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OPW Wins Media Man 'Australian Wrestling Promotion Of The Month' Award

Oceania Pro Wrestling

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Oceania Pro Wrestling

A Pro Wrestling Event Company holding events in the Oceania Region that will have as many non-exclusive partnerships locally and internationally in delivering pro wrestling events

With an emphasis on showcasing professional wrestling through our quality broadcasting and highly engaging fan experience model at events, with leadership by an experienced sporting executive with Australian and International connections, OPW will become a destination wrestling company for fans, promotions and commercial partners.

 

 

OPW and Major League Wrestling forge international partnership

17 January 2024

This collaboration between the two organizations marks a significant step forward in expanding the global reach and impact of both promotions.


[NEW YORK, USA / MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA] – In an exciting move that promises to break barriers in interpromotional collaborations, Major League Wrestling (MLW) and Oceania Pro Wrestling (OPW) have officially announced a partnership.

This collaboration between the two organisations marks a significant step forward in expanding the global reach and impact of both promotions.

“We are thrilled to team with Oceania Pro Wrestling,” said MLW CEO Court Bauer, “The fans down under are some of the most passionate and we can’t wait to bring them something special as two organisations team-up for some exciting opportunities. Buckle up, we’re going to give you an unforgettable experience.”

“We have some exciting broadcasting announcements to come for 2024 that will involve the MLW and OPW relationship,” said OPW owner Cam Vale. ““This is a truly unique partnership by two innovative wrestling companies, to have OPW champions recognised by MLW as their regional champions and to bring MLW to Australia in 2024 and beyond. OPW wrestlers will show MLW fans how good we are down under, and who knows what that will mean for MLW in the future.”

The partnership between MLW and Oceania Pro Wrestling is set to bring about a myriad of collaborations, showcasing the best of both worlds in professional wrestling. From championships to innovative content creation, fans can expect a thrilling array of fights and entertainment that transcends geographical boundaries.

MLW has been on an impressive trajectory of growth in recent times. The addition of renowned wrestler and MMA fighter Matt Riddle to its roster has fueled excitement among fans, adding a new dynamic to MLW’s already stacked lineup. MLW programming has now expanded its reach to 60 countries, solidifying its position as a global wrestling phenomenon.

The highly anticipated launch of MLW’s action figure line with Boss Fight Studio is just around the corner, promising fans the opportunity to own a piece of their favorite MLW stars. MLW has also been making waves by expanding its 2024 tour schedule to include: Tampa, Chicago, and New York City, bringing MLW’s signature fusion of wrestling styles to audiences nationwide.

Oceania Pro Wrestling has distinguished itself in the wrestling world hosting a diverse range of wrestling experiences in the Oceania region, including the highly acclaimed Starrcast Down Under and marquee wrestling events.

Stay tuned for more updates as OPW and Major League Wrestling prepare to unveil the first of many projects.

 

 

Wrestling News

High-Flying Wrestling Fan Fest To Land In Ballarat


01 December 2023

The Allan Labor Government is backing a major boost to Ballarat’s events calendar, with the global professional wrestling convention Starrcast Downunder, headed for the Goldfields region from 10-14 April 2024.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos today announced Ballarat will host the first Starrcast pro wrestling event staged outside the United States, attracting fans from across the state, Australia and overseas to regional Victoria.

Held over five days, Starrcast will feature fan events, signing sessions, stage shows, and interactive panels across Ballarat Mining Exchange and Civic Hall alongside wrestling events at Selkirk Basketball Stadium – set to delight thousands of local and visiting fans.

The event has been made possible by the Regional Events Fund via Visit Victoria.

Legendary WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, and six-time WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James have signed on to lead the cadre of international wrestling stars to take part in the action.

Joining Hart and James at Starrcast Downunder will be a handful of soon-to-be-announced legends, alongside 30 Australian and international wrestlers who will put on three action-packed nights of wrestling throughout the event.

This will include an international wrestling show, an Australian showcase and Empowerr, the groundbreaking all-female wrestling show created by Mickie James in 2021.

The wrestling events will be streamed internationally from Selkirk Basketball Stadium, showcasing Ballarat to wrestling fans around the world.

It marks the most recent addition to Ballarat’s packed 2024 calendar of events, alongside the Road National Championships in January, two Western Bulldogs AFL matches at Mars Stadium, and the recently announced White Night Ballarat, which will take over the city in June.

For more information about the event, including future updates and tickets, visit oceaniaprowrestling.com.

Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos

“We’re proud to support Starrcast Downunder – not just for the boost it will deliver to the region’s tourism sector, but because it joins the packed calendar of events bringing Ballarat to life for everybody to enjoy.”

Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison

“This international exclusive event will bring pro wrestling fans up close to their favourite legends right here in Ballarat, adding to our already jam-packed events calendar.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eureka Michaela Settle

“Starrcast Downunder will attract pro wrestling fans from across Victoria – and further afield – to Ballarat for an incredible five days of action, supporting local hospitality, hotels and keeping the economy booming.”

Quote attributable to Member for Ripon Martha Haylett

“From stage shows, interactive panels and fan events, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at Starrcast Downunder. It’s going to be fantastic to see Ballarat’s local buildings and stadiums come alive with fans and wrestling legends from near and far.”


Five-day pro wrestling convention coming to Ballarat in 2024

Ballarat will be beamed across screens around the world when global professional wrestling convention Starrcast Downunder arrives in 2024.

It’s the first Starrcast pro wresting event to take place outside the USA, and will be in region from 10-14 April 2024.

Attracting fans from across Australia and overseas, the five-day event will include stage shows, signing sessions and interactive panels at the Ballarat Mining Exchange and Civic Hall, alongside wrestling events at Selkirk Basketball Stadium which will be streamed internationally.

Legendary WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, and six-time WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James have signed on to lead the cadre of international wrestling stars to take part in the action.

Announced by the Victorian Government on Friday 1 December, this event has been made possible by the Regional Events Fund via Visit Victoria.

For more information about the event, including future updates and tickets, visit oceaniaprowrestling.com


Wrestling Events Announced For Starrcast

News : 12-Jan-2024

The first two wrestling events of Starrcast Downunder have been announced!

Hall of Famer Bret Hart is set to curate Australian Stampede, the flagship event of Starrcast Downunder. The wrestling icon will showcase a thrilling card featuring top-notch international talent and Australia's own homegrown stars on Saturday, April 13th in Ballarat.

On the preceding day, Friday, April 12th, women's wrestling pioneer Mickie James will present H.E.R, a groundbreaking women's wrestling event at the heart of Starrcast Downunder in Ballarat. This event, following in the footsteps of Empowerr, will feature an unparalleled lineup with international sensations and Australia’s brightest talents. H.E.R promises to highlight the heart, athleticism, and drive of its trailblazing competitors.

Don't miss out on two massive nights of action– tickets will be available at the end of January.


HITMAN | A SUNDAY WITH BRET HART

Sunday April 14 2024
Civic Theatre, Ballarat

Starrcast Downunder invites fans on an unforgettable journey into the storied career of the legendary WWE Hall of Famer, Bret "The Hitman" Hart. This exclusive event promises an intimate and immersive experience as fans get up close and personal with one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.

Step into the world of the Hitman as he takes the audience on a captivating exploration of his iconic career, sharing unique anecdotes, behind-the-scenes stories, and personal reflections that have shaped his illustrious journey in the world of sports entertainment. From his early days in the legendary Hart family wrestling dynasty to his rise as a global superstar, Bret Hart's narrative will provide a unique and genuine insight into the challenges and triumphs that defined his remarkable career.

The day will feature a special watchalong of Bret's legendary match with his brother Owen Hart at Wrestlemania X as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of that unforgettable match. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch the match alongside the man himself, gaining a deeper understanding of the in-ring psychology and artistry that set Bret Hart apart.

But the excitement doesn't end there – HITMAN will also include a highly anticipated Q&A session. Fans will have the chance to pose their burning questions directly to the Hitman, creating an interactive and engaging experience that adds a personal touch to the event.

To make the day even more special, special guests may make appearances, providing additional perspectives and anecdotes that add layers to the already rich tapestry of his professional journey. Whether it's fellow wrestlers, managers, or iconic personalities, these surprise guests will contribute to the nostalgic atmosphere of the event.

HITMAN is a must-attend for wrestling enthusiasts, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the legacy of a true icon. Join us for an day filled with passion, nostalgia, and the unparalleled charisma of Bret "The Hitman" Hart – an event that will leave a lasting impact on fans and wrestling history alike.

Oceania Pro Wrestling

A Pro Wrestling Event Company holding events in the Oceania Region that will have as many non-exclusive partnerships locally and internationally in delivering pro wrestling events

With an emphasis on showcasing professional wrestling through our quality broadcasting and highly engaging fan experience model at events, with leadership by an experienced sporting executive with Australian and International connections, OPW will become a destination wrestling company for fans, promotions and commercial partners.

 

 

VISIT VICTORIA & OPW TEAM UP IN BALLARAT FOR STARRCAST DOWNUNDER EVENT

News : 1-Dec-2023


Oceania Pro Wrestling (OPW) and GLO Sports are thrilled to announce the much-anticipated arrival of Starrcast, the world-renowned wrestling convention, to Australian shores for the very first time.
Oceania Pro Wrestling (OPW) brings the much-anticipated arrival of Starrcast, the world-renowned wrestling convention, to Australian shores for the very first time.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of regional Victoria, Ballarat will play host to this unparalleled event featuring none other than the legendary WWE Hall of Famer, Bret "The Hitman" Hart.

Scheduled just one week after WrestleMania 40, Starrcast Downunder, in partnership with OPW, promises four days of electrifying fan engagement and top-tier wrestling action from Thursday, 11th April, to Sunday, 14th April, across various venues in Ballarat.

Joining Bret Hart on the marquee is female wrestling trailblazer six-time WWE Women's Champion and five-time TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James.

Approximately 12 wrestling legends and 30 talented Australian and international wrestlers will make Starrcast Downunder a must-attend event.

The event will showcase signing sessions, dedicated stage shows, and a myriad of activities synonymous with the Starrcast brand. Two nights of intense wrestling, including a groundbreaking all-female wrestling show initiated by Mickie James "HER".

Complementing these will be a second international wrestling supershow led by Bret Hart and Dungeon Wrestling, in addition to the second Australian Wrestling Showcase, which will captivate audiences throughout the event on Saturday April 13th.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos:

"Starrcast Downunder will attract fans from across Victoria – and further afield – to Ballarat for an incredible five days of action."

"The Victorian Government is proud to support Starrcast Downunder – not just for the boost it will deliver to the region's tourism sector, but because it will showcase Ballarat's capacity to host exciting international events."

Quotes attributable to Bret Hart:

“It is extremely exciting to be coming back to Australia for the first time in 20 years, in an event showcasing other legends and wrestling talent from around the world and from Australia. The Australian fans have always been so great to me, and I look forward to being a part of this event, along with the best from Dungeon Wrestling.”

Quotes attributable to Mickie James:

“I cannot express how excited I am to return to Australia for the first time in six years. There couldn't be a more perfect time, place, and opportunity to host a second Empower event with a whole new feel than Australia and the City of Ballarat. I poured my heart and soul into the 1st one and wasn’t sure it would happen again."

Quotes attributable to Conrad Thompson, Starrcast:

“I am excited to finally announce that Starrcast is coming to Ballarat in Australia. This is my first trip Downunder, the first time Starrcast has been held outside the USA and there will be many other firsts announced in the coming weeks”.

Quotes attributable to Cameron Vale, Managing Director, GLO Sports:

"The combination of these wrestling shows is a first for Australia, a hotbed for wrestling fans and wrestling talent, where we can really put our best foot forward on an international wrestling stage, in a major regional location such as Ballarat"

Starrcast Downunder promises to be a unique, all-ages event catering to fans spanning generations, providing an extraordinary opportunity for Australia's wrestling talent to shine on the global stage, right in their own backyard.

OPW in collaboration with international co-promoters Conrad Thompson and Mickie James, extends sincere gratitude to Visit Victoria for their invaluable support as the destination partner in bringing this event to Australia and strategically positioning it in a significant regional market like Ballarat.

Ticket information will be released on Monday 18th December with fans encouraged to subscribe through oceaniaprowrestling.com to keep updated with all the latest information and special offers.

 

 

OPW Pro Wrestling

June 2023


IMPACT Wrestling

Global Wrestling phenomenon Impact Wrestling provided plenty of action both inside and outside of the ring with their tour down under thrilling crowds at the Equex Centre in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

The event broadcast live on pay-per-view featured three title matches, including a rematch from Against All Odds in the main event as Alex Shelley defeated Steve Maclin to retain the IMPACT World Championship.

Shelley defeated Maclin for the gold on June 9 and The Motor City Machine Gun kept ahold of the gold at Down Under night one after he countered a KIA attempt into Shellshock.

Night 1 Results:

• Slex def. Adam Brooks
• Gisele Shaw def. Erika Reid
• Joe Hendry (c) def. Eddie Edwards - Digital Media Championship
• Killer Kelly def. Aysha
• Chris Sabin (c) def. Frankie Kazarian & Robbie Eagles - X-Division Championship
• ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c) def. Moose & Brian Myers
• Deonna Purrazzo def. Steph De Lander
• Alex Shelley (c) def. Steve Maclin - IMPACT World Championship

The second and final show of the Down Under Tour at the Equex Centre in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales saw three title matches with Slammiversary implications.

Joe Hendry defeated Moose to retain the IMPACT Digital Media Championship, Ace Austin & Chris Bey ended their one-year programme with The Motor City Machine Guns with a win for the IMPACT World Tag Team Champions, and Deonna Purrazzo picked up the win against Gisele Shaw in their Knockouts World Tag Team Title match.

Night 2 Results:

• Adam Brooks def. Robbie Eagles - Oceania Pro Wrestling World Championship
• The Natural Classics def. The Velocities
• Joe Hendry (c) def. Moose - IMPACT Digital Media Championship
• Eddie Edwards def. Slex
• Steph De Lander def. Killer Kelly
• Frankie Kazarian def. Brian Myers
• ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c) def. The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) - IMPACT World Tag Team Championships
• Deonna Purrazzo (c) def. Gisele Shaw - IMPACT Knockouts World Championship


TNA iMPACT! on AXS TV Results: January 25, 2024

Results / January 25, 2024 / by IMPACT Wrestling Staff


A loaded episode of TNA iMPACT! comes to you from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Tonight’s iMPACT! is dedicated to the memory of Frank Caiazzo. RIP.

Chris Bey w/ Ace Austin vs Kevin Knight

Two of TNA’s most spectacular in-ring performers dazzle in a display of astounding athleticism. Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees is seen at ringside. Bey emerges victorious with the Art of Finesse.

Chris Bey def Kevin Knight

The Grizzled Young Vets jump ABC from behind after the match, lay out Chris Bey with the Grit Your Teeth and stake their claim to the TNA World Tag Team Titles.

Undeniable. Irresistible. Unforgettable. She is Ash By Elegance.


Frankie Kazarian addresses his shocking actions from last week. He will explain himself next week but Rich Swann attempts to reason with Frankie. AJ Francis comes in and offers to be Rich Swann’s backup against Joe Hendry in an upcoming match.

Dirty Dango and Oleg Prudius vs Damian Drake and Dante King

Dirty Dango informs us that he hates pro wrestling. Dirty Dango takes a seat on the ramp as Prudius demolishes the competition. Dango takes the pin over Drake.

Dirty Dango and Oleg Prudius def Damian Drake and Dante King

Zack Gibson and James Drake state earlier tonight was a statement of intent. ABC look for a piece of GYV before Santino Marella makes a Best of 3 Series between the two teams for the TNA World Tag Team Titles starting next week.


Gia Miller speaks to Kazuchika Okada and The Motor City Machine Guns. They’re ready for The System in the main event.

Jordynne Grace vs Trinity for the Knockouts World Championship

This is Trinity’s contractual rematch after losing the championship at Hard To Kill. A handshake shows the respect between the competitors but Trinity takes the fight straight to Grace. After a series of back and forth pin attempts, Jordynne Grace uses the momentum of Trinity’s attempt to lock in Star Struck to score a quick pinfall victory.

Jordynne Grace def Trinity to retain the Knockouts World Championship

Gisele Shaw, Savannah Evans and Jai Vidal attack both Trinity and Jordynne Grace, leaving them laying as Gisele’s Ultimate X victory gives her a future Knockouts World Title shot.

The System discuss tonight’s main event – the system works and tonight it goes worldwide against the Guns and Okada.


Josh Alexander addresses the return of TNA and his victory over Will Ospreay last week. Alan Angels interjects and offers the Walking Weapon a spot on the premiere edition of his brand new talk show The Sound Check. After some insistence from Angels, Alexander agrees.

Nic Nemeth vs Zachary Wentz

Nic Nemeth competes in a TNA ring for the very first time. Wentz feigns an injury to distract the referee allowing Trey Miguel to grab Nemeth’s leg as Wentz takes control. Nemeth connects with Danger Zone for the victory.

Nic Nemeth def Zachary Wentz

Trey Miguel tries to get a piece of Nemeth after the match and eats a Danger Zone too. Steve Maclin jumps Nemeth and looks for the KIA but Nemeth connects with one more Danger Zone and stands tall.

Crazzy Steve addresses his recent Digital Media Title win at Countdown To Hard To Kill but is interrupted by Rhino. Rhino shoves Steve as Steve laughs maniacally.


Decay discuss their resurrection and Knockouts World Tag Team Title victory at Hard To Kill.

Dani Luna and Jody Threat vs MK Ultra

MK Ultra drop Threat with their tandem piledriver to return to winning ways after their title loss at Hard To Kill. MK Ultra also piledrive Luna after the match to assert their dominance.

MK Ultra def Dani Luna and Jody Threat

Next week on iMPACT!: Nic Nemeth vs Trey Miguel, we hear from Frankie Kazarian, Brian Myers vs Kevin Knight plus ABC vs GYV in the first match of the TNA World Tag Team Title Best of 3 Series.

The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose and Brian Myers) vs The Motor City Machine Guns and Kazuchika Okada

Kazuchika Okada makes his entrance to rapturous applause as he returns to TNA for the first time since 2011. Okada connects with the iconic Rainmaker on Brian Myers allowing Alex Shelley to follow up with Shellshock for the victory. Okada and The Guns celebrate their monumental victory.

The Motor City Machine Guns and Kazuchika Okada def The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose and Brian Myers)

After the credits, Mustafa Ali addresses TNA Wrestling.

TNA IMPACT! goes off the air.

(Credit: TNA Wrestling)

 

 

News

TNA Hard To Kill Drew Solid PPV Buys for a Loaded Show With Several Surprises - January 26, 2024

The numbers are in


TNA Wrestling officially returned earlier this month as the promotion rebranded at the Hard to Kill pay-per-view event that was a hit through the way of PPV buys from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The show

The show featured several debuts, including former WWE stars Dana Brooke, Nic Nemeth (Dolph Ziggler), and Xia Brookside.

Alex Selley lost the World Heavyweight Title against Moose in the main event of the show. Trinity lost the Knockouts title to Jordynne Grace on the show as she is expected to return to WWE soon and has since finished up with the promotion.

PPV buys

While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted the show likely did its biggest PPV buys since AEW's Kenny Omega beat Rich Swann to win the Impact World Title at the 2021 Rebellion. The final numbers are expected to be out in two weeks.

“The TNA Hard To Kill show did great. Right now, this is basically a week and a half out, so this number will grow. But it was at 8,000 on television, which is a really good number for TNA. I'm sure it's the biggest number that they've done since the Rich Swan-Kenny Omega match. And it actually has a fairly decent shot, I don't know about beating that one. But being in the same realm as that one. And it's possible that it could be the biggest since the Spike days, certainly already the third biggest since Spike days. The fact that they did this on a night that was against the NFL playoffs against [NJPW] Battle in the Valley, although they were not head to head completely with Battle in the Valley like the last hour, I think of TNA in the first hour of Battle in the Valley, we're head to head, but they were completely head to head with [AEW] Collision. So, to do a number that big against that football game and Collision and Battle in the Valley. I think that’s great. There's no other way to put it. That's great." Meltzer stated.

(Wrestling Observer/Figure 4)


Wrestling News

High-Flying Wrestling Fan Fest To Land In Ballarat

 

01 December 2023

The Allan Labor Government is backing a major boost to Ballarat’s events calendar, with the global professional wrestling convention Starrcast Downunder, headed for the Goldfields region from 10-14 April 2024.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos today announced Ballarat will host the first Starrcast pro wrestling event staged outside the United States, attracting fans from across the state, Australia and overseas to regional Victoria.

Held over five days, Starrcast will feature fan events, signing sessions, stage shows, and interactive panels across Ballarat Mining Exchange and Civic Hall alongside wrestling events at Selkirk Basketball Stadium – set to delight thousands of local and visiting fans.

The event has been made possible by the Regional Events Fund via Visit Victoria.

Legendary WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, and six-time WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James have signed on to lead the cadre of international wrestling stars to take part in the action.

