Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Godamn Cena Sales Metrics

'​In a word, yes.  On a recent radio show, Meltzer said that pretty much immediately after the first Cena loss to Owens, WWE got business metrics that indicated almost immediately that people were not down with the whole "John Cena doing clean jobs" deal and they made sure to put him over in match #2. '

I'm sure that I probably already know the answer to this, but surely the business was based for nearly a century on swallowing a short term loss for longer term gain? Is there not a chance that the financial losses would ultimately be recuperated, and then some, if they allowed the feud to really build and develop over a serious time frame?

It all seems a little myopic...

​Yeah, but that's the business now.  Look at how Vince panics just based on the wild swings of the ratings these days, like bringing Brock back a month early despite having no clear story to tell with him as a babyface.  And now he's already ruined that bit of drawing power based on this past Monday's show going into the tank as well.  ​Vince books for the shareholders and everyone else books for Vince.  


341 comments:

  1. Does Vince not realize that people don't buy or sell WWE stock based on one RAW's ratings?

    Worrying about the week-to-week ratings made sense when Nitro was around. Vince should be looking at the long-term game, and ratings have been slowly declining for the past few years. THAT is the problem because low average ratings impact ad sales.

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  2. If Cena's merch is way down, shouldn't that be a sign it *might* be time to turn him?

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  3. A publicly owned company must make as much profit as it can each and every month.


    Executives also receive stock options that are only worth anything if the stock goes up.


    Everything about a public company is geared towards the current quarter's earnings. Nothing else matters.

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  4. Cena's merchandise sells tons = Let's Push Cena More
    Cena's merchandise sells less = Let's Push Cena More

    Strategy.

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  5. LOL, what? If the merch goes down from one job, why on Earth would they turn him heel? I don't think you realize how much John Cena merchandise is funding the WWE at this point.

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  6. Jim Cornette shoot interview #65794!

    Give this man your money!

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  7. Raw's ratings went down by 500,000 viewers this week. He is going to freak out about that, as he should.


    Now, his response is never the right and that's the problem.

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  8. I'm glad Cornette is talking about people he worked with in the 1980s because the world doesn't need another rant about how much he hates Vince Russo.

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  9. Oh, I know, but, if doing one job causes his merch to drop that much, it might be time to do something

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  10. Is every other DU going to be about another TNA member falling off the ship before it sinks in dry dock?

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  11. Based on his reduced house show schedule over the last year and total lack of Smackdown appearance, Cena is not going to be a full-time work horse much longer. Based on his small role in "Trainwreck" and bigger role in "Sisters" he might actually be looking for a way out the door or to go for a Jericho/Lesnar schedule.


    Hey Vince... think about the future.

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  12. I would love to see the data that had them draw that conclusion

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  13. More TNA NEWZ:

    WZ reports that according to several sources within TNA, many talents (including some veterans)are afraid that the company’s July TV tapings will be their last. The tapings are set to take place from July 22nd through the 29th, with many of the days being used to film two weeks worth of TV. That’s enough to take the show into September, which is when previous reportshave suggested Destination America intends to opt out of their agreement with the company to air Impact.

    The site notes that the subject of TNA being cancelled on Destination
    America is a “hot topic scenario” inside the company as much as it has
    been outside, adding that talent is concerned that the heavy number of
    July dates have talent concerned that they won’t get paid for at least a
    month after the tapings. The company has been dealing with several
    well-publicized issues getting talent paid on time, and while the
    company delivered on a promise this past Friday to overnight late
    payments via FedEx, the number of times this has happened is compounding
    concerns.

    Talent is said to be upset about the fact that the company has
    lateness in pay considering they have fewer expenses due to a lack of
    touring. The extra week of Impact taping dates also means that several
    members of the roster had to cancel their previously-scheduled indy
    bookings for that week, all of which they would have been paid in
    advance or on the night of the show.

    The site notes that emails being sent to talent are keeping an
    optimistic tone and say that the upcoming tapings are for both domestic
    and international TV broadcasts. However, there’s fear that if the show
    does get cancelled, they won’t be able to get a new TV deal due to
    being “damaged goods.”

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  14. Gotta say that Brock vs Seth is the weakest Summerslam main event of the decade.


    Normally I'd say to throw Cena into the mix for a three-way, but they've already done that this year. Time to make an emergency call to The Rock and get the dump truck full of money ready?

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  15. The first paragraph explains why we are stuck with SuperCena for...well, as long as John Cena wants to do it. He is literally in a position where he cannot lose because the financials are so dependant on his merchandise.


