Yes Micheal Cole and Taz are still the broadcasters for Smackdown! And they have long tearm contracts. IMO they have stepped it up past JR and the King.Quote:
Originally Posted by Amy Lee
Yes Micheal Cole and Taz are still the broadcasters for Smackdown! And they have long tearm contracts. IMO they have stepped it up past JR and the King.Quote:
Originally Posted by Amy Lee
WWE-R- Reports Q1 Results
STAMFORD, Conn., Aug 23, 2004
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WW-- T
Today there was a conference call wth Linda MaMahon 'CEO' and the rest of the bored on the WWE Quater 1 finacial report. If you trade WWE stock or have a finacial interest or just love the WWE, then you will find this interesting. The conference call was a hour long so this is just a touch of what went on.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended July 30, 2004. Total revenues were $81.6 million as compared to $74.7 million in the prior year quarter, and operating income was $11.2 million versus $2.9 million in the prior year quarter. Income from continuing operations was $7.8 million, or $0.11 per share, versus $2.7 million, or $0.04 per share, in the prior year. Net income was $7.6 million, or $0.11 per share, as compared to $2.6 million, or $0.04 per share, in the prior year quarter. EBITDA was $14.1 million in the current quarter as compared to $5.7 million in the prior year quarter.
During the quarter, the Company aired four pay-per-view events as compared to only two events in the prior year quarter. One of the additional events was due to the timing of our fiscal quarter end in the prior year resulting in our Vengeance(TM) event airing in our 2nd fiscal quarter. The second additional event, The Great American Bash(R), was a new pay-per-view event which debuted in June 2004. Revenues from the two additional pay-per-view events were approximately $6.8 million. The current quarter EBITDA includes $3.8 million related to these additional pay-per-view events. The Company plans to air 14 pay-per-view events in fiscal 2005, an increase of two events from the prior year.
Linda McMahon, CEO, stated that she was pleased with the progress of the Company's strategic initiatives during the quarter. The monetization of the WWE video library, which has been a key driver in the success of the home video business in the quarter, will also be the basis for WWE 24/7(TM), the Company's SVOD service. WWE's global initiatives continued to perform well with three successful international tours consisting of 10 events in Europe and Asia in the quarter drawing approximately 93,000 fans. WWE Films has two film projects moving forward, with principal photography scheduled to begin on the first project in early Fall.
"Our growth initiatives continued to develop during the quarter. While we experienced these successes, certain of our key drivers did not perform as we had expected," said Mrs. McMahon. "In contrast to the exceptional success we are seeing with our touring outside North America, it appears that we have not yet turned the corner on our live event attendance in the United States. Although our ratings for both RAW(R) and SmackDown!(TM) have been relatively flat, we continue to develop new talent and exciting storylines to motivate and captivate our fans and bolster our ratings."
********Results By Business Segment
********Live and Televised Entertainment
Revenues from the Company's Live and Televised businesses were $65.2 million as compared to $62.7 million in the prior year quarter.
********-- Pay-Per-View revenues were $16.9 million versus $13.8 million in the prior year quarter. In the first quarter of fiscal 2005, four pay-per-view events were produced as compared to two in the prior year quarter.
The Company will produce 14 pay-per-view events in fiscal 2005.
-- Total pay-per-view buys for the quarter were 1.1 million * * * * * as compared to 0.9 million in the prior year quarter.
*-- Buys for the two events that aired in both the current and prior year quarter decreased 77,000 buys, from 561,000 buys to 484,000 buys.
********-- Live Event revenues were $17.9 million as compared to $18.1 million in the first quarter of last year.
-- There were 89 events during the quarter as compared to 84 events during the same period last year, including 10 international events held in both periods.
-- The average attendance at the Company's North American live events was approximately 3,800 as compared to approximately 4,700 in the prior year quarter, while the average international attendance was 9,300 as compared to * * * * *
8,600 in the prior year quarter.
