Engadget: Spotify and WWE are tag-teaming on podcasts

Engadget: Spotify and WWE are tag-teaming on podcasts. “WWE and The Ringer (which Spotify bought last year for around $200 million to bolster its sports lineup) are building a podcast network together. The Ringer podcast The Masked Man Show has been rebranded as The Ringer Wrestling Show. More podcasts are on the way, including a narrative series produced by Bill Simmons (a self-professed lifelong WWE fan) and additional shows from WWE talent.”

Slate: Florida Governor Expands Pandemic Essential Services to Include Professional Wrestling

Slate: Florida Governor Expands Pandemic Essential Services to Include Professional Wrestling. “With the state stay-at-home order in effect until the end of the month, [Florida governor Ron] DeSantis has made the latest in his series of questionable decisions, announcing that WWE—yes, the professional wrestling entertainment behemoth—would now count as an essential service, exempting it from shutdown requirements. The order signed last week applies, technically, to ’employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience—including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production—only if the location is closed to the general public.’ The state lockdown had been in place less than a week at that point.”

WWE Network News: WWE Network Now Offering Free Access To Much Of The Archives For A Limited Time – Includes Wrestlemania, Originals, + More

WWE Network News: WWE Network Now Offering Free Access To Much Of The Archives For A Limited Time – Includes Wrestlemania, Originals, + More. “The world is chaotic right now, with tough times effecting virtually everyone. With life shut down for so many, some turn to entertainment to help themselves cope. WWE has continued to pump out programs week in and week out, but they are also now offering a large bulk of the WWE Network for free.”

Tubefilter: TikTok Inks Deal With WWE For 30 New Wrestler Accounts, Entrance Music Licensing

Tubefilter: TikTok Inks Deal With WWE For 30 New Wrestler Accounts, Entrance Music Licensing. “WWE is body-slamming onto TikTok today, with a new pact that will see the wrestling media purveyor — which counts 1 billion followers across all of its social channels globally — launch various new channels on the Bytedance-owned, short-form video app.” I miss Dean Malenko since he retired.

Willamette Week: In the ’90s, Two Portland Teenagers Aired Old WWF Matches. Now, They Have a Treasure Trove of Wrestling Archives

Willamette Week: In the ’90s, Two Portland Teenagers Aired Old WWF Matches. Now, They Have a Treasure Trove of Wrestling Archives. “The Squared Circle’s Greatest Matches aired on public access television in the Portland area on Saturday nights at 10 pm. True to its name, the show featured classic bouts hand-picked by the ideal curators—two teenagers with little regard for copyright law…. A prodigious jabberjaw, [Bryan] Bennett talked Mount Hood Community College into giving him access to its TV studio at age 13. While he’d managed, through his friendship with local legend ‘Playboy’ Buddy Rose, to secure an agreement with Vince McMahon to air old WWF matches, the show simply flew under other organizations’ radar.”

Forbes: Massive WWE Leak Exposes 3 Million Wrestling Fans’ Addresses, Ethnicities And More

Forbes (of all places): Massive WWE Leak Exposes 3 Million Wrestling Fans’ Addresses, Ethnicities And More. “WWE fans take note: an IT error may have left your personal information open to anyone, including addresses, educational background, earnings and ethnicity. Earlier this week, Bob Dyachenko, from security firm Kromtech, told Forbes he’d uncovered a huge, unprotected WWE database containing information on more than 3 million users, noting it was open to anyone who knew the web address to search. Looking at samples of the leaked information provided by Dyachenko, all data was stored in plain text.”

Snapchat and WWE Teaming Up

Snapchat is teaming up with the WWE (PRESS RELEASE). “Snapchatters and WWE fans around the world will be able to experience WrestleMania as part of a multi-year partnership announced today by Snapchat and WWE. To kick off the partnership, Snapchat will cover WrestleMania, which takes place this Sunday, April 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, via a Live Story. WrestleMania will also air live around the world on WWE Network at 7 pm ET. SNICKERS®, the official presenting partner of WrestleMania, will be WWE’s first-ever Snapchat Live Story brand partner.” Snickers, WWE, and Snapchat… so not my demographic…