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While a lot of fans are unaware of this, today is actually a very big day in the history of WWE. Today is the deadline that Vince McMahon has given NBC Universal to accept his television contract offer. If the network executives do not, then WWE will start looking into moving Monday Night Raw and Smackdown to other networks.
February 14, 2014
Vince McMahon has another big headache to deal with, as his company is being hit with a class action lawsuit. The claim is that WWE purposely misled investors about their ability to secure a much better television deal with the network than the contract that they eventually signed. The promise of a bigger television deal was reportedly the reason why a lot of investors sank money into WWE, causing their stocks to soar to record levels.
July 26, 2014
Even though he has not been with the company for quite a few months now, Jim Ross was actually under contract to WWE. Until today, that is. The legendary commentator revealed to fans through social media that his contract officially came to an end this week. While Ross has stated before that he would love to be the lead commentator for Monday Night Raw again, it does not appear that Vince McMahon is interested in that.
July 23, 2014
Since his contract is expiring in a few days, there were many who believed that WWE was going to extend their contract with CM Punk since he has been gone for an extended period of time. However, reports are surfacing that Vince McMahon is opting against that because he does not see a reconciliation on the horizon. Plus, WWE cannot afford to pay a performer to sit at home.
July 14, 2014
While morale is really low backstage due to the recent and severe drop in royalty checks, WWE performers are not speaking out on the matter because they are afraid of Vince McMahon. Many saw what happened to JTG when he voiced his opinion about low pay per view bonus checks. The former Cryme Tyme member was buried for more than a year and recently was given a release form his contract.
July 14, 2014
Since the company has been undergoing budget cuts, a lot of things are changing in WWE. In addition to several long time performers being given a release from their contract, Vince McMahon and company have also scaled things back on the WWE Network. Tough Enough has been pushed back, and there might not be a second season of Legends House. At one point in time, it was a certainty that the show would be receiving another season.
July 6, 2014
For those of you wondering about the status of Rey Mysterio in WWE, the masked performer is still taking time off. He was recently spotted on vacation in Mexico after spending time with his family in Hawaii. Despite his long history of injuries, Vince McMahon still wants Mysterio back, and he even activated a clause in his contract that immediately extended the deal. Mysterio, however, has second thoughts about coming back to WWE.
July 5, 2014
A day after she was arrested for shoplifting, WWE has released Emma from her contract. There were those in the company that believed that she would be allowed to ride out the storm because the item stolen was not very expensive, but it turns out that Vince McMahon and company needed to make an example of her. Since she was not very high up on the card, it was easier for WWE to release her.
July 2, 2014
When CM Punk walked away from WWE, some in the industry expected him to stay home until his contract with the company expired. Reports are now surfacing that the deal is set to be completed during the middle portion of July. There has been some speculation that WWE will force an extension of the deal to prevent Punk from joining TNA, so a lot of people are awaiting to see what Vince McMahon decides to do.
July 1, 2014
With the company suffering such a public decline lately, Vince McMahon decided that WWE needed quite the shakeup if they wanted to get things back on track. Aside from releasing several longtime wrestlers, the company has also fired their lead writer. Jay Gibson was let go from his contract reportedly a day after WWE purged their main roster.
June 17, 2014
Last month, it was revealed that Rey Mysterio had his contract extended another year by WWE because he had missed so much time over the last twelve months. It was a move done by Vince McMahon to keep one of his top merchandise guys around. Rumors coming out now are that Mysterio is not too pleased with that, as he wanted to leave WWE once his contract expired. There are talks that a legal battle could ensue.
June 5, 2014
With rumors swirling that WWE is set to sign a gigantic television contract this month, there are talks that one of the provisions of the contract is that the company starts doing live versions of Smackdown. The show would air on Tuesday nights instead of Friday in that scenario. Vince McMahon is said to be all for the move if it meant that he receives the type of deal that he was shooting for.
May 15, 2014
Rumors are floating around online right now about CM Punk returning to TNA. However, that is not the case whatsoever. He is currently still under contract to WWE, and Vince McMahon has no intentions of giving him a release at the moment. The belief is that both sides will simply enable the deal to expire in a couple of months and then part ways completely.
March 27, 2014
Years before the Bret Hart screwjob in Montreal, Vince McMahon pulled the same trick on Wendi Richter. Since she would not sign a new contract with the company, McMahon wanted to take the belt off of her, so instead of telling her about it, the future WWE CEO opted to put the Fabulous Moolah in a mask. Along with the referee, Moolah changed the ending and took the belt off of Richter, whom the legendary performer trained.
March 20, 2014
On Monday Night Raw, it was announced that Undertaker was going to be making his first appearance on WWE Main Event this week. While it may seem odd for a main event guy of his status to be on that television show, the belief is that it is being done so that Vince McMahon can tout the secondary and tertiary shows during contract negotiations with the networks.
March 19, 2014
While the company has attempted to bring him in for Wrestlemania 30, it appears that WWE has not been able to come to terms on a contract with Mr T to make that happen. There are rumors that the deal is done and is being kept a secret, but this is not something that Vince McMahon would keep under wraps. Mr T would be quite the marketing asset for the pay per view.
