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Foley’s WWE Deal Expires, Austin At Wrestlemania, JR Talks Backstage Drama

Mick Foley To Work On Handshake Deal

Mick Foley revealed on Facebook that his WWE contract is expiring, but he’ll continue to work closely with the company on a handshake deal:

“My official contract with WWE runs out soon, but we have mutually agreed to continue to work together on a case-by-case handshake deal – the same way I did some of my best work (remember the 2004 Randy Orton program) with WWE in the past. The only minor difference (other than not getting a weekly check…ouch) is that I will work prospective WWE dates and projects around my schedule, instead of working my schedule around prospective dates. With the success of my live shows (thanks everyone) I needed more flexability in my schedule. But WWE has shown some interest in partnering with me on these live shows in the future, and a WWE produced, first-class, multi-media one-man Mick Foley show has always been my long-term goal. As WWE showed with the roll-out of the new network, when they go into something, they go ALL in – and I’m crossing my fingers, hoping they’ll go ALL in on a fall 2014 15th anniversery “HAVE A NICE DAY” production – even if it’s just for a limited run.”

Steve Austin Says He’ll Be At Wrestlemania

On his latest podcast WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin confirmed that he’ll be at this year’s Wrestlemania, though that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll have any on camera role during the PPV event itself. He mentioned that he’ll likely be getting some legends on his show.

Austin has also alluded to the possibility of his podcast being a feature on the WWE Network.

Jim Ross Discusses Backstage Drama In Wrestling

In his latest JRSBARBQ.com blog Jim Ross says he’s happy to leave the backstage drama behind:

The more I read online about the daily drama in various pro wrestling organizations makes me happy that I’m not engaged full time in that world. Don’t get me wrong, I will always be a fan and support the genre but dealing with today’s athletes is a taxing, never ending saga. It was somewhat simpler in the old days but certainly far from not having issues in which to address.

I’m of the belief that many of today’s issues have to do with the generation that many of the talents have grown up in and how they have been parented.

Sports and entertainment both have a couple of giant issues in common….they are besieged by athlete/performer paranoia and insecurities. That comes with entering into a world with not an overabundance of career opportunities such as the territory days of wrestling for example.

Shelf lives in both sports and entertainment are usually short…every one has an expiration date included in their DNA but most don’t want to admit it. I often wonder what many of today’s in ring performers will do once it’s all over. Unfortunately, most feel confident in only one aspect of their professional life and that’s in the ring and performing on a wrestling TV show.

That’s truly sad and unfortunate. It’s also a management issue because when talents get the feeling of desperation in their minds regarding their chosen field of endeavor, they often times make regrettable mistakes and become even harder to manage.

No individual, no matter their status in life including their financial situation, can afford to live without a viable, realistic Plan B.

It’s too bad that most performers don’t see the reality of Plan B’s until it’s late in the game and one’s options are lessened.


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