Intercontinental Cup update:
Although Wade Barrett recently Tweeted that the planned Intercontinental Cup on Main Event had been canceled, the Wrestling Observer reports that it may just be held off until a future date.
Apparently the main roster debut of Bo Ballas caused WWE to re-think the idea.
If the cup does not go ahead, there are still plans to featured the IC belt heavily on the show.
In other Wade Barret news, he was named the 17th coolest man in the UK by Zoo magazine.
WWE using influence to keep TNA out of arenas:
Now that TNA are taking Impact on the road, WWE are thought to be in the process of using their influence to block them from running certain arenas.
WWE has a standard procedure written in to many of its arena contracts that state that they are to be the only wrestling show that runs there. This has never really been enforced, because no other wrestling company has been in a position to book arena venues (those that hold a few thousand people), and the arena owners are happy to include the clause because WWE are a consistent draw.
With TNA touring their Impact show they may have to be relegated to smaller venues that Indy shows run from in certain regions. The Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, and the First Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, are said to be no go areas for TNA.
While TNA often cannot draw more than few hundred people for house shows, they are aiming to run arenas because it will look more professional on TV. They’ll also be able to pull in a few more fans due to the novelty of the cameras being present.
WWE are thought to be concerned because if TNA run in the same arenas as them, it could dent their already declining ticket sales, especially on the SmackDown house shows. While TNA are by no means a major threat to WWE, every little counts in the world of business and Vince has always been cutthroat.
Bruno Sammartino gets Wrestlemania level pay off:
Although WWE’s product moving to PG, and the introduction of the Wellness Policy were big factors in Bruno Sammartino accepting the Hall of Fame offer, it’s also believed he demanded a substantial pay off.
It’s been suggested that he’s being paid a record Hall of Fame bonus, in the same region as the top payouts for Wrestlemania main eventers.
the Wrestling Observer is reporting that if Bruno did not get his offer this year he would turn down all future offers even if they met his financial demands.
Part of the deal will also see Sammartino take part in some Legend programming such as the Round Table shows on 24/7, and it’s believed that WWE will be releasing a Sammartino DVD set.
The Rock staying after Wrestlemania:
Although he may not do every show in between, WWE are negotiating with The Rock to keep him around after Wrestlemania for another big match at Summerslam.
Summerslam is considered the company’s third biggest PPV of the year and they will now be holding a Wrestlemania style fan-fest like they did at Royal Rumble. WWE are also bargaining on The Rock bringing in some celebrity names and buzz to the event.
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