    This also highlights why the Network has been such a failure and is now ruining the overall product. If they still had the PPV model, they could offset some merch loss with a buyrate spike from Owens/Cena - the short-term loss for long-term gain the e-mailer discussed, except "long term" would mean 30 days, not 6 months. But since the Network means people can buy a PPV for $10 instead of $60, there is no bump.

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  16. Came here to post this. It's getting ugly, boys.

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  17. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 24, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Thank God Brock vs. Seth is the Battleground main event...

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  18. Rock/Brock is the WrestleMania main event.

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  19. Just wait until the next shareholders call.

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  20. But it's panic time. Time to bump that puppy up, and worry about Summerslam later.

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  21. As if they have anything else planned for Summerslam.

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  22. I think they might bump up Reigns/Brock to SummerSlam but they need to save Rock for WrestleMania because they need to sell 100,000 tickets.

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  23. This is the sound of the crack before the Titanic splits in half. Except this is more like the S.S. Minnow.

    I wonder if guys will just no-show - if they get held for breach of contract, what's TNA going to do?

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  24. That's when you load up the 18-wheeler of cash for Austin.

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  25. It's the same old, same old news.

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  26. I like when he talks about JCP/WCW. Besides that, not so much

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  27. "We sold 12,000 light blue Cena shirts, but only 9,000 dark blue Cena shirts. We pushed Cena again because we are coming out with a blue-green Cena shirt."

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  28. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 24, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    I'm jut saying...

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  29. You speak while you type?

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  30. Man, i don't know...i really can't see Austin wrestling again. Rocky doesn't need the money but he's healthy & it helps promote his movies. Austin doesn't need the money & he's not healthy.


    I could see Austin showing up and doing a few stunners, but that's not moving tickets.

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  31. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 24, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    It's been known to happen on occasion, like when people on TV shows are typing, and they say what they're typing so the audience knows what's going on for exposition.

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  32. I'm sure he'll segue smoothly into how much those guys understood things that a pea brain like Russo never would.

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  33. Austin could get in working shape by Wrestlemania, if you dump the money on his lawn right around now.

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  34. When TNA finally dies, Jeff Hardy owes us all a Charismatic Apology

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  35. Jarrett's been making his usual 12 year old girl cryptic tweets about a big GFW deal coming up, any word on what that is/was?

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  36. That's when Austin says turn that sumabitch around, pops a Viagra, and has sex with his wife, then dives into the pile of money he already has.

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  37. Corned Biff HashJune 24, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    What could Jim Cornette possibly reveal in a shoot interview that he hasn't already talked about seventeen times over? I like listening to Cornette's shoots, but after awhile if you've heard one, you've heard the all. And to be frank, the dude is... well, he's kind of a dick nugget.

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  38. Seth is awesome. Brock is awesome. Summerslam main event is awesome.

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  39. They're going to upgrade to 95% empty football stadiums?

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  40. Corned Biff HashJune 24, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    The scuttlebutt is that they're going to replace TNA on Destination America.

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  41. Popular rumor is buyout of TNA.

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  42. TNA has really screwed up with their use of Jeff the past few years. Why the hell is arguably their hottest star and guy that could make them any money stuck in a tag team with his brother in 2015?

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  43. OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUD!

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  44. Buyout of TNA or GFW signing a TV deal with Spike TV or Destination America.

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  45. I need one of these:

    http://shop.wwe.com/Ted-DiBiase-%22Money-Dollar-Tuxedo%22-T-Shirt/W09501,default,pd.html

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  46. And Jeff Jarrett was sending out cryptic tweets last night about "deals going into legal's hands"

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  47. Using the money he sold from those unbroken guitars.

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  48. Yeah, it's the easiest thing in the world to book. Give Jeff the title for the year, have him go over most of the roster while building up up some homegrown guy to be TNA's last hope to beat him. Instead they just treat Jeff as a transitional champion.

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  49. He finally has that Nashville record deal!

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  50. Such an easy thing to book. Instead, back in 2010 they decide to turn him heel and have him win the title that way. So dumb.

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  51. I miss his inner monologues.

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  52. He's gonna celebrate with his baby tonight!

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  53. First he would have to find some charisma.
    You'd be more likely to get something awkwardly mumbled.

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  54. Right, and that's just dropping the grenade in the mouth of the corpse.

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  55. Any link to that info? I'd like to read the latest LOLTNA news

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  56. Maybe it's b/c they don't trust him not to show up wasted and ruin a main event.

