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WWE Says Don’t Call Them A Wrestling Company

Mally_G
Mally_G Members Posts: 2,927 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited April 2011 in Off The Turn Buckle
The WWE is going that extra mile to not be associated with wrestling. They want to be known as a entertainment company, we their name is World WRESTLING Entertainment, and their biggest promoted show each year is WRESTLEmania.
A publicist for World Wrestling Entertainment demanded last week that a television industry news website not refer to them as a wrestling company.

The website in question, TVWeek.com, ran a story on Drew Carey’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame last week with the headline “Drew Carey Inducted Into Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. Huh? Drew Carey??!!” The headline drew the ire of WWE publicist Kellie Baldyga, who sent a stern e-mail to the author demanding that the headline be ‘corrected’.

Baldyga wrote in her email, “We are no longer a wrestling company but rather a global entertainment company with a movie studio, international licensing deals, publisher of three magazines, consumer good distributor and more.”

During a subsequent phone conversation, the publicist stated, “No, we don’t do wrestling events. They’re entertainments. And we don’t call them wrestlers. They’re superstars and divas.”

Rather than change the headline, the article was removed from the website altogether. Baldyga sent a follow-up e-mail, reading, “I know the perception is that we are a wrestling company but we are actually much more than that–we are a global media company which is how our Chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon, positions us.”

The ordeal is chronicled here.

Comments

  • deeroc22
    deeroc22 Members Posts: 4,548 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    man they can eat a 🤬 with that "entertainment company" 🤬
  • nujerz84
    nujerz84 NJMembers Posts: 15,418 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    This thing goes back to WCW I remember Vince saying in the interview when Ted Turner called him telling him hes creating WCW Ted Said " Hey Vince Im getting into the wrassling business", Vince replied " Thats great Ted but Im in the sports entertainment business". This was from an old as WWF magazine in like 2000.
  • VIBE
    VIBE Members Posts: 54,384 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    Well, that's what it mostly consist of just entertainment. It really isn't wrestling, it's half-assed wrestling. I watches SD for the first time all the way through in years and damn did I see a lot of half-assed 🤬 . Many moves not going through all the way or just being 🤬 up, SMH
  • DOPEdweebz
    DOPEdweebz What title? www.facebook.com/DOPEdweebzMembers, Moderators, Writer Posts: 29,364 Regulator
    edited March 2011
    Hey but yall say its at least better than TNA... lmao yall lost.
  • genocide_cutter
    genocide_cutter Members Posts: 7,748 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    They should be embarassered to call themsevles an entertainment company
  • Chi-Town Bully
    Chi-Town Bully Members Posts: 29,218 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    KingGivBiz wrote: »
    Hey but yall say its at least better than TNA... lmao yall lost.

    It is when TNA only have 9 minutes of wrestling in a 2 hour show
  • Mally_G
    Mally_G Members Posts: 2,927 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    Wrestling is Entertaining

    But if they do away with the ring, what would they have? They center their entire product around individuals who are trained to wrestle. If these dudes/gals weren't trained, then what would they be and what would they be doing? The publicist said they are superstars/divas, but outside of the ring, they are nothing. They still need to workout and train to maintain their position in the grand scheme of things.


    The WWE seems to want everyone to look and listen to what the wrestler is about, then focus in on their in-ring ability. So they want a dude/female who looks like those old school wrestling figures with the ripped abs and great hair, then they will see what they can do with them in the ring. If that's the case, get rid of the ring and have nothing but skits on the shows, if they want to entertain people the way they're trying to condition people to be entertained.
  • DOPEdweebz
    DOPEdweebz What title? www.facebook.com/DOPEdweebzMembers, Moderators, Writer Posts: 29,364 Regulator
    edited March 2011
    It is when TNA only have 9 minutes of wrestling in a 2 hour show

    Obviously you watch it or you wouldnt know how many minutes of wrestling there was...
  • dalyricalbandit
    dalyricalbandit Co-Owner Of AllhipHop.com, Super Moderator, Administrator, Moderator Members, Moderators Posts: 67,918 Regulator
    edited March 2011
    guess money does change u
  • Mally_G
    Mally_G Members Posts: 2,927 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    guess money does change u

    🤬 's like McCain campaigning against UFC and forcing them to implement rules and changes to water it down.

