Da Meltz is reporting that both Armaggedon and Royal Rumble have now been cancelled from Sky's pay-pew-view list over here in the UK. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send Sky/WWE some shit over this. There are plenty of people willing to pay for the shows over here, so I have no idea why they're going through with this. Help!
Its because these PPV's, along with Backlash and the July PPV (Vengeance)are the ones that Channel 4 originally had the rights to, but Sky bought them. You can only assume that the people aren't buying the Sky Boxoffice event and Sky aren't recouping the money that they are spending on these PPV's. Maybe a rival channel will buy the rights, but there has been no mention of this yet
uh, what? They're not taking away the ones we get with our £40-a-month satellite subscription, they're cutting the ones that we paid extra for. I'd happily pay each month for the shows, thanks, if they'd GIVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO.
I was going to rip on you Brits about ohh boo hoo you don't get 66% of your PPV's for free anymore, I feel soooo bad for you LoL.
Edit in: I'm confused, are the free ones still available but the Pay ones aren't? Was Armegedden and Royal Rumble Free or Pay-per-view events? I thought all the Major PPV's RR, WM, SumSlam, SurSeries were paid and you got all the other ones free. Is that correct?
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Okay, here's the deal: As part of a breakaway deal at the start of 2000, terrestrial channel 4 got the rights to the Royal Rumble, Backlash, Vengeance and Armaggedon, as well as Heat each week. BUT, after Mae Young's breast exposure at RR2000, they vowed not to renew the deal when it ran out at the end of 2001. So, Sky stepped in and bought the four aforementioned pay-per-views and put them on Sky Box Office-their own pay-per-view system-for £14.99 each. So, for the past two years, we've had RR, Backlash, Vengeance and Armaggedon for £14.99 a pop, and the rest free. Then we also pay £40 a month in Sky subscription fees, so we don't get everything for free, thankyou very much. As I said before, I'd happily pay for those four shows-and probably the rest if they ever felt the desire to switch them all onto Sky Box Office-but now they've taken away ANY chance of seeing them. Which fucking sucks. Anyone fancy recording me a copy and posting it to me?
Still free on Sky Sports: No Way Out WrestleMania Judgment Day Bad Blood SummerSlam Unforgiven No Mercy Survivor Series
The other four (Backlash, Armageddon, Royal Rumble and Vengeance) were on Sky Box Office for £14-£15 each, and Sky have now dropped them it seems. The reason they aren't included with the others is a different channel bought them a while back, stuck them at 1:50am non-live for a year, wondered why the ratings sucked and dumped them again. Sky picked them up once more for Sky Box Office (Pay per view), but now it would appear the ratings haven't been good enough for recent PPVs over here.. so that's it.
The free ones are still free. We'll still get the five hours of Wrestlemania for nothing. But I'd have quite happily paid £15 for the Rumble and now I don't have that option. *sniff* No one is saying we want them for FREE... we just want the ability to have them at all.
As an aside, the following countries ARE getting Armageddon and the Rumble, while we are not:
Australia, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Palestine, "West Bank", "Gaza Strip", Malaysia, Brunei, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Pan-Africa, Japan, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Thailand, South Korea, New Zealand, Panama, Dominican Repbulic, Equador, Mexico, Philippines, USA, Canada.
It seems to me that the biggest thing hurting wrestling now is a decided lack of competition against Vince and the WWF (I mean "E"). What Vince says is gospel, there is no leverage for anyone (wrestlers, writers, etc.).