Well, it has been a couple of days since WWE Payback 2016 and not a whole lot has happened. At least we do have a post-PPV RAW to cover and an update on when we could see Enzo Amore back on WWE TV as well.
We also have an interesting article, which has created a topic for us, discussing if TV ratings and casual fans really matter so much in the short-term or the long-term for WWE. Do the ratings truly affect WWE’s thoughts as much as they used to? If they do, should they? Is WWE preparing for life without USA Network with the WWE Network? We discuss these questions and more.
So, we start things with the last offering from WWE’s RAW
We discuss a few things going on in the wrestling news in Quick Hits concerning a contract dispute for RyBack, Enzo’s impact test, and a few other notes.
We finish things out with our topic about Casual Wrestling Fans and Ratings.
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(6:15-43:15) WWE RAW
(43:15-59:35) Chat with fan that was at RAW Live & Final Rating
(59:35-1:09:19) Wrestling News: RyBack Contract Dispute, Enzo Amore Update
(1:09:19-End) Special Topic: (Using an article written by Barry Hess over at Voices of Wrestling) We discuss if the casual fans importance has diminished and along with it television ratings as well.
Wrestling 2 the MAX: Ryback contract issues, RAW, & do casual wrestling fans matter?
Wrestling 2 the MAX is the “Every Wrestling Fan” Pro-Wrestling podcast because it covers everything from WWE, NXT, TNA Impact, and ROH to other global entities like Lucha Underground and New Japan Pro Wrestling. This show comes to you twice a week and is informative, fun, and meant for every kind of pro-wrestling fan out there. Wrestling 2 the MAX airs live on early Tuesday and Friday mornings at Midnight EST (on Spreaker.com) and then is available immediately after airing on-demand via I-Tunes, Stitcher, LAST WORD RADIO on I-Tunes and Stitcher, Tune-In Radio, Youtube (Via W2M Network) The Spreaker App and other podcast hosting locations. W2M also has a Facebook group you can join and listeners can follow them on twitter @wrestling2max
Sean Garmer: studied Journalism at the University of North Texas. Sean loves pro-wrestling so much that he even trained to be a wrestler at the age of 17. Though he eventually had to quit wrestling to go to college, he still returned to do play-by-play commentary, help write storylines, and most of all, to watch matches. Sean started his love of pro-wrestling at the age of five after watching a Hulk Hogan match. Due to his family hating sports-entertainment, there were many years he missed. However, he returned full-time to being a fan in the late 1990’s. Since then, Sean has gone on to write for various wrestling websites in a number of capacities, but he discovered his true passion, Podcasting, two years ago when he and Gary started the Wrestling 2 the MAX Podcast.
Gary Vaughan: is a native North Texan with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. His time in college actually rekindled his love of pro wrestling he had lost somewhere along the way. Gary’s enjoyment of the sport began around 1996. As a fan, he has become a student of the wrestling business and gains knowledge through many platforms. WCW is dear to his heart because of it being his introduction to the scene. Now, Gary is a proud podcast host, as well as a writer for wrestling columns.
Paul Leazar: Has History degree from the University of North Texas, but right now works at a Comic Book store. He was born an’ raised in the great state of Texas, and began his love affair with pro wrestling at the tender age of five after watching WWF’s Summerslam 1993 pay-per-view. The relationship turned serious with the growth of independent wrestling and the internet in the early 2000’s, which has seen the love affair turn into a full blown addiction that led him to write about it sporadically for various websites, and co-host the Wrestling 2 The Max podcast.