Vince McMahon’s Involvement In SmackDown, WWE’s New Building

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– Despite speculation that Vince McMahon favors the RAW brand, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported this week that Vince is still hands-on with SmackDown. Meltzer said it’s simply “not the case” that Vince only works on RAW.

– Meltzer also commented on the possibility of WWE acting as a distributor and airing other companies’ wrestling shows on their Network, similar to Netflix. He feels that it would make sense, but is unlikely due to Vince’s “weird mindset” about any other company “getting credit” for the Network’s success.

– As previously reported, WWE has purchased a TV production facility in Stamford, CT for $26.9 million. They made the purchase under “WWE Real Estate Holdings, LLC,” and received a loan for $23 million after paying $2 million to the seller and $1.9 million to the lender up front.

WWE uses about 20,000 square feet in the facility, and plans to double that. The main tenant is AmeriCares, which occupies 90,000 square feet of the property. WWE is honoring AmeriCares’ lease with the previous owner, which runs until 2033.