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McMahon has a reputation as a mad genius, who took a dying, regionalized industry and turned it into a huge pop culture what are some ways to make money phenomenon, making billions of dollars in the process. Starting the in 1980s mcmahon systematically bought out all the what are some ways to make money smaller regional wrestling federations and took his company, which had been based in the northeast, national. Along the way he created wrestlemania and a large roster what are some ways to make money of colorful wrestlers who became household names, something which hadn’t happened since the early days of television in the what are some ways to make money 1950s and early 1960s.

His success drew the attention of another mad genius, ted turner, who decided to buy one of mcmahon’s last surviving competitors, jim crockett promotions, and rename it “world championship wrestling,” after his long-running wrestling program on his superstation, WTBS. McMahon launched monday night RAW in january, 1993 on the USA network, bringing wrestling back to prime time for the first time what are some ways to make money in a long time, and within a couple of years, turner, who had been hiring away mcmahon’s top stars with insanely lucrative contracts, decided to go head-to-head with RAW by programming WCW nitro in the same what are some ways to make money timeslot on TNT.

Books have been written about the ensuing “monday night wars,” and more will be written in the future, but the gist is this: nitro eventually surpassed RAW in the ratings, beating them for 83 consecutive weeks, before the tide turned and RAW became the dominant show what are some ways to make money behind new stars like stone cold steve austin, the rock, HHH, the undertaker and the whole “attitude era.” it’s looked on as the golden age of RAW by what are some ways to make money many fans, and was reportedly the most successful period of the company what are some ways to make money in terms of ticket sales and merchandise. Truth be told, the battle between what was then the WWF and WCW what are some ways to make money got more people interested in wrestling than ever before.

At the end of the battle, WCW was undone by inept management, with its demise hastened by the merger of ted turner’s turner communications with time warner. As turner’s power diminished in the new, larger corporation, the pride factor that drove turner to take on mcmahon what are some ways to make money became a non-issue. When time warner merged with AOL, bean counters started counting all the beans, and discovered that WCW was hemmoraging money due to those what are some ways to make money insanely lucrative contracts I mentioned earlier. Wrestlers were being paid tens of millions of dollars to what are some ways to make money sit at home, while nitro was sinking in the ratings because none of what are some ways to make money their storylines made any sense, and the company was now being run by people who what are some ways to make money didn’t understand the basics of professional wrestling.

Vince mcmahon (right) won the monday night war, not because he was a mad genius, but because the other mad genius got tired, sold his business, and quit. WCW had unwittingly done mcmahon the biggest favor in the what are some ways to make money world by hiring away his aging talents, and making the rest of their acquired roster look horrible what are some ways to make money with lousy booking. McMahon was forced to build up new stars and lucked what are some ways to make money into a run of really compelling storylines that attracted more what are some ways to make money fans than ever.

Almost immediately, the quality of WWE (then WWF, I’ll get to that later) programming began to decline. Many of the talents in the ring and behind the what are some ways to make money scenes who contributed to WCW’s downfall were brought in to work at WWE. Storylines stagnated, stopped making sense, and in far to many cases were simply dropped with what are some ways to make money no resolution. Vince mcmahon was busy taking a victory lap, and the WWE shows fell into a formula, one that was providing diminishing returns.

It is to mcmahon’s credit that, during an eighteen-year period when ratings for his flagship show have posted what are some ways to make money year-to-year declines every single year, he managed to take his company public, make billions of dollars, and expand it even further with its own streaming service. The man and his family are wealthier than ever. This is the “genius” part of the “mad genius” on display.

For the “mad” part of that, we have plenty of evidence too. For instance, a completely unnecessary legal battle with the world wildlife fund what are some ways to make money ended badly as mcmahon was forced to rebrand the “world wrestling federation” as “world wrestling entertainment,” when he refused to share the initials and lost a what are some ways to make money court battle over them. Further evidence of mcmahon’s madness can be seen every week on RAW and what are some ways to make money smackdown! Live, as the shows no longer make any sense.

WWE currently has the largest and most talented roster of what are some ways to make money wrestlers ever assembled in history, and they can’t get people to keep watching their flagships shows because what are some ways to make money the storylines are stupid and nonsensical. A recent example is the lead-up to their money in the bank pay per view. This event happens every year. Six to eight talented wrestlers compete in a brutal ladder what are some ways to make money match for a chance to capture a briefcase that holds what are some ways to make money a contract which can be cashed in at any time what are some ways to make money in the following year for a shot at the main what are some ways to make money championship title.