    I remember back in the 90s when ANYONE could be in UFC. 🤬 coming out in torn jeans and cowboy boots, brawling and getting mopped. There were no weight classes and style clashes happened all the time (BJJ vs. brawler), just dudes fighting to see who was the best. Tap outs were optional, and you saw dudes get their 🤬 broken and/or pass/choked out all the time. Then McCain came in and threatened to have that 🤬 banned unless they cleaned it up.

    now the WWE answers to corporate sponsors, forcing them to change their product and going away from what they once were. And in doing so, they lost their own identity...
  • dalyricalbandit
    dalyricalbandit Co-Owner Of AllhipHop.com, Super Moderator, Administrator, Moderator Members, Moderators Posts: 67,918 Regulator
    edited March 2011
    thats what happens when u dont have any competition
  • dalyricalbandit
    dalyricalbandit Co-Owner Of AllhipHop.com, Super Moderator, Administrator, Moderator Members, Moderators Posts: 67,918 Regulator
    edited March 2011
    they should call it globalentertainmentmania instead of wrestlemania than
  • TheBoyRo
    TheBoyRo Members Posts: 13,647 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2011
    smh................

    NoDQ.com

    - WWE has an information sheet titled "The Language of WWE" that they send out to people that do international voice-overs for their TV shows in other countries. The sheet includes a list of "Incorrect Terminology" and a list of "Correct Terminology."

    "The Language of WWE" reads like this:

    "World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is a publicly traded entertainment company (NYSE: WWE) that creates and delivers a weekly action soap opera to its passionate fans.

    WWE has been a recognized leader in entertainment for more than 25 years and has developed into one of the most popular and sophisticated forms of global entertainment today.

    As a global entertainment brand, the language that we use when communicating on WWE is critical.

    Please ensure that you are familiar and employing the below, effective immediately. "

    Here's a look at some of the terms:

    * "Wrestling" or "catch" is banned. Some European countries still use the term "catch" to describe pro wrestling and "catchers" to describe wrestlers. "The Language of WWE" states that the following phrases are incorrect: "Wrestling is broadcast in 145 countries," or "Catch is broadcast in 145 countries." The correct terminology is: "WWE is broadcast in 145 countries."

    * "Sports" is incorrect. "Entertainment or Action Soap Opera" is allowed. For example, "WWE is exciting entertainment" or "WWE is an exciting action soap opera" is allowed. In the last example, "action soap opera" is printed in bold, presumably to make sure there's no confusion.

    * "Catchers" or "wrestlers" are not allowed. Incorrect examples are "Catchers are unique characters" or "Wrestlers are unique characters." The term "WWE Superstars" is allowed.

    * "Athletes" or "Sportsmen" are now allowed either. WWE gives the following example to use: "WWE Superstars are entertainers with tremendous athletic prowess."

    * The term "fight" is not allowed. Matches must be referred to as "match" or "bout."

    * "Fighting" is also not allowed but the term "action" is.

    "The Language of WWE" printout concludes with the following "Key Soundbytes":

    * WWE is pure entertainment

    * WWE is an action soap opera

    * WWE Superstars are entertainers with tremendous athletic prowess
  • G.R.I.P. Money $$$
    G.R.I.P. Money $$$ Members Posts: 18,939 ✭✭✭
    edited April 2011
    what has this 🤬 become.....
  • dalyricalbandit
    dalyricalbandit Co-Owner Of AllhipHop.com, Super Moderator, Administrator, Moderator Members, Moderators Posts: 67,918 Regulator
    edited April 2011
    Vince sr turning in his grave
  • Mally_G
    Mally_G Members Posts: 2,927 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2011
    this 🤬 Vince is trying to ERASE wrestling as a whole.

    you can't say it, you can't reference it, you have to call it what they want it to be. They are truly trying to program the next generation of watchers to call wrestling something else.

    just as Paul Heyman said, "to Vince, wrestling is a 🤬 word".