Joining Hart and James at Starrcast Downunder will be a handful of soon-to-be-announced legends, alongside 30 Australian and international wrestlers who will put on three action-packed nights of wrestling throughout the event.

This will include an international wrestling show, an Australian showcase and Empowerr, the groundbreaking all-female wrestling show created by Mickie James in 2021.

The wrestling events will be streamed internationally from Selkirk Basketball Stadium, showcasing Ballarat to wrestling fans around the world.

It marks the most recent addition to Ballarat’s packed 2024 calendar of events, alongside the Road National Championships in January, two Western Bulldogs AFL matches at Mars Stadium, and the recently announced White Night Ballarat, which will take over the city in June.

For more information about the event, including future updates and tickets, visit oceaniaprowrestling.com.

Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos

“We’re proud to support Starrcast Downunder – not just for the boost it will deliver to the region’s tourism sector, but because it joins the packed calendar of events bringing Ballarat to life for everybody to enjoy.”

Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison

“This international exclusive event will bring pro wrestling fans up close to their favourite legends right here in Ballarat, adding to our already jam-packed events calendar.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eureka Michaela Settle

“Starrcast Downunder will attract pro wrestling fans from across Victoria – and further afield – to Ballarat for an incredible five days of action, supporting local hospitality, hotels and keeping the economy booming.”

Quote attributable to Member for Ripon Martha Haylett

“From stage shows, interactive panels and fan events, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at Starrcast Downunder. It’s going to be fantastic to see Ballarat’s local buildings and stadiums come alive with fans and wrestling legends from near and far.”



Five-day pro wrestling convention coming to Ballarat in 2024

Ballarat will be beamed across screens around the world when global professional wrestling convention Starrcast Downunder arrives in 2024.

It’s the first Starrcast pro wresting event to take place outside the USA, and will be in region from 10-14 April 2024.

Attracting fans from across Australia and overseas, the five-day event will include stage shows, signing sessions and interactive panels at the Ballarat Mining Exchange and Civic Hall, alongside wrestling events at Selkirk Basketball Stadium which will be streamed internationally.

Legendary WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, and six-time WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James have signed on to lead the cadre of international wrestling stars to take part in the action.

Announced by the Victorian Government on Friday 1 December, this event has been made possible by the Regional Events Fund via Visit Victoria.

For more information about the event, including future updates and tickets, visit oceaniaprowrestling.com


Wrestling Events Announced For Starrcast

News : 12-Jan-2024

The first two wrestling events of Starrcast Downunder have been announced!

Hall of Famer Bret Hart is set to curate Australian Stampede, the flagship event of Starrcast Downunder. The wrestling icon will showcase a thrilling card featuring top-notch international talent and Australia's own homegrown stars on Saturday, April 13th in Ballarat.

On the preceding day, Friday, April 12th, women's wrestling pioneer Mickie James will present H.E.R, a groundbreaking women's wrestling event at the heart of Starrcast Downunder in Ballarat. This event, following in the footsteps of Empowerr, will feature an unparalleled lineup with international sensations and Australia’s brightest talents. H.E.R promises to highlight the heart, athleticism, and drive of its trailblazing competitors.

Don't miss out on two massive nights of action– tickets will be available at the end of January.


HITMAN | A SUNDAY WITH BRET HART

Sunday April 14 2024
Civic Theatre, Ballarat

Starrcast Downunder invites fans on an unforgettable journey into the storied career of the legendary WWE Hall of Famer, Bret "The Hitman" Hart. This exclusive event promises an intimate and immersive experience as fans get up close and personal with one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.

Step into the world of the Hitman as he takes the audience on a captivating exploration of his iconic career, sharing unique anecdotes, behind-the-scenes stories, and personal reflections that have shaped his illustrious journey in the world of sports entertainment. From his early days in the legendary Hart family wrestling dynasty to his rise as a global superstar, Bret Hart's narrative will provide a unique and genuine insight into the challenges and triumphs that defined his remarkable career.

The day will feature a special watchalong of Bret's legendary match with his brother Owen Hart at Wrestlemania X as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of that unforgettable match. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch the match alongside the man himself, gaining a deeper understanding of the in-ring psychology and artistry that set Bret Hart apart.

But the excitement doesn't end there – HITMAN will also include a highly anticipated Q&A session. Fans will have the chance to pose their burning questions directly to the Hitman, creating an interactive and engaging experience that adds a personal touch to the event.

To make the day even more special, special guests may make appearances, providing additional perspectives and anecdotes that add layers to the already rich tapestry of his professional journey. Whether it's fellow wrestlers, managers, or iconic personalities, these surprise guests will contribute to the nostalgic atmosphere of the event.

HITMAN is a must-attend for wrestling enthusiasts, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the legacy of a true icon. Join us for an day filled with passion, nostalgia, and the unparalleled charisma of Bret "The Hitman" Hart – an event that will leave a lasting impact on fans and wrestling history alike.


Oceania Pro Wrestling

A Pro Wrestling Event Company holding events in the Oceania Region that will have as many non-exclusive partnerships locally and internationally in delivering pro wrestling events

With an emphasis on showcasing professional wrestling through our quality broadcasting and highly engaging fan experience model at events, with leadership by an experienced sporting executive with Australian and International connections, OPW will become a destination wrestling company for fans, promotions and commercial partners.


OPW Pro Wrestling

June 2023


IMPACT Wrestling

Global Wrestling phenomenon Impact Wrestling provided plenty of action both inside and outside of the ring with their tour down under thrilling crowds at the Equex Centre in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

The event broadcast live on pay-per-view featured three title matches, including a rematch from Against All Odds in the main event as Alex Shelley defeated Steve Maclin to retain the IMPACT World Championship.

Shelley defeated Maclin for the gold on June 9 and The Motor City Machine Gun kept ahold of the gold at Down Under night one after he countered a KIA attempt into Shellshock.

Night 1 Results:

• Slex def. Adam Brooks
• Gisele Shaw def. Erika Reid
• Joe Hendry (c) def. Eddie Edwards - Digital Media Championship
• Killer Kelly def. Aysha
• Chris Sabin (c) def. Frankie Kazarian & Robbie Eagles - X-Division Championship
• ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c) def. Moose & Brian Myers
• Deonna Purrazzo def. Steph De Lander
• Alex Shelley (c) def. Steve Maclin - IMPACT World Championship

The second and final show of the Down Under Tour at the Equex Centre in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales saw three title matches with Slammiversary implications.

Joe Hendry defeated Moose to retain the IMPACT Digital Media Championship, Ace Austin & Chris Bey ended their one-year programme with The Motor City Machine Guns with a win for the IMPACT World Tag Team Champions, and Deonna Purrazzo picked up the win against Gisele Shaw in their Knockouts World Tag Team Title match.

Night 2 Results:

• Adam Brooks def. Robbie Eagles - Oceania Pro Wrestling World Championship
• The Natural Classics def. The Velocities
• Joe Hendry (c) def. Moose - IMPACT Digital Media Championship
• Eddie Edwards def. Slex
• Steph De Lander def. Killer Kelly
• Frankie Kazarian def. Brian Myers
• ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c) def. The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) - IMPACT World Tag Team Championships
• Deonna Purrazzo (c) def. Gisele Shaw - IMPACT Knockouts World Championship


TNA iMPACT! on AXS TV Results: January 25, 2024

Results / January 25, 2024 / by IMPACT Wrestling Staff


A loaded episode of TNA iMPACT! comes to you from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Tonight’s iMPACT! is dedicated to the memory of Frank Caiazzo. RIP.

Chris Bey w/ Ace Austin vs Kevin Knight

Two of TNA’s most spectacular in-ring performers dazzle in a display of astounding athleticism. Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees is seen at ringside. Bey emerges victorious with the Art of Finesse.

Chris Bey def Kevin Knight

The Grizzled Young Vets jump ABC from behind after the match, lay out Chris Bey with the Grit Your Teeth and stake their claim to the TNA World Tag Team Titles.

Undeniable. Irresistible. Unforgettable. She is Ash By Elegance.


Frankie Kazarian addresses his shocking actions from last week. He will explain himself next week but Rich Swann attempts to reason with Frankie. AJ Francis comes in and offers to be Rich Swann’s backup against Joe Hendry in an upcoming match.

Dirty Dango and Oleg Prudius vs Damian Drake and Dante King

Dirty Dango informs us that he hates pro wrestling. Dirty Dango takes a seat on the ramp as Prudius demolishes the competition. Dango takes the pin over Drake.

Dirty Dango and Oleg Prudius def Damian Drake and Dante King

Zack Gibson and James Drake state earlier tonight was a statement of intent. ABC look for a piece of GYV before Santino Marella makes a Best of 3 Series between the two teams for the TNA World Tag Team Titles starting next week.


Gia Miller speaks to Kazuchika Okada and The Motor City Machine Guns. They’re ready for The System in the main event.

Jordynne Grace vs Trinity for the Knockouts World Championship

This is Trinity’s contractual rematch after losing the championship at Hard To Kill. A handshake shows the respect between the competitors but Trinity takes the fight straight to Grace. After a series of back and forth pin attempts, Jordynne Grace uses the momentum of Trinity’s attempt to lock in Star Struck to score a quick pinfall victory.

Jordynne Grace def Trinity to retain the Knockouts World Championship

Gisele Shaw, Savannah Evans and Jai Vidal attack both Trinity and Jordynne Grace, leaving them laying as Gisele’s Ultimate X victory gives her a future Knockouts World Title shot.

The System discuss tonight’s main event – the system works and tonight it goes worldwide against the Guns and Okada.


Josh Alexander addresses the return of TNA and his victory over Will Ospreay last week. Alan Angels interjects and offers the Walking Weapon a spot on the premiere edition of his brand new talk show The Sound Check. After some insistence from Angels, Alexander agrees.

Nic Nemeth vs Zachary Wentz

Nic Nemeth competes in a TNA ring for the very first time. Wentz feigns an injury to distract the referee allowing Trey Miguel to grab Nemeth’s leg as Wentz takes control. Nemeth connects with Danger Zone for the victory.

Nic Nemeth def Zachary Wentz

Trey Miguel tries to get a piece of Nemeth after the match and eats a Danger Zone too. Steve Maclin jumps Nemeth and looks for the KIA but Nemeth connects with one more Danger Zone and stands tall.

Crazzy Steve addresses his recent Digital Media Title win at Countdown To Hard To Kill but is interrupted by Rhino. Rhino shoves Steve as Steve laughs maniacally.


Decay discuss their resurrection and Knockouts World Tag Team Title victory at Hard To Kill.

Dani Luna and Jody Threat vs MK Ultra

MK Ultra drop Threat with their tandem piledriver to return to winning ways after their title loss at Hard To Kill. MK Ultra also piledrive Luna after the match to assert their dominance.

MK Ultra def Dani Luna and Jody Threat

Next week on iMPACT!: Nic Nemeth vs Trey Miguel, we hear from Frankie Kazarian, Brian Myers vs Kevin Knight plus ABC vs GYV in the first match of the TNA World Tag Team Title Best of 3 Series.

The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose and Brian Myers) vs The Motor City Machine Guns and Kazuchika Okada

Kazuchika Okada makes his entrance to rapturous applause as he returns to TNA for the first time since 2011. Okada connects with the iconic Rainmaker on Brian Myers allowing Alex Shelley to follow up with Shellshock for the victory. Okada and The Guns celebrate their monumental victory.

The Motor City Machine Guns and Kazuchika Okada def The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose and Brian Myers)

After the credits, Mustafa Ali addresses TNA Wrestling.

TNA IMPACT! goes off the air.

(Credit: TNA Wrestling)

 

 

 


Google to tweak crypto ad policy, amplify Bitcoin ETF visibility - January 28, 2024


Google, a subsidiary of tech conglomerate Alphabet, is on the verge of a significant policy update set to take effect on Jan. 29, which could alter the landscape of cryptocurrency advertising.

Now that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) approved 11 spot Bitcoin (BTC) ETFs on Jan. 10, Google is expected to amend its rules and enable asset managers to advertise these products to a broader U.S. audience.

This move follows Google’s recent decision to broaden its cryptocurrency and related products’ policy, now providing advertisers with specific guidelines for promoting what it calls “cryptocurrency coin trusts.”

Advertisers eager to capitalize on Google’s platform, renowned for its expansive reach and high search volume, will now require certification to ensure compliance with the tech giant’s stringent requirements.

The significance of this development is highlighted by the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) converting to a spot Bitcoin ETF, coupled with the sanctioning of 10 other institutions to include spot BTC ETFs in their investment portfolios.


Crypto analysts are optimistic about the ramifications of this policy change on the digital currency sphere, as Google processes around 8.55 billion searches daily, according to DemandSage.


Can Google Ads tip the scales for Bitcoin ETFs?

The crypto community speculates that the heightened visibility of Bitcoin ETFs through Google’s ad platform may drive substantial awareness and investment in the space.


As such, companies operating within the spot Bitcoin ETF market could potentially witness a significant influx of interest from new segments of the public — not just from seasoned day traders or investors.

The update could also signal a shift in how cryptocurrency products are advertised, ensuring that ads meet legal requirements and are responsibly presented to an engaged audience.

Google’s policy change arrives at an opportune moment. The crypto market has seen fluctuating investor sentiment toward spot Bitcoin ETFs over the past week.

On Jan. 24, Bitcoin ETFs saw an influx of approximately $270 million, counterbalanced by significant withdrawals — most notably from Grayscale Investment’s Bitcoin ETF—totaling a net outflow of around $153 million.

The trend did not improve, with Jan. 25 witnessing a continuation of the withdrawal streak, marking a fourth consecutive day of net outflows over the last week, totaling up to $80 million, specifically from the funds recognized by the SEC.

Despite these challenging dynamics, crypto commentators feel Google’s policy shift could potentially open doors to a flood of new investors. The increased visibility and imposed certification could counterbalance the recent outflows from the spot Bitcoin ETFs, signaling a possible rebound as we edge closer to the Jan. 29 policy implementation date.

 


UFC 298 CARD FILLS OUT WITH FOUR INTRIGUING BOUTS - January 27, 2024

UFC’s Return To Anaheim Receives A Quartet Of Fascinating Bouts


For UFC’s first visit to California since August 2022 for UFC 298: Volkanovski vs Topuria, the Anaheim fans will receive a treat of a card top to bottom. While most eyes will be trained toward Alexander Volkanovski’s featherweight title defense against the undefeated Ilia Topuria as well as Robert Whittaker’s bout against Paulo Costa. Fun fights are abundant in the organization’s second pay-per-view of 2024, including four more just added to the slate.

Road to UFC winner Rinya Nakamura returns for his second official UFC bout against Carlos Vera. The Japanese bantamweight tallied six of his eight wins via finish and hopes to pick up his first official UFC stoppage after his decision win over Fernie Garcia in Singapore. Carlos Vera comes into the organization having just competed on the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter during which he lost to eventual tournament winner Brad Katona. He steps in hoping to have a successful UFC debut.

Welterweights Josh Quinlan and Danny Barlow feature on the card as well. Quinlan, a Dana White’s Contender Series alumnus split his first two UFC bouts to Jason Witt and Trey Waters, and after injuries and a cancelled bout kept him out of the Octagon since his lost to Waters, he hopes to get a bounce back win over Barlow. A fellow DWCS alumnus, Barlow earned his contract with a first-round knockout of Raheam Forest In September 2023. The undefeated Barlow racked up four knockouts and one submission on his climb to the organization, and he hopes to stretch his undefeated record to 8-0 on February 17.

Another welterweight contest goes down as Oban Elliott and Val Woodburn lock horns. Woodburn is hoping to bounce back after suffering a knockout loss to Bo Nickal at UFC 290, which was his first professional loss in mixed martial arts. Meanwhile, Elliott aspires to become one of the best Welsh mixed martial artists after competing on at Cage Warriors and Dana White’s Contender Series, the latter of which he won a fight via majority decision in August 2023. “The Welsh Gangster” has proven durable, and the two are surely desperate to get their hands raised in Anaheim.

Finally, two middleweights hoping to finally get their breakout moment square off as DWCS alumnus AJ Dobson and The Ultimate Fighter graduate Tresean Gore are set to fight. Dobson came into the organization with high expectatioins, and after dropping his first two bouts, he earned his first UFC win over Tafon Nchukwi in August 2023. The Ohio-bred grinder believes he now has the right things around him and in place to climbt he division’s ladder. He’ll be hard pressed against Gore, however. One of the highest touted prospects on his season of The Ultimate Fighter, Gore couldn’t parlay that into wins in his first two trips to the Octagon. That said, he bounced back with a viscious submission win over Josh Fremd in October 2022. He was originally slated to fight Bo Nickal at UFC 290 before injuries prevented that matchup, so he is in search of momentum ahead to once again chase his championship aspirations.

Stay tuned to UFC.com for any updates or changes to all events.

 


Search Engine News

Google lays off hundreds of employees in advertising sales team

Google is laying off hundreds of employees in its advertising sales team, the Alphabet-owned Google opens new tab company said on Tuesday, marking the latest cuts at the search giant.

The move adds to signs that job cuts will continue this year, as companies look to adopt artificial intelligence software and automation to lighten workloads.

Last week, Google said it would lay off several employees in its Voice Assistant units, hardware teams responsible for Pixel, Nest and Fitbit, as well as in its augmented reality team.

Google's customer solutions unit, which serves medium-level advertiser clients, will be the core team for growth moving forward, the company said.

Business Insider first reported the news earlier in the day.

Amazon opens new tab also said last week that it would lay off several hundred employees in its streaming and studio operations and 500 workers at its video streaming platform, Twitch.

Last month, Google - once touted as a leader in spurring AI research - unveiled its long-awaited AI model Gemini, as the company attempts to catch up to Microsoft, opens new tab in the AI race.

In January 2023, Alphabet announced plans to cut 12,000 jobs, or 6% of its global workforce.

(Wires, X, Alphabet, News and AI!)

 

 

News Media, Pop Culture and Sports


Aussies rally for free TV: New research reveals demand for easy access amidst big tech's commercial interests

New research conducted by Free TV and Seven West Media reveals a significant 80% of Australians are demanding easy access to free TV services on their connected TV sets.

The study also found these viewers do not believe local free TV service providers should have to pay a TV manufacturer for a prominent position on the home screen.

The research comes at a crucial time as the Albanese government is planning to legislate a 'prominence' law. This law aims to ensure local free-to-air TV services can easily be found on television devices. The move is seen as a direct response to the commercial interests of big tech and TV manufacturers, which have been criticised by Free TV CEO, Bridget Fair.

"Australians know they are not being given a fair go when it comes to the services they are offered on their connected TVs," Fair said. "They are worried that instead of being offered the local TV services they want to watch, they are being steered in the direction of services that favour the commercial interests of big tech and TV manufacturers."

The survey, which involved 2,075 participants, found 78% of people with connected TV sets believe it is important they can easily find free TV services. Only a mere 8% said it was not important. Other key findings include: 84% of people want a free service option before the paid option when looking for something to watch, 81% of people did not agree with the idea that local free TV services should have to pay a TV manufacturer for visibility on the home screen, and 81% also said commercial interests should not dictate where TV services appear on a connected TV.

"It’s a matter of choice and the choice should be made by the viewer. It’s not choice if your TV is set up to deliberately make it hard to find your local TV channels. Viewers should be able to easily find all the services they want and then decide," Fair added.

Fair warns local free TV services are becoming increasingly hard to find on connected TVs, with foreign giants buying the best real estate. She also revealed that TV manufacturers want to charge local TV providers up to 30% of revenue just to be present on the TV screen.

"Our local free TV services are delivered to all Australians for free. Free TV networks invest billions in fresh and unique content each year and they need to reach millions of Australians each day to generate the advertising revenue that keeps those services free. But TV manufacturers want to charge local TV providers up to 30% of revenue just to be present on the TV screen. That money would come directly out of Australian content," she said.

Social Media

Greg Tingle

Free TV Australia via MI3.

All very interesting and educational reading via Free TV Australia and MI3 re the business of television when it meets some of the businesses of politics. There's usually two or three sides to a story, and as they say the exact truth is likely somewhere in the middle. That's my experience having worked previously for Optus Vision/Comms for the better part of 5 years and also a 6 month contract at Foxtel and some project work for Kayo Sports. Both sides of the argument can have vested interests. I'm seeing the situation from both sides of the argument. I think both sides/parties want the upper hand on the competition. Trust in government entities at present is at about an all-time low so that's not doing Free TV any favors so to speak. Then you have the likes of the "Netflix Killer" tubi and other over the top services as well as additional FAST service providers. A real Pandora's Box in the Digital Matrix Of Things. Again, numerous ways to look at this. The consumer can and will make up their own mind. Stay tuned for developments is fair to say. PS: 7 Plus got some MMA with ONE Championship. Can we get some UFC and WWE via free soon? Pre emtive strike before HBO, USA Network, The CW and others further eye off Terror Australalis.

 


Streamers spent less on Aussie shows last year despite Labor’s threats - Novemeber 8, 2023

Streaming platforms like Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video cut their spending on Australian TV shows and films in the 2022-23 financial year, despite Labor’s impending plans to force them to make more.

