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World Wrestling Entertainment
Alternative title: World Wrestling Federation / WWE / WWE Vintage Collection / WWE-Magazin / WWF Wrestling
The WWE is considered the most important wrestling league in the world. World Wrestling Entertainment has already established itself as a spectacular show event with the predecessor organization WWF. Former stars like The Rock, The Undertaker or Stone Cold Steve Austin have shaped the stage for years. The show is broadcast live on DAZN on Saturdays, and ProSieben Maxx shows a two-hour summary on free TV. (Text: RF)

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    I don't know what everyone has against the WWE at the moment, Seriously now without anyone feeling offended. According to the media, yes it is probably all right what you get with the fact that many WWE stars switch from one league to the other league, for whatever reason, that's exactly what makes a company, if that's right or you can't be considered Wrestlers only expect that you experience what you want, and if the decision of companies was right or not that happens all over the world, there are also unhappy moments. And whoever wants to go should do it. E.g. if you look back, many of your beloved AEW stars as well as the TNA - iMPACT wrestling stars almost all came from the WWE. And yes, it is at the moment that AEW is experiencing its high flying, that many speak of it is normal, now if you look so honestly, many like to chop at the WWE rum, that's wrong and that doesn't suit me, the star goes and changes from a to b, and the league is better than wwe. Seriously, people have crises everywhere. Even at AEW, you just don't hear that because the company is new to the business. And everyone just talking about their hype. Even at AEW there will be trouble at some point when the hype has become normal, as well as my Adidas or Air Nike that I need new ones. Or do you forget all the loud AEW hype that there are also bad days in life so NO. I would wait and see what will happen in the WWE first. For example, at the time of the young WCW hype, it was similar. I am very convinced that the WWE will really rock. I compare it to a football club transfer, even the players are getting old. You can't always expect a club to win the Champions League every year. A transfer also takes time, new employees are trained and and and. This is the only way to be successful. The WWE is a giant company and they don't want to lose their good reputation either. I think it's a shame that everyone likes to talk about a hype, and unfortunately forget that it’s crisis-ridden moments or wrestler transfers are part of it. Wait. The WWE is only building again, tactical changes and new player additions are made. WWE is just drawing air for the next round. Even a soccer world champion starts from zero after every World Cup. You are planning for the future. The WWE is going to rock again !!!!
  • J.Sommer (born 1990) on

    Exciting compilations (2021)
  • User 1518674 on

    Bray waytt is a talented wrestler but after srvivel siries I personally have no interest in paying another ppv since 3 events such a junk comes about with red light I mean jesjes jes is clear again but you could have made a match of it this time clearly shows that Brayn waytt really doesn't look good. Ps I apologize for my spelling because I'm actually Swede and I swear that I write very much
  • User 1518674 on

    Don't be angry with me, please but I follow the AWE and that kind of erroneous moves that find the show for show city is the question when something really bad happens ne question of the time is just as unimaginative names as jurassic express is just silly in everything else I give you Law
  • Atze counter on

    How stupid has wwe become, just because some wrestlers want to leave are they portrayed as completely looser? Just hopelessly hope that wwe goes down and aew has more success. Dean Ambrose just doesn't deserve to be treated like that

