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January 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the first of many trips to Pasadena. The Skinny: The winter version of the Television Critics Assn. press tour kicks off today in Pasadena. Are you as excited as I am? Actually, it's not so bad (good schmoozing and free food) and I love racing up and down the 110 Freeway (hope no traffic cops are reading this). Today's roundup includes Vince McMahon's plans for a WWE network. Also, Viacom and CBS chief talks business and pleasure and a review of IFC's miniseries parody "The Spoils of Babylon.
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SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The sudden death of the Ultimate Warrior on Tuesday night in Scottsdale, Ariz., has left the pro wrestling world stunned, with many sending out tweets of condolences after hearing the news. A sampling:   We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters. - Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 9, 2014 Devastated to hear of the passing of @UltimateWarrior . He was a childhood hero of mine & he vs @HulkHogan WM6 is still one of the best ever - Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho)
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
So there I am, excited by the Kings finally winning the Stanley Cup, when I change channels to watch "Monday Night Raw. " And my night got even better, as the chairman of the board, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, opened the show. You see, one of the things that made the WWE great back in the old Attitude days was its unpredictable nature. The show was (and still is) live, and with characters like the Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind and DX, you never really knew what was going to happen next.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
CM Punk, one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE , left the company Monday before a live airing of its flagship "Monday Night Raw" TV show. Punk told Vince McMahon, the owner of the company, that he was going home, and he did. Speculation immediately began that the move is part of an elaborate storyline concocted to drum up interest in the WWE just before the launch of its new network in February. However, WWE has pulled Punk from all advertising from upcoming shows.
NEWS
February 3, 2001 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emerging from a black stretch limousine in Mobile, Ala., Vince McMahon slips into his trademark character, the power-crazed wrestling promoter. It's not a hard fit. McMahon, chairman of the World Wrestling Federation, is the nation's most powerful wrestling promoter. But now it's show time. As the cameras catch him outside the city's sold-out Civic Center, he flies into a screaming rage at his driver and fires him for delivering him late.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1998 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, Paul Lieberman is a Times staff writer
- SEE CORRECTION APPENDED In its bid to capture what World Wrestling Federation folks call "the future of America's eyeballs"--young males 12 to 34--here's what Vince McMahon is up against this particular Monday night: "Monday Night Football," a baseball playoff game, Ally McBeal's miniskirts and, of course, that other wrestling show, the one on the TNT network of "Billionaire Ted" Turner.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Wrestling impresario Vince McMahon is going over the top. No, that's not a new move he's going to display on WWE's TV shows "Friday Night Smackdown" or "Monday Night Raw. " It's the technological platform that the WWE Corp. is using to launch its long-in-the-works network. Rather than create a traditional channel that would be distributed to potential viewers via cable and satellite operators, the WWE Network will be streamed over the Internet, a method that is known in the entertainment industry as over the top, or OTT.  The network, which will launch Feb. 24, will cost $9.99 a month.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
CM Punk, one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE , left the company Monday before a live airing of its flagship "Monday Night Raw" TV show. Punk told Vince McMahon, the owner of the company, that he was going home, and he did. Speculation immediately began that the move is part of an elaborate storyline concocted to drum up interest in the WWE just before the launch of its new network in February. However, WWE has pulled Punk from all advertising from upcoming shows.