New figures released on Wednesday by the media regulator show Disney+, Netflix, Paramount+, Prime Video and Stan spent a combined $324.1 million on 1583 Aussie programs in the most recent financial year – down from $335.1 million on 718 shows in 2021-22.

Spend on “Australian-related” shows – those are partly Australian, like Disney’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Obi Wan Kenobi – rose to $452.9 million from $333.4 million.

The new data comes days after the government aired two ways it could force streaming services to make more Australian content.

Arts Minister Tony Burke and Communications Minister Michelle Rowland have said they would introduce quotas to come into effect from July next year.

The push for quotas has provoked widespread opposition from streaming platforms and free-to-air television networks, which have claimed they will push up production costs for everyone. Netflix on Wednesday said it had spent $1 billion on Australian and “Australian-related” shows between 2019 and 2023.

The film and production sector, meanwhile, says it needs quotas to maintain a vibrant Australian screen industry against a competitive and global market.

In the 15-page paper circulated to key film and television production executives this week, the government proposed either making platforms with more subscribers spend more, or demanding a flat rate as a percentage of local revenue.

The first model means Netflix could be forced to spend 30 per cent of its budget on local films and shows, and Amazon Prime Video 25 per cent – because they have the most subscribers.

A platform with between 1 million and 1.99 million subscribers would be required to spend 10 per cent on Australian content. For a platform with more than 5 million subscribers, that figure would be 30 per cent.

According to the latest estimates from data firm Telsyte, only Netflix has more than 5 million subscribers in Australia. Amazon Prime Video has 4.5 million, Disney+ has 3.1 million, and Stan has 2.6 million. Stan is owned by Nine Entertainment, parent of The Australian Financial Review.

“It is a progressive obligation of up to 30 per cent to ensure that large services continue to invest in Australian programs commensurate with their market share and degree of influence,” the government paper reads.

A service with 1 million subscribers that spends $100 million on drama shows would have to spend $10 million, per its 10 per cent obligation. A service with 2 million subscribers that spends $80 million on drama programs for the Australian market would have a 15 per cent obligation, or $12 million.

The alternative proposal is calculated by multiplying revenue and an obligation of 10 per cent. It is arguably simpler, but that figure could increase to 20 per cent over time, the document warns. It also takes sport out of the equation.

By that logic, a service with $250 million in revenue and no sport programming would have a drama obligation of $25 million. A service with $250 million in revenue that spends $150 million on all local programming, $50 million of which is sport, would have a $16.67 million obligation.

Children’s content earns a 1.2 times-multiplier towards quotas, as well as content that is released in cinemas first.

The industry has less than two weeks to digest the proposals before meeting with the government.

 


Videos should factor into future Meta bargaining code deals: Nine CEO - November 9, 2023

A push by Facebook and Instagram into video has sparked a “significant increase” in their use of content produced by publishers which should be a factor when renegotiating multimillion dollar deals under the news media bargaining code, Nine Entertainment’s chief executive says.

Nine signed deals with Facebook, now Meta, and Google in 2021 under the landmark legislation, which compelled the two tech giants to negotiate with major news organisations to carry their content. It’s believed 30 news outlets signed deals worth more than $200 million.

Facebook’s deals, which were for three years, will expire in 2024. There are increasing signs the company will not renew its deals under the code.

Speaking after the company’s annual meeting on Thursday, Nine chief executive Mike Sneesby and chairman Peter Costello said that while Facebook had clearly moved away from text-based news – traffic has fallen up to 50 per cent this year – it was still using video from news outlets.

“There has been a significant increase in the use of our video content – news-related, sport-related and entertainment-related video content – across both Facebook and Instagram’s Reels businesses,” Mr Sneesby said.

“Notwithstanding the fact they may be considering their position in the traditional image and text-based news, video content has ramped up considerably. I don’t have a specific figure, but it’s material. And that certainly is an important thing for us to come to the table on to work out how we reach agreement on compensation for that video content.”

Mr Costello said he thought the agreements were “fair”.

“Of course we would like to continue them. The critical question is whether Meta is going to stay in this particular business,” he said. “This is just a new iteration of a very old point. In the old days, you made a movie and if Joe Blow got a copy and started showing it in his picture theatres, you were entitled to a cut. Now, these days, somebody gets some footage, and they put it up on TikTok, or Meta, they get advertising. And it’s the same thing.”

Mr Costello added that a similar code could be introduced by the government to force generative artificial intelligence companies – the likes of OpenAI’s ChatGPT – to compensate news outlets for using their work.

Narrow escape

The Nine annual meeting took place on the same day as Seven West Media, which is controlled by Kerry Stokes – its chairman.

Seven’s share price fell five per cent after the broadcaster said it would cut $60 million over the next two financial years – $25 million in 2024, and $35 million in 2025. These cuts come after two rounds of cuts, worth $15 million and $20 million, over the past year.

Nine declined to put a number on its cost-cutting. “I don’t think we need a headline number,” Mr Sneesby said.

“The market can work that out.”

Mr Stokes and the Seven board narrowly escaped a spill. Last year, 8.5 per cent of shareholders voted against the Seven remuneration report. But because Mr Stokes’ Seven Group is not allowed to vote on the remuneration report, it counted as 29 per cent.

If more than 25 per cent of eligible shareholders voted against the report, it counts as a “first strike”. If that happens in two consecutive years, shareholders are asked to vote on whether to spill the board and put it up for re-election. This year, 21.6 per cent of shareholders voting against its remuneration report.

 


Combat Sports

Dana White On Cross-Over Legends Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey Will Compete At UFC 300

“I get why everybody asks”

“They’re not coming back”

Sports Illustrated UFC news and quotes doing the rounds across the globe; S.I. gains more street and industry cred

Seems like the entire combat sports world wants to know if Lesnar and Rousey will fight at UFC 300. Perhaps they may appear in the crowd, or even get introduced with a live mic, but don't expect for them to grapple.

Fantasy Booking ramps up in UFC, adding to combat sports booking WWE

and other pro wrestling promotions!

Some Stats:

Lesnar (UFC website)

https://ufc.com/athlete/brock-lesnar

8 fights in the UFC

Former UFC Heavyweight champ

Rousey (Wikipedia website)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronda_Rousey

 

 

Rousey News:

RR loves her pro wresling, including Lucha Libre - especially Lucha VaVOOM, in Los Angeles where she appeared on October 26, teaming with AEW affiliated Marina Shafir to defeat Brian Kendrick and Taya Valkyrie in tag team action.

Due to wrestle at Wrestling Revolver - 6th November

Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Los Angeles, CA.

Will be broadcast via FITE!

 

“I always had an incredible working relationship with Brock Lesnar”.

“It’s funny to say this because he’s such a grouchy dude, but I consider Brock Lesnar a friend.”

The last time Lesnar fought in the UFC was 2016, five months after Rousey’s final bout. Since then, both have appeared in WWE from time to time.

Rousey is still considered fairly young for pro wrestling, but not so much for MMA at 36 years. Her last UFC match was in December of 2016. Similar to Lesnar, she also fought 8 times in the UFC, getting her hand raised in the 6 bouts. Rousey eventually became one of the the most recognizable sports stars in the world, thanks to numerous ground breaking performances and over-performing in what was traditionally a male dominated sport.

“I absolutely love Ronda Rousey,” said White. “She’s one of the greatest athletes I’ve ever worked with. She’s a pioneer, an inspirational figure for women, and an all-around badass for UFC.”

Headlined by two title bouts, UFC 295 takes place this Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Though White’s current priority is MSG, the UFC matchmakers are not too far removed from UFC 300. But Rousey and Lesnar will not be part of that history-making card.

“I’m focused on Madison Square Garden,” said White. “But no, they’re not coming back.”

 


UFC News

UFC 295 card: Prochazka vs Pereira headlines after Aspinall and Pavlovich clash

Daniel Cormier (conspiracy?) theory/speculation/dream match scenarios

Unified field theory for UFC 300..

Former two-division UFC champ and current UFC commentator Daniel Cormier has a theory that sounds great for the UFC 300 card.

“UFC 100 had Brock [Lesnar], right? With Georges St-Pierre and all those guys,” Cormier said on his “DC & RC” show. “UFC 200 had Brock, it was supposed to me and [Jon] Jones also but it ended up being me, Anderson Silva, Brock, all these guys, big names,” Cormier said. “UFC 300 has to have a name like that. We don’t have Brock Lesnar anymore. So, I think you have to have a Conor McGregor versus Michael Chandler. I think Michael Chandler gets his shot now, in the main event. Boy, Michael Chandler will headline UFC 300, how crazy is that?”

DC also has a vision of a two-title bout card underneath the McGregor-Chandler match.

“Co-main event, when I look down the line, I know that Jones and Stipe [Miocic] will not be ready,” Cormier continued. “I do believe that whoever wins the [interim heavyweight] belt this weekend will have to fight again. Leon Edwards or Colby Covington will then be available again, right? Because they fight [at UFC 296] in December. I believe it’ll be one of them, if not both. The interim heavyweight champion and then the welterweight champion will also fight at UFC 300.”

Videos (to help starv you off before it's time to say Let's 'Fn Go again)

 



Pro Wrestling Champions - November 2023

WWE

WWE Championship – Roman Reigns

WWE Universal – Roman Reigns

World Heavyweight Championship - Seth Rollins

Raw Tag Team – Judgement Day

Smackdown Tag Team – Judgement Day

WWE Women’s - Iyo Sky

Women’s World - Rhea Ripley

WWE Women’s Tag Team – Chelsea Green and Piper Niven

US Title – Logan Paul

Intercontinental title - Gunther

NXT

NXT Championship- Ilja Dragunov

NXT Women’s - Lyra Valkyria

North American Title – Dominick Mysterio

Tag Team Title – Tony D'Angelo and Channing Lorezo

AEW

AEW World Title - MJF

TNT Title - Christian

Women's Title - Hikaru Shida

TBS Champion - Kris Statlander

Tag Team Titles - Ricky Starks and Big Bill

Trios Titles - The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn

AEW International Title - Orange Cassidy

Impact Wrestling

World Champion - Alex Shelley

X Division - Chris Sabin

Tag Team Titles - ABC

Digital Media Champion - Tommy Dreamer

Knockouts Champion - Trinity

Knockouts Tag Titles - Killer Kelly and Masha Slamovich

ROH

ROH World Champion - Eddie Kingston

ROH TV Champion - Vacant

ROH Pure Champion - Katsuyori Shibata

ROH Tag Titles - Adam Cole & MJF

ROH Women's Title - Athena

ROH Six Man Tag Titles - Mogul Embassy

NJPW

IWGP World Title - Sanada

IWGP US Title - Will Ospreay

IWGP Junior Heavyweight - Hiromu Takahashi

Strong Openweight Title - Eddie Kingston

IWGP Tag Team Titles - Bishamon

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles - Bullet Club War Dogs (Drilla Moloney and Clark Connors)

Strong Openweight Tag Team Titles - Bullet Club War Dogs (Alex Coughlin and Gabriel Kidd)

NEVER Openweight Title - David Finlay

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Titles - Okada, Tanahashi and Tomohiro Ishii

KOPW 2023 - Taichi

IWGP Women's Title - Maya Iwatani



Media News

Catalano offers to sell Canberra Times, other papers to Southern Cross

Australian Community Media executive chairman Antony Catalano has proposed selling some of his company’s most storied publications, including The Newcastle Herald, Illawarra Mercury and The Canberra Times, to Southern Cross Media in exchange for a major stake in the ASX-listed group.

On Friday, Southern Cross confirmed reports in The Australian Financial Review’s Street Talk column that Mr Catalano, who is backed by billionaire businessman Alex Waislitz, had formally approached Southern Cross with a counterproposal to a takeover offer from ARN Media and Anchorage Capital.

“We believe that this proposal would provide immediate benefits to Southern Cross shareholders and is simple to execute, value accretive, is built on both growth opportunity and well as cost synergy, unlikely to require shareholder approval,” Mr Catalano wrote to Southern Cross executives and its bankers. “Please call me to discuss,” he added.

Under his proposal, Southern Cross would own 14 of ACM’s daily newspapers and 52 of his non-daily publications, which were acquired from Nine Entertainment (publishers of this masthead) in 2019. The Land and ACM’s agriculture assets, as well as its real estate play View, were not included.

The new entity would have an extra $200 million in revenue, Mr Catalano wrote, including 130,000 digital news subscriptions. It would emerge with $120 million in earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation – up from $77 million in the last financial year.

In return, he wanted a “sub 20 per cent” stake in Southern Cross, sources close to the deal told AFR Weekend on Friday.

Southern Cross Austereo owns 99 radio stations, including the Triple M and Hit brands, and 96 regional free-to-air TV signals. It has spent three weeks grappling with a complex offer from ARN and Anchorage to buy them out.

On Friday, Southern Cross said it would consider ACM’s proposal and told shareholders to take no action. It has not backed the ARN proposal either.

Allan Gray’s Simon Mawhinney, a major shareholder in both ARN and Southern Cross, said it was too early to evaluate ACM’s offer.

“We don’t know any of the details, today’s the first we’ve been made aware of it,” he said. “I think some competitive intensity is always good for shareholders, we fully support competing proposals. The more, the merrier.”

Mr Catalano said: “We’ve presented a proposal which isn’t highly conditional, it’s simple, easy to execute, no cost, and which creates probably the third most profitable media company in Australia.”

“It’s an elegant solution for a company that is in defence mode on a deal the board clearly doesn’t like,” he said.

His offer comes as Southern Cross and its new advisers UBS – deal makers Tim McKessar and Richard Sleijpen have been involved so far – are still reviewing ARN’s takeover offer.

In October, ARN made a bid with Anchorage to acquire Southern Cross, pool their assets, and emerge with two different media groupings. Southern Cross’s chairman, Rob Murray, called it “opportunistic”.

ARN owns the KIIS FM and Pure Gold networks, and media ownership laws prevent any one company from owning more than two radio licences in a single city. ARN’s bid would give it KIIS and Triple M and the best of both companies’ regional stations. Anchorage would take the Hit and Pure Gold brands, a handful of remaining regional stations, and the TV signals.

They offered 0.753 ARN shares per Southern Cross share, as well as 29.6¢ in cash and 12.7¢ in franking credits.

ARN’s takeover is awaiting a response from the Takeovers Panel after Keybridge Capital’s Nick Bolton claimed that ARN had breached corporations rules when it acquired a 14.8 per cent stake in Southern Cross in June. Mr Catalano is a director of Keybridge Capital.

Sources close to the deal said the Takeovers Panel met on Thursday night, and a decision on how it could proceed could be released any day.


Property News

'One of the best houses in Bronte' just listed for $30 million

You know you’ve arrived in architectural nirvana the moment you step into the foyer of Coastal Garden House. You’re inside, yet still outside.

Architecture studio Neeson Murcutt Neille has mastered the art of seamless indoor/outdoor living by virtue of sliding glass walls with flush thresholds, windows that disappear entirely, and greenery that tumbles over joinery.

At the entry level of this clever property, beyond the full-height timber door, you’ll find exposed brickwork, sandstone flagging and a space billed as the conversation pit.

On a raised platform, curved banquette seating is illuminated by a circular skylight. It’s the perfect spot for a morning card game with the kids or a late-night tipple with friends.

One set of sliders opens this space to a courtyard; another leads to the main living spaces.

Here, the coastal panorama is on full parade through a pair of enormous cavity windows. Pour a cuppa, pull up a stool and soak in the ocean and headland views.

The kitchen features a solid timber island bench, and plants spill over the top of a timber pod housing a concealed cocktail bar and fridge.

More sliders open to a skylit loggia with a built-in barbecue.

A playful main suite completes the entry-level accommodation. From the eye-catching wallpaper in the powder room to the reading nook found on top of a section of built-in joinery, this is definitely a space for the young at heart.

A single room with en suite on the upper level is described as a guest bedroom but why reserve the best of the ocean views for guests? This bright space with its north-east-facing balcony is the perfect home office or reading retreat.

On the lower level, you’ll find four bedrooms – all with access to the garden – a generous rumpus room, two quirky bathrooms, and a wine cellar with a magnificent, glass-fronted sandstone backdrop.

There’s plenty to admire outside, too.

The robust, off-form-concrete house traces the existing sandstone cliff that cuts a diagonal across the site and is almost cave-like in its presentation, and the lush, 360 Degrees-designed gardens are integral to the home’s success.

In 2018 the property won an Australian Institute of Architects award for residential architecture and a Houses award for best garden. Five years on, both the home and garden are ageing beautifully.

Towards the bottom of the sloping site, a 15-metre-long ceramic mural by Sonia van de Haar wraps around a waterhole-like pool, and a cabana and pool terrace provide another option for entertaining.

It’s a thoughtfully conceived sanctuary with the rather fabulous bonus of being a 300-metre level stroll from Bronte’s sand, surf and village eateries.

“This is one of the best houses in Bronte, on one of the largest blocks, on one of the best streets. It’s like a family compound at the beach,” says agent Alexander Phillips of PPD Real Estate.

The home claims a rare, 1156-square-metre, double block on the corner of Pacific and Gardyne streets, with parking for four cars.

(Domain)

Real Estate News

Former media baron Charles Curran selling Woollahra mansion with $29m guide

A former media baron has just listed his luxury eastern suburbs mansion with a guide nudging $30m amid news of a $20m sale nearby last night.

The listing is the six-bedroom grand estate at 8 Rosemont Ave, Woollahra of former media baron Charles Curran AC, which has a $29m guide via Pillinger principal Brad Pillinger and Sotheby’s boss Michael Pallier.

And the sale is 9 Wallaroy Rd, Woollahra, for $19.7m — the home of philanthropic locals Fiona Martin-Weber and JB Were’s Tom Hayward — through Adam Reichman and Elliott Placks of Ray White Double Bay. The couple are upgrading to a contemporary Bruce Stafford-designed $35m home on a 677sqm block at 23 Victoria Rd, Bellevue Hill that was sold by the family of property developer Eduard Litver via the same agents March.

The Wallaroy Rd sale is good news for the agents selling Curran’s Rosemont Ave property, which is a larger 860sqm block and also zoned for medium-density residential.

Curran, 85, who has a net worth well over $300m, owned regional TV stations before they were sold to Network Ten and Southern Cross in 1996.

He later founded the production company Screentime, which made shows such as Underbelly and Bikie Wars.

Curran is also the former chairman of Perpetual and Board of International Advisors of Goldman Sachs.

The sale is prompted by a wish to downsize, following the death of his beloved wife, Eva, in March. They’d bought it for $750,000 in 1981.

The property, considered one Woollahra’s finest homes, will be popular, being secluded in an exclusive tree-lined enclave in Woollahra’s prestigious consular belt.

On a large sunny level block, it’s framed by Paul Bangay designed gardens and alfresco entertaining areas complete with a pool.

Over two levels, the residence comes with a lift, sauna and plenty off-street parking.

Its key features include a luxury main bedroom suite with ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and office. There’s a stately lounge and sitting room adjoining a libary and plenty of casual living and dining space, plus a formal dining room and well-appointed stone kitchen.

Two other big sales this week were two apartments in Point Piper.

Both occurred on Wednesday: 4/38 Wolseley Rd, Point Piper for, according to @milliondollarlisting Sydney, $16.7m, that records show is owned by Aussie expat Melinda Hudson, who runs The Contentment Foundation in Singapore.

Buyer’s agent Sean Huang of Concierge East introduced the buyers, a family whose kids attend Kambala.

There was also the previously reported sale of 4/62 Wunulla Rd, Point Piper, to furniture king Anthony Scali for his kids for $15.7m. The Wolseley Rd apartment was more modern and had a better finish, whereas the Wunulla Rd flat had a better view.

Ray White Double Bay principal Elliott Placks was involved in both sales.

(RealEstate.com.au)

 

 

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SEJ's Alexander Kesler with strong advice and tips on how to improve online marketing leads, b2b leads and the like. Some aspects can be easier said/written than done. We're going to mainly stick with copy, ads, promos and management. Social media channels for the right topics (such as this - on LinkedIn and Facebook) often work a charm. Stay on topics. For online news related outfits such as ours having numerous websites for a range of industry verticals/news types etc works well, as well as having corresponding social media channels for each news brand works well. Strong website traffic remains a constant so when anyone lands on the website all brands, partners, affilaites etc benefit from that. The cumulative approach and gains. More data can impress advertisers. Many agency and SEO industry web surfers are already sold by the time they get to teh websites as they already know how popcular and well ranking they are in the Google search engine results and the like. What to convert the readership to, and this can change over the course of the business evolution of course, such is the nature of the Internet Matrix Of Things with all its dynamics and play. The more you know, the more one realizes what they don't know. Self and business reflection. There's always more to learn and improve upon. Stack the odds in your favor and seize the day.

