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Report: WWE Network ‘is on the ropes’

Vince McMahon’s plan to expand his Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment empire through a dedicated cable channel is on the ropes.

Although WWE’s TV shows draw big ratings, it has yet to strike a single deal with a cable or satellite-TV provider to carry its own cable channel, sources said.

WWE had timed the April 1 launch of the network in 40 million homes to coincide with its pay-per-view extravaganza, Wrestlemania. The company even had a clock counting down to the April launch date on its site, which has since disappeared.

The Stamford, Conn., company is also lagging when it comes to hiring experienced cable executives. It was expected to hire some 200 employees, including a general manager to run the channel.

“WWE has the programming and marketing muscle, but they just have no one with cable experience who can execute for them,” said one cable executive.

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(thanks to Mike Informer)

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7 Responses

  1. Starr AJ says:

    This is a Lie!! I called Dish Network and they told me they will be carrying WWE Network.

  2. -J- says:

    The whole Network thing seems rushed.

  3. cold says:

    WWE Should’ve started slow with this just airing old matches and shows on a repeat basis, like ESPN 2 use to do, then slowly add original shows and NEW Content

  4. Steven says:

    Well gee, Vince always does the exact opposite of what the fans want, which in this case is a channel that viewers don’t want to pay extra for; and Vince wonders why no TV provider wants to carry it?

    Granted, his other exploits outside of wrestling has failed, with their film studio not looking too good either.

  5. AJ Starr says:

    Those idiots started advertising a channel without a single carrier?

    Wow… I knew their business decisions these days were horrible, but this takes the cake. Last I heard, they spent almost 30 million bucks getting this started and advertised. Nice waste of money!

  6. Mattyman says:

    Star if you asked them if they were going to carry the Ropin’ Ropes Network, Dish’s geniuses would say yeah.

  7. Bommaniac says:

    Wow, how cocky can you get, only Oprah can make her own network, everybody knows that.

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