In a surprising report, a WWE Superstar is not cashing their checks. It is often said that this is done as a way to quit the company, so that no money is owed. However, it is surprising anyone would turn down money, especially guaranteed cash. WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio, known for his lucha libre style and ability to get hurt in some of the most interesting ways, seems to be a bit perturbed.
Rey Rey has been hurt a lot, and as such, the WWE likes to get as much out of their Superstars as they can even when hurt. Due to their arrangement, WWE had the right to extend his contract out without his permission to make up for the time he missed while hurt. They have done this before with him, and now they are again because, yet again, he is hurt. The cool part of this is that WWE is still paying Rey, so it’s not as if he is suddenly losing out by sitting at home, but still under WWE contract.
The problem is, Rey wants out it seems. His contract officially expired several months ago, but was then extended for another year because of the fact WWE felt like they owed him. Owing someone is a bit much, but WWE thinks they can profit more than what they pay him. The reason they feel that is because Rey has high merchandise sales, and when someone’s merch is good, WWE can profit a lot off of them even if they are not there. For example, CM Punk has been gone from the WWE since January, yet his merchandise was on WWEShop.com for months and WWE made good money by keeping it going.
Merch was removed as much as possible, and CM Punk was officially moved to the alumni section last week. Punk has been busy since his contract ended as well.
There was a thought that the WWE would renew Punk’s deal without permission just the same as they did with Rey. Yet the company has not done this, and may not for good reason. They may not have done this with Rey if he was not hurt a ton in his last contract. Rey has hinted that he wanted to retire, but nothing was made official. There has been no return date set for the high-flyer, and due to the fact that he has refused to cash any checks, Rey may file to get out of his contract.
Usually getting out of a WWE contract is not easy, so Rey would most likely have problems trying to do it. However, if the WWE realized a guy wants out, doesn’t want to return, and they are losing money trying to keep them around… it would make sense that they would let them go. They could still always sign a merchandise contract with Mysterio so that they can sell his stuff, but he would be free to do what he wanted without WWE permission.
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