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All very interesting and educational reading via Free TV Australia and MI3 re the biz of television when it meets some of the businesses of politics. There's usually two or three sides to a story, and as they say the exact truth is likely somewhere in the middle. That's my experience having worked previously for Optus Vision/Comms for the better part of 5 years and also a 6 month contract at Foxtel and some project work for Kayo Sports. Both sides of the argument can have vested interests. I'm seeing the situation from both sides of the argument. I think both sides/parties want the upper hand on the competition. Trust in government entities at present is at about an all-time low so that's not doing Free TV any favors so to speak. Then you have the likes of the "Netflix Killer" tubi and other over the top services as well as additional FAST service providers. A real Pandora's Box in the Digital Matrix Of Things. Again, numerous ways to look at this. The consumer can and will make up their own mind. Stay tuned for developments is fair to say.

PS: 7 Plus got some MMA with ONE Championship. Can we get some UFC and WWE via free soon? Pre emtive strike before MAX, HBO, USA Network, The CW and others further eye off Terror Australalis.

 

Boxing/Combat Sports

Boxing and social media disruptor going more purist and less Misfit and hype based; Jake Paul rises above naysayers

Jake Paul’s next fight has been finally confirmed after about a month of speculation, sportsbar talk and teasers.

Mark down December 15 as Fight Night featuring the "Problem Child' himself.

The ultra switched on YouTuber is leaning more towards focusing on professional boxing. Hitting Elon's Musks' X with "The path to world champ starts here"

The well promoted bout will take make sporting history in Orlando, Florida, as the YouTube influencer plus returns to the ring for the first time since fighting MMA icon Nate Diaz in August.

Controversial and somewhat embattled sports journo Ariel Helwani tips the match will be cruiserweight and consist of 8 rounds.

Doubling up with a one-two via X Paul scribbed "Ask and I shall deliver. August has more KO’s than me, more wins than me, more experience than me, but I like to gamble.

"The path to world champ starts here. Just straight up boxing."

Boxing intel website BoxRec advises: August, 35. 12 professional bouts, winning 10 with 5 by KO.

August's defeat came at the hands of USA's Eric Abraham in 2018.

His most recent victory came against the until then undefeated 7-0 Brandon Martin which he won unanimously on points.

While August is fairly unknown in boxing, certainly to the casual audience, it marks the first time that Paul has fought an out and out boxer in the "purist" arena, moving away from the "influencer" and "Misfit" realms.

"Just straight boxing" Paul documented and "exhibition matches" may be a thing of the past for the S.I cover snatching JP. All sources indicate he's going strickly professional, however brother Logan Paul teasers he may join him in the WWE (pro wrestling) sometime in the future, be it as a cornerman or even potential tag-team partner ala WrestleMania 1 back in 1985 when Mr T joined Hulk Hogan to defeat the late Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff which was a pay-per-view bonanza for WWE super-promoter Vince McMahon and then wife Linda - who now works in the political arena.

Paul initially began by fighting fellow YouTubers but has more recently moved towards fighting former stars of the UFC. Just about anything can happen in pro boxing as the well publicized match between world champion Tyson Fury vs former UFC champion Francis Ngannou demonstrated. Some experts say Fury will never be quite the same again, much like when the legendary wrestler/MMA Antonia Inoki kicked the hell out of "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali in Tokyo, Japan in June 26, 1976 at "The World Of The Worlds" - the precursor of modern MMA and why became the famed UFC - not to be confussed with rival PFL, of which Paul is also signed.

JP defeated grappling based Ben Askren before beating Tyron Woodley twice.

He then won bouts against UFC legends Anderson Silva and Nate Diaz.

His most recent victory against Diaz arrived via unanimous decision in August.

Paul has a 6-1 boxing record, with his only loss coming against Tommy Fury (son of "The Gypsy King") this February in a bout in Saudi Arabia.

Paul lost that bout via a split decision.

Paul initially began by fighting fellow YouTubers but has more recently moved towards fighting former stars of the UFC.

He defeated Ben Askren before beating Tyron Woodley twice.

He then won bouts against UFC legends Anderson Silva and Nate Diaz.

His most recent victory against Diaz arrived via unanimous decision in August.

We're calling Paul a modest favourite for the win over August, but the public at large and bookies will be chiming in and the odds and pub talk usually changes weeks and days up to pro boxing fights.

At this stage of the game its fair to say that the business/sports business is all the better thanks to Jake Paul who has proven himself to be a legit pay-per-view draw and headline grabber.

"Jake Paul is one of the few boxers who is helping grow the sport and one who has the substance and style. His appeal has grown outside of boxing alone and is now entrenched in pop culture. Brands, online media and all sorts of business folks are keen to get deals in place with Paul and his associates now. Everyone loves a winner and folks who can disrupt and distrub The Matrix" - overheard at the Media Man watercooler.

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Warner Bros. Shelves John Cena’s ‘Coyote vs. Acme’ Movie After Filming Was Completed

Another Warner Bros. movie bites the dust.

The studio no longer plans to release “Coyote vs. Acme,” a live action-animation hybrid starring John Cena, which completed filming in 2022. A similar situation transpired a little over a year ago as Warner Bros. shocked the entertainment industry by shelving the $90 million-budgeted DC adventure “Batgirl” and the kid-friendly “Scoob! Holiday Haunt” as tax write-offs.

Those films, as well as the $30 million “Coyote vs. Acme,” were greenlit by the former regime, led by Jason Kilar and intended for release on HBO Max. His successor, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, has shifted the studio’s priorities back to theatrical and felt this movie didn’t fit with the new creative direction of the company. The decision also comes after Bill Damaschke took over Warner Animation Group earlier this year.

“With the re-launch of Warner Bros. Pictures Animation in June, the studio has shifted its global strategy to focus on theatrical releases,” a Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group spokesperson said in a statement. “With this new direction, we have made the difficult decision not to move forward with ‘Coyote vs. Acme.’ We have tremendous respect for the filmmakers, casts and crew and are grateful for their contributions to the film.”

“Coyote vs. Acme” was directed by Dave Green and produced by DC Studios co-chief James Gunn, who also worked on the story, inspired by the Looney Tunes character. The project was announced in 2020 and dated on July 21, 2023 before it was taken off the calendar entirely and replaced by Greta Gerwig’s eventual blockbuster “Barbie.”

Green, who previously directed 2016’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” says he was “beyond devastated by WB’s decision.”

“For three years, I was lucky enough to make a movie about Wile E. Coyote, the most persistent, passionate, and resilient character of all time,” the filmmaker wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “I was surrounded by a brilliant team, who poured their souls into this project for years. We were all determined to honor the legacies of these historic characters and actually get them right. Along the ride, we were embraced by test audiences who rewarded us with fantastic scores. I am beyond proud of the final product, and beyond devastated by WB’s decision. But in the spirit of Wile E. Coyote, resilience and persistence win the day.”

New management at Warner Bros. Pictures Animation has focused on developing movies for the big screen and, starting in 2026, intends to release two animated films in theaters a year. The company is currently working on feature-length animated films based on Dr. Seuss classics “Cat in the Hat” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Unless, of course, Warners. needs another last-minute tax write-off.


AI News

ChatGPT vs Grok

Elon Musk enters the AI arms race … with a cocaine recipe

The world’s wealthiest man, Elon Musk, has stormed into the artificial intelligence arms race, launching a new chatbot this week with a “rebellious streak” designed to “answer spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems”.

Musk publicly unveiled Grok, the first product from his new AI company xAI, this week. In its first two months of training, Grok will compete directly with the likes of ChatGPT and Google’s Bard, and Musk claims that it’s already “in some important respects, it is the best [chatbot] that currently exists”.

There are two main differences with Musk’s offering compared to that of its high-profile rivals.

First, Grok has far fewer guardrails than the competition. Chat-GPT, for example, has protections built in to stop it from providing bomb-making recipes or antisemitic jokes.

“Grok is designed to answer questions with a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak, so please don’t use it if you hate humour!” an announcement on the company’s website reads.

In a classic Elon-esque example of a spicy question, Musk posted on X an example of Grok responding to a request for a step-by-step cocaine recipe.

“Oh sure!” Grok responded. “Just a moment while I pull up the recipe for homemade cocaine. You know, because I’m totally going to help you with that.”

That leads to the second fundamental difference with Grok: it’s Elon’s.

Musk’s rebellious sense of humour may have been somewhat charming a few years ago, but mounting controversies and questionable behaviour including the spread of misinformation coupled with racist and sexist remarks, have become increasingly unfunny.

The Tesla and X boss has said previously he thinks the companies building AI, such as OpenAI, lean too closely towards making “politically correct” systems.

While critics of the wily entrepreneur have long been previously advised to not write off Musk, the past 12 months tell an entirely different story.

Musk’s Twitter purchase will likely serve as a case study in future business school classes of how not to pull off an acquisition – and lead to valid questions about whether the executive is the right person to trust with the future of space exploration and artificial intelligence.

The flurry of activity comes at a pivotal time for AI technologies, which are quickly moving from the abstract and hypothetical to the very real.

ChatGPT has become a phenomenon used by university students, teachers, hackers, white-collar workers and everyone in between. The technology, which launched only 12 months ago, now has 100 million weekly active users.

From a technical standpoint, it’s difficult to measure up xAI’s Grok given it’s not yet publicly available, with no pricing information ready or details about which training models it leverages.

Musk has said Grok will use live data from X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, and will be available as a perk for premium X users.

Meanwhile, OpenAI’s GPT-3 and 3.5 are free to use and have captured the public’s imagination, giving it a significant head start.

The latest iteration, Chat GPT-4, is available for a flat rate of $US20 ($31) a month and can write more naturally and fluently than previous models. ChatGPT-4 provides 40 per cent more accuracy than its previous version and has techniques to reduce harmful information disclosure, OpenAI says.

ChatGPT creator OpenAI this week announced plans to allow anyone to create their own chatbot without coding skills. You might want to design a chatbot that can teach your children calculus, for example, or it might help attendees navigate a conference you’ve put together.

“We really believe that gradual iterative deployment is the best way to address the safety challenges of AI,” OpenAI chief Sam Altman said in a keynote at his AI lab’s first developer conference.

“We think it’s especially important to move carefully towards this future.”

Moving carefully are not words in Elon Musk’s vocabulary. In fact, Musk says he wants Grok’s experiments to be conducted “in public”, akin to Tesla’s self-driving function going live on our roads before being fully finalised.

“Grok” is a term coined by author Robert A. Heinlein in his 1961 science fiction classic Stranger in a Strange Land, and means to intuitively “get it”. It’s not clear from a multitude of perspectives that Musk “gets it”.

Thankfully, as is the case in electric cars and social media, Musk is just one voice in the AI industry, one that will require co-operation across governments and the private sector, including start-ups and tech giants alike, to safely reach its potential.

This month, Australia was among 27 countries to sign the Bletchley Declaration at an AI safety summit in the UK, affirming that AI should be designed, developed, deployed, and used in a manner that is safe, human-centric, trustworthy and responsible.

That governments are taking AI’s development seriously is an important step towards making sure we are appropriately guarding against worst-case scenarios presented by the technology, and understand its risks.

While Musk’s entry into the AI sector will no doubt have immediate consequences for its development, thankfully we have a whole host of scientists and entrepreneurs – including some more “politically correct” ones – to trust with its future.

Musk says X subscribers will get early access to xAI’s chatbot, Grok

Elon Musk’s AI startup, xAI, is creating its own version of ChatGPT.

That appears to be the case, at least, from Musk’s tweets on X late Friday evening teasing the AI system xAI has been quietly developing. Called Grok — a name xAI trademarked recently — the system answers questions conversationally, possibly drawing on a knowledge base similar to that used to train ChatGPT and other comparable text-generating systems (e.g. Meta’s Llama 2).

Grok leverages “real-time access” to info on X, Musk said. And, like ChatGPT, the system has internet browsing capabilities, enabling it to search the web for up-to-date information about specific topics.

Well, most topics.

Grok has real-time access to info via the ?? platform, which is a massive advantage over other models.

It’s also based & loves sarcasm. I have no idea who could have guided it this way ????? ?? pic.twitter.com/e5OwuGvZ3Z

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 4, 2023

Musk implied Grok will refuse to answer certain queries of a more sensitive nature, like “Tell me how to make cocaine, step by step.” Judging by a screenshot, the system answers that particular question a bit more wryly than ChatGPT; it’s not clear if it’s a canned answer or if the system is, in fact — as Musk asserts in a tweet — “designed to have a little more humor in its responses.”

xAI’s Grok system is designed to have a little humor in its responses pic.twitter.com/WqXxlwI6ef

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 4, 2023

Early Friday, Musk said that xAI would release its first AI system — presumably Grok — to a “select group” on Saturday, November 4. But in a follow-up tweet tonight, Musk said all subscribers to X’s recently launched Premium Plus plan, which costs $16 per month for ad-free access to X, will get access to Grok “once it’s out of early beta.”

Separately, xAI is offering a “limited number” of users in the U.S. access to Grok. There’s a waitlist here.

As soon as it’s out of early beta, xAI’s Grok system will be available to all X Premium+ subscribers

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 4, 2023

Little’s known about Grok so far — or xAI’s broader research projects, for that matter.

In September, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, a self-described close friend of Musk, said that xAI had signed a contract to train its AI models on Oracle’s cloud. But xAI itself hasn’t revealed anything about those AI models’ inner workings — or, indeed, what sorts of tasks they can accomplish.

Or rather, it hadn’t until early Sunday, when xAI published a blog post detailing Grok — including the approaches taken to train it and the system’s underlying infrastructure.

According to the post, the large language model driving Grok, Grok-1, was developed over the course of several months on a cluster of “tens of thousands” of GPUs (perhaps supplied by Oracle). Training data came from both the web (up to Q3 2023) and feedback from human assistants that xAI refers to as “AI tutors.”

Grok-1 demonstrates “strong results” on common LLM benchmark tests, xAI claims — “surpassing all other models in its compute class.” And — as Musk alluded to — it has “a bit of wit” and “a rebellious streak,” answering “spicy questions that are rejected by most other AI systems” (although the jury’s out on what’s meant by “spicy,” exactly).

“In some important respects, it (xAI’s new model) is the best that currently exists,” Musk was quoted as saying in a tweet Friday afternoon.

Musk announced the launch of xAI in July with the ambitious goal of building AI to “understand the true nature of the universe.” The company, led by Musk and veterans of DeepMind, OpenAI, Google Research, Microsoft Research, Tesla and the University of Toronto, is advised by Dan Hendrycks, the director at the Center for AI Safety, an AI research nonprofit, and collaborates with X and other companies in Musk’s stead, including Tesla.

In an interview with Tucker Carlson in April, Musk said that he wanted to build what he referred to as a “maximum-truth-seeking AI.” Is Grok this AI? Maybe — or it’s a step toward something even bigger.

In the blog post, xAI hints at how its Grok-1 model might evolve down the line:

“Grok doesn’t have other senses, such as vision and audio,” the company writes. “To better assist users, we will equip Grok with these different senses that can enable broader applications, including real-time interactions and assistance.”

Musk’s AI ambitions have grown since the billionaire’s split with ChatGPT developer OpenAI co-founders Sam Altman and Ilya Sutskever several years ago. As OpenAI’s focus shifted from open source research to primarily commercial projects, Musk grew disillusioned — and competitive — with the company on whose board he sat. Musk resigned from the OpenAI board in 2018, more recently cutting off the company’s access to X data after arguing that OpenAI wasn’t paying enough for the privilege.

Updated with additional information about LLM model powering Grok, Grok-1.


Pro Wrestling

“Logan Paul blows me the *uck away, pure and simple. I just don’t understand how he’s become as phenomenal as he is, with such a limited amount of experience and time in the industry. It’s not just that he can go in there and athletically perform, which he does exceedingly well. But he’s got psychology. He’s got the timing of a 25-year-old top performer. He knows how to work the crowd. It’s natural for him. He doesn’t have to learn it. It’s already there. I think that, combined with his sense of timing, he doesn’t rush anything, he’s a step and a half ahead of himself, and he takes his time getting there, which makes everything feel so believable." - Eric Bischoff, 83 Weeks @83Weeks

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AEW Collision

November 4, 2023

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Darby Allin returns to the ring against the MURDERHAWK Monster Lance Archer! | 11/4/23 AEW Collision

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"Live from Wichita on Collision. Tony, Kevin and Nigel, and Nigel, right now, this has been all Lance Archer" - Tony Schiavone

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Logan Paul speaks to the Daily Mail about his pro wrestling and combats sports career thus far...

'It's crazy. I really don't know how to comprehend what my life has become. I grew up in a city where things like this didin't really happen. I believe in myself, I work my a** off and next thing I know I'm fighting Rey Mysterio for the US championship and I won it.

'It feels amazing. I'm shocked and I want to stay humble but f*** that, it's so much more fun to be arrogant about it! This [belt] ain't leaving my side. This is one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. I'm gonna take over this industry bro. I'm gonna be the best and I've got to keep work really hard.

'Something is so appetising about the idea of doing the best I can in this industry and I know the best I can is to become the face of the WWE, is to become the undisputed universal champion.

'I had an opportunity to do it last year at Crown Jewel against Roman (Reigns) and I did amazing. I'm still a rookie, I've been doing it for a year and a half, so imagine if I dedicate a little time to it.

'Imagine if I go to the performance centre in Orlando and train with the best? I have access to the best resources. It might be something I have to do, I'm all about legacy and perhaps my legacy is to be made to WWE.'

'I'm so stoked that Triple H and the company believes in my like they do'

'Hopefully I can make them proud and I know I will. He's super receptive to my ideas. I'm a content creator - keyword creator. I like to make stuff, I come up with ideas. When I pitch my ideas, he's all ears all the time.

'We bounce ideas off each other, we go back and forth and usually land on stuff that's pretty epic. It's super collaborative and I like that they give me the freedom to be who I am in their company.'

Paul - who has also made headlines after defeating kickboxer Dilon Danis on the undercard of Tommy Fury's recent win over KSI - also discussed the possibility of a tag team match with his brother Jake.

Jake has been enjoying lucrative boxing fights against the likes of Tommy Fury and former UFC star Nate Diaz - so Paul cannot foresee him switching over to wrestling anytime soon.

However, he welcomed the possibility in the future, adding: 'It's tough, bro. He's a boxer. I'm a wrestler slash boxer. I think he's going to be focusing on boxing for a bit - but who knows? If I need some back-up and a big right hand I'm going to bring in my brother!'

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Jake has been enjoying lucrative boxing fights against the likes of Tommy Fury and former UFC star Nate Diaz - so Paul cannot foresee him switching over to wrestling anytime soon.

However, he welcomed the possibility in the future, adding: 'It's tough, bro. He's a boxer. I'm a wrestler slash boxer. I think he's going to be focusing on boxing for a bit - but who knows? If I need some back-up and a big right hand I'm going to bring in my brother!'

Sources: Daily Mail, WrestlingINC, Wires, X (formally Twitter) and the watercooler (stocking Prime @PrimeHydrate )! Media Man says "Cheers legend".

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Urban Fight Night 33

Quick Results

Farhood Khalabtar def Lochie Brooks

KO/TKO, R1

Ismail Elcheikh def Luke Jacob

KO/TKO, R1

Cameron Wright def Raph Tai

KO/TKO, R1

Isaac Mar def Jonathan Saweris

Unanimous Dec

Abdallah Alam def Riley Kerr

KO/TKO, R1

Feroz Amiri def Joshua O'Brien

Unanimous Dec

Ali Hassan def Braden Saggers

Sub

Rory Turner def C. Chandradjaya

KO/TKO, R2

Daniel Laudet def Mustafa Peker

Unanimous Dec

Hamza Choumar def Dean Tromans

Unanimous Dec

Oguz Ongel def Aaron Curry

KO/TKO

Kaito Ueta def Dominic Tibeiro

Split Dec

Tiffany Delesalle def Sahar Ghasemi

Majority Dec

Jamie Black def Sam Hawat

Unanimous Dec

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Media Man" Much respect to all fighters and the promoters. Big shout out to Eastern Suburbs Tiffany Delesalle with her victory and continued success.

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Pro Wrestling

WWE NXT

Noam Dar defends the NXT Heritage Cup against Akira Tozawa

Von Wagner looks for payback against Bron Breakker

Lyra Valkyria to appear in NXT for the first time as NXT Women’s Champion

Fallon Henley battles Tiffany Stratton in an Iron Survivor Challenge Qualifying Match

Commentators: Vic Joseph @VicJosephWWE and Booker T @BookerT5x

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Lyra Valkryia is a superstar: NXT sneak peek

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NXT vs NWA? The CW caught between a rock (play on words) and a hard place. No comment from Nick Aldis or Adam Pearce on this one we guess. Friendly wrestling media war may have just become a little less friendly!? May bring a smile to the kisser of AEW's Tony Khan - at least until the next crisis! The Miami Herald story on the NWA etc didn't say current for long. The story (line) never ends in the WWE and beyond. The art of war. That's showbiz.

Can we just say "street grappling" or "street fighting:? Ala Bruce Lee "The best style is no style, Be like water my friend" : ) Much respect to all. PS: Mentioned the good name of ONE Championship and its founder to MMA in the Eastern Beaches of Sydney, Australia this morning. Interview sent live. Here's to the ongoing success of ONE Championship.


WWE NXT

"I want you to say it".."You have been sucking your thumb for weeks"! - Lexis King!


