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WWE will soon drop Confidential from their TV schedule. The show has been drawing low ratings. Combine that with the fact that it is expensive to produce and it isn't a surprise that WWE has made the decision to give it the ax.

Confidential's timeslot will need to be filled by another WWE program, as per WWE's deal with Viacom.

It has been rumored for awhile now that WWE may bring back ECW and give them a Saturday night timeslot. It is unknown, however, if those rumors have any truth to them or if WWE plans to replace Confidential with something totally new.

Confidential actually started out performing well. The show featured "insider" segments. However, WWE ended up turning the show into mostly fluff after their decision to no longer give fans such a close "insider" look at WWE. The show has also been hurt by the fact that the company decided to cut costs on it and air repeats every few weeks.

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I hope they have Mean Gene do backstage interviews like he did in WCW. They should have him take Terri's place.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.61
    Originally posted by sTiX
    I hope they have Mean Gene do backstage interviews like he did in WCW. They should have him take Terri's place.


That's not a bad idea. Mean Gene does give good interview. If tonight's show is any indication, Smackdown could use a guy with his skills to keep the show more cohesive backstage.

But perhaps he'll have a place on whatever they replace confidential with.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.73
    Originally posted by sTiX
    I hope they have Mean Gene do backstage interviews like he did in WCW. They should have him take Terri's place.

As long as he breaks out the "don't put your hands on me, I'll call my lawyer!" that he used in WCW.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.40
I just want to hear him referred to as "Gene Mean" one more time.





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I like referring to him as Meaaaaaaaan WHOO! By God [insert city here] Gene! myself.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.13
Does Gene want to be on the road that much at this stage in his life, though? I guess it could be one day a week, and then SD PPVs and Mixed PPVs, but even so, that's more flights than he really has to get on to make ends meet by now, isn't it. I'd love to see it, personally, but I wonder if it's something he'd want to do.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.76
    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    I like referring to him as Meaaaaaaaan WHOO! By God [insert city here] Gene! myself.


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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.48
I blame you guys for the recent goose egg replies I got on my Confidential review thread.

I would really miss it, I'm a huge fan of Confidential. For me, most consistent good hour of WWE television on the schedule. Raw/SD have times that they piss me off, I usually leave Confidential with a good feeling... Sure it's been accused of being fluff and such, but I don't mind that. I enjoy seeing these men and women who on the most part I really like, away from the arena setting we are so used to seeing them.

I'm going to miss the follow a superstar at an oversea tours, those are usually the best. Kurt in a Japanese spa getting a massage as a guy in a Ultimo mask looks on as Kurt gets uncomfortable. Trish breaking out a perfect Australian accent as she visits a zoo with Stacy... Jericho at John Lennon hall of fame outing Hurricane having no clue who the Beatles are and Christian & Matt Hardy doing Japanese pancakes with the chef totally no selling any of their antics.

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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.92
I'll miss the classic matches. The BLUE BARS CAGE MATCH with Owen and Bret this week was awesome.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05

    Someone, Tommy Dreamer is smiling.

Why? He can't wrestle full time. His back is messed up. "ECW" coming back wouldn't somehow get Tommy Dreamer wrestling every week. But, that's moot because "ECW" isn't coming back.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.00
Well, let's not forget that Gene also hosts that Classic Wrestling PPV series I watch religiously, so it's not like he'll be feeding pidgeons in alleys anytime soon.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.10
I think Gene would actually be a good addition to a backstage interview, rather than being someone like Terri who just stood there and held the mic. Towards the end of WCW Gene was developing a bit of an attitude...not a "draw the heat away from the wrestlers" attitude, but the way he would respond with an excited "you've gotta be kidding me" or something other than a slight widening of the eyes (ala Marc Loyd) I felt added emphasis to what was being said. There could be some value there.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.07
In the beginning the show definitely looked to have potential, and yeah it had its moments. The only thing I'll really miss are the classic matches, and even those were usually picks available through WWE DVDs. Hopefully the "new" show will continue the classic match segments. Honestly, I'll usually watch anything WWE or wrestling but even I draw the line with footage of another Stacker 2 commercial filming or another wrestler appearance at a charity baseball event. Or another damn Military appearance..which are alomst always covered even on Raw and Smackdown.
Something about watching wrestlers in kayfabe even while supposedly "away from TV character" just really gets on my nerves.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.64
On the question of What Will Happen to Mean Gene now? Well, that's to hot to handle on the internet. However, for only $1.99 a minute, you can call the WCW Hotline and Mean Gene will tell you his secret plans. Children under 18, get your parents consent.
On a semi-serious note, if the Sunday morning show becomes All American Wrestling 2, perhaps he reclaims that studio hosts role. Either that, or he remains on board for the occassional public appearances etc. However, if he hasn't taken an arena role in the past few years, I'd doubt he'd take it up now.

(edited by redsoxnation on 9.4.04 2251)


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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.35
    Originally posted by BigVitoMark
    I think Gene would actually be a good addition to a backstage interview, rather than being someone like Terri who just stood there and held the mic. Towards the end of WCW Gene was developing a bit of an attitude...not a "draw the heat away from the wrestlers" attitude, but the way he would respond with an excited "you've gotta be kidding me" or something other than a slight widening of the eyes (ala Marc Loyd) I felt added emphasis to what was being said. There could be some value there.


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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
    Originally posted by sTiX
    I hope they have Mean Gene do backstage interviews like he did in WCW. They should have him take Terri's place.



I never thought about this before. This would be a great idea because Mean Gene could give great interviews in WCW. Good thinking.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.85
    Originally posted by Kane Is Ugly


Combine that with the fact that it is expensive to produce and it isn't a surprise that WWE has made the decision to give it the ax.




Other than Mean Gene's per diem, what exactly are the enormous costs that make this show "expensive to produce".

They own the video library and shoot any interviews they need while the crew is onsite at the venues using their own in house production facilities.

Maybe the Brooklyn Brawler has guaranteed bookings and a massive appearance fee that's killing the budget.

(edited by NickBockwinkelFan on 10.4.04 0428)


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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.07
    Originally posted by Rocky
      Originally posted by sTiX
      I hope they have Mean Gene do backstage interviews like he did in WCW. They should have him take Terri's place.



    I never thought about this before. This would be a great idea because Mean Gene could give great interviews in WCW. Good thinking.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.65
Well, I guess he isnt going away. According to the Observer, Gene will remain and find a role on another WWE program.
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