This is the biggest weekend of the year for WWE
The scripted billionaire feud aside, WWE needs to really nail the pay-per-view buys this week, because Wrestlemania is a great opportunity to create momentum for the next year of premium events. Part of the excitement is due to the gathering of the company's three separate brands under one roof -- talent from RAW, SmackDown!, and ECW will compete in the various contests. Fans love it when the entire roster comes together to rumble.
And so does WWE, because it's good for business. The company issued a press release earlier in the month commenting on the value of combining brands. According to WWE, the multiple-brand pay-per-views performed better in terms of buy rates than the ones with only a single allegiance. So in order to keep fans enticed and buy rates up, every pay-per-view event starting the end of April will feature talent from at least two of the brands. This is a smart move, since limiting the talent that could be attached to a paid live event as opposed to gratis would obviously limit the upside potential. Plus, with the recent $5 price hike for pay-per-views, fans might perceive more bang for the buck with the added competitors.
Having separate brands on television makes sense; a higher quantity of stories can be presented, and relatively similar products are on the air three times a week instead of once. But having everything come together during the premium programs is proper synergy. WWE could benefit from a different blueprint right now, since buy rates aren't necessarily spectacular at the moment (based on the latest earnings report).
Wrestlemania 23 will knock the socks off fans in Detroit this weekend. With a new approach for all pay-per-view events, shareholders could be looking at a higher level of revenues from this section of the company. That's important, because WWE wants a large amount of its consumers to go beyond the free cable stuff and put real cash on the line for further product. This will drive other platforms, such as the company's subscription video-on-demand service, and its merchandise business. In fact, THQ
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