Things In WWE “Much More Straightforward” Following TKO Merger

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Talents are happy to see a more straightforward process backstage within WWE.

The merger between WWE and UFC was finally completed on September 12th and since then the changes have come thick and fast. WWE cut more than 100 employees as well as main roster and NXT stars in an effort to save money.

This was followed by the news that Vince McMahon is no longer involved in the creative process, with Triple H now in total control. While McMahon was back in the fold, Eric Young left the company, after refusing to work with the Executive Chairman.

In a new update from Fightful Select, talent noted that things have been more straightforward backstage since the merger. Things are said to be much more like the tail end of 2022 than the first nine months of 2023.

In the final months of 2022, McMahon was out of the picture with Triple H running creative. That changed in January when McMahon returned and began taking an interest in the process and making changes remotely.

WWE Tweaks Approach To Contracts

The update comes after it was revealed that WWE has changed its approach to contract renewals since the merger with UFC. Contracts for a number of high-profile stars such as Drew McIntyre, Becky Lynch, and Sheamus are all expiring in 2024.

The report noted that “several” top stars are yet to be approached regarding new deals, with the only negotiations taking place with those who have asked for raises.