WWE CEO Vince McMahon Calls Out UFC for ‘Abysmal’ TV Ratings Ahead of WWE Monday Night Raw 1000

Ahead of WWE Monday Night Raw 1000, WWE CEO Vince McMahon had plenty to say to the Hollywood Reporter about his perceived differences between UFC and WWE. One quote in particular that stood out was McMahon’s comments about whether or now WWE and UFC are direct competitors: “We’re in show business, they are a sport. Their ratings are abysmal. They are in the pay-per-view business, and they do reasonably well there. We just set a record for WrestleMania. We had 1.3 million buys for this year’s WrestleMania, and our pay-per-view numbers for our shows have been up 30 percent since then. So, we are looking pretty good.”

Other quotes from McMahon are below:

Vince McMahon on WWE superstars transitioning to Hollywood: “Our talent is taught not to be prima donnas, to be on time and know their lines. And quite frankly, people in Hollywood, once they see what we do, they are amazed. Our talent doesn’t demand the biggest trailer or a certain amount of grape juice or whatever the hell it is. Our talent is extremely flexible and knows how to act, so it’s a logical extension for them.”

Vince McMahon on the Raw-Active initiative that starts with Raw 1000: “Back in the early days, our performers elicited a response — a boo or a cheer. Today, we use all this social media. We are going to do Tout, in which the WWE just invested. With that, you get a 15-second video shout-out that goes straight to our TV programs. Beginning with the 1,000th show, people can participate in terms of the types of matches and what actually happens on air. It will be the most interactive TV programming in the world.”

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Source: ProWrestling.net

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