The WWE Missed Out On A BIG Marketing Opportunity At Survivor Series

For those that don’t know, this past Sunday was one of the WWE’s biggest pay-per-views of the year; Survivor Series. And at this show, it was Monday Night Raw vs. Smackdown LIVE, head-to-head to see who the better brand was.

Now, I have no problem with the outcomes or anything like that. I’m a person that likes to follow the storylines, and see what happens.

But I do have a problem with how the winners of the matches were laid out. Because, by the time the main event rolled around, the score was tied 3-3 and the traditional Survivor Series 5 v. 5 match was the decider in it all.

Now I get it, the company was trying to put way more emphasis on the main event, and make it worth alot more. But what if Smackdown, let’s say, went up 3-1 and lost in the main event? Or, flipping the script, if Raw was up 3-1 and lost; (Since they did have the “last laugh” at last week’s Smackdown LIVE show)?

First off, the dynamic of the show would have completely changed. People would be on the edge of their seats wondering; “Would they blow their lead?” “Who will step up for their brand?” (etc….)

But, and this is the point I am really intrigued about, is the marketing opportunity that one of the brands blowing a 3-1 lead would create. And the WWE wouldn’t have to do a damn thing.

As we all know, social media nowadays is controlled by ALOT of memes nowadays. And what meme had control of the internet for a huge chunk of time?

“The Golden State Warriors Blew A 3-1 Lead!!!”

(This basically writes itself, but I’ll continue.)

If the WWE had either Raw or Smackdown blow a 3-1 lead at Survivor Series, the internet would be BUZZING. Major sports publications across the world would have memes depicting both WWE and the Golden State Warriors on their sites within 15 minutes of shows end (I’m estimating). They would probably end up getting 10,000+ retweets and shares within 15 minutes of posting.

Then, you have all of the fans out there that make their own jokes and photos about the outcome too. And those will get shared and retweeted through their channels and connections as well.

And, within an hour of shows end, “Raw Blew A 3-1 Lead” or “Smackdown Blew A 3-1 Lead” is trending on Twitter.

But what does this do for the WWE you may ask?

Basically, you’re reaching a much wider audience. Sports fans from all walks of life would see these memes and wonder, why is the WWE being compared to the Golden State Warriors? It has a chance to peak their interest, regardless if they are new to wrestling, or if they use to watch it and are “rediscovering” the show.

Then, when they tune in the following Monday or Tuesday and they like what they see, they may continue to watch and become hooked once again.

And the best part about it is, all the WWE had to do was make a storyline. Just one storyline, and BOOM, the internet shits it’s pants. That’s the beauty of social media.

 

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A Cubs Playoff Wrap-Up

The Cubs are heading home after losing four games to one against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

Throughout this series, you can’t put the blame on one particular person, or one facet of the Cubs squad. There was so much wrong, including;

  • An inconsistent offense, with star players being non-existent (Bryant, Rizzo)
  • A starting rotation that, although effective, didn’t go long enough in games.
  • A bullpen that completely imploded.

But they needed this. The Cubs needed to be humbled on one of the biggest stages in baseball.

The Cubs are a young team that became successful very early in their careers. They won it all in 2016, some of them as young as 22, and 23 years of age. Then, it seemed to get to their heads the very next season with the dreaded “World Series Hangover.”

Through the first 88 games of the 2017 season, the Cubs finished with a 43-45 record, and tied for second in the Central Division. It seemed like they were so caught up in last years successes, they sort of “coasted” through the first half.

But, they did pick it up in the second half of the season, where they finished 49-25 in the final 74 games of the season.

But once the playoffs started, they went back to their first half selves. They were brought to the brink against Washington, having to go the full 5 games in order to move on. And now, the champions have been knocked out after only 5 games in the NLCS.

It wasn’t close from the start against the Dodgers. The Cubs couldn’t anything going offensively; scoring a total of 8 runs through all 5 games. That, combined with an imploding bullpen, resulted in what can only be described as “Devastation in Five Games.”