-- The average ticket price was approximately $46.00 as compared to an average ticket price of approximately * * * * *
$41.00 in the prior year quarter, due primarily to the increased number of international tickets sold. While North American ticket prices were not increased, the average ticket prices increased due to the mix of tickets sold. International ticket prices averaged approximately $72.00, as compared to an average North American ticket * * * * * price of approximately $37.00.
********-- Television Advertising revenues were $10.6 million as compared * * * to $16.1 million in the prior year quarter. This decline was * * * principally due to a new television distribution agreement with UPN. Commencing with the new television season, which * * * began in October 2003, UPN sells all advertising inventory for * * * our SmackDown! broadcasts and pays us a rights fee. The arrangement, which results in lower cost of revenues, yields a * * * higher profit margin to the Company as discussed below.
-- Average household ratings for the Company's RAW program * * * * *
were 3.7 as compared to 3.9 in the prior year quarter and * * * * *
SmackDown! ratings were 3.1 as compared to 3.3 in the prior year quarter.
*-- Television Rights Fees revenues increased $5.1 million to * * * $19.8 million due primarily to the new UPN television * * * distribution agreement discussed above.
Revenues from the Company's Branded Merchandise businesses were $16.3 million versus $12.0 million in the prior year quarter.
********-- Merchandise revenues were $3.7 million as compared to $4.3 * * * million in the prior year quarter. Revenues declined due to a 9% decrease in live events concession sales reflecting lower * * * attendance which was partially offset by increased per capita * * * spending. Additionally, revenue from our catalog and Shopzone(TM) site decreased by $0.3 million.
********-- Home Video revenues were $5.7 million as compared to $2.5 * * * million in the prior year quarter. The increase was due primarily to an 88% increase in units sold in the current * * * quarter, including a recently released title documenting the * * * career of Chris Benoit(R) which sold approximately 65,000 * * * units in the quarter, as well as increased home video sales of * * * our pay-per-view event titles, such as WrestleMania(R) XX.
********-- Licensing revenues increased $1.1 million to $3.3 million due * * * to increases in the Toy, Video Game, Publishing and * * * Collectibles categories.
********Profit Contribution (revenues less cost of revenues)
Profit contribution for the quarter was $33.1 million as compared to $25.4 million in the prior year quarter. Profit contribution margin was approximately 41% as compared to 34% in the prior year quarter.
The profit contribution margin for the Live and Televised segment was approximately 39% as compared to 34% for the prior year period reflecting the change in the UPN agreement and a greater portion of revenue attributable to the pay-per-view business.
The profit contribution margin for the Branded Merchandise segment was approximately 44% as compared to 34% for the prior year period as a result of the higher profit margin associated with the home video business.
********Selling, general and administrative expenses SG&A expenses decreased approximately $1.7 million to $17.9 million as compared to $19.6 million in the prior year quarter, primarily due to $1.0 million of costs associated with an acquisition in fiscal 2004. In addition, included in the current quarter was a $2.1 million reduction of sales tax expense due to a tax refund. Included in the prior year was a reduction in bad debt expense of $2.0 million.
********Fiscal 2005 Outlook
The Company anticipates revenue for fiscal 2005 of between $345.0 and $365.0 million, budgeted EBITDA of approximately $66.0 million, and income from continuing operations of between $32.0 and $35.0 million, or $0.46 to $0.50 per share on a diluted basis.
**SOURCE: World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Start of the Show:
Tonight we will have Edge vs. Chris Jericho for the IC title and we will see Randy Orton's reaction from last week. Don't forget that also tonight will be the wedding between Kane and Lita!
Coach announces the six remaining WWE Diva's from the Raw Diva Search and they head to the ring in their bikini wear. Coach has the envelope, the crowd boos Carmella when Coach says her name. He opens the envelope and the loser this week is Tracy, the hot black chick with funny hair. Too bad. Only five left. The Coach says their assignment this week is to tell the Coach how great he really is in two minutes. But then he says 2 minutes is not enough so he is going to make it...
