Shane Douglas Reveals TNA Hardcore Justice Payout, What Flair & Hogan Are Making, Calls Out Dixie Carter

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- Mister Saint Laurent reporting:

The first MLW World Champion "The Franchise" Shane Douglas joined Mister Saint Laurent on MLW Radio presented by, the official podcast of Major League Wrestling. Douglas spoke about deciding to hold his own ECW reunion event after seeing how former ECW stars were treated by TNA during their ECW reunion event.

"After Dixie Carter did her show [Hardcore Justice] and paid the guys a ridiculous sum of money, $250 to go out there and do what we do better than most people do, that to me was just so disrespectful. For somebody who has been born and raised in a billion dollar household with a silver spoon in her mouth and up her backside, to ask guys to go out there and do that, for that little bit of money and then when it did better than any pay-per-view event in the last five years, didn't even offer so much as an extra penny on top of it."

"I said then and I stand by it, shame on you Dixie Carter that you'd expect anybody to do that in this day and age. At the same time she pays Ric Flair, 62, 63 years old, $35,000 a night. 60 year old Hulk Hogan, $75,000 a night and then somehow figures that these guys that come from ECW just don't have any value or worth at all. I plan on disproving that."

You can listen to the Shane Douglas episode of MLW Radio presented by for FREE at and on iTunes (search: MLW Radio) and syndicated via

Other topics include:

-Working with Terry Funk and Funk's philosophy on the "extreme" upstarts

-Why he wasn't a part of WWE's ECW relaunch

-Vince McMahon and Jim Ross picking his brain about ECW

-How he feels about Vince McMahon having now been a promoter himself

-What he would change about the education system

-Why he would never work as a teacher again

-Taz's evolution from his days of intense ECW promos to his current announcing style

-Whether WWE will legally interfere with his ECW reunion

Also discussed was that on Monday, Konnan will debut his own MLW podcast, aptly titled MLW's Konnan Show. You will be able to download and stream the show via

MLW Radio is a new podcast series that's being produced in conjunction with the MLW Digital Project, which is currently underway and includes the relaunching of, the MLW tape library going online and several more yet to be announced features. You can find out more at and

  • Fernando

    Can TNA really afford to pay that amount of money to Flair and Hogan? Anyway, talk about flushing money away!

  • Jim

    I can see paying Hogan that kind of money since he is who he is and because he’s actually still an on-screen character that’s in a pretty prevelant role. Flair on the other hand is rarely used. Flair needs 2 return to the WWE and get himself one of those kushy legends deals like HBK’s. He’d make a great GM or in the role as a manager of some new faction. The $250 that was paid to guys who were actually in matches, and that were on a PPV no less were really under paid. Now that “The Franchise” has made that public knowledge TNA should be embarassed of themselves.

    • Philip Thompson

      You've got to be kidding. Flair is a drunk and isn't worth a dime. WWE aren't going to make him the money that he's making in TNA.

  • Dave Barton

    If the numbers are true (and I'm not accusing Shane of making them up, but we only have his word on it), then its just plain ridiculous.

  • Chris

    I could see flair helping dolph become the next nature boy. After all it had been passed down to show offs with bleach blond hair. And it would cement dolph in the main event scene. I would drop Vickie for flair anyway. Old drunk or not. And while you people are calling flair a drunk look at your own life and friends and family. The man has beat his body for us fr over 40 years. He deserve a lot more respect from everyone.

  • WNW Fan

    Let me get this straight, $75,000 a night x minimum 4 nights a month x 12 months= 3.6 million a year.
    $35,000 a night x maximum 4 nights a month(if lucky) x 12 months=1.68 million a year

    So they have no earthly idea why they need to cut expenses? They sound like the United States Government. Pay someone a whole lot to do very little. Then the wrestling fan is who truly suffers.

    • john

      52 weeks in a year so you could have 52 Thursdays at each of their prices. Also pay per views which is another 12 not sure if they would get more for that or not. But Yeah paying that kind of money to guys who really can't get in ring anymore is crazy.