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Michelle Wilson and George Barrios Should Buy ROH

Michelle Wilson and George Barrios should buy Ring of Honor wrestling from Sinclair Broadcasting.

The two former WWE executives can us their new SPAC to fun the purchase. The move woukd give them a wrestling coimoany with media and ip to montize. The two could grow Honor Club like they did with WWE Network. Ring Of Honornals has a lot of touring and merchsndise potential. The lrodpsect of a major tv deal in an era of megs slorts rights deals can’t be ignored. Such a deal could see ROH remain on Sinclair Stations through some sort of tv deal. The company could even maintain a minority share.

Michelle and Barrios were.very successful in helping the WWE to greatly grow their stock price and position themselves fo massive tv deals. Their innovation with the WWE Network can not be ignored.

Ring Of Honor was purchased by Sinclair in 2011. Since then the corporation has created a tv franchise for their Broadcast Stations snd other outlets. The culmination being an event at Madsion Square Garden in 2019.

Ring of Honor was founded by RF Video in 2002, existing mostly to sell DVDs for the company thst once produced them for ECW. Ticket Broker Carey Silken wound up becoming the majority owner and bought out RF Video. Silken owned the company for much of its first decade. Attempting to get on tv on his own and had a series on HD Net for a short while. After thst series ran its course Silken ultimately sold to Sinclair for their run with the company.

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There Is A Path For Anthem Owner to Buy AEW PPVs

There is a realistic path for Anthem Owner Leonard Asper to pay AEW for the streaming rights to AEW PPVs and their library.

​​​​​​Dave Meltzer (on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio )mentioned that someone could buy AEW PPV rights for 20-25 million dollars. Its all theoretical of course but its worth talking about. 

Impact has a big  tv library and Impact Plus definitely provides a lot of content for a low cost… But lets face it…Impact Plus can’t be setting the world on fire on what is a crowded market place. Adding AEW PPVs and their library on demand would greatly change this. All of the sudden Impact Plus would be on the map and possible competition to WWE Network. For a monthly fee you could get every AEW PPV ( I would assume Impact PPVs would become added too).AEW fans would definitely sign up for such an easy deal. 

The 25 million dollar investment would be well worth it and open the door for them to go after other combat sports. If Asper didn’t want to spend that money he could get his partners involved or partner with the Khan’s ( Khan gets a percentage of Impact Plus and the overall rights fees are less).

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Former WWE Executives Launch Investment Group

Former WWE Execs, Michelle Wilson and George Barrios have teamed up to launch their own investment group. The goal of the new firm is to invest in sports and media related assets. The two were forced out of WWE in the past year after a management shake up within the company.

Source: Variety

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Networks Have The Power To End WWE’s Market Dominance

Networks have the power to end World Wrestling Entertainmentt’s s market dominanceof professional wrestling . The success of AEW Shows that non WWE wresting promption can find success on cable with less expensive TV rights fees. If Fox and NBC Unversal move on from WWE and move to other wrestling promotions it would have large ramifications to the tv industry. Any kind of money deals to other wrestlong promotions like Impact, ROH. New Japan,MLW , NWA, UWN, ect… would dramatically grow these promotions and move them to a closer playing field to WWE. Likewise the loss of Fox, NBC Universal, or both could dramatically scale WWE down… And make it far more vunerable. We could see a return to the era before WWE’s national expansin, with several promotions on equal playing fields. The major difference being them being all national promotions as opposed to regional.

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Sinclair Should Buy My Network TV

Sinclair should maximize their broadcast portfolio by bying My Network TV. The move woukd give Ring Of Honpr Television a true national outlet to air their television show. As well as another outlet for Sinclair Inventory. Sinclair could utilize the network for news and live sports. They could also keep the syndicated reruns the broadcast service current airs or even featufe original television shows.

Sinclair Broadcasting started out as a owner of various broadcast television stations known for their conservative slanted news. Over time through acquisitions Sinclair became the second largest owner of brpadcsst stations in the US. A failed merger bid with Tribune would have made sure they were the top broadcast owner and given them ownership of WGN America. After the failed merger Sinclair bought a majority share of the Fox Regional Sports Networks from Disney. Owning them through the Diamond Sports subsidiary.

During its string of broadcast acquisitions Sinclair bought Ring of Honor Wrestling. Immediately producing an original weekly series to air on their networks and whatever stations they could syndicate to. Several RSN’s began to air the series. After the Fox RSN acquisition ROH programming has began airing n the station.The

Another notbale purchase for Sinclair was the Tennis Cable Channel. Which does not currently air ROH programming. Sinclair also started the Comet and Charge broadcast services. ROH once aired on Comet and currently airs on Charge. Sinclair also has its own in house add supported streaming service called Stirr.

Ring Of Honor Wrestling was founded in 2002 by RF Video to make up for the loss of ECW videos. Cary zsilkin evntually bought the company from RF. The company main business mode! was through DVDs.

