1) The WWE Network subscription split is 872 000 domestic (including people VPNing The Network) with 128 000 foreign. Also, the break even number is 1.15 million worldwide.
2) Here's the Mania card that's supposedly been mentioned by Meltzer (as found on Reddit):
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns [set in stone] Triple H vs. Sting [set in stone] Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker Rusev (c) vs. John Cena Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler Battle Royal Divas Match Tag Title Match
Again, this is just was someone posted on Reddit and gave Meltzer as a source, so take it with a grain of salt, but, if that's true, then Mania ain't so hot.
Them hitting a million now is a shock honestly. Apparently the free month in November really helped (anyone know if they forced your credit card to sign up?), and now they're doing another free month into WrestleMania.
I guess the UK numbers were very good along with the free month. Also, the build up to WrestleMania must be helping them tremendously (it certainly hasn't be the television shows).
Stock price is up to over $12.00 now, and I'm guessing it will grow from now until Mania and WWE subscription numbers drop again.
The craziest thing about all of this, if Dave Meltzer is to be believed, is that they had more new subscribers Monday and Today than Sunday. So, you have to figure that people got the network to see what all the fuss was about/needed the crazy backlash to remind them Mania season was starting than people actively going "I'm going to skip seeing The Royal Rumble live and sign up the day after". Hell maybe a bunch of people got it after going to Rumble parties.
Although, the thing to remember is that with all the ups and downs they've had with the Network, while 1 million was the original break even number at launch (i.e. US only), who knows what the current break even number is and we'll have to see how they answer any questions about profitability at the next investor's call.
Unrelated, I've been thinking about Reigns more and I think WWE got really lucky with the snow storm as, while he'll never get that 100% babyface reaction, the time between The Rumble and the next live show that matters (I'm not counting Smackdown) will probably temper people and won't have the chance to catch on like Bootista.
I actually really liked Raw this week and it was quite easy to skip the Rumble replays and just watch the interview which actually work and highlighted just how played out and tired doing every promo in front of the crowd is. Also, I can't believe I'm saying this, but they actually managed to make a Reigns/Lesnar segment work. Although, I suspect that when they go back to the arena, just doing promos in front of the crowd and going back to Roman as Cena 2.0, we'll be going back to square one.
Also, in a funny note, you could hear someone whispering lines to Reigns during his first promo.
STAMFORD, Conn. – Due to the impending blizzard in the Northeast and statewide travel bans, WWE has postponed tonight’s live event in Hartford and cancelled tomorrow night’s live event in Boston; however, WWE will emanate live tonight at 8 p.m. ET from its studios in the Stamford world headquarters.
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