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By Mike Johnson on 2023-05-26 10:00:00


I saw you plugged Sting coming to New York's Comic Con.  When you pay admission to these sort of events, are the autographs fee?

Not in the least.  You are paying per item or photo for guests like that.  They are usually brought in by third-parties who are paying them and have to make their investment back.

Can you explain to me the Wendi Richter WWF screwjob and why it didn't get the attention the Bret Hart situation did?

WWF and Richter were having contractual issues.  The belief at the time is that the company wasn't happy she didn't sign a new deal while Richter was looking for more money than she was offered, which makes sense since she was a major part of the early WWF national expansion.  After WWF maneuvered the belt off of her, Richter walked out of the company and never returned, so you could say she quit, but WWF wasn't sorry to see her go.  It was a business relationship that ended badly.  As to why it didnt get the attention the Bret situation did, well, it was a different time and it didn't happen live on TV in the Internet age.

When the Bret Hart situation went down, who was the first person to report about it?

If I recall correctly, the first person to report Bret was leaving was the late Bob Ryder, who did so in the now-defunct Prodigy wrestling area.

Speedball Mike Bailey has been so awesome on Impact and now in Best of Super Juniors.  How is it WWE never picked him up?

That is a great question.  It may be that since he was restricted from coming to the United States for so long, WWE didn't pursue him.   He's a hell of a talent in the middle of an incredible run.

With all these talks of writers strikes, director strikes, writers strikes, what does it mean for future WWE programming? 

World Wrestling Entertainment is a non-union entity, so all of the strikes, currently ongoing or potential down the line in Hollywood, have no bearing on their product.

When was Roddy Piper's last official WWE match?

In 2011, he wrestled Miz on an "All Star Raw" at the Nassau Coliseum.  To the best of my knowledge, that was the final in-ring appearance for Piper in WWE.

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