Undertaker’s New Deal Prevents Him From Outside Bookings
The Undertaker recently accepted a new deal from WWE which stems from bookings he made outside the company. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter provided more insight on WWE’s plan to block him from commitments outside the company.
Bookings were made for three European dates where The Undertaker would do talk shows and meet and greets for Inside The Ropes at the end of May. The original schedule had a date booked in Manchester on 5/2, but was changed to 4/29 due to Undertaker being booked for WWE’s next event in Saudi Arabia on 5/3, The Saudi show was postponed, and is now scheduled for 6/7.
Last week, Inside The Ropes announced The Undertaker would no longer be able to do the talk show portion of the the tour, but would be available for meet and greets. Mick Foley is now booked to accompany The Undertaker and perform his live stand up routine.
I am really excited to be part of these three epic evenings! @Inside_TheRopes worked extremely hard to make the very best of a tough situation, and I will do my very best to make sure every person walks away with a smile on their face. #RiseOfTheTaker #TalesFromHell pic.twitter.com/zJJqhVddyj
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 14, 2019
The issue is likely traced back to Starrcast booking The Undertaker for their event “Double Or Nothing” weekend. Vince McMahon was upset when this appearance was announced, and ultimately made him an offer he couldn’t refuse financially. The new deal prevents The Undertaker any bookings outside the WWE. The deal with Starrcast was strong enough, that there was no legal way for him to get out of it. Inside The Ropes did not have any legal resources to fight WWE, and if they had to refund all tickets it could hurt their business in the future. Undertaker didn’t want Inside The Ropes to face any hardships from having to cancel the tour, so he ensured he was still able to do the meet and greet portion of the events.
Although no details are known on WWE’s new deal with The Undertaker, it must be lucrative enough for him to give up independent bookings, where he charged $25,000 per hour, and $30,000 an hour internationally, with a two hour minimum.
In speaking with his booking agent prior to signing a new WWE deal, we can verify this figure as being accurate.
WWE didn’t realize how much money promotors would pay The Undertaker to do outside events, and evidently now they aware of the type of draw he is.
The Undertaker recently made an appearance on RAW, setting up a match for him against Elias, which is likely to take place at WWE’s next event in Saudi Arabia on 6/7.
Report: CM Punk’s Agent Reached Out To FOX To Become Co-Host on WWE’s FS1 Show
WWE is moving SmackDown Live to FOX this October, and has a scheduled in-studio talk show on FS1 every Tuesday. One interesting name has come up to co-host the show, CM Punk.
Creative Artists Agency (CAA) represents both CM Punk and WWE. The agency reached out to FOX about having CM Punk co-host the up-coming WWE in-studio show according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
If accepted, CM Punk would be working for FOX, and not WWE. The Observer speculated that WWE would absolutely hate this idea. So far no actual negotiations between FOX and CAA have taken place, all that is known is that an agent from the company reached out to FOX regarding the FS1 show.
WWE’s new in-studio show on FS1 is scheduled to begin airing this fall.
WWE Teams With Endeavor Audio To Launch ‘WWE Podcast Network’
WWE announced today plans on launching the WWE Podcast Network. The company has teamed up with Endeavor Audio for the venture, which will have several Superstar-focused series.
WWE will be looking to enter the market, which currently has a number of wrestling focused podcasts available. The Bella Twins already have a podcast hosted on Endeavor Audio.
More details will be announced in the coming weeks,
WWE issued the following press release today.
WWE® PARTNERS WITH ENDEAVOR AUDIO TO DEVELOP PODCAST NETWORK
NEW YORK, NY AND STAMFORD, CONN., (August 22, 2019) – Endeavor Audio, Endeavor’s audio-first entertainment studio, and WWE (NYSE: WWE), a global media and entertainment company, today announced plans to launch a new WWE Podcast Network with several Superstar-focused series. The move into the audio space marks a first for WWE and is Endeavor’s latest foray into exploring new podcast formats.
‘Storytelling is at WWE’s core and we are eager to add the audio genre to our portfolio,’ said Jayar Donlan, Executive Vice President, WWE Advanced Media. ‘Partnering with Endeavor Audio, an expert in podcasting, will enable us to provide our fans with unique content and reach new audiences across the platform.’
‘We’re always looking to pair dynamic content with the best formats for listeners,’ remarked Moses Soyoola, Senior Vice President, Endeavor Audio. ‘Through our new partnership with WWE, we’re looking forward to tapping into their iconic event portfolio and talent base to create compelling audio content for their fans.’
Additional details, including launch timing and content creative, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Endeavor Audio is a full-service operation offering content development, financing, production, distribution, marketing, and monetization. The studio has produced BLACKOUT, the hit audio drama, with Academy Award winner Rami Malek (also starring) and QCode; The Bellas Podcast, the popular weekly lifestyle chat show hosted by WWE Superstars, The Bella Twins®; and Freaknik, a podcast about Atlanta’s infamous spring break, as part of a larger content partnership with Mass Appeal that also includes Drink Champs, the popular hip hop podcast show, and the upcoming re-launch of Juan Ep hosted by Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds.
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Endeavor is a global entertainment, sports and content company, home to the world’s most dynamic and engaging storytellers, brands, live events and experiences. The company is comprised of industry leaders including entertainment agency, WME; sports, fashion, events and media company, IMG; and the premier mixed martial arts organization, UFC. The Endeavor network specializes in talent representation; marketing and licensing; content development, distribution and sales; event management; and a number of direct-to-consumer offerings.
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 28 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.
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Report: Jon Moxley Dealing With Elbow Injury
Jon Moxley is currently dealing with an injury.
According to Dave Meltzer in the The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Jon Moxley was being extra cautious during his latest independent dates with Northeast Wrestling. Moxley is dealing with an elbow injury, which may be the result of an infection he got in Japan.
Moxley was originally scheduled to be in singles match at the Northeast Wrestling event on 8/16 in Poughkeepsie, NY, but was turned into a tag-team match due his injury. Moxley was adamant that his match the day before against Pentagon Jr. remained a singles match, but was very careful not to bump on the injured elbow.
The fact that he was still able to perform the independent dates last weekend is a good indication he won’t be sidelined prior to AEW’s next pay-per-view.
Jon Moxley is scheduled to face Kenny Omega at All Out in Chicago on 8/31. Whether or not his elbow is at 100% is still unclear.
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