Now granted, they did show signs of life in Game 4, it still was too little too late. Arrieta had to have the game of his life to keep his squad in it, and the extent of their offense was on 3 solo homers (Baez 2, Contreras 1).

But once LA went up 7-0 in Game 5 tonight, everyone in Chicago knew that it was time to revisit that old, familiar saying; “Wait till next year.”

But they needed to be humbled in the playoffs like they were. This team had been riding high ever since their title win; visiting talk shows, being on SNL, getting sponsorship deals, etc… They needed to be brought down to earth. They needed a loss like this to bring them out of that “World Series Hangover.”

Hopefully, after a loss like this and a majority of their roster coming back next season, the Cubs will be back better than ever! But until then, let’s enjoy the offseason and everything that it entails.

Where’s The Run Support?

After Game Two of the NLCS, all people want to talk about was the decision to put John Lackey in the 9th inning instead of Wade Davis.

And for some reason, we want to blame Maddon and Lackey for this loss and NOT THE OFFENSE!

But since that’s not the popular opinion, we don’t want to talk about it.

Take Kris Bryant, the so-called “MVP” and the “star” of the Cubs. He is batting .179 in the playoffs this year with ZERO home runs, and THIRTEEN strikeouts.

There’s also Anthony Rizzo, the other “star” of the Cubs. He is batting a lousy .154 in the playoffs, with ONE home run and NINE strikeouts.

Or how about Wilson Contreras, who is batting a measly .182 with ONE home run and EIGHT strikeouts; one of those strikeouts being in the top of the 9th of Game Two when he swung on three pitches that were at his jaw line.

That is essentially the heart of your order folks; three guys who can’t hit the broad side of a barn, and you want to blame Maddon and Lackey? That is just ridiculous!

It shouldn’t have even come down to that in the first place. The Cubs had plenty of opportunities to take the lead in this game and have Wade Davis close the door in the ninth, but they just squandered them away.

The fact is, the Cubs are not the all-powerful beings that you want to believe. These bats are being humbled right now by a very talented Dodgers squad, and it’s not doing the Cubs pitching staff any favors. They NEED RUN SUPPORT! That way, the starters can go extra innings, and then Maddon doesn’t have to rely on his bullpen as much as he does.

What do you think though? Are Maddon and Lackey the one’s to blame for the Cub’s Game 2 loss? The offense? Or maybe it was something completely different? VOTE NOW!

Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks: NFL Week 5

It was another exciting week in the NFL, with a few key teams and players making their presence felt.

Deshaun Watson, to start, might have just solidified himself as “the guy” in Houston. He reached the endzone five times against the Tennessee Titans (4 passing, 1 rushing).

The REAL Cam Newton decided to “stand up” against the New England Patriots, beating them 33-30 in Foxborough; throwing for 316 yards and scoring four times (3 passing, 1 rushing).

The Buffalo Bills, who are now my new favorite team for the year, take a W against the Falcons out in Atlanta by a score of 23-17. If you haven’t hopped on that bandwagon yet, you better do it quick! (But that’s another story for another article).

That, plus more, lead the Weekly Sports World Picks to a 11-5 record for Week 4; a big improvement from one week ago.

Now, without further ado, here are your Weekly Sports World Weekly Picks for Week 5 of the NFL Season;

New England beats Tampa Bay

Buffalo beats Cincinnati

New York Jets beats Cleveland

Detroit beats Carolina

Indianapolis beats San Francisco

Miami beats Tennessee

San Diego beats New York Giants

Philadelphia beats Arizona

Pittsburgh beats Jacksonville

Oakland beats Baltimore

Seattle beats Los Angeles Rams

Green Bay beats Dallas

Kansas City beats Houston

Minnesota beats Chicago

BYE WEEKS: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, and Washington

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Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks: NFL Week 4

Wow am I glad that week is over! My picks were just the biggest dumpster fire in the world.

After a 6-10 week, I’m going to need a BIG WEEK in order to make up for it. So, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for Week 4 of the NFL season.

