Simon Gotch on release from WWE, WWE hires new GM for India

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Simon Gotch on release from WWE

The former Simon Gotch, now known as Simon Grimm on the indies, recently spoke with USA Today about his release from WWE earlier this month and how it was a mutual agreement.

“They brought it to me and I agreed. It was one of those things where I was unhappy, and they basically felt like the character had run its course. I said I agreed, and they said they wanted to exercise the termination clause in my contract. I agreed with that as well and we went from there. This wasn’t exactly an unwanted thing on my part. I wasn’t happy, and I actually felt that was the best move. In any situation, sometimes if you see the opportunity, you take it.”

WWE hires new GM for India

WWE issued the following on Thursday:

WWE® Appoints New General Manager in India

04/20/2017 – MUMBAI, India & STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Sheetesh Srivastava as Vice President and General Manager, WWE India.

Srivastava will lead WWE’s strategic business initiatives and day-to-day operations in India and work with partners across all of WWE’s lines of business, including television, live events, marketing, sponsorship, new media, licensing and merchandising. Srivastava is a seasoned executive with more than 18 years of experience in driving strategic business growth in domestic and international markets. He will report to Ed Wells, WWE Executive Vice President, International.

“India is key to the global growth of WWE, and we are confident Sheetesh will successfully help develop our brand and business in this critically important country,” said Wells. “WWE is committed to expanding its presence in India, and we are pleased to welcome Sheetesh to further our efforts in the market.”

India represents WWE’s single largest regional contribution to the brand’s massive social media community of 750 million followers globally. To increase engagement with fans in India, WWE recently launched WWEShop.in, the company’s first-ever local, e-commerce experience in India.

Srivastava joins WWE from The Walt Disney Company in India, where he most recently led business development for Disney Media Networks, overseeing branded content creation, distribution, marketing and syndication. Earlier in his career, he held senior management roles at Reliance Broadcast Network, The Times of India Group, and Frito Lay India.

Srivastava is an Economics graduate from Lucknow University, and he received a Master’s degree in Business Management from the Institute for Integrated Learning in Management.

  • Brennan Norris

    WWE pushes Jinder Mahal to the main event scene (and maybe a new stable withe Sihras), then announces they have hired a new GM for WWE India. Think the two are related?

  • Gerald Bocook

    Yes and no. While having recognizable talent will help in that market, it also seems that Mahal’s new gimmick is just him being a modified Rusev-sans-Lana.

  • Mat Thompson

    Of course. They also recently added Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese wrestlers to their training facility in NXT and announced a partnership with Chinese media for weekly broadcasts as well as PPV access though one of their outlets. WWE is global, and they need to do more to represent the markets that are the strongest. India is huge for WWE. I was there a few years ago and the amount of WWE stuff you come across there is insane, as well as finding it on TV almost 24 hours a day. China and India are huge and if they can tap that resource to the best of their ability, then it’s smart business. They are big in Japan, but they will never outdo NJPW and the others there, so they utilize the stars they can get, but they don’t push for more in Japan, but China and India are all about the E. Smart move on their part.

  • aces

    This is just like football, a team buys a foreign ” star ” because his country has a lot of fans, the team dont loose money buying him because of all the shirt he sells. I would guess Jinder has a lot of home fans and they will push him until they sold enough 9.99$ to India !!