This is not the first time that WWE owner Vince McMahon has been linked to Newcastle United in a possible takeover from Mike Ashley. Most Newcastle forums include a discussion of Ashley’s desire to sell the team and he has been the reason for much frustration during their recent skid in the Barclays Premier League. Winner Sports is the latest outlet to report that wrestling mogul McMahon is interested in buying Newcastle, but it is hard to see how purchasing a soccer club could expand the McMahon empire.
This would be a good time for Ashley to get out as the current Forbes value of his club is almost $40 million more than what he paid. After selling Yohan Cabaye to PSG, the fans have been after Ashley. He tried to create a fall guy by letting go of chief transfer office Joe Kinnear, but most have seen through the smokescreen. The report states that Ashley is conveniently trying to market his club to several possible owners in the United States. The timing is right, but the report seems off.
McMahon would love to continue to grow his empire. The WWE is on the verge of launching its own network and has some business leverage as their UK contract deal with Sky is coming up for negotiation. Sky and the WWE have worked together for 25 years. Many believe the new WWE Network will be worked into the Sky subscription service to expand offerings across England.
When the latest WWE video game came out in Nov. 2013, some of their personalities toured areas of England on a promotional tour. They played the game with fans and signed plenty of autographs. Games were available at nearby shopping centers in Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, etc. with game play at corresponding venues. One of those venues, The O2 Arena, has hosted several WWE wrestling events.
Signs point to the WWE already having a large presence in the UK. This rumor was already debunked in 2011, but it was not a bad idea to start the rumor mill again. At least it provides good humor.
WWE owner Vince McMahon is looking at buying Newcastle United. Here’s a possible XI for Newcastle next season… pic.twitter.com/GAYmrXUf6G
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) February 17, 2014