The Executive Vice President Of Sales, Marketing, & Program Development for MyNetwork, Paul Franklin, was one of the special guests on this past week’s live edition (03/03/08) of Monday Night Mayhem (presented by Sweet Sunshine Sauces: the official finishing sauce of “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio”) — which can be heard in streaming audio every week (hosted by The Big Mosh, Blade, & DFL, and heard LIVE at 8PM ET/7PM CT every Monday night) exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, & www.ITunes.com).
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The 03/03/08 program also features an in-depth TNA Destination X PPV preview (featuring Alex Iz, the host of TNAU TV), as well the return of ROH owner, Cary Silkin to the program (previewing this upcoming weekend’s premiere of “Rising Above,” highlighted by ROH Champion, Nigel McGuinness vs. Austin Aries (call your local cable or satellite provider for availability). Cary was on board with The Mayhem Crew to pump up what most are calling the best PPV in Ring Of Honor history, as well as talk about what lies ahead for the company’s WrestleMania weekend shows in Orlando, FL, ROH’s debut show @ The Hammerstein Ballroom, the return of The Motor City Machine Guns to Ring Of Honor, the soon-to-be-released “Stars Of Honor” & “Bloodstained Honor” commercial Koch Vision DVD releases, & of course…the double-shot Friday/Saturday (which The Mayhem will be in attendance for) weekend events in Dover, NJ (in conjunction w/the new Mickey Rourke movie, “The Wrestler), but also ROH’s return to Philly on “Selection Sunday.”
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Here are some of the highlights from Paul’s interview on the show, provided by The Mayhem’s co-host, The Big Mosh.
The Big Mosh, Blade, & DFL welcomed Paul to the program, and extended the congratulations to MyNetworkTV for the new deal that was negotiated to bring WWE SmackDown to their fold. According to Paul, the negotiations moved rapidly between the two parties after they learned that the CW Network had decided to move on. “We jumped right on it,” described Paul in his own words. He & the rest of the network sees MyNetworkTV as a “perfect fit” for WWE programming, and SmackDown will be “the center focus” of their network into the new fall ’08 TV season, & are very pleased they came out on top as the victor.
MyNetworkTV was formed as the end result of the UPN & the WB network merger back in 2006. Currently, they are in well over 95% of markets around the United States. Paul says the fans should not worry, as their network will be readily accessible to the WWE fan nation, and encourages everyone to head over to www.MyNetworkTV.com to check for the local station in their area.
Paul said that MyNetworkTV has one of the largest concentrations of fans from the 18-49 age male demographic, and that the WWE/SmackDown audience consistently falls right into that bracket.
One of the questions that many fans want to know: Will SmackDown stay on Friday nights? Paul said that “it is too early to decide one way or another.” The program does have a solid track record when it did air on Thursday nights. MyNetworkTV does respect what SmackDown has done on Friday nights though as well. They will be working directly with the WWE to determine what night will be the best, as the network wants to do what is best for World Wrestling Entertainment & its fanbase. He can say though for certain that it will either be Thursday or Friday nights for sure.
With regards to any future WWE network specials, Paul said “anything’s possible.” He strongly believes that the WWE knows their brand, their fans, & produce an amazing product. MyNetworkTV does agree in the mentality that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” He did go on record to say that they have not had the chance to discuss or negotiate further specials just yet (as the SD deal was completed approximately one week ago), but does not rule out the chance of any additional World Wrestling Entertainment specials on MyNetworkTV. Plain & simple, they are there to support the WWE in any way they can.
There is some skepticism amongst the wrestling fans as to whether or not this deal will succeed, and possibly have SmackDown lose some of its audience. Paul looks forward to proving any of the doubters or critics wrong, as MyNetworkTV continues to grow on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Since day one, he believes they have surpassed a lot of people’s expectations. With being able to strike a deal with the WWE as quickly as they have, Paul also feels that with MyNetworkTV only being 17 months old & the partnership unfolding before the fans’ eyes with the WWE, the sky is truly the limit into the end of 2008.