March 17, 2014
Josh Mathews might not be out of a job for too long. Rumors are floating around that TNA is very close to signing him to a contract. When he was backstage at Impact Wrestling, he did not seem like a typical visitor, as management was introducing him to people backstage. The belief is that he would be a valuable asset since he understands a lot about the production in WWE.
July 25, 2014
A couple of months ago, Rey Mysterio was under the belief that his tenure with WWE was over when his contract expired. However, the company enacted a clause in the deal that enabled them to extend the partnership because the masked performer missed quite a bit of dates. Apparently, he is not too happy about that, as reports have surfaced that Mysterio has stopped cashing his checks in what seems to be an attempt to get out of the deal.
July 24, 2014
Over the last couple of months, there have been plenty of rumors in regards to WWE signing international star Prince Devitt to a contract. Things heated up even more when he left New Japan. Things died down a bit when no announcement was made, but it looks like the rumor mills are heating up again. Reports are surfacing that the deal has now been reached, and he should be showing up to developmental soon.
July 23, 2014
With the company losing millions of dollars this year, budget cuts are looming over everyone in WWE. The latest string of them has made a casualty out of a beloved hall of fame performer. Ricky Steamboat has quietly been released from his contract. The former Intercontinental Champion had been working in the talent relations department under Triple H over the past year.
July 19, 2014
While he has already said his farewell to Ring of Honor fans, Kevin Steen is reportedly not under contract to WWE just yet. Word has it that he has yet to complete the medical testing that the company requires all new performers to undergo before signing a deal. If there are any lingering injuries, then there is a chance that Steen might not be picked up by the WWE developmental program.
July 16, 2014
Reports are going around that CM Punk could be officially gone from WWE now. The former world heavyweight champion has been removed from the active roster list on the website. His profile has been moved over to the alumni section, which the company normally does when a performer is gone. Punk's contract is said to be expiring later on this week, so it's interesting that WWE pulled the trigger on the roster change ahead of time.
July 15, 2014
Rumors are floating around that Matt Hardy is leaving ROH very soon. His contract is set to expire, and the belief is that neither side is interested in signing an extension. Ring of Honor officials are said to be upset with Hardy for working a couple of episodes of Impact Wrestling for TNA recently. There are also rumors that Hardy is headed back to TNA on a more permanent basis.
July 12, 2014
WWE has a very big announcement being set up in Tokyo this week. It's such a major move in Japan that they even have Hulk Hogan making an appearance at the event. The belief is that this is where the company will reveal that they have signed Kenta Kobayashi, one of the better performers in the country, to a contract to join the WWE roster.
July 11, 2014
For those that missed Impact Wrestling this week, Austin Aries defeated Seiya Sanada to capture the TNA X Division Championship. Since the match was taped before Sanada had a chance to sign a new contract with TNA, the belief is that his potential departure was one of the reasons behind the title switch. Aries also announced that he would be cashing in the belt to get a shot at the world heavyweight champion at Destination X.
July 11, 2014
Long known as one of the most famous wrestlers in all of Japan, Masahiro Chono has signed a new deal with WWE. However, the contract is not for him to become an in ring performer for the company. Chono and WWE have an agreement that enables the international star to sell nWo related merchandise in Japan. Chono was a part of the stable and feels that now is a good time to bring the items back to the overseas market.
July 10, 2014
Earlier in the week, rumors surfaced that a photo of Kurt Angle being passed out on a plane was spotted backstage in WWE. The former world heavyweight champion himself decided to address those rumors on Twitter by denying it completely. He also revealed that he has been sober for almost an entire year now. Angle still plans on negotiating with WWE later on in the year about a return once his contract with TNA expires.
July 10, 2014
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle revealed some very interest details on his contract situation. The former world heavyweight champion noted that his deal with TNA expires on September 21. Dixie Carter wants him to stick around and has put a new contract on the table. Angle revealed that he has yet to sign it because he wants to keep his options open. His next contract will be his last in wrestling, so he wants to see if WWE would be willing to give him a final run.
July 9, 2014
You can expect to see more of Seiya Sanada on Impact Wrestling over the next few months. The former TNA X Division Champion has decided to sign another contract with Dixie Carter that will ensure that he remains in the United States until at least the end of the year. Sanada also has a deal with the Great Muta, so he will be venturing back overseas for tours with Wrestle-1 as well. The rumored deal has been finalized.
July 7, 2014
During a WWE live event in Toronto, Santino Marella announced to the fans in attendance that he has decided to retire from professional wrestling as an in ring performer. He revealed that he has suffered yet another neck injury and has decided that it would not be safe for his long term health to keep wrestling. Since he recently signed a long term contract extension with WWE, there is a chance that Marella could remain with the company in another capacity.
July 6, 2014
Anyone that follows professional wrestling closely, knows that WWE performers spend a ridiculous amount of time on the road for the company. Vickie Guerrero became one of the latest people to grow weary of that lifestyle and requested her release from her contract. Now that she is free of that hectic obligation, the former WWE diva is now on vacation in Hawaii.
