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WWE, already the social media king of the ring will try to expand its online presence this year, with the $6.5 billion sports entertainment company hinting that it may sell itself.

WWE’s flagship TikTok account surpassed 20 million followers during the most recent quarter, making it the first sports league to do so, and the company is launching three international TikTok accounts after the WWE Espaol TikTok handle reached nearly 2 million followers in its first year.

WWE’s online presence is already extensive and does not appear to be slowing down.

According to Paul Levesque, the company’s chief content officer and director, who wrestled as Triple H, its YouTube channel surpassed 92 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, making it one of only ten channels on the platform to surpass the 90 million subscriber mark.

The National Basketball Association has 19.8 million subscribers, the National Football League has 10.6 million, and Major League Baseball has 4.05 million.

One reason is that, unlike the NFL, NBA, and MLB, the WWE does not have an off-season. It produces new content from television shows, and premium live events all year, and its fans devour it.

WWE Is Trying To Make More Of A Presence For Itself

The company’s online presence is so pervasive that it seeps into the social media posts of some of the world’s most famous athletes.

Following the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVII victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and MVP Patrick Mahomes posted a photo of himself on Twitter holding the Vince Lombardi trophy in one hand and a WWE belt in the other.

That photo has been viewed over 23 million times and is still growing.

According to Christopher Zook, chairman and chief investment officer of CAZ Investments, constant innovation combined with entertainment distinguishes WWE on social media platforms.

“It has consistently found ways to generate interest and keep up with changing consumer behavior,” Zook said. “Their success has been built on their content’s viral, fan-service nature.”

Increased sports viewership has increased the value of organizations with a large following, pushing WWE to the front of the line for companies looking to expand into new areas, according to Zook, especially when reaching key demographics willing to spend.

And the platforms on which the WWE is focused are increasingly attracting a crowd with disposable income.

According to a Pew Research Center survey on social media use by U.S. adults in 2021, 95% of those between 18 and 29 use YouTube.

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WWE Has Been Quick To Partner With Companys

According to Insider Intelligence, TikTok will overtake Facebook as the most-consumed social network among U.S. adults over 18 next year. According to the research firm, 18-to-24-year-old TikTok users in the United States will spend an average of one hour daily on the platform this year.

And WWE has been quick to partner with people with a large social media following, most recently with the personality of Logan Paul.

Three months after signing with WWE last year, Paul took out his phone and filmed himself leaping from the ropes onto Roman Reigns. Levesque said that video received over 40 million views across Paul’s and WWE’s social platforms in less than 24 hours, topping all social media posts for the Stamford, Connecticut-based company last year.

Last month’s midair ring collision between Paul and wrestler Ricochet racked up another 26.5 million views across all platforms.

The company also promotes digital programming, such as “The Bump,” a weekly show that can be viewed live on all of WWE’s digital and social media platforms every Wednesday.

“Look for us to launch more digital original programming in 2023,” Levesque said in a post-earnings conference call this month.

The test will be how potential buyers value WWE’s social media presence and future potential.

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However, Wall Street is very bullish on the entertainment company.

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. shares have increased by 50% in the last year, even though all major U.S. stock markets have slumped.

Rumors of a sale intensified late last year when WWE founder Vince McMahon returned to the company and joined the board of directors after a brief retirement.

“Given the rapidly evolving media landscape in which more and more companies are seeking to own the intellectual property offered on their streaming platforms – I firmly believe that the best thing to do for WWE’s shareholders and other stakeholders is to undertake a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives,” McMahon wrote in a letter dated Dec. 20 but published in January.

CAZ Investments’ Zook believes that potential buyers know social media has altered the equation.

“When you combine the staying power of live sporting events with the rapid growth of subscription-based content and an expansive social media presence, it’s easy to see why sports franchises like the WWE are becoming a more appealing asset to own,” Zook said.

SOURCE – (AP)

 

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Miranda Lambert interrupts her performance to stop a fight. “Are We Done With Our Drama?”

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(VOR News) – Concerts starring Miranda Lambert are held for the purpose of dancing and drinking, as opposed to being hosted with the intention of starting a fight.

At the Under the Big Sky Festival in Montana, which took place over the weekend, Miranda Lambert took a moment to address the members of the audience who appeared to be engaged in a dispute and were not paying attention to what she was saying.

This occurred during the course of her headline show at the festival. During the course of her activity, she uttered the sentence while pointing at herself.

“I see that your head is not turned in the right direction, which is towards this direction,” she stated with certainty. We are not looking in the same direction.”

If you wish to pay a visit, you are not required to travel to another location. The visit can be conducted from any location in the world. You should sing some country songs, drink some beer, and cause some trouble this evening if you wish to get into some trouble.

