Who Says Wrestling Is Modern (This Is Awesome)

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/139-1407/trenches/2178-oxyrhynchus-papyrus-wrestling-contract

 

What you’re looking at is a contract from the year 267 AD, saying that two teenagers would be having a wrestling match and one of them would take a dive in exchange for money. So yes, wrestling with fixed results goes back nearly 2000 years. Check the link for the full description, which even goes into the amounts paid for the loss.

WWE Tough Enough Winner $250K Contract Question

Hi Scott,

Just wondering: the new TE winner gets a 1-Yr $250K Contract. Assuming this isn't a "fine print" situation and the K is legit, what is a $250K Contrac wortht in real world terms? I mean, considering that these are 1040 workers who provide their own travel, costumes, taxes, etc… What would I, aspiring young wrestler, hope to take home from that Quarter Million?

​Oh, I'm pretty sure that contract is nothing but fine print.  But if they do qualify for the main roster after winning, $250K as a baseline is pretty much in line with what the upper end of Zack Ryder-type guys pull in, from what I understand.  Road expenses and taxes pretty much destroy all that, however​, which is why guys are so dependent on video game revenues and merchandise to stay afloat.  I can't even imagine how the poor NXT geeks eat from week to week with what THEY make.  

Russo may have cost TNA the Spike contract



Apparently both Wrestle-1 and Spike are very upset that TNA had Vince Russo on the payroll and purposely tried to hide him from them both. 

I don't think Dixie really knows any better RE: Russo, but clearly others in TNA do and could have or should have said something. 

So, if Spike doesn't renew TNA (which would probably be the death of the company), this could end up being one of the big reasons why. 

If a creative team member is so problematic that you have to hide him from people for fear of their reaction, maybe you shouldn't hire him in the first place…
​Really, by this point if TNA was going to lose their TV deal, hiring Vince Russo would be the least of the reasons.  I seriously doubt that their fate will have anything to do with the company's internal problems and will pretty much be decided by some exec at Spike feeling like Cops reruns would be a better return on investment.  And he'd probably be correct.  It's definitely a stupid move on Dixie's part to bring Russo back, but I just don't see it being the deathblow or anything.  ​

Aj styles wwe contract offer

Hey Scott, Have you heard that wwe apparently offered AJ a deal with a downside that was 20% of his TNA contract? Do you think they did that to make a point about how much tna sucks or is that a accurate reflection of his market value? Would NJPW or AAA or cmll have any interest in him? Thanks

I'm gonna have to call shenanigans on that one, because AJ's contract was never actually expired and he re-signed for a short-term deal.  If WWE had offered him ANYTHING, then that would be contract tampering and TNA would have cause to sue their pants off.  Unless of course HHH just offered them a title shot at Randy Orton in exchange for dropping the lawsuit.  But that would be STUPID. Anyway, if true, yes that would be fair market value.  Styles is completely unproven on anything resembling a national stage and has never drawn money on top.  He's not getting any younger and would have to go through developmental for a year to learn the style, and by then he's pushing 40 and whatever small amount of name value he had from TNA is gone.  If AJ was gonna jump, the time was 5 or 6 years ago.  These days he's much better off taking indy bookings and possibly going to NJPW as you noted.