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Former WWE Executive s 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.

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Fox Should Buy World Wrestling Entertainment

Fox would be an ideal candidate to purchase World Wrestling Entertainment due to its need for valuable intellectual property and more of a streaming presence. Such a move would be beneficial within the next four years..

The move would guarantee Smackdown remained on Fox Broadcast Network well beyond when there current tv deal expires. It would also allow them to move Monday Night Raw to Fox Sports 1. A move that could dramatically improve the stations ratings average. Fox would gain a valuable over the top streaming service with the WWE Network. It would also protect the company from getting involved in bidding wars for WWE television rights down the line.

Fox would also benefit from being acquiring a profitable publically traded company in World Wrestling Entertainment. With the potential to profit off of PPV, Streaming, house shows, and merchandise revenue long term.

World Wrestling Wrestling Entertainment moved it’s Smackdown Television Program to Fox after several years on USA. The lucrative deal saw Smackdown become the Friday Night Staple for Fox. The program previously aired on Syfy Channel after years on My Network TV. The original homes for the long running series were UPN and CW Network.

Fox added Smackdown after it got outbid for the WWE Monday Night Raw television series by USA Network. This came after Fox sold its studio assets to Disney..And commited to a greater a emphasis on live sports and reality programming.

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Dwayne Johnson and Redbird Capital Partners Should Buy NWA

An ownership group led by Dwayne Johnson should consider buying the NWA. Such a move could pay massive dividends to both parties.

NWA seemed to have some momentum before the covid pandemic . A ownership group led by Dwayne “Rock” Johnson would give the brand considerable momentum and create a tremendous potential gain for the new ownership.

Such a move would be of great benefit to Dwayne Johnson, as a successful expansion of the NWA franchise would open the door for a long term gains for the theoretical investment. Especially with Redbird Captial Group helping with the financing. Both groups recently buying the XFL along with Danh Garcia. Backing the NWA at this stage would be far cheaper then investing in the XFL. But if both investments work out here could be a synergy between the two that could be used to grow both. Imagine a successful NWA and XFL being sold as a group to tv networks or for ad inventory?

If the former Rocky Mavia led a group to buy NWA ,they would at least have chance for a good tv deal. Its hard to can’t to see television executives turning down the chance to work with the Rock. It would be just be a matter of proving it to get paid,. At the very least people would listen to DwayneJohnson’s pitch.

Johnson just got in business with them for the XFL, so buying a wrestling promotion is very possible. Especially one with low overhead like NWA. Johnson gave them some encouragement on social media when Powerrr first launched. So he likely would be onboard with current NWA President Billy Corgan’s vision.

The potential deal would no doubt give the NWA a boost. Something the company could use after the departure of Vice President David Lagana and Covid closedown . Corgan could stay on as President and maintain a minority stake in the company with a big incentive laden deal if this thing gets big. If NWA ever gets a major tv deal…Its possible Corgan’s minority share could be much more valuable then his full ownership stake is now. This would give the NWA security in a time where there really isn’t any for small businesses. This could give the promotion the resources in needs to produce NWA Powerrr in a bubble environment.

Billy Corgan purchased the National Wrestling Alliance from Bruce Tharpe after a rocky devorce from Impact Wrestling. Corgan brought along former WWE and Impact writer Dave Lagana. Lagana produced a series of documentary style videos to promote the brand as they relaunched. Slowly the group began to work with idependent promotions . They eventually went on to have a close working agreement with Ring Honor. Before beginning to run their own shows.

Their biggest undertaking to date was producing the NWA Powerrr Youtube series…. A studio wrestling show based on the format of George Championship Wrestling and Jim Crockett’s World Championship Wrestling. The series was put on indefinite hatius due to the Covid Shutdowns that rocked the world. The promotion did begin to produce non wrestling content but that was halted when Dave Lagana resigned.

The former NWA Vice President stepped downed due to Twitter allegations of sexual assualt from a former roommate named Liz Savage. Allegations Dave Lagana has denied . The NWA has begun to continue without its former Vice president. As it is partnering with Dave Marquez UWF to produce a weekly PPV series in an empty arena setting.

Dwayne Johnson recently made headlines when he purchased the XFL before it went on auction for bankruptcy. Joined in his investment by Redbird Capital Partners and Dany Garcia. Garcia ( Johnson’s long time business partner and former Wife) is said to be the one who spearheaded that deal. Who is set someone that woukd be a major part if any NWA investment was ever attempted by the new XFL owners.

Johnson has found success in many different business venures with Garcia. The two own a small movie studio known as Seven Bucks Productions. As well as produce the successful Titan Games Reality Game Show for NBC.