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WWE BUYING BULLET CLUB?, WHY BULLY RAY & NOT GFW OWNS THAT NAME, WHY WWE EXECS CAN SELL STOCK WITHOUT AN ISSUE AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2017-08-10 10:00:00

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Is there any truth to WWE wanting to acquire the rights to the Bullet Club last year after Styles, Anderson and Gallows joined the WWE roster?

Nothing to the story at all.  New Japan wasn't going to give up Bullet Club, especially when they are still promoting and merchandising it.  There just wasn't anything to this.   WWE has made reference to "The Club" at times, but even that diminished over time.

I don't know anything about stocks or trading, but isn't there something illegal about selling your stock right before breaking news on it? If the WWE execs who just sold their stock have inside knowledge of how the earnings are (and nobody other than them have WWE Network numbers), couldn't they be investigated?

It would be technically illegal, as I understand it, if WWE execs used their inside knowledge to sell their stock (or tell someone else to sell theirs) based on knowledge they were privy to that the price of the stock was going to drop once that information became public.  If they sell before an earnings report and there's not expected to be any major drop, it wouldn't be an issue.  Recently, a number of execs sold off stock points that they received as bonuses, which isn't uncommon in the world of business at all. 

Any chance WWE brings Dixie in for a un as an "authority figure" ? I think it may work for a small build having some unknown person undermining Angle as GM etc. and have it turn out to be Dixie..... 

Never say never, but I really don't see this happening.  Dixie is an older woman and one that the average WWE fan wouldn't have a connection to.  It's not like Eric Bischoff showing up after nearly putting WWE out of business.  I don't think it would make a major impact in the company storylines.

How do aging, part time roster wrestlers like Big Show, Mark Henry and Kane for example get paid by WWE and are they required to be at RAW or Smackdown even if they are not used?

It depends on the situation.  Currently, Kane has not been at any TVs or even PPVs with the exception of Wrestlemania, where he was signing at AXXESS.  A number of younger talents are brought to TV every week in case they are needed, but veterans such as Mark Henry and Big Show are not usually traveling every week unless there is a plan for them.  All talents under contract are paid their downside guarantee whether they are utilized and traveling or not.

With Impact claiming rights over the 'Broken' gimmick as it was created during their time there, how can Bubba Ray use the Bully Ray character in ROH?

Great question.  Bully, likely understanding how the law works based on how WWE ended up owning the rights and trademarks to the Dudley characters, was smart enough to create and trademark the character and its name before Impact could.

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