• “The Rock was bringing $60,000 a night in merch sales” – Former WWE Wrestler
During a recent interview on SK Wrestling’s UnSKripted podcast, former WWE wrestler Daniel Puder talked about The Rock drawing a lot when he was at the top in the WWF/E.
Puder went on to claim that The People’s Champion was drawing $60,000 a night in merch sales!
Here’s what he said:
“When The Rock and John Cena were at their top, I heard The Rock was bringing $60,000 a night in [merch] sales. He was smashing.
It’s like $13 million a year or something like that. And it’s nothing compared to what he’s making today. People were spending money because they were into the brand, they were into the wrestlers.”
Dwayne Johnson is now the #1 actor in Hollywood and his latest movie “Red Notice” is on its way to becoming the most watched Netflix original movie ever.
For those who don’t know, Daniel Puder won the $1,000,000 Tough Enough in 2004. He’s also a retired MMA fighter, with an 8-0 record.
Puder’s biggest claim to fame is a win over WWF Legend Kurt Angle, as well as entering the 2005 Royal Rumble match, before he was released 8 months later.
Puder is reportedly worth over $50 Million with his internet investments and other businesses.
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (November 24, 1983) – NWA Starrcade 1983: A Flair For The Gold
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on November 24, 1983, Jim Crockett Promotions aired ‘NWA Starrcade 1983: A Flair For The Gold’ LIVE on closed-circuit television from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
This was the 1st out of 18 annual ‘Starrcade’ events that aired between 1983 and 2000.
The first 5 Starrcades (1983-1987) were promoted by Jim Crockett Promotions, while Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (who bought JCP in 1988) promoted all the ones that followed (1988-2000).
The results are here:
The Assassins defeated Rufus R. Jones & Bugsy McGraw
Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin defeated Scott McGhee & Johnny Weaver
Abdullah the Butcher defeated Carlos Colon
Bob Orton Jr. & Dick Slater defeated Mark Youngblood & Wahoo McDaniel
Title vs. Mask – NWA Television Championship: Charlie Brown defeated Great Kabuki (c)
Dog Collar: Roddy Piper defeated Greg Valentine
NWA World Tag Team Championship: Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood defeated The Brisco Brothers
Steel Cage – NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ric Flair defeated Harley Race (c)