Monday, September 10, 2012

WWE update on Jerry Lawler (Edit: 1118pm edt)

During Raw, Micheal Cole comes on camera and announces what happened with Jerry Lawler passing out at the desk, and is apparently receiving CPR in the back. We will keep you updated on this situation as it goes. Please stay tuned.

They just came back from commercial, and Micheal Cole has not said anything on commentary since. David Otunga vs Sheamus just happened, and no commentary whatsoever.

Micheal Cole says that he has been taken to a medical facility, has been given oxygen, but is breathing on his own. More to follow, but Micheal Cole will not be doing commentary for the rest of the show.

Cole just came on and announced that Jerry is awake, and more responsive, and is fighting it. Waiting on more info before the show ends.

They end Raw with Micheal Cole talking about what happened tonight, with Lawler's condition being stabilized. Lawler is breathing on his own, his heart is beating on his own, and is stabilized, and is awaiting a CAT scan.
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Jerry Lawler collapses at announcers desk

It is being reported by several locations, and Arda Ocal on twitter that Jerry Lawler collapsed at the announcers desk during the #1 Contenders match between Kane/Daniel Bryan and Titus O'Neill/Darren Young.

Reports still coming in from all over the place, apparently Lawler was talking to a staff member, and was out of the arena within 60 seconds of the entire incident. We here at H2H hope and wish that Jerry Lawler is ok.

via Twitter: 
I sincerely hope Jerry is OK. When I looked over he was hunched over convulsing in his seat and collapsed, then multiple ppl carried him out
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WWE Leans Toward Launching Pay-TV Channel


Are there enough John Cena and Triple H fans to justify the launch of a WWE pay cable channel?

That's what WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and the rest of the executive team are going to be wrestling with for the next few months.

More than three years ago, McMahon unveiled plans to create a WWE cable channel that would capitalize on the company's vast library as well as feature new programming. But since then there have been lots of fits and starts and delays but no channel and little about it coming out of the WWE. Wall Street is eager to see movement because WWE has been telling investors it thinks having its own distribution platform could be a game changer for the company.

"You guys need to say more than you have," an exasperated Brad Safalow, an analyst with PAA Research, said on the WWE's second-quarter-earnings call last month. McMahon promised more clarity on the company's next earnings call. So far, WWE has spent about $40 million developing a programming service, according to its financial filings.

The reason WWE is being cagey is that it is still not sure what kind of channel it will launch. Originally, WWE wanted to build a broadly distributed commercial channel with hopes of getting a subscription fee in the neighborhood of 20 cents per month per subscriber.

However, not only is space tight on most cable and satellite systems, there were concerns about the amount of WWE content already available limiting the growth potential of a stand-alone commercial network. WWE has shows on the USA and Syfy cable channels and a new program for the ION broadcast network. It is also producing a kids show for the CW Network.

"Clearly the cable operators didn’t view what they brought to market as compelling enough," said Safalow in an interview.

Now the WWE is switching gears and focusing its efforts on creating an HBO-like pay cable channel that consumers would order on an individual basis and that would be commercial-free, people familiar with the company's thinking said.

On paper, the WWE certainly has a base to support such a venture. It produces a dozen pay-per-view events every year. In 2012, through eight events, WWE is averaging 250,000 buys in the United States. "Wrestlemania," its biggest event, had 850,000 buys. Add in international purchases and those figures grow by several hundred thousand. The price tag for WWE's pay-per-view programming is $44.95, except for "Wrestlemania," which goes for $54.95.

If WWE goes forward with a premium channel, it would likely place some or most of its pay-per-view events (which besides "Wrestlemania" includes "Summer Slam" and "Royal Rumble") on the network to entice people to sign up. That does not mean WWE would get out of its lucrative pay-per-view business. It will try to have its cake and eat it too by continuing to offer its events on pay-per-view for nonsubscribers. Also, "Wrestlemania" would likely remain strictly a pay-per-view event.

The price tag WWE would seek for a premium channel would be north of $10.00 a month and perhaps as much as $15.