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Source: Fortune

Stephanie McMahon was interviewed at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in Laguna Niguel, California on Wednesday. Here are some of the highlights:

Her father receiving death threats:

“He was invading their territories, and getting better television coverage. He thought he had the better product, and ultimately, he did, and they didn’t take to kindly to that. He told me a great story about a threat from a notorious gangster and being in this room, this old hotel, with the dark wooden panel walls and this big oversized man with a very unattractive face. He was threatening my Dad’s life and my Dad was willing to stand up to him and all these different people to make his dreams come true.”

WWE’s influence on social media:

“We trend on Twitter 52 weeks a year. We’re the No. 1 sports channel on YouTube, with 12 billion views a year.”

Delaying her memoir:

“I’m personally reassessing. It was originally supposed to be a memoir. But as the first book from my family, it needed to be so much more. I want to make it bigger and better. I gotta tell my family’s story.”

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As noted, real-life couple Alberto Del Rio and Paige were drafted to separate brands last month, with Paige going to RAW and Del Rio to SmackDown. Shortly after the draft, Paige had removed all references of Del Rio from her social media account, before re-adding them a week later. Dave Meltzer noted on last night’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that Del Rio and Paige are likely on separate brands because of Paige’s social media posts.

“Del Rio’s getting in trouble with that stuff,” Meltzer said, referring to social media. “Del Rio and Paige. That’s why they’re on separate brands.”

When asked if social media caused WWE to split them up, Meltzer replied, “I don’t think that anybody will actually say that. But yeah, I think so.”

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Source: Naluda

Summer Rae recently did a Q&A with Naluda Interviews. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

What is your best body part?

I’m 5’10” and all legs. I use them in the ring as weapons so I make sure to train them hard in the gym.

What is the greatest thing about being a WWE diva?

The greatest thing about being a WWE Superstar is being able to reach so many people. We have so many young girls that look up to us and that drives me to lead by example. Being able to volunteer with our charitable causes within WWE and for causes I personally believe in is great with such a large fan base. It allows us to spread the word to so many.

What is fun and rewarding about your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the smiles we put on people’s faces. No matter what kind of day or week or month they were having, when they step into that arena they get to forget about all of that for a couple hours. That is why I do this!

And what is not?

Spending so much time on the road is the biggest challenge for me with WWE. I’ve missed weddings and births. I’ve spent a lot of time away from my friends and family for so many years. That part is really hard.

What do you think of Social Media?

There’s the good and the bad aspects to Social Media. What I do find great is how much social media has changed business’ and the way they structure their marketing. Social media currently has such a strong influence that it has changed how products are marketed and distributed. There’s huge opportunities for both companies and influencers that didn’t exist a couple years ago. Also the influence of social media is so strong that you can really spread your message and make an impact in today’s society.

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Even before Von Miller declared Thursday there’s no chance he’d play the 2016 season under the franchise tag, the reigning Super Bowl MVP was feeling burdened by the backlash to his ongoing contract negotiations with the Denver Broncos.

Miller is hoping to receive a contract that’d make him the highest-paid linebacker in football. The Broncos placed the franchise tag on Miller, and he refused to sign the tender. Both parties have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal. Otherwise, Miller will play under the stipulations of the tag.

Last week, the Broncos reportedly offered Miller a six-year, $114 million contract that he rejected. Miller said Monday that the negotiations – and the fan feedback – have been difficult for him.

“It just hurts, I’m not even going to lie. It’s a business but at the end of the day, I got feelings, too,” Miller told Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated. “I know some fans don’t know that some of the reports aren’t even true. When I get on Instagram, no matter what I post, there’s going to be 400 comments. Guys bashing me. ‘Take the deal. You greedy bastard. I thought you wanted to be a Bronco for life?’ And it kind of weighs on you after a while.”

Miller said he wants the Broncos to treat him the way Texas A&M did during his recruitment, comparing his alma mater’s attentions to a loyal girlfriend.

“You know you got that girlfriend that’s really not like that attractive but she’s like really good for you, and she’s going to do everything she can to keep you?” Miller said. “Instead of that really, really hot chick that just talks to you on Mondays. It was like that, above and beyond. That’s the same type of feeling I’m looking for from the Broncos.”

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Source: XOBenzo.com

Becky Lynch recently did a lengthy Q&A with Ashley Benson of XObenzo.com. Check out the full article at this link and highlights below:

AB: Do you consider what you do as a sport, a performance, or a fight?

