Unless something drastic happens The Undertaker is definitely coming back to face Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania. His wife Michelle McCool recently shared a photo of Taker getting back in shape:
During last night’s RAW Wyatt vowed to get rid of The Undertaker for good!
Legends Not Getting paid For Footage
One aspect of the WWE Network that current and former wrestling stars are increasingly concerned about is the lack of royalties being paid for footage of them being used. WWE argue that whatever content they’ve acquired is exclusively theirs. They only choose to pay certain Legends contracts on an arbitrary basis, though this usually involves them having to make new appearances. Furthermore while modern wrestlers (Monday Night War era) seem to get certain royalties, old school wrestlers from the territory era are ignored. Their policy is not particularly clear and nobody has legally challenged them.
Territory legend Bobby Fulton took to his Facebook recently to call out the company:
Vince sure is ripped. He’s a master of ripping people off, like all the wrestlers like me from the territory days. He stole our likeness, who we are, and our intellectual property of our matches. WWE has admitted they don’t have any of our signed releases most don’t get a dime for DVD’s sold in major stores world wide and online or The WWE Network. Come on Vince really man up pay up. Scott Ammon said you paid a lot for libraries of video from World Class, Mid South, UWF and other regions. Please share this and let WWE know its time to pay up!
If you buy an album from the 70s or 80s the artist and song writers are still paid. Even though the work was done decades ago. Same with movies and TV shows. So why not pay the wrestlers of my era for the DVDs of our work that are being sold in major retail stores world wide? A select few are being paid. Why not all of us? If they feel we are important enough to be on those DVDs and The Network then we should be important enough to have a fair share for everyone. I’m not bitter. I had a great career. Not all of us ended up like Randy The Ram even though they try to make you think that. I have been successful in other business ventures. I like many others have had life after wrestling. We are only asking for it to be fair across the board. If wrestler A is being paid for videos of matches against wrestler B. Should not wrestler B also be paid? Fair is Fair.
Please share to all Wrestling related groups and pages! And let WWE know! This is the time to let our voices be heard. For those that are appearing on merchandise that has lost their health, their families, and some their lives. The problem is he wants to pay for the future by ripping off the past, he has once said that the past didn’t exist. If Egypt can be overturned and changed so can Vince McMahon and so can his WWE empire. Let your voices be heard and help us to let ours be heard! … As people got behind us years ago. Get behind us one more time. Support us in this effort. We just got it up on the WWE page. Please go there and share my post on Vince’s Muscle Body and Fitness. It gives us the power! #WWEPAYUSNOW! … I’m getting lots of questions one i spoke with wwe scott ammon he said we could beat WWE on a state level for stealing our likeness,name, intellectual property . Wwe scott ammon said we will beat you in court on a federal level . He said we paid certain people Lots of money . Problem is you paid the wrong people . Its time to pay up the talent not just top names but also the refs enhancement and announcers that is being distributed by WWE. They have no signed releases . Even scott ammon told me that . Help us in our plight your voice is heard and does count . Be silent no longer . Deflate Vince McMahon now! Go to WWE’s page and tell them to pay the wrestlers the royalties that owe them. If they are on merchandise for example the network or dvds. That is how to voice your opinion! If you want to help us you can contact the following sponsors and tell them what WWE has been doing: General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Disney, DreamWorks, Paramount, Kmart, Subway, Taco Bell, Colgate, Frito-Lay, Schick and Mattel.
People will argue back and fourth about this, but in Fulton’s day did they ever envisage that decades later their matches would be used to generate profit for Vince McMahon through an internet streaming service? He DOES have a point.
Dolph Ziggler Hazed Backstage
Word is that Dolph Ziggler was the target of jokes backstage at RAW after WWE Hall of Famer Sunny posted a Tweet saying she’d slept with him.