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  57. Maybe because he isn't reliable? You never know what condition that dunce'll show up in...

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  58. Corned Biff HashJune 24, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    I'll see if I can find it; someone brought it up here yesterday I thought.

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  59. Anyone ever eat at Whataburger? How does it compare to the typical fast food burger?

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  60. Thanks brother!

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  61. Corned Biff HashJune 24, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    There used to be a Whataburger in Kannapolis (about 45 minutes from where I live), and it was amazing.

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  62. Stranger In The AlpsJune 24, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Better quality. It's a bigger burger also. It's made to order so everything on it is fresh. Whataburger is a higher class fast food joint.

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  63. He's been clean for years now.

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  64. It's the best

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  65. Not impressed, but in fairness this was many a year ago.

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  66. Yes. I live in Texas which home to Whataburger. I live about a block from one and oh man is it my favorite hamburger joint.

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  67. Corned Biff HashJune 24, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    To all fellow baseball fans here, remember the name Melissa Mayeux. First female to ever be registered to the MLB's international registration list. On July 2nd, she's officially eligible to be signed by a major league club.

    Also, she's French. You can't make this up.

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  68. How does it compare to In & Out?

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  69. Stranger In The AlpsJune 24, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    LOL at the maroon stripes on the ones here in BCS.


    Insecurity at it's dumbest.

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  70. I'd go with the others... it wouldn't surprise me if the franchise we had down here was one of the lower-end ones, it damn sure didn't last too long.

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  71. Stranger In The AlpsJune 24, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Never had In & Out. I think it would hold up to the best however.

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  72. If TNA was a competent company, I might believe that, but since Dixie's running things they like to do stuff that doesn't draw money.

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  73. Also, her last name is likely to be mispronounced as "Mayo".

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  74. I like it better. Fries are much, much better although In N Out is a lot less greasy, and has smaller burgers

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  75. Stranger In The AlpsJune 24, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    I thought I saw some article in passing (never read it, just saw the headline) that stated that skinny jeans are bad for your health. Probably a blood circulation thing.

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  76. Sounds like a question Scott would get in an email:


    y samoJoe whataburger?

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  77. Some chick in Australia lost the use of her legs for 4 days because her pants were too tight and she was squatting.

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  78. Now apparently Jarrett's deal fell through.

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  79. Now has anyone been to a Wahlburger? How are they? Is it the Right Stuff?

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  80. how many shoot interviews has Jim Cornette done? He also had a podcast. Is there really that much more we need to hear from him? It isn't like he is tip-lipped or anything.

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  81. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytCEuuW2_A

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  82. I'm sure this will inspire a lot of discussion about ratings that won't be boring at all.

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  83. Yeah that's weird. There's a Whataburger across the street from the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock and it's normal.


    Supposedly that weird "no orange" rule is the reason why there's no Hooters in BCS.

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  84. Says you and a dwindling number of people.

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  85. I'm amazed Dixie hasn't had Jeff try to give his coworkers paintings as compensation.

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  86. Jeff Jarrett really needs to learn to stop announcing announcements of an announcement of something worth announcing, especially when the announcement he is planning to announcement falls through.

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  87. It's always fun to see what little regard Seth MacFarlane has for Family Guy these days. He's been wanting to pull the plug on it for a few years now, but Fox wants to keep the gravy train going. He pays more attention to American Dad

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  88. Corned Biff HashJune 24, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    She looks like is a legitimate prospect, even at 16 years old. MLB scouts are following her; she ripped a base hit at a tournament in Spain off a Dominican standout throwing in the 90s. Smooth fielder, good hitter; if she's borderline, I wouldn't be surprised to see a team scoop her up in the next two years just for the PR alone.

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  89. Stranger In The AlpsJune 24, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Now that I think about.....you do not see a lot of orange around here.


    I always thought it was the conservative base that didn't want a Hooters.

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  90. Sounds like Dixie.

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  91. Nothing better than people watching the drunks at 2am

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  92. Corned Biff HashJune 24, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    This is never not hilarious.

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  93. It looked OK as I was typing it, then looked progressively worse upon clicking "Post."

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  94. At least a Jeff Hardy painting won't bounce.

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  95. Oh hell yeah it's great. Also IHOP or Denny's is great for that too.

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  96. The way they debuted him on that Monday Impact was stupid, too. Only 4 months removed from being THE guy on SmackDown and he just kinda randomly pops up at the end of that stupid Steel Asylum disaster.

