Interesting news coming from WrestleView.com, as it appears that WWE Hall of Fame nominee Bruno Sammartino has revealed how much the company is paying him for WrestleMania weekend.
And, believe it or not, it's really not that much.
The article states:
A new video interview with Bruno Sammartino has been posted on YouTube where he talks about being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year at Madison Square Garden during Wrestlemania 29 weekend. Sammartino also reveals around the 11 minute mark that WWE is paying him $5,000 for the induction that weekend along with receiving a Hall of Fame ring. (see video here)
The fact is, $5,000 may sound like a lot for a weekend of work. However we are talking about a guy who up until a few weeks ago was against the very company that's enshrining him. So to me it would seem like Sammartino would have requested more money to finalize the deal.
Fortunately for the WWE, he is truly doing this because he is impressed with the changes made by the company. Ultimately, this is a huge moment for both Sammartino and the WWE as it marks the first time in decades that the two sides are on the same page.
This is also a great moment for Triple H, as it solidifies his place in the company as the rightful heir to the throne. Like him or not, you can't deny that he has done a solid job at transitioning from wrestling main-eventer to VP of Talent Relations.
Keep in mind, this is just the beginning of Triple H's corporate tenure. So if this is a sign of things to come, the WWE should be in good hands once Vince McMahon steps down.
Now, even though, Sammartino will only make $5,000 for the initial appearance, in the long run he could easily more than double that. Let's not forget, that the WWE has many of their bigger named "Legends" signed to licensing deals, so he stands to see a boost from things like t-shirts, appearances, DVD and video game sales.
In the end, this is just the beginning of what should be a profitable relationship.