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Undertaker, Salaries, WWE PG, Tiffany, Rehearsal

Written by Richard Gray on Sep 3, 2010 - 11:19:11 AM

What is your favorite Undertaker gimmick - the Dead Man or American biker?

The Undertaker is very talented as he was able to get over with both gimmicks. However, I prefer the Dead Man gimmick. It's what made him famous and a staple on WWE programming for nearly two decades. Readers ask all the time if I think WWE would ever revert back to the American biker gimmick but I don't see that happening in this stage of Undertaker's career.

What's the average salary for the top WWE Superstars and Divas?

With the wide range of salaries in WWE, it's nearly impossible to give an accurate average. A main event talent (such as John Cena) has a downside guarantee that is going to be in the hundreds of thousands while a developmental contract includes a downside in the $25,000 range. Workers such as Christian have downsides in the ballpark of $75,000 and Beth Phoenix has one around $100,000. A worker makes a percentage of their downside each week they are with WWE and are paid it as long as they are with the company (regardless of being injured). The only time the pay stops is when a worker is suspended. Workers are then paid bonuses on show appearances, merchandise sold, etc.

Is anyone in the WWE roster upset with WWE being PG?

Everyone has an opinion but no one that wants pushed is going to bury the direction of the company. Randy Orton recently revealed he wasn't happy with the initiative at first but now as a father he understands it. Several months ago, Kane put over WWE PG in a big way. I can give you many more examples of workers putting over WWE PG than I can of workers shooting on it.

If Tiffany is expected to be cleared of all charges why they went as far as erasing her from the Smackdown intro?

WWE officials were upset when they learned of the charges brought against Tiffany which is why they suspended her and removed her from the Smakdown opener. Some workers have a longer leash than others (remember why Hurricane Helms got fired when Chris Jericho was with him). That's just the nature of this business. Tiffany could still be released, but the way I understand it she'll be brought back.

Do the WWE Superstars and Divas plan ahead and rehearse the matches and the promos or do they improvise while they are being filmed?

Once the call comes down from creative, WWE workers discuss matches and segments with the producers and other workers. There is no actual rehearsal as the company will often use house shows as a chance for talent to get reps with one another before a big pay-per-view match. Many times workers will practice promos backstage before they go out and deliver them, but they obviously do not get to perform in front of the crowd before they are filmed.

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