BL: “All of the above. The sports portion is the athleticism we show in the ring, the performance is the most prevalent aspect, and the fight is with yourself to be better than you were yesterday.”

AB: Do you still get nervous before a match?

BL: “Every single time. There were two matches I wasn’t nervous for, and they were the worst matches ever. Every time I get the butterflies I thank God.”

AB: What is dating like given your career in WWE?

BL: “It is not easy because of the constant travel, being on the road five days a week is very tough. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to find someone who gets it.”

AB: What are your goals outside of the ring?

BL: “Eventually I would love to open a café or restaurant in New York City. I want to create a good life for myself and the people I love, stay true to myself while making the world a little better.”

AB: How has social media affected your career and life for better or worse?

BL: “It gives me a platform to voice my opinion and reach a vast audience. I hope that through social media I can give a voice to young women everywhere. I also get to tell silly jokes!”

The Miami Herald recently conducted an interview with WWE Diva Eva Marie and below are some highlights:

Going for the WWE Divas Title heading into SummerSlam:

“I got my developmental deal first, and I got ‘Total Divas.’ Everything from there it just went, boom! I was living my life on reality TV. I had to perform for WWE, as well as show that to the whole world. For season four of ‘Total Divas,’ you are going to see my in-ring work. I’m going for that title heading into SummerSlam. Go big or go home.”

Working to improve her in-ring training:

“If you follow me on social media you are going to see the clips of me training and progressing. Then you will see me back in the ring, hopefully in a few weeks. Triple H has definitely been helping me out, and I appreciate that. I bounce ideas off of him. Brian Kendrick is amazing. I’m asking him a bunch of different questions. Then when I get in the ring with him, I’ll improve my skills right there.”

Stephanie McMahon recently did an interview with FastCompany.com to promote WWE’s WrestleMania 31, and below are some highlights:

I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but I read somewhere that your TV character has the hardest, meanest slap in the business. What’s the secret to doling out a good slap?

[Laughs] I’m aware that there is a perception about the strength of my slap. But let me just say, [WWE diva] Brie Bella can certainly give it back. It’s just all in the technique. I can’t give away my secret.

On an episode of Raw in January, you and your husband (WWE superstar Triple H) were caught on social media breaking character to console a young fan who started crying ringside. It was a powerful moment, I think. The story was picked up as this heartwarming thing by the media, eventually making it all the way to Good Morning America. What was going on in your mind when you made the decision to break character?

It’s not an unusual thing in terms of the little reactions that happens with fans ringside. There are any number of times that I’ll wink at somebody who’s really special in the crowd, or I’ll squeeze their hand as I walk by.

What happened was my husband was in character having a conversation with this little boy. He got scared and he started to cry. We felt so bad that we both just went right over to him. It was real quick and it wasn’t part of the show. But I think that WWE superstars and divas, the way we engage with our fans is to make them feel great about our show and to entertain them. When there’s a little kid in the audience who needs a little extra attention, we’re happy to give it.

I love that your Twitter bio says you play a bad guy on TV, because the WWE is now this crazy multi-platform thing: There’s the website, all the athletes on Twitter, Instagram. How much guidance does WWE give its athletes with it comes to navigating their own social accounts? How much leeway are they typically afforded?

It’s really important that our superstars and divas use media in their own voice. They need to be authentic and real. We offer them guidelines—anything you put out on social media, you should assume it has the reach of a national television program. My number one rule that I think is important for everyone is don’t drink and tweet.

Obviously, Raw and Smackdown are still ratings monsters. But the WWE Network (the company’s subscription-based platform that launched in 2014), has drawn its share of criticism for reportedly underperforming. Where can the WWE grow next?

We established the WWE Network because our fans wanted it. We evaluated a number of different models, and when we found that our fans consume five times the U.S. average of digital video content, we realized that there was a significant opportunity in the direct to consumer space. So we created the WWE Network.

We reached over a million subscribers in just 11 months after our launch. That’s a significant achievement. We actually became the fastest digital subscription service. In terms of our fans who watch the network, we constantly do research because we listen to our fanbase. We have a 90% satisfaction rate on the WWE Network. They are enjoying the content.

What they were not happy about, and what we listened to, was the six-month [subscription] commitment. Many of them cited that as a barrier to entry for them. So we changed that model. Now it’s $9.99 a month, cancel anytime.

It’s important to give our fans what they want. Given our subscriber base now, I would say that has been very successful.