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by Return_of_the_STAR » Sun May 14, 2017 4:28 pm

BAKA wrote:Guess I'm not going in November after all as they're not coming here this year by the look of it...


Yeah it seems pretty light on UK dates looking at it.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II
by KK » Sun May 14, 2017 5:32 pm

What with us also getting our own UK-based show, maybe them don't want to risk burning out the audience.

Coupled with NXT, they are here a lot now throughout the year.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II
by Return_of_the_STAR » Sun May 14, 2017 5:59 pm

KK wrote:What with us also getting our own UK-based show, maybe them don't want to risk burning out the audience.

Coupled with NXT, they are here a lot now throughout the year.


Yeah I was surprised to see nxt are over here in June with quite a few shows in large arenas, only a month after the may tour.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II
by SerialCeler » Mon May 15, 2017 1:16 pm

Makes a change to 1999-2000, when they would do two dates a year, and tickets would sell out almost instantly.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II
by KK » Mon May 15, 2017 2:22 pm

Some UK ratings for the past few weeks...

IMPACT WRESTLING

21st April (debut episode) - 151,000
5th May - 135,000

WWE RAW

24th April - 39,000
1st May - 44,000

WWE SmackDown Live

25th April 2017 - less than 18,000
2nd May 2017 - 34,000

Sky: '...and we paid HOW MUCH for this gooseberry fool?!'
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II
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by Return_of_the_STAR » Mon May 15, 2017 8:17 pm

KK wrote:Some UK ratings for the past few weeks...

IMPACT WRESTLING

21st April (debut episode) - 151,000
5th May - 135,000

WWE RAW

24th April - 39,000
1st May - 44,000

WWE SmackDown Live

25th April 2017 - less than 18,000
2nd May 2017 - 34,000

Sky: '...and we paid HOW MUCH for this gooseberry fool?!'


Are these the live showing, the most watched showing or all of the showings added together?

I really don't get why sky haven't tried it on another channel the impact wrestling figures constantly show that the appetite is there.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II
by KK » Mon May 15, 2017 8:46 pm

They're the Live airings. If you combined absolutely everything for RAW (including 1 Hour editions) you'd get to about 70,000.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II: WWE United Kingdom Special - Friday 8pm, WWE Network
by Mafro » Mon May 15, 2017 9:37 pm

Christ. Always surprised at how low the numbers are.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II: WWE United Kingdom Special - Friday 8pm, WWE Network
by Return_of_the_STAR » Mon May 15, 2017 10:59 pm

Mafro wrote:Christ. Always surprised at how low the numbers are.


They always used to be in the hundreds of thousands on sky sports.

I just don't get what benefit sky has from putting it on sky sports, I can't imagine many of the viewers are subscribing to sky sports just for wrestling, surely they should give it a go on an entertainment channel and see how it gets on.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II: WWE United Kingdom Special - Friday 8pm, WWE Network
by Mafro » Tue May 16, 2017 12:13 am

Are all the WWE shows exclusively on the sports channels on Sky now?!
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II: WWE United Kingdom Special - Friday 8pm, WWE Network
by KK » Tue May 16, 2017 12:18 am

It pads out Sky Sports 5, which would be empty without WWE programming. But sticking it on 5 is only hurting it too, because it's missing on BT and TalkTalk packages, and is more likely to be overlooked even if you do have it.

I think a whole load of factors has led to the state it's now in. YouTube highlights, WWE Network, the programming itself, declining popularity of Sky Sports in general (everything is down; only big Premier League games now pull in a million+), expecting people to stay up until 3/4am on consecutive nights, which with the increase in PPVs on the Network is twice a month, that USA has increased the advertising during RAW to almost 50 minutes...

WWE is dying on Sky Sports, but there seems to be no appetite to save it.

Mafro wrote:Are all the WWE shows exclusively on the sports channels on Sky now?!

RAW highlights air on Sky1 on Sunday mornings; Main Event and abridged Network specials air on Sky Sports Mix.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II: WWE United Kingdom Special - Friday 8pm, WWE Network
by Mafro » Tue May 16, 2017 12:32 am

I bet Sky made no effort to try and get the new UK show on any of their channels too.

I see the ITV World of Sport tapings that were meant to happen next week have been postponed due to contract negotiations.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II: WWE United Kingdom Special - Friday 8pm, WWE Network
by BAKA » Tue May 16, 2017 10:00 am

Sasha Banks losing to Alicia Fox... :fp:

Kurt Angle. 'Je suis gold freakin' medalist'. :lol:
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II: WWE United Kingdom Special - Friday 8pm, WWE Network
by Slimgrady » Tue May 16, 2017 3:44 pm

The Finn Balor WWE 24 is excellent, one of the best. Doing jäger bombs in the pub :lol:
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II
by Return_of_the_STAR » Wed May 17, 2017 8:23 pm

Return_of_the_STAR wrote:
BAKA wrote:Guess I'm not going in November after all as they're not coming here this year by the look of it...


Yeah it seems pretty light on UK dates looking at it.
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It appears they've added a Nottingham and Birmingham show to the tour now, if either of these are near you?

WWE November tour

Nov 1 - Glasgow, Scotland (Raw)
Nov 2 - Brighton, England (Raw)
Nov 3 - London, England (Raw)
Nov 4 - Barcelona, Spain (SmackDown)
Nov 4 - Minehead, England (Raw)
Nov 5 - Madrid, Spain (SmackDown)
Nov 5 - Cardiff, Wales (Raw)
Nov 6 - Manchester, England (Raw taping)
Nov 7 - Manchester, England (SmackDown & 205 Live taping)
Nov 8 - Birmingham (Raw)
Nov 8 - Dortmund, Germany (Raw)
Nov 8 - Leeds, England (SmackDown)
Nov 9 - Leipzig, Germany (Raw)
Nov 9 - Nottingham (Smackdown)
Nov 10 - Hamburg, Germany (Raw)
Nov 10 - Milan, Italy (SmackDown)
Nov 11 - Mannheim, Germany (Raw)
Nov 11 - Padova, Italy (SmackDown)
Nov 12 - Florence, Italy (SmackDown)
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II: WWE United Kingdom Special - Friday 8pm, WWE Network
by BAKA » Thu May 18, 2017 12:11 am

Neither near me, but it's good to know they're adding more. Thanks Return!
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II: WWE United Kingdom Special - Friday 8pm, WWE Network
by KK » Fri May 19, 2017 7:50 pm

UK Special gets underway on the Network in 10 minutes.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II: WWE United Kingdom Special - Friday 8pm, WWE Network
by Slimgrady » Fri May 19, 2017 8:09 pm

Great to hear JR again.
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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread II: WWE United Kingdom Special - Friday 8pm, WWE Network
by KK » Fri May 19, 2017 8:18 pm

First time I've seen the WWE use the green screen to pretend the announce team are actually there since Brain and Gorilla Monsoon.

Lighting is pretty dark. Ring is very squeaky too. Feels a little like a local indie promotion.
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