X-Pac 1, 2, 360 Recap – Royal Rumble and Takeover Analysis, Ambrose Leaving WWE, Itami Requests Release, More!
X-Pac thought this past weekend’s NXT Takeover event delivered once again. He thinks we’re all starting to take for granted just how good these shows are on a consistent basis. He thought the show started with a bang with the Tag Team Title match, and he notes it’s pretty hard to hate The Undisputed Era even though they’re supposed to be heels.
X-Pac comments on the news that Dean Ambrose will be leaving WWE when his contract expires in April. Ambrose was reportedly offered $1 Million per year over the next 5 years but he said that the money was not important to him because he’s simply not happy with the creative.
X-Pac says he can’t really blame Ambrose because he’s been in that situation himself in years past. He also points out that a $1 Million downside guarantee means that Ambrose probably would have made $2-2.5 Million per year due to merchandise sales, etc., so Ambrose clearly isn’t concerned with money.
X-Pac doesn’t think WWE will treat Ambrose poorly over the next few months because Ambrose is a legitimate star and WWE should want him to return at some point. It wouldn’t be smart for WWE to go over the top with their burial of Ambrose, in turn hurting their relationship with him. X-Pac assumes Ambrose will either sign with AEW, or just take some time to relax and “find himself”.