As a publicly traded company, World Wrestling Entertainment is mandated by the United States federal Securities and Exchange Commission to post quarterly fiscal reports. Known as a 10-Q, it details all the financial goings on, and is readily available on the corporate portion of WWE’s website. For the most part, it’s a lot of legal jargon and numbers, but PWInsider had a closer look an unearthed a contract signed last month which may see Stephanie McMahon return to the ring…
Section 2 of the 10-Q is a booking agreement between WWE and Stephanie McMahon-Levesque (her married name) which sees her referred to as a wrestler as part of a three-year contract for $325,000 per annum, and was signed on October 18.
It’s worth a read to see what wrestlers agree to when they put pen to paper – for example, the promoter has four obligations while the wrestler has a whopping 14, which includes being responsible for their own training and conditioning, as well as “to avoid any unreasonable risk of injury to herself and to others in any and all Events” and that the wrestler “agrees that she shall not work or perform in any capacity for any other martial arts or wrestling organization and/or entity not owned or controlled by PROMOTER” – which brings up the independent contractor sticking point again, as the person can’t work anywhere else without permission, which doesn’t seem very independent.
Stephanie has been getting in wrestlers’ faces for a while, raising the ire of the Big Show and Daniel Bryan since turning heel in August. At the moment, it’s unclear as to who – if anyone – she would wrestle, as her interactions have mostly been with the men. She has had a couple of run-ins with Divas Champion AJ Lee, and has flexed her corporate muscles on Vickie Guerrero, as well as putting Kaitlyn in her place on one occasion, but they are few and far between in the grand scheme of things. Should she wrestle, it is unlikely to be on free TV or one of the “minor” pay-per-views, and an educated guess would be WrestleMania XXX next April. It seems grand enough for her return to the ring.
McMahon-Levesque has not wrestled in more than a decade – her last contest being a Father v Daughter I Quit Match against her father Vince McMahon at No Mercy on October 19, 2003, and you can watch that match right here. Since then, she has eaten a Stone Cold Stunner from Steve Austin and was downed with a Hangman DDT as part of the build up to her husband Triple H‘s WWE Championship defence against Randy Orton at WrestleMania XXV in 2009, though these don’t compare to wrestling a full match. Stephanie has also had three children in the last decade, and is 37 years old.
On the flip side, she has seemingly stayed in great shape, as evidenced by the photos taken of her for an RX Muscle article. She will also be afforded every smoke and mirror out there to cover up for ring rust or weaknesses – with a prime example being her WWF Women’s Championship defence against Lita which saw interference by Triple H, Kurt Angle and The Rock – though she may not need them as she has pulled the occasional rabbit out of the hat, such as her match against Trish Stratus at No Way Out 2001.
It’s an intriguing prospect for the future. We’ll see what – if anything – will lead her to getting physical once again.
– Lee Burton