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WWE Releases Official 2012 PPV Calendar

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Through a press release from World Wrestling Entertainment, the following dates have been set for pay-per view events in 2012. There will be a change this year: remember last June’s PPV that was held in Washington D.C., Capitol Punishment? It was scrapped. So here’s the PPV schedule for this year:

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Royal Rumble: Sunday, January 29 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri

Elimination Chamber: Sunday, February 19 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

WrestleMania XXVIII (28): Sunday, April 1 at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida

Extreme Rules: Sunday, April 29 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois

Over The Limit: Sunday, May 20 at the RBC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina

Bragging Rights: Sunday, June 17 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas

Money In The Bank: Sunday, July 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

SummerSlam: Sunday, August 19 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California

Night Of Champions: Sunday, September 16 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hell In A Cell: Sunday, October 7 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut

Vengeance: Sunday, October 28 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon

Survivor Series: Sunday, November 18 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana

TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs: Sunday, December 16 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida

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WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso Arrested, Involved in Alleged Altercation with Police

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WWE superstar and one half of tag team ‘The Usos’, Jimmy Uso, was recently in Detroit, Michigan for disorderly conduct and obstruction, according to TMZ.

Uso, 33, and his wife, fellow WWE Superstar Naomi, who was driving, were pulled over near downtown Detroit for driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street.

According to our police sources, cops say their 2018 Dodge Journey reeked of booze and officers ordered Naomi out of the car.

Jimmy, despite commands to do otherwise, then exited the car took off his shirt and jacket and squared up like he wanted to fight, with one officer saying that he took out his taser “cause he was scared for his safety”.

Jimmy eventually calmed down and complied, was taken to jail and released once he posted bond.

 

 

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Vince McMahon Sells $22 Million Worth of WWE Stock

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WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon continues to sell off shares of WWE as he prepares for the re-launch of his football league, the XFL, in 2020.

According to recent SEC filings, McMahon recently sold 300,000 shares of WWE, valued at $74 a share, for an estimated $22 million, leaving McMahon with a hefty 3 million shares, for an estimated total well of $2 billion.

McMahon is clearly creating more financial cushion for his venture Alpha Entertainment, which owns the XFL, who recently announced the initial cities that will house XFL franchises that include Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, New York, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay.

As WWE has always innovative with their content distribution, highlighted by the success of the WWE Network platform, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will be setup.

With the popularity of Twitch streams and the less popular Mixer streams introducing more forms of entertainment to the potential of online streaming, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will choose to broadcast, and on how many platforms once it launches.

XFL will have it’s fair share of competition, but McMahon seems to be financially arming the league for a more successful run than it had back in the early 2000s.

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WWE Network Tops 2 Million Subscribers

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WWE is celebrating a monumental WrestleMania 34, along with a huge milestone for their WWE Network.

WWE announced that  the WWE Network has reached a record 2.12 million subscribers, 1.81 million of which are paid subscribers, up 9% from April 3rd, 2017.

Additionally, by generating $14.1M in revenue WrestleMania 34 was the highest grossing event in the history of New Orleans SuperDome, which packed 78,133 fans for the epic event.

“We expect to deliver record subscriber levels, revenue and Adjusted OIBDA in 2018,” said George Barrios, WWE Co-President. “WWE Network’s continued growth along with our massive reach across traditional television as well as digital and social platforms, reaffirms the effectiveness of our global, multi-platform content strategy.”

More can be found at their official website, but here are some notes:

WrestleMania Milestones

  • WrestleMania broke the record for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s highest grossing entertainment event at $14.1 million, as a sold-out crowd of 78,133 fans from all 50 states and 67 countries attended the event. As part of the week-long WrestleMania celebration, WWE hosts five consecutive nights of events at the Superdome and the Smoothie King Center
  • WWE Network subscribers viewed 25.2 million hours during WrestleMania Week or 14 hours per subscriber during the week. This compares to 22.5 million hours last year, a 12% year-over-year increase

WWE 2018 Perspective

Q1 2018: Based upon preliminary data, WWE Network attracted an average of approximately 1.56 million paid subscribers over the first quarter 2018, representing a 5% increase from the first-quarter 2017 average. The first quarter 2018 average was in-line with guidance of approximately 1.53 million.3

During the first quarter 2018, the Company realized stronger than anticipated performance. As a result, the Company expects Q1 Adjusted OIBDA of at least $30 million (subject to the completion of its quarterly close process), exceeding its previous guidance of $23 million to $27 million.4

Q2 2018: If the acquisition and retention of subscribers driven by WrestleMania is comparable to the subscriber activity associated with the prior year event, average paid subscribers for the second quarter 2018 would be approximately 1.77 million, representing an increase of approximately 8% from the second quarter 2017.5 As future subscriber performance may differ from prior activity, this range is provided for perspective rather than as guidance.

2018: WWE management continues to expect the Company to achieve another year of record revenue and has raised its target for 2018 Adjusted OIBDA to at least $145 million (excluding stock-based compensation expense), which would be an all-time record, exceeding its previous guidance of at least $140 million

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