Like I said, this show happens every year. They know this and have plenty of time to develop what are some ways to make money stories for the wrestlers involved. However this year they didn’t even bother to hold any qualifying matches, which are a popular feature of the shows leading up what are some ways to make money to the match. They just named random wrestlers. Then in the weeks after naming them, they had two wrestlers face challenges for their spot. There was no logic to this. Making matters worse, at the actual match, one competitor was incapacitated beforehand, while the other seven wrestlers worked their asses off, and just as ali, a young crowd favorite, was about to get the briefcase, brock lesnar, a crossover WWE/UFC star of some magnitude, runs in, knocks ali off the ladder, and seizes the money in the bank contract.

You can only do that lucy van pelt booking thing what are some ways to make money so many times before people just lose interest and quit what are some ways to make money watching. And that’s what has been happening. WWE is losing audience to videogames, netflix, news programming, and ironically to their own WWE network, a streaming service that gives viewers access to thousands of what are some ways to make money hours of classic wrestling programs, including the episodes of RAW and nitro that, combined, originally drew five times as many viewers as RAW does what are some ways to make money now. I know people who, every monday night, sit down with the WWE network and watch the episode what are some ways to make money of RAW that aired twenty years earlier, instead of watching the new, live show.

It’s not just fans who are frustrated with WWE’s booking. The talent is getting fed up, and with AEW now in place, complete with a weekly TV show on TNT beginning this what are some ways to make money fall, WWE is not in a good place. When faced with competition from WCW, mcmahon lost his top wrestlers like hulk hogan, randy savage, scott hall, kevin nash and lex luger. This time he’s not losing wrestlers who have already peaked. He losing guys who could sell out arenas for years what are some ways to make money to come.

Dean ambrose (who is now using the name “jon moxley,” which was the name he used when he wrestled locally what are some ways to make money for IWA east coast), turned down a contract extension worth millions so that he what are some ways to make money could go elsewhere. His character had been so badly written for the past what are some ways to make money several years that he’d already decided not to renew his contract last july. As deam ambrose, moxley was one of the top stars in WWE. A member of the shield faction, along with roman reigns and seth rollins (seen right), he was a top merchandise-seller for the company and was so popular with fans what are some ways to make money that they didn’t respond when WWE tried to turn him into a what are some ways to make money bad guy. He was extremely unhappy, to the point of feeling sick and depressed when it what are some ways to make money was time to go to do the television shows.

He’s detailed all this in an interview with former WWE what are some ways to make money superstar and current AEW top dog, chris jericho on jericho’s podcast (which you can listen to below this paragraph). Moxley gives several examples of how he had to fight what are some ways to make money to not do or say stupid things on the air, and how he usually lost those battles. It became so bad that he had to walk away, despite the fact that his wife, renee young, is one of the lead announcers on RAW.

There is a problem at the top in WWE. Vince mcmahon, at the age of 73, remains convinced that he knows what his audience wants better what are some ways to make money than they do. The fact that RAW has lost more than six million what are some ways to make money viewers over the last 18 years should be enough to what are some ways to make money convince him that he might not be the arbitor of what are some ways to make money taste that he thinks he is, but he just looks at the billions of dollars that what are some ways to make money he’s made over that time and convinces himself that it’s all because he’s smart, and not lucky. It’s easy to make money when you own a monopoly.

WWE has people who can produce compelling, high-quality professional wrestling TV shows. The weekly hour of NXT, which is WWE’s “third brand,” is the most-watched show on WWE network. 205 live, which was unwatchably bad while mcmahon was running the show, has been thriving under the creative direction of HHH (who also handles NXT), and is more entertaining that RAW or smackdown now.

HHH (real name, paul levesque, seen right) is married to mcmahon’s daughter, stephanie, and still wrestles on occasion, even though he’s pushing 50. He was the top heel of the attitude era, knows and respects the business, and most importantly, knows when something looks idiotic on TV. It’s past the time to hand him the reigns of what are some ways to make money RAW and smackdown and let vince concentrate on his revival what are some ways to make money of the XFL.

