How do you feel WWE handled the situation with Jerry Lawler? I heard Vince McMahon wasn’t by his side, is that true?
I am just returning from vacation but from everything I have heard WWE handled the Jerry Lawler situation the best they could have. Obviously there will be those that will argue they should have stopped the show but no one complains when a football game isn’t stopped after a serious injury. The EMTs acted quickly and ultimately saved his life. As for Vince McMahon not being by Jerry’s side, that is false. Triple H and Vince rotated from gorilla to checking in on Lawler until he was taken to the hospital. Hunter was said to be a little more compassionate than McMahon but he checked in on him periodically.
With TNA continuously cutting roster expenses, do you see people like Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and Rob Van Dam getting cut and replaced with workers that aren’t as expensive?
While I’m not sure about Rob Van Dam, both Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have taken pay cuts since their original TNA contracts signed in 2010. A lot has been said/written about Hogan and Bischoff but as long as Dixie Carter is in power, they are probably safe. There was a monumental power struggle between Jeff Jarrett/Vince Russo and Hogan/Bischoff and we all know who won that battle. TNA is cutting costs, restructuring many contracts coming up at lower rates.
What’s the latest on the WWE Network in terms of which satellite and cable providers are going to carry it?
WWE is still struggling to gain clearances and everyone is getting frustrated, especially investors that see money being spent with no plan for a return on investment. I have a detailed article that I’ve been working on that I will be running today (Thursday) here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
Is it true that younger or undercard talent are told to hold back and not “steal the show” during their matches in preparation for a show’s main event?
No this isn’t true and no one is going to hold back to help the anticipation to the main event. It’s up to the writers and producers to book a show where the undercard isn’t going to take the focus off the main event, however, this business is all about individual performance. While the outcomes are contrived, how a worker is booked has a direct correlation with how much money they earn. Everyone wants a top spot and the undercard workers have to work hard to get over and get noticed.
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