WWE Partners With SEGA, Linda McMahon Asked About WWE At Hearing, Jeff Hardy’s UK Status

New WWE Mobile Game In Works

SEGA™ announced today a partnership with global entertainment company WWE to publish a new free-to-play idle mobile game called WWE Tap Mania. The game is being developed by The Tap Lab, based in Cambridge, MA, and is projected for launch later this year. This partnership unites two celebrated global brands, adding an exciting new element to SEGA’s diverse catalog of mobile games.

“At SEGA, we like to find new ways to bring brands and experiences to a wide mobile gaming audience,” said Naoki Kameda, COO of SEGA’s mobile division in the West. “This partnership with WWE presents a fresh opportunity for collaboration. Working with WWE, a monumental leader in global entertainment, along with The Tap Lab, a studio known for crafting action-packed games that are fun at their core, we’re confident that WWE Tap Mania will delight WWE fans worldwide.”

“We are always looking to engage our global fan base in new and exciting ways,” said Casey Collins, WWE Executive Vice President, Consumer Products. “Partnering with industry leader SEGA is a great opportunity for us to continue our mobile game strategy while bringing in new fans with WWE Tap Mania.”

At the time of worldwide launch, WWE Tap Mania will be released on the App Store for iPhone and iPad and on the Google Play store for Android, and will be free to download with in-app purchases available. The game will feature a broad roster of past and present WWE Superstars who will face off alongside players to dominate leaderboards during live in-game events including WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Royal Rumble.

Why Did Cena Take So Long To Propose

Linda McMahon was asked why it took John Cena so long to propose to Nikki Bella at WrestleMania, during a Small Business hearing on Wednesday. Congressman Rod Blum made the joke at the end of his session, to which McMahon replied, “you’ll have to ask him!”

Linda McMahon is the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, under Trump.

Speaking of WrestleMania, ‘records’ continue to be broken:

WRESTLEMANIA® BREAKS MORE RECORDS

STAMFORD, Conn., April 6, 2017 – In addition to setting a new Orlando Citrus Bowl attendance record of 75,245 fans, which led to the highest-grossing event in the stadium’s history at $14.5 million, WrestleMania also broke records for sellouts, digital and social media engagement and merchandise sales.

Attendance

As part of the week-long WrestleMania celebration, WWE held an unprecedented five consecutive nights of sellouts at the Citrus Bowl and Amway Center with 165,000 in attendance at WrestleMania Axxess, Hall of Fame, NXT TakeOver: Orlando, WrestleMania, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.

Digital/Social Media

WrestleMania 33 was the most social event in WWE history, according to Nielsen Social, with 5.19 million interactions on Facebook and Twitter during the broadcast alone. There were also 2.8 million tweets about WrestleMania throughout the day.

WrestleMania 33 accounted for nearly 30 percent of all social TV interactions on Sunday, April 2, surpassing the Country Music Awards (13 percent), The Walking Dead Season Finale (10 percent) and MLB Opening Day on ESPN – Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals (10 percent).
WWE-related content saw more than 490 million video views across WWE.com, WWE App and social media during WrestleMania Week, an increase of 96 percent year-over-year.

WWE Network

WrestleMania reached a record 1.95 million global households on WWE Network alone, making it the most-watched WrestleMania in history, with pay-per-view data still forthcoming.

WWE Network subscribers viewed 22.5 million hours during WrestleMania Week or 13 hours per subscriber during the week. This compares to 21.7 million hours last year, a year-over-year increase of 4 percent.

Merchandise Sales

WWE generated $3.7 million in WrestleMania merchandise revenue, an increase of 164 percent or $2.3 million, from WrestleMania 24 in Orlando. It was also WWE’s second-highest grossing WrestleMania, only behind last year’s WrestleMania 32 in Dallas.

Jeff Hardy Free To Enter UK

The ban that prevented Jeff Hardy from wrestling in the UK was lifted in October last year, so he is free to work WWE’s upcoming tour.

The new RAW tag champ had been restricted because of several drugs convictions dating back to 2009. This prevented him from entering the UK for much of his TNA run.

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