• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (December 11, 1999) – WWF Jakked / WWF Metal
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly syndicated TV show ‘WWF Jakked’ (night version) aka ‘WWF Metal’ (afternoon version).
It featured matches on the road to the ‘WWF Armageddon 1999’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
– The British Bulldog vs. Gangrel
– Christian vs. D-Von Dudley
– Mark Henry vs. Kaientai
– The Headbangers vs. Dukes Dalton & Knuckles Nelson
• Indy Wrestling Company Sends Cease & Desist To WWE For Trying To Steal Their Talent
Owner of Major League Wrestling, Court Bauer, revealed on Wrestling Observer Radio that he sent a cease & desist to WWE for trying to steal their talent by approaching them and discussing about a deal while they are under contract with MLW.
Below is what Bauer said:
“I had guys at WaleMania approached by WWE people backstage in the green room about signing. I’m like ‘you can’t do that, I’ll give you a freebie, don’t do it again’. Boom, they do it again. I had to send a cease and desist to WWE, that’s called tortious interference.”
Bauer opened up about this again on Twitter and wrote the following:
“We brought in Garza along with Ultimo Ninja this past spring. They vanished, blowing off pre-tapes to meet across town with WWE Talent Relations and negotiate deals. Super talented guys but that was unprofessional and puts you on my do not disturb list. Sketchy move by WWE too.”
We brought in Garza along with Ultimo Ninja this past spring. They vanished, blowing off pre tapes to meet across town with @WWE Talent Relations and negotiate deals. Super talented guys but that was unprofessional and puts you on my do not disturb list. Sketchy move by WWE too. https://t.co/ghwbXCFHKi
— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) December 10, 2018
According to PWTorch, WWE is now looking to sign lesser known indy wrestlers. WWE officials want to sign these wrestlers before they can make a name for themselves and develop a fanbase.
By doing this, WWE officials believe they can get these wrestlers signed to contracts at a way lower price than what they would ask for if they were big indy stars.
WWE continues to sign as much talent as they can with the huge amount of money that’s coming in from their TV deals ($2 Billion+) for RAW & SmackDown (and don’t forget the Saudi Arabia money!).