Last Tuesday, Daniel Bryan put pen-to-paper, signing a new WWE deal for close to $1 million a year. The deal is currently a 3 year deal, with an option to add two more years after 18 months, if both parties are satisfied. Bryan is obligated to a minimum of 120 dates per year, with sources expecting this rise to 150, with Bryan securing $8000 per an additional appearance.
The deal is expected to pay Bryan approximately $2 million a year after bonuses and his 15% merchandise revenue is included.
Bryan’s currently sits just inside the Top 10 for merchandise sales, however, this is because he only has 3 items available- 2 T-shirts and a hand towel. Bryan’s T-shirts are a top 5 seller and he’s expected be one of the top stars and top merchandise sellers in the next 12 months, where he is expected to win the WWE Championship once again.
Reports put out by Dave Meltzer and Ryan Satin contained no details as they were purely speculative guesswork, based on the fact Bryan’s previous deal expired on September 1st 2018. Therefore, when Bryan appeared on Tuesday, it was 100% certain he had signed something.
The Dirty Sheets previously reported that Bryan had signed a short-term 90 day from September 1st to December 1st so that the WWE could safely advertise him for Australia. Obviously this new deal replaces the 90 day deal, which was only in-play for 4 days and covered Bryan to appear at 2 weekend house shows in Michigan on the 2nd and 3rd of September- where he twice defeated The Miz.
We previously revealed that The Miz and Finn Balor were set to begin and program and face off at the Elimination Chamber. Finn Balor even hinted at this via his Twitter account, days after we broke the news.
However, given the injuries to both Seth Rollins (back) and Jason Jordan (neck), the WWE have opted to take both men out of the Elimination Chamber and will be replacing them with The Miz and Finn Balor, who will no longer be facing each other on the PPV. The Miz qualified last night and Finn Balor will win the second chance Fatal 4 Way next week.
The Elimination Chamber card is currently set to look like this:
Men’s Elimination Chamber:
Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman vs The Miz vs John Cena vs Elias vs Finn Balor
Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber:
Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley vs Mickie James vs Sonya Deville vs Mandy Rose
Raw Tag Team Championship:
The Bar vs Gallows and Anderson
Asuka vs Nia Jaxx (if Jaxx wins, she receives a Raw Women’s title match at WrestleMania)
The current plan for Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania is for Rousey to be involved with Stephanie McMahon (possibly in a Mixed Tag) and not Charlotte Flair. The WWE are looking to hold off the Charlotte Flair vs Ronda Rousey match, as Rousey will be signing a multi-match deal. This gives Rousey time to improve in the ring and opens to door for the match against Charlotte Flair to actually Main Event a future PPV. However, things could change if Rousey turns out to be an exceptionally quick learner.
Our sources have told us that the company have discussed doing Ronda Rousey vs Stephanie McMahon, in a short squash match, however, they are currently leaning towards doing Ronda Rousey and Braun Strowman vs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, in a Mixed Tag Match.
The originally planned Horsewomen vs Horsewomen match is now completely off the table, and the women were informed about the change of plans last week. This is what probably lead to this tweet by Bayley, upon learning that the WWE were likely to go with something involving Stephanie McMahon and Rousey.
MAJOR backstage altercation between John Cena and Baron Corbin
As reported by The Dirty Sheets, via our YouTube channel, the 15th August SmackDown may go down as one of the most chaotic in history, but not for it’s in-ring action. Our sources have revealed that multiple incidents occurred, including an altercation between John Cena and Baron Corbin.
You can watch the YouTube video by clicking the YouTube link, below:
Baron Corbin has been seemingly buried over the last week. First, losing his Money in the Bank cash in last Tuesday on the 15th August episode of SmackDown, followed by his convincing loss to John Cena at SummerSlam.
It has been revealed to us that John Cena chewed out Baron Corbin at the SmackDown taping infront of creative and several talents. The context of the comments centred around Corbin’s attitude and how he perceives himself. Cena then took it even further and actually took a shot at Corbin in the ring at SummerSlam. During the “let’s go Cena, Cena sucks” chants (at the 8 minutes and 57 seconds mark of the SummerSlam, if you’re watching on the WWE Network) you can clearly see John Cena point to the crowd and tell Corbin, “nothing is about you! You ain’t done shit here, so you don’t know what it’s like!”
