Lashley Upset With WM 23 Pay; His Salary In 2007 Revealed, Santino/Benoit, More

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

— One source of Bobby Lashley’s discontention with WWE had to do with his payoff from WrestleMania 23. He received $250,000 for his efforts in his heavily-hyped match with Umaga. Lashley was said to be furious with the payoff, and he complained about it. Considering that he was the winner of the biggest-drawing match in WrestleMania history, he believes that was entitled to more. Also, even though he was injured for nearly half the year, several sources have indicated that Lashley earned somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million in 2007, and that’s without being much of a merchandise draw.

— Canadian-based wrestling website SLAM! Wrestling had a chance to catch up with Raw star Santino Marella at the WWE Fan Axxess tour held at a Toronto-area mall on Saturday. Regarding his wrestling influences, Marella said, “Wrestlers like The Dynamite Kid, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Bret and Owen Hart influenced me; I think you can see the pattern there. Those guys were around my height and helped inspire me to believe I could make it like they did. Because the stories of guys starving, guys sleeping in cars, it’s a very real thing.” You can read the Marella article at this link. In the article, he also talks about his lengthy athletic background, Maria, and reveals his height, which is 5-10 (WWE doesn’t list his height on their website or promotional program).

— You can watch a video hyping the WWE Divas’ appearance on Project Runway on Wednesday night on Bravo at this link.

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