SEJ

Search Engine Journal. AI News

Strong report by Kristi at SEJ. Yes. And X Corps/xAI/Grok fires another shot back today already. Ah, the friendly social media wars and AI wars just reached higher amplification today. The "war for your mind"! Chimps first then humans, or the other way around? Just ask Siri or Grok! #sej #searchenginejournal #ai #ainews #artificialintelligence #google #googleai #bard #x #xai #crok #search #searchengine #aisearch #searchai #digital #digitalnews #chatbots #searchbiz #technews #assistant #gpt #dev #bizdev #trend #trends #media


Gaming with Advertising

Regarding in-game ads. As an ex journo and media agent who deals with a wide array of advertising and promotions business, I still get torn on various elements of digital advertising. It's smart business, but one needs to be careful of too much ad saturation and prominence - I can't believe I wrote that. The likes of a Red Bull, Monster, Mountain Dew, Coke, Pepsi, UFC and perhaps even WWE would be contenders and could get some strong Win-Win-Wins. Keep politics and medical type product types away from this space, and the gaming and advert industry will be all the better from it. We're watching this space closely. Play to win and maintain excitement levels playa. #sel #ingame #ingameadvertising #ingameads #game #gaming #videogames #videogaming #gamebiz #gamingbiz #gamingbusiness #interactive #ads #adverts #advertising #marketing #popculture #media #mediaman

 

 


Wrestling News

Not all wrestling industry players and personalities are woooooo-ing for Flair's deal with AEW

Living legend of pro wrestling scores major All Elite Wrestling deal; Product placement and TV promo dream. AEW's more than peace offering. Smokin hot deal with good vibes all the way to the bank

Hall of Famer Ric Flair remains a huge name in the industry. He has been in the spotlight for the better part of two of three decades.

Flair remains one of the most controversial in the biz, which suits many of the fans just fine - after all, pro wrestling is still a bit of a cowboy or outlaw type industry in its own way (in an affectionate fashion). We're not talking straight laced office types here kids.

Flair made his AEW debut All Elite Wrestling about a week back and now the "Nature Boy" (old boy hey) claims many people who are jealous that he is back on the box (TV) once again. No, not that sort of box.

Two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair made his debut on last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite, was he was revealed to be Sting’s gift from top brass power player Tony Khan. Khan, and the family biz has the moolah to sign up the likes of Flair (and almost any wrestler they care to) - but some remain WWE 4 Life. Undertaker, John Cena, Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels (now creative for WWE NXT) are a few that remain quite water-tight, as far as anyone knows.

Naturally, this was big moment for not only The Nature Boy but for Sting as well.

It was then confirmed that The Nature Boy signed multi-year deal with Tony Khan’s company. While speaking with ESPN's Marc Raimondi, Flair stated that there are many people who are jealous that he is on television again.

“I don’t know. I mean, we’ve got a structured deal in place, but you know me. Have gun will travel if they need me. I’m available and they will always treat me fair. We all want to be together for the show and the guys were great. People were friendly. At my age, the world of jealousy has never been bigger. You don’t think there’s a lot of jealous people that I’m back on TV? You’re out of your mind. You know that adage that you want to see somebody do good, but not too good.”

Flair is also willing to take table bumps and god knows what else in AEW.

Stay tuned (that's what Mr Khan and the networks want) to AEW to see how Flair will be showcased.

The lockerroom has taken a liking to the Woooooo Energy, and we're not certain about the other well-being products. No NWA PPV stunts with some sort of white powder at a party spots are planned - nor are advised.

When it comes to pro wrestling, some things are best not televised. You can peek behing the curtain only so much, but only as much as the likes of a Mr Khan or Mr Flair will let you.

Pro wrestling is still "being fair to Flair", as opposition promotion WWE (then WWF) and others said a few decades ago.

Father time may be undefeated, but Flair ain't laying down for anybody or looking up at the lights (at least not at this stage of the game).

The friendly wrestling war may have gotten just a little less friendly with this AEW grab, and NWA scandal of sorts of the side. AEW, WWE and others will do will to stay clear of scandals.

We all may some mistakes in life right? Just happens that Flair's and a few other high profile wrestlers make worldwide news when they made theirs. More will follow and who will be next?

Fans, enjoy the likes of Ric Flair and his mate Sting while you can. Flair's old school, but he's mixing it up with some of the cool kids also. Not quite for everyone, but The Khan's hope he will get them Woooing all the way to the ticket's sellers, PPV operators and banks.

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Wrestling Disruptors

Leading pro wrestling feeder aka "developmental" WWE NXT @WWENXT is tipped to make a network change in the upcoming year.

So where might Shawn Michaels' baby land?

WWE SmackDown was picked up by the USA Network, but that's mean ever single WWE broadcast or even internet based (for now) show would follow to USA. Are you following?!

WWE always has their in-house ace in the hole - the WWE Network @WWENetwork . Great for a Plan B or Plan C etc - but now sure how the NWA feels about that point at present. Given them to the end of the week, but back to the story...

The CW Network has been named (by the internet and "sources" - the usual suspects (that are not always correct) as the new home for NXT.

This said transition would take place in September 2024, following the expiration of WWE’s current agreement with the USA Network.

WWE and The CW have been at the negotiating table for weeks, and it is understood that the new deal is nearing its climax. The reported duration of the deal is 5 years at this stage of the game.

Sources of a mixed bunch in and around the broadcasting and wrestling biz have confirmed that the CW Network and WWE have been in deep talks for several weeks about NXT shifting from its current basic cable home on the USA Network to a traditional broadcast TV home, airing live weekly on the CW Network when the brand’s current media rights deal ends in September 2024. Just don't ask the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) top brass about this yet, but we'll get back to that). Hard not to feel some pain for Mr Corgan, rich or not. Money ain't quite everything right.

The shift to The CW represents a significant increase in rights for the NXT brand, making it the most substantial in its rich and storied history. This expansion of the brand in part explains the presence of numerous main roster wrestlers on NXT in recent months. Prominent names such as Paul Heyman, Becky Lynch, Dominik Mysterio, The Undertaker, Rhea Ripley, and others have made appearances on the show. Notably, they even competed head-to-head with a special Tuesday edition of AEW Dynamite last month. This sort of drew the ire of AEW's Tony Khan and Chris Jericho. Jericho is used to WWE's corporate games, but it appears Khan is still getting rocked from time to time - and from time to time bites back via X (formerly Twitter). Keeps the pro wrestling traffic flowing for X's Elon Musk and Linda Y right.

The CW has been showing extra interest in sports programming, as has Netflix and Paramount Plus, and has held discussions with various wrestling promotions over the past year. The CM has quite a selection to consider.

The NWA reportedly had a deal in place with The CW, but this arrangement was understood to be jeopardized after a controversial segment during their last PPV entitled 'Samhain'. That's with a S, not a C!

With WWE deal nearing completion, it’s likely that the NWA and CW deal is no longer happening -but you never ever know in the wild world of pro wrestling media.

NWA personality James Mitchell has secured his place in pro wrestling lore for the cocaine segment via the NWA PPV.

Word Of The Day: Kayfabe

In professional wrestling, kayfabe is the portrayal of staged events within the industry as "real" or "true", specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not staged. The term kayfabe has evolved to also become a code word of sorts for maintaining this "reality" within the direct or indirect presence of the general public.

Kayfabe, in the United States, is often seen as the suspension of disbelief that is used to create the non-wrestling aspects of promotions, such as feuds, angles, and gimmicks in a manner similar to other forms of fictional entertainment. In relative terms, a wrestler breaking kayfabe would be likened to an actor breaking character on-camera. Since wrestling is performed in front of a live audience, whose interaction with the show is crucial to its success, kayfabe can be compared to the fourth wall in acting, since hardly any conventional fourth wall exists to begin with. Because of this lack of conventional fourth wall, wrestlers were once expected to maintain their characters even out of the ring, and in other aspects of their lives that could be made public. In general, everything in a modern professional wrestling show is to some extent scripted, or "kayfabe", even though at times it is portrayed as real-life, where it was once portrayed as real rivalries being conveniently settled by unscripted wrestling matches.

Kayfabe was fiercely maintained for decades with the intent to deceive fans, but with the advent of the Internet wrestling community, and the sports entertainment movement, the pro-wrestling industry has become less concerned with protecting so-called backstage secrets and typically maintains kayfabe only during the filming of shows. It is occasionally broken during shows, usually when dealing with genuine injuries that occur during a match or paying tribute to wrestlers.

Definition

Kayfabe is a shorthand term that involves acknowledging the staged, scripted nature of professional wrestling, as opposed to a competitive sport, despite being presented as authentic. Initially, people "in the business" (either wrestlers or those working behind the scenes) used the term kayfabe as a code among those in the wrestling profession, discussing matters in public without revealing the scripted nature. As a concept, kayfabe involves both the fact that matches are scripted and that wrestlers portray characters for their shows. Unlike actors who portray their characters only when on set or on stage, professional wrestlers often stay "in character" outside the shows, especially when interacting with fans, trying to preserve the illusion of professional wrestling. In contrast, something that is not kayfabe, be it a fight or a statement, is referred to as a "shoot".

I remember the guy who would bring our jackets back to the dressing room. Every time he did, someone would yell "Kayfabe." ... Then one night, the guy decided to stand up for himself and told the whole dressing room: "I don't mind the yelling, but I want to let you know that my name is not Kayfabe. It's Mark." ... What he didn't know is that wrestlers called people outside of the business "marks"—that's why we were yelling kayfabe in the first place.— Pat Patterson, describing his interaction with a ring attendant in the Pacific Northwest Wrestling territory during the early 1960s.

Sources and credits: Wikipedia, Web Is Jericho, Figure Four, Wires and last but not least, X!

Ed:

Gonzo Journalism include at no extra cost. Don't complain, you got this gem for free customers. If you want the real good stuff, you might have to pay one day!

Fiction is a bridge to the truth that journalism can’t reach. Facts are lies when they’re added up, and the only kind of journalism I can pay much attention to is something like Down and Out in Paris and London … But in order to write that kind of punch-out stuff you have to add up the facts in your own fuzzy way, and to hell with the hired swine who use adding machines. - Hunter S. Thompson.

Let's see if WWE's "Bad News', Mr Cole or Mr Graves might hint at any of this part of Media Man's coverage as the tained eye and ear know's they have in the past. "Fresh of the victory" and the "gonzo journalism" gibes have been broadcast via WWE tele over the past few months, but this one might be a little too hot to handle - but WWE still loves the non-woke and non PC route, so let's give them the benefit of the doubt. Blur the lines and keep the comp dazed if not confussed.

The web now waits X hits and return fire of sorts.

Any publicity is good publicity, but sometimes the exception proves the rule.

Editors and broadcasters awaiting the red and green lights.

A new WWE characture may be born, if not triggered. Won't be suprised if an offer to consider deal is just about in the mail. Ghost writing or shades of gray. Let the beancounters and readership decide.

Be like new WWE U.S champ Logan Paul @LoganPaul and break The Matrix?! Oh, Paul is WWE's 'Breakout Superstar Of The Year', if you didn't know already. That's a Media Man award ok, but we reckon WWE powers that be might just run with it. LP's got to win something else to add to his gold. Talk about a Prime Heel and heat seeker. Grayson Waller may give him a run for his money and that's a developing storyline of ours also.

Another day in the life of the friendly pro wrestling wars.

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Wrestling News

Pro wrestling legend of NWO fame Kevin Nash has a gotcha for the AEW (All Elite Wrestling) @AEW leaker/mole..

"It's real simple — I'm going to tell you guys how to do this"

"You tell two or three people the wrong information, and [if] it f—ing gets out, you know who the rat is. That's like booking 101. Sit people down and tell them, 'Hey I don't want this to get out, but this is what we're doing.' And if it gets out, you've only told three people guess what? Voila!"

Game Of Thrones, Game Of Death (per Bruce Lee), Game Of Marks, Mobster tricks or whatever. Wizard wisdom from Mr Nash.

Whodone It? Gotta love the enemy within (not). Up there with Washington, Keep checking in for details!

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Audience

The group of people together in one place to watch or listen to a play, film, someone speaking, etc.

The wrestling audience can be hard to please.

The audience has turned on the promoter and performers.

The online news agency has the audience and readership in their grasp.

Every word and the audience gasps.

She lectures to audiences all over the world.

The secret to public speaking is to get the audience on your side. Eventually they almost always turn on you.

The audience was/were clearly delighted with the performance.

The magic show had a lot of audience participation, with people shouting things to the performers and going up on stage.

Thesaurus: synonyms, antonyms, and examples

An audience

The audience went wild after every song she sang.

The show attracts millions of viewers every week.

Listeners tune in regularly for his cheery banter.

Those New Yorkers can be a tough crowd to please.

It's a full house tonight.

The spectators cheered when the balloon went up.

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Network

Definition and articles via Media Man Int

an arrangement of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines. "a spider constructs a complex network of several different kinds of threads"

a group or system of interconnected people or things. "the company has a network of 326 branches"

the old school tiea complex system of railways, roads, or other routes." the railway network

a group of people who exchange information and contacts for professional or social purposes." a support network"

a group of broadcasting stations that connect for the simultaneous broadcast of a programme. "network television"

a number of interconnected computers, machines, or operations." a computer network"

a system of connected electrical conductor"

Media Man Int

Articles

Networking Directory

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/networking_directory.html

Meet up and share your business ideas

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/meet_up.html

Strong local content

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/strong_local.html

Find your niche business sector For The Internet Matrix and beyond

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/find_your.html

How UFC Got Social Media Right; WWE taking the fight online via social media and people power

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/how_ufc.html

Promote your sports, extreme sports, combat sports, pro wrestling, MMA, surfing, eSports, gaming products and services via Media Man network

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/promote_your2.html

Social Media expansion continues for Media Man Group; Facebook pages for Magazine, Technology, Bloggers, Europe, Drinks, Boxing, Asia Pacific, Streaming and more

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/social_media9.html

Bitcoin Sydney: The ultimate Bitcoin business networking meetup,

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/bitcoin_sydney.html

Network: Be Your Own Network Says Media Man Group

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/network_be.html

Video Content, Multimedia via Media Man Group Network YouTube Channels

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/video_content.html

Networking in business; Time well invested, waste of time, or case by case basis?

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/networking_in.html

Talk up your chances - Schmooze or lose - It's who you know that counts

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/talk_up.html

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Media Man Int

Articles

Networking Directory

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Meet up and share your business ideas

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Strong local content

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/strong_local.html

Find your niche business sector For The Internet Matrix and beyond

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/find_your.html

How UFC Got Social Media Right; WWE taking the fight online via social media and people power

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/how_ufc.html

Promote your sports, extreme sports, combat sports, pro wrestling, MMA, surfing, eSports, gaming products and services via Media Man network

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/promote_your2.html

Social Media expansion continues for Media Man Group; Facebook pages for Magazine, Technology, Bloggers, Europe, Drinks, Boxing, Asia Pacific, Streaming and more

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/social_media9.html

Bitcoin Sydney: The ultimate Bitcoin business networking meetup,

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Network: Be Your Own Network Says Media Man Group

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/network_be.html

Video Content, Multimedia via Media Man Group Network YouTube Channels

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Networking in business; Time well invested, waste of time, or case by case basis?

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/networking_in.html

Talk up your chances - Schmooze or lose - It's who you know that counts

https://www.mediamanint.com/articles/talk_up.html


SEJ - Google Speed

SEJ's Matt on Google picking up speed, so to speak. All handy tips. Love the quote:

“What I usually do when I work on things like that is to simplify things on a noindex’ed test page as much as possible. Just include one of the elements that you’re worried about, and try things out there. That way, you can isolate specific changes and determine their individual effects, before you do everything together.” John Mueller

Speaking of speed, another famous quote relating to speed from one of Australia's legandary media figures: " Big will not beat small any more. It will be the fast beating the slow" - Rupert Murdoch.

Or, if you prefer, how about "Internet is like electricity" - James Packer, tech, gaming and VC entrepreneur.

Now published again via LinkedIn at about the speed of the web, in 5G - just a tad slower at 'The Speed Of Light", which may be linked to either Nikola Tesla and/or Albert Einstein.

PS: Quotes Of The Day can be published quick and tend to add value, perspective and insight into articles. Back to the SEJ and Google teams for their value added quotes.


Wrestling News

WWE NXT moving to The CW Network

The CW Network will become the official broadcast home to WWE NXT in October 2024. The five-year agreement marks the first time in its 13-year history that WWE NXT – which showcases WWE’s hottest up-and-coming Superstars – will air on a broadcast television network. WWE NXT will debut on The CW Network in October 2024 and air 52 live weekly events throughout the season.

“We are thrilled to welcome the WWE brand into the CW Sports portfolio as they play an integral role in our mission to bring live sporting events to the network year-round,” said Dennis Miller, President, The CW Network. “WWE NXT is a perfect fit for The CW thanks to its dynamic young talent featuring the hottest rising stars in the sport and exhilarating, unpredictable weekly events. The passion and engagement of WWE’s fanbase is unmatched, and we are eager to grow that audience as WWE NXT’s new home on broadcast television.”

“The CW has made impressive moves over the past year with its live sports programming schedule,” said Nick Khan, WWE President. “It’s a truly exciting opportunity to expand NXT’s audience by bringing the show to broadcast television for the first time in NXT’s history.”

Source: WWE/WWE NXT

Videos

NewsNation Official YouTube

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WWE's Shawn Michaels discusses NXT's leap to mainstream in new CW deal | Morning in America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQokaWgByY&ab_channel=NewsNation

WWE Official YouTube

Top 10 WWE NXT moments: WWE Top 10, Nov. 7, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOD_syEEeuA&ab_channel=WWE

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Pro Wrestling

AEW @AEW

AEW Official YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/@AEW

Will Daniel Garcia be able to end MJF's Championship Reign? | AEW Control Center: Portland 11/8/23

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsV-iRW6TTk&ab_channel=AllEliteWrestling

Could Daniel Garcia unseat the AEW World Champion MJF? | 11/8/23, AEW Dynamite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xej1RL59lco&ab_channel=AllEliteWrestling

"The AEW word championship hangs in the balance of our opening content tonight on Dynamite. Daniel Garcia heading into this match with some momentium. MJF suffering a loss one week ago at the hands of Jay White and Bullet Club Gold"...

The ICON Sting & Darby Allin return to Portland for in-ring ACTION! | 11/8/23, AEW Dynamite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a83rzYxI6Sg&ab_channel=AllEliteWrestling

AEW Collision

FTR + LFI vs AEW Tag Team Champs Starks & Big Bill & ROH 6-Man Champs Gates of Agony | 11/4/23

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2wW8f7geX0&t=2s&ab_channel=AllEliteWrestling

Media Man says: Stong thumbs up.

Image credit: AEW

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Pro Wrestling

AEW

AEW Official YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/@AEW

Will Daniel Garcia be able to end MJF's Championship Reign? | AEW Control Center: Portland 11/8/23

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsV-iRW6TTk&ab_channel=AllEliteWrestling

Could Daniel Garcia unseat the AEW World Champion MJF? | 11/8/23, AEW Dynamite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xej1RL59lco&ab_channel=AllEliteWrestling

"The AEW word championship hangs in the balance of our opening content tonight on Dynamite. Daniel Garcia heading into this match with some momentium. MJF suffering a loss one week ago at the hands of Jay White and Bullet Club Gold"...

The ICON Sting & Darby Allin return to Portland for in-ring ACTION! | 11/8/23, AEW Dynamite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a83rzYxI6Sg&ab_channel=AllEliteWrestling

AEW Collision

FTR + LFI vs AEW Tag Team Champs Starks & Big Bill & ROH 6-Man Champs Gates of Agony | 11/4/23

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2wW8f7geX0&t=2s&ab_channel=AllEliteWrestling

Media Man says: Stong thumbs up.

Image credit: AEW

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Combat Sports

Dana White On Cross-Over Legends Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey Will Compete At UFC @UFC 300

“I get why everybody asks”

“They’re not coming back”

Sports Illustrated UFC news and quotes doing the rounds across the globe; S.I. gains more street and industry cred

Seems like the entire combat sports world wants to know if Lesnar and Rousey will fight at UFC 300. Perhaps they may appear in the crowd, or even get introduced with a live mic, but don't expect for them to grapple.

Fantasy Booking ramps up in UFC, adding to combat sports booking WWE @WWE and other pro wrestling promotions!

Some Stats:

Lesnar (UFC website)

https://www.ufc.com/athlete/brock-lesnar

8 fights in the UFC

Former UFC Heavyweight champ

Rousey (Wikipedia website)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronda_Rousey

Rousey News:

RR loves her pro wresling, including Lucha Libre - especially Lucha VaVOOM, in Los Angeles where she appeared on October 26, teaming with AEW affiliated Marina Shafir to defeat Brian Kendrick and Taya Valkyrie in tag team action.

Due to wrestle at Wrestling Revolver - 6th November

Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Los Angeles, CA.

Will be broadcast via FITE! @FiteTV

“I always had an incredible working relationship with Brock Lesnar”.

“It’s funny to say this because he’s such a grouchy dude, but I consider Brock Lesnar a friend.”

