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6 hours ago, Accident Prone said:

Depends on how good their guaranteed downside is and if merch sales/royalties are halted during that time too. But then again, if you're at home then you're not shelling out for road expenses, car rental and hotels either. 

I doubt Harper would be making much more than his downside anyway - he’s dark match/lower card fodder, doesn’t really have any merch. Lio Rush has apparently said in an interview recently that he’s not even covering expenses based on what he’s paid. Financially, Harper’s probably a fair bit better off at home. He wants to wrestle though, which is on him, healthwise. From the Observer, Vince just thinks he’s shite because he couldn’t do the southern accent like he wanted him to in the Wyatt Family, didn’t want him booked in anything, then went “hang on, why isn’t Harper in the battle royal?” at WrestleMania and added him to that, then booked him in a dark match on the Brooklyn Smackdown and thought he was shite there as well. As a result, didn’t think he was worth assigning to a brand, and that’s when Big Luke asked for his release.

It begs the question of why Vince doesn’t want to let him go, if he thinks he’s that bad.

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10 minutes ago, King Pitcos said:

It begs the question of why Vince doesn’t want to let him go, if he thinks he’s that bad.

I was about to reply with, "The same reasons that they won't let The Revival or Sasha go either (and Neville, back in the day); Protecting the WWE brand, not letting them work for any competition or, worse, slight senility and bitterness in his old age".

But then I remembered that he just let popular upper-carder Ambrose go, complete with heartfelt goodbyes and the door wide open for a return, so the answer I have is....I have no bloody clue why.

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I think you'll find the answer is because he's a seventysomething lunatic with opinions that change like the weather with a dash of petulance to boot.

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45 minutes ago, King Pitcos said:

 

It begs the question of why Vince doesn’t want to let him go, if he thinks he’s that bad.

This has always been what shows it is nothing more than pettiness and control to me.
If WWE has no interest in using the wrestler then why not let them go? Alternatively, if they are apparently that valuable to the company that you don't want to let them go why would you just pay them to sit at home or not use them to their fullest potential?

 

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1 hour ago, Accident Prone said:

I was about to reply with, "The same reasons that they won't let The Revival or Sasha go either (and Neville, back in the day); Protecting the WWE brand, not letting them work for any competition or, worse, slight senility and bitterness in his old age".

But then I remembered that he just let popular upper-carder Ambrose go, complete with heartfelt goodbyes and the door wide open for a return, so the answer I have is....I have no bloody clue why.

I wouldn’t say he let Ambrose go, Ambrose just wouldn’t sign a new contract. If there was anything legally Vince could do to keep him from not leaving, he would have done it.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Vince gave him the big deal treatment on his way out to keep him sweet on a potential re-sign somewhere down the road THEN he gets the last laugh by burying him, making him unhappy and not letting him leave. 

(All presuming this still isn’t a big swerve, OBV)

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17 minutes ago, Mr Kennedy said:

I wouldn’t say he let Ambrose go, Ambrose just wouldn’t sign a new contract. If there was anything legally Vince could do to keep him from not leaving, he would have done it.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Vince gave him the big deal treatment on his way out to keep him sweet on a potential re-sign somewhere down the road THEN he gets the last laugh by burying him, making him unhappy and not letting him leave. 

(All presuming this still isn’t a big swerve, OBV)

Could he have added however many months (9 months?) Ambrose was out for last year to his contract?

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This is primarily newsworthy to me because a) Psicosis appears to be in his gear in the photo & b) the 3rd man in the car was Robin Lekime, who used to be a regular for WAW & last I heard still lived here in Norwich.

(The 2nd man was the promoter, who was the guy Psicosis saved)

Mostly, though, Psicosis is in his gear.

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6 hours ago, King Pitcos said:

 

It begs the question of why Vince doesn’t want to let him go, if he thinks he’s that bad.

Maybe he’s never sneezed in front of him?

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Point taken. Better to take a chance with something then never try. Not everything will be funny, but I’ll give it a go

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My newsfeed says Kendo Nagasaki is kicking Lee Rigby’s family out of the house he gave them, but I’ve googled it and only seen results for the Daily Mail and The Sun. Bit rum, if true. Said he’s in financial difficulties himself, though.

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33 minutes ago, King Pitcos said:

My newsfeed says Kendo Nagasaki is kicking Lee Rigby’s family out of the house he gave them, but I’ve googled it and only seen results for the Daily Mail and The Sun. Bit rum, if true. Said he’s in financial difficulties himself, though.

