WWE ANNOUNCE MAJOR CHANGES TO THEIR FILMING SCHEDULE
Last Friday Vince McMahon reversed an earlier decision to pretape their television shows, deciding to produce live television shows from the empty Performance Center. Well, it appears that Vince has changed his mind once again, click here to find out what the apparent new plan is.
TRANSCRIPT OF MCMAHON’S MESSAGE TO STAFF LEAKS
Fightful reported today that they had managed to get hold of a copy of the video message delivered by Vince to WWE staff ahead of the unprecedented cuts on Wednesday.
The call apparently lasted less than two minutes. In the video, Vince blamed the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which forced his hand.
He did stay that the lay-offs would be temporary, and that is wasn’t an easy decision. See below for the full transcript, c/o Fightful.com.
“Thank you all for joining me today. First and foremost, I hope that you and your families are safe. What we’re going through today is unprecedented, and there’s no doubt these are challenging times for everyone. Given the adverse effects of the Coronavirus and the resulting financial recession, WWE, like so many companies have to decrease operating expenses. Effective immediately, we are reducing executive and board member compensation, decreasing talent expenses, cutting third party staffing and consulting, and improving our cash flow by delaying the production of our new headquarters for at least six months.
Despite all these measures, given the uncertainty we are facing today, unfortunately we have to temporarily reduce head count. As such, a number of WWE employees will be furloughed from the company today. At the close of my remarks, employees will receive a communication detailing their individual situations. More specifically, those impacted by the furloughs will receive a text message from Human Resources with specific information for their next steps.
These are not easy decisions, but reflect the reality of the environment we’re working in today. We live in a world of troubled times. I’m confident as a company, and most importantly, confident in you as individual employees, will pull through these tough times and come back to work and make life better than it’s ever been. Thank you.”
COVID-19 POSSIBLY IMPACTING WRESTLEMANIA 37
Late yesterday LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti, warned that the effect of the current pandemic may reach a distance into the future, possibly impacting WrestleMania 37.
WrestleMania is due to take place at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood California. While it is taking place on March 28, Mayor Garcetti said it would be difficult to imagine:
It’s difficult to imagine us getting together in the thousands anytime soon. We’ve got many, many miles to walk before we’re going to be back in those environments.
The comments were made during a Coronavirus briefing. At the same briefing, he also confirmed comments made in a local fire department email, which said:
large gatherings such as concerts and sporting events may not be approved in the city for at least 1 year.
The SoFi stadium hasn’t finished construction yet, which was supposed to be opened in July of this year. While construction at the stadium has been allowed to continue, owner Stan Kroeneke, stands to suffer most from the announcement, with construction estimated to cost around $10 billion.
SAMOA JOE STILL NOT CLEARED TO COMPETE
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Samoa Joe is still not cleared to compete, following a concussion sustained during an advertisement shoot.
Joe has had a really rough time of it recently. In September 2019 he suffered a broken thumb and was off until late December. A month later he suffered a concussion on the January 27 edition of RAW while taking part in a tag match, teaming with Kevin Owens in a losing effort to Buddy Murphy and Seth Rollins. In early February he suffered a second concussion while shooting an advert for RAW. Although he was then suspended following a WWE wellness policy violation, his suspension would have ended well before WrestleMania. Multiple concussions are incredibly serious, there is no word yet on when Joe may return, though we will be keeping an on the situation at TWM.news.
MEXICAN LUCHA STAR PASSES AWAY REPORTIDY FROM COVID-19
Sadly Mexican Luchador Black Demon has passed away, reportedly from COVID-19. Click here to read out full write up on the sad situation.
DO NOT COMPETE RULES REVEALED FOR RECENTLY RELEASED STARS
Following Wednesday’s mass layoffs from WWE, PWInsider has reported the differing lengths of do-not-compete clauses WWE has asked them to abide by.
Apparently the stars who were released are all under a 90-day non-compete clause. This will prevent them from appearing for other major promotions until July 15. While this would normally apply to any promotion with a television deal, in the current climate this is a moot point. Star have come out saying that they will continue to be paid for this time.
KARL ANDERSON TEASES A RETURN TO NJPW
— Karl Anderson (@MachineGunKA) April 16, 2020
Karl Anderson took to Twitter on yesterday, posting a possible hint to his return to NJPW. The 19-second video showed a flight leaving from Santa Monica and arriving in Tokyo Japan, while this was happening Japanese wrestling commentary can be heard in the background. At the end of the video the words “Machine Gun” were displayed, together with a voice-over saying the same, this is followed by gunshots as the clip ends.
— Tama “The Good Bad Guy” Tonga (@Tama_Tonga) April 16, 2020
Karl Anderson is a former four-time IWGP tag team champion, three of those reigns came with partner Doc (Luke) Gallows. The pair were also prominent members of the Bullet Club. Tama Tonga also retweeted the clip with a .gif of Stone Cold checking his watch while sat on top of a turnbuckle.