WWE announced a blockbuster deal before the second night of WrestleMania 39 that Endeavor is merging the company with the UFC. A lot of moving pieces need to be arranged when considering a deal like this, and that could leave a few people in either company worried about the future.
We previously reported that PW Insider noted that there is a “sense of doom” internally within WWE. It was said that, “There is a sense of doom and gloom among some WWE employees already, as the feeling is that if you aren’t in the production studios or directly involved with WWE Talent, you could find yourself on the redundency list and potentially let go. As one long-time company employee noted, UFC and WWE won’t need two distinct travel offices, accounting departments, etc.
It was also stated that, “There are a number of employees quietly looking for their next job out of fear of having to pivot and getting out ahead of potential layoffs.” While that might be the case for a few employees, there are over 1,000 employees in the company, and not everyone is feeling that pressure.
Ringside News reached out to confirm this report about the current atmosphere in WWE. We were told that, “‘Sense of doom’ is a pretty exaggerated report.” That being said, things aren’t that serious internally.
Mergers usually comes with some firings, but it was also stated when this whole WWE and UFC merger started that they will continue running as two separate companies under the Endeavor umbrella. WWE is still moving into a brand-new headquarters, and UFC is still operating with their headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Keep checking back with WWE for more on this story, because there will certainly be a lot more to unpack. WWE and UFC’s merger is expected to wrap up in a matter of weeks, so we’ll have to see what plays they make at that time.
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