808s and Back Breaks?: Rumor Has It Kanye West Is Coming to a WWE Ring
A rumor has surfaced from the website MediaTakeout.com, reporting that Kanye West has been offered $10 million to appear at three WWE events.
Here's a portion of the rumor:
"According to reports sent by pro wrestling insiders to MediaTakeOut.com, Vince McMahon and the WWE have offered Kanye close to $10 million to show up at three events: two television appearances and one pay-per-view event.
"Word is that if he accepts the offer, Kanye would have to do some light wrestling. And get this, MediaTakeOut.com is hearing that Kanye is seriously considering it."
WWE will be hoping to create a similar impact that celebrities like Mike Tyson have caused, rather than duds like Jay Leno and Pacman Jones. West's recent actions and personal controversies have been causing spikes in celebrity gossip.
Vince McMahon seemingly wants to take advantage of this anger towards Kanye and generate interest and heat to put him on a WWE program.
Floyd Mayweather's fight with the Big Show at Wrestlemania did not add to WWE's TV ratings, but it did receive mainstream press attention from ESPN and may have contributed to a small increase in PPV buys.
Since WWE has become more focused on entertainment rather than wrestling, this would be a positive move for them, even with the apparent hefty price tag of Mr. West.
I must say that this move would not surprise me, but the website starting this rumor has had problems in the past with being a "reputable source," so feel free to pass on or ignore this information.
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