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New Japan Should Sell Content To US based Streaming Service.

New Japan should sell an edited together version of their weekly programming to a US based streaming service. The deal should also include the original New Japan Strong Series. The move would allow them to get more eyeballs on their product in the US and sell people to persue tne rest of their product on New Japan World. Which would be beneficial with them not having a tv deal in the US since the devorce from AXS TV.

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AEW Should Produce a UK Series

AEW should talk to ITV about getting an extra hour of original programming to produce a UK Series. AEW UK would be competition to NXT UK and allow AEW to stock pile European Talent. As well as give the. mpre ways to use the international talent they already have . Pac would be a great centrepiece for the UK promotion

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Anthem Should Resurrect Global Impact

Impact could edit together some NOAH, AAA, and other international footage into a new series for English language viewers. Perhaps they could cut a deal with a UK fed too. Having a Global Impact series on AXS would be a positive. It would really only need to be a one hour show with matches and video packages. Obviously it would be easier to do this post pandemic.Tags: None

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Anthem Should Buy Spike TV Assets

Anthem should talk to CBS Viacom about buying Bellator, Pop TV, and the Spike TV assets( include shows like Bar Rescue ect..). A move that would greatly benefit the company and itt currend subsidaries.

AXS TV could replace Pop TV on Cable line ups that don’t have AXS TV or have it on weaker tiers. Which would get AXS on Comcast on annual national basis for the first time. Whatever cable systems they overlap would just have an AXS 2. Gicsn the station a second feed. AXS would have dramatically better carriage and a whole new tape library to exploit.

Bellator would be a huge asset for live sports programming and work well with Impact. MMA programming and wrestling programming would work together well in the same synergy. The cross promotion would not only help AXS …It would make programming both promotions stronger as a result. Both properties could be leveraged to streaming services like DAZN or ESPN Plus.

Shows like Bar Rescue would only boost AXS TV’s programming. Allowing the station itself to become more of a destinations. The addition of the Spike TV library and IP could also prove useful to sell to streaming services or for Anthem to start their own. Bellator programming could slot right into Impact Plus as it is.

Spike TV was started when Viacom made the decision to rebrand The National Network inro a network for me under the latter brand name. The station struggled to fill this nitch. But had success with the WWE Rww Brand Viacom had already acquired in the TNN days. The successful business relationship with UFC helped to boost the stations profile. UFC becoming the dominate brand once WWE left to return to USA Network..

Spike gave a change to Impact Wrestling and acheived mild ratings success. Able to sell UFC and Impact commercial spots as a package. Once UFC left for Fox Viacom purchased Bellator to act as its MMA programming. By that point Spike abandoned its male driven format to attract a more mainstream demo.

The loss of UFC hit the station hard and over time Impact ratings slipped to a degree. Spike later made the decison to part ways with Impact Wrestling after losing faith in the promotion over management issues. Spike TV lost more ground and waw eventually rebranded to Paramount. Recently the combined CBS Viacom has decided to turn Paramount into a made for tv movie network. Bellator moving to CBS Sports and any other programming once associated with Spike set to move elsewhere in the CBS Viacom portfolio.

Pop TV was started out as the rebranded TV Guide Channel. Airing older shows in the CBS library. It later became a home for Impact Wrestling. Eventually letting the brand ago. After the CBS Viacom merger Pop became part of the greater Viacom Cable Library. And seems posed for a rebrand if it remains as part of the CBS Viacom family.

Bellator was a smaller MMA promotion that originally aired programming on MTV 2. After UFC acquired Strikeforce it became the de-facto number 2 promotion. Leading to the Viacom purchase and its move to Spike TV that came soon after.

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New Japan Should Work With Impact Wrestling

New Japan Pro Wrestling should work with Impact Wrestling.

Working with Impact would get them back on AXS and give NJPW talent a lot of fresh matches. The company once had air time on AXS TV but this ended when Anthem ( Impact ‘s parent company ) bought a majority ownership in the station.

The move would also give fresh match ups to Impact Wrestling and more programming for AXS TV. In the lrkcess Impact would get more tslent depth and a place to send their own talent to get better.

Impact worked with New Japan in the mod 2000’s.The original relationship collapsed when New Japan wasn’t happy with how Impact was using the talent they sent them. More specifically when Vince Russo booked Okada as a lone ranger like sidekick of Samoa Joe.

The company is under completely different management and owned by different owners . So those grudges should not effect a future relationship in the mind of this writer.

New Japan has had a working relationship with Ring of Honor Wrestling for several years. A relationship that culminated with a co-promoted sellout at Madison Square Garden. The relationship seemed to thaw for awhile after this show. But they did start to exchange talent before the carona virus pandemic made touring and international travel extremely difficult.

New Japan has also spent the last several years expanding into the United States and has booked their own domestic television shows. Aside from the previous deal with AXS TV. They currently are producing empty arena US based show called New Japan Strong. With aid from United Wrestling Network promoter Dave Marquez.