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STEVE AUSTIN-WRESTLEMANIA XXX UPDATE, BIG MATCH ANNOUNCED FOR NXT ARRIVAL, USA TODAY COVERS DANIEL BRIAN, WWE PROMOTOTION AND MORE

By Dave Scherer on 2014-02-19 12:55:39

The USA Today has done a long story on the Daniel Bryan-YES chant phenomenon. It is a good piece for WWE because it points out they often affect society at large with the things that they do on their shows. You can read it by clicking here.

Triple H announced on his Twitter account that Paige will take on Emma at the NXT Arrival show next week. Arrival will air on the WWE Network.

The New York Post has a story today looking at the break off in negotiations between NBC Universal and WWE over their TV programming that you can read by clicking here.

I have seen similar coverage on other mainstream outlets about the deal. So far, Wall Street isn't scared as the WWE stock has only been down minimally the last two days.

Jim Ross debuted his new Podcast yesterday the first of a two part interview with Steve Austin. It is a really good listen with Ross covering some interesting points with Austin:

*Austin said that while he was at Raw last week, no one in WWE said anything to him about appearing at WrestleMania XXX. It's also interesting to note that on his interview with John Cena, Austin acted as if he wasn't even sure he was going into the building last week. Cena joked that he should come in that night and also into the ring at WrestleMania 31.

*Austin said that he didn't announce that he was retiring back when he wrestled The Rock at Mania 19 because it would have hurt WWE and its stock. He also made it clear he did not want to retire but the issues with his neck left him no choice.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking here.

And speaking of Jim Ross, his one man shows in New York City are less than two weeks away. Seats still remain for both those shows, as well as his events in New Orleans WrestleMania weekend. You can get your tickets for them by clicking here.

Paul Jordan sent this item. ... Coming off of the excellent article in this months Maxim magazine, The Iron Sheik has an advice column on Maxim.com. You can check that out by clicking here.

WWE sent out the following:

WWE® Promotes Tandy O’Donoghue

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb 19, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- WWE today announced that Tandy O’Donoghue has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Strategy & Analytics, effective March 15. In this newly created role, she will be responsible for overseeing corporate strategy, corporate and business development and data analytics for WWE. O’Donoghue will report to WWE’s Chief Strategy & Financial Officer George A. Barrios.

O’Donoghue will work with WWE executives to identify and execute cross-functional high-impact initiatives including the global rollout of WWE Network, the development and execution of WWE’s long-term gaming strategy and global content monetization initiatives. She will also lead WWE’s efforts in securing strategic equity investments and partnerships, and will provide leadership for WWE’s use of advanced data analytics to support short- and long-term decision making across the company.

O’Donoghue previously served as WWE’s Senior Vice President, Affiliate Relations & Business Development, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of WWE’s pay-per-view business as well as the development and launch plans for WWE Network.

O’Donoghue holds a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.