July 6, 2014
For the longest time, it seemed like Sting would never ever work for Vince McMahon or wrestle for WWE, but things have taken quite the turn. The relationship between the two sides have grown rather quickly. It now appears inevitable that the legendary WCW star is going to work a big match for the company. Sting has repeatedly stated his desire to do a match at every public event that he has attended recently.
July 25, 2014
As late as Saturday, management had plans in place for Bray Wyatt to beat Chris Jericho at WWE Battleground 2014. However, Vince McMahon called an audible and had Jericho winning the match. No word yet on why McMahon made this decision, but it is being said that a lot of people backstage were against the idea because Wyatt had already started losing momentum with the audience.
July 22, 2014
Vince McMahon decided to take a huge gamble at WWE Battleground 2014 when he had Lana and Alexander Rusev cutting a promo that hinted about the recent airplane disaster in the Ukraine. That received plenty of backlash from the media and from fans on social media websites. It got to the point where WWE even released a official statement with a veiled jab at those who are complaining.
July 21, 2014
With the real life incident of an airplane being shot down in war torn Ukraine, there are rumors going around that WWE may be forced to tone down the ongoing story line with Alexander Rusev and Lana. Since a lot of people died in the incident, the company may need to be sensitive to the public right now. Vince McMahon loves pushing the envelope, but with WWE struggling financially, now would not be the time for such a move.
July 20, 2014
Since it's only a couple of weeks away from the end of the six month commitment, WWE has already sent out renewal notices to subscribers of the WWE Network. Interestingly enough, there are no special deals to entice people to remain customers. The belief is that with Vince McMahon in cost cutting mode, the company simply wants to make as much money as they can, so there might not be a loyalty discount.
July 19, 2014
With the company desperately needing to boost the subscribers count, the WWE Network is set to go international soon. Emails were sent out to various fans to let them know that a trial run was being offered. Vince McMahon and company are wisely taking the cautious approach by testing things out with a small group of people overseas before opening up the gates for everyone else.
July 17, 2014
In a sign of how tight money is becoming in WWE, Vince McMahon has decided to take away the tour bus that the production crew used to travel in. This has reportedly upset several of the workers, as they were able to sleep while being transported to the next city to set up the arena. Now, they're being forced to drive themselves, which means that they are receiving very little sleep.
July 16, 2014
While the event is still several months away and nothing has been decided yet, Sting is already planting the seeds for a legendary match at Wrestlemania 31. The former WCW champion wants the Undertaker, and he is not shy about stating that publicly. Sting told the Mirror that he has already informed WWE of his wish for next April, so it is now up to Vince McMahon and Undertaker to decide if it will happen or not.
July 16, 2014
When it comes to public relations, Vince McMahon is one of the best in the business. Knowing that investors have their eyes closely on the WWE Network, the CEO has made sure that the numbers are kept a secret. It is being reported that even some of the top level executives are being kept in the dark about how well the project is doing.
July 14, 2014
Since the company is expected to lose several millions of dollars this year, WWE has decided to scale back on their catering at live events. Vince McMahon was well known for being rather generous with his performers when it comes to food being served backstage. Sometimes, the dishes were very lavish. Food will still be served at WWE events, but they will be much simpler.
July 12, 2014
In another sign that the company is concerned about the huge amount of money being lost, WWE is going to be scaling back on their traveling budget. Several of the top performers in the company are allowed to fly first class when they travel to and from the live events. Vince McMahon is now going to have them flying coach like the mid card and lower card performers.
July 12, 2014
With his career in MMA coming to a close soon, Rashad Evans wants to make the jump from UFC to WWE. Rumors are floating around right now that he has already contacted WWE to gauge their interest in signing him. Vince McMahon is not a huge fan of MMA, but he does know that UFC fighters have name value. Triple H is reportedly said to be interested in bringing Evans on board.
July 10, 2014
In a rather interesting bit of news, Renee Young has been moving up the ladder quite a bit in WWE. The belief is that the company is trying to appease her after finding out that ESPN was interested in bringing the beautiful blonde over to their network. The company had already lost Jonathan Coachman and Todd Grisham to the sports network. They don't want to lose Young as well. There are those backstage that even believe that Vince McMahon could allow her to become a commentator on Smackdown or Monday Night Raw, in order to keep her from bolting.
July 10, 2014
Morale has taken a bit of a hit backstage in WWE now that management has instituted new fines for the performers. This goes along with the recently implemented dress code, which requires the performers to constantly be dressed formally when in public. Failure to do so will result in a fine. It is also being said that Vince McMahon and company are fining the performers even if they're just a minute late to the arena.
July 10, 2014
While the company publicly states that they do not view any wrestling promotion as competition, the actions being taken by WWE at Wrestlemania 31 tell a different story. Vince McMahon and his staff have worked diligently to prevent independent wrestling companies from being able to do shows in the San Francisco and San Jose areas during the same weekend as their big event. A lot of the buildings in the area have agreed to boycott independent promoters from renting the place.
July 10, 2014