According to 1wrestling, in order to get Bad Blood on PPV for free, as was announced on Raw, soldiers are going to need to buy the PPV and then send their information in, in order to receive a rebate covering the cost.
I don't quite know how it works, but wouldn't this method allow the WWE to claim a higher buyrate, since they would count everyone who buys the PPV, and *then* give rebates to a large number of them?
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Just vince doing PR work he can be a real charming guy when he wants to. I don't think the military is really a large enough segment of the population to shift the buy rate one way or another, especially when most of them are overseas right now. Wrestling PPV's isn't a cheesburger at Rally's. Your not dealing with a skeptical public in that they are going to watch a three hour show based on how good the product is or how hot the product is, not the fact that it's free after a mail in rebate.
"Perpetual peace is a futile dream." - General George S. Patton, Jr
I don't think this is Vince trying to exploit anything.
Yes, I know. Vince has had a history of exploiting wars, but I think he's calmed down over the last several years (I think Stephanie's done a good job of squashing Vince's balls). Not to say that I wouldn't be shocked if this WAS Vince trying to exploit the war. Nothing involving Vince suprsises me anymore after he seriously thought an Albert main-event push would set the world on fire.
Say what you will about McMahon. But one thing that is certain is that he is a very patriotic man.
Remember when WWF treated RVD like the main-event star he is?
They've done plently to try to exploit the war, from the EVIL French team to the EVIL war-protester commie hippie pinko liberal Chris Nowinski to the convenient debut of Mr. America. That's explotation. Offering a free PPV to those who put their fucking lives on the line in Operation Iraqi Liberation - I don't see a problem with that.
(Granted, I think these people have been through enough, and I think they'll be longing for that P.O.W. camp in the middle of the Hell in a Cell match, but that's a whole other thread entirely.)
I'm actually more interested in what happens with the "free tickets to live shows" offer. Doesn't San Diego usually get some pretty good regular attendance? I'm thinking the building would be something like 14-15K for wrestling -- and wildly guessing that they probably generally sell 10-12K. Even without The Rock. And there's a lot of military in the area. Hopefully everything will go smoothly, & WWE hasn't "overextended" themselves. (Any San Diegan wieners going to the show?)
A couple of points. 1. Badd Blood won't make more money. But if it's a good PPV (debatable) they will pick up more viewers afterwards. 2. The military is a good sized group. With reservists, NG, and active military it's over 2 million. 2 million who are 80% male, between 18 and 30, and with a lot of disposable income. Perfect advertising group. I know that the Frenchies will win and while they don't deserve it at least KaneVD will be broken up. Raw badly needs a heel. Shit, Test is pretty close to the #4 heel. Test? I mean HHH is 1 fine, Jericho is 2 fine, Christian is 3 uhm O.K, but if RVD (hopefully) or Kane would help the Heel/Face balance.
Marge I am just trying to get into heaven not run for Jesus.
It's too bad nobody tuned into this, because it was a solid show. Unspectacular but solid which is the problem because it's so easy to forget about. TNA has hit a nice little groove, but it still feels like a bunch of empty gestures.