Green Bay beats Chicago

New Orleans beats Miami

Atlanta beats Buffalo

Cincinnati beats Cleveland

Dallas beats Los Angeles Rams

Detroit beats Minnesota

New England beats Carolina

Jacksonville beats New York Jets

Pittsburgh beats Baltimore

Tennessee beats Houston

Arizona beats San Francisco

Philadelphia beats San Diego

Tampa Bay beats New York Giants

Denver beats Oakaland

Seattle beats Indianapolis

Kansas City beats Washington

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Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks: NFL Week 3

42-17…….that is what kept me from being 14-1 in Week 2. A 42-17 whooping of the Dallas Cowboys by the Denver Broncos gave me two losses on my record instead of one.

Now don’t get me wrong, 13-2 is not a bad record. In fact it might be one of the best record’s I’ve had while doing these Weekly Picks. But when one of the BEST running backs in the league only puts up 8 yards and the Cowboys defense makes Trevor Siemian look like the second coming, you’re bound to be a little salty.

But, Week 3 is upon us, and we have to look forward. A new week, new opportunities, and even more possible surprises. So, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for Week 3 of the NFL season.

San Francisco beats Los Angeles Rams

Baltimore beats Jacksonville

Denver beats Buffalo

Pittsburgh beats Chicago

Detroit beats Atlanta

Cleveland beats Indianapolis

Tampa Bay beats Minnesota

New England beats Houston

Miami beats New York Jets

Philadelphia beats New York Giants

New Orleans beats Carolina

Tennessee beats Seattle

Green Bay beats Cincinnati

Kansas City beats Los Angeles Chargers

Oakland beats Washington

Arizona beats Dallas

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Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks: NFL Week 2

Football is back baby, and I could not be any happier. However, due to some outside circumstances, I was not able to get you last week’s picks, or a pick for this past Thursday. But don’t worry, because I’M BACK!

This year, I feel like is going to be an interesting year. There is something about this new rookie class that makes me believe that we will see the emergence of new stars, as well as teams, that can make a splash in the standings.

But enough about that, it’s time for some picks! So, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for Week 2 of the NFL season.

Baltimore beats Cleveland

Carolina beats Buffalo

Arizona beats Indianapolis

Tennessee beats Jacksonville

Kansas City beats Philadelphia

New England beats New Orleans

Pittsburgh beats Minnesota

Tampa Bay beats Chicago

Miami beat Los Angeles Chargers

Oakland beats New York Jets

Dallas beats Denver

Washington beats Los Angeles Rams

Seattle beats San Francisco

Green Bay beats Atlanta

Detroit beats New York Giants

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Gimmicks Wear Off…..

The Big 3 Basketball League, lead by founder Ice Cube, with Allen Iverson as one of it’s headliners……is a gimmick. Just like the XFL, it’s starting out as a stunt to try and drum up buzz and hype, only to fall by the wayside once the initial pop dies off.

For those who have not heard of the Big 3 yet, it is a a separate basketball league created by founders Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, and headlined by the likes of Allen Iverson, and coach Julius Irving. It’s based around 3 v 3, half court basketball rules with a few twists.

Twists like 4-point circles, and nicknames on the backs of jerseys encompass this “new wave” of basketball. Not only that, but there’s also no more 2-shots for a foul. You get fouled shooting a two, you take ONE shot from the free-throw line to make up for it. You get fouled from the three, you get ONE shot from three, and so on.

But honestly, it’s just a gimmick here folks. It’s a league full of NBA “has beens” and “never was” players trying to play into the summer sports lull. (I have to give them credit though, choosing the summer before NFL and NBA start to hold their season really does help their viewership quite a bit.)

Plus, they also show their games A DAY LATE on FS1. In a world of social media, that doesn’t help your ratings. Anybody with a twitter account could easily search for the score, or some kind of highlight, and go on their merry way.

In addition to that, you really don’t have any “stars” to build the league around. To me, the only real draws you have here are Ice Cube, Allen Iverson, and maybe Mike Bibby. But that’s it!

Sure, there’s various Hall-of-Famers coaching teams, I get that. But that’s just catering to old-school basketball fans. It’s not connecting to your younger fanbase, which in my opinion is the major demographic for this league.