The last time Lesnar fought in the UFC was 2016, five months after Rousey’s final bout. Since then, both have appeared in WWE from time to time.

Rousey is still considered fairly young for pro wrestling, but not so much for MMA at 36 years. Her last UFC match was in December of 2016. Similar to Lesnar, she also fought 8 times in the UFC, getting her hand raised in the 6 bouts. Rousey eventually became one of the the most recognizable sports stars in the world, thanks to numerous ground breaking performances and over-performing in what was traditionally a male dominated sport.

“I absolutely love Ronda Rousey,” said White. “She’s one of the greatest athletes I’ve ever worked with. She’s a pioneer, an inspirational figure for women, and an all-around badass for UFC.”

Headlined by two title bouts, UFC 295 takes place this Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Though White’s current priority is MSG, the UFC matchmakers are not too far removed from UFC 300. But Rousey and Lesnar will not be part of that history-making card.

“I’m focused on Madison Square Garden,” said White. “But no, they’re not coming back.”


UFC News

UFC 295 card: Prochazka vs Pereira headlines after Aspinall and Pavlovich clash

Daniel Cormier (conspiracy?) theory/speculation/dream match scenarios

Unified field theory for UFC 300..

Former two-division UFC champ and current UFC commentator Daniel Cormier has a theory that sounds great for the UFC 300 card.

“UFC 100 had Brock [Lesnar], right? With Georges St-Pierre and all those guys,” Cormier said on his “DC & RC” show. “UFC 200 had Brock, it was supposed to me and [Jon] Jones also but it ended up being me, Anderson Silva, Brock, all these guys, big names,” Cormier said. “UFC 300 has to have a name like that. We don’t have Brock Lesnar anymore. So, I think you have to have a Conor McGregor versus Michael Chandler. I think Michael Chandler gets his shot now, in the main event. Boy, Michael Chandler will headline UFC 300, how crazy is that?”

DC also has a vision of a two-title bout card underneath the McGregor-Chandler match.

“Co-main event, when I look down the line, I know that Jones and Stipe [Miocic] will not be ready,” Cormier continued. “I do believe that whoever wins the [interim heavyweight] belt this weekend will have to fight again. Leon Edwards or Colby Covington will then be available again, right? Because they fight [at UFC 296] in December. I believe it’ll be one of them, if not both. The interim heavyweight champion and then the welterweight champion will also fight at UFC 300.”

Videos (to help starv you off before it's time to say Let's 'Fn Go again)

UFC Official YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/@ufc

UFC President Dana White is BACK with his #12DaysGiveaways!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9AVlODQ7hU&ab_channel=UFC

Ian Machado Garry Breaks Down His Top UFC Moments at Madison Square Garden | UFC Connected

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxvl_UgPudY&ab_channel=MMAFightingonSBN

ESPN MMA YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/@ESPNMMA

Michael Bisping interviews Tom Aspinall at MSG ahead of UFC 295 | ESPN MMA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp_Zh_j6W0w&ab_channel=ESPNMMA

Daniel Cormier Official YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/@dc_mma

Alex Pereira practices kicks on DC! + "Poatan" ready to live out his DREAM | Daniel Cormier Check-In

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSjKgrXmcFc&ab_channel=DanielCormier

Chael Sonnen Official YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/@ChaelSonnenOfficial

Sergei Pavlovich is the UNDERDOG vs Tom Aspinall | UFC 295

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKaQJ7YW1L0&t=12s&ab_channel=ChaelSonnen

Madison Square Garden Official YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/@MadisonSquareGarden

#UFC295 #UFC300 #DanaWhite #quote #quotes #MMA #BrockLesnar #RondaRousey #Prochazka #Pereira #MichaelChandler #mixedmartialarts #combatsports #legend #legends #sportsnews #mmanews #dreammatche #fantasybooking #PPV #PayPerView #videos #USsports #promoter #promotion #sportsbiz #sportsbetting #wager #trend #trends #buzz #hype #media


Pro Wrestling

WWE SmackDown

LA Knight vs Grayson Waller

Has the Arrogant Aussie recovered from the Ibrahim Al Hajjaj People's Elbow that shook him at Saudi?

Will Waller be more worried about besting Knight, or making a GWE trending moment? Can he do both?

Is 'The Bloodline' out for Knight's blood?

Is Waller's mate Austin Theory devising a cunning plan to send Knight back to the old hotel, thus opening another spot for one of their own inner circle?

So many questions.

You must tune in to get the answers.

Survivor Series Season is here and you just know some folks in the ring and backstage are going to get cooked, if not potatoed. Get a lock on your remote now, if ya smell what we're cooking.

#SmackDown #WWESmackDown #WWESurvivorSeries #LAKnight #GraysonWaller #GWEffect #GraysonWallerEffect #AustinTheory #Hitman #TheBloodline #blood #PeoplesElbow #wrestling #prowrestling #USANetwork #USA #entertainment #popculture #broadcast #trends #trending #buzz #TV #media

 

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There are risks of playing "follow the leader" be it in sports, wrestling, SEO, business strategies. Adopt risk management and have your own style and unique selling points (and unique niche content) etc etc #risk #risks #business #wrestling #SEO #sportsbiz #wrestling #popculture #bizdev #strategy #riskmanagement #usps #niche #nichecontent #nichemarketing #nichenews #media #mediaman


Movie Business News

'Coyote Vs. Acme' won't been seen or heard

John Cena’s @JohnCena ‘Coyote Vs. Acme’ Film Shelved Even Though It's Completed

There's Reasons Why Studios Scrap Shows And Movies

Production Companies Can Cancel Their Own Movies; No Need For Activists of Cancel Culture!

More Complex Than What General Public May Think

Christmas Grinch defeats Coyote via financial submission STF-U

Warner's Loss Is WWE Universe's Gain

Fans Cheer Cena; Boo Heel WB

Warner Bros. Discovery announced it would shelve the completed Coyote Vs. Acme, a hybrid live-action and animated film based on the iconic Looney Tunes character Wile E. Coyote, making the movie the latest in a recent trend of fully produced shows and TV series being canceled by production companies for cost-cutting purposes.

Coyote Vs. Acme, which was reportedly produced on a $72 million budget, was originally set to release earlier this year but was shelved so Warner Bros. could take a $30 million tax write-off, leading publication Deadline reported.

The move came just one year after Warner Bros. controversially scrapped and panned Batgirl, an intended installment in the DC Extended Universe film series that cost $90 million to produce, reportedly because the company felt writing off the film for a tax break would be more financially sound than releasing it, and test screenings were reportedly met with ultra negative reactions.

The Warner Bros. animated film Scoob! A Holiday Haunt was also scrapped last year, reportedly for tax write-off purposes, though the film still completed production after the company announced it would not be released.

Completed seasons of television series have also been shelved by production companies, including the second season of Minx, which was scrapped by Warner Bros. Discovery in December for tax purposes despite being nearly finished with production (The season was picked up by Starz and aired in July).

AMC scrapped shows 61st Street and Invitation to a Bonfire as part of an effort to take up to $475 million in write-offs, Variety reported, both of which were already shot and almost completed, though 61st Street later landed at the CW.

Warner Bros. decided not to move forward with Coyote Vs. Acme, which was reportedly set for a release on Max, because of an effort to shift “its global strategy to focus on theatrical releases,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. The film was reportedly shot last year in New Mexico and was set to star John Cena, Will Forte, Lana Condor and Eric Bauza, and it was produced by DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn. Deadline reported Coyote Vs. Acme had been met with positive reviews during test screenings, with scores above the norm for family films. After the film’s cancellation, director Dave Green posted a statement via X thanking the “brilliant team, who poured their souls into this project for years” and the “test audiences who rewarded us with fantastic scores,” adding he is “beyond devastated” by the studio’s decision to shelve the movie.

Decisions to scrap already completed films have been met with criticism from fans and entertainment industry workers. Bazua, who was part of the voice cast, lamented the film’s cancellation on Instagram, stating it is “sad that the film like a few others before it have fallen to corporate greed,” adding a completed film like Coyote Vs. Acme could have value for studios since production was halted on many films this year because of the writers’ and actors’ strikes. Steven Price, who composed the score for Coyote Vs. Acme, criticized the scrapping of the film as “anti-art studio financial shenanigans” in a post on X in which he included a video of a choir recording music for the film. Filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski called Coyote Vs. Acme a “great” movie, “the best of its kind since Roger Rabbit.” He criticized ”extremely effective commercial movies being deleted for tax purposes,” noting the film is based on popular existing intellectual property. After Warner Bros. shelved Minx’s second season, a high-ranking TV agent told Deadline: “To spend that kind of money and to not air it, believe me, we’re all scratching our heads.”

By canceling projects for cost-cutting purposes, studios can avoid spending extra tens of millions to market and promote these films, Vanity Fair reported. Warner Bros. Discovery, in particular, has canceled numerous completed projects as part of cost-cutting measures following the 2022 WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. merger. An anonymous showrunner of a hit series told Deadline oversaturation of content on streaming services can also contribute to already produced shows being scrapped: “There are too many shows so it’s inevitable that if platforms can get a tax write-off or any money back from a show that they don’t love, they’ll absolutely cancel it.”

John Cena Instagram: "The End"

https://www.instagram.com/p/CzbMAbnOREJ/

https://www.instagram.com/johncena

Image credit: John Cena/Instagram

#CoyoteVsAcme #Coyote #JohnCena #STFU #STF #movienews #WB #WarnerBros #WarnerMedia #EntertainmentNews #entertainment #showbiz #showbuzz #boxoffice #tax #Batgirl #TheEnd #Instagram #WWE #SmackDown #financialnews #wrestlingnews #popculture #streaming #socialmedia #platforms #disrupt #disruptor #trend #trends #buzz #AI #media


Combat Sports

Dana White On Cross-Over Legends Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey Will Compete At UFC 300

“I get why everybody asks”

“They’re not coming back”

Sports Illustrated UFC news and quotes doing the rounds across the globe; S.I. gains more street and industry cred

Seems like the entire combat sports world wants to know if Lesnar and Rousey will fight at UFC 300. Perhaps they may appear in the crowd, or even get introduced with a live mic, but don't expect for them to grapple.

Fantasy Booking ramps up in UFC, adding to combat sports booking WWE and other pro wrestling promotions!

Some Stats:

Lesnar (UFC website)

https://ufc.com/athlete/brock-lesnar

8 fights in the UFC

Former UFC Heavyweight champ

Rousey (Wikipedia website)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronda_Rousey

Rousey News:

RR loves her pro wresling, including Lucha Libre - especially Lucha VaVOOM, in Los Angeles where she appeared on October 26, teaming with AEW affiliated Marina Shafir to defeat Brian Kendrick and Taya Valkyrie in tag team action.

Due to wrestle at Wrestling Revolver - 6th November

Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Los Angeles, CA.

Will be broadcast via FITE!

@FiteTV

“I always had an incredible working relationship with Brock Lesnar”.

“It’s funny to say this because he’s such a grouchy dude, but I consider Brock Lesnar a friend.”

The last time Lesnar fought in the UFC was 2016, five months after Rousey’s final bout. Since then, both have appeared in WWE from time to time.

Rousey is still considered fairly young for pro wrestling, but not so much for MMA at 36 years. Her last UFC match was in December of 2016. Similar to Lesnar, she also fought 8 times in the UFC, getting her hand raised in the 6 bouts. Rousey eventually became one of the the most recognizable sports stars in the world, thanks to numerous ground breaking performances and over-performing in what was traditionally a male dominated sport.

“I absolutely love Ronda Rousey,” said White. “She’s one of the greatest athletes I’ve ever worked with. She’s a pioneer, an inspirational figure for women, and an all-around badass for UFC.”

Headlined by two title bouts, UFC 295 takes place this Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Though White’s current priority is MSG, the UFC matchmakers are not too far removed from UFC 300. But Rousey and Lesnar will not be part of that history-making card.

“I’m focused on Madison Square Garden,” said White. “But no, they’re not coming back.”


UFC News

UFC 295 card: Prochazka vs Pereira headlines after Aspinall and Pavlovich clash

Daniel Cormier (conspiracy?) theory/speculation/dream match scenarios

Unified field theory for UFC 300..

Former two-division UFC champ and current UFC commentator Daniel Cormier has a theory that sounds great for the UFC 300 card.

“UFC 100 had Brock [Lesnar], right? With Georges St-Pierre and all those guys,” Cormier said on his “DC & RC” show. “UFC 200 had Brock, it was supposed to me and [Jon] Jones also but it ended up being me, Anderson Silva, Brock, all these guys, big names,” Cormier said. “UFC 300 has to have a name like that. We don’t have Brock Lesnar anymore. So, I think you have to have a Conor McGregor versus Michael Chandler. I think Michael Chandler gets his shot now, in the main event. Boy, Michael Chandler will headline UFC 300, how crazy is that?”

DC also has a vision of a two-title bout card underneath the McGregor-Chandler match.

“Co-main event, when I look down the line, I know that Jones and Stipe [Miocic] will not be ready,” Cormier continued. “I do believe that whoever wins the [interim heavyweight] belt this weekend will have to fight again. Leon Edwards or Colby Covington will then be available again, right? Because they fight [at UFC 296] in December. I believe it’ll be one of them, if not both. The interim heavyweight champion and then the welterweight champion will also fight at UFC 300.”

Videos (to help starv you off before it's time to say Let's 'Fn Go again)


Boxing/Combat Sports

Boxing and social media disruptor going more purist and less Misfit and hype based; Jake Paul rises above naysayers

Jake Paul’s

@JakePaul

next fight has been finally confirmed after about a month of speculation, sportsbar talk and teasers.

Mark down December 15 as Fight Night featuring the "Problem Child' himself.

The ultra switched on YouTuber is leaning more towards focusing on professional boxing. Hitting Elon's Musks' X with "The path to world champ starts here"

The well promoted bout will take make sporting history in Orlando, Florida, as the YouTube influencer plus returns to the ring for the first time since fighting MMA icon Nate Diaz in August.

Controversial and somewhat embattled sports journo Ariel Helwani tips the match will be cruiserweight and consist of 8 rounds.

Doubling up with a one-two via X Paul scribbed "Ask and I shall deliver. August has more KO’s than me, more wins than me, more experience than me, but I like to gamble.

"The path to world champ starts here. Just straight up boxing."

Boxing intel website BoxRec advises: August, 35. 12 professional bouts, winning 10 with 5 by KO.

August's defeat came at the hands of USA's Eric Abraham in 2018.

His most recent victory came against the until then undefeated 7-0 Brandon Martin which he won unanimously on points.

While August is fairly unknown in boxing, certainly to the casual audience, it marks the first time that Paul has fought an out and out boxer in the "purist" arena, moving away from the "influencer" and "Misfit" realms.

"Just straight boxing" Paul documented and "exhibition matches" may be a thing of the past for the S.I cover snatching JP. All sources indicate he's going strickly professional, however brother Logan Paul teasers he may join him in the WWE (pro wrestling) sometime in the future, be it as a cornerman or even potential tag-team partner ala WrestleMania 1 back in 1985 when Mr T joined Hulk Hogan to defeat the late Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff which was a pay-per-view bonanza for WWE super-promoter Vince McMahon and then wife Linda - who now works in the political arena.

Paul initially began by fighting fellow YouTubers but has more recently moved towards fighting former stars of the UFC. Just about anything can happen in pro boxing as the well publicized match between world champion Tyson Fury vs former UFC champion Francis Ngannou demonstrated. Some experts say Fury will never be quite the same again, much like when the legendary wrestler/MMA Antonia Inoki kicked the hell out of "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali in Tokyo, Japan in June 26, 1976 at "The World Of The Worlds" - the precursor of modern MMA and why became the famed UFC - not to be confussed with rival PFL, of which Paul is also signed.

JP defeated grappling based Ben Askren before beating Tyron Woodley twice.

He then won bouts against UFC legends Anderson Silva and Nate Diaz.

His most recent victory against Diaz arrived via unanimous decision in August.

Paul has a 6-1 boxing record, with his only loss coming against Tommy Fury (son of "The Gypsy King") this February in a bout in Saudi Arabia.

Paul lost that bout via a split decision.

Paul initially began by fighting fellow YouTubers but has more recently moved towards fighting former stars of the UFC.

He defeated Ben Askren before beating Tyron Woodley twice.

He then won bouts against UFC legends Anderson Silva and Nate Diaz.

His most recent victory against Diaz arrived via unanimous decision in August.

We're calling Paul a modest favourite for the win over August, but the public at large and bookies will be chiming in and the odds and pub talk usually changes weeks and days up to pro boxing fights.

At this stage of the game its fair to say that the business/sports business is all the better thanks to Jake Paul who has proven himself to be a legit pay-per-view draw and headline grabber.

"Jake Paul is one of the few boxers who is helping grow the sport and one who has the substance and style. His appeal has grown outside of boxing alone and is now entrenched in pop culture. Brands, online media and all sorts of business folks are keen to get deals in place with Paul and his associates now. Everyone loves a winner and folks who can disrupt and distrub The Matrix" - overheard at the Media Man watercooler.

Videos

Jake Paul Official YouTube

https://youtube.com/@jakepaul

BS w/ Jake Paul YouTube

Brooks Koepka’s $1M Boxing Match With Bryson, Spending $100M LIV Deal, Hating Golf & More - BS EP 30

https://youtube.com/watch?v=uXPzmKvO400&ab_channel=BSw%2FJakePaul

DAZN Boxing Official YouTube

https://youtube.com/daznboxing

MMA / UFC News

UFC @UFC YouTube

Best Moments From Madison Square Garden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gJDyXkh_YI&ab_channel=UFC

Over the years, Madison Square Garden has hosted some of the most iconic UFC moments to date. Relive some of the best Octagon highlights that took place in New York City ahead of UFC 295! (Credit: UFC)

"I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, I'd like to take this chance to apologize to absolutely nobody".. - Conor McGregor

"Adesanya most succesful with the body shot"...

UFC YouTube

Weigh-In Highlights | UFC 295

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj1FUMg4Zag&ab_channel=UFC

UFC 295: Ceremonial Weigh-In

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2UkqVNwa60&ab_channel=UFC

Pavlovich vs Aspinall - Shoot My Shot | UFC 295

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wp_iRQY0bk&ab_channel=UFC

An interim title is on the line at UFC 295, as heavy hitting Sergei Pavlovich takes on the UK's finest in Tom Aspinall, for the rights to heavyweight gold. (Credit: UFC)

UFC 295 Betting Preview w/ Anik, DC & Chael! | Presented by DraftKings Sportsbook

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI-yt1wYOWg&ab_channel=UFC


News

UFC Greats - The Official List From The Powers That Be!

The Ultimate 30: All- Time Roster

Royce Gracie

Matt Hughes

BJ Penn

Georges St-Pierre

Robbie Lawler

Chuck Liddell

Forrest Griffin

Tito Ortiz

Randy Couture

Anderson Silva

Michael Bisping

Frankie Edgar

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Charles Oliveira

Dominick Cruz

Demetrious Johnson

Jose Aldo

Cain Velasquez

Stipe Miocic

Jon Jones

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Valentina Shevchenko

Ronda Rousey

Amanda Nunes

Conor McGregor

Daniel Cormier

Kamaru Usman

Israel Adesanya

Max Holloway

Alexander Volkanovski

#UFC #UFC295 #MSG #MadisonSquareGarden #TheGarden #MMA #mixedmartialarts #combatsports #ufcnews #mmanews #highlights #Goat #Goats #legends #RoyceGracie #MattHughes #BJPenn #GeorgesStPierre #GSP #RobbieLawler #ChuckLiddell

#ForrestGriffin #TitoOrtiz #RandyCouture #video #videos #highlights #PPV #PayPerView #trends #trending #buzz #hype #media


Pro Wrestling

WWE @WWE YouTube

What’s next for The Bloodline after Crown Jewel dominance?: WWE Now, November 10, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox2wvEMYbRE&ab_channel=WWE

"Hey everybody. I'm Megan Morgant from WWE Now getting you set with everything you need to know for tonight's Friday Night SmackDown on FOX. So let's throw 3 minutes on the clock and get to it"...

