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Ask WNW: Blood In WWE, Tough Enough, Diva Salaries, Steroids

Written by Richard Gray on Sep 3, 2007 - 1:29:45 PM

I noticed from time to time in WWE that a performer will lose a significant amount of blood during a match. For a performer to bleed this much they would have to be cut open by their opponent using a weapon. Are these weapons real?

Most of the time when you see blood in a wrestling match it is done by a process called blading. A wrestler will blade by hiding small pieces of a razor blade in their trunks or under a taped arm, when they get the chance, they slice a small cut in their forehead, causing a significant amount of bleeding. A performer is NEVER intentionally cut by an opponent. When you see a wrestler get smashed in the face with a weapon it is a stunt. Performers are never actually hit in the face with a weapon, but the illusion is good enough to make you believe that they were. However, that is not the case with some weapons as most chair shots are actually pretty legitimate, so it depends on the weapon.

I was wondering what happened to WWE Tough Enough? I know that’s where John Morrison got his start.

WWE Tough Enough aired three seasons on MTV, but the network did not renew it for a fourth season when they decided to stop airing wrestling. The first season aired in 2001, the second in 2002, and the third in 2003. Due to the success that the show had seen in the ratings, WWE decided to hold a fourth Tough Enough competition on SmackDown from October-December 2004. The winner of Tough Enough 4 was Daniel Puder. While the series was fun to watch and did well in the ratings, it didn’t really produce any noteworthy talent. There is only one Tough Enough winner still on the main WWE roster (John Morrison) with all other winners being cut. Tough Enough 3 winner Matt Cappotelli was moving up the ranks of WWE’s developmental territory when it was discovered that he had a malignant brain tumor. The tumor has been removed but it is unknown whether or not he will be able to ever return to professional wrestling.

What do WWE divas make as far as a salary is concerned?

There is no set amount for anyone on WWE’s roster. That includes the divas. They are paid based on downside guarantees, bonuses, and merchandise shares. This isn’t an up-to-date list but here are some divas salaries from a couple of years back:

Candice Michelle: $64,000
Jillian Hall: $52,000
Lilian Garcia: $90,000
Maria: $41,000
Melina: $155,000
Trish Stratus: $618,000 (she received 20% of all Trish merchandise sold)

As you can see, the salaries varied greatly depending upon the level of involvement with the company and how much of a draw that they were. Please note that these salaries are based on what was received in a one year period and include everything (downside guarantees, bonuses, and merchandise shares).

I've never even seen anything WWE related on ESPN until now and every time something comes up steroid related, it's on their front page. So my question is are all the media outlets only picking up steroids in the WWE because of the Benoit murder/suicide? That's when it started.

Actually ESPN has always covered WWE whenever steroids are brought up. Earlier this year (way before the Benoit tragedy) when the initial news of the steroid raid in Orlando was brought up several wrestlers were mentioned. Edge, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, and maybe some others were mentioned on several ESPN shows including SportsCenter. However, I do think that the national media coverage has picked up since the Benoit tragedy as there is more public interest in steroids in wrestling.

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