IF YA SMELLLLLLLLLLLLLL........ IT'S THE ROCK! The Rock comes to the ring in a wife beater ready to work the mic! What a pop from the crowd as the Rock hits the ring and does his pose on the ropes The Rock says the Coach can run his mouth telling the Diva's they have 5 minutes, The Rock says Coach has 5 seconds to get the hell out of the ring before The Rock gives him the beating of a lifetime! Rock counts down on his fingers and when he gets to one the Coach books! The Rock does his "finally" speach and the crowd goes a bit nuts for that as usual.
The Rock turns his attention to the chicks and tells them they are all looking fine. He says the chicks are thinking "damn, look at The Rock." He says they are also thinking "I am getting so wet." The crowd goes nuts and Rock says he meant wet because it's hot in here. HAHA. He says they should be excited because they have the chance to become a Raw Diva. The Rock turns to Lilian and says she loves being a Raw Diva. He hits on her a bit and then says Lilian used to be just like them, she had a job working at the Sperm Bank but got fired for drinking on the job!
The Rock turns his attention to Carmella and says he heard in the back that the other girls hate him. He tells her not to worry because he was hated when he first came in. He says a few weeks back when they had the chicks selling ice cream it was a lot of fun. NOT. He says it sucked, which it did. He says the millions and millions want to see the girls eat PIE! Tajiri brings out pies for the girls and The Rock tells them they are going to have a pie eating competition. The Rock works the crowd like a nut. He tells one guy that he is drunk and tells him to sit down. He then says "I heard ya'll got some good weed here in Anaheim." The Rock asks Tajiri what his favorite kind of pie is and Tajiri says "POONTONG!"
The Rock has the chicks eat pie. The first chick doesn't do anything except talk to The Rock and eat cherries. The crowd boos. The second chick eats it with her tongue and she gets props from the crowd. Carmella goes and gets boos the entire time. The Blonde goes and she is by far the hottest one left after seeing her eat pie. The red headed freak goes and says her butt is hungry because it's been eating her panties all day. She puts the pie down and sits on it! The Coach comes out with La Resistance and he says he is SICK of The Rock trying to ruin him. He says they are going to go to the ring and beat The Rock and Tajiri up. The Rock moves the pie table and tells the ladies to leave the ring and says "Just Bring it Bitch!" La Resistance hits the ring and The Rock and Tajiri have the upper hand until the Coach comes and ruins it all. La Resistance takes down Tajiri and then The Rock is in the corner getting stomped on until the Coach slaps his FACE! Rhyno hits the ring and gores one of the La Resistance members and then Tajiri kicks the other in the face. The Coach is lost as he has nowhere to go. The coach freaks out and starts jumping around slapping his head like a jerk off until he runs into a spinebuster by The Rock. People's Elbow and If You Smelllllll... what a segment!
Kane is shown in the back walking with his suit as he whistles "Here comes the Bride" with a large smile on his face.
HHH is shown in the back after highlights of last week's beatdown on Orton is shown. Flair and Batista are shown walking in as HHH tells them that Randy is no longer in charge of his destiny, they are!
Kane shows up and says he knows it's bad luck to see the bride before the wedding but he tells Lita that he could not resist. He says he wants Lita to wear white to signify the purity of his child. He whips out a white gown. He says he knows Lita does not want to do this but cheer up because it's a nice day for a white wedding.
Referee: Chad Patton Intercontinental Title Match Edge (c) vs. Chris
Start of the match:
Jericho starts the match with an arm drag takedown into and armbar, Edge grabs the ropes to break. They lock up again and Jericho gets a waist lock into an arm drag takedown as Jericho works on the arm of Edge. Jericho looks for another arm drag but Edge pops him with a right hand and continues to. Jericho taunts Edge who takes the bait and runs at Jericho who pulls the ropes down and Edge goes to the outside. Jericho hits his springboard dropkick sending Edge to the floor as the WWE takes a commercial break after only 1 minute of action! When we come back Jericho is in trouble as Edge is wearing him down but Edge runs into a heel kick and both men are down.
