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

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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. TMZreported 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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