smackdown until a month or so after the fact, it could end up quite badly.

    And AEW is going to be on free TV, conversely.

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    I think this potentially could have something to do with Sky wanting the Champions League rights back from BT; potentially they feel the need to reassess their spending and thus WWE has been let go. All speculation of course, but from a WWE side, I'm not sure this will benefit them in the long run.


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    Given that the TV audiences in the UK for both RAW and Smackdown are usually well under 100,000 nowadays, I can well believe they are little more than pawns in a larger game.

    Also worth factoring in that it's less than a year since the Murdochs sold their stake in SKY - the new owners might be a factor in this as well.

    EDIT: Found this story from December, in case anyone is interested. Though take with a pinch of salt, given the quality of some of the writing here.

    The rating matter, what if they matter. We have rarely met the McMahons to apologize for the bad product they have been offering lately. In fact, never until last Monday. The television contracts represent the great source of income of a large wrestling company, as well as the support of its media presence. Many millions are at stake when we now know that bad ratings put an agreement at risk.

    Sky Sports is the payment channel that has been transmitting WWE content for some time in the British Isles. An alliance that may not have continuity, as revealed by Will Cooling, a journalist with Fighting Spirit Magazine, during his speech in the latest episode of the Wrestling Observer Radio.

    “People think that the reason that WWE ratings have plummeted is because fans prefer to use on-demand cable service or online service rather than watching it on a normal television basis. And it is not true. Now we can check the statistics, and there are no differences.

    “Simply, people have stopped watching WWE. There was a SmackDown that had just 20 thousand viewers a few weeks ago. The Sky Sports clearly failing to promote WWE. This week they have not been in their usual strip, and the same will happen next. They have other things that they prefer to emit. I do not know, it looks bad for WWE and Sky Sports. “

    It must be said that the British chain is in the middle of a process of budget cuts. The situation that suggests a possible end of the agreement between the parties. Also, WWE Vice President George Barrios recently admitted that they would like to announce a new television deal for the UK market.

    A case that echoes with that of Spain. Last month, the presence of WWE in this country suffered a major impairment. GOL, the chain in charge of offering interesting weekly summaries of everything that happened on Raw and SmackDown, ended its agreement with the company. Not seven months lasted the broadcasts, whose audience was partly burdened by the Soccer World Cup. Meanwhile, the contract with Neox (of the AtresMedia group), the other diffuser of its product in that territory, concludes at the beginning of 2019. And renewal is not guaranteed.

    In short, the reality is that the interest in WWE has diminished ostensibly. This, together with the preference of tracking via Torrent or any illegal means, makes Europe a difficult territory to conquer. Obviating the time difference. And all, when next month will take place the first exclusive TakeOver of NXT UK.

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    They've cancelled a bunch of UK shows and the main page suggests that it's to make way for the next Saudi show

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    If that's true, it's crazy how much they let those Saudi shows dictate their business elsewhere these days. But hey, for 40 to 50 million dollars for a one-night event, it's not a surprise either.

    Still, as a crazy thought, I wonder if this is short-term thinking that can bite them in the ass in the future. The Saudi money can go away as quickly as it came for whatever reason, and if they keep on cancelling shows elsewhere it surely must be causing these locations to think twice about bringing them again in the future.

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    Oh, for sure. That's why I thought this last show was booked slightly better for the full time schedule. Having non-canon matches like Taker vs Goldberg and Orton vs HHH works well, as they are draws without needing much story, nor did I find they used too much time on Raw/SD to get to the event. Well, yeah, a bit more than they should have, but not an excessive amount.

    But, I think it's obvious that their WWE and Universal title programs were hampered by fitting into these events. They really should book them more like Saturday Night's Main Event. Put a drawing match, but not much for story. First SNME after WrestleMania, Hogan defended against Bob Orton Jr. Sure, it fit the story, but it wasn't really going to hamper much.

    The other thing is that every show that passes, more and more people drop out from participating with the Saudi event. Eventually the top drawing match from the available talent willing to take the Saudi paycheque is going to be Roman Reigns vs No Way Jose.

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    This place is too dead. Therefore, I must say...

    Iken, yer momma says Seth Rollins couldn't carry Sting's jockstrap.

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    My mother did not in fact say that; she was too busy laughing at Rollins' shitty "The Man's Man" shirt.


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    He ruins everything he touches.

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    Yes, but Sting was (in kayfabe) an idiot who spent years getting bullied by his co-workers to the point that he regressed into silence and hanging out in the rafters before deciding that if he couldn't beat them he should join them.

    That 'The Man's Man' t-shirt looks like something a fat lonely Texan would create themselves in their parent's basement.

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    WWE shirts are rarely any good. The only one I really enjoyed recently was Becky's WrestleMANia one. I still wouldn't buy it though.

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    Ollie, tacos are more interesting than Seth Rollins.

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