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  97. If she can actually hold her own with the boys then I hope she makes it.

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  98. Worst_in_the_WorldJune 24, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    I think they get the belt of Rollins before Summerslam. The dude has been a colossal bust as champ.

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  99. It's a shame TNA is such a mess these days because with the shape WWE's in now, if TNA had the momentum they had in late '09 a "Monday Night War" might have made them somewhat of a threat. Just enough that WWE wouldn't be comfortable.

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  100. It's not a Jim Cornette shoot without a rant. At this point he's a more coherent Iron Shiek.

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  101. Thaddeus MountainJune 24, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Currently shut down at work due to respirator issues and surveys. I'll just keep getting paid to sit at this picnic table.

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  102. Or at least to a point where they could steal from each other without making themselves looking dumb.

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  103. Thaddeus MountainJune 24, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    I've seen clips of her. She's definitely a legit prospect.

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  104. TNA's TV show has been very good for a long time now. It's the behind the scenes crap that is doing them in.

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  105. Did they have any momentum in 09? They signed Hogan, but they never stopped doing their usual 0.9 - 1.1s that entire year

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  106. Stranger In The AlpsJune 24, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    The pitching line from my fantasy pitching staff that saw action last night:

    14.2 IP 24 H 21 ER 7 BB 10 K



    Woof! The ERA and WHIP might just be lost this week.

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  107. FG is still Top 25 in syndication ratings so there's still interest in the product. Of course, Seth can always say no...

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  108. Anyone get especially lit up!

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  109. The product was on a bit of a tear, and even that shitty first Monday Night Impact did the show's highest rating ever against the return of Bret Hart.

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  110. I hated that too and just reeked of WCW and showed how out of touch they were like the people in charge no longer watched current wrestling and still saw Jeff as a tag midcard guy from 2000.

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  111. Just goes to show what advertising can do. Too bad they are allergic to doing it now.

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  112. When they went to Monday officially were they doing 0.5s?

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  113. Stranger In The AlpsJune 24, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    I had three starters: Chase Anderson, CJ Wilson and Chi Chi Gonzalez.


    They ALL got lit up. Anderson gave up 8 ER in 4.2 IP.
    Wilson gave up 7 ER in 3.1 IP
    Gonzalez got hit for 6 ER in 5.2


    The only decent outing was Craig Kimbrel who pitched a scorless inning, striking out the side and getting the save,

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  114. I think the ratings were slightly up on Thursdays for a while, up to around 1.2 consistent. But then the move to Mondays wiped that out and I don't think they ever got back up that consistent a number.

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  115. The Cornette trailer sounds fun. Vince Russo wasn't around in the 80s so there should be some good stories

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  116. Ouch. Wilson has been pretty meh this year

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  117. I have always appreciated them for keeping their in-ring work better overall than the WWE (WWE has better main event matches, but TNA's has a better flow). And the retcon of the Aces and 8s was one of my favorite moments that looked like it had potential.

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  118. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJune 24, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Morning, Spud!!

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  119. Stranger In The AlpsJune 24, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Last time out he gave up 1 ER in 8 IP and had 9 K's. His last few outings were quality starts.

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  120. Yeah, that's when the shit started to hit the fan. Their big mistake was picking WWE's hottest period of the year to start a competition.

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  121. Just the once, I think. It wasn't normally that bad. Here's the ratings for the year: http://www.gerweck.net/tv-ratings/2010-ratings/

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  122. That's not entirely true that nothing else matters, but there does need to be a game plan in place to explain lack of earnings if that's the case. In the WWE's case though, they probably don't have a long term vision to explain to shareholders that any temporary losses are an investment opposed to a true expense hit that wont be recovered.

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  123. If you had to point to ONE problem that did TNA in, what would it be?

    To me, past the attempted Monday Night Wars, stupid angles, and lack of email knowledge, one problem always came to the forefront: lack of promotion.

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  124. I've heard both rumors but both are equally stupid

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  125. The JJ tweets are a bit embarrassing. "On the way to legal!" "Legal has it!" "Legal killed it :( " Why doesn't he just WAIT?

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  126. It always had a sugar daddy, and it never had to draw crowds, make money, or increase it's ratings. Thus it never learned what worked and what didn't work.

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  127. At least around here, Whataburger and Taco Cabana are the post-bar hopping hangouts for younger people. IHOP is where the weird methheads go, and we don't have many Denny's around here

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  128. Not much of a fast food guy, but it rates probably a step below five guys (like everything else) and probably on par with in n out. Southern chain, based mostly in TX and OK I think.

