In our latest episode, Stephie is joined by documentary filmmaker and Sporting News senior writer Andreas Hale for a quick rundown of all the things you might not know about the WWE side of the merger. Andreas has been embedded in the pro-wrestling landscape for more than a decade, covering it extensively and continues to through a variety of outlets and podcasts. Thanks to his years of experience covering not just the WWE, but MMA and boxing as well, he was a shoe-in for the task of providing an easy to follow, no frills explainer for the MMA fan that doesn’t yet share community space with the pro wrestling fan.
Episode 36: Guide to the UFC-WWE Merger
- Brief of the history of the WWE and Vince’s role since taking over from his father
- What “Chief of Creative” entails
- Nick Khan’s role/Triple H’s role
- Familial dynamic/roles within the McMahon family
The first half of the show covers the early roots of the WWE, Vince’s takeover and some important moments in the company’s history. It also lays out what Chief of Creative involves and lays out key roles for those outside the McMahon family name, as well as identifying the major players within the family.
The second half deals with Vince’s various scandals within the WWE that reach back decades, as well as some notable similarities and differences in how the UFC and WWE are run, what the upside and downside of the merger are, and what this deal could mean for other wrestling promotions, if anything. We also weighed out the possibilities of crossovers and what that could actually mean (Hint: a crossover appearance doesn’t necessarily mean we’re getting crossover matches).
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- What exactly is Vince’s role now and what does his salary look like going into this deal?
- Vince’s controversial headlines over the span of decades
- How does Vince differ from Dana? Conversely, how are they alike?
- Upside for the merger
- Hindrances for the merger
- Are they (they being the superpowers at the newly formed company) now bulletproof?
- Are there similarities in how the companies were run and what could change with the merger?
- What does this mean for the smaller promotions like AEW and NJPW?
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