Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host Jeff Lane and Glenn Gilbertti (Disco Inferno).
Lane asks Russo and Gilbertti for their opinion on GFW’s new merchandise rules, which states that the company is owed 10% of talents’ merchandise sales at indie events, and talents will not be paid for any merchandise sold by the company, even if the talents’ likeness is used. Gilbertti says that the 10% part has been around for a while, but the talents should absolutely be receiving a cut of all merchandise that is sold with their likeness on it.
Russo says that this doesn’t strike him as fair at all, but these guys/girls are going to sign whatever contract GFW puts in front of them in order to wrestle on a wrestling show. Nick Aldis (Magnus) has already spoken out against this and Russo says Aldis is one of the smartest guys he knows, and there’s no way he’s going to sign that contract.
Russo recalls people working in TNA for less than $100 a match shortly after the company started. He couldn’t believe that wrestlers were working on television for those types of wages, but he quickly realized that those performers would almost work for nothing in order to get that type of publicity.