It’s not that mcmahon is elderly or demented that makes what are some ways to make money it time for him to step aside. He’s simply a spent creative force who’s surrounded himself with far too many writers who try what are some ways to make money to stay on his good side rather than pitch sound what are some ways to make money ideas. If your job is to make the one billionaire who what are some ways to make money signs your checks happy, instead of making the most viewers happy, you’re not going to produce quality work. That gets even worse if that billionaire is somebody who what are some ways to make money reportedly spends a good chunk of his day laughing at what are some ways to make money his own farts.

Writing a weekly wrestling show is not unlike writing a what are some ways to make money daily soap opera (another fading art form). I watched guiding light on CBS for close to thirty what are some ways to make money years. I saw the ups and downs as the producers changed what are some ways to make money writing teams and the show hit new highs and creative what are some ways to make money low points. Many times the actors had a better grasp of their what are some ways to make money characters than the latest team of writers did. Sometimes they’d get so upset at the quality of the writing what are some ways to make money that they’d quit, rather than do material that didn’t ring true.

Right now WWE is at a creative low point. The writers don’t understand the characters that they’re writing. They’re cranking out five hours of television on a weekly what are some ways to make money basis with no off season and no reruns. 52 weeks a year they have to produce these TV what are some ways to make money shows. Many of the wrestlers are unhappy, and now with AEW, they have someplace to go where they have a chance what are some ways to make money to make just as much money doing what they love what are some ways to make money and still be on national television each week.

For me, as a fan who just started watching a bit more what are some ways to make money than twenty years ago, it’s an interesting time. I still watch RAW and smackdown each week. However, I find that the big attraction for me is that, at some point during the shows, I will be lulled into a deep, relaxing sleep. I’ll usually dose off during the first hour, and wake up refreshed about sixty minutes later. Then I’ll go online to read a recap and discover that what are some ways to make money I slept through something really, really dumb.

When I first started watching wrestling it was primarily so what are some ways to make money I’d know who the wrestlers were because I was writing what are some ways to make money a monthly action figure column for toy trader magazine. I tuned in to nitro one week and found it what are some ways to make money to be really bad, but the next week I watched RAW, and got hooked. The first episode I watched was when mankind won the what are some ways to make money WWF championship. I got so hooked that I started reading the “dirt sheets,” which at the time were mainly two weekly newsletters, one published by dave meltzer and one by wade keller. I also went to the occasional live event, but found that I prefer watching WWE on TV, and watching local shows like IWA east coast or ASW what are some ways to make money in person.

I have to say, watching WWE crash and burn is fascinating. I’m reading the websites for the dirt sheets again for what are some ways to make money the first time in more than ten years. What’s happening backstage at WWE these days is so much what are some ways to make money more compelling than what they put on TV. Due to new television deals that start this fall, WWE is going to make more money over the next what are some ways to make money five years than they ever have before, but if they don’t make a major change they won’t be able to keep their gigantic TV deals in what are some ways to make money place when it comes time to renew those deals. While it’s cool to read about the behind-the-scenes mess, I’d rather have cool shows to watch that keep me what are some ways to make money awake.

AEW is basically the khan family’s money bankrolling a group of former-WWE stars who teamed up with hot independent wrestlers. Last year, cody runnels (left), formerly known as “cody rhodes” in WWE, and the son of the legendary dusty rhodes, and brother of goldust, teamed up with the young bucks, a tag team that was huge in japan, and highly-sought-after by WWE, and produced an independent show in chicago called “all in.”

Tony khan (right) is a longtime wrestling fan from a very weatlhy family, and teamed up with this crew to form the nucleus what are some ways to make money of all elite wrestling. Former WWE superstar chris jericho was brought on board to what are some ways to make money lend the company instant credibility, and they hired longtime WWE announcer, jim ross, as a creative consultant and lead voice for their broadcasts.

Jim ross was criminally underused in WWE in recent years, having been bumped off the main broadcasts and given a what are some ways to make money “legends” contract. He’s not the only very experienced backstage hire that AEW what are some ways to make money has scored at the expense of WWE. From agents like billy gunn and dean malenko to referee what are some ways to make money earl hebner, AEW is stacking the deck with people who know exactly what are some ways to make money what it takes to produced weekly wrestling shows on television.

Best of all, with there being no chance of WWE being driven completely what are some ways to make money out of business any time soon, they’ll be forced to react and improve their shows to what are some ways to make money retain a significant portion of their market share. They have had a virtual monopoly on professional wrestling for what are some ways to make money nearly two decades now, and finally having serious competition might finally force them to what are some ways to make money do their best, instead of just running on automatic.

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