Mid match notes:
The two battle back and forth with chops and punches. Jericho runs at Edge in the corner but Edge jumps and Jericho slides to the outside and pulls Edge's feet down. Jericho comes back in the ring and hits a top rope reverse elbow for two. Jericho in control until he springs off the ropes into a kick to the gut and a DDT by Edge, this results in a close two count.
Edge waits in the corner for Y2J to get up as he calls for the spear. Edge runs at Jericho but Jericho moves and Edge stops before he runs into the ref. He turns around into the Walls of Jericho! The two roll through and you cannot tell who in pinning who but the ref counts to three as Jericho's leg is on the ropes! Edge is announced the winner though and he leaves the ring and grabs his title belt! The ref however goes to the announcer and says something and then he goes to tell Edge something as we go to commercial break.
When we come back from break the match is still going on and Y2J is in control! Edge takes him down with a shoulder and he is in control very upset with the restart of the match. Y2J hits a flying elbow followed by a knockdown and enzeguiri to the back of Edge's head. Edge is stuck on the ropes and Y2J does his running knee followed by a bulldog. Jericho goes for the lionsault but Edge counters. The two battle back and forth until Jericho misses a punch and Edge hits the Edge-O-Matic for a two count. Edge maintains control with forearms to Jericho. Edge tries to toss Jericho out but Jericho hangs on the apron but this allows Edge to spear him off the apron into the guardrail.
End of the match:
Edge pulls Jericho back in the middle of the ring and the two exchange blows until Jericho ducks a punch and hits the Walls of Jericho! Edge however is able to crawl to the ropes. Jericho runs off the ropes and Edge catches him and puts him on the ropes nuts first. Jericho is in pain as he falls to the ground. The BELL RINGS FOR SOME REASON AS EDGE IS GETTING READY FOR THE SPEAR. Edge hits the Spear anyway and looks down at Jericho as the ref keeps calling for the bell. The ref goes over to Lilian and tells her that Edge is DQ'd for purposely dropping Jericho on the ropes!
Winner: Chris Jericho by DQ, but still IC Champion, Edge
Evolution in the ring, gives Orton options: HHH says there has been a lot of talk about destiny as of late but he does not believe in destiny. He says life is not pre determined and it is about what choice you make but each choice has consequences. He says Randy made the choice to join Evolution and the consequence of that choice was that he became very successful. He also made another choice since he was supposed to only soften up Benoit but instead he decided to win. He says that title is HIS. He is the best wrestler alive right now and everyone knows it except Randy Orton. HHH says his destiny has already been chosen for him and the beating he took last week was his consequence. He says it is time for Orton to make a choice, the right one or the wrong one. He says the right choice is to come into the ring and lay down to give HHH his title. If he does that HHH will let him live one more day above the ground and Evolution will forget this all happened. If he makes the wrong choice, HHH will make sure Randy ceases to exist. HHH says when it comes to the world title for him there is no right and wrong, just life, and death. HHH says it is time for Randy to choose his destiny.
Orton hits the ramp with a badge on his head. Batista and Flair stand outside the ring as they watch Orton go into the ring where HHH awaits. Orton and HHH have dead serious looks on their face. HHH says send me a referee so Randy Orton can make the right decision. A ref comes to the ring. HHH tells Orton to hand him the title. He then SCREAMS it at him. Orton hold the title out and HHH grans it but Orton does not let go. Orton then gives a smirk to HHH AND SPITS RIGHT IN HIS FACE. HHH freaks out and runs at Orton who clocks him in the face with the title belt! Orton then makes a run for it into the crowd where he holds the title high as HHH and Evolution scream in madness in the ring!
When we come back from commercial Victoria is yelling at Eric Bischoff for making Lita marry Kane until HHH comes and grabs Eric by the throat and screming "DO YOU SEE THIS, DO YOU SEE THIS? HE SPIT.. IN.. MY FACE..." Eric says he sees it and HHH asks what he is going to do about it and Eric tells HHH that at the next pay per view he will have a world title shot!
