[WWE] General News Update

Out of See No Evil’s gross box office, 55% will go to Lion’s Gate, the distributors, and the rest to the theatres, with WWE Films getting their cut from Lion’s Gate. The movie has not yet made back its investment of $8 million but it is expected to do so once overseas box office and DVD sales are taken into account.

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The “Wreckless Intent” CD sold 75,000 units in its first week of release.

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Vince McMahon has expressed an unofficial interest in bringing Bob Sapp into WWE as a means of furthering their Japanese presence.

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Greg Gagne is officially the new booker for OVW and DSW, having been hired by John Laurinaitis. Apparently, Gagne wants to book the shows with a similar style to the old AWA.

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The TV tapings on the 3rd July in Philadelphia and the 31st July in East Rutherford are now supershows. It is expected the opening times will be brought forward to 5:30pm, with ECW being taping 6-7pm, Smackdown from 7-9pm, then Raw airing live from 9-11pm.

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WWE has nearly finalised the purchase of the Stampede Wrestling tape collection from Ross Hart, having seen off a rival offer from The Fight Network. The collection includes some 1973-74 matches and practically all from 1979-89, including the likes of Owen Hart, Davy Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, Brian Pillman, Bad News Allen, Chris Benoit, Jake Roberts, Junkyard Dog, Nick Bockwinkel, Harley Race and Andre The Giant, among others. However, Bret Hart has already purchased legal rights to his Stampede matches so if WWE wants to use any of them they would need to make a separate deal with him.

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