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5 Weeks After WrestleMania 33: WWE Off-season Has Gone Nowhere

5 Weeks After WrestleMania 33, the infamous WWE Off-season (which I have spoken about on the podcast since day one) has gone nowhere. How quickly we have gotten here.

WWE Off-season

Before I begin, allow me to apologize for not having blogged so much in the last 6 months. When the WWE Network started cranking out two brand PPVs a month, I just thought blog posts on top of 6 shows a month would have been a lot to ingest. But, I have chosen to start blogging once I started seeing the creative plunge that has befallen WWE with the latest edition of the WWE off-season.

The WWE off-season I usually refer to is the period of time in May and June following the hangover of hype that comes from WrestleMania. For the last few years, WWE has used several gimmicks to prolong that Wrestlemania hangover hype, from special guest stars to drafts and the brand split, to debuts of free agents and NXT call-ups.

This year’s gimmick was the Superstar Shakeup on April 10th and 11th. Since that week, the weekly TV ratings have plummeted week after week.

Business is booming for the WWE. WWE Network subscriptions exceed 1.5 million, and they net profited overall a billion dollars in Network, Television, Live Event, Venue Merchandise, and WWE Shop in 2016.  Therefore the priority  in delivering compelling and stimulating television if only for a few months does not phase the company.

Let me stop playing the devil’s advocate, the future of WWE is determined in the success they make with their talent. Once part-timers like John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, Chris Jericho stop entering the ring, will the WWE have the full-time wrestlers that will competently take their place?

WWE Roster Injuries

That’s the answer I’m waiting on WWE to answer. That answer should essentially be worked on during the WWE Off-season. But, with the amount of injuries sustained due to an exhausting workload for their top-tier talent, and the utter lack to creativity, continuity and compelling storytelling overall, WWE continues to live for now and not think ahead for the future.

You CANNOT sustain record revenues and keep them strong in all segments of your company without have the talent you can market for the Network, Television, Live Event, Venue Merchandise, and the WWE Shop. Maybe someday you’ll finally think about your history and how you are doomed to repeat it. -KOP


WWE Survey Showcases WWE Brand Reach and Performance

WWE Money Machine

WWE Survey Showcases WWE Brand Reach and Performance as KOP talks about how he filled out a WWE Network Survey and what they asked.

Plus, Linda McMahon to help small businesses for the Trump administration. Crowning achievements for the Lana seducing and destroying Enzo and Dean Ambrose receiving the Miz Participation Award.

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Ring of Honor Talent Raid: WWE, TNA Benefit as ROH Goes Reverse

The recent Ring of Honor talent raid and releases from their roster has resulted in their momentum going in reverse. WWE and TNA have benefitted.

Ring of Honor Talent Raid

The likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and most recently Seth Rollins, have made the WWE brass look at Ring of Honor as a treasure chest of talent.

The WWE and NXT rosters respectively have started reaping the rewards of acquiring former ROH main eventers (Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Kevin Owens)

ROH journeymen turned TNA main eventers (Samoa Joe and Austin Aries.

The same can also be said now of the rebuilding of TNA (Moose, Mike Bennett, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards)

So much talent in the last few years left Ring of Honor in a rough spot, but there was a window last year where Ring of Honor was ready to claim bragging rights as the number 2 wrestling organization in North America.


What I don’t understand is how Ring of Honor has chosen to expand its relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling instead of build from within. How was it not a sound financial decision by building the promotion around some of the talent they had developed within their own roster?

I think Ring of Honor has chosen to bank on short term financial solutions by bringing in part time New Japan talent to lure the most diehard fans to their live shows. I also think this move has also hurts the television show because there are now so many new unfamiliar faces being featured on their weekly program.

As a result, Ring of Honor has helped WWE and TNA respectively. WWE  pillaged the New Japan roster of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Carl Anderson and Luke Gallows and left Ring of honor without those names resulting in bringing in some talent from the promotion that don’t hold the same name value. The Cruiserweight Classic and NXT are reaping huge diehard praise by acquiring Tomasso Ciampa, Cedric Alexander… and even Stokely Hathaway.

New Japan I feel like is giving Ring of Honor a raw deal. They might still get NJPW fan favorites like Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito and Kenny Omega but they now have to bring some not-so-familiar names like Kamaitachi, Katsuyori Shibata, and not-easily-recognized Bullet Club members (Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa).


I really thought Ring of Honor was ready to takeover the spot held by a TNA promotion that was literally on life support in 2014 and 2015. Billy Corgan creative influence, along with the shuffling of top event talent and some strategic free agent acquisitions have Impact Wrestling rebuilding in a postitive direction.

Ring of Honor had a banner year in 2015 and gave us some of the best wrestling pay per view events. Their 13th Anniversary show and Best in the World 2015 delivered some excellent matches storylines. Ring of Honor I feel has lost its way. They can start turning things around by doing one thing. PLEASE! Put Steve Corino back on commentary!-KOP