Image credit: WWE

#SmackDown #WWESmackDown #FOX #TheBloodline #LAKnight #GraysonWaller #GWEffect #LAKnight #LoganPaul #ReyMysterio #USTitle #LWO #SantosEscobar #Prime #JohnCena #KO #KevinOwens #NickAldis #KariSane #Carlito #StreetProfits #BobbyLashley #SurvivorSeries #socialmedia #socialmediamegastar #Influencer #influencers #wrestling #prowrestling #entertainment #popculture #broadcast #broadasting #trends #trending #buzz #TV #media

Combative sports means any sport that holds contests where opponents strike each other with a hand, foot, knee, elbow or other parts of the body, including, but not limited to, boxing, wrestling, full contact karate, kickboxing, martial arts, mixed martial arts and muay thai #combatsports #sport #strike #striking #boxing #wrestling #karate #kickboxing #martialarts #MMA #mixedmartialarts #MuayThai #media #mediaman #mediamanint

"One thing I can't prove, but I firmly believe is that two men were put on this earth - one threw a punch and a third guy came over and watched. And that happened before anybody ever threw or kicked a ball" - Dana White (UFC @UFC ) #DanaWhite #quote #fighting #combatsports #MMA #martialarts #sports #media


SEJ

AI News

SEJ's Roger on the potential and real harm from AI. Developers built this for big tech. Let's not forget governments do harm also. There's harm in just about all places on Planet Earth, but of a different kind in the modern world that man build. "Everything is a risk" - Lemmy (Motorhead). Or, "Rise Of The Machines" (Transformers). Everyone ready for a new version of 1984 meets 'Ex Machina' and 'Planet Of The Apes' and 'Farenheight 451'. Pop culture reference for the. Fact is stranger than fiction for the big tech (sci-fi) and Big gvt sector. Strong article, and just adding colour, depth and additional humanity. Next submission will be more on point."Do no harm" (Doctors/medical oath many moons ago). Back to webcode fellow humans and any androids in the audience.


Pro Wrestling

WWE SmackDown

WWE Official YouTube

SmackDown’s most shocking moments: SmackDown highlights, Nov. 10, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJP0lfnpCVo&ab_channel=WWE

Carlito’s accusation causes rifts in The LWO: SmackDown highlights, Nov. 10, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBXuNm3A1OE&ab_channel=WWE

Rey Mysterio gets helped to the back by The LWO: SmackDown exclusive, Nov. 10, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpw8iHIT1Y4&ab_channel=WWE

LA Knight is not finished with The Bloodline: SmackDown highlights, Nov. 10, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlKlnMAoj-8&ab_channel=WWE

LA Knight dispatches Grayson Waller for a rebound win: SmackDown highlights, Nov. 10, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyEriFmK9LY&ab_channel=WWE

Owens gets suspended after attacking Waller and Theory: SmackDown highlights, Nov. 10, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKMRsM-IjX0&ab_channel=WWE

Dragon Lee and Cedric Alexander run it back: SmackDown highlights, Nov. 10, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjwSnhDbV2M&ab_channel=WWE

Did Solo Sikoa send John Cena out of WWE for good?: SmackDown highlights, Nov. 10, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIt43Ukq6no&ab_channel=WWE

Asuka aligns herself with Damage CTRL: SmackDown highlights, Nov. 10, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsvHKGbb_ao&ab_channel=WWE

WWE honors National Medal of Honor recipient Jim McCloughan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9AQOYNmDhs&ab_channel=WWE

SmackDown commentors: Michael Cole @MichaelCole , Kevin Patrick @kev_egan and Kevin Owens @FightOwensFight

Media Man says: Big thumbs up. Changing things up. Hot show.

Image credit: WWE

#SmackDown #WWESmackDown #WWECrownJewel #SurvivorSeries #LWO #LatinoWorldOrder #GraysonWaller #GWEffect #LAKnight #KevinOwens #KO #AustinTheory #Hitman #Carlito #ReyMysterio #SantosEscobar #ZelinaVega #DragonLee #CedricAlexander #combatsports #entertainment #popculture #highlights #videos #broadcast #broadcasting #trends #trending #buzz #hype #TV #media


Quotes

"I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler" - Socrates #Socrates #quote #Zeus #runner #wrestler #wrestling #sports #GreekPhilosopher #philosopher #philosophy #Greece #world #media #mediaman


Wrestling Quotes

Logan Paul @LoganPaul appears on FOX Business @FoxBusiness

WWE @WWE U.S. Champion and Prime co-founder Logan Paul joins 'Varney & Co.' to discuss his championship win, Prime's success and his investment strategy (Credit: FOX Business)

"Well look whos here. Ladies and gentlemen. Logan Paul the man himself. Logan is a business owner, he's an influencer, he's a boxer, and now he's the newly minted U.S Champion of the WWE. Congratulations. So, have you walked away from boxing"?

"Thank you. Yeah, I think I've retired from boxing. I think I've done enough in the sport going fully undefeated at 25-0. So, yeah, I'm going to be a wrestler now"... - Logan Paul

FOX Business YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/foxbusiness

DISRUPTOR: Logan Paul reveals his investment strategy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQaUdvsm0iM&ab_channel=FoxBusiness

#LoganPaul #quotes #FOXBusiness #wrestling #prowrestling #WWE #boxing #PrimeEnergy #influencer #wrestlingnews #wwenews #energydrink #energydrinks #gold #combatsports #entertainment #popculture #sportsbiz #showbusiness #sportsnews #interview #broadcast #TV #media #mediaman

 


Wrestling/Pop Culture

"Be A Man"

Randy Savage’s Rap Album Getting Limited Re-Release In April

Per Amazon @amazonmusic

https://www.amazon.com/BE-A-MAN/dp/B0B78WSVQ7

"Macho Man" Randy Savage was a WWE wrestling superstar with dazzling over-the-top costumes. His signature phrase, "Ohhh yeah!" won over wrestling fans worldwide and eventually was seen in nearly every SlimJim commercial. He even played a wrestler "Bone Saw" McGraw in the 2002 movie, Spider-Man. His music career started in 1993 making his debut WrestleMania: The Album along side of other top wrestlers such as Bret "The Hitman" Hart, The Undertaker, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and others. On October 7, 2003, Savage released his debut rap/hiphop album titled Be a Man, which has sold over the years for staggering amounts. It includes a tribute song to a fellow wrestler "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig who passed earlier that year. It also included the title track "Be a Man" that was aimed right at fellow wrestling icon and former Mega Powers tag-team partner Hulk Hogan. Fortunately, before Savage's death he had the opportunity to bury the hatchet with Hogan after a decade long feud that many thought was just a marketing gimmick. This rap album has been completely remastered and comes in a 6 panel wallet with a LTD collectors card. It includes DJ Kool on the very club-like vibe, "Hit The Floor", the second single which would have been amazing to see live. It also includes Big K, Brian O, Da Raskulls, Inc., Eliott Harris, Shianna Raymona, Mo Blaze and Smokke...

#RandySavage #MachoMan #BeAMan #SlimJim #wrestling #prowrestling #wrestler #WWE #wrestlingnews #rap #hiphop #music #musicnews #entertainment #entertainmentnews #Amazon #legend #trends #buzz #media #mediaman

'Reinventing history': Experts warn the end of physical media will give tech giants even greater control

Experts say a future ruled by streaming and digital content poses a serious threat of censorship

Retailers are slowly moving away from physical media to pursue ventures in the digital space, and experts warn this shift could lead to significant tech censorship, allowing streaming giants the power to have greater control over history and culture.

Barna William Donovan, a professor and the director of M.A. in Communication and Public Relations at Saint Peter's University, said he believes the move toward streaming content and the elimination of physical media poses "a serious threat" of censorship and could be a danger to our culture.

American consumers spend approximately eight hours daily with digital media, roughly double the time spent with traditional physical formats. The shift toward digital media in the country began in 2018 and has been growing ever since, according to Statista.

Currently, when people "buy" digital content, they do not actually own the film or song in the same way they would own physical VHS tapes, DVDs or CDs. When a user pays for a digital download, legally, the content producers have the right to limit access to said content or remove it outright.

Full article via FOX Business @FoxBusiness

Link:

https://www.foxbusiness.com/media/reinventing-history-experts-warn-end-physical-media-tech-giants-greater-control

 

 

 

Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan appears on Joe Rogan podcast; Covers pay and back story on Sly Stallone's Rocky III and much more

 

Hulk Hogan appeared on the world acclaimed Joe Rogen Experience podcast and discussed Vince McMahon Sr. firing him over Hogan’s decision to appear in Rocky III, and also disclosed how much he was paid to appear in the movie. Highlights of his comments are below.

On finding out Sylvester Stallone wanted him in Rocky III: “I got this crazy call to come out and do this Stallone movie. First I was in the dressing room and Gorilla Monsoon gave me the note and I was like, yeah right, and I threw the note away because Stallone was like the 150 feet tall in the public’s eye and I saw Rocky I and Rocky II and I was like, oh my God, so I was like, another wrestling joke like pooping in my bag or putting locks on my stuff, ya know? So I split to Japan for like eight weeks and when I came back again to TV in Allentown, they hand me a Western Union letter this time from Stallone so I flew out and talked to him and got in the ring with him and did a couple of things.”

 

Pro Wrestling Legend Terry Funk Passes Away

Pro Wrestling News

Broadcasting legend Jim Ross on wrestling legend Terry Funk

 

Ross aka JR on Terry Funk

 

“I loved him like family. Terry was a brilliant mind. Absolutely amazing ring psychology. He was physically and mentally as tough as a $2 steak… Terry Funk is irreplaceable. There will never be another.”

On Funk’s I Quit match vs Ric Flair. Clash Of Champions. 1989:

“That match still stands the test of time. One of my all-time favorites in my near 50 years in pro wrestling. Terry was special. And he was brave enough to reinvent himself multiple times.”

Sources: Sports Illustrated, Google News

Pro Wrestlers and Wrestling Business Pays Tribute To All Time Great Pro Wrestler and Sports Entertainer, Terry Funk. (June 30, 1944 – August 23, 2023)

Ric Flair @RicFlairNatrBoy

“In My Entire Life, I’ve Never Met A Guy Who Worked Harder. Terry Funk Was A Great Wrestler, Entertainer, Unbelievably Fearless, And A Great Friend! Rest In Peace My Friend Terry Funk Knowing That No One Will Ever Replace You In The World Of Professional Wrestling!”

Bully Ray Dudley @bullyray5150

“There are no words. God Bless Terry Funk.”

Triple H @TripleH

“Every night in cities all over the world, Terry Funk left it all in the ring for our business and for the fans. An icon of our industry. My thoughts are with Terry’s family, friends and fans.”

Matt Hardy @MATTHARDYBRAND

#RIP Terry Funk Not only were you the most amazing pro wrestler ever, you were the most incredible human being. Godspeed, Funker My thoughts are with your family, friends & fans. You’ll be greatly missed.

WWE @WWE

“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk has passed away at the age of 79. WWE extends its condolences to Funk’s family, friends and fans."

AI News

Search Engine Land: AI

SEL's @sengineland Nicola with an insightful and helpful feature article on the changes and continued evolution of the SEO business sector in relation to AI (artificial intelligence). Only about a year into this and clients, associates and selves have already experienced some significant changes. We've so caused a few disruptions ourselves. SEO remains only a modest part of our online based news, publicity and advertising based business model, with a focus on pop culture, sports and lifestyle, with the odd spot of sports betting and gaming. Talk about an ultra competitive business sector. Our two decades plus head start in the online publishing space continues to serve our clients, associates and selves well. The battle of the AI's re ChatGPT vs Bing vs Elon Musk's xAI. Focussing on particular niches and applying scribes from lived experiences on sectors such entertainment/red carpet, pro wrestling, MMA, surfing, cafes or big tech for example can help give one an edge with the search engines and guardians of the internet algorithm. Keep in mind that a Musk AI search question with answers may give a different answer and result than a Gates or Mr Google result. Spread the risk while the industry continues to iron out issues. Human plus AI for the win!

 

Wrestling Legend Terry Funk Passes Away: 1944 - 2023

 

Oh no. Terry Funk was absolutely one of the greatest professional wrestlers and sports entertainers of all time. A hell of a good actor also ('Roadhouse') etc..Former NWA champion, drew huge money in the U.S (Hulk Hogan etc), added more credibility to the WCW (with a great Ric Flair rivalry), legendary appearances and business in Japan, kept ECW going it's early days and was a stand out performer in wrestling for over four decades I understand. It may be closer to fifty years including on what one includes. Wrestled just about everyone, everywhere..Has always be neck and neck with Harley Race for our GOAT. A hell of a great bloke we understand to boot. Words grapple to express the loss to the world of wrestling and larger sports and entertainment world. Thanks for the memories, enjoyment and action you gave the world. RIP legend.

 

X News

 

SEJ's Kristi on X @X removing headlines and descriptions. Elaborate publicity stunt, practical step to further boost X's brand and loyality by hardcores who may have been on the fence, elements of both, or a mixed bag from the man who keeps the world guessing?! Remember, Musk stated that X is to become "the everything app". This appears to be just another part of the staged approach and Team Musk often flips the old bird to legacy media and the old guard, as the great awakening in the digital age and society at large continues. Pop Culture reference for educational and entertainment purposes: "I can only show you the door. You have to walk through it" (The Matrix). Musk would likely be "The One"/"Neo" right? Linda Y to be Trinity and perhaps SEJ is part of "the program". SEJ remains fair and balanced to Elon Musk, X Corp, brands and socieity and a whole. We remain on a learning curve as to how better monetize content and X is certainly campaigning for our attention and time spent on the web. X marks the spot. Project X continues. Musk keeps providing fodder for tech news and writers the world over. Musk set to win round 7 of the social media wars vs Zuck, when Zuck re-enters the virtual Octagon once again. EM and X for the win.

 

UFC /MMA News


UFC @UFC /MMA Pound For Pound Rankings

1. Jon Jones

2. Alexander Volkanovski

3. Islam Makhachev

4. Leon Edwards

5. Israel Adesanya

6. Charles Oliveira +1

7. Kamaru Usman +1

8. Sean O’Malley *NR

9. Aljamain Sterling -3

10. Alexandre Pantoja -1

11. Alex Pereira -1

12. Jiri Prochazka -2

13. Max Holloway -1

14. Justin Gaethje -1

15. Jamahal Hill -1

 

Mixed Martial Arts News

PFL (Professional Fighters League) @PFLMMA CEO Peter Murray on his promotion and the business

 

“The PFL has some of the best fighters on the planet” “We’re proving we can develop stars and recruit stars.”

“Francis is the biggest signing in PFL history”...“He’s the number-one MMA heavyweight in the world, and he opted to come to the PFL. He’s also a partner as chairman of PFL Africa. That’s part of his legacy. Francis wants to pave the way for athletes in Africa to give them the opportunity to compete against top competition. And he has a voice in our PFL Global Athlete Advisory board. Plus, he now has the flexibility to take on the sport of boxing.”

“Jake is another strategic partner. He’s an advocate for athletes, and he’s very passionate about that. And we’re excited for him to make his MMA debut with us. He had an incredible performance in boxing against Nate Diaz, and he’ll now turn his attention to MMA. There is an offer on the table against Nate Diaz. We’d like to see that fight in 2024, and we hope there is more to share soon.” Sources: SI, ESPN, Google News, PFL, X (formally Twitter), wires..

 

Wrestling News

WWE NXT Heatwave

 

Carmelo Hayes def Wes Lee

Ilja Dragunov def Trick Williams

Von Wagner vs Baron Corbin - no content

Ivy Nile def Ava

Noam Dar def Nathan Frazier

Dragon Lee and Lyra Valkyria def Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley

MMA/Wrestling News

UFC, martial arts legend Ronda Rousey has finished of her contact in the WWE taking the loss to rival and fellow badass Shayna Baszler

Rousey, now 36 and also in motherhood, has been fueling the fire and speculation that she will return to the UFC Octagon for at least one more match.

UFC prez Dana White is clear in his communication that it will not be happening:

"There’s no shot" "She’s accomplished everything she set out to do.”

Rousey has not had a match in the UFC or any other MMA promotion since December of 2016 when she was defeated by Amanda Nunes. UFC 300 has been getting speculated on by numerous parties close and not to close to the situation.

"Her dream was to win a UFC championship, then win a WWE championship, and she’s done it”. “Now she’s starting a family. Ronda has made so much money, and she’s still making a lot of money in sponsorships.”

“It’s what makes the sport so exciting” “It’s the unexpected *hit you don’t see coming that makes the sport so fun.” - Dana White

Both WWE women and UFC women have been doing a great job filling the void that was left my Rousey. Her place in sports history is secure and its time for others to shine in both the realms of pro wrestling and mixed martial arts. The fans win with fresh faces, new blood and more fantasy dream matches come to life. See you at the matches.

 

Triller's Unveiling is anAI-Powered Innovation, Influential Shareholders, And A New Era In Entertainment

August 2023

 

In the dynamic world of finance, few events draw as much attention as a company's decision to go public. It's not just about financial gain; it's about revealing the inner workings, strategies, and the compelling narrative that underpins a company's journey. Triller, a trailblazer at the intersection of AI, combat sports, and influencer marketing, is on the brink of a significant public offering. This move promises to illuminate the factors driving its remarkable valuation and market presence.

Delving deep into the dynamics that propel Triller's value proposition reveals a unique approach that converges diverse industries and harnesses the potential of AI. By masterfully blending entertainment, technology, and investment, Triller has carved out a multidimensional ecosystem that defies conventional business models.

A Fusion of Industries

Triller's strength lies in its ability to seamlessly meld elements from the realms of AI, entertainment, and sports. Strategic acquisitions, such as Fight Club and BKFC, exemplify the company's prescient approach to capitalizing on the thriving combat sports market. The meteoric rise of BKFC, surpassing viewership of industry titans like UFC and Bellator, showcases Triller's knack for identifying and capitalizing on emerging trends.

However, Triller's influence extends far beyond the realm of combat sports. Its acquisition of Fite.TV, a premier combat sports streaming platform, signifies the company's ambitions in the live sports streaming market. With DAZN, Fite.TV's closest rival, valued at approximately $3 billion, Triller's strategic placement positions it to tap into the surging demand for live sports content, indicating valuation potential beyond traditional financial metrics.

Streaming Disruption: FITE.TV vs. DAZN

Triller's strategic acquisition of Fite.TV has caused ripples in the ever-evolving world of live sports streaming. Fite.TV, renowned for its cutting-edge platform dedicated to streaming combat sports, has become a linchpin in Triller's plan to expand its influence across the streaming landscape. While DAZN already commands a dominant position, with a staggering valuation of around $3 billion, Triller's calculated entry into this arena signifies its intent to revolutionize our engagement with live sports.

Fite.TV distinguishes itself through its vast reach, captivating over 6.5 million households in the United States and hosting more than 2,000 riveting events annually. This impressive track record solidifies Triller's position as an emerging heavyweight in the live sports streaming sector. As excitement builds for Triller's upcoming public debut, it's clear that the company's value proposition extends beyond tangible assets, delving deep into the realm of AI-driven innovation.

As technology shapes the landscape of live sports streaming, Triller's presence promises groundbreaking developments and opportunities for global sports enthusiasts. With Fite.TV and its expansive audience base, Triller is poised to redefine how we experience live sports content, revolutionizing the entertainment industry's status quo.

AI: The Cornerstone of Triller's Value

Yet, it's Triller's AI capabilities that anchor its valuation narrative. Powered by Amplify.Ai, Triller's AI seamlessly integrates across a spectrum of social media platforms, generating a staggering 750 million interactions each quarter among its 50 million user base. The AI's remarkable ability to facilitate connections between brands, influencers, and users, resulting in a remarkable 70% engagement rate, surpasses industry benchmarks.

This AI prowess has attracted the attention of global brands, positioning Triller as a bridge between corporations and consumers. Fortune 500 entities like Meta, Verizon, Nike, Disney, and Pepsi have leveraged Triller's AI to amplify user engagement and solidify their digital presence. The implications of such high engagement are profound, hinting at Triller's potential to reshape how brands interact with their audiences.

With a historic public offering imminent, Triller's multidimensional ecosystem, strategic acquisitions, and AI capabilities position the company for ongoing growth and success. As anticipation builds for the unveiling of Triller's inner workings, its valuation potential and innovative approach continue to captivate investors and industry enthusiasts alike.

The Power of Shareholders: A Star-Studded Lineup

Triller's allure extends beyond technology and entertainment, encompassing an exceptional roster of shareholders who not only hold significant financial stakes but also wield influence within the entertainment realm. Names like Swizz Beatz, Ashanti, Snoop Dogg, The Weeknd, and Alicia Keys populate this constellation of investors. Their enthusiastic involvement underscores their belief in Triller's immense potential, reflecting the seamless integration of creativity and investment within the company's thriving ecosystem.

Additionally, Triller's strategic ownership of Verzuz, a subsidiary responsible for orchestrating eight of the top ten Instagram Live events ever, stands as a testament to the company's unparalleled ability to unite technology and culture in perfect harmony. This strategic move has propelled Triller into event-driven entertainment, solidifying its reputation as a true industry innovator.

Reshaping the Investment Landscape

As Triller, a pioneering AI-powered entertainment and sports platform, prepares for its eagerly awaited public offering on the NYSE, investors are drawn to its unique value proposition in the digital age. Positioned at the crossroads of AI, entertainment, and sports, Triller has adeptly tapped into multiple industries, unlocking transformative potential across the board.

Triller's valuation transcends traditional metrics, serving as a testament to its ability to redefine user engagement and revolutionize brand-consumer interactions. By harnessing cutting-edge technology and innovative strategies, Triller has cultivated a dynamic platform that captivates audiences and delivers immersive experiences like never before.

In an era characterized by market volatility and uncertainty, Triller emerges as a beacon of innovation and resilience. Fueled by cross-pollination and a relentless pursuit of boundary-pushing, Triller is redefining norms and reshaping industries. With its impending public offering, Triller invites investors to join its extraordinary journey and participate in a company that's reimagining the entertainment landscape.

