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The television execs are upset at the low ratings per Meltzer:

Dave Meltzer said:
Vince will not give up the idea of brands. There was pressure from both sides, although Fox isn't in the game just yet and it is a lot different to the XFL as they're not spending money on it. These companies want those kind of ratings given what they're spending on it as its not an advertiser friendly product. They want star power, these brands individually do not have enough star power. Fox wanted more storylines are going to be on both Raw and Smackdown, NBC Universal were very upset about the ratings, especially the third hour and they were asking questions about our ratings are this this and this, Why haven't we given away Roman Reigns? So the pressure is on that the top stars so to speak work both shows. It'll be 3 or 4 different guys every week across both shows in theory, It was originally meant to be 3 guys but Vince changed it during the show to 4, this was the Lars Sullivan segment. Elias and Shane didn't count.
 
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The fuck is this, the lone female writer on the staff got nuclear heat for bringing her Emmy to a production meeting

Sean Ross Sapp said:
Fightful Select was told that during Monday's WWE Production meeting, Pepperman actually brought her Daytime Emmy award and placed it on the table in front of her. Those we spoke to called the move "blind arrogance," and was seen walking around backstage after the production meeting with the Emmy. Several members of the team "zinged" her about the gesture, but she thought they were all joking in regards to it. In addition, it was said that she flew commercial with her Emmy accompanying her.

Several WWE Superstars congratulated Pepperman on her win, and we're told she's generally well liked by staff, the team, and the roster. Considering WWE has never managed to win an Emmy Award, the move was said to gain immediate heat backstage, though she seemed oblivious to it, with one person we followed up with suggesting that she may have just been on "cloud nine" to the point she didn't notice.

Another person in the company we spoke to noted that Pepperman is well-known as a nice person and easy to work with, but could see that the move would stir up jealousy or heat from others.
 
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ITV announces AEW 'Double or Nothing' wrestling event for ITV Box Office



"We're delighted to announce this partnership with AEW, whose entry into professional wrestling is already making a massive impact on the industry and promises to deliver an electrifying event later this month, and a fantastic experience for our viewers and wrestling fans in the UK," said Niall Sloane, Director of Sport, ITV. "Joining forces with AEW for this event is faithful to ITV's More Than TV strategy to develop direct relationships with viewers through big events available on its platforms."

"We've stated since our launch that we want to make this the greatest time ever to be a professional wrestling fan, and part of this plan is to make our product as accessible as possible to a global audience," said Tony Khan, President/CEO of AEW. "Since our launch in January, we've signed the best talent, sold out our debut show in record time, and we've built relationships and formed bonds with the best media partners like ITV. This collaboration with ITV is so important to AEW, ITV is the best in the UK, they were always my first choice to be our international PPV partner for DOUBLE OR NOTHING, and we're looking forward to a great show."

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-05-08/itv-announces-major-wrestling-event-for-itv-box-office/

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This could get very interesting if AEW secure/have secured a long-term deal with ITV.
 

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i guaranfuckingtee that itv was not their first choice, that would def have been bt sports (sky sports is wwe).

itv failed at ppv boxing and didn't get the world of sport wrestling over. but this is a bigger event than any of those so wont rely on itv promotion.
 
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The fuck is this, the lone female writer on the staff got nuclear heat for bringing her Emmy to a production meeting
Wrestling has some of the biggest fucking divas ever. I heard that black dude that is announcing Bobby Lashley has a ton of heat because he refuses to carry other wrestler's bags and participate in that stupid "hazing" bullshit they have new talent do.
 

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i guaranfuckingtee that itv was not their first choice, that would def have been bt sports (sky sports is wwe).

itv failed at ppv boxing and didn't get the world of sport wrestling over. but this is a bigger event than any of those so wont rely on itv promotion.

WWE are set to Sky Sports alone. They won't budge on each other. I hardly know anyone who has BT Sports, do they even show boxing or MMA or anything apart from football? ITV is in every house in the country that has a TV and has been dipping its toes in the water for the last year or so with wrestling.
 
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WWE are set to Sky Sports alone. They won't budge on each other. I hardly know anyone who has BT Sports, do they even show boxing or MMA or anything apart from football? ITV is in every house in the country that has a TV and has been dipping its toes in the water for the last year or so with wrestling.
they are the uk tv for all ufc and have bigger and more boxing ppv's than itv. it can be successful on itv, if there is no other way to watch it then it will sell well whatever the platform.

i said sky sports is wwe, what else could i have meant other than the same thing you said?
 

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lots of british people watch boxing and ufc and everyone has the internet.

if they aren't watching it on bt sport why think they are they going to buy an itv ppv?

Lots of people watch boxing and UFC, but on BT it is half dead.

ITV Have not had one PPV worthy card never mind fight. ITV is on in every household in the country and has already started showing wrestling. Wrestling fans who would watch AEW already know all about it so an easy accessible platform is great for them. BT is where boxers go to die.
 
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I'd say ITV was AEW's first choice. Even if their weekly show ends up on ITV4, it'll do much bigger numbers than if it were on BT. When TNA used to be on Challenge for example, it would outstrip WWE's Sky ratings.

Plus ITV don't have the headache of producing their own show like WOS. They would just be purchasing the rights to show AEW, which is likely much cheaper. And they have the added benefit of profiting from any PPV shows on Box Office.

It seems like it would be a great deal for both parties.
 

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Dave Meltzer said:
The backstage writing story that was the talk of backstage involved Jennifer Pepperman, 50, a member of the writing team who on 5/3 had won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Director of a Digital Drama Series, for her work on “After Forever” on Amazon Prime. She had also won another Daytime Emmy years back for Outstanding Directing Team and came from the soap opera world, working on shows live One Life to Live and As the World Turns dating back to 1999. So she showed up in Cincinnati with her newly-won Emmy Award, came to the production meeting before the show, and put the Emmy on the table as she came into the room for the meeting. Everyone started looking at her. It was considered amazingly naive to do something like that in a room full of wrestling people who has never been considered for such an award, she’s got more than one and it wasn’t the place for it. Michael Hayes told her to put it away. The mood of the room was people thinking that this person traveled on the flight to Cincinnati with her award to show up and put it on the table during the meeting. Vince just laughed it off because he was so busy making so many changes but otherwise it was the talk backstage. The feeling was that wrestling isn’t the soap opera world and she was showing off with something that doesn’t relate to wrestling. Even when Hayes told her, she didn’t take the nice bit of advice seriously. The feeling wasn’t that she was a bad person or a bad writer or anything like that, but that she was completely not understanding the culture of the pro wrestling business and people involved to do that. We were told that she’s been with the company long enough that she should have understood how people would have reacted to that, and that shes generally well liked and thought of highly otherwise.
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