Referee: Jack Doan William Regal w/ Eugene vs. Ric Flair w/ Batista
Start of the match:
The two lock up and Regal gets the upperhand with some holds and forearms to the face of Ric Flair. The lock again and flair gets a cheap shot in as he takes Regal to the corner for a few chops. He then takes Regal to another corner and does it again a few times. A woo from Flair wakes some of the crowd up as most have fallen asleep in the first minute of this match. Regal reverses in the corner and hits a few Euro uppercuts. He whips Flair to the buckle and then gives him a back body drop. He takes Flair down again and gives him a right hand which causes a classic Flair Flop!
Mid Match Notes:
Flair eventually works Regal to the outside where he measures Regal up for a few chops followed by another woo! Flair turns around to catch a back body drop on the outside mat! Regal rolls back into the ring as the WWE cuts to a commercial.
When we come back Flair is in control with an elbow and a hard shot followed by a dropping knee to the face. Flair whips Regal into the corner and proceeds to stomp on him. Batista gets his hands wet a bit as Regal is in trouble with Flair in total control. regal is still in pain from his several beatings from HHH.
Regal and Flair make exchange some blows until Regal gets the upper hand with Euro cuts. Flair goes into the corner and gets a back body drop. Flair gets a thumb to the eye of Regal and climbs the top rope only to be thrown off. Regal is in control with a double underhook suplex but as he goes to take advantage Flair gets a cheap shot in again.
End of the Match:
Regal runs off the ropes and Batista clubs him. Regal falls down and Flair puts on the Figure 4 Leg Lock. Regal is in pain as Batista grabs the hands of Flair to help but the ref catches it and yells at Batista. This allows eugene to come in and reverse the Figure 4! Batista finds Eugene and throws him into the ring post head first. Benoit comes out and he takes down Batista hard. Back in the ring both Flair and Regal are rising with brass knucks in their hands! They bump into one another and Regal beats Flair to the punch and knocks him out! Regal covers Flair for the victory!
Winner: William Regal
The Wedding From HELL:
Lita is shown in the back in her white dress looking herself in the mirror. Ske picks up a vase and smashes the mirror. The ring looks all decked out for a white wedding as Kane, in his white suit, walks to the ring and smiles!
The priest is in the ring as the ring bearer comes out and it is a midget with black make-up on his eyes. The flower girl is also a midget in a white dress. The band plays some stuff on the violin and piano for Kane as he comes out all smiles. Lita's bride music hits and she comes to the ring IN A BLACK DRESS! Kane is irate as Lita walks the isle, or, ramp, er, isle; whatever. The bride music is kind of gotchic and cool at least. Lita stands next to Kane who manages to smile anyway. The priest welcomes us to the wedding but says someone else has something to say about this all. He says this person is very close to the bride and groom. The priest announces Eric Bischoff! Eric comes to the ring and says he wishes to read a passage from the holy bible. He starts reading some bible passage about two different people who are a bit the same. The crowd starts to slowly "WHAT?" him. Eric keeps reading a bunch. He finishes with an amen and the priest thanks him. The priest says they have a very unique relationship and to illustrate how unique it is, the groom has put together a very special video which will show his loves for her. Funny ass video package to say the least. It shows Lita going to the bathroom to take the pregnancy test and Kane smiling and her crying the whole time, HAHAH. Sick. Kane goes to touch Lita and she pulls away. They say their vows. Kane says when he first though of Lita to carry his seed, she was an instrument but now she is more than just the woman carry his child, she is now his property. She will no longer feel freedom, she will no longer feel the embrace of another man from this day forward until the day she dies. The priest is weirded out by this. Lita says that she hates Kane more than life itself and he is a a sick horrible person and she still loves Matt Hardy. She says her only hope now is that he suffers a horrible accident resulting in immediate death. She hopes he rots in HELL!
