Daily Update: WWE profits, Andre the Giant movie, Cena, Orton, Rollins, and Wyatt

WWE Financials

Vince McMahon and George Barrios were on a conference call today where WWE announced that profits were up, though that may be misleading. Today, WWE announced a $13.9 million profit increase in 2016 compared to $9.8 million in 2015. However, revenue actually decreased. In 2016 for quarter 1, WWE revenue was $171 million, down from the $176.2 million from Q1 in 2015.

The difference maker? You guessed it: WrestleMania. Wrestlemania 32 fell in Q2 this year, and landed in Q1 last year. There was no mention of the current network subscription number since they covered that on the call after WrestleMania. There was also no mention as to how good WrestleMania did this year.

McMahon also mentioned that Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and John Cena would be returning within the next 30 days. 


Tonight

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped tonight in Des Moines, IA.

Tuesday

TNA Impact has a steel cage match featuring Rockstar Spud vs. EC3, TNA tag champs The Decay vs. James Storm & Jeff Hardy, TNA Knockouts champion Jade vs. Gail Kim, and Al Snow vs. Manabali Shera.

Wednesday

WWE NXT has NXT Women’s Champion Asuka vs Adrienne Reese, Finn Balor vs Elias Samson, Alexa Bliss vs Rachael Ellering, Nakamura vs Alex Riley, and NXT Tag Champions Chad Gable and Jason Jordan vs John Skyler and Corey Hollis.

ROH will be taping television in Toronto at the Ted Reeve Arena (Jay Lethal vs. Donovan Dijak, Matt Sydal vs. Kazuchika Okada, Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Yoshitatsu, Kushida vs. Kyle O’Reilly, Tetsuya Naito vs. Moose, Tomohiro Ishii vs. Will Ferrara). Send results and reports for this show to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

THE ROUND UP

WWE 2016 Q1 revenue & profit notes, social media relevancy discussion, more 
Full ROH taping results from Dearborn, MI: Bullet Club angle continues 
Title change at ROH show in Dearborn, MI tonight 
WWE RAW live results: The build toward Extreme Rules, Styles, Reigns, The McMahons  


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READ IT HERE: May 9, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE Payback review, Hulk Hogan suing Gawker, tons more 

The claimed new era with Shane and Stephanie McMahon on Raw, fallout of Payback, lineup for Extreme Rules and current WWE situation is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. There is also a detailed story on Hulk Hogan’s latest lawsuit and his claims of how the sex tape went from Bubba the Love Sponge to the National Enquirer, including details of Hogan being blackmailed by people with the tape and the FBI sting operation regarding the tape and why it didn’t end there.  

Next there is a detailed look at Ryback’s situation with WWE, New Japan’s Dontaku show and the Super Juniors tournament, the economic value of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor to a show, and plans for a new PPV show next month.
 
The lead story updates the status of Shane McMahon, the story behind Payback and how it leads to Extreme rules, the injury to Enzo Amore, the booking that gets almost nobody over and the match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
 
As it regards the Hogan story, this issue examines all the players involved, his latest lawsuit and more details on the FBI sting operation regarding the sex tape.
 
Ryback’s complaints about WWE, how things went down in his meeting with Vince McMahon, notes about WWE contracts, how wrestlers are paid in WWE and why that isn’t the case anywhere else, his philosophy about everyone being paid the same and more, all in the latest Observer issue.
 
Finally, more on the Adam Rose situation, changes to the WWE Network, notes on a WWE network survey, notes on Camp WWE, how the show changed and why, notes on some WWE firings this past week, as well as new hirings, update on WrestleMania 2018, Paul Heyman reality show update, Bruno Sammartino honored, notes on contract situation with different talent, DVD plans for the next 18 months, injury updates and returns, fallout of Ric Flair TMZ as well as notes regarding his podcast and other future Flair projects, notes on the next Takeover lineup, update on Bryan Danielson, More on the cruiserweight tournament, lots of WWE business updates and a former giant Olympian talks about his WWE offer and plans of eventually going there. All this and much more in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

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MONDAY UPDATE

Stone Village will be producing an Andre The Giant film with the involvement of Andre’s daughter, Robin Christensen-Roussimoff. The film will be based on the 2015 graphic novel, Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven.  

Here is another story on the upcoming movie about Andre. “Andre The Giant rode the wave of the rise of wrestling in America, while suffering from the painful health condition of gigantism – there’s an Elephant Man story here,” says Scott Steindorff who is working on the project.

Jushin “Thunder” Liger is day to day with regards to the upcoming ROH War of the Worlds shows in Toronto and New York. He will be there, but may not wrestle. Also, War Machine is off the ROH Toronto show as the team is selling injuries from last night.

The WWE stock got a nice bump today, finishing at $17.43 (up .37 cents). The market as a whole was up today.

Ratings from this past Sunday’s UFC Rotterdam show were 656,000 for the main card and 496,000 for the prelims, entirely aired on FS1. From last month’s afternoon FS1 show, the main card numbers were down and the prelims were a little up. By comparison to a May 2015 daytime event from Manila headlined by Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber, both numbers were up.

WWE and Professional Wrestling

Smackdown in Canada will be airing on Thursday this week because of the OHL Playoffs. 
WWE 2K17 rumours are already surfacing along with reported screen shots.
WWE stars are looking to raise $100,000 for Canadian wildfire victims.
Ian Hamilton takes a look at Ryback’s proposed equal pay plan in an article here. 
7/1 – NOVA Pro Wrestling presents “American Slang” at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia; 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031
5/27 – 5/28 Absolute Intense Wrestling: “2016 JT Lightning Invitational Tournament;” Our Lady Of Mount Carmel, 1355 West 70th Street, Cleveland,Ohio

UFC and other Fighting

Paige VanZant is in the final four on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars after a Game of Thrones themed dance on last night’s show.
WSOF just announced a new main event for it’s July 30th show in Everett, WA. Marlon Moraes defends his bantamweight title against former TUF cast member Josh Hill. That headlines over previously announced fights featuring Lance Palmer and Alexandre Almeida in a featherweight title fight and Ben Fodor (aka Phoenix Jones) vs Caros Fodor in a battle of adopted brothers.
Titan FC has hired Jessica Aguilar as matchmaker for their women’s division. Aguilar is a former WSOF strawweight champion who lost her UFC debut last summer to #1 contender Claudia Gadelha and has not fought since.
UFC announced a deal with Buffalo Wild Wings today around UFC 200. For those into business, there’s a few nuggets in this SBJ piece about future content arrangements and the implications of the deal as compared to other sports and BWW.
Former UFC fighter Alexis Dufresne will be debuting on short notice for Bellator next weekend against former Strikeforce featherweight champion Marloes Coenen in a featherweight fight. Dufresne replaces Julia Budd, who pulled out due to injury. As it stands right now, that fight will be on the Spike.com prelims — a much stronger fight than Bellator usually has on its prelims.

Today in professional wrestling history: Gagne retires as AWA Champion; Steamboat & Youngblood win NWA World Tag Team Titles

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