Miranda Lambert is ready to do any of these activities.

“Are we both at the same time at this moment? She went on to question, “Are we done with our drama yet?” and then proceeded to announce, “Fighting is not acceptable.” She continued till she reached her conclusion.

Adding insult to injury, it is invariably the women that are attacked. when we are absolutely and utterly go insane! It is my sincere wish that each of you has a fantastic day. For the time being, I will have to wait for the situation to pass.

In the course of her performances at the Montana festival over the course of the weekend, Miranda Lambert was one of the most remarkable performers.

She was one of the performers who appeared on stage alongside Billy Strings and Turnpike Troubadours, who were also the co-headliners of the event. It should also be noted that Mt. Joy, Tanya Tooker, Sierra Ferrell, and Brothers Osborne were all able to successfully carry out their separate performances.

At first glance, it would appear that the Miranda Lambert disagreements that take place in the crowds of Miranda Lambert’s show are something that happens on a regular basis.

As the month of June was drawing to a close, she intervened in a fight in order to perform her ballad, which was titled “Tin Man.” Before the month actually came to a close, the performance took place earlier.

Could Miranda Lambert and you get into a fight? What song is playing?

mostly Miranda Lambert due to the fact that I will go down there, and you do not want that to happen, and you do not want that to happen.

The announcement that they would not be carrying out the activity today was delivered to the throng by Miranda Lambert, who was the one who broke the news. In every instance in which we become agitated, we begin punching one another, and it is always the girls who are the ones who engage in this conduct.

Would you be willing to let us just go ahead and remove the police officers, if that is something that is possible for us to do? I think that would be an amazing thing to happen. We are indebted to you for a profound sense of gratitude.

After a few days had passed, Miranda Lambert uploaded a video to Instagram in which she made a joke about when she will eventually be okay with her fans getting into fights or fighting with each other.

The joke was about when she will eventually be okay with fan conflicts for the rest of her life. I would be really interested in attending your fights if you are interested in coming to my performances. I would be quite excited to do so. In relation to the statements that she made on July 2nd, she said, “Give ’em hell.”

I would appreciate it if you would give me permission to sing five songs that I have in my collection. These automobiles are referred to by the following names:

“Fastest Girl in Town,” “Kerosene,” “Little Red Wagon,” “Wranglers,” and “Gun Powder & Lead.” If you want to avoid doing it while “Tin Man” is playing, stop doing it. This is not an appropriate moment for it at this point in time.

SOURCE: RSN

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Jack Black Ends Tenacious D Tour After Bandmate’s Trump Shooting Comment

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Tenacious D, the comedic rock duo comprised of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, has postponed the remainder of their tour following Gass’ remarks about the murder attempt on Donald Trump.

On Sunday, while onstage at a concert in Sydney, Black presented Gass with a birthday cake and urged him to “make a wish”. Gass responded, “Don’t miss Trump next time,” an apparent reference to the previous day’s rally shooting, which left the former president with a damaged ear. The footage of Gass was widely shared on social media.

Jack Black Ends Tenacious D Tour After Bandmate’s Trump Shooting Comment

“What was mentioned during the broadcast on Sunday caught me off guard. “I would never condone hate speech or encourage political violence in any way,” Black wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “After much thought, I no longer believe it is right to continue the Tenacious D tour, and any future creative plans are paused. I appreciate the fans’ support and understanding.”

Following Black’s statement, Gass apologized on Instagram.

“The line I improvised Sunday night in Sydney was highly inappropriate, dangerous and a terrible mistake,” the comedian wrote Tuesday. “I condemn all forms of violence against anyone. What happened was a tragedy, and I sincerely apologize for my lack of judgment.”

The band recently finished touring in the United States and Europe. Their “Spicy Meatball Tour” is set to resume Tuesday night in Newcastle. This month, they will visit most major cities in Australia and New Zealand before returning to the United States for a few chosen dates in October.

Jack Black Ends Tenacious D Tour After Bandmate’s Trump Shooting Comment

“Frontier Touring regret to advise that Tenacious D’s concert tonight at Newcastle Entertainment Centre has been postponed,” their touring firm stated on Instagram Tuesday. “Ticket holders are asked to hold onto their tickets until further information is available.”

A band representative referred the Associated Press to Black’s remark when approached for further comment. Details about reimbursements for the remaining tour dates were not immediately available.

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James Sikking, Star Of ‘Hill Street Blues’ And ‘Doogie Howser, MD,’ Dies At 90

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James Sikking, who played a harsh police officer on “Hill Street Blues” and the main character’s kindhearted father on “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” died at 90.

Sikking died of dementia complications, according to his spokeswoman, Cynthia Snyder, who released a statement Sunday evening.

