Tonight’s the night — it’s the Slammy Awards! The Slammy Awards are coming to you live from Seattle, Washington. With a full slate of awards to present and less than a week until TLC, expect a jam-packed night. Here’s a rundown:
- Award Categories are as Follows: Superstar, Diva, Match, Double-cross, Insult, LOL Moment, Extreme Moment, and Fan Participation of the Year. A full list of nominees is available on WWE.com.
- Cameos: Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Eve Torres, and the New Age Outlaws will all be presenting Slammies tonight. Expect some interaction between HBK and Daniel Bryan. It will not be friendly.
- The Shield: The Shield are presenting the award for Double-cross of the Year. This alone should be reason enough to tune in tonight.
- Bad News Barrett: WWE.com is touting the return of Wade Barrett, which leads one to believe the WWE Universe may see Barrett in action tonight, for the first time in a long time.
- TLC Approaching: With TLC less than a week away, much about the PPV still feels unsettled. With the Wyatt Family’s courtship of Daniel Bryan and the unlikelihood that TLC will feature two 3-on-1 handicap matches, it seems as though there is much potential for a major pre-event shakeup.
- More Matches: Also, expect the card for TLC to get filled out tonight. Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio, the Real Americans, Big Show, and Dolph Ziggler are all without matches for this weekend’s show.
Enjoy the Slammies, and don’t forget to come right back here at CDW for the “Day After” report and all your pro wrestling news and analysis needs!
One of my greatest joys in life is watching Steve Austin yell at reality show contestants. After months of teasing the idea of a Broken Skull Ranch reality show on his podcast, the first trailer for Austin’s latest venture has hit the web. Casting is underway at BrokenSkullRanchCasting.com for “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s latest reality show, Broken Skull Ranch.
The show looks to be a weekly challenge searching for the toughest men and women in America to compete in physical challenges for a $10,000 prize. Think American Ninja Warrior but with more beer.
WWE.com is reporting this morning that Levi’s Stadium, the brand new football stadium currently under construction for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, will play host to the 2015 edition of the grandaddy of them all. Santa Clara had been in the running to host a future WrestleMania for some time now, along with Philadelphia, Boston, Pittsburgh, & Washington DC.
WWE is expected to hold a press conference Tuesday at the Santa Clara Convention Center making everything official. The writing was on the wall when Sunday, Booker T & Sheamus attended the San Francisco- Seattle game. In recent years, WrestleMania has become on par with a city landing a Super Bowl, with the WWE’s showcase event pumping millions of dollars into local economies.
FWIW, NBC Bay Area is reporting that WrestleMania 32′s location has also been selected as AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX but there has been no confirmation from WWE.
WWE working with MLB & Punk/Lesnar/HHH Rumor- Wrestling, INC
As we told you this weekend, it’s looking like the WWE Network will be a Netflix/Hulu style streaming service, as a result WWE is working with MLB.TV to “prevent problems with their online streams going down as viewership increases.” Also in this report is this juicy rumor, of course, take this one with a grain of salt because as we all know the internet LOVES to hate The Game. There was apparently some backstage surprise that CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar wasn’t nominated for a Match of the Year Slammy. Of course, this is being blamed on the fact that and I quote, “Punk can’t have a better match with Lesnar than Triple H did and Punk vs. The Undertaker had to be listed.”
I like to stay positive, so I think I’d go with the latter being why it was omitted.
Dixie Carter Addresses Sale Rumors- PW Torch
Carter talks about texting Billy Corgan about the rumors of his interest in purchasing TNA and having a laugh about it. She also talks about their “Where Action Never Ends” initiative being the key to creating a level playing field with WWE.
WWE Top 10- WWE on YouTube
Everyone remembers the WCW Hotline right? 1-900-909-9900. WWE has put together a compilation of Mean Gene’s Top 10 Hotline Hypes.
Video: Jon Moxley Challenges Bryan Danielson- DGUSATV
Here’s a fun one. Jon Moxley aka Dean Ambrose challenges Bryan Danielson aka Daniel Bryan from Dragon’s Gate from 2010. “Bryan Danielson’s Head on a Stick!” More promo time for Ambrose please.
This is a follow-up to Louis Tully’s story from earlier in the week concerning a possible announcement of the WWE Network coming soon.
Wrestlezone posted an exclusive story earlier today, boasting new potential details about the looming WWE Network. If true, all of this is good news for WWE fans…
- The launch date is expected to be 2/24/2014, the day after the Elimination Chamber. This would also be the first day of the home stretch into Wrestlemania 30.
- The WWE Network is not expected to be a cable or satellite channel. Instead, it is expected to be an online streaming service, similar to Netflix or Hulu.
- This is not expected to be a service similar to the previous On Demand endeavor. Instead, there is expected to be a 24/7 stream which viewers can watch, as well as an archive from which selections can be made.
- WZ reported that, on day one, the service is expected to include all Raws, Smackdowns, and Pay-Per-Views ever produced by the WWE in its archive.
- The price point is expected to be in the range of $10 to $12 per month.
- The WWE may look to get subscribers locked-in for at least six months initially. However, this initial $60 to $72 paid up front should include Wrestlemania 30.
- It looks like most pay-per-views could be included with your monthly subscription fee.
That last item is excellent news, especially for WWE fans who shell out $600 in pay-per-views a year. However, it’s not expected that future Wrestlemanias (31 and on) would be included in the subscription fee. WM 2015 would probably still be a pay-per-view event. This is speculation on my part, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Summer Slam were treated the same way.
Also, keep in mind that in recent years the WWE’s film vault has been buying up and absorbing a TON of non-WWE produced content. Eventually, we should be streaming WCW and ECW pay-per-views.
I would have posted about this early, but I was busily throwing my credit card at my computer. If this information turns out to be true, I’m in on Day One. This will only be a success if the “network” gets a sufficient number of subscribers. That number will have to be great enough that the WWE makes more money off of providing Money in the Bank to people paying $10 per month rather than $50 or so. But imagine it, my friends. No more hovering with your finger over the “ORDER” button mere minutes before the pay-per-view; wanting to order the event, but knowing that the dread of a future cable bill will lurk in the back of your mind for the next two hours and forty-five minutes. Those days may be behind us.
What say you? If these expectations/reports/rumors turn out to be true, will you be joining me in the subscription line?