There was a meeting backstage at this week’s WWE Raw from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas with some of the undercard talent to try and calm them down about recent disappointing payoffs that have caused increased frustration. One of the concerns was frustrations boiling over onto Twitter and things becoming public as was the case last week with JTG.
I’m told the frustration stems from undercard workers being upset about recent show payoffs. Perhaps the “straw that broke the camel’s back” was when bonus checks for Wrestlemania XXVIII came in lower than expected for the aforementioned workers. “It’s been a slow building thing,” one source with knowledge of the meeting said.
Two specific scenarios were described to me. One, there were members of the undercard that were not on the Wrestlemania XXVIII pay-per-view but did all the Fan Axxess stuff that were paid very little. Two, there have been situations with undercard workers doing promotional appearances for a show they ended up not getting booked for and getting paid very little.
The response from the office was uncharacteristic as they met with the undercard at Raw and told them they understood the frustration and some of the policies would be re-evaluated, however, going public was not the way to handle it. The feeling from my source is morale had gotten so bad company officials realized they actually needed to try and placate the boys instead of just firing JTG for his Tweets. The reaction to JTG’s Tweets from fellow undercard talent was very positive as I’m told most everyone “had his back.”