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  129. Cena vs Orton,one more timeJune 24, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    For me, the final straw was Sting vs Hardy. Say what you want about Vince, he wouldn't have allowed that in a million years.

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  130. Yup, same with me. That was the fingerpoke for me.

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  131. I wish it was Iron Sheik tweeting.


    "Sheiky baby breaks legal's back :)"

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  132. Yeah there are hooters all over texas. Not to mention it's pretty much the strip club capital of the world here

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  133. It's obvious that he no longer has a creative role because the episodes are all the same and rather forgettable.


    Honestly I think American Dad has taken a step down since moving to TBS

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  134. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJune 24, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Hogan.

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  135. There are dozens of us! Dozens!

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  136. You could make something that up. The Futurama people wrote a story about the first female MLB player be a cyclops and that's even crazier!

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  137. I have an app that makes that noise.

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  138. Enough to fill half a bingo hall!

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  139. Yeah my answer too. TNA has been in bad situations before, but I knew when TNA first announced the Hogan signing that TNA would tailspin into WCW 2000 level of badness.

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  140. JJ should've just humbled legal in the ass

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  141. The shareholders take a backseat to executive bonuses and stock options. Try explaining to them to take a pay cut for the good of the company.

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  142. Yeah. It's fine. Not great, but fine.

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  143. Yep. Giving Hogan full creative control, allowing him to push Abyss to the moon, hire his loser buddies, ruin the planned Bobby Roode title change, taking Impact on the road with zero promotion and 500 paying fans.... I could go on but those are the major issues

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  144. I think Vince got a little too excited when those pictures leaked.

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  145. "I'm sure that I probably already know the answer to this, but surely the business was based for nearly a century on swallowing a short term loss for longer term gain?"

    Surely, but surely the business was not publicly traded for nearly a century.

    Shareholders only accept short (very short) term losses if you have a concrete plan in place for how to turn them into massive long-term gains. Wrestling is not a business that allows for concrete long-term plans, so you get what you get.

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  146. Cena vs Orton,one more timeJune 24, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    https://twitter.com/NatbyNature/status/613507392681197568



    Nattie to be future endeavored in 3....2.....1..

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  147. JJ couldn't humble anyone. His own dad said he shouldn't be champion.

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  148. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJune 24, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    I agree, but American Dad still makes me laugh. It's just killing time for me until the second season of Rick and Morty is on the air.


    Weird seeing it uncensored though.

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  149. That doesn't relate to anything I wrote. Both bonus and options are tied to earnings and stock price, which they are trying to maximize for shareholder value increase. They're all related.

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  150. I think that Portland is the strip club capital of the U.S. actually. I'm not sure about the world. I don't recall a lot of strip places from when I lived in Europe on account of how easy it was to find prostitutes. (Whether you were looking for them or not.)

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  151. Dixie STILL hasn't come clean with her employees about the Destination America situation? These are people's livelihoods she's fucking with.

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  152. He probably doesn't. This is a guy who has never run a publicly traded company, has no real idea how to do it, the problem is compounded by wrestling not being a business that's really suited to being public and Vince lived week-to-week for years. He's probably still locked into that mindset to some degree.

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  153. He decided that a bunch of infighting amongst 50 years olds that already wore itself out 10 years prior was hat the fans wanted to see in 2009.

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  154. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJune 24, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Did u see Nikki Bella's camel toe in those shorts whataburger..

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  155. Dixie. I don't think it's even up for debate. She has no clue how to run a wrestling promotion

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  156. It wasn't really official rankings or research I did there, just more of a claim that there are a lot of strip joints in TX. However, I never would've pictured Portland to have a lot?

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  157. You don't think she sees them as anything more than performing animals, do you?

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  158. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJune 24, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    Bobby's Burger Palace was the best out that I've been to.

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  159. She learned from Jareett so it makes sense.

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  160. No identity. When you don't brand yourself, others will do it for you and when the first thing they see when they turn it on is a bunch of no-names and a bunch of ex-WWE/WCW guys in their 50s and 60s...

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  161. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJune 24, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    I think she was on her way to tell them but got easily distracted by shiny objects and a sale at Michael Kors.

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  162. Dixie doesn't care about talent.

    From LOLTNA: "In a true scumbag move worthy of being bolded and italicized, people in the TNA front office reportedly told indie promoters to wait until the Monday after the news broke to book TNA talent, as "they'd likely be cheaper" then."

