I’ll be blunt: Was Jim Ross forced out?
From the outside looking in, it appears Jim Ross’ WWE contract was up and he wasn’t re-signed. WWE is spinning it that he retired after 20 years of service. It’s almost like a rib considering we know JR had no plans to retire just over two weeks ago. JR had heat from the WWE 2K14 Legend’s panel over SummerSlam weekend, as the feeling was he should have tried to quell the situation with Ric Flair when the belief was that he only added to the fire with his comments. We have full details on the story here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium. JR blogged on his final day in WWE but never mentioned the word retirement.
Are show appearance bonuses the same no matter what program they appear on (Raw, Smackdown, Superstars, Main Event)?
If a worker is used on a WWE show, whether it is a live event that isn’t televised or one of the programs you mentioned, they are paid a $500 show bonus. Pay-per-view bonuses are different because workers get a portion of the buyrate but the $500 bonus is a flat fee used for all shows.
Where is Evan Bourne?
We heard that Evan Bourne was interested in returning at SummerSlam but was told that he wasn’t needed. WWE is planning to give him another shot on the main roster but I do not have a date as of this writing.
Between Bray Wyatt and Curtis Axel who do you think has had more success so far since coming to the main roster
If you look at the fact that Curtis Axel is WWE Intercontinental Champion and currently in a main event angle with CM Punk, you would have to say him. However, I can’t label Curtis Axel a success and do not feel it has worked so far. Bray Wyatt is more over and I think has a much higher ceiling at this point. I’m a fan of a Joe Hennig but it’d be delusional for me to sit here and write that his push in WWE has worked.
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