WWE have announced AJ Styles has suffered a neck contusion.
“Following Edge’s vicious assault on last week’s Raw, and as a result of consecutive Con-Chair-Tos, it has been determined that AJ Styles has suffered a severe neck contusion. At this time, it is unclear how the injury will affect The Phenomenal One on his Road to WrestleMania, where he is slated to battle The Rated-R Superstar,” WWE wrote this evening.
Becky Lynch also posted a hospital photo, writing, “Unfortunately I will not be at #WWERaw tonight. Not only did Bianca whip me mercilessly with the illegal weapon that is her hair last week, but last night in the main event of #WWEAllentown she tried to take away my biggest weapon, the spoken word, by fracturing my voice box.
She can’t keep me down that easily. I’ll be coming for her next week.
You can’t spell Wrestlemania without I!!!!!”
It was recently revealed that WWE had to cut staff to be able to hit their new maximum for their budget. The budget that WWE were at was within the area of $98,500,000 for talent. WWE were then told to cut this down to the area of $70,000,000. This is why we saw so many big stars leave as well as backstage help. Since WWE have more free flow money available to be used, maybe we will see even big names get signed back on for appearances. Jeff Hardy Major WWE ‘Retirement’ Update.
On the an episode last year of ‘The Nitty Gritty Dirt Show,’ Vince Russo and Billi Bhatti focused on the WWE budget cuts. As stated above, WWE were given strict guidelines to make adjustments to their budget as they were over-leveraged in the eyes of those who give WWE a platform. WWE freed up a lot of money by cutting names like Braun Strowman, Lana, and Samoa Joe. Countless others also freed up cash.
Bhatti noted during the show that WWE have cut their budget significantly, but they are only about “half way there,” and this was prior to the NXT cuts, and that “it’s not over yet.” With all of the freed up money that WWE will have by the end of the fiscal year, it seems that they will have enough money to bring in talent like The Rock, Goldberg, and Brock Lesnar for short amounts of time in order to boost ratings. As noted, these are all part time stars, but they do carry a hefty price tag that WWE can now afford.