Sting WWE HoF Worthy, Who Will Challenge For The Title At Wrestlemania XXX, Top Paid WWE Star, Mark Out Moment Of The Year

Given the fact WWE owns a good portion of Sting’s career, does he qualify for the WWE Hall of Fame even though he wasn’t under WWE contract?

I would be fine with Sting being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame even if he never steps foot in a WWE ring. His body of work is more than Hall of Fame worthy and WWE could use all of the footage they own to put out a DVD release to coincide with his induction. While the WWE Hall of Fame is an honor, there is a promotional aspect to it and this could satisfy both parameters. However, as for the immediate future, Sting is under contract with TNA Wrestling.

With the WWE World Heavyweight Championship being the sole world title in WWE, how will the company handle the winners at Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber respectively?

WWE announced the winner of next year’s Royal Rumble match will get a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania XXX. Knowing this, it looks like the stipulation will not be in play for Elimination Chamber in February. This is WWE reverting back to way it used to be and they’ll look for another selling point to entice people to order the pay-per-view before Wrestlemania.  I will remind everyone, however, things are always subject to change until they actually happen.

Who is the top paid wrestler in WWE?

As I discussed in Wednesday’s installment of Ask WNW, WWE does not release their salary structure to the public in part because there isn’t a salary structure and two workers are hired as independent contractors and not employees. With that being said, the higher up a worker is on the card the more money they make. Guys with six figure downsides are the guys WWE views as vital to the company’s success and these are the same guys that make a lot of money in structured bonuses. TMZ reported over the summer that Randy Orton makes $291,666 per month. As you can probably imagine, this didn’t go over well backstage and Orton ended up getting pushed back in the top of the card.

With 2013 coming to a close, what has been your biggest “mark out moment” of the year?

The thing I will remember the most about 2013 in WWE is the rise of Daniel Bryan. I’m a long tenured fan of Bryan Danielson as he’s been one guy I’ve followed since his career began. To be able to root for him along the way on the journey makes me feel strangely a part of it. I love watching people work hard and make it to the top. Bryan is a guy that has done just that and I have the utmost respect for him.

From the Ask WNW vault…

June 2011: Unlike TNA wrestlers who have to get side jobs to make ends meet, do lower-card WWE workers such as JTG make enough money to make ends meet? - It is very difficult to “make ends meet” for some of the lower-card workers and developmental talents in WWE. The downside guarantee to a developmental contract is only $25,000 and while there are show bonuses, it is not easy when workers are required to pay all their own travel expenses. A lot of people think just because someone is on TV or “famous” they are comfortable financially. That is not true in this business as it is not like other professional sports where even the lowest-paid athlete is guaranteed at least a couple hundred thousand dollars a year. One of the reasons the Tough Enough competition is so difficult is they are seeing who has what it takes and who does not. Professional wrestling is a tough business to make it because once you make it to WWE you have to battle to try and get a top spot.

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  • David Jr.

    For the question about Sting, both Verne Gagne and Nick Bockwinkel are in the WWE Hall of Fame and neither of them were ever part of the WWWF/WWF/WWE.

    • Xavier

      And Abdullah The Butcher

      • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

        And Drew Carey!

  • Jbreed

    …” I will remind everyone, however, things are always subject to change until they actually happen”…

    Richard it kind of sounds like you know something we don’t know.

    • AJ Punk

      No it doesn’t. It’s just making a point of saying WWE (Vince) changes his mind by the minute. Maybe both titles will be back by then? who knows but Vince

  • David Jr.

    Who’s the top paid wrestler in the WWE? My assumption would be John Cena.

    • Iffy

      Brock Lesnar is, actually. Getting paid $5M for something like 24 appearances a year.

      • jdl

        That’s per appearance, not total salary. Between merch sales and yearly salary, Cena quite likely eclipses Lesnar.

  • Patrick

    A tag team elimination chamber would be interesting start with half each tag teams in pods and 5 in ring just a thought doubt it would happen! Just a option to sell the concept of ppv. Especially with the emergence of tag teams on the rise.

    • Razmos

      It wont ever happen as there are only 4 pods and you have mentioned starting with 5 in the ring??? Major fail there son

  • packerpf

    Sting will be in the HOF, how can you not include one of the best wrestlers in the last 3 decades, especially when you have shitty people like drew carey and others..Also Richard, idk if you read these, but on your main page when I clicked to the 2nd page the white background disappeared and it was the grainy black/gray again.

    • Howard Stern

      That happens to me a lot too, black text with a grey and black background.

  • James Larochelle

    I wish they’d get rid of the Rumble winner getting a main event title shot at Wrestlemania stipulation. That way, you could actually expect ANYBODY in the Rumble to win it. I love the Rumble concept but the way it is now, there are 30 participants but only ever maybe 5 that anybody actually believes has a chance which just seems like a waste. It’s ridiculous to shoot promos of guys like 3MB or Kofi Kingston saying they’re going to win the match and go straight to the main event at Mania. If you put the title shot at Mania up for grabs in the Elimination Chamber, at least you know that the people they’re putting in the chamber are main event caliber (most of the time).