How do the wrestlers come up with their finishing moves and what happens if another wrestler uses or has used that move in the past?
Workers come up with their own finisher and obviously if they are in WWE or TNA, the respective company has the right to modify anything they want to fit their character. Green workers, or rookies, are not supposed to use a popular worker’s finisher as a sign of respect. This can still be done but the proper way to do it is to get that particular worker’s blessing before just going out and using it. Failure to do so rubs people the wrong way and is certainly not how a newer worker would want to start out in the business. If someone showed up in developmental and just started using CM Punk’s GTS, I’m sure they would be told not to use it.
Is there such thing as a wrestler’s union? If no, what are medical benefits like?
There is no union in professional wrestling and workers function as independent contractors, not employees. For example, a WWE worker under a performer’s contract agrees to the terms of the deal that stipulate while WWE has full control of them, they are not classified as an employee. Health insurance is to be bought by the individual and while WWE can offer referrals, it is up to the worker to maintain their own coverage. Obviously this is very controversial but my complaint is with workers that sign these contracts then try and go back and challenge their contents. You can’t sign an agreement, waving all your rights then dispute it when you feel you should be treated differently.
What was the reason for WWE booking John Laurinaitis vs. John Cena at Over the Limit later this month?
As I reported exclusively here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium last week, John Cena was originally slated to take time off after his match against The Rock at Wrestlemania because he’s battling hip problems. When Brock Lesnar re-signed with the company, John agreed to stay on to work a big money main event with him. There were some that thought he would take time off after Extreme Rules and now WWE has announced him for this month’s pay-per-view against Johnny Laurinaitis. Perhaps it’s a way of giving Cena time off without a real match, however, I do not know the specific reason why the match was booked. For the latest on Cena and time off, read my exclusive report posted at this link.
What is The Rock’s status in WWE? Will he be returning anytime soon?
The Rock was written off of WWE television on Raw Supershow the night after Wrestlemania XXVIII for the immediate future. There has been talk about utilizing him for another pay-per-view before Wrestlemania XXIX next year but nothing has been confirmed.
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