PWTorch reports that WWE head writer Jay Gibson has been released from the company. His release was made by Vince McMahon on Friday, just one day after WWE released 11 talents. It was previously reported by PWInsider that there were no office cuts last week and this is the first creative release that we've heard of. Last night's RAW episode was the first WWE TV show without Gibson. This led to a show that had familiar segments that are a favorite of Vince McMahon's, including the segment with Stephanie McMahon throwing up on Vickie Guerrero.
Vince is reportedly looking at reducing payroll and is spearheading changes that go back to the budget cuts that we've been reported on.
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FWIW, the Observer counters (!) that "head writer" was more a title for resume purposes and not the actual responsibility this guy had - he's lower on the totem pole than it sounds. (Though one would figure firing anyone would make everyone else less willing to disagree with Vince in the short term.)
All these cuts are very much for the illusion of doing something. WWE knew they were going to be losing money this year switching to the network. They will end up losing more if it doesn't work out, but these cuts aren't significant enough to really close either of those gaps. WWE is hoping the investors see it as the company proactively cutting expenses, while not actually cutting anything major or making fundamental changes. All the wrestlers - and writers! - that were cut would've just been let go when their contract ran out, and WWE's not saving that much money by getting rid of them now, but they can talk about having done something on the next quarterly call.
what WWE is doing here is theatrically appearing to do something violent while hoping not to actual hurting anything
One t. Most successful career from the first season of Tough Enough easily?
Doomed once they decided not to keep him as lead announcer of SmackDown! - everyone but the announce crew on RAW and SmackDown! are developmental positions for the WWE and easy places to slash costs if that's what you're looking to do.
I hope they leave his chair empty on the RAW pre-game show in memory. (Does he still host the SmackDown! one? Won't that be weird on Friday.)
Re: two posts ago - today's WON says Matt Sydal was actually flown into to make an appearance on the ROH PPV, but WWE decided he couldn't until September. That dude is going to be on every indy everywhere.
Originally posted by thecubsfanRe: two posts ago - today's WON says Matt Sydal was actually flown into to make an appearance on the ROH PPV, but WWE decided he couldn't until September. That dude is going to be on every indy everywhere.
I listened to Drew McIntyre/Galloway on Jericho's podcast today and he said he has a three-month non-compete but it seemed like it only applied to bigger promotions. I got the impression that if he wanted to show up at, say, Wrestling Is Fun in Reading, PA this weekend, he probably could...but wouldn't be allowed to sign with TNA til after the summer. Hence Curt Hawkins working shows the weekend after he was released, but smaller NJ shows.
Seems clear now that Josh Mathews had been protected by the power of the darkside as a former vessel for The Undertaker, but now that the Streak has been broken, he was vulnerable. RIP Josh Enough. Tell Taylor Nuff I said 'Hey' and also, remember that one Tough Enough season where there was a crazy lady? That was fun, I hope she's OK now.
I've read that the Wildlife Fund for Nature (formerly the World Wildlife Fund....wait a minute, that means they're not even the WWF anymore!) situation has something to do with it. Not sure why the block letter logo is ok, though.