AS I SEE IT: The Rocky Debut of the WWE Network
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
This past week saw the somewhat rocky debut of the WWE Network, and the set-up show for the Road to Wrestlemania.
The major problems with the WWE Network break down as follows:
Major League Baseball Advanced Media’s (the company WWE is working with to handle the Network) had an inability in the first few days to handle the load of signups. Many people attempted to sign up and were unable to do so because of bandwidth and other issues.
MLBAM stated that the Network demand for sign-ups “exceeded anything we have seen in 14 years of doing e-commerce.” If that had been the only problem, and it had only been a problem at the beginning, that would have been a GOOD problem in some ways; because it would have shown a major demand for the service (which it did).
Ken Shamrock stopped by Under the Mat Radio to discuss his feelings on a few topics such as what his favorite fighting movies are, advice he would give to females who wanted to be a fighter, Dana White, Brock Lesnar and so much more! You can listen to the full interview below; here are some of the highlights:
Ken on his feelings of MMA and how his legacy is viewed today:
“I helped create this sport; it’s almost like a child of mine. Just like many of the other guys who were in it in the beginning they cherish it and nurture it also. So I understand the comments that were made by some people who feel they don’t get the respect they deserve because they have been there in the beginning.”
The first son of Stu Hart and the oldest brother of Bret and Owen Hart, Smith Hart has published a new column at PWMania.com. Hart talks about booking Brock Lesnar for WWE WrestleMania 30, Sting vs. The Undertaker and more.
Courtesy of WWE.com:
In the tumultuous world of the squared circle, there are many types are competitors. Among them are some of the most technically proficient professional athletes, who can be found in the highest levels of any arena of competition.
However, this is not the class of warrior we are talking about here. Oh no. Instead, WWE.com breaks down the toughest, roughest ring destroyers who have ever stepped through the ropes.
See the list here:
Recap courtesy of LordsofPain.net writer Marc Middleton:
Xfinity published an interview with WWE’s Paul Heyman. Here are some highlights:
On the significance of his role in last year’s WrestleMania: “It’s huge. Nothing short of it. And probably even bigger than that adjective. It’s exhilarating for me because you have the most unique, the most gifted athlete in the history of the WWE, or UFC, or college athletics in Brock Lesnar, going against a wrestler who probably has more heart, more determination, and the ability to overcome the odds better than anybody else that I’ve ever come across in my entire career in CM Punk. It’s a fascinating match-up. It won’t be over in 30 seconds. This is going to be an all-night affair. There’s an old expression in the professional wrestling business; “This match will be worth the price of admission.” I humbly suggest that Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk is worth the price of admission alone.”
The Los Angeles Times recently interviewed Former 3x WWE Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. During the interview Lesnar talked about his return to World Wrestling Entertainment.
“I left originally because I was a caged animal 300 days a year on the road and they knew that. That was the bottom line – I don’t want to be that person. I’m at a different stage in my life where I think I’ve earned [the reduced schedule]. That was the only way I could make this happen. They played ball and hopefully it’s a win-win for both of us. I really do enjoy putting on a show.”
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on LordsofPain.net and was written by columnist TripleR.
Welcome back everybody to the column that DIDN’T have a season-ending injury in NFL Training Camp- Chair Shots! Now I’m back from vacation, rested and tanned after a few days at the beach, but I did manage to catch a little bit of Monday Night Raw last week. It was a pretty decent show, with Daniel Bryan getting about 40 minutes of wrestling time, but that’s not what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk about is a topic that’s probably going to split a lot of my readers down the middle. So follow the bouncing ball as I tell you of my jubilation, which was followed week after week with utter indifference.
Courtesy of LordsofPain.net:
Paul Heyman recently spoke with Philly.com to promote WrestleMania 29. Here are some highlights:
Working with CM Punk and Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania:
“How could it be bad for me? I have two of the three main events properly represented on the biggest Wrestlemania of all time in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. How could things be going anything but splendidly for me? I’m ecstatic with my current role in WWE. I get to work every Monday with my two best friends: Brock Lesnar and CM Punk. I have ‘The Beast’ [Lesnar] and ‘The Best’ [Punk].”
Courtesy of WWE.com
Immediately following Brock Lesnar‘s brutal brawl with Triple H on Raw, the former WWE and UFC Champion was treated by WWE medical personnel and required 18 staples in his head. Warning: graphic photos.
See the photos here:
PWInsider.com is reporting that both Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar have signed new WWE contracts. Jericho has signed a short-term deal which will see him compete on WWE shows through WrestleMania 29. PWInsider adds that Jericho was kept hidden in a bus until his time was up for the Rumble to keep the element of surprise. He left WWE this past August to tour with his band Fozzy. Meanwhile, former WWE and UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar also penned a new – and most likely a multi-million dollar – deal with WWE. His one-year limited appearance contract through WrestleMania 29 has been extended for another two years, keeping him around through WrestleMania 31.
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