Doc Manson tabulates every participant and elimination from every Royal Rumble match, ever. Or, at least, from 1988 – 2016, for those of you visiting from the future. Doc describes where the numbers come from and ponders the trouble with trying to get solid numbers for what seem like they should be straightforward stats.
Doc Manson shares his second infographic looking at business trends of the WWE over the course of past decade. This time, it’s a deep dive into ticket sales, looking at fan interest in attending live event both domestically and in markets overseas.
Check out this fun and informative infographic, in which Doc Manson takes on the topic of the current health of the WWE as a business. Are the nay-sayers right? Have TV ratings fallen so far that, surely, the WWE is doomed to go out of business? Let’s see what truths the numbers reveal!
It’s episode 2 of DC’s Network Diaries, and wrestlers are wearing flannel, wetsuits and dressed like ninjas! DC is in heaven!
In case you’re a relative neophyte to the DDTWrestling experience, let’s take a minute for some education. Doc Manson and DC Matthews began their online careers as writers, going back and forth in Google Docs. If you can imagine a written version of our podcast, that was essentially it, only without any song parodies or food discussion.
As the podcast grew, the writing dwindled, to the point where I can’t even remember the last time I put fingers to keyboard, as it were. This is a strange feeling – I’m not even sure I remember how to log into ddtpod.com! This could be a disaster…
Regardless, while I didn’t sit down and scribe out resolutions for 2017, I did have a couple of goals in mind. One of them was to dive back into the WWE Network archives. Since the brand split, I haven’t had the time or the energy to watch anything other than the current WWE / NXT / 205 Live product. On the most recent episode of Doc Talk, my partner in crime was effusive in praising my wrestle-nerd-dom, citing my perusal of “The Vault” as his prime example. So, really, I have no choice in the matter.
Read Doc Manson’s theory for why the long awaited debut of the glamorous female wrestler, Emmalina, will never happen, and why this is a net positive for Emma as a performer in the WWE.
Stop the presses and back up the truck. Reports are coming out from #NXTLowell that Samoa Joe has won the NXT championship! Our friends, the New Age Insiders were live at the event and were among the first to report the news.
This is a fantastic development for the Samoan Submission Machine and, more broadly, all fans of WWE/NXT. My initial reaction is that the timing and venue for this title change is somewhat suspect, given that Samoa Joe only recently lost his title bid against Balor at #NXTTakeOverDallas on WrestleMania weekend. Although it seems odd that a new champion would be crowned on a house show, this turn of events only underscores the greater plans that WWE has in store for the now-former NXT champion, Balor.
On the day after Wrestlemania, I spent hours sitting in front of my computer sifting through the myriad complains of the NAIborhood, and, if I’m being honest, offering many of my own.
Why did Brock Lesnar so handily defeat Dean Ambrose?
Why did WWE build up the Shane McMahon story only to have Undertaker win?
Why did The Rock put Bray Wyatt over verbally, but not necessarily physically?
Basically, the world wanted to know What in the blue hell is going on?
Last night the craziness of Wrestlemania weekend caught up to me and I fell asleep midway through RAW. In fact, the last thing I remember is The Miz coming out to challenge Zack Ryder for the Intercontinental Championship. Come to
Last night’s grandest stage of them all was not the harbinger of watershed change that I was hoping for, though that’s probably my own fault for having my usual #IrrationalIdealist expectations. We got the distinct impression from Wrestlemania that this is still Vince McMahon’s company and, with minimal exceptions, what he says goes.
Doesn’t mean it wasn’t an enjoyable show to end an enjoyable weekend, though.
Come with me, NAIborhood, as the Pope of Positivity walks you through his personal list of favorite moments from Sunday’s Wrestlemania.