Competing With WWE, John Laurinaitis A Failure?, How Injured Workers Get Paid, Wade Barrett’s Return

Do you think that there will ever be another company to compete with WWE? If so, which company, and why?

WWE has been operating for over ten years with basically no competition and they have put a stronghold on the market. Not only have they expanded into a global giant but Vince McMahon owns just about every tape library that anyone could ever care about. However, it isn’t impossible and could be done. In order to compete with WWE a company would need a national TV deal and plenty of money to spend on talent, production and of course marketing. Many people have hoped TNA would be that company with their national TV deal and significant financial backing but they haven’t even scratched the surface. They have had their opportunities but have not been able to create enough momentum to even sell out their major pay-per-views. I could spend the rest of this installment elaborating on why but there really isn’t enough time or space.

You have mentioned that John Laurinaitis has been disdained by people backstage in WWE like Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. I also watched Jim Cornette’s shoot interview on him and it sounded as if he said he thinks Laurinaitis doesn’t know how to do his job. Is that why he is so disliked?

There are a lot of people that feel John Laurinaitis has failed at his job, especially when it comes to signing new megastars. When Jim Ross was Executive Vice President of Talent Relations of WWE we could sit here and name off a list of megastars he brought in. Not so much for Laurinaitis and that is part of the disdain for him. With that being said he doesn’t have the most desirable job as you can’t just “make” a megastar and a lot of people simply do not understand that. There are two jobs in the wrestling business where someone is always going to have a hard time getting people on their side and they are Talent Relations and Head Creative Writer.

What if a worker is injured and is recovering for a long period of time and their contract expires while they are out? Do they still receive a downside guarantee? Do they get a contract extension?

When a WWE worker under a performer’s contract is injured they still collect their downside guarantee (an amount set off a yearly amount that is paid so the worker has money to live off of). The only time WWE workers do not collect this amount is when they are suspended. If a worker’s performer’s contract expires while they are injured they will no longer collect the money unless WWE offers them a contract extension. WWE usually works with top names in advance to hammer out an agreement so there is never a doubt they end up walking. If a worker is lower on the card, there is always a chance of WWE letting their contract expire.

What is the current condition of Wade Barrett? Do you know when he is expected back?

Wade Barrett suffered a dislocated elbow at a Raw Supershow in February and the injury was much worse than originally expected. While the initial estimate was he would be out 6-8 weeks, it turned out he had to have surgery and isn’t expected back until later this summer.

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  • Logan_Walker

    Another Hard Hitting Edition Of WNW Just Like Always Well Done Richard Keep Up the Good Work

    • AJG316

      If your wondering why you have so many negative votes (at the time of this writing) itsf probably because everybody smells hint of sarcasm. Maybe just more than normal and I don't think anybody appreciates you bashing Richards hard work.

  • Alex P

    Just out of curiousity when did the switch over from Jim Ross to Lauranitis occur?

    • Philip Thompson

      John Laurinaitis replaced Jim Ross as Vice President of Talent Relations in 2004 and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Talent Relations in 2007. His title has been Executive Vice President of Talent Relations since 2009. Jim Ross is still a Talent Relations consultant In his role as Executive Vice President of Talent, one of Triple H's roles is to oversee the Talent Relations department.

      • Alex P

        Thanks! I knew JR was still involved but I just never knew when the change took place. It makes a lot of sense now though…just comparing the talent that came into the company during the JR era and the talent that has been coming in during the Laurinatis era.

    • Howard Stern

      2004 I believe

  • RTWeaver

    Laurinaitis is an idiot. I can understand how VKM gets high on the negative reactions some heels get, but why must the GM's always be heels? I'm sure the only reason Laurinaitis is still in that job is due to his heat level, but he makes me just want to shut off the program all together. Is it because we can expect bad decisions from whoever is in that position? I mean, that way we can just blame the heel for cowardly idiot heels that always seem to fill the GM spots for doing the idiotic things they always seem to do…

    • Zoran

      Laurinaitis is Mr Entertainment!

  • Nicola Ann

    Just A query on the whole Wade Barrett Thing.
    Does anyone else follow him on twitter? And If so what was with the tweet about his lawyer taking over his account until further notice,
    Anyone else think that this could be the start of his return, Well the build up of it so to speak?

  • Aldo T

    Laurinaitis is just a crap in general. It's cool when there is a babyface GM and a heel GM simply because there is a balance of power.

    But, whenever there is just a heel GM, things truly aren't that bad..

    Just look at Vickie. When she had control, I was tied to Smackdown each and every week to see what she had up her sleeve.

    In my Honest opinion.. She's a better GM than manager.. And it would be hella Awesome if she took down Laurinaitis and took the GM spot once more.. But than again.. Thats just wishful thinking.

    Once Laurinaitis' team won at Wrestlemania.. I found myself watching less and less of WWE simply because I become EXTREMELY bored with his product.

  • Kevin

    I don't know anything about Laurinitis as a wrestler; I never saw him perform in the ring. I also don't know how good he is at his backstage job in Talent Relations. But from what I've seen of him on television over the past few months, I can say this: HE SUCKS! He should be replaced by Teddy Long, and taken off television. He can't speak clearly, he consistantly forgets his lines (or flubs them up), and he just plain can't fire up the crowd. He doesn't belong in front of the cameras.