You couldn't craft a better tabloid story than this if you had a thousand years. There must be a treasure trove of celebrity landlord stories, I reckon they're all at it. Alvin Stardust used to rent a flat to the band Menswear (I think) in Camden in the 90s. I've also heard that Wham's Andrew Ridgeley used to rent a place to his stepson and charged him market rent, tight cunt. 

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Some interesting tidbits on Vince and the writing staff...

Some of the usual stories (and some new ones) were confirmed on 

Wade Keller’s Pro Wrestling Post-Show when a close friend of three WWE writers called into his show after Monday Night Raw. It’s very clear that the buck stops with Vince McMahon and it doesn’t look like real change is coming anytime soon.

Here are things said on the podcast by the close friend of three current WWE writers:

– WWE’s problems are not the fault of the writers. “No one should rip on WWE creative. They have some of the most brilliant, unbelievable cool ideas that I’ve ever heard…” He was told, “We’re writing for an audience of one and never forget that [and if not] you’re out of here.”

– “The most frustrated person in the back every single night is Triple H. He’ll always take, especially the NXT guys, under his wing. It looks like he’s consoling them. It looks so much like he was the most frustrated person in the building every single night.”

– The Wild Card Rule was not in the script on the morning of the show.

– The Superstar Shake-Up changed week to week and it didn’t pan out how it was originally laid out months prior. Everything changed because Vince just decided to change it.

– He talked about the turnover with so many backstage people quitting or being fired.

– SmackDown and Raw writing teams are the same for both shows. They used to be separate but that changed recently after the Shake-Up.

– The caller emphasized that the problems in WWE are not creative’s fault and Vince McMahon is the one person who deserves the blame.

– Vince wants suggestions from everyone but it never gets on TV. 99 out of 100 times you can come up with an idea for Vince and it won’t be used.

– The entire creative team has pitched to have Raw and SmackDown look completely different with different production, a different way of shooting things, etc. and McMahon shoots it down.

– Vince McMahon doesn’t keep track of what is going on with NXT. He “maybe” watches Takeover shows.

– The writers say he just watches WWE and works out and is not aware of things going on in the real world.

– The writers say there is no chance of Vince stepping down.

– Dana Brooke has been the hardest worker for the last 3 years. She goes to the Performance Center, she shows up early and helps set up the ring and she gets in the ring so she can get better. Creative will pitch something for her and she gets nothing up until recently with MITB.

– The caller offered to tell Wade Keller off the air of some cool storylines that were pitched and never used.

– The writer he talked to said, “we’re all working for Dana Warrior and it’s really awkward.”

– The WWE-Fox contract prohibits Fox from moving the show to FS1 even if the ratings drop.

– One writer is very close to quitting because he is so “unbelievably unhappy” and many of the writers are paranoid and think they are close to being fired.

– “It’s such a toxic atmosphere and it’s all because of one person.”

– When Neville walked out, there was a crazy shouting match and he flipped out on Vince McMahon and that was the last time they saw him. The writers praised Neville for being so easy to work with.

– Ideas never pan out as originally planned because writers will come up with stuff and then Vince loses interest after a week or two. He used Mojo Rawley as an example.

– The money is good and it’s a dream job for many writers but it gets frustrating. The talent is very unhappy and people are trying to get out of their contracts.

– The writers say Bruce Prichard is a pleasure to work with. “He’s a funny guy and a pleasure to work with but he’s not getting through to Vince either.”

– Shane McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have tried to talk to Vince but it hasn’t worked.

– The people on the writing staff listens to podcasts and they hear fans bashing them. “It breaks their heart,” he said.

– Vince is in the announcer’s ear “to a sentence” and he gets on them for tiny mistakes.

– On Sami Zayn: “That’s not Sami Zayn’s promos. That’s Vince McMahon talking through Sami Zayn.”

– There are 37 total writers and they are now working on both shows.

– NBCUniversal and FOX both want the top stars.

– Andrade went into Vince’s office and asked for a legit push. Vince looked at him and said, “learn some English and get back to me.” Andrade spoke some English last week and he’s been taking English lessons.

– The Firefly Fun House stuff is all Bray Wyatt’s idea. Bray is described is an “absolute genius” and he helps other wrestlers with their promos.  “He’s one of the best guys in the locker room.”

– The writers he talked to say they loved when there was a real brand split.

– He mentioned The Revival/Usos storyline being done because Vince just thinks its funny.

– Some of the writers think Road Dogg will eventually end up in AEW. (Note: Road Dogg is currently on hiatus and there’s no word on when he will be back or what he would be doing if he returns).

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