Austin Aries

Austin Aries jokes about WWE earnings

Former WWE star Austin Aries posted the following on Twitter over the weekend making a joke about what he will earn from upcoming independent bookings compared to his final few months in WWE earlier this year.

Aries was released from WWE in June.

WWE signs MYC competitor

WWE sent out the following over the weekend, touting the signings of the first female performers from the Middle East, including Mae Young Classic competitor Kavita Devi, who was trained by former WWE World Champion The Great Khali.

WWE signs first female talent from India and the Middle East to developmental contracts

Kavtia Devi and Shadia Bseiso sign WWE developmental contracts

MUMBAI, India; DUBAI, UAE; & STAMFORD, Conn. – WWE today announced it has signed two premier female athletes to developmental contracts: Kavita Devi from India and Shadia Bseiso from Jordan. Devi and Bseiso are the first women from India and the Middle East, respectively, to receive opportunities to train to become WWE Superstars.

An accomplished powerlifter who won gold while representing India at the 2016 South Asian Games, Kavita Devi also has the distinction of being the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring, participating in the Mae Young Classic women’s tournament last August. Having learned her ring skills from her mentor, former World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali, Devi is expected to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., this January.

“It was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE,” said Devi. “Participating in the Mae Young Classic with some of the best female performers in the world was a great learning experience. Now I am looking forward to pursuing my dream of becoming the first WWE Women’s Champion from India.”

Shadia Bseiso is a trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete and CrossFit enthusiast who attended WWE’s invitation-only talent tryout in Dubai earlier this year. The talent pool for the tryouts consisted of 40 men and women from the Middle East and India with diverse backgrounds in sports and athletics, including powerlifters, rugby and football players, amateur wrestlers, martial artists and fitness experts. Bseiso’s athletic abilities, confidence, and natural charisma – the last of which she showcased as a bilingual TV presenter – earned her the opportunity to further develop her skills with WWE. Like Devi, Bseiso is scheduled to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in January.

“It is an honor to be the first-ever woman from the Middle East to sign with WWE,” Bseiso said. “I have visited the Performance Center and attended the Mae Young Classic. I have personally witnessed the power of WWE and the passion of WWE fans. I look forward to starting on my path to becoming a WWE Superstar.”

Devi and Bseiso will join a roster of international talent at the WWE Performance Center who hail from a variety of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

“Recruiting Kavita and Shadia to join our developmental system underscores WWE’s ongoing commitment to building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “We’re confident Kavita and Shadia will inspire future WWE Superstars as we continue to recruit the most talented athletes and entertainers from around the world.”


  1. And yet WWE is making more money than ever. I guess now we know part of the reason why. Cheap bastards.

  2. … it’s not that they’re cheap bastards, it’s because Austin Aries was about #40 or so on the card… whereas he’d be going to #1 on these cards.

  3. Pfftt. I wouldn’t rely on WWE’s judgment, or Vince’s in particular, as a reliable barometer for anything these days. For one thing, I have yet to see any kind of hard evidence, from WWE or anyone, that Brock brings in more viewers for any given PPV he’s on. He’s certainly not a big ratings draw. There’s been several episodes of Raw this year where not only did ratings go down after he was advertised the week before, but ratings also went down for the hour segment where he appeared. Old man Goldberg brought in more fans after his more than decade-long absence.
    As for the laughingly high amount of money WWE pays him, no one is worth that much especially with his pathetically light schedule. John Cena only makes $8 million after everything he’s done for them the past 12+ years. No way in hell does Lesnar deserve more money than him, especially $4 million more! If they were to admit their mistake & actually cut Lesnar’s pay, it would be like admitting they were wrong and we’ve seen from Vince before that he’s more willing to hurt his own company than hurt his own ego.

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