Re: Backstage morale said to be "Really Bad"
The worst I ever heard morale being was in the fall of 1995, and I have a hard time imagining that it is worse now than it was then.
Vince McMahon admitted in a meeting with the wrestlers that summer that while WWE had made over $80M in 1994, they had lost money. And the financial situation was deteriorating in 1995, leading to mass layoffs in July (Heavenly Bodies, Barbarian, Lou Albano, Doink, Jack Tunney, Lord Alfred Hayes, Well Dunn, King Kong Bundy, Nikolai Volkoff). Adam Bomb, Jeff Jarrett, and The Road Dog had quit. The Clique had tightened its influence. And payoffs...the entire point of the enterprise....had become so bad that wrestlers who had taken out advances on house shows to cover travel expenses were finding that their paychecks were sometimes in the negatives (Shane Douglas alleged that he made $1.6K after travel expenses were factored out during the four months that he wrestled). I remember Wade Keller making the cover of his PW Torch newsletter "Titanic Sports" in late October, detailing these issues.
That was worse than people getting paid $500K - $1M and not being used properly.
Last edited by Seafort; 05-13-2019 at 09:22 PM.