Aside from being made to lose, our sources have revealed that Corbin is being punished in multiple other ways. These include, feeding negative lines about Corbin to the commentators and concocting scenarios which force Corbin to remove his t-shirt. You may noticed that Corbin removed his t-shirt on 15th August, SummerSlam and on last night’s SmackDown- all three were by design. This stems from Corbin defending his poor physique on twitter by telling a fan, “it’s your girl’s fault, she keeps bringing me cookies late at night.”
The WWE are likely to continue to punish Corbin, who is unlikely to see a push anytime soon.
When John Cena has an issue with you, you’re pretty much in big trouble- just ask Dolph Ziggler. Many superstars have failed to recover from Cena’s disapproval, and when you couple it with the company already being angry at you for your social media conduct, it appears that Baron Corbin may be in a hole he can never climb out of.
Stay tuned to our podcast and YouTube channel, “The Dirty Sheets” for the latest breaking news and rumours.
Rusev has just tweeted thanking WWE front office implying that his time with the company is over. There is a possibility he is trolling but given the past 24 hours it would be very odd timing. It appears our original report may have been correct. We are awaiting official word from WWE. You can see his tweet below:
I want to thank @WWE front office TR and everybody involved. THANK YOU
We have received additional information from a person with knowledge on the matter stating there is “no truth” to the story whatsoever. Lana, Rusev and Brian James (Road Dogg) have all issued statements on twitter refuting the story:
That's called don't believe the pathetic villagers that pretend that they are "journalist" with real facts… hahahahah!!!! https://t.co/EfaoxRsdhJ
We will let you the reader decide which unnamed source to believe.
Rusev and Lana ask for their release
As reported by The Dirty Sheets, via our YouTube channel, the 15th August SmackDown may go down as one of the most chaotic in history, but not for it’s in-ring action. Our sources have revealed that multiple incidents occurred, including Rusev and Lana asking for their release from the company.
You can watch the YouTube video by clicking the YouTube link, below.
Rusev returned to the WWE in July after missing 4 months through injury. Rusev was initially set to return at Money in the Bank and face Randy Orton for WWE Championship, however, his push was derailed when the company opted to make Jinder Mahal the was Champion. He eventually returned at Battleground and was inserted into a feud with John Cena and was was defeated in a flag match.
It has been revealed to us that Rusev had a major altercation with creative about the way both he and his wife are being booked. It’s been said that the discussion got fairly heated at one point between Rusev and the writers, before Brian James (head of SmackDown creative) calmed things down. Our sources have also indicated to us that there is no issue between Randy Orton and Rusev and that Orton actually likes Rusev and supported Rusev’s decision to ask for his release. Orton is also said to be extremely unsatisfied with how he is being booked, but has no interest in being released, probably due to amount he is being paid.
Despite also being unhappy with the company, Lana did not directly ask for her release.
The incident with Rusev occurred on the same night that John Cena chewed out Baron Corbin at the SmackDown taping infront of creative and several talents.
Rusev did not appear on SmackDown this week and was beaten by Randy Orton in 9 seconds at SummerSlam. It appears that not only will his request for a release not be granted, but he’s likely to booked horribly ok TV for several more months, much like Baron Corbin.
Rusev debuted on the main roster in 2014 and has flirted with moving up to a main event level on several occasions, however, 2017 has represented the worst year of his career. From being punished for a haircut to having his WWE Championship feud cancelled, to being unceremoniously bought back to TV- it’s not surprising that Rusev wants out of the company. And with Lana and Rusev being married in real life, obviously when you lose one, you lose both. Only time will tell how long the pair will last.
As it turns out, it had nothing to do with Nakamura!
As revealed by The Dirty Sheets via our “DS Breaking News” show on our YouTube channel and iTunes, the reason Jinder Mahal’s reign as WWE Champion was extended, was solely down to the WWE’s decision to kill the push of Baron Corbin.
As reported by The Dirty Sheets via our “DS Breaking News” show on YouTube and iTunes, one of the main reasons Enzo Amore will be in shark cage this Sunday is because the superstar is intensely afraid of heights.
Following on from that, we have learned that putting Enzo is a shark
cage is one of WWE’s ways of punishing Amore for his indiscretions. According to our source, the WWE are keen to make an example of Enzo, however, the company have NO PLANS to fire him, as he is one of the company’s top merchandise sellers, outselling “many names that would surprise you.”
We received “exclusive” information about the controversial star. We were told that Enzo is not too dissimilar to his on screen persona- in that he’s cocky and abrasive. He has also irked several talents with his backstage conduct. Our source offered the example, “when the guys say ‘thanks for the match’ as you do (after a match), he would say ‘you’re welcome’ instead of returning the thank you.”