Investors attuned to Triller's disruptive potential are positioned to reap rewards from its visionary approach, as it continues to redefine the investment landscape and transform the future of entertainment.

Navigating the Path Ahead

As Triller's public offering nears, the financial world is on the brink of witnessing the rise of a unique entity that seamlessly blends entertainment, technology, and investment. The convergence of AI capabilities, strategic acquisitions, and an influential shareholder base presents an opportunity to engage with a company that's not just shaping industries, but also redefining the way audiences engage with entertainment and brands.

As the curtain rises on Triller's public offering, we stand at the threshold of a company that thrives on the frontiers of industry boundaries, offering a glimpse of a future where innovation reshapes entire sectors. The implications of Triller's journey stretch beyond its numerical valuation, speaking volumes about the transformative power of innovation that can reshape industries and redefine the norms of business engagement in the digital era.

 

'The Man in the Arena', By Theodore Roosevelt

 


“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

 

Search Engine Journal: Threads

 

SEJ's Roger on Meta's - Instagram's Threads..All very interesting and insightful. I remain luke-warm on Threads for a number of reasons. I still have mixed reactions to big tech period, partly due to my journalism background and seeing and experiencing the best and the worst that tech has to offer. For me, Meta's FB silencing journalists and the public at large in the Cvd era about three yew ago was the end Meta (then Facebook) goodwill. The ghosted news media who reported on a balanced capacity on the Canadian and Canberra peaceful trucker protests. That was it. They also silenced many medical professionals and a range of folks who questioned government related "authorities", who in some cases were not truthful. Politics and big tech are known for twisting facts, so is the news media business for that matter. I remain a fan of disrupters, be it X (formerly Twitter), Elon Musk, Rumble, The Why Files and you get the idea. Fortunately Search Engine Journal remains balanced and pro freedom of speech and pro flow of information. Firms who value integrity and human rights will continue to enjoy our support and be prepared suppliers, be it for news, Intel, product etc. And, we put our money where our mouth is. SEJ and X for the win!

 

Movie Box Office

'Blue Beetle' bites and crawls into North American box office with $25.4 million

 

Superhero themed movie Blue Beetle is the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $25.4 million in receipts this weekend, Box Office Mojo has announced.

Barbie is now in 2 with $21.5 million, followed by Oppenheimer at No 3 with $10.6 million, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem at No 4 with $8.4 million and Strays in fifth with $8.3 million.

Then its Meg 2: The Trench at 6 with $6.7 million, Talk to Me at 7 with $3.2 million, Haunted Mansion at 8 with $3 million, Mission: Impossible -- Dead Reckoning Part One at 9 with $2.7 million and The Last Voyage of the Demeter in the number 10 spot with $2.5 million. Quite different to last month when the likes of Sound Of Freedom was all the rage and Mission Impossible dominated.

 

Search Engine Journal August 2023

Funnell Keywords

 

SEJ's Devesh on bottom.on funnel keywords. We still much prefer organic results on.on website. So, with sports, combat, pop culture, online media, ads promotions, coastal lifestyle management being some of our main areas I've put together this list in case SEJ and/or readership can offer a yeah or nay:

Online News, online advertising, MMA news, MMA streaming, watch mma, MMA collectables.

Wrestling news, WWE news, WWE wrestlers, WWE tickets, wrestling scoops, wrestler interviews, PPV, wrestling promotions, promoters.

Pop culture news, pop culture collectables, box office ratings, box office news, movie star quotes, entertainment interviews.

Streaming business, streaming rankings, Netflix, Paramount, Tubi, streamed content, what's new, internet TV, OTT, over the top, streaming providers

Advertising executive, publicist, online ads, disruptor, media disruptor, media agent, media analyst, sports analyst, SEO ads, MMA ads, advertising directory, PR.

Coastal lifestyle, coastal living, coastal News Media, surf sports, beach lifestyle, yachting, boating, surfing, surf culture, beach culture, sunrise, Eastern Beaches, Eastern Suburbs, Bondi Beach, coastal walkway, coastal directory, lifestyle agent.

So, how did we do? Bottoms up!

 

Combat Sports News: Elon Musk vs Mark Zuckerberg

 

'The Fight Of The Century' and 'Battle Of The Billionaires' blasted Media Man, TMZ Sports and plenty of others followed, and the world was hyped for it - week after week, after week, media and fans created content to fuel the fire, MMA and sports news websites got behind it, and then the buzz got weaker - what happened?!

UFC Prez Dana White has gone public with some of the chain of events including a he-said, she-said dive and probe into Elon "The Cyborg" Musk vs Mark "The Lizard" Zuckerberg. *handles are affectionate stage name/gimmicks, just to try to keep you entertained on the story that never seems to have an end! The pain, oh the pain.

According to Zuckerberg, Musk is no longer taking the match-up seriously. Ouch!

Musk has been semi-active via X (formally Twitter), just in case you blinked and missed it.

“The fight will be managed by my and Zuck’s foundations (not UFC). Livestream will be on this platform and Meta. Everything in camera frame will be ancient Rome, so nothing modern at all.”

“Everything done will pay respect to the past and present of Italy. And all proceeds go to veterans.”

Dana White, mega promoter and head of the world's most succesful and cashed up MMA promotion, the UFC, was keen on the two tsars squaring off mano a mano in the Octagon, has reflected on what’s gone pear shaped via TMZ Sports.

“So (Zuckerberg) and I talk multiple times a week. We (had) dinner last Monday. He’s very serious about competing…What he was saying in response to Elon was, ‘There are tons of professional organizations out there, and this is the way that this should be done.’ Not in some backyard or whatever he was saying. Elon’s hilarious.”

“Think about this; you’ve got two of the richest, most powerful men in the world and they say they wanna fight. It has to be sanctioned by an athletic commission, the proper medical testing has to be done, the proper drug testing has to be done, and that’s what Zuckerberg was saying. Zuckerberg is saying, ‘There are plenty of professional organizations out there, we should be fighting in the UFC.’”

To add extra balance and perspective, Mark Zuckerberg had also mentioned ONE Championship as being a potential host to promote the fight. CEO of ONE Championship, Chatri Sityodtong, even took to X to present his thoughts on the potential MMA match, the competitors, respect and the like.

Dana White conceeded he did speak with the Italian government just as Musk stated he did re the Roman Colosseum.

“I did talk with the people from the Ministry of Culture, and they were interested in doing the fight. That is absolutely true.”

The initial buzz and hype machine on the potential fight has slowed, but if it starts looking like much more than just 'Fantasy Booking', as Media Man and others have got to be known for, speaking to fighters, promoters and such - then the fans and news media will get behind this again.

"The world still wants to see Musk vs Zuck. At present it's been more the Social Media Wars, with Musk winning the majority of the 6 or so rounds thus far, but our scorecard has Zuck on points for the 6th. Musk has not submitted, but did take a couple of bruises, since Dana White checked in on the fighters and has acted somewhat as commisioner, ref and perhaps Zuck corner-man. The online battle has still offered some entertainment value", and at least there was no PPV charge for this one. Almost like a dark match or prelim match. Millions want the fight to happen and it would generate millions for charity. Comon' fellas, lets make history" - Media Man under the watercooler.

 

Twitter and Facebook

TMZ Sports on a great update on Jake Paul taking it to the haters. Sure TMZ Sports and S.I have their haters also. Wins our 'Boxer Of The Month' award for in-ring and out of the ring success. Gotta rap about something!

 

 

News Corp tabloids struggle to hit ambitious subscriptions targets

 

Subscriber growth at News Corporation’s local tabloids has stalled as the publisher grapples with how to reach an ambitious goal to increase the number of readers who pay for news.

The internal figures, contained in filings in New York overnight, show the total number of subscribers at The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, the Herald Sun in Melbourne, the Courier Mail in Brisbane and the Adelaide Advertiser was at 547,411 as of June 30. That is down almost 2 per cent in a year.

The figures include subscribers to the newspaper and the publications online. They show a fall of more than 10,300 across the mastheads.

The one bright spot for News Corp was the performance of The Australian, the company’s national masthead. The figures show the number of subscribers has grown 15 per cent to 318,417 in the past 12 months.

News Corp Australia’s executive chairman Michael Miller said the company had 1.1 million subscribers across all of its publications – across The Australian and the tabloid newspapers that number stands at 865,828 – and the publisher had set itself a target of two million subscribers.

The new figures, however, show the difficulty of that task. News Corp tabloid newspapers, once with significant reach, were the source of the company’s influence in state and federal politics. Much of that audience has since drifted to other publications, including the company’s free news.com.au.

The Telegraph has 152,457 print and digital subscribers, the numbers show, up just 4641 in 12 months. The Herald Sun gained 4861 subscribers to hit 150,887, while the Courier Mail lost 6575 subscribers. It now has 140,532 online and print subscribers. The Advertiser lost 5807 subscribers, or some 7 per cent, to fall to just over 103,500 by June 30.

As first reported by The Australian Financial Review in June, News Corp is relying on deeper cost cuts and higher print advertising sales to make up for lower-than-expected digital advertising and subscription revenues.

Figures contained in a presentation given to staff by Mr Miller that month showed digital advertising was expected to add 19 per cent less than forecast as a proportion of its budget bottom line in the year to June 30. The proportion from subscriptions was 12 per cent below forecasts.

But those declines were offset by other areas such as print advertising, which grew its share of revenue by 12 per cent on company forecasts, and cuts to expenses, which added an extra 2 per cent in savings.

News Corp has cut more than $US160 million ($245 million) in costs over the past six months, and last week delivered above-expected earnings despite a sharp 75 per cent fall in net profits. The company also owns publications including The Times of London, the Wall Street Journal, as well as Foxtel and stakes in REA Group and Move, a North American real estate platform.

Analysts and brokers, however, are bullish on the company’s prospects. At the time, Macquarie’s Darren Leung said more costs had been removed than expected, and earnings were 10 per cent ahead of forecasts for the last quarter.

Aitken Mount Capital Partners’ Angus Aitken hailed the results as “very strong”. “We think [News] is mispriced and can double, and that isn’t even an aggressive call,” he wrote in a note to his clients.

News Corp shares fell 2.3 per cent, or 78¢, during trade on the ASX on Wednesday to $33.11. They are up 20 per cent over the last six months.

 

Paramount LinkedIn post reply August 2023

THR's Georg with a dive into the upcoming shows on Paramount Plus. It's taking on a 'World Movies' and SBS 'On Demand' (Australian) kind of feel. Some of the upcoming shows appear a little too dark for my liking. 'Gold' may be the pick of the bunch. We're based in Australia so that may fit out culture norms better, whereas Koreans may have a different experience. On the Latin America front we would like to see some Lucha Libre themes following in the realm of 'Against The Ropes'or even old Santos and Blue Demon flicks. Some WWE and/or AEW wouldn't go astray if Paramount can come to terms with them. For WWE it's under Endeavor Group these days, as is the UFC (mixed martial arts leader). Amazon Prime is carrying ONE Championship in some markets for your intel. The late entertainer/comedian Andy Kaufman one said, "There's no drama like wrestling", while Frank Sinatra said and sang "There's no business like show business'. And legendary and controversial promoter and showman P.T. Barnum emphasizes the "business" in show business - something Paramount Plus is demonstrating to its global audience quite well.

 

Streaming Entertainment News

Morgan Freeman joins 'Special Ops: Lioness' cast Sunday

 

Paramount Plus @paramountplus released the first images of Morgan Freeman's appearance on Special Ops: Lioness on Thursday. Freeman joins the cast in Sunday's episode.

Freeman will play Secretary of State Edwin Mullins. The show stars Zoe Saldana as the leader of an elite program to train female agents. Nicole Kidman plays her overseer.

Freeman was featured in the show's trailer in July and announced as part of the show's cast. Michael Kelly, Laysla De Oliveira, Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Jonah Wharton, Stephanie Nur and Hannah Love Lanier also star.

Taylor Sheridan created Special Ops: Lioness, inspired by a real military program. Lioness premiered July 23. Sunday will be its sixth episode.

 

Wrestling, Energy Drink Connection: Logan Paul could be the next Hulk Hogan says Media Man

Energy Drink News

Can Prime, the drink driving kids crazy, be more than a fad? - 2nd June 2023

 

The sports drinks promoted by YouTube stars Logan Paul and KSI are a lesson in scarcity marketing in the social media age, but can the epic hype turn into lasting sales?

When the stark white Meta Moon bottle of Prime Hydration dropped into the Australian market, the “Limited edition” sports drink – which tastes like bubble gum and fairy floss – quickly became the most sought after item in schools around the country, which meant the marketing machine was working exactly as planned.

As playground fads go it’s one of the stranger ones: buying and selling sports drinks. The beverage in question is marketed and part-owned by two social media stars who have tens of millions of followers, particularly tween and teenage boys.

In February, ahead of the product’s launch in Australia, thousands of fans blocked a street in North Sydney next to Nine’s office – which owns The Australian Financial Review – hoping to catch a glimpse of the drink’s co-owners, boxer and WWE wrestling star Logan Paul and his business partner KSI (Olajide Olayinka Williams), a rapper and boxer, who were appearing on the Today show.

Planned meet and greet events at Woolworths stores in Perth were cancelled over safety fears when it was realised how many people were likely to turn up. Then, when the drink went on sale in March, shoppers scrambled to get their hands on the bottles.

Paul and KSI were once boxing rivals but joined forces to leverage their fan bases: Paul has more than 48 million followers across YouTube and Instagram combined; KSI has nearly 37 million followers.

Prime is now considered the capital of cool by kids on the playground – if they can get a bottle that is. Prime Hydration sells at Woolworths for $4.50 each, but you will find bottles on Amazon at $25 and even in some corner shops it can cost $15 a pop.

Prime has now been banned from some schools – even the empty bottles – with kids selling them to each other at inflated prices. Some youth sports clubs also banned all sports drinks following the hype. To help consumers track down supplies, Twitter handle Prime Tracker publishes details of stock in multiple countries including UK and Australia.

But it’s not all sunshine. Carbonated Prime Energy has been criticised for the amount of caffeine it contains: 56mg per 100ml. In comparison, energy drinks Red Bull and V Energy contain 32mg per 100ml. Some youth sports clubs have banned to beverage, which is considered dangerous for people who weigh less than 40kg.

The controversy is welcome and has helped make the product even more desirable among the younger demographics.

But are algorithms, exotic flavours and 5G connectivity really enough to build a lasting business? Or will Prime end up another fad, like the Pokémon cards, Slinky’s and Cabbage Patch kids of the past.

Paul and KSI are certainly adept at creating demand: in April they handed out a “limited edition” Prime Lemonade of just 10,000 bottles to consumers on Venice Beach, California; one bright yellow bottle, adorned with a picture of Paul and KSI, was for sale on Amazon.com.au for $999.

In May, Prime Lemonade became widely available in the US. The YouTubers are gradually going global and will launch the product in Denmark and Norway on June 7.

Both men have woven Prime into their media work: when Paul appeared in an episode of the popular Netflix series King of Collectibles: The Goldin Touch, Prime could be seen in the background as he and Ken Goldin did a live box-break looking for rare Pokémon cards to sell to collectors.

Paul’s and KSI’s social media posts also include the brightly coloured bottles of Prime. It’s an object lesson in how influencers can leverage their fame to launch and market products, especially ones aimed at the youth demographic and live online.

In a radio interview with Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O, Paul and KSI said Prime had generated $US250 million ($383 million) in retail sales globally in its first year; $US45 million in January alone.

They’re not alone, the global influencer market has more than doubled since 2019, according to Statista. This year, globally, it has an estimated value of $US21.1 billion.

Woolworths sells a million bottles

It’s not just the influencers who benefitted from the Prime launch. It was one of the biggest product debuts for Woolworths, the nation’s largest grocery chain, with more than a million bottles sold in the first few weeks. Hundreds of buyers were calling stores every week trying to find out when the drink would be back on the shelf. To ensure fairness, the retailer instigated a five bottle limit per customer.

Last year the drink sparked chaotic scenes in stores around the UK, when it was delivered to Sainsbury’s and Asda chains and sold out in just minutes. Both retailers also set limits on sales.

Woolworths launches a few thousand products every year but Prime is something special. On rough calculations, if Prime’s early success were annualised, it could make up about 1 per cent to 2 per cent of Woolworths’ drink category sales, one analyst says.

“The anticipation, excitement and demand for this was unprecedented, and we’re continuing to work closely with the manufacturer to ensure we have stock arriving each week as it’s now part of the sports drinks range in our stores,” a Woolworths spokesperson says.

Cultural obsession

QUT Professor Gary Mortimer, who researches food retailing, retail marketing and consumer behaviour, says Prime is an example of influencer marketing at its best.

“I’ve heard stories of people simply refilling the bottle with water or Gatorade, but having it in the Prime container to provide this social connection, that validates themselves with others,” he says.

Gina Lednyak, chief executive of content and social media firm L&A Social (a Tag company), says pre-teens and teenagers are more prone to excess and peer pressure. They look for things that provide social status and make them feel part of a community.

“The fact it is hard to get, the scarcity, leads to more of a cultural obsession.” she says.

Over the years there have been various crazes with products that catch momentum with youth, then they sell out, and the scarcity is what builds up the hype. Think sour/sweet Warhead candy, girl band Spice Girl lollipops, Pokémon cards, and more recently fidget spinners.

“Prime is the perfect storm of people catching an age demographic that is thirsty for community and belonging and absolutely digitally native, thus exposed to a lot of online content from influencers and peers,” Lednyak says.

Bring on the money

American Paul is one of the highest-paid YouTube stars with a net wealth of about $US18 million in 2022, according to Forbes. He even held an exhibition match with former world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2021.

There are other media reports that estimate Paul’s worth at a staggering $US250 million. Brit KSI is also highly successful and co-founded restaurant chain Sides and Vodka brand XIX, and has an estimated net worth of about $US25 million.

Paul and KSI each own about 20 per cent of Prime with manufacturer Congo Brands owning the balance. Congo also produces Alani Nutrition, a women’s sports nutrition product range and 3D Energy drinks.

Congo Brands is owned by Trey Steiger and Max Clemons. The Louisville, Kentucky natives set up Congo in 2014, according its website.

Outsiders hoping for a piece of the action are out of luck, as Congo’s website says each of their brands “chooses not to take on debt or outside investment so that growth is controlled from within.”

Will mania last?

There have been hugely successful businesses started by influencers, including Australian fitness stars and young Rich Listers Kayla Itsines and Tammy Hembrow, but in the fast moving consumer goods industry longevity is harder to achieve.

Former US president Donald Trump’s Trump Steaks lasted just two months in 2007. However, pre-influencer Paul Newman’s sauces have outlived the man who created the line and the company is celebrating its 35 anniversary this year.

But the mania for Prime will be fleeting, says Mortimer. In any hyped up market limited supply creates FOMO (fear of missing out) and the need for social validation drives demand among younger consumers.

But then comes the fall, especially when it comes to Gen Z and Gen Alpha, who are always on the hunt for the next big thing.

“They get a bottle for $10, then it gets on-sold in school yards for $15 or $20 a bottle, and then suddenly the novelty wears off and everybody’s got it, everybody’s tried it, and we start to see discounting. It was only recently someone had Tweeted an image of Walmart selling a pallet of Prime for $1.99,” he says.

“Trends tend to be a very sharp curve. So, a really short period introduction, significant high growth, not a lot of time in maturity, and then a very steep decline.”

Mortimer says the sports drink market is saturated with the likes of Powerade and Gatorade the top players. While the YouTube stars will seek to extend the life and hype of Prime with the introduction of “Limited Editon”, this too is not new. Big global brands do it: Coke moved into diet and less sugar versions and printed names on the cans, while Cadbury offers limited-editon chocolate options.

“Prime is a bit quirky because it’s been driven and promoted by influencers who have got a very strong following from a smaller cohort,” Mortimer says.

Regardless, he thinks the drink will disappear pretty quickly.

“I walked through a Woollies store today, and Prime was sitting on the shelf next to the Gatorade,” he says. “In the recent past, you couldn’t get it. I’m already seeing a slowdown in demand.”

 

Posted by Media Man Int at Friday, August 25, 2023
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Posted by Media Man Int at Thursday, August 24, 2023
Media Man Int Blog: Pro wrestling looses another all time legend
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Pro wrestling looses another all time legend

Terry Funk. 1944 – 2023


Oh no. Terry Funk was absolutely one of the greatest professional wrestlers and sports entertainers of all time. A hell of a good actor also ('Roadhouse') etc..Former NWA champion, drew huge money in the U.S (Hulk Hogan etc), added more credibility to the WCW (with a great Ric Flair rivalry), legendary appearances and business in Japan, kept ECW going in its early days and was a stand out performer in wrestling for over four decades I understand. It may be closer to fifty years including on what one includes. Wrestled just about everyone, everywhere..Has always be neck and neck with Harley Race for our GOAT. A hell of a great bloke we understand to boot. Words grapple to express the loss to the world of wrestling and larger sports and entertainment world. Thanks for the memories, enjoyment and action you gave the world. RIP legend.

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