Born the youngest of five children in Los Angeles on March 5, 1934, his early acting career included an uncredited performance in Roger Corman’s “Five Guns West” and a cameo appearance in an episode of “Perry Mason.” He also appeared in a slew of iconic 1970s television shows, including the action-packed “Mission: Impossible,” “M.A.S.H.,” “The F.B.I.,” “The Rockford Files,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and “Charlie’s Angels,” as well as “Eight is Enough” and “Little House on the Prairie.”

James Sikking, Star Of ‘Hill Street Blues’ And ‘Doogie Howser, MD,’ Dies At 90

In 1981, “Hill Street Blues” made its premiere as a novel spin on the classic police procedural. Sikking played Lieutenant Howard Hunter, a clean-cut Vietnam War veteran who led the Metropolitan Police Department’s Emergency Action Team in an unnamed city.

The famous show was a drama, but Sikking’s strict personality and eccentricities were frequently employed to hilarious effect. Sikking modeled his performance after a drill instructor he had at basic training when military service interrupted his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, from which he graduated in 1959.

“The drill instructor looked like he had steel for hair, and his uniform had so much starch in it, you knew it would sit in the corner when he took it off in the barracks,” he told The Fresno Bee in 2014, as part of a series of interviews honoring the debut of the box set.

When it debuted on the heels of a Hollywood dual strike, the NBC show had dismal ratings and little attention. However, the struggling network kept it on the air. “Up popped this word ‘demographic,'” Sikking told the Star Tribune in 2014. “We were reaching out to folks with a specific education and income level. “They called it the ‘Esquire audience.'”

The show continued until 1987. However, it was unclear whether Sikking would make it that far. A December 1983 episode concluded with his character considering death. The cliffhanger prompted comparisons to the “Who shot J.R.?” mystery from “Dallas” not long ago — but it was immediately answered when TV supplements unintentionally printed a teaser description revealing Hunter’s survival.

“I remember when Howard attempted suicide. My brother called and inquired, ‘You still got a job?’ “I said, ‘Yeah,’ and he said, ‘Oh good,’ before hanging up,” Sikking told The Fresno Bee.

Sikking received an Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama in 1984. The style and format of “Hill Street Blues” were unfamiliar to Sikking and many in the audience, from the dirty look of the set to the various storylines that frequently kept performers working in the background even when they didn’t have lines in the scene.

“It was a lot of hard work, but everyone enjoyed it, and it shows. When you have people participating in the production, manufacturing, or whatever you want to call it, who are truly into it and enjoy doing it, you’re going to get a wonderful product,” he told Parade.com back in 2014. “We always had three different stories running through (each episode), which means you had to listen and you had to pay attention because everything was important.”

Aside from “Hill Street Blues,” Sikking portrayed Captain Styles in 1984’s “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.” He wasn’t excited about the position but was enticed by the prospect of spending only one day on set.

“It was not my cup of tea.” I was not interested in the outer space business. Back then, I had an arrogant attitude. I wanted to perform in a real theater. I wanted to develop real shows, not ones based on people’s imaginations of what outer space might be like,” Sikking told startrek.com in 2014. “So I had a silly prejudice against it, which is bizarre because I’ve probably and happily signed more this, that or the other thing of ‘Star Trek’ than I have anything of all the other work I’ve done.”

Following the conclusion of “Hill Street Blues,” he appeared in approximately 100 episodes of “Dougie Howser, M.D.,” reuniting with Steven Bochco, who co-created both “Hill Street Blues” and the sitcom starring Neil Patrick Harris.

He married Florine Caplan, and they had two children and four grandkids.

James Sikking, Star Of ‘Hill Street Blues’ And ‘Doogie Howser, MD,’ Dies At 90

Sikking had all but retired when the “Hill Street Blues” box set was released. He had fewer but notable parts after the millennium, guest-starring on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and appearing in the rom-com films “Fever Pitch” and “Made of Honor.” His final appearances were as a guest star on a 2012 episode of “The Closer” and in the film “Just an American.”

Sikking continued to host charitable activities. He frequently participated in celebrity golf tournaments and once attended the ribbon-cutting for a health center in an Iowa hamlet of only 7,200 inhabitants. “Actually, I came to get something from you—air I can’t see,” Sikking told the 100-person crowd. “Where we come from, if it isn’t brown, we don’t know how to breathe it,” The Associated Press reported in 1982.

“I’d probably do anything if it got me motivated. Acting is a license to conduct one’s investigation. “Being an actor is a great ego trip,” he told startrek.com in 2014. “I must say that, in the past few years in which I haven’t worked, the obscurity has been quite attractive.”

“The condiment of my life is good fortune,” he concluded.

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