We hear a lot about WWE performers violating the Wellness Policy. What are these violations usually for?
WWE has a banned substance list attached to their Wellness Policy. If a performer tests positive for one of these substances they must be able to produce a valid prescription for what they are taking that causes the positive result. If they are unable to produce a valid prescription, they are flagged with a Wellness test failure and are given a “strike.” There are substances that are banned outright and will cause an immediate Wellness strike whether or not the performer has a valid prescription. If a worker tests positive for taking a drug known under the trade name of Soma or Miltown, which are common muscle relaxers, they are flagged with a Wellness violation regardless of a valid prescription. With all this being said, I have serious questions about the validity of the WWE Wellness Policy given the list of suspensions.
Is John Cena’s WWE title defense against Daniel Bryan the most important defense of the title since SummerSlam 2002 between The Rock and Brock Lesnar?
I do not see that as being the case as the main event of this year’s SummerSlam is considered to be Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk. The WWE title bout is seen as a co-main event as a way for the company to tie in the new “Total Divas” reality show. Daniel Bryan is very deserving of this opportunity and hopefully he comes out as a main event staple, regardless of the outcome.
Who pays Hulk Hogan in his work for TNA Wrestling? Is it Spike TV, TNA or Panda Energy?
Hulk Hogan, like everyone else in TNA, is paid by Panda Energy. Panda Energy accounting handles the payroll for the company and it’s out of their office where checks are issued. They are the financial backing for the company and are the reason TNA is able to operate as they are.
With the myriad of TNA departures is the company in financial trouble?
TNA is dealing with a significant rise in expenses by moving television to the road. The added expense has to be dealt with in one of two ways. Either, it’s offset by increased revenues or offset by decreased expenses. Since revenues have not increased, the company is cutting back expenses. This is how a budget is managed whether it’s a company or a personal bank account. What would be more problematic is if TNA saw the added expense and did nothing to offset it.
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