To help make this a success, you need to market the Big 3 TO DEATH! The various introduction press releases to the league will not be enough to keep this “pop” going. There has to be a constant buzz of media attention surrounding it. Have somebody be outspoken, somebody create controversy, do SOMETHING! Don’t just be a slimmed down, marginally talented version of the NBA.

Enzo Amore: A Future Manager?

Enzo Amore, the “Smack Talker Skywalker” as he likes to call himself, is currently in a rivalry with his previous best friend Big Cass. But the question is, what are they going to do with Enzo after this?

From what many are speculating, the WWE is going to try and push Big Cass as the next “big man” singles competitor. And what some are speculating from Enzo range from making the transition to the Cruiserweight division, to just being let go from the company all together.

His future is really kind of in limbo, and some don’t know what to make of it.

The thing is though, in all of the reports that I have read, I have not seen anything mention him becoming a manager.

The scene for managers now is just not the same as before. Back in the day, you had guys spanning from Jimmy Hart and Captain Lou Albano, to the unforgettable Paul Bearer.

But now, you have Paul Heyman, who is one of the great managers in history. I will also give some respect to Titus O’Neal with the whole “Titus Brand” gimmick he has going on right now. But who else? James Ellsworth with Carmella? Maryse with The Miz?

That’s why WWE needs a new, fresh face as a manager. It’s just something we haven’t seen in a while.

With his mic skills, Enzo Amore can really draw in the attention of the audience, and get them excited for just about anything. And not only that, his promos also have the ability to get the new guys over coming out of NXT.

For example, lets say you have a large indestructible tag team coming up from NXT. They are great in the ring, but are very lacking on the mic. WWE would be able to team them up with Enzo so that he can get them over with the fans, with minimal promos from the team themselves.

But if they don’t like that, the WWE really needs to figure SOMETHING out in order to keep Enzo. He is a GOLDMINE of epic proportions for the company, whether it’s TV appearances, or merchandise. Letting him go would end up being a major disappointment for all parties.

Now that you know what I think, I want to know what you think. VOTE below on the Weekly Sports World Twitter Poll with your opinion on if Enzo Amore would make a great manager.

New NBA Uniforms: A Money Grab?

If someone tries to convince me that what is being done with the NBA’s uniforms is an “innovation,” I’m literally going to puke. It’s not an innovation; it’s a pointless money grab, just like the logos on the jerseys.

Now, for those of you who may not know, let me fill you in on what I am talking about.

For the new season, the NBA will be unveiling FOUR PRIMARY uniforms for every team. The new names of these uniforms will be called the “Association” edition, the “Icon” edition, and a third and fourth edition inspired by the Athlete’s Mindset and the Community of the team respectively.

That’s not the problem I have, because team’s have had multiple alternatives and colors for years now. My problem is that they can choose whichever of the four they want to wear WHENEVER they want. No more “home” or “away” jersey restrictions, or anything like that. Just make sure you are wearing contrasting colors of uniforms.

But wait, there’s more……

There are going to be a select eight teams in the league that will have a “Classic” uniform that they can choose as well. These teams will probably include the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, and any other franchises that have a long history of greatness, or that have had jersey styles that were the highest sold.

So that is four to five uniforms that teams will be cycling through within a span of a season. Not to mention, we are still probably going to get the Christmas Day uni’s, Halloween, Valentines Day and whatever other holidays they can squeeze more money out of.

Now I get it, this is really a small change in an otherwise BIG machine, and I really shouldn’t be annoyed at this. But this does nothing for the game of basketball, and it does nothing for the fan experience. All it does is just instill false hype in the fans, telling them that they have to have the whole line of jerseys so that they can be just like their favorite star.

Just play the damn game. We should be worried about how the teams are going to perform, the rivalries, and the standings. Not who’s going to wear what on the court that night.

But the sad truth is, there are people out there that will buy into this hype. You are going to have people lining up at various sporting goods stores, and bogging down the league’s shop page to make sure they have each one of those jerseys.

And you better believe, I’m not going to be one of them.

Now that you know how I feel about the situation, I want to hear from you. Vote now on the Twitter poll and let me know.