    This is unbelievable.....
  • destro1
    destro1 Members Posts: 622 ✭✭
    edited April 2011
    And to think TNA has in my mind the best roster but wont just let them wrestle and still comes off as a 🤬 wwe lite....
  • deeroc22
    deeroc22 Members Posts: 4,548 ✭✭✭
    edited April 2011
    TheBoyRo wrote: »
    smh................

    NoDQ.com

    - WWE has an information sheet titled "The Language of WWE" that they send out to people that do international voice-overs for their TV shows in other countries. The sheet includes a list of "Incorrect Terminology" and a list of "Correct Terminology."

    "The Language of WWE" reads like this:

    "World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is a publicly traded entertainment company (NYSE: WWE) that creates and delivers a weekly action soap opera to its passionate fans.

    WWE has been a recognized leader in entertainment for more than 25 years and has developed into one of the most popular and sophisticated forms of global entertainment today.

    As a global entertainment brand, the language that we use when communicating on WWE is critical.

    Please ensure that you are familiar and employing the below, effective immediately. "

    Here's a look at some of the terms:

    * "Wrestling" or "catch" is banned. Some European countries still use the term "catch" to describe pro wrestling and "catchers" to describe wrestlers. "The Language of WWE" states that the following phrases are incorrect: "Wrestling is broadcast in 145 countries," or "Catch is broadcast in 145 countries." The correct terminology is: "WWE is broadcast in 145 countries."

    * "Sports" is incorrect. "Entertainment or Action Soap Opera" is allowed. For example, "WWE is exciting entertainment" or "WWE is an exciting action soap opera" is allowed. In the last example, "action soap opera" is printed in bold, presumably to make sure there's no confusion.

    * "Catchers" or "wrestlers" are not allowed. Incorrect examples are "Catchers are unique characters" or "Wrestlers are unique characters." The term "WWE Superstars" is allowed.

    * "Athletes" or "Sportsmen" are now allowed either. WWE gives the following example to use: "WWE Superstars are entertainers with tremendous athletic prowess."

    * The term "fight" is not allowed. Matches must be referred to as "match" or "bout."

    * "Fighting" is also not allowed but the term "action" is.

    "The Language of WWE" printout concludes with the following "Key Soundbytes":

    * WWE is pure entertainment

    * WWE is an action soap opera

    * WWE Superstars are entertainers with tremendous athletic prowess

    I cant believe this is real ACTION SOAP OPERA....WTF is that 🤬 ?!?!? !!!!
  • Sion
    Sion Moderator, Legion of Trill, AHH Content Producer, AHH Editor Members, Moderators, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 45,666 Regulator
    edited April 2011
    But they "arent" tho.... the WWE is a merchandising & entertainment co. more goes into the storylines & building wrestlers into entertainers (so they can sell merchandise, the WWE has 1.1 billion dollars in revenue u think all that comes from shows ?) than it is about the actual wrestling. Randy Orton, John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz are NOT good wrestlers but u know what ? they got great mic skills & can hold a crowd. Cena sold something like 10 million T-shirts alone w/ his chain gang 🤬 . If skills paid the bills in the WWE Christian, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, John Morrison, R-Truth, Ted Dibiase & guys like that would World Champs. The WWE used to be a wrestling company but today its an entertainment company.
  • Mally_G
    Mally_G Members Posts: 2,927 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2011
    sionb55 wrote: »
    But they "arent" tho.... the WWE is a merchandising & entertainment co. more goes into the storylines & building wrestlers into entertainers (so they can sell merchandise, the WWE has 1.1 billion dollars in revenue u think all that comes from shows ?) than it is about the actual wrestling. Randy Orton, John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz are NOT good wrestlers but u know what ? they got great mic skills & can hold a crowd. Cena sold something like 10 million T-shirts alone w/ his chain gang 🤬 . If skills paid the bills in the WWE Christian, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, John Morrison, R-Truth, Ted Dibiase & guys like that would World Champs. The WWE used to be a wrestling company but today its an entertainment company.

    spoken like a true mcmahon
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