Paul also gives his thoughts on whether he sees MyNetworkTV getting involved creatively in future WWE storylines. Fans around the world know what happened several years ago with the pulling of the controversial Muhammad Hassan character from SmackDown by the UPN network. Mr. Franklin gives his thoughts/takes on this, and the possibilities of his network having input into the creative process. You have to tune in to hear his response…which is very interesting to say the least!
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Monday Night Mayhem would like to thank all of our fans around the world for voting for “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” in the 2008 Wrestling Radio Awards. Monday Night Mayhem was the proud recipient of the 2008 WRA for Media Interview Of The Year with “the voice of WWE’s Monday Night RAW,” Jim Ross. In addition, The Mayhem was voted the “Best Booked Show” of 2007 — the second time that we have achieved this honor amongst all broadcast & broadband wrestling radio programming.
Monday Night Mayhem is honored to add these to our other prestigious WRA Awards: 2007’s Media Interview Of The Year (Eric Bischoff w/special guest co-host, Scott Hudson) & 2006’s Female Interview Of The Year (Jackie Gayda).
*All new & old Mayhem listeners can still check out the archived programs/shows of “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” from our six+ years of audio excellence, featuring the official Monday Night Mayhem WrestleMania 23 Countdown Special from Detroit’s Hilton Garden Inn, the official Monday Night Mayhem Dream Reunion II On-Location Special from Kokomo, IN — featuring: former WWE Diva search contestant Jessica Hatch, Al Snow, Marty Jannetty, Chavo “Classic” Guerrero Sr., “Nasty Boy” Brian Knobbs, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Rosey, The Midnight Express (“Loverboy” Dennis Condrey & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton), “The Genius” Lanny Poffo, & The Orient Express’ Pat Tanaka, & our “Best Of 2007” show (featuring the top three interviews of 2k7 heard on The Mayhem), plus current WWE superstars (Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Candice Michelle, & Charlie Haas), WWE Hall Of Famers (Jim Ross, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, “The Mouth Of The South” Jimmy Hart, The Iron Sheik, Tito Santana, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Harley Race, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, & Don Muraco), the finest from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (Jeff Jarrett, Jim Cornette, Kevin Nash, “The Instant Classic” Christian Cage, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, The Dudley Boyz/Team 3-D, Scott Steiner, Kip/BG James, “The Notorious 187” Homicide, Eric Young, Kaz, & “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal — along with TNA knockouts Christy Hemme, Gail Kim, & Traci Brooks), Ring Of Honor’s warriors (ROH Champion Nigel McGuinness, “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson, & ROH head booker Gabe Sapolsky), ECW originals (Rob Van Dam, “The Franchise” Shane Douglas, Raven, The Sandman, “The Pitbull” Gary Wolfe, Danny Doring, & ECW founder Tod Gordon), some of the greatest managers in the history of our business (Percy Pringle III/Paul Bearer, “The Doctor Of Style” Slick, JJ Dillon, & Gary Hart), the voices that have called the sport/sports-entertainment for years (World Class’ Bill Mercer, the Mid-Atlantic/NWA’s Bob Caudle, & WCW/AWA’s Lee Marshall), wrestling legends/personalities from over the years, past & present (Terry Funk, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, The Honky Tonk Man, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Vader, Konnan, Tully Blanchard, Diamond Dallas Page, “Nasty Boy” Brian Knobbs, Nick “U-Gene” Dinsmore, Low-Ki, “The Wildman” Marc Mero, David “Gangrel” Heath, & Chris Nowinski), & some of the funniest entertainers from around stage & screen (Dave Coulier of TV’s “Full House,” VH-1 “Best Week Ever’s” Greg Fitzsimmons of VH-1’s “Best Week Ever,” Dustin “Screech” Diamond of TV’s “Saved By The Bell,” Howard Stern’s Gary The Retard, “Mad TV’s” Aries Spears, & Comic Relief founder Bob Zmuda). All this & so much more…now available on www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, & www.ITunes.com.
As we begin our new spring season in just a few weeks, Monday Night Mayhem’s crew of The Big Mosh, Blade, & DFL wish to thank our loyal fans around the world who have helped us get to where we are at now and for your continued dedication, loyalty, & support.