WWE: DirecTV Not Interested in WWE Network?

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting a major issue for the troubled WWE Network as DirecTV reportedly has absolutely no interest in the Network, which would cost them about 30% in revenue. In addition, very few cable carriers are willing to commit to paying a per subscriber rate for the WWE Network, which the WWE counted on for its profitability. Along with DISH Network, DirecTV is one of the two largest satellite providers in North America.

The bad news continues to pile on regarding the WWE Network as the F4W Newsletter is reporting that, with staffing issues and clearance issues, just to name a couple, the development of the WWE Network has slowed to a crawl over the past few weeks and it is widely believed that the launch date of the Network has been pushed back yet again, this time until 2013. If this is true, then this is the third time the launch date has been changed as WWE originally announced that the Network would launch on April 1, then it was pushed back to debuting this Fall.

There is an internal feeling that the WWE should just forget about the WWE Network and just continue debuting new shows on existing networks, like they plan on doing with WWE Main Event on ION Television (debuting October 3).

Do you think the WWE should forget about having their own Network? Post your comments in the box below.

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    Just goes to show that the WWE just simply is not taken seriously on a mainstream level and they are diluting their product and putting the future of not only their company, but the Professional Wrestling industry itself in jeopardy with the decisions that they’ve been making in the past couple of years. When and if the WWE network fails, It won’t be like the XFL or WBF where it just blows over and life moves on. This will be a catostrophic failure that will most likely send the WWE into bankruptcy and, with no major company*, Professional Wrestling in the United States will die out.

    *Disclaimer:
    (On the off chance that WWE collapses before TNA does, I have no faith that TNA will be any bigger than they already are. When they have talent like Angle, Styles, Sting, Hardy, Anderson, Samoa Joe, Aries, Rood, and Storm on the roster with Hulk Hogan as the GM and STILL only pull a 1.5 rating on a good week, I doubt being the only major company left will change anything. Sad, huh?)

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