WWE Axxess, Arnold Inducting Bruno, WWE Live Event Business, More

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has published a new blog on JrsBarBq.com. Here are some highlights.

WWE Axxess: My only appearance at AXXESS will be Saturday morning 8-10 at the Legends Booth.

Tonight’s Raw: Hopefully, the broadcast starts off hot and engages the live audience early so as to sustain momentum and build upon it throughout the three hour broadcast.

Obviously, what ever closes the show needs to leave fans talking and create some “water cooler talk.”

WWE’s live event business: WWE has really been on a roll in recent weeks in their live event business with multiple shows selling out. I hear big plans are on the drawing board to make these live event experiences even more memorable which will start sometime after WrestleMania.

WrestleMania 29: I’m predicting that WM29 will be the most lucrative event ever produced by WWE from a live gate standpoint, I’m guessing the live gate will be approximately $12M, and over 1M PPV buys.

On Arnold inducting Bruno: Just saw on Twitter that Arnold Schwarzenegger @Schwarzenegger will be inducting Bruno Sammartino at the WWE HOF inductions at Madison Square Garden on April 6 which is sold completely out. I couldn’t get a ticket for a family member if I had too as this one of the hottest tickets ever. Great ‘get’ by WWE and a fitting inductor for the great @SammartinoBruno.

WWE Scouting: Gerald Brisco scouted the NCAA Wrestling Nationals over the weekend and has some intriguing prospects interested in WWE. We feel that next year will be a banner year with many of these recruits because several have another year of eligibility remaining. The last thing that we would do is encourage a kid to leave school and not finish their commitment to their team and to cease their efforts to earn a college degree. Plan B is imperative because most prospects will not make it as it has been demonstrated over the years. It’s the same way in the NFL or on Broadway.