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Will Undertaker Wrestle Again? Triple H On Concussion Board, JR On Poor WWE Network Numbers

Kane Talks Undertaker Retirement

In a recent interview with CBS New York Kane discussed whether we’ve seen the last of the Undertaker:

I don’t know. You know, I don’t know. He’s one of the greatest competitors of all time. I think what it’s going to come down to with ‘Taker is that if he believes he can perform at the level he wants to perform at. That’s going to be the determining factor. That’s going to be for him to decide and no one else.

He also discussed the Daniel Bryan situation:

He’s a very resilient guy and he’s going to be back. Unfortunately, it’s just one of those things. That’s what happens with injuries of this type. When you’re dealing with nerves and things like that, even the best doctors in the world aren’t always sure what’s going to happen. He’s really tough and the guy has fighting spirit. He’s going to be back at some point and hopefully sooner rather than later.

Triple H Named Sports Legacy Board Member

The Sports Legacy Institute that raises awareness for concussions in sports has named WWE’s Triple H as a new board member. This is a very interesting move. The SLI is run by former WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski who was forced to retire following in-ring concussions. He and associated doctors were behind the research in to Chris Benoit’s deceased brain that determined he was severely impaired at the time of the murder/suicide, following years of untreated concussions.

The irony is that although WWE have now implemented concussion monitoring and banned moves like chair shots to the head, they have never publicly accepted the findings about Benoit’s brain. Initially they dismissed them and now Benoit has simply disappeared down the memory hole. Of course this is for PR purposes, they know full well that Benoit’s concussions played a role. It therefore seems a little shady to donate millions to the SLI and then for the organization to elect Triple as a board member. It’s like WWE are trying to reap the positive PR without accepting the negative.

It might also be worth mentioning that Triple is one of the few wrestlers to have used chair shots to the head since they were banned. See Wrestlemania, against the Undertaker.

Nobody is saying WWE haven’t made positive steps, but this recent move seems to be motivated more by PR in my opinion.

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Are Creative To Blame For Low Network Subscribers?

Although WWE refused to answer the question during the investor’s conference call Jim Ross held WWE creative to account for the poor WWE Network subscriber count. He wrote on blog:

Disappointing number on the total number of subscriptions but with the UK coming aboard that should help their cause … This matter of the WWE Network can be analyzed in a variety of ways but the bottom line is that the WWE core product isn’t ‘hot’ and when a brand isn’t hot it’s difficult to sell spin off products of the brand such as subscribing to their digital network.

WWE Creative must do a better job of heating up the WWE TV shows, allow new, fresh, young talents to take on bigger roles and introduced new talents with a systematic plan to bring them in with fanfare and instant credibility. Plus selling he Network primarily because of the price of $9.99 which has essentially become a punch line in a joke and is not a selling point. It’s akin to saying that we have a lunch special for $4.99 but not saying what the special menu item is.

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  • ReallyPeople?

    of course it is a PR move… see the NFL for what happens if you deny the effects of concussions on veterans of the sport as to how quick public opinion can change on you.

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