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FOLLOWING TWITTER OUTBURST, WWE HOLDS TALENT MEETING

By Mike Johnson on 2012-08-14 13:41:59
In what I was told was a direct response to JTG ranting on Twitter about how he and other WWE talents are disrespected, WWE had a talent meeting last night offering the chance for anyone who was unhappy and had an issue to speak up and air their grievances.

I was told that no one spoke up, although as one wrestler joked today, "They just fired Abraham Washington and then ask us to speak up in front of the locker room. We may as well ask to be released!"

During the meeting, WWE officials reminded talents that they needed to handle themselves professionally via social media and to remember that what they say will be monitored by the media as well as the public.

More than a few wrestlers privately noted that just a week after he ranted, JTG was used on Raw for the first time in quite awhile.

One of the reasons some of the mid-card wrestlers were upset were recent payouts for international tours and Wrestlemania. In the case of Wrestlemania, a number of mid-card talents were upset that the payouts were only a few thousand. However, these were talents who weren't performing on the show. One wrestler pointed out that they were still utilized over the course of Mania week, but at the same time, WWE covered all the hotel and travel costs that week. So, it has to be put in perspective.

There were also some upset about international tour pay-offs, but at least one wrestler was told a clerical error was made due to the international exchange used and that situation was going to be cleared up in the next few weeks.