SPORTS
May 19, 2001
XFL fans: Stop blaming The Times for the death of your league. Is The Times' lack of L.A. Xtreme coverage responsible for all of the other teams folding? The XFL was a mess from the word go. The players had no skills. Vince McMahon targeted WWF fans, but stupidly didn't realize that if it wasn't scripted, they weren't going to watch. Good riddance. Matt Shevin Hermosa Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
This post has been updated. See below for details. A communications executive for media mogul Barry Diller went from relative obscurity to global pariah after an insensitive tweet about AIDS and Africa went viral. Justine Sacco, a director of communications at Diller's IAC, whose holdings include television production company Electus, dating sites Match.com and OKCupid as well as the video site Vimeo, tweeted “Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the first of many trips to Pasadena. The Skinny: The winter version of the Television Critics Assn. press tour kicks off today in Pasadena. Are you as excited as I am? Actually, it's not so bad (good schmoozing and free food) and I love racing up and down the 110 Freeway (hope no traffic cops are reading this). Today's roundup includes Vince McMahon's plans for a WWE network. Also, Viacom and CBS chief talks business and pleasure and a review of IFC's miniseries parody "The Spoils of Babylon.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Wrestling impresario Vince McMahon is going over the top. No, that's not a new move he's going to display on WWE's TV shows "Friday Night Smackdown" or "Monday Night Raw. " It's the technological platform that the WWE Corp. is using to launch its long-in-the-works network. Rather than create a traditional channel that would be distributed to potential viewers via cable and satellite operators, the WWE Network will be streamed over the Internet, a method that is known in the entertainment industry as over the top, or OTT.  The network, which will launch Feb. 24, will cost $9.99 a month.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
This post has been updated. See below for details. A communications executive for media mogul Barry Diller went from relative obscurity to global pariah after an insensitive tweet about AIDS and Africa went viral. Justine Sacco, a director of communications at Diller's IAC, whose holdings include television production company Electus, dating sites Match.com and OKCupid as well as the video site Vimeo, tweeted “Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!
SPORTS
April 9, 2013
When John Cena beat The Rock in Wrestlemania 29 on Sunday night, it was big news for WWE fans. But just where should those fans go when trying to read about that news -- the sports pages or the entertainment section? Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss which newspaper section should cover Wrestlemania. Feel free to join the discussion with a comment of your own. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times In a perfect world, Wrestlemania would be covered in the entertainment section, but this is far from a perfect world, so let's put it in the sports section.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
So there I am, excited by the Kings finally winning the Stanley Cup, when I change channels to watch "Monday Night Raw. " And my night got even better, as the chairman of the board, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, opened the show. You see, one of the things that made the WWE great back in the old Attitude days was its unpredictable nature. The show was (and still is) live, and with characters like the Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind and DX, you never really knew what was going to happen next.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Shane McMahon has never been afraid to knock on doors. When he was just 5, his dad — wrestling impresario and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon — put him to work going from barbershop to barbershop asking if he could hang up fliers and posters for upcoming matches. Years later, McMahon was still selling for his father. Only this time around, the doors he was knocking on were in Eastern Europe and China. As the WWE's executive vice president of global media, the younger McMahon was instrumental in getting WWE content and events in almost 150 countries.
SPORTS
July 23, 1994 | From Associated Press
Promoter Vince McMahon, who transformed wrestling into a multimillion-dollar industry during the 1980s, was cleared Friday of charges that he fueled the sport's growth through a widespread steroid conspiracy. A federal jury acquitted McMahon of conspiring to distribute steroids among his heavyweight charges in the World Wrestling Federation. The panel deliberated 16 hours over two days before reaching its verdict. "I'm elated.
SPORTS
February 10, 2001
The debut of the XFL was crude, amateurish, tawdry, violent, outlandish, bawdy, ridiculous, titillating, amusing, silly and hilarious. In other words, it was exactly what XFL co-owners Vince McMahon and NBC were hoping for. JOE LYOU Gardena I never have been a fan of the WWF or any other pro wrestling league, but I watched the opening game of the XFL with an open mind, and you know what? I really liked it. It was the most uncorrupted pro sport I have seen. Yeah, it's true that the XFL exploits sex, but violence?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2011 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
"Macho Man" Randy Savage, the flamboyant, raspy-voiced former professional wrestler known for his bandanas, exotic sunglasses and "Ooh, yeah!" catchphrase, died Friday in a Florida car crash. He was 58. Savage, whose legal name was Randy Mario Poffo, lost control of his Jeep Wrangler in Pinellas County on Florida's Gulf Coast around 9:25 a.m. Friday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The Jeep veered, went over a concrete median divider, crossed eastbound lanes and smashed into a tree, the report said.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Vince McMahon is taking the wrestling out of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. No, this isn't an outrageous plot the colorful impresario has cooked up for his wrestlers to act out in front of thousands of screaming fans. McMahon, the chairman and chief executive of WWE, wants to give the company a makeover, starting with the name. From now on WWE will no longer stand for World Wrestling Entertainment. It will just be WWE, plain and simple. "I think every brand has to re-create itself," he said.
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