"that was beautiful" - Kane
The priest asks to move on. He asks if anyone should reject the wedding and the crowd goes nuts. He goes to marry them but Trish comes to the ring in a white hot ass outfit. She says she is here to support her on her big night but she did not pick a maid of honor so she figured she'd be the best fit. Trish says to Lita it will be OK because all she has to do is open her heart just like she opened her legs. Lita smacks Trish and rolls down the stairs with her and beats her senseless. Kane brings her back in the ring.
The priest asks Lita if she does and she bitterly says she does. She goes to ask Kane but the music of Matt Hardy hits and he attacks Kane from behind and hits him with the Twist of Fate outside the ring! Matt grabs Lita and they book for the back but as they are running, Kane sits up and creates a FIRE on the ramp so Matt and Lita cannot escape. He makes a go at Matt and they fight until Kane boots him in the face, slaps on the chokeslam and send him skying off the stage through some tables! He grabs Lita and drags her back to the ring and forces the priest to finish the ceremony. The priests asks Kane, he says I do and Kane kisses his bride. KANE AND LITA ARE OFFICIALLY MARRIED.
World Wresting Entertainment Announces $1,000,000 Tough Enough to Find the Next WWE Superstar
Winner Receives a WWE Talent Contract Worth up to $1Million and the Recognition of Being Tough Enough to Be a WWE(R) Superstar
STAMFORD, Conn., Aug 24, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- World Wrestling Entertainment(R) is bringing back the highly successful Tough Enough(R). The reality program that drew top ratings for MTV on Thursday nights will be a special part of WWE SmackDown!(TM), and this time WWE will award someone a WWE talent contract worth up to $1 million.
After selecting the eight finalists for the $1,000,000 Tough Enough, the official competition will be held weekly on WWE SmackDown! on UPN (Thursdays, 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT) beginning this October. The eight contestants will train with Tough Enough Trainer Al Snow, and then appear on WWE SmackDown! to undertake specific tasks to show why they are worthy to be Tough Enough Champion. Each week, a contestant will be eliminated based on fan voting leading up to the finale on December 16 when the winner is declared.
"We are looking for someone to be the next The Rock(R) or Triple H(R), someone with a great look, physical strength and charisma, who's interested in becoming a WWE Superstar," said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. "Each week, these eight contestants will have to impress me and the millions of fans of WWE SmackDown! to prove that they are truly Tough Enough to be part of an elite group of WWE Superstars. In the end, only one of these contestants will be able to make that claim."
"Tough Enough was a terrific program for us when it was on MTV," said Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Producer. "It exposed us to a wider audience in a memorable way. People kept asking when we would do another Tough Enough. We wanted to do something that would keep the franchise fresh as well as further promote our Thursday night showcase, WWE SmackDown!, and our TV partner, UPN. We think the one million dollar Tough Enough will fill the bill in an exciting and innovative way."
People interested in competing in the $1,000,000 Tough Enough can send a VHS containing 1 minute of material to WWE to demonstrate why they should be considered for the $1,000,000 Tough Enough. Tapes should be sent to: $1,000,000 Tough Enough, PO Box 1395, Stamford, CT 06904.
Deadline for submissions is midnight Wednesday, September 8. Applicants must be male, and age 20 or older. For more information, go to wwe.com.
Tough Enough competitors will be selected from three regional casting events held this Fall in Los Angeles, Miami, and Dallas, where potential competitors will be evaluated on athleticism, charisma and personality.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com.
with the Kane & Lita union activated, i think all hell's gonna break loose on RAW. :devil
Can't wait for the divorce.
Originally Posted by Amy Lee
well Matt will be out 6 to 8 weeks....injured... :violin
it's alright, they'll dissolve that storyline. Is she really pregnant though?
Well they are most def. planning on going with the story line for the full nine months, so I think she's pregnant. Although Vince does know how and has pulled the wool over our eyes before.Quote:
Originally Posted by Amy Lee
Thursday on Samckdown!, WWE's favorite zombie wrestler, the Undertaker, layed out JBL with yet another chokeslam after removing his headbrace.
Deadguy555 has but one response to this: REST IN PEACE AGAIN. :devil