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  163. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJune 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    And making his daughter the focal point of an angle was inexcusable...even though it got us heel Tessmacher in leather shorts.

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  164. Owens just can't move sandalwood.

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  165. Is it bad form to touch a gravestone that you're not attached to?
    My wife brushed some leaves off the top of a stone at a cemetery on the weekend and got chastised for it.
    Don't some people make rubbings of gravestones and things? I wouldn't be upset if someone respectfully touched one of my family's headstones.

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  166. I guess it depends on who it is, but most likely you and your family are cursed now for several generations to come.

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  167. She's half South American so she's actually sort of worried about that.

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  168. The name TNA. No one could take it seriously.

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  169. I love it but I live in Virginia where we don't have it so anytime I can get it, its a treat.

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  170. If the entire staff is in revolt it will be make the eagerly anticipated and high priority DIXIE CARTER REALITY SHOW project more interesting to watch.

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  171. Even the Playboy channel looks down on them.

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  172. Well that deceased person is gonna haunt you now! Have fun with that

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  173. Internet nerds... 2 weeks of Kevin Owens does not make him the face of the fucking company. Please watch the product within a basis of reality.

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  174. Fucking Babadouk gonna get you :(

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  175. What the...whoever chastised her should fuck right off.

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  176. That new shoot looks awesome. He looks through his memorabilia, which is incredible.

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  177. Man, it's open season on strawmen when ninty's around!

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  178. Randy Newman needs to start creating wrestling theme songs:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmH4KfV_A-E

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  179. So close your eyes and count to ten
    better hope you don't wake up again.
    'Cause if it's in a word, or if it's in a book
    you can't get rid of the Babadook

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  180. Corned Biff HashJune 24, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Always fun to watch someone in WWE commit Seppuku, I guess.

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  181. That's a lot of businesses now, wrestling or otherwise. As others have noted, publicly traded companies tend to have short-term thinking/planning, almost slavishly so. And though there are many non-traded companies out there, a macro business culture has developed that only thinks of the immediate profit. No, not all companies have this sort of thinking, but far too many are setting the bar low. WWE doesn't have the courage to resist this kind of thinking, as do many others.

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  182. TNA was a boat launched with a hole in the hull. It was destined to sink--and very nearly did--until Dixie and her daddy's automatic bailing machine kept it afloat. That's all the company has ever done: stay afloat. Succeeding would have meant fixing the hole the boat was launched with, but Dixie is no engineer much less a competent captain. Last year the boat capsized, and Dixie has just been hanging onto the overturned hull, desperately trying to convince the other few straggler survivors that it's still a seaworthy vessel. Every few days another one lets go and swims for it, hoping that's land they see on the horizon...

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  183. Cena vs Orton,one more timeJune 24, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-sn-more-americans-obese-than-overweight-20150620-story.html



    I think I need to invest in those supermarket scooters.

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  184. BMI is such bunkum. I'm svelte, but because I've got muscle and muscle weighs more than fat, I have a high BMI. It's such a weak stat.

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  185. "We didn't sold any Cena merch last night!"
    "Did you had any Cena merch to sell?"
    "No."
    "OK. Cena losing doesn't draw..."

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  186. A show that was clearly booked by a gnat.

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  187. Cena vs Orton,one more timeJune 24, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Yeah, but face it the average American or Brit isn't built like Schwarzenegger in his prime.It's perfectly fine to use it when describing a set of the population

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  188. Corned Biff HashJune 24, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Most physicians are leaving BMI behind because it's not a great indicator for physical health. I mean, if you way 900 lbs. it's obvious that things aren't good, but honestly individual cases can show a pretty big variance.

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  189. The problem is unhealthy people then say "we'll BMI sucks" to justify saying there is nothing wrong

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  190. I never understood the muscle weighs more than fat thing. I mean, a pound of muscle is the same as a pound of fat. They're both a pound.

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  191. Not that you're accusing ME of anything like that! I'm 900lbs AND shredded.

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  192. Thank Superman our Help Desk guy is back this week... for whatever reason Facebook hasn't been working properly... and of course people have ZERO shame in calling IT support about it... so he gets to be the one to explain it too them, which is admittedly better than my "Tough shit we don't pay you to look at cat pictures" approach.

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  193. Decades of low-fat advice from paid-off nutrition authorities leads to a nation of sugar addicts. Obesity follows.

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  194. Cena vs Orton,one more timeJune 24, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    TGGI

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