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WWE Tweets Del Rio, Steiner Rejects Legend’s Contract, Sting Talks Rafter Entrance

WWE and Triple H Tweet At Alberto Del Rio

In an unprecedented move WWE’s official Twitter account directly referred to Alberto Del Rio’s recent release and basically said it was his fault. Triple H also re-Tweeted the posts.

There’s always a chance that this is some kind of storyline, but it hasn’t been mentioned in any programming or videos yet. If it’s genuine it’s still odd that the company would draw so much attention to it. And if they truly feel it was Del Rio’s fault then the best PR move would be to fully explain what happened, not make vague Tweets.

The current version of events doing the rounds is that Del Rio slapped WWE social media manager Cody Barbierri and the company immediately fired him for misconduct. One facet of the story alleges Barbierri insulted Del Rio by insinuating cleaning plates was his job, during some banter at catering. Del Rio may have taken this as being racially charged.

However if that was the case you’d think WWE would be a bit more forgiving.

At this stage it’s all speculation, but a very strange series of events.

Steiner Says Legend’s Deal Not Worth It

In a recent interview with Ringside Collectibles at the San Diego Comic Con, Scott Steiner said he hasn’t signed a WWE Legend’s contract because it’s not financially worth it.

“Well, I’ve been asked for a Legend’s contract,” said Steiner. “Unfortunately, my lawyer explained to me that it’s not worth the paper it’s written on.”

Bret Hart and Mick Foley have also rejected Legend’s deals.

The feeling is that although the contracts may be viable for some stars, it involves signing over the wrestler’s gimmick for the length of the deal and WWE also asserts a certain amount of control over outside appearances. On top of that they can essentially call the legend at any time to do do interview or fan signing duties. Obviously this isn’t going to suit everybody, especially those who have their own projects on the go.

If Sting was offered a Legend’s deal it makes more sense why he’s taking so long to come to terms.

Sting Discusses His Entrance After Owen Died

In the second part of his interview on the Ross Report Sting discussed his reaction to Owen Hart’s death and how it affected his own ring entrance from the rafters:

I was boarding a plane to go do another event. We were doing Nitro and I was boarding a plane taking a redeye flight out and I got a phone call to my cell phone and it said, ‘From CNN News, Owen Hart Has Just Been Killed’ and it described how it happened. Of course it was shocking and you just can’t believe what your hearing. Then I landed and I saw some of the guys who were going to help do some of the rigging for my gig and I said ‘We’re not going to be doing this’ and they said, ‘Why?’ and I said, “Owen Hart died.'”

I talked to Bret and I said, ‘What do you think? I’m not going to do it if you don’t want me to do it and if your family doesn’t want me to do it… I will not do it.’ He ended up talking to his family about it and he called me and said, ‘Steve, we’re all fine with it. Go ahead; it’s not going to hurt.


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