International Object

Oct 15

Help explain something to me

WCW used variants on pop songs for many performers: Jericho, Raven, Guerrero, etc., all had music that sounded a lot like rock songs. But they weren’t. WCW was a large enough company that they’d definitely get sued if they used the real ones.

On the Network, WWE often dubs these versions out in favor of these performers’ WWE themes. Why do they do this? It’s extra work for them, and WCW already did the work of making the music different enough to avoid a lawsuit.

Also of note: Booker T’s music remained unchanged through both companies. I believe that’s the only instance of this. Discuss.

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Oct 14

Randy Orton Is RKOing The Entire Internet -

How do people have time to make stuff like this?

What a bunch of losers -

WWE were careful not to have the announcers on last night’s promote the fact that Randy Orton would face the “loser” of John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose at Hell In a Cell.

WWE did not want it to seem Orton vs. Cena was the losers match.

Here’s how you don’t promote losers of stipulated matches: Keep them off the show. I’ll be doing the dishes during this one.

Your Guide to Wrestling Podcasts -

criticalwinking:

“What a Maneuver” - “We are going to watch these old Nitros and Raws.” moments later. “Dear god why did we watch that? Lex Lugar is terrible!”

“Wrestlespective” - “You know, Lugar isn’t that bad in this role.”

“International Object Podcast” - “I think if Margaret Atwood wrote this episode of Sunday Night Heat with Stevie Richards it would be…”

Accurate.

Update On Daniel Bryan's Health & Future In WWE -

The medical term for the procedure is as ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, which is a surgical graft procedure in which the ulnar collateral ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body”. (WebMD)
The typical recovery for Tommy John Surgery is 6-12 months depending on the physical activity the athlete is involved in.
We’ve been watching WWE’s plan B for the last six months. Could the news that Bryan might really never come back be the thing that gets them to actually create a plan A?

Oct 13

3manbooth:

Big Show: I lost…

Mark Henry: It’s okay. At least it can’t get any worse…

*A giant Russian Flag drops behind Big Show and Mark Henry, reminding them of their failures*

Summerslam headed to New Jersey -

“On behalf of all of our area partners, we are excited to have SummerSlam come to IZOD Center in 2015,” said Wayne Hasenbalg, President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. “We are proud to continue our incredible partnership with WWE and build on the success of last year’s sold-out WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium.”

It’s more like building on the Raw after Wrestlemania, but sure, whatever.

WWE Network now running ads

Just received this email from WWE:

Dear WWE Network Subscriber,

Today WWE Network will begin to run limited video advertisements.

Here’s what you can expect:

• No commercial breaks during scheduled programming

• Limited advertising between shows

• Occasional advertising before our video-on-demand content

WWE accepting advertising means two things:

  1. They’ve seen Hulu Plus and Youtube and like it.
  2. Not enough people have signed up, and they’re taking steps to make sure the Network stays viable to their corporate interests.

If the advertising system is anything like Hulu’s or Youtube’s, it’ll be a mild inconvenience, but nothing that would make anyone necessarily unsubscribe. That’s sort of the win-win for WWE, here: more money from a new revenue stream, with none lost from the other new revenue stream.

This certainly explains why, with all of the other hyperbolic marketing about the Network, they never called it “commercial free.”

Oct 12

Probably unlikely, but what’s the chances John Cena just lays down for Ambrose? Like, immediately drops to the ground, so Ambrose can go have his revenge on Rollins.