By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Vince McMahon has some explaining to do when he hosts a conference call on Thursday following the release of WWE’s second quarter financial report. Variety.com writer Gavin Bridge noted that McMahon cited talent absences for the first quarter numbers taking a hit, but that’s no longer an issue. Bridge points to declines in television viewership and live attendance, while also noting that McMahon has yet to comment on the hiring of Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff as executive directors of the Raw and Smackdown television shows. Read the full story at Variety.com.
Powell’s POV: It’s good to see a mainstream media piece acknowledging the obvious creative issues. WWE held WrestleMania and a lucrative Saudi Arabian show in the second quarter and thus the numbers may look good in some areas when the financial report is released on Thursday, but hopefully the financial analysts who take part in the conference call will look beyond the press release and start asking tougher questions about McMahon and his creative struggles. By the way, we’re still waiting for Vince to make good on his claim that he would reimagine the company’s live event experience. I will be doing my usual live updates on the highlights of conference call that is scheduled for Thursday morning at 10CT/11ET. [Thank to Dot Net reader Jermaine from Chicago for passing along the article]