As noted earlier, the theme for WWE 24/7 for June is “Hardcore Heaven”. The shows will be built around a number of hardcore stipulation matches, a Hall of Fame profile on Don Muraco, ECW’s Heatwave ’98 PPV, the Wrestlemania 22 PPV, the Bloodbaths Steel Cage DVD, Mick Foley’s Greatest Hits and more.
The number going around the cable industry for Wrestlemania 22 is said to be approximately 700,000 domestic buys. This number beats last Wrestlemania 21, which did 650,000 domestic buys. If you include buys from overseas – which accounts for 36-37% of total orders as of late – Wrestlemania did about 1 million buys worldwide. As good as the buyrate sounds, WWE officials will be slightly disappointed because they projected Wrestlemania doing 1.05 million buys worldwide.
Stacy Keibler earned $245,000 for her eight weeks on Dancing with the Stars. Stacy earned $125,000 in base pay and $20,000 more a week in weeks three through eight. The entire payroll for all the dancers on the show was $1.8 million for eight weeks and 17 episodes.
Ric Flair has been out of action as of late due to eye surgery. He is currently recovering and expected to be back on television by the end of June for the Vengeance PPV in Charlotte, North Carolina.