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The history of WWE on German television had its ups and downs: In 1989 the small private broadcaster Tele 5 started broadcasting WWF fights, at that time still as part of the “Ringfrei” broadcasts, where various martial arts alternated. Even then, the fights were commented on by the German iconic wrestling commentator Carsten Schaefer and his colleague at the time, Ulli Fesseler. The WWF matches quickly became popular with viewers and Tele 5 decided to make “Ring Frei” a pure WWF broadcast. As a special highlight, "Wrestlemania 8" was broadcast live in the spring of 1992 and shortly afterwards the Munich event as part of the WWF European Rampage Tour was broadcast. After Tele 5 was discontinued at the end of 1992, WWF initially lost its slot. The hopes of WWF fans that the programs would be included in the programming of the successor channel DSF were quickly dashed, because although this broadcast wrestling "WCW", it did not broadcast the popular WWF shows. In March 1993, the WWF found a new home in the newly launched RTL II channel. To the delight of the fans, Carsten Schaefer was still active as a commentator and at his side was the then “freshman” Günther Zapf. Both quickly blossomed into a well-rehearsed team that didn't miss out on the necessary dose of humor. In addition, three WWF shows were broadcast from now on, namely “WWF Superstars”, “WWF Challenge” and the 15-minute “WWF Spotlight”.
Up until the beginning of 1995, RTL II achieved very good ratings with the WWF program and wanted to expand it, so the FSK 16 programs were included in the Saturday afternoon program. But unfortunately RTL II had made the bill without the state media authorities, which prevented it from being broadcast. RTL II had to show the programs again after 10:00 p.m. Unfortunately, no reasonable slot was found and the WWF landed on a midnight program slot.
A big problem was that from now on sex hotline spots were running in the advertising blocks, which gave the WWF an unnecessarily dirty image. The programs now slipped further and further into the night program and finally RTL II dropped the wrestling shows completely. Finally, DSF took hold of it and integrated the WWF shows into their daily wrestling series, because in the meantime the WCW had also developed into a crowd-puller there, and to a great surprise, "RAW", the flagship of the WWF shows, was shown for the first time.
In 1997 the pay TV "DF1" started its own specialty channel for wrestling. The WWF was honored there with a large number of programs and for the first time also the Classic PPVs (“Pay Per Views”). Unfortunately, times were difficult for the free TV viewers, because only one hour of the two-hour “Raw” show was broadcast on DSF. At the beginning of 1998 there were problems between DSF and WWF. The WWF withdrew the broadcasting rights from DSF and partly also from DF1. Now a 9-month WWF-free television time began in Germany, no broadcaster wanted to be found that wanted the shows in its program. In November 1998, RTL II took on the WWF again, unfortunately after a few months and quite a decent number of viewers, there was a change in the management level of the station and the WWF programs were moved back to night programs. Since RTL II was not interested in extending the broadcasting contracts, a new broadcaster was quickly found and found in tm3 that wanted to transform its image from a women's broadcaster to a hip Champions League sports broadcaster. In addition, the WWF programs fit perfectly into the concept. The programs went well and in 2000 the new WWF show "Smackdown" was bought. In 1999 Premiere merged with the pay-TV provider DF1. The remaining WWF shows "Heat & Metal" and the Ex-In-Your-House-PPVs were also taken over there. Unfortunately, in the afternoon repetition of the somewhat bloody PPV "No Way Out", a mistake happened in 2000, which made future viewing of WWF PPVs a somewhat colorless pleasure, because Premiere forgot to switch on the youth protection signal. Again there was trouble with the state media authorities, which prompted the WWF to show bloody spots in the PPVs in black and white or to switch to the frosted glass effect in the case of particularly brutal images. At tm3, another change of image was imminent, which was so radical that almost none of tm3's programs would find a place in the new broadcast format.
In 2001, tm3 became the “hands-on channel” 9live. The WWF should now face a two-year break in free TV. In the meantime, the WWF lost a legal battle with the World Wild Fund For Nature (WWF) and had to change its name to WWE. Premiere tried to get the rights to "Raw" & "Smackdown" as well as the five missing PPVs, but initially all talks failed because the WWE executives preferred to launch their programs on free TV. But because no station could be found, the WWF went soft and Premiere was awarded the contract for "Raw", "Velocity", "Heat", "Afterburn" & "Confidential", as well as the 5 remaining PPVs. The wrestling fan was now allowed to pay 15 euros each time for the PPVs and received a “live” PPV that was delayed by 1 hour and also censored. For the second most important TV show "Smackdown", the WWE was still looking for a free TV channel. In 2003 this transmitter was found in the “new” Tele 5. Since then, "Smackdown" has been broadcast on Fridays at 10:00 pm (ie on the old "Ringfrei" slot). The WWE ran very successfully on Tele 5 and gave the station the highest ratings. In 2005, however, the WWE suffered another setback: Tele 5 was declared a feature film broadcaster and “Smackdown” was banned from night programs (Thursdays around midnight). In February 2007, Tele 5 finally announced that Smackdown no longer fits into the transmitter scheme, which is why the four-year collaboration was ended. Now DSF took hold of the rights and secured the rights to "Smackdown", which will be broadcast on Saturdays at 10 pm. The show is very successful there. Due to the success, DSF tried to establish another wrestling show in January 2009 with "Bottom Line". Unfortunately, due to a lack of audience interest, the show was taken off the program after three months. Since February 2009, the WWE has been running two programs ("This Week in The WWE" and "Vintage Collection") every Monday on Eurosport. In July 2007, Premiere reached an agreement with WWE that all PPVs would be broadcast live and uncensored. The broadcaster, renamed “Sky”, recently announced that the four “PPVs Royal Rumble”, “Wrestlemania”, “Summerslam” and “Survivor Series” will also be broadcast in HDTV in the future. In January 2011 there was further good news for all WWE fans: Sky has been showing “RAW Live” and the full version of “Smackdown” since then, and “WWE Xperience”, another WWE show, was added to the program. In March 2012, Sport 1 took "Bottom Line" back into the program and broadcast the show on Saturdays directly after "Smackdown". Due to financial difficulties, the shows were canceled or postponed for weeks. Since Sport 1 was no longer willing to pay the high license fees for the WWE shows, the collaboration was ended in March 2013 and has since shown the more cost-effective TNA wrestling for the broadcaster.
WWE is currently in negotiations with various TV broadcasters to enable a free-TV return.

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