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Report: WWE Network hits major snag

Professional wrestler Randy Orton gives his opponent, Kane,

Professional wrestler Randy Orton gives his opponent, Kane, a reverse chin lock in the ring during a WWE Smackdown event on Jan. 12, 2009. Credit: David Gunn/WWE

The WWE’s plans to launch their own network hit a major snag this week as they still have not signed a deal with a cable or satellite TV provider to carry the channel, according to The New York Post.

The report also claims that the company has not been able to hire “experienced cable executives” to launch the channel. The WWE is expected to hire 200 employees to run the network including a general manager who will oversee the entire operation.

An unnamed cable executive told The Post that the “WWE has the programming and marketing muscle, but they just have no one with cable experience who can execute for them.”

The Post reported that the WWE planned to launch the network on April 1 to coincide with Wrestlemania 28 in Miami. What they failed to report was that the WWE moved the expected launch date to the fall of 2012. One show that was scheduled to air on the network was called “WWE Legends House,” where former WWE greats live under one roof.

TMZ had exclusive footage of the cast -- Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Jimmy Hart, Roddy Piper, Hillbilly Jim, Gene Okerlund, Howard Finkel, Tony Atlas and Pat Patterson – at a Zumba class in Palm Springs. In case the network never sees the light of day, I wouldn’t want you to miss “Hot Rod” doing Zumba.

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