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RVD At SummerSlam, Hogan/WWE Update, Mysterio's Return, Show Bonuses

The following is today's edition of Ask WNW. Ask WNW is the most popular feature on the website where Richard Gray answers four questions daily, Monday through Friday. To submit your question for the next installment of Ask WNW, click here
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Do you think it's a waste to have Rob Van Dam on the SummerSlam pre-show?

I would rather see Rob Van Dam on the main SummerSlam lineup rather than relegated to the pre-show. WWE has been trying to make the pre-shows more meaningful by featuring high profile matches and even doing title changes. The problem is many fans still see them as a demotion and I am disappointed this bout is not on the main pay-per-view. However, it should be a good bout and will be worth watching. We'll carry the live stream right here at

Do you expect anymore appearances by Hulk Hogan in WWE?

Hulk Hogan will not appear on WWE television for as long as he is under contract with TNA Wrestling. While it is true Hogan's deal to be in WWE 2K14 is with Take-Two Interactive and 2K Games, let's not get it twisted. Hogan agreeing to be in the game is part of him re-establishing his relationship with WWE to open up future merchandising and licensing opportunities. We covered it in depth here on Premium.

What is the latest on Rey Mysterio?

Rey Mysterio was originally shooting to return to WWE by SummerSlam but that does not appear likely to happen. One of the delays in Mysterio's return has to do with the health of his mother as she was believed to be in grave condition at one point. WWE told Rey at the time to take as much time as he needed but we're told the creative team has been told to begin coming up with plans to bring him back to television. I'm happy to report Rey's mother is doing better and he is expected back soon. In fact, I'm told he's being advertised locally for the August 25th WWE live event in Ontario, California.

I remember seeing that talent were paid bonuses if they appeared on television. So when WWE does a segment with all talent appearing such as lumberjack matches, or recently when John Cena picked Daniel Bryan to be his SummerSlam, is this a way for WWE to reward some of the lesser televised talent for their services?

Yes, there are sometimes situations that WWE books talent to make sure they get on shows. When talent is used on WWE shows, they are paid a $500 show bonus. This includes lumberjacks or any live appearance on the show. WWE performers are paid with downside guarantees (money they get unless they are suspended) and a series of bonuses throughout their contract. They are stipulated as independent contractors, not employees and are not offered healthcare or retirement benefits.

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