Vince Russo and Billi Bhatti are reporting that Bruce Prichard has been replaced as Smackdown head writer by Mike Heller from MTV. RingsideNews.com are reporting that this isn’t true.
So much as it pertains to WWE and Vince McMahon has made the headlines over the past month. Not only are we possibly seeing a sale of WWE, but we have seen tons and tons of stars and backstage help being fired and then being talked about being re-hired. What is going on here that has made everyone seemingly go crazy and nix multitudes of people who have worked for the company? Shane McMahon Sad Health Claim Leaks.
Today, we get out news from none other than the dynamic duo – Vince Russo and Billi Bhatti via ‘The Nitty Gritty Dirt Show’. On the episode that we’ll be speaking about today, we have Russo and Bhatti both very upset at the current state of WWE as it seems like WWE just wants to end themselves as quickly as possible.
Bhatti stated: “WWE were asked to cut down their talent budget which was at $98,500,000 per year. My understanding is they were told to cut down to $70,000,000. They have to cut down by (over) $28,000,000 from talent. The people who will suffer most from this will be NXT and NXT UK. When this was said, Vince immediately cut Shawn and Hunter’s budget in half. NXT will be operating on $10,000,000 for talent which will be really difficult to do.
Bhatti closes: “As for the main roster, that leaves $60,000,000. When you cut Strowman, that’s a $1,500,000 contract that you just got rid of – someone that you don’t know how to book.”
Along with Braun’s cut, we also saw many more including the likes of Lana and Samoa Joe as well, and NXT cuts today.