I think i'm the first on Bleacher Report to report this. This is huge news so enjoy!
During this morning's investor conference call, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon says he is planning to launch WWE's upcoming television network by next summer. He said WWE is already working on the project:
"Right now, we're continuing along the lines of a formula in which we will soon be presenting and taking the next steps. We think there is tremendous opportunity," he said. "If things happen as we hope, it will be a really big game-changer. There is huge opportunity as it relates to domestically and internationally. We are pursuing that and taking the next steps."
McMahon does not think WWE's current television partners will mind WWE promoting their own network during current WWE programming and compared their strategy to how the NFL promotes their own NFL Network during NFL games on CBS, ESPN, etc. He also said WWE plans to keep RAW on the USA Network for many years to come, while Smackdown's future is less certain.
"The strategy will be maintaining the broadcasts, therefore, keeping Raw on USA Net for many years to come and find a really strong home, whether it be MyNet or someone else, for Smackdown," he said. "We don't see any interruption for Raw or Smackdown. The new network could tie-in to Raw and Smackdown and enhance the two brands."
This is something I've waited forever for & found impossible,that is now changed and i'm looking forward to it, my TV will be on WWE Network 24/7. Now instead of the discussion being "will this happen?" it's now "how it will happen?". I think WWE will show classic matches & might have something similar to ESPN with J.R. or someone discussing news & debates. Post what you think WWE will show on their channel & if you think it'll boost ratings. I'm pretty sure TNA will be jealous of this...