WWE made the decision to send Daniel Bryan to the Comic Con event in Chicago this week, and they might be regretting that now. The former world heavyweight champion was asked about merchandise. Bryan stated that he has been poor before, so he has no qualms with fans making their own shirts instead of buying official gear. He actually encouraged people to do so. Management might not like those comments much.
August 21, 2015
During a recent interview, Rob Van Dam revealed some rather interesting details about his business relationship with WWE. While he is not officially under contract as a performer, the former world heavyweight champion is not legally allowed to work for TNA or ROH because he has a merchandise deal. RVD states that he intends to make another return some day, but he is in no rush to do so at the moment.
July 31, 2015
When asked about what the loss of Hulk Hogan meant to WWE, Vince McMahon opted to downplay the situation by stating that it has no material effect on them. This comes on the heel of the company losing at least $50 million in stock because of his departure. Hogan also moved a good amount of merchandise and was a proven draw at live events, especially in the international market.
July 30, 2015
During a recent interview, Kevin Owens revealed how big of a Brock Lesnar fan that he is. Owens stated that he was in the audience on the night that Lesnar made his debut on Monday Night Raw. He also has purchased several merchandise that are related to Lesnar. Owens also had a dog he named after Lesnar. Plus, Owens stated that he used to do the F5 on the indies as a tribute to Lesnar.
July 28, 2015
Apparently, things have gone downhill quite a bit for Nicole Bass since she last worked for WWE. She was arrested on Tuesday for shoplifting more than $1000 of merchandise from a store in Queens. While the items stolen have not been revealed at this moment, reports are saying that there was 160 items that was found in her purse.
June 24, 2015
For years, WWE decided to neglect Samoa Joe every time that he was a free agent. Apparently, that was a mistake. Now that the former world heavyweight champion has been signed to a developmental deal, he was able to impress management is a short period of time. The front office was so impressed with his work, the buzz he created and his merchandise sales that they decided to upgrade him to a full time deal instead.
June 2, 2015
It looks like WWE has finally decided to sign the other half of Harlem Heat. However, do not expect Stevie Ray to be donning the wrestling gear anytime soon. He announced that he has now signed a legends contract. That means that the company can use his likeness while also booking Stevie for a couple of appearances a year. The belief is that this might lead to a DVD or other merchandise for the former world tag team champions.
May 28, 2015
As a sign of how bad the situation is for Daniel Bryan, reports have now surfaced that WWE has discussed internally a new backstage role that he could fill. Management wants to keep him around because he is still popular. Plus, they still have upcoming merchandise for him that needs to be promoted. There are talks of Bryan being an on screen character, but there is no confirmation that he would be interested in such a role.
May 13, 2015
There are people backstage in WWE that believe that Bayley can be a tremendous asset to the main roster in the near future. The thinking is that she will be a fan favorite of the younger demographic because of how playful her character is. That might enable her to sell toys and other merchandise for the company, which is a trait that the front office loves. Since she is also gorgeous, she should be able to attract older men as well.
April 29, 2015
A lot of information gets released when a big lawsuit is taking place. Since he is suing WWE for damages that were done to him while he was working for them, we now now how much Big Vito was making. His salary for the year was $75,000, which should come as a shock to fans who assume that wrestlers are paid a whole lot more than that. He was also given a percentage of merchandise sold, which really amounted to very little.
April 23, 2015