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Backstage Report On The Undertaker’s New WWE Deal, Company Made Offer He Couldn’t Refuse

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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.

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.

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Randy Orton Claps Back At Tony Khan, AEW Founder Calls Out Orton For Using N-Word

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The on-going war between AEW and WWE took quite the turn Monday night on Twitter.

It all started when CM Punk tagged both Vince McMahon and Tony Khan in a tweet promotion tomorrow night’s episode of WWE Backstage. Khan responded with a tweet taking shots at WWE’s travel issues in Saudi Arabia.

Randy Orton defended WWE , and posted a 2018 article about Tony Khan’s father, lead AEW investor Shahid Khan. The article spoke on Shahid Khan being investigated in the United Kingdom for corruption.

Tony Khan held nothing back in his reply to Orton, speaking on the Viper “grasping for leverage” in tagging him in posts in the past. He was referring to Orton being vocal about being interested in AEW, as well as making cryptic social media posts. Khan seemingly feels Orton did this to get a better deal when re-signing with WWE.

Khan didn’t stop there, he brought up the recent Twitch stream where Randy Orton used the N-word.

Tony Khan stated, “I thought you only tagged me in your posts when you were grasping for leverage. That article’s over a year old + is about baseless claims made about my dad years ago. That’s the best you can do, nothing. Meanwhile in the time since that was written, you used the N word on twitch.”

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AEW’s Tony Khan Reponds To CM Punk And Takes Shots At WWE’s Saudi Arabia Travel Issues

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Tony Khan Throws Shade At WWE

Earlier today, CM Punk announced “no one is safe” on tomorrow’s edition of WWE Backstage.

Punk plans on speaking his mind during his first official appearance as an analyst on WWE’s late night studio show on FS1.

Punk stated, “It IS weird trying to catch up on 5+ years of rasslin’, I’m doing what I can. There’s bright spots, mostly women from what I can tell. There’s BAD too. I’m gonna talk about it, and no one is safe. Join us.” He tagged Renee Young, Booker T, WWE on FOX, Vince McMahon, and Tony Khan in his tweet,

Tony Khan responded by throwing shade at WWE’s recent travel incident in Saudi Arabia.

Khan replied, “No one is safe? Sounds like a plane full of wrestlers in Saudi Arabia!”

WWE Backstage will air on FS1 at 11 pm ET with host Booker T and Renee Young. Former WCW Champion David Arquette will be a guest, and take part in the “promo school” segment.

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Report: Nikki Cross Signs Multi-Year WWE Contract Extension

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Nikki Cross Signs New WWE Deal

One of WWE’s rising stars is planning to continue her year with the company for several more years.

According to Squared Circle Sirens, Nikki Cross has agreed to terms on a new deal with WWE. Cross has signed a multi-year contract extension with the company.

Cross originally signed with WWE in 2016, following a tryout the year before in London.

After spending two years on NXT as a mainstay in the SAnitY stable, Cross joined the main roster in 2018.

Nikki Cross joined forces with Alexa Bliss, winning her the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, her first title reign since signing with the company.

Exact details and length her deal has yet to be revealed, but the report suggests she will be in the WWE for years to come.

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