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 $15.00, which would be cheaper than buying all or even half of the pay-per-view events. Typically, the subscription fee is split 50-50 between the programmer and distributor.

Besides its pay-per-view content, WWE would also create some new shows that would complement its content on other channels and use its library fare as well.

"Subscribing to the network would be a 'no brainer' for the company's hardcore fans," Safalow wrote in a recent report. Safalow said he anticipates a price of $14.95 for the channel and that WWE should be able to get 400,000 subscribers out of the gate and almost double that in two years. In 2014 Safalow projects that a pay channel could add as much as $141.6 million in revenue to WWE.

Whether pay-TV distributors will be on board remains to be seen. The PPV revenue that WWE generates for cable and satellite operators is not insignificant. There may be fears that making the majority of that fare available on the channel too will hurt the pay-per-view business without proof that there is enough appetite to sustain a full-time network.

The WWE is still not ready to declare what type of channel it is planning. George Barrios, the WWE's chief financial officer would only say: "The WWE Network in any form is a transformative opportunity if we execute it right." As for the growing impatience on Wall Street over the network, Barrios said: "It is taking the appropriate amount of time for us to identify the best strategic and financial opportunity.”
Despite the  slow pace of the channel's development, analysts such as Safalow are not ready to throw in the towel. The WWE's recently launched YouTube channel WWE FanNation has already become one of the most popular outlets on the site with more than 600,000 subscribers, an amount that Safalow feels is further proof that there is a market for a cable outlet.

"Vince is a very competitive empire builder," Safalow said. "Whether you like him or what his product is, he runs a very good business and has a very long history of building upon his success."
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Live Raw results for 9/10/2012

Whatsup guys and gals, tonight its another WWE Raw, and what will happen when it eminates from Montreal, Canada? Bigger question is, what will happen when WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart steps into the ring in Montreal for the first time since the Montreal Screwjob? Stay tuned to find out. Also don't forget to join us over at for a live chat during Raw, where I will definitely be stationed at. See you there.

Out first is Bret Hart, Bret can't get a word out, as the fans just continue to cheer him on, and then start ole chanting him. Bret begins talking about the screwjob, and thanking everyone for everything. Bret thanked everyone and said God Bless Montreal, when CM Punk's music hits, and out he comes. Punk talks about not having a ego to pen a book, but if he did, he would call it what if. Bret looks at Punk and says that it would take him less than a minute to tie him up like a pretzel. Punk says that you can call yourself the king of England, and the people will believe you. Punk looks over at Jerry Lawler and says or you could call yourself King of Memphis. They then talk about last week, where Punk walked out on his match, they show the footage of Punk knocking out Cena and Paul Heyman sitting in the drivers seat. Punk says that he will make Cena a broken, empty shell of a man, just like Bret is, and walks out.

1st match Tag Match
Kofi Kingston/R-Truth vs Miz/Antonio Cesaro
Winner(s): Kofi and R-Truth via pinfall

We come back to Sheamus being sued by David Otunga. The segment ended with Sheamus brogue kicking the camera, and then singing Hava Nagila.

2nd match 6 diva tag match
Natalya/Beth Phoenix/Alicia Fox vs Kaitlyn/Layla/Eve
Winner(s): Kaitly, Layla, and Eve via pinfall after Eve hits the neckbreaker on Alicia Fox.

3rd match Singles Match (Fans choose opponent)
CM Punk vs

Choices: Jerry Lawler, Brodus Clay, Randy Orton

3rd match Singles Match
CM Punk vs Randy Orton
Winner: Randy Orton via DQ.
Note: Dolph Ziggler came out and attacked Randy Orton

Dolph and Punk attacked Orton, until Jerry Lawler jumps in and attacks Punk.

4th match Tag Team match
Jerry Lawler/Randy Orton vs Dolph Ziggler/CM Punk
Winner(s): Jerry Lawler and Randy Orton via pinfall after Orton hit the RKO on Dolph Ziggler
Note: During the match Paul Heyman came down to ringside and was talking to Punk.

5th match Singles match
Ryback vs Heath Slater
Winner: Ryback via pinfall after the backpack stunner

6th match Tag Team Match (#1 Contendership match)
Daniel Bryan/Kane vs Prime Time Playas (Titus O'Neill/Darren Young)
Winner(s): Daniel Bryan and Kane via pinfall after Kane chokeslammed Bryan, Bryan rolled on to Darren Young and pinned him.

During the match, it is being reported that Jerry Lawler passed out and became unconcious, no full reports on this yet.

7th match
Alberto Del Rio vs Tyson Kidd
Winner: Alberto Del Rio via submission after ADR slapped the cross armbreaker on Tyson

8th match
Sheamus vs David Otunga
Winner: Sheamus via submission after slapping on the irish cloverleaf.

Micheal Cole came on and briefly spoke of what happened.

Small backstage segment with Kane and Daniel Bryan, Micheal Cole has not spoken in almost 15 minutes.

9th match Singles match
Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes
Winner: No contest

Bret Hart is in the ring, and out comes John Cena for their interview. Bret says he sees a lot of himself in Cena, but he also sees a lot of Shawn Micheals in CM Punk. Cena says he doesn't see HBK in Punk, because he has to tell everyone how good he is. Hart asks how Cena is going to deal with the phony punk that he is, and out comes Punk.

(Sorry I am not updating a lot here guys, a lot going on trying to keep up with all the news coming in.)

It ends with Cena and Punk staring down, but Bret Hart smashes Punk in the head with a microphone and Punk sneaks away holding the title.

They end the show 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.

Have a good night guys.
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