International Object

Jul 31

Clarifying

mutantlog said: But this seems like a weird version of WWEN. It certainly doesn’t sound like it’s available without a cable subscription, and it’s not clear how the VOD will work. I’m sure it’s good for WWE’s bottom line, not so much for mine.

From what I can tell, the Network will work exactly the same way up here. Browser, apps, etc., We’ll just also have the addition of the channel, which is a thing they’re hoping to bring to other markets as well.

And if it isn’t, just continue grabbing the US version.

Rogers and WWE Announce Television Deal and WWE Network Channel -

Rogers will be the exclusive distribution partner of all WWE pay-per-view events throughout Canada and will sponsor an application to the CRTC to bring the popular WWE Network to Canada. Starting August 12, a preview of WWE Network content, including live WWE pay-per-view events, groundbreaking original series, live in-ring action, reality shows and a video-on-demand library, will be available on a subscription basis on Rogers Channel 512. Rogers will offer this WWE Network content preview subscription to all cable, satellite and IPTV providers across Canada.

August 12 is way ahead of “by the end of the year,” as their promise to bring the Network to Canada. Great job, guys.

I’m kind of surprised those gifs didn’t get reblogged more. Maybe if I put rumours of CM Punk doing literally anything they’d get the hits.

Jul 30

More impressive graphics for Summerslam, this time Jericho vs Wyatt.

More impressive graphics for Summerslam, this time Jericho vs Wyatt.

Summerslam’s 2014 graphics are top notch. Here’s the promo for Cena vs Lesnar.

Summerslam’s 2014 graphics are top notch. Here’s the promo for Cena vs Lesnar.

Jul 29

Cesaro’s “get up” motion from his match with John Cena.

Cesaro’s “get up” motion from his match with John Cena.

The Dream Solution for a Nightmare Scenario -

TH:

However, if everything possible goes wrong that can go wrong, would it be too farfetched to suggest that WWE should look at backing a dump-truck full of money to the Broken Skull Ranch and seeing if Steve Austin would mind coming out of retirement for a year?

Fascinating theory, but wrestling’s problems go deeper than any one star, organization, or television deal. Pro wrestling, as a whole, is a cultural dead rat. I love it. TH loves it. A whole lot of us love it, but it’s largely because we’ve been around too long. To entice new fans (and I don’t just mean the die-hards on Tumblr who make gifs everyday), wrestling has to evolve. It can’t keep doing what it’s doing. It can’t be what we know, or what’s come before.

If wrestling is to actually become a successful cultural thing, we pretty much have to let go of wrestling as we know it.

Gender Equality, the WWE Way

falseunderdog:

This is progress, folks. For the first time in years, WWE Divas are failing upwards at the same rate as their fellow Superstars.

How great would it be if HHH wore the pirate shirt from mania and introduced Steph, who came out with the throne and the BFFs?

raw, jailbird edition. -

alluctor:

Simply put, it’s amazing what happens when you actually (!) give women characterisations and storylines that build consistently week-to-week. It’s almost like you give people reasons to care. Imagine fucking that.

WWE Network heats up with Sunday Night SummerSlam -

WWE Universe, get ready for SummerSlam 2014 by watching Sunday Night SummerSlam on WWE Network! Celebrate The Biggest Party of the Summer by reliving the best events in SummerSlam history every Sunday evening on WWE Network.

There’s loads of things WWE could do to improve its library on the network (content, search, playlists, etc), but my no 1 request for improving the live channel is predictable programming blocks. Knowing what’s going to happen a few days in advance isn’t enough. I want know in the back of my head that if it’s Sunday in the summer, Summerslam is on.

Jul 28

Impact Wrestling Cancelled by Spike TV -

TMZ:

We’re told there’s no bad blood, and Spike gave TNA such advance notice so it would have time to shop for a new TV deal.

People are going to look for all sorts of reasons why TNA is getting cancelled, but TMZ probably has it right here. There simply isn’t enough interest in TNA Wrestling to keep it going. Business is business.

As for what replaces it? ROH? NJPW? Chikara? Please. Spike is putting reruns on Thursday night.

WWE signs Fergal Devitt to NXT -

Prior to signing with WWE, Devitt was widely considered one of the most highly touted free agents in sports-entertainment. Hailing from Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, his path to NXT and WWE has been circuitous: Initially trained in England, Devitt honed his craft in the U.K. and U.S. independent scenes before entering the notoriously disciplined dojos of New Japan Pro Wrestling. He also competed in Mexico, though it was in New Japan that he rose to greatest prominence, under the name Prince Devitt.

In the 80s, WWE acquired its superstars through the AWA and NWA. In the 90s, they actively pursued WCW superstars. There was a lull there during the early aughts where they were forced to develop their talent from scratch. While that infrastructure still exists, there’s certainly been an upswing in the last few years of acquiring from the “competition” again, this time with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Reports that Impact will not be renewed by Spike TV -

Meltzer:

A number of media sources have reported that Spike TV will not be renewing Impact Wrestling when the contract expires in just over two months. There were reports that Carter positioned to her staff at a meeting on Friday that they were leaving Spike on their own volition due to a lack of promotion, but others have confirmed Spike had told Carter they were not going to offer a new deal.

I have a feeling the WWE Network will have some new stuff next year.

Jul 25

Sting interviewed by WWE.com -

They’re doing everything backwards with Sting. I’m not saying that because I think it’s wrong, but WWE has never introduced a character like this. Sting goes from the one major star in wrestling to never work for WWE to a guy who’s a) in a video game, b) has an action figure, c) has a t-shirt, d) does special appearances, all within the span of a week.

How it normally goes is a character will be introduced on Raw, on live television, as a huge surprise. Then, they roll out merchandise and live appearances. Why not here? Is it to stretch out the idea that Sting won’t appear in a WWE ring? Is it to stave inevitable disappointment if he doesn’t actually wrestle? I’m not sure.

Having rolled out the periphery benefits of being a WWE franchise, will Sting actually ever show up on Raw? Or is this all there is? Does Sting need to be on WWE television in order to really be part